DIY Friday…..Gatsby girl. A Zelda Fitzgerald hairstyle.

(Photo styled by Mel Arens, Mayapple boutique)

Zelda Fitzgerald was the dynamic and willful wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, iconic author of The Great Gatsby. The lead female character in that book, Daisy Buchanan was loosely based on Zelda. She was gorgeous and fashionable and hob-nobbed with the boot-legging elite of New York in the 1920’s.

If you haven’t read it, please do. Read it before you go see the blockbuster movie that comes out next spring. I predict that 1920’s hairstyles are going to be HUGE next year, so lets get started early.

Here is my interpretation of what Zelda’s hair must have looked like when attending a swank New York party.

This 1920’s inspired DIY Gatsby girl hairstyle is much easier than it looks. I threw it together on a whim of experimentation on Whitney, my daughter’s fabulous kindergarten art teacher. I think she looks absolutely perfect as Zelda Fitzgerald. Her hair is fine and medium-long. It is heavily highlighted, which helps it hold a style. I used no styling products. If you have very slick hair, you will definitely need a good texture spray to disperse throughout your hair to hold this style.

Because it is a very drape-y and loose hairstyle, It is hard to do on thick straight, coarse hair. If that’s what you have, first set your hair with texture spray on damp hair, and one of HTHG’s no heat curl techniques. This will help it hold. Definately get some long bobby pins, too.

Here is how I did it…..

1. Start by sectioning the hair down the side of the back. One side should be about 2/3rds of the head, and the other should be about 1/3rd of the head.

2.On the heavy side, begin a twist that starts at the temple and wraps around the back of the head.

3. Continue the twist all the way to the end of the section.

4.Wrap the end into a loose bun and pin  through the bun with large bobby pins.

5. Reinforce the twist with a couple small bobby pins.Don’t worry about making a really neat bun. It looks better loose.

6. Now make another section that comes down from the top of the head to just in front of the ear.

7. twist that section down to the ends of the hair.

8. Now wrap it into a loose bun and pin it into place slightly above the first bun. Take a swig of a PBR and get ready for the next step.

9. Make another section that leaves just a small amount of hair around the face. Twist it back and pin it into a small loose bun. This time use little bobby pins so you can hide them better.

10. Take the last little bit of hair and twist it into a tiny little pincurl.

11. Snuggle it in with the curl before it and try and hide the pin.

12. Now give it a spray of firm hold hair spray if you want. It will help it hold.



Bootleg bride, anyone? Flapper? red carpet starlet? stuck at home on a rainy day? DO IT!








Question about hair breakage in a dry climate….

Hi there! I just found your website and LOVE it! Thanks for your hard work! I am hoping I can pick your brain on a number of topics, ranging from no-poo, to Q-redew, to DIY wedding hair.

I have been no-pooing for almost a year now. My hair is long and naturally wavy, but I’ve always had problems with it being super dry, with ends that break easily. When I moved to Boise, ID back in 2007, my waves disappeared (it’s really dry here), and shampoo/conditioner just made everything worse. Therefore, I was prompted to no-poo. My hair is definitely much nicer than it was, but I still have problems with breakage. Do you have any suggestions on how to minimize breakage? I try to do a conditioning treatment (coconut oil/eggs/avocado/honey/

whatever I have lying around) once every other week, and that seems to help a bit. Other ideas are very welcome!Also, Have you used and do you like the Q-Redew? Because my hair is awesome when it’s raining/humid, I thought this may be a good tool for me, though it’s really pricey. I don’t use any products, so having a nice hairstyle that’ll stay would be great.

Ok, last question. I am getting married next august, and would like to have a hairstyle that is up for part of the day, and down for part of the day. It’d be great if it could play up my waves/curls, is no-poo/product friendly, and would stay in for the whole time…I know, it seems like a stretch, but I thought you of all people would be the best to ask!

Also, I haven’t tried this, but I’ve heard that quince seeds mixed with water act as a natural hair gel. I’ll try it and get back to you.

Thank you so much in advance for your advice and help. I so much appreciate it, and it’s great to have found another person who rejects the throngs of products and perceptions of what a  woman in our society should be. Thank you, with all my heart.

