Pretty in my Pocket partnership

Screen Shot 2013-07-30 at 7.25.54 PMHey guys. I’m excited to announce my partnership with a cool new beauty app called Pretty in my Pocket (PRIMP!) that is dedicated to sharing quality beauty knowledge and advice from beauty experts around the world. PRIMP is about connecting consumers with beauty products and tricks that are right for their hair, skin, and lifestyles.
Now, you all know that I am a dedicated ‘Free woman” (I ShamPHREE!) and use only natural raw remedies in my hair routine. What you may not know is that although I do not use conventional hair products on my own hair, I have worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years and have had a lot of experience with beauty products. Enough to have a strong voice on the ones I like and have used on myself as well as on clients in the salon!
In my PRIMP profile, you will find my ‘beauty bag’ filled with product and tool recommendations and reviews for those of you in the market for some new products. So far, I have only reviewed products that I personally like and use on my hair clients in the salon. I give them all a 5 star rating, because I only review the ones that I really like.
Also on my profile you will find many hair looks and tutorials straight from the HTHG blog. So, that said, check out this great app and please share it with your friends!

Follow PRIMP on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter for up to date tips and tutorials!

My recipe for faster growing hair!

juiceThere is hard scientific research being done as we speak to try to find a way to make hair grow faster. If you don’t believe me, ask the gorgeously long shaggy haired lab rats at Stanford university labs. I don’t know if the genetically modified product will hit the market in our lifetime with all the science world red tape dealing with the FDA these days, sooooooooo……. in the meantime, we have to rely on more natural remedies to help us to support our own healthy hair growth.

As you know, I am an adventurous experimenter and lover of natural remedies. I have been shocked over and over again with immediate positive results that I have gotten from using and mixing my own hair and skin products. What you may not know is that I am a huge believer in a holistic and dietary approach to healing and good health.

Let me introduce you to my juicer. This, is Martha. She is my 1973 Champion juicer. I got her from my dear friend Iris.

The vintage champions are hard to find so If you don’t have a good juicer and are in the market for the ultimate kitchen appliance to support your healthy hair, skin and body, check out Williams-Sonoma juicer guide here. I recommend a slow-masticating cold press juicer like the Kuvngs Whole Slow Juicer. I also am a total long-time fan of the classic Vitamix for juicing and blending raw fruits and vegetables. I use mine constantly.
I started juicing at the same time that I started growing out my hair because I had read a lot about the benefits of juicing on hair and skin. I had tried taking Biotin to make my hair grow faster but I couldn’t afford to keep it up.

I now juice everything. I juiced mushrooms once (it didn’t work) I have juiced stinging nettle (mild and stingy in the throat!) and any time there is old produce shriveling in my fridge produce drawer, you can bet that Martha will turn it into juice.

I have always had sluggishly slow growing hair. When I started juicing, that ended. I have experimented over the last few years with different veggie and fruit blends. Some have tasted fantastic (Fresh strawberries and mint!) and others not so much ( juiced radishes) . But they have all power punched nutrition and a sense of well being into my daily life.

About a year ago I started researching the vitamins and minerals that support hair growth.

Here is what I have learned…..

Healthy hair growth necessities

B vitamins are essential to healthy and fast hair growth. I have learned that vitamins A, C, and E are also essential. I have learned that amino acids are the building blocks of protein, which is what your hair is made of. I have learned that eating foods that are alkalizing supports proper absorption of essential vitamins and minerals and supports hair regrowth, as well as basically all other healthy body functions.

Knowing these things, I formulated a recipe a several months ago that I have been using 3 -5 times a week. My hair and nails have been growing like crazy. When I drink this stuff, I can literally feel the hair on my body growing, like a werewolf. I have to trim my nails twice as often, and wax my legs every 3 weeks. My hair is growing fast and thick.

I want to share this recipe with you today because it actually really works. I want you to share it with your friends not only because it works for hair, but also because it is incredible for your skin and internal organ function. Did you know that an Alkaline diet keeps the body at a PH level that is inhospitable for cancer growth? I want you to live long with that healthy hair!

For this juice, you will need either a high powered blender or a juicer. If you are using a blender, you will want to strain out the solids from the liquids for best results. WHY? Because when you remove the fibers, the body can quickly and efficiently absorb all the vitamins and minerals from the juice without having to work double time to digest the solids. If you don’t like the idea of wasting the solids, freeze em in zip lock bags or ice cube trays and throw em into soup broth for thickness and flavor.

This juice has a savory flavor, like V8 but yummier. It is dark and thick and rich and quite filling. Make and drink this juice in the morning on an empty stomach for best results. Consider it your breakfast, or pre-breakfast booster. You will need a medium mason jar with a lid to make mixing and shaking easier;)

Here is the recipe!

Long, fast growing, healthy hair recipe

-beets and beet greens ( Iron, benefical minerals, folate )

-parsley (Vitamins A, B, and C)

-kale or chard ( B12, iron, folic acid)

-carrots ( Vitamins A and C)

*You can also add peppers or cukes or garlic or any other vegetable that you like for more flavor.IMG_3557 I like to add a dash of tabasco.

