Looking for a change in your hair style, routine, and outlook? Try DIY!

PicMonkey CollageHere is some recent testimonial from people who have gone DIY on their hair with HTHG cut and color video tutorials……

I have been overwhelmed with great feedback from people who are taking their hair and their families hair into their own hands. I am SO HAPPY to be able to share with people and help them empower themselves. Thank you all:)

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.12 PM” I love my hair after cutting it myself with HTHG’s choppy bangs video. I had a haircut that wasn’t working on me, come to find out all I needed was the right bangs and now I love it. Her video was funny, easy to follow, and I appreciated the DIY filming and production. She is a woman who has some great tricks to share and knows how o make it easy for a first time DIYer”-Tanya G, Pittsburg

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.43 PM“My DIY perfect layers and Ombre color looks perfect, and it didn’t cost me much at all. Now I know how to DIY it, I’m eager to try more HTHG videos.”-Genny T, Scottsdale

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.14.54 PM“My sister really wanted silver ends in her black hair, and we were afraid to trust anyone in our small town to do it right, so we DIYed it with HTHG’s Silver ends tutorial and it looks great!”


Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.59 PM“My husband went way up on the cool scale with HTHG’s Hipster hangover video. It was so easy, and it is his new go-to haircut. Thanks;)”

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.14.36 PM“I was so scared to take my son in for his first haircut, but his black curls were getting out of control. I found HTHG online and did the hairstyle for a wizard haircut on him and it turned out great. He looks precious, and he still has his curls. And it was my first time ever cutting hair!”-Jamie Williams, Texas

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.32 PMZooey bangs are my JAM! I do them on myself, and several friends too. What an easy trick!”-Emily C, Chicago

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.26 PM” I don’t know how I survived without The Shlob. It is the perfect haircut for my wavy, heavy hair. I even managed to texturize it myself and remove some bulk with the bulk removing video! And now my waves are almost curls!”-Valerie J, Northwest Arkansas

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.09 PM“I have foiled my own hair 3 times now with HTHG’s face framing foil video and it is so easy! It looks great every time, and I love that she took the time to link in the ins-and-outs of foiling for me before I bought the video. I felt very prepared to take the plunge, and it turned out great!”-Libby A, NYC


Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 5.05.30 PM” I was ‘stuck in hair, stuck in life’ until I got my HTHG custom consultation. It got me on the right track with a routine that worked with my hair type, and a focused hair goal to work towards. When my hair got long enough, I had my girlfriend give me the ‘hipster pixie chick‘ haircut and I am currently LOVING my hair.” -Dee P.  Pittsburg

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 5.05.44 PM” I have used HTHG’s ‘cut your husbands hair‘ video for several months now on my dude, as well as the ‘Hipster Pixie chic‘ on my sister. They both loved their haircuts! I have had so much fun trying out these tips and tricks and sharing them with friends” -Shannon D. Brooklyn, NY

” I do the ‘Perfect layers and ombre color‘ video on myself and at least half of my friends! We get together and drink wine and play with each other’s hair. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love that I can afford to have great hair.” Phaedra C, Portland, OR

#DIYhair Friday! 3rd day up-do for curls and waves.

IMG_1326This hairstyle saves my hair on the 3rd day in between ShamPHree-ing. I usually will rinse my hair in the shower on the 3rd day, and let it dry curly. My hair is somewhere in between curly and straight. If I let it dry naturally and scrunch it, it will be quite wild and curly but not pretty ringlet curls. More like waggly waves, as I like to call them. With rogue ringlets in the baby hairs around my face so I look like I have fuzzy little kid hair. This is the perfect time for an up-do that adds some pretty and polish to my otherwise generally frazzled mom look;)

p.s. It also rocks my world because when I take this style down, my hair is polished and wavy from the twists. Love it.

 3rd day up-do for curls and waves!

3rs day updo

Here is how to get this look. Keep in mind that this hairstyle is meant to be semi-loose and messy so don’t worry about making it perfect.

