HTHG’s favorite bangs and DIY bang kit giveaway!

PicMonkey CollageBangs are the most powerful way to transform your face, accentuate your eyes, and add style to your haircut. The right style of bangs can really work wonders!

I am a huge believer in bangs, and cutting them yourself. It is a fun way to really take control of your look in between trips to the salon. I have never had anyone but myself cut my bangs.

Contrary to what you might hear other places, there is a bang style to fit any face and hair type. Maybe you have been told that you wouldn’t look good with bangs or you have had a bad bang experience…..Don’t let that scare you away from experimenting! Let this little bang guide help guide you in the right direction towards your perfect bang style.

Bang breakdown

1. Curtain bangs…..These are basically grown out bucket bangs. Curtain bangs have a nice face slimming and elongating effect.They are great for lower hair lines. They are long and blend nicely around the face. They are a good option for people who are afraid of bang commitment because they grow out without any fuss at all. To get these bangs, Follow HTHG’s bucket bang tutorial, but cut them nice and long.

2. Asymmetrical bangs. These bangs are funky and edgy and fun to wear. They suit all face shapes, and look especially good with above-the-shoulder length haircuts. They grow out nicely into side sweeping bangs. Follow HTHG’s Asymmetricall choppy bang tutorial to DIY ’em.

3. Kitten bangs. Meow! for the bold lady, these dramatic pointys are very fun to wear and look great with darker hair colors. They work well on straight hair. HTHG does not yet have a tutorial for these bangs. They are kind of hard to perfect. Slow and steady is my advice;)

4. Choppy bangs. These bangs are nice and feminine. They can be very slimming for the face if cut from a narrow section, and they can also widen and open up the face nicely if cut from a wide section. They work really well for higher foreheads.They tend to grow out easily because there are no hard lines. They are great for curly haired ladies who want to wear short bangs. Follow HTHG’s choppy bang tutorial to get these babies.

5. Blunt bangs. These are nice and dramatic. The hard line is a nice contrast for softer face shapes. They can give thin hair a thicker appearance. Best on straight hair. Use your Purrrfect bang kit to get a perfect line.

6. Betty bangs. For the vintage loving ladies out there. Feminine, sexy, and dramatic. These bangs combine a hard line with sloped shape so they really will work on all face shapes. They look great on women with low hairlines. They work best on thicker hair, wavy hair. Follow HTHG’s Betty bangs tutorial to get em.

7. Bucket bangs. Like Zooey Deschanel’s bangs?. These bangs form an arch around the eyes, drawing attention directly to the eyes. They are slimming and elongating for the face, and they look very seductive. They grow out into curtain bangs. They look best with below the shoulder length hairstyles. Follow HTHG’s Zooey bangs tutorial to DIY them.

8. Side bangs. These bangs are very easy to wear for all hair types and face shapes. They are very versatile, they grow out great, and they are super easy to DIY. Use your Purrrfect bangs kit to DIY them!

Purrrfect Bangs DIY bang kit giveaway!!!

Here is my exciting news for the day. Are you ready for this? I have 2 of these kits to giveaway! What are they? Everything you need to cut your bangs at home, over and over again. The kit includes sharp shears, a comb, an instructional guide, and a clever little template gadget that will ensure bang cutting perfection.

How to enter? Like HTHG and Purrrfect bangs on Facebook, and share the Facebook post. I will choose 4 random winners a week from today. Best of luck and I can’t wait to see your new bangs!

XO, HTHG

 

Multiple personality hair: How to deal when your hair is curly and straight at the same time.

Screen Shot 2013-02-23 at 1.08.13 PM There is a hair gray-area between curly and straight that many of us live in. And I’m not necessarily talking about wavy hair. It is more a mix of curly, straight, and wavy hair growing out of different parts of your head. This can be something you are born with, or your hair texture and wave pattern can change due to hormones or certain illnesses and medications. It can be a challenging figuring out what to do with mix-textured hair.

We have to give a quick little curse to the universe when all of the sudden our hair type and texture changes on us, especially if it the result of a health condition or hormonal shift. It can be hard to adjust, but once you do it can definitely be a blessing. My hair went from straight to curly to both over the course of 5 years and 2 pregnancies. Now, it is straight in the back, wavy on the sides, and curly/”waggly” around my face.

