De-Beiberizing short hair, preparing to grow out.

So Erin had gotten her hair cut pretty short a while back, and it quickly grew to be a bit Beiberesque. (Kinda heavy and bowl-cuttish)

She wanted to begin to grow it back out, so I got in there with my shears and shortened the shaggy nape area up, texturized the heck out of it to remove weight, and thinned the bangs out and gave them a bit of choppy asymmetry and a little direction.

This is kind of my grow-out MO, the techniques I reach for when trying to gracefully take short hair back into medium, and then long. Reshape, Texturize, and establish direction.

This cut will grow towards a choppy little layered bob, if she continues to trim the nape area every couple months. In 3 months, she will be ready for another overall reshaping and re-texturizing, that will get her gracefully into medium shoulder length hair.

When growing hair out, you have to think for the present and the future. What will look  great now, and last till the next phase?

Here’s a tutorial for ya’ll.

XO, How to hair girl.

Button up, braids!

buttI pulled out Grandma Honey’s old box of buttons yesterday, to look through with my daughter. Got pretty stoked on some of them, many that looked like they were probably from the turn of the century.

What can I do with these things? I pondered. I don’t knit or sew much, I guess I could make earrings with some of them. Hair accessories? Sure…why not??

I think this would be a cute little style idea for kids, and I was also thinking DIY weddings (check out Offbeat Bride!), offbeat bridal hair, maybe using tiny pearly buttons. FUN!

So, I made a couple tiny braids, and with a needle and thread, sewed buttons in securely and voila! Lot’s of style potential here.

And, I made you a tutorial video. Enjoy!

Love, How to hair girl.

Celebrating the Ginger

That red head gene runs deep. My neighbor has quite amazing fire red hair. Her children have beautiful red hair. Her sister has equally incredible red hair, it’s almost a pink red. Hard to even believe.

They come over for porch cuts, so I get to marvel at their firey hair in the natural light. It seems as if every strand is a different shade of red, which makes it look like it’s alive.

Why? How? I don’t have any answer besides just genetics, plain and simple. Am I jealous? yes.

There is just no way to recreate it with a bottle. Redheads, please don’t ever color your hair. I may eat my words someday when I add color to a redhead’s head to enhance it and it turns out amazing, but today, I say no way.

XOXO How to hair girl.

Pretty razor cut







Here’s Nora. Shes got straightish, medium density hair. It’s grown a good 4 inches since her last haircut, and it’s feelin like time for a fresh summery ‘do. We decided to take her length up a good 5 inches, and add lots of layers, faceframing, and texture for a cut that is free, light, hip, and will grow out marvelously.

For this cut I used both these techniques, which don’t take long to master. All you need is comb, razor, and clips. I’m gonna do my best to walk you through it…









Step1. Part 4 sections: Straight down the middle of the head from the front hairline to the nape, then across from behind the ear to behind the ear.








Step 2, make diagonal subsections at the nape, hold hair down and razor straight across at determined length. Now make your next subsections, an inch above the first.















Step 3. Comb subsection 2 down, hold at 45 degree angle at the center. Razor straight across, then work through both sides of the subsection.

Step 4. Go back through section 2 and texturize the last 2 inches at the ends.








Step 5. Continue working your way up, with the next subsection an inch or so above the last, and continuing into your side sections, so that the parting goes straight from the center of the back of the head, above the ears, to both temples. Pull all the hair back to your design line and razor straight across.
















Step 6. Make your next subsection an inch higher, and begin to elevate your subsections.  comb hair to your design line and razor straight across, then go back through and texturize the last 2 inches at the ends of that subsection, but only in the back 2 sections, not the sides.
















Step 7. Make your next subsection an inch above the last, comb hair straight back and elevate, razor straight across the ends, then go back and texturize ends of the subsection, sides and back.

And voila! shes got a swing-y, fresh, summer-y do.

Your welcome;) xoxo, Howtohairgirl.

Step 8. Take the remainder of the hair as your last sub section, pull straight up, and razor across the ends at the top. Then go through and texturize.
















Step 9. Bucket bangs! Part off a triangle at the hairline, gather hair neatly above the bridge of the nose, razor straight across. Then part from 2 inches back from the hairline, straight down to behind both ears. Pull hair forward and vertical, and razor down, using the length of the bangs as your guide to begin, connecting to the longest layer in one gradual razored line.




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