1. Make a center part in your hair. Twist back a section of hair from one side, and pin it at the back of your head.

2. Repeat on the other side.

3. Make sure that your twists are even.

4. Take about a 3rd of the free hair from one side, and twist it.

5. Wrap it into a loose bun and pin it to secure it.

6. Repeat on the other side.

7. Take the rest of the hair in the center and twist it into a bun and pin it into place.

8. Tuck in any loose hairs, and ad more pins if needed. Put a pretty clip or comb in your up-do to give it some bling.

No rock that 3rd day hair!



No-poo testimonial!

As part of my ShamPHree journey, I started spreading the word of my awesome ShamPHRee ( no-poo) success.

A friend of mine, Brookie, decided to try it. She is sold too. Share this post with your friends to help get the word out on the ShamPHree technique. It may just be the key to the hair you always wanted;)

Here is what Brookie says…

“ok so here’s my no-poo experience in a little nutshell for ya –

I’ve been searching for the right shampoo and conditioner for as long as I can remember. When I found out what sulfate does to my hair, I reached for the shelves at the natural food store where they promised bottles of sulfate-free, chemical free experiences. My hair only looked worse. I felt resigned to a life of never knowing what my hair would look like the next day, resigned to loving my hair even if it were lackluster.
Enter no-poo! As Roxie was cutting my hair a couple of months ago, her hair was bouncing around beautifully as she described the proportions of baking soda and apple cider vinegar, how the baking soda cleans the roots, and how the apple cider serves as conditioner. Why not try it? It was clearly working for her hair.
From the first time I tried it, I noticed a remarkable difference… mainly in the texture at first. My hair is thick but very fine, and texture has never been my friend. Also, the flyaways in my fine hair were always out of control. The flyaways noticably decreased by the first treatment as well.
I am two and a half months in and my hair texture is what I’ve always dreamed of. I barely ever mess with it besides my normal routine of washing once or twice a week and brushing daily.
When I style it, due to the increased texture, it falls right into place without fuss, and then stays all day without product! When I wake up in the middle of the night, I catch myself in the mirror and can’t believe how nice my hair looks!
I have the hair I always strived for but rarely achieved. From fine and limp, I now have thick, wavy, effortless hair.
Baking soda and apple cider vinegar is my new ‘poo and I’ll never go back to the old ‘poo again.”

Sound like 2 thumbs up to me. Curious about switching to the no-poo method?? here is the no-poo method video that I put together.


More ShamPHree testimonial…

“…..I always thought I couldn’t have long hair because it was too dry and unmanageable but now that I am ShamPHree-ing and not using heat tools or hair products I’m realizing my hair actually kinda rules ;] I was just holding it back (and frankly torturing it) before.” E

“Just wanted to say I love your blog! I, too am a ShamPHree convert for the past year or so. I have fine, straight hair that used to get oily after a day without washing. Now I ShamPHree once/week and. Jen, I do think it will work on your son’s psoriasis, it’s been great for my winter dandruff and sore scalp issues. I’m thinking about dropping hair washing completely, as I’ve read about on a few other blogs, although I haven’t been able to get through the rough patch of greasy hair that lasts for the second week. (after 2-3weeks it’s supposed to even out its natural oils and be fine with just water washing) My hair is so great now, I want to know how far I can go!”  -S

“…..Another fascinating thing is that my hair appears to have reached a wonderful equilibrium thanks to no-pooing. Before starting NP, my hair would be visibly greasy and itchy at day 3. I literally have not wet my hair in a week and it’s not greasy or gross at all– it looks positively voluminous. I am so blown away! And I have you to thank!” -K

“Tried No Poo for the first time today! So far it feels great. Love all your info about it.” -J