Most of us in this gray-area are prone to either curly-in-the-back triangle head, or the curly-in-the-front poodle mullet like myself. My hair has been weirdly mix-textured since my last pregnancy and it has taken a while to learn to love it.

Lay down your weapons…

First thing, don’t fight your hair too hard. I think it is best to treat your multiple personality hair like it is curly. Don’t shampoo too often ( I ShamPHree and love it), Make sure it is well moisturized, and don’t mess with it too much….Like after you have towel dried it and combed through it with your fingers, give it a good scrunching and let it dry without messing with it at all.

If you are unfamiliar with how to treat your hair like it is curly, check out HTHG’s curl category. If accepting the fact that you have curly hair is a new concept for you, check out curlynikki.com because she is a psychiatrist and a naturally curly girl. naturallycurly.com is also a well of info for curly haired peeps needing tips, tricks, and advice.

 As far as your cut and style….

What I have found is that hair with inconsistent wave/curl pattern does best with layers and some bulk removing. When these two things are combined, they result in a general blending of textures and freeing of bulky weight so that the curly parts are less poofy and the straight parts are more wavy. This makes the hair appear more consistent throughout, and it happens to be great for low maintenance styling. A great example of this hairstyle would be the one pictured on my cousin Lindsey above. She has a shlob with weight removed and it looks amazing on her.

If you have longer hair, and you have curly hair in the back, straight in the front, I would suggest long layers with the shortest layers in the front and around the face. To DIY it, try one of HTHG’s ponytail layer cuts, specifically #3.

If your hair is curly in the front and straighter in the back like mine, shorter layers in the back and longer in the front will look better. Try #1 or #2 if you are DIY-ing it;)

Consider getting yourself a Q-Redew steam wand ( I love mine) to help get more curl into the not so curly areas.

In closing, be grateful that you get the best of all worlds in a weird way. Your hair has multiple personalities. If your hair went to a party, it would be the most interesting one there.

Do you have more questions about your multiple personality hair? check out the Naturally Curly website.

By the way, If you are a DIY hair enthusiast who is 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.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 12.55.13 PMAnd if your multiple personality hair is colored, let’s talk about colored-hair care. The answer to keeping your colored hair healthy and vibrant is NOT a color-treated shampoo. Instead, opt for a cleansing cream to gently cleanse and condition the hair, without removing color. We ( along with many informed colorists) Swear by the Hairstory Studio New Wash, and their line of simple, nourishing natural hair products designed and formulated by hairstylists and colorists. Before you embark on your DIY color journey, be sure to be prepared with the tools you need to keep that hair bright and healthy. Here is a link to their shop, and if you are an independent stylist/colorist, check out how rad this line is for you and your clients. (When making your purchase, please be sure and tell them that How-to Hair Girl referred you! We love you for it, and for being here in general:)

xo, HTHG

 

#DIYhair Friday…..Half-up Braid Bouffant.

IMG_0840IMG_0844Hello my dears. I have a fun #DIYhair ‘do to share with you today. It is a hairstyle that I sort of stumbled upon while lazily french braiding my hair the other day.  I didn’t have a hair tie so when I finished the braid, I just stuffed the end of it underneath the braid, which gave it some volume. It looked cool! So, I elaborated a bit on the style to make it look even better and make it easier to do.

Here is how to do it…..

 

IMG_08461. Start a french braid at the front hairline. If you have bangs, start your braid right behind your bangs.

2. Continue the braid back, using very small sections. As you work your way back, guide your braid up towards the sky instead of flat against the head.When you get about half way back, secure the braid into a ponytail, at the base.

3. Now back comb the ponytail a bit.

4. Roll the ponytail back and under, tucking it underneath the braid. Pin it down to secure it. Add additional pins to shape the bouffant if you need to.

Looking good!

