This year has been fantastic. I really felt the whole saturn returns thing in my 28th year. They say saturn returns is a period of time between 27-30 when the cosmos are aligned just right to make you question everything you once knew to be. Beginnings and endings, revelations, make or break moments, life lessons, and a conciousness of the impermanence, importance, and unimportance of life.
That is HTHG’s 2012 year in a nutshell. It has been real. I look forward to a couple years of just coasting in comfortable ease some day. Ha! I know better than to expect that to ever happen! What a blessing and a curse it is to be alive. Don’t you just love the ride? Rant:over
Let’s ring in the new year with good hair. It is the least we can do.
The New Years Eve bun is a perfect mix of pretty, dynamic, unique, and pizazz to compliment your New Years Eve attire and take you into 2013 in #DIYhair style.
To begin with, you will need some garnish. I chose little sparkly bauble balls. I found them at hobby lobby, and I bought 3 sprigs of em. I curved them so that they would fit nicely around the bun.
To get the look, start with a double strand twist up the back. Watch this video to master it before you do your New Years Eve bun.
For more holiday inspired hair, check out the very merry hair wreath and the Santa baby double twist.
I have to say that while I get tired of saying and hearing the word ombre, I will never get tired of the look and effect of it. It looks so pretty. Any hairstyle and texture can pull it off. It reminds me of warm weather, it adds dimension and shine, it grows out with no upkeep, and it is so easy to DIY.
Here is my favorite DIY ombre done on curly hair.
Yep. It’s as simple as a ponytail, a paintbrush, and some hair color.
And I’m also loving the spicy copper ombre. It’s a nice change from the buttery blondes and golds of last season.
If you are curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.
If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.
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I have been missing the ease and luxury of shampoo and conditioner, so I decided that my no-poo/ShamPHree routine needed an upgrade.
I got these awesome paint mixing bottles from an art supply store, and I put HTHG stickers on them. Then, I mixed up my no-poo, and I added 6 drops of spearmint essential oil to my ACV mixture to scent it.
My routine was easy, neat, and my scalp feels minty fresh and my hair smells delicious and I am happy as a bird on a branch in the springtime.
Give me a year and I will make no-poo the glam-est alternative hair treatment ever.
Have you considered going no poo? If you are currently using the nopoo method, what are your thoughts?
I found a bag of 90 year old rollers and finger wave clips in an antique mall called Grandpa’s in the tiny town of Kingston Arkansas. I took them home and tried my finger wave set using the new old clips, and it made a huge difference!
instead of just holding the waves in place, they clip the ridge of the wave, which really defines the waves and makes them pretty.
You can find wave clamps like these here!
Here is one for my retro hair lovin lady’s. The big retro cocktail bun is your perfect cocktail party or New Years Eve hairstyle, for medium to long hair. Get you hair rats ready, because this one is BIG.
Start with all the hair in a high ponytail. Make sure it is nice and smooth and tight.
1. Divide your ponytail into 2, so 2/3rds of it is in the front, 1/3rd in the back.
2. Get your hair rat in hand….
3. Wrap the ends of your ponytail forwards around the hair rat. Roll it gently down to the scalp.
4. Spread hair around to cover hair rat.
5. Pin into place.
6. Now take the back 3rd, and gently back comb behind it.
7. Roll it backwards to the head, and pin it on both ends into a stand-up roll.
Now, pull down your lady parts, and arrange your bangs if you have ’em. Add a sprig ‘o something, and put your heels on! Or if you are like me, put on your Chuck Taylors. I can’t wear high heels because I have scared ankles. XO!
Need a little more cocktail hair inspiration? Here are some Mad Men inspired hairstyles to check out!