“I’m 3 weeks in and things are going much better. I got a long overdue haircut which took a ton of bulk out. I’m still having some dry scalp issues but hopefully doing the baking soda wash once a week (instead of twice) and trying a coconut or jojoba oil scalp treatment will help. I used coconut oil on my ends and slept on it(per your example) and that did an awesome job! I’m thrilled that my slightly wavy hair is much curlier with this method! I’m tempted to try the homemade gel recipe floating around (with flaxseed)…have you heard of it/tried it? I’d love to get a qredew because I think it would work fabulously with this method but they’re still a little too expensive for me right now. I live in the dry mountain air so static has been a problem but I’ve heard that boar bristle brushes can help with that so maybe I can look into getting one of those. I brush with mine paddle brush every night and greasy roots aren’t a problem any more. Thanks so much for your encouragment! I appreciate you leading us on this awesome journey!” -K

“I finally took the no-poo plunge and love it. I tried it about a month ago and found that my after putting the baking soda in, my hair felt really slimy. So I washed it out with shampoo. My wife convinced me that although it has that feeling at first, it really works better than shampoo. So I tried it again today. This never happens, but she was actually right! My hair, short as it is, came out clean and shiny. I’m hooked. Now I don’t have to pay for expensive shampoos that are harmful to the environment and that support multi-national corporations. And its better for my health. Thanks How To Hair Girl!” -N

“Ah, so amazing to read your Laura Ingalls Wilder reference. I also grew up on the entire series! I’m pretty sure I inherited my DIY spirit from LIW. I’m about to go take a shower to give my first go at nopooing and also try a baking soda scrub. Thanks lady!” -K

“3 weeks into no-poo and the hair is softer and seems to be growing faster than usual. My scalp is also noticeably healthier. I just ordered a custom consult from you– I want to achieve no-maintenance haircut and color next. Love your website! Thank you!” -T

“I use ACV at the end of my hair washing routine and I love it! I think it makes my hair softer and more manageable (I have major tangleys- I don’t think I could no-poo since so many tangles). I would suggest diluting it with water and adding some essential oil. I like adding rosemary- it takes away from the strong vinegar scent. Hope you love it!”-M

“I switched earlier this year. Love the change!! Thanks, Roxie !!! Did not know about substituting lemon for acv. Great for travel!” -K

“I love this and have only done it a handful of times. Not. Going. Back. Thanks!!!!!” -L

“I’ve been doing it since first of the year. It took a few times to get into the routine. I get compliments on how shiny my hair is. Only wish I’d started sooner!!” -R

“… I should make my confession public. I had been shamphree for about a month or so and loved that it made my hair shinier and wavy but had always hated the lack of volume from not blow drying or using mousse and the few days of greasiness (since my hair is fine and thin). So just this very morning I fell off the wagon and shampooed my hair and did the usual product/blow dry routine (feel free to gasp in horror at this point). I thought I would like returning to the land of volumosity (that term being pretty debatable to my hair type) but instead it just looked fluffy and fried. Not a good look.” -Amanda

“I’ve been toying with the idea of going ShamPHree for a while- over a year in fact. Last year I did co-washing for about 9 months until I stopped. This weekend I decided to just jump in.  I figured that since your directions were spot on for the DIY perfect ponytail cut (I did long layers-twice!) I would use your advice with the shamphree. Right now I’m on day two without looking greasey. My ends feel a little gummy, I figure that’s the build up working its way off. I have a basket full of ribbons, bobby pins, chops sticks, and hair ties to pull make it through these first few weeks until my hair is free of gunk. I took my hair down today after work and thought I was going to be blinded at how shiny it is!”

“Just wanted to share my success story after attempting to do a coconut oil conditioning for the second time.  My ends were getting hella dry and tore up, so I did the perfect layers cut and took an inch off.  Then I took just like a dime sized amount of oil, rubbed in my hands to warm it up, then ran it through the ends.  Combed it through, braided and slept on it.  Then took a shower this morning using ganga baking soda and hot hot water, and finished off with lemon water and cold rinse.  My hair ain’t one bit oily after it dried and it’s super smooth.  Success!”

