How to Order a Custom Piece of Horsehair Jewelry

  • Complete your order online.  If you have questions, please contact me.

  • Collect your horse's hair.  See below for instructions.

  • Put hair in a baggie with your horse's name, your name, and order number.

  • Send via Priority Mail, to:

    Lisa Dahlen Designs

    PO Box 321167

    Los Gatos, CA  95032


How do I collect my horse's hair?

  • Carefully grasp the longest hairs (or those at least 18 inches long) at the very tip of the tail bone and whisking away the shorter hairs. 
  • Work in sections and work close to the tail bone. Make sure the hair is long enough. 
  • For a 4-5mm size bracelet I need about 200 hairs.  This is smaller than the diameter of a pencil.
  • For a small braid used in a pendant or similar piece, I need around 100 hairs.  
  • The length of hair is important as it is easier for me to work with longer hairs.
  • Gather the hair together and secure with a rubber band (a braiding band is good) or a soft string. 

  • Loosely loop the hair, do not knot the hair, and put the hair in a zip lock bag with a label including your name, the name of the horse, and order number.
  • I will not process hair that is tangled, matted, or excessively dirty. 

  • Hair that is collected from the 'field' or stall and/or not neatly secured with a band will be charged a minimum $45.00 for extra processing.
  • I always wash the hair, no matter how clean it appears to be.  Braiding with absolutely clean hair is critical to the quality of your piece of jewelry.
  • If you wash the hair, please do not add any conditioners.  You must be sure that the hair is absolutely dry before putting it into the baggie or it will mold and be unusable.
  • All unused hair will be returned with your completed piece of jewelry.

How do I send the hair?

Put your horse's gently looped and secured  hair in a zip lock bag (no knotting please) with a label including your name, your horse's name, and the order number.  I also appreciate it if you can tell me where you heard about me or if someone referred me.

Please send the hair to (with tracking or via Priority Mail):
Lisa Dahlen Designs
PO Box 321167
Los Gatos, CA  95032

What if I only have a little bit of hair?

  • If you only have a little bit of hair or hair that is not long enough, please contact me and we can discuss the options available to you.
  • The inset braid pieces are ideal for instances where you don't have much hair.

What if I only have mane hair?

  • Yes, I braid with mane hair.  Mane hair is much finer, shorter, and more prone to breakage than tail hair, making it more difficult to work with. 
    • An additional $50 fee per braid applies to mane hair. 
    • Mane hair is beautiful and works well in the Keystone, Horseshoe, and Bar styles as the delicate hair is protected from wear. 

What do you do with the leftover hair?

  • I always return the leftover hair with your piece of jewelry.
    • Please include the name(s) of your horse(s) with your order so I can properly label the returned hair.

Can I send you an entire tail?

  • Yes, you can send me the entire tail.  
  • I will wash the tail and send it back with your completed piece of jewelry.
    • Please include the name of your horse with your order so I can properly label the returned hair.

How do I measure for a bracelet?

  • The best way is to measure a bracelet you currently wear. 
  • I have a detailed description of measuring for a bracelet here:  Bracelet Measurement
    • I will resize your bracelet if it does not fit.  Please return the bracelet for resizing as quickly as possible.