Hair teas and the three H’s of healthy hair.

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 3.31.31 PMWomen (and men!) have been using herbal hair rinses or ‘hair teas’ for thousands of years, dating back to the Pharoahs.The Pharoahs were masters of immaculate adornment and luxurious self care. We have all heard the stories of Cleopatra bathing in milk and honey to preserve her skin.

Scientists have confirmed that the herbal and botanical knowledge of the Pharoahs and other ancient civilizations is vast and very accurate. Herbs and remedies from the plant kingdom have been effectively used to treat everything from dry skin to kidney failure to demon possesion! With “primitive’ science and a bit of mysticism and spirituality woven in, these practices have been carried down through generations through story-telling and Shamanism and Ayurvedic practices.

Herbal hair rinses are used as basic cleansing and conditioning hair remedies. Since before shampoo or even soap were around, herbs have played a very important role in beauty and cleansing routines.

Today many women for-go shampoo and conditioner for herbal hair tea rinses with great results. Check this article out for some more wonderful hair tea recipes.….A different type of ShamPHree!

Today, I am going to share with you a bit about my own experimentation with herbal hair tea rinses.3hs

 

Here is how I have been using them……I make my teas and I use them to mix my ShamPHree instead of water. I get the cleansing and balancing of BS and ACV, and the power of whatever herbs I choose to use steeped in my ShamPHree water for mixing. The outcome…..Wonderfully scented and pretty colored ShamPHree with the active benefits of herbs for my hair and scalp.

How to make herbal hair tea

7U6A3537Do you know how to make tea? DUH! boil water. Pour over herbs. Let steep.

For this project, I made a hibiscus honey tea in one jar…..

A tablespoon dried hibiscus and a tablespoon of honey. Roughly 8 oz water.

And horsetail tea in the other…….

A tablespoon of dried horsetail, roughly 8 oz of water.

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Let them steep for an hour.

Then, strain them into bottles and use them as finishing hair rinses in the shower OR mix them into your ShamPHree bottles and ShamPHree as you normally would.

*You will want to keep your ShamPHree tea and and herbal hair tea refridgerated:)

Tea your hair! And for more on herbal beauty infusions, check out Total Babe Hair infused Beauty vinegars for your skin and hair.

For more on the benefits of honey, check out this post and DIY hair and skin masque tutorial.

*Goddess* Strength and Growth hair tea kits are now available in the ShamPHree Shop!

XOXO, HTHG

 

Get your Fall hair color on.

fall hairYou can not talk about fall hair without throwing around mouthwatering terms like ‘butterscotch’ and ‘ginger’ and ‘caramel.’ Are you hungry yet?

Summer leaves us with sun bleached ends and dull looking hair.  When the colors around us deepen and change, we get the hint. It is time to phase into fall hair color! Fall hair color is warm and shimmery and shiny and rich. Save the cool tones for winter!

Tinting back to a darker shade in the fall can be done all at once but a little at a time is a much gentler-on-the-hair approach that results in more natural and believable looking color. Here is what you should consider before you head in to the salon to consult your stylist about tinting back.

Do you plan on darkening up through the winter and gradually lightening come spring and summer? Is your hair prone to dry-ness and damage? Does your color always end up looking brassy? If you answered yes to these questions, then using a slower approach and having your stylist use a demi-permanent color to add low lights is probably your best bet.

Screen Shot 2013-10-12 at 3.14.34 PMMy tip for lowlights is to always use at least 2 different shades for best results. One for depth, one for tone. Depth meaning level of darkness, tone meaning hue or added color.  Here is a more in-depth article on hair color theory if you are interested *if you plan on DIY-ing your lowlights, this tutorial is perfect for a started DIY lowlight foil;)

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If you are a platinum-ish blonde and want to do something different with your hair, adding highlights of buttery warm colors like butterscotch and honey can look fantastic and perfectly, subtly warm and fall-ish without darkening your color.

Darker blondes who are don’t like brass look beautiful with  beige-y caramels. Dark blondes and lighter brunettes can spice