– Nessa

“I finally tried it last night and my hair feels great today!! I have struggled with oily hair for a while and have fairly successfully transitioned to shampooing (with regular shampoo) every other day – I’m excited to begin my shamphree journey!”


“I’ve been doing this for almost 8 months, and I’m a HUGE fan. I will sing from the rooftops that I don’t use shampoo and it’s the best beauty decision I’ve ever made. I think everyone should give it a try for the same reasons you mentioned. We don’t need corporations profiting from us and making us feel bad about ourselves. I feel so free now and so happy with my hair I’m now planning on going natural in other areas of my life, and will soon start making my own cleaning products.” -Anonymous

“I have been ShamPHree for just over 4 months now and am still completely sold. I got a pretty major hair cut right as I started and still have ZERO split ends. Did you read that thoroughly? ZERO. I have very fine hair that would start severely splitting about a month after every cut or trim and just became used to that as a part of my thin haired life. I had resigned myself to a life of shorter hair cuts because of how badly my hair grew out, but now I’m testing the waters of length with full confidence because of how magnificently my hair has reacted to this process. I put moonflower oil that I was given as gift into the ACV mixture and my hair smells like heaven every time I wash it. I also use regular styling products and practices which I’m pretty sure is not totally going along with the all natural practice of this process, but I have to tell you that it still works just fine! I still use mousse every time I wash, and I definitely still blow dry my hair every time it’s w
et. It styles wonderfully and feels so sleek and clean. I sometimes even have to wash it the next day if I got super gross at work and it always reacts just great to frequent care- as well as when I go 2 or 3 days without cleaning it. I can’t express how excited I am to have found this website and the information on how to revitalize my hair. It definitely took me a few weeks to get used to, but was so worth the wait. I look forward to seeing how healthy and beautiful my hair is going to continue to be from now on. I usually try trendy interesting things for a brief moment and can never break the routine of what I’m used to, but I am completely used to the ShamPHree lifestyle. ShamPHree forever!”- Lena Wallace

“Just wanted to say a big “Thanks” for all the helpful information on your site.  I’ve been trying the ShamPHree method and so far it is working out well.  I have curls and wanted to share that I’ve had some success with adding aloe vera gel to the routine.  I rake it through my damp hair and then scrunch in a bit of coconut oil to seal in the moisture.  I’ve just been using aloe from the garden–not sure if the results would be the same with a commercially prepared product.” -Anna Thomson

“I have been using baking soda and AC for almost a year now, but just last week my husband told me for the first time that I smell like Vinegar even after my hair is dry and he asked if I would be willing to stop.  I am so HAPPY that I read your FAQ sections and I will be trying it with lemon juice next time.  Thank you for the information, I didn’t want to start using shampoo again.  Thank you.” -Tasha

“I’ve been using your shamphree system on my colour treated hair. Today I went to my usual salon and my hairdresser was great in working with me to maintain the shamphree system. I had foils and a tint redone today, and we rinsed the chemicals out first and then she mixed a paste using a tablespoon of bicarb soda with apple cider and honey vinegar which she then massaged into my hair after rinsing the chemicals out. This was then rinsed and a neat solution of the vinegar was used.

Cutting, styling and drying then took place and my hair is sparkling, clean and gorgeously soft and shiny! Usually after being coloured (bleached foils) my hair is dry and brittle, but not this time. My hair feels luscious and in great condition.

I thought I would pass this info in because I couldn’t find any info on what to do when colouring hair except to use shampoo to wash the chemicals out. I can assure you that shamphree works a treat as a cleanser for the chemicals without any hassle. My hairdresser was completely cool with it, even saying they use bicarb on hair that has a lot of product in it.

Hope this helps others wondering about keeping the shamphree system going if they need to retouch their colour on a regular basis.

I also took in my own product so there was no opportunity to say “don’t have any”. -JR


“I finally tried it last night and my hair feels great today!! I have struggled with oily hair for a while and have fairly successfully transitioned to shampooing (with regular shampoo) every other day – I’m excited to begin my shamphree journey! Thanks for the thorough tutorial – I probably wouldn’t have been brave enough to try it without seeing how you do it first. I did use the white vinegar because my hair is so oily and I was surprised at how easy it was to detangle – I thought I’d have a lot of problems with that part of it! Thanks again! Love your blog!”

