Not Your Average Feather Hair Extensions

If you ask me, feather hair extensions went down the wrong path fast. As soon as those genetically modified rooster feathers hit the market, people all over the place made a mad dash to their nearest salon to get as many of those suckers attached to their heads as they could.

At first, it was novel and fun. But then it got played out. When your strip mall chain chop shop starts advertising ’em, you know its time to leave the chicken pluckers behind. Unfortunately we didn’t see many people experimenting with different feathers and feather arrangements beyond the rooster feathers.

5 years ago, at the Oregon Country Fair, way before the feather hair extension craze exploded, I noticed people getting into feather earrings. I loved it! I love feathers and had often marveled at the similarities between feathers and hair and how well they go together.

I’d spent some time that year experimenting with coloring hair to look like feathers, with great results. After the glorious, colorfull and whimsical country fair was over, I made it a goal to find a good feather source and start playing more with feathers. While searching online I stumbled upon and dove in headfirst.

By the next summer, I had figured out an easy way to blend feathers into the hair using a couple things that we all have laying around our houses……Thread, (nylon if possible for durability)  a dab of glue (I love Ecoglue, but good old Elmer’s will do the job), and your favorite feathers (, or your local crafting store, or perhaps in your backyard.)

These things were an instant mega-hit! Because I was braiding them in and attaching the feathers at the end of the braid instead of the clamp bead at the root, I had the freedom to experiment with all kinds of feathers, in all shapes and sizes and arrangements in a way that looked beautifull and lasted! I had some people whose feathers lasted 3 months!


Want to try ’em yourself? Check out this little demo and if you want the full length tutorial, become a premium subscriber.BTW, if you are feather-inspired, check out a sustainable source for hair feathers, and also go to the vain blog and look at Kelly’s feather hairdos! super unique and beautifull.

Rock-a-doodle ‘do for a lucky groom.

Meet Adam. This punk rock-abilly son of a tent revival Oklahoma preacher has a lot to say, and he says it with his voice, his guitar, his typewriter, and his hair. He is a force to be reckoned with.

By day, Adam is a mobile mechanic, husband, papa, and social activist. By night, he fronts roustabout punk/bluegrass/folk-abilly band Cletus Got Shot. When not on the road with his band, he can be found at home typing petitions on his typewriter, singin to his baby boy, perfecting his classic 1940’s coiffe that would have made his daddy proud, and basically being a working class hero.

It takes a certain appreciation and respect to recreate old styles using old practices, and it is certainly an art to keeping them alive. Adam manages to appear to be straight out of the old photo album, yet as effortlessly hip and original as they come. Old school hair dressing is a bit of a lost art to the modern man these days, so Adam, we commend you.

I cut his hair into a classy man haircut for his wedding day and he wore it styled in this perfect pompadour. He was a stunning groom with great hair.

Now, his wife cuts his hair for him. She uses this video as a guide.

So with a comb, an old wave brush and some Royal Crown pomade, let’s dive into a little old schoolin’ and learn some styling secrets.

Do you like his stylin look? You can now purchase a more in depth how-to video of this haircut in the HTHG video store right now!. Try it on yourself or a lucky someone else. Don’t forget to send HTHG a before and after picture!

Remember to subscribe to HTHG to keep up on all inspired DIY hair content.Thanks for visiting. XO

Getting ready for Fashion Week!

Tanning leather and preparing Jonny’s 3 foot long dreads that he cut off a couple years ago and have been sitting in a Wal-Mart bag in the closet, just waiting to be used on some sexy apocolyptic chic during the NWA Fashion Week Mayapple show, featuring L.A. designer 2013’s Himilayan goat leather accessories and hardware, and Nicolia Jacoby jewelry, among other things!!! I’ll post pics from the show soon.

XO, How to hair girl

A fun little angled pixie bob

Mariah is a farmer, midwife, and a mama.  She and her husband and 2 boys have a 10 acre farm that is in town, on a hilltop so it feels like they are way out in the country. Summer Kitchen Farm is a local family run dairy farm, they raise pigs and cows for meat, and they have a giant garden. They do a veggie, milk, meat, egg CSA. Major bonus for me: I got paid for this cut in a dozen eggs, 3 pounds of ground beef, and a steak the size of a large dinner plate!

Cutting Mariah’s super thick, wavy, medium textured hair is fun because when length and weight is removed, it really comes alive with curl and texture. This is the case with most thick hair. It gets so heavy when its long and grown out that it just weighs itself down and becomes a thick mass with no movement, shape, or texture.

This little choppy bob is almost pixied in the back, with a deep angle and some disconnected pieces that are long around her face to create drama and softness. The length around the face is a “safety blanket” for many people who are nervous about going short, and this cut is the perfect antidote.

This cut grows out famously, and is a great stepping stone between long hair and very short hair. It is one of my most frequently done cuts and has been since I started doing hair. It is totally timeless and can work with many hair types. It can easily be modified to be less dramatic and more tame, or much more dramatic.

This is definately a cut that I will do a tutorial on for my premium subscribers in the coming months. Stay on the lookout!

xo, HTHG




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