 

Braided Serpent Bun. Long hair heaven and a lesson on Gypsies.

holleyI want to begin this story by telling you why I care so much about the topic of the Roma race, otherwise known as the Gypsies. When I was a young kid my parents moved my sister and brother and I to a fava bean farm on the coast in Portugal. The Small town Portuguese people spoke a very strange sounding language, they were very strict catholics, and had old fashoined views on child raising. My first memories were as a 3 1/2 year old, and how it felt to not be able to communicate with anyone, being “shushed” everywhere I went, and having my clothes all buttoned up, tucked in, clean and ironed.

Just outside the property line of the farm we lived on was a big field that was used illegally as a camp by a caravan of Gypsies. The lady that owned our land and farm hated them and made no secret of it. She and her friends accused the gypsies of stealing their garlic and said terrible things about them. They would say things like “Don’t ever play with those children! they are filthy and they will steal from you!”

Being a young child, I couldn’t wrap my mind around the concept of cultural misunderstanding and racial and class intolerance. All I could think was that Gypsies had seemingly nothing but each other, their families, and their caravans and they seemed a hell of a lot happier and more interesting than the people that persecuted them.

I used to stay awake at night at my upstairs window in my night gown and watch the flickering fires at the Gypsy camp. They would dance and play music all night long, and I would go to sleep to the sound of their laughter. I wanted more than anything to run away from my own family and be adopted into a Gypsy family. I felt like they were my people. But alas, to this day I am still a Gadjo. (non-gypsy)

History on the Gypsies

Roma (Gypsy) are a race of people who originated in northern India and migrated to Europe 1000 years ago.

They called themselves Roma, but Europeans called them Gypsies, thinking that they had come from Egypt. The Roma have experienced way more than their share of persecution throughout history. Because they are a wandering people without a homeland, they have resisted assimilation, and therefore have been historically thought of as a threat.

The Roma brought with them to Europe exotic cultural practices and beliefs. Their colorful clothing and incredible music and dance ( Flamenco originated with the Roma) and superstitious beliefs set them apart from the people around them. They lived and traveled in caravans and camps all over Europe, north Africa, India, Russia and the Balkans. Everywhere they went, they were met with resistance, distrust, and lack of civil rights.

Many Roma fled and ended up in the US, hoping to find a better life for their families. Many American Roma are ashamed of their race and the stereotypes that are directed towards them, and hide their roots.

Why am I telling you this? Because I think that they are a beautiful and compelling race and culture, and one of my best friends is a Roma “Gypsy.” There is a lot that people misconceive about “Gypsies” and I often see and hear non-Roma people referring to themselves as being a “Gypsy.” That is like calling yourself a derogatory slang term for any other race.Screen Shot 2013-01-22 at 1.02.19 PM

Gypsies have been romanticized in America as free spirited wandering hippie types with crystal balls. But they are a race of people. And they invented lollipops and clothes pins.

 

I thought this was a blog about hair….

It is. But I love history, culture, dispelling myths, and how hair relates people together.

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Moving right along, This is my dear friend Holley. Holley is proud of her Roma roots, and appreciates the old traditions of her culture. One such tradition is one that mostly died out after WW11 when Gypsies were rounded up with Jews and gays in the Holocaust. It is the tradition of not cutting your hair. She will grow her hair until the event of a major change….Death, divorce, etc. Stuck in hair, stuck in life.

Her hair is as long and thick as a horses tail. It is insanely beautiful. IMG_0743IMG_0745

She asked me to do her hair for a night out dancing last weekend and of course I obliged. Like a freakin kid in a candy shop.

She brought over some big bobby pins and some bumpits. I had never used a bumpit. Have you??

They are totally weird, but they work to make a big bouffant-ish bump. I prefer a hair rat, personally.

Anyhow, I put in the Bumpit to give her volume on the top of her head. I put the rest of her hair in a tight high ponytail, and then divided the pony into 3 sections. I braided each section (Literally 4 foot long braids.) Then one by one, I coiled the braids around the ponytail, using an entire pack of bobby pins to pin it into place.  Here is what it looked like.

bigbraidIt was a braided serpent bun. So pretty. I almost cried because I was in hair heaven.

Then, her cousin Andi let me do her hair too! her hair was really long, but not as long as Holley’s. I made her hair look like something like Alf, or maybe a butterfly emerging. Or maybe a human heart.

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