After juicing or blending and straining vegetables, pour into your mason jar and add in……..

-2 t-spoons Braggs liquid amino acids ( Protein building blocks and absorption)

-1 t-spoon Braggs ACV (Alkalizing)

-2 t-spoons Lemon juice (Vitamin C and alkalizing)

-1 tablespoon nutritional yeast( Mega B vitamins)

Put the lid on your jar and shake. Now drink up! IMG_3556

Do this 3 times a week for a month and let me know how things are growin:) Need a Champion juicer
? They run about 250$-300$ and are durable as a rhinocerous. Having one could add inches to your hair and years to your life. Click this link to buy your Champion juicer
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Another helpful step in stimulating hairdeluxkit growth is de-gunking your scalp and hair of nasty ingredient buildup. When I began using the ShamPHree routine, my hair growth kicked up another notch. Learn more here!

While we are on the topic of hair and DIY, 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.

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

We now have Bebiotin Natural Hair Growth Supplements in the HTHG shop!










HTHG ads. We’re taking the dive!

DSC03876Hi everyone. I want to take a bit of time to fill you in on the upcoming sidebar ad experimentation period at HTHG. I will be taking HTHG to the next level of the journey to becoming a full time self employed blogger. (I want to make it my career to share hair tricks with the world at large!)

The last year and a half have found me raising my kids, working in the Salon, and working on my blog at least 20 hours a week for no pay. It is time to make it more official so I can justify spending time and energy bringing you great DIY hair and natural beauty content to help inspire your personal style.

In the coming weeks, you will see ads displayed on the sidebar. We are working with Google Adsense to determine proper pricing for future advertisers. My goal is to work with companies that I personally love and want to introduce and promote to my readers. So please, be patient, be understanding, and bear with me through this trial period.

Here is to a prosperous, creative, and sustainable future for us all!


#DIYhair Friday….Snail Braid!

DSC02983Sometimes the simplest hairstyles are the most beautiful. This is true of the Scarf roll, and the Twisted halo and the French twist.

The way that hair texture and color works with a style can really make it stand out. The ombre in my hair is why this style looks so cool….A gentle fade from dark to light turns an ordinary braid into a flowery snail braid.

The Snail braid is a great summer hairstyle because it looks great loose and deconstructed, but will still hold well for a day of outdoor action. It is simple to do…..Just a dutch braid across the back of the head, end wrapped into a bun and pinned. Here is how to get the look.


The Snail Braid

braid snail1. Start a dutch braid on one side.

2. Continue the braid across the back of the head, and all the way down the free end. Secure the ends with a clear elastic.

3. Gently pull the sides of the braid apart a bit, starting at the ends. This will loosen it up.

4. Pull the end across the back of the head in the opposite direction.

5. Curl the ends in towards the center to make a braided spiral, flat against the head. Pin the spiral in place discreetly, tucking in the ends to hide them.

Now enjoy the summer with your hair off your neck, in a beautifully simple updo. Click here for the half-up version of this pretty hairstyle!

xoxo, HTHG

Game of Thrones hair

GoT Hairstyle CollageHere is another fabulous guest post from beauty writer Marcela De Vivo. I was excited when she pitched it to me because I had just been at the Oregon Country Fair and had met and watched the amazing Raychel Emmons braiding intricate renaissance hairstyles in the fashion of Game of Thrones. It inspired me to become a better braider, and to watch Game Of Thrones. Sometimes it takes me a while to catch on to trends, but I promise to start watching, for the sake of great hair. Do you watch Game of Thrones? Whats your opinion?

Game of Thrones Hairstyles

This one’s for all the people who get hair inspiration through their favorite TV shows. Hair has long been an extension of a character’s personality—and whether the persona is sassy, fun, down-to-earth, or badass, we’ve all wanted at one point or another to capture a piece of that identity through our hair. The Farrah, the Rachel, the Felicity (kidding!) have led hundreds, or possibly thousands, of women to their stylist’s chair with the command: “I want to look like this!” Healthy hair plus attitude equals icon status.

The Game of Thrones, HBO’s latest fantasy show (and addiction for many), showcases the power and cunning of many lovely ladies. This being HBO, the hair and makeup are to-die-for. The elaborate braids, half updos, and occasional wig that show up during the dramatic scenes makes us alternate between being caught up the storyline and wanting to know what happens next, and wanting to watch each scene frame-by-frame so we can get a better idea of just how to recreate the hair we see on screen.

This lovely and detailed infographic from gives you the low-down on how to DIY the hairstyles of the kickass ladies from the Game of Thrones. The popular show may be but a fantasy, but these elegant braids are something you can make a reality.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in California whose writing covers health, skin and hair care. To keep her hair moisturized and glamorous during the summer, she follows these tips. Find more tips like these by following her on Twitter and Facebook.

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