Hey! thanks for writing:) THe one thing I have learned about split ends and breakage is that a regular trim is CRUCIAL. I do mine ( ponytail layers cut) every 6 weeks ( I trim of just barely on the very ends) If your hair is long though, you might have an inch or more of split ends that need to be removed. The key is to cut them above where they are split so they don’t continue to split. Then, keep up with the coconut oil treatment. One thing that Im loving lately is this
To restore moisture, strength, and curl to dry hair. And YES to the q-redew!!!! perfect for waves in that dry air.
As far as a DIY hairstyle for your wedding that you can wear up or down, something like this one
just let the last part down after the nuptuals.Also, this one is great….
hope these help steer you in the right direction!

Hi Roxie,Thanks for all the great ideas! I am definitely going to try the Lanolin, and just today, I did a coconut oil treatment last night, and this morning, cut back on the amount of BS and ACV  I normally use. Today, my hair is thicker-looking, curly, and definitely looks much nicer. I also am going to experiment with the hairstyles you suggested.

Thanks so much!

Double-braided beehive

Here is a HTHG guest post on!

Hello and happy holiday hair season from! This unique stunner of a hairstyle blends a classic vintage beehive with uber-modern intricate braids. It is suprisingly easy to do and incredibly fun to wear! This ‘do is sure to turn heads at any holiday party and wow your colleagues at the office.

Prep your tresses by spraying hair with a texture spray or DIY beach wave spray. This will add some structure and grip to the hair. For best results with this hairstyle, you will need a hair rat or some type of form to reinforce the beehive. I used a knit scrunchy. Learn how to make your own hair rat here. The important thing is that you can easily hide the piece and pin into it.

Here’s how to get the look…

1. Start by sectioning off a rough circular section of hair at the crown of the head. Gently back comb underneath the section.

2. Now hold the section of hair straight up and wrap the ends of it around your hair rat.

3. Roll it down to the head.

4. Gently smooth your bump and pin it into shape.

5. Next, section off the temple area on both sides of the head.

6. Make a loose braid all the way to the ends and secure with clear elastics.

7. Now wrap your braids around the front of your beehive and pin them discreetly.

8. Part the rest of the hair down the center of the back and braid one side to the ends and secure with another elastic. Wrap this braid in with the first two braids and pin it discreetly, tucking in the tail.

9. Repeat with the other side.

BEAUTY TIP: A classic red lip would be the icing on the cake to this chic look.

3 dreamy DIY hairstyles for Offbeat Brides

DIY Bridal Hair Series…..

To celebrate HTHG’s first ever ad on, I created 3 fantastically whimsical and dreamy hairstyles to share with my DIY brides who are looking for a beautiful hairstyle that is perfectly different.

I didn’t plan any of these hairstyles. I went over to Darcy’s house with my HTHG bag of tools and tricks, with a mission to play around with her fabulous vintage clothes and jewelry and do pretty things with her hair. We set up her vanity and pulled out some fun things like vintage hair combs, white feathers, and sparkly bits and pieces.

Between the 2 of us (She is a DIY hairstyle queen. Check out this post!) these hairstyles just happened. I talked her through em, she did the work, and all of the sudden we had 3 DIY bride hairstyles that made us feel like we wanted to go out and get married just to have fun hair.

Presenting, 3 brand spankin’ new DIY bride hair videos……….

Valley of Roses– Pinned curls with a hint of pink








The Nautilus Braid-The coolest fishtail braid bun ever.








Cupcake Bun-An Audrey Hepburn inspired whimsy-bun that makes me hungry for frosting.

Which one of these whim-tastical DIY hairstyles will you wear down the aisle? Once you choose your ‘do, be sure to check out these inspired DIY accessory and floral hair ideas.

If you are a DIY bride, make sure to check out my 5 steps to fab wedding day hair guest post to get you ready for your big day.


There has GOT to be a better name than no-poo.

No- poo scares people because of it’s name. I realize this. I get it. It freaked me out for years and I was embarrassed to even say it. But here I am, totally sold on it but stuck calling it something that sounds like a you are being scolded for pooping.

Let’s think of a better name for no-poo. Help me here. It should be a yes-something. Ideas??

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