“I switched to the ShamPhree method about a month ago. My biggest issue with conventional and even “natural” shampoo/conditioners was my scalp reaction. It was always irritated and flaky. Since transitioning that has completely subsided so thank you, thank you, thank you for that! It’s a life changer.”

“I chickened out a week ago when I went to go no poo after the scalding comments by Kathy and Hoda. Wasn’t impressed with their critical attitudes, so I wanted to try it. I found your website by chance, because I wanted to cut my own hair and spend less money. I got curious and stared looking around on here. I saw your video, read your articles and tried again. I am impressed! My hair is usually a frizzy mess AFTER a shower and product. Right now my hair is drying from my first treatment almost completely frizz free. It looks like I just went to the ocean in the middle of February in West-by-God-Virginia. It feels light, not heavy and this time I will be sticking with it. Thanks for your blog!”
“I just ShamPHreed for the first time three nights ago, and was immediately amazed by how little my scalp itched afterward. I have had problems with dandruff my entire life, and have tried so many products to treat it: H&S, more natural remedies, shampoo bars that smell like campfires. Nothing has ever left my scalp feeling this neutral or calm. Thinking it far too good to be true, I did a quick scratch-and-shake (a lá Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club) and the change was unbelievable!!! There was barely any dandruff, and that’s a mighty conservative statement. I feel like there was none, but still want to leave a slight margin of error.
I can’t believe this is my hair!!! Hooked for life!
I’m also super excited to try some of the DIY products – especially the honey spray. Thank you so much for passing this on!”- Shaina



Don’t forget to hashtag your #shamphree photos so we can see and inspire this hair revolution!

no-poo and color treated hair….

FYI for you ladies who are curious about no-poo/shamPHree and color treated hair….I am in the middle of an experiment about no-poo versus shampoo and color-fading. SO FAR, it appears that no-poo strips less from the hair in general. And ACV is great for sealing the cuticle and locking in your color. Other things contribute to your color fading or lasting…..Mostly, hair that is well moisturized retains color best. So up the coconut oil treatments, and make sure to do ACV or lemon juice rinses regularly in the weeks after coloring to lock in your new hue. More on this soon! XOXO

Cool kid braids.

IMG_1351 My daughter Marley’s hair is finally long enough to braid, after her 4 year old DIY haircut experiment. She is also old enough to have caught on to that silly old gender stereotype that boys have short hair and girls have long hair. So, she only kept this hairstyle in long enough to let me take a picture, then promptly took it out because it made it look like she was a short haired boy from the front. She will learn.

On a slightly different topic, almost 6 is a cool age. Marley is starting to develop a social awareness that makes me proud. Hearing her excitement when she talks about MLK and Rosa Parks and how they stood up for what they believed makes me feel like there must be a bright future for my children. I showed her the Same Love video by Macklemore and now she understands the adversity of people who are not treated fairly based on their sexual orientation. She asks A LOT of questions. She wants things to be fair for all people. And she is a complete bossy know-it-all who will not take ‘no’ for an answer so I like to think that she will grow up to make the world as she wants it.

Cool Kid Braids


Getting back to hair, this braided hairstyle is super easy to do and it is perfect for medium length hair. It consists of 3 little braids and a bun. Here is how to do it.

1. Section off both sides of the head, from behind each ear, across the top. Part section down the middle. Make a small dutch braid on one side. secure with a small clear elastic,

2. Repeat on the other side.

3. Join your braids together at the back of the head with another clear elastic. Remove the elastics from the ends of your first 2 braids.

4. Braid the ends of your first 2 braids in with the rest of the free hair. Secure the end.

5. Roll that braid upwards, and pin it to secure.

6. Arrange the bangs or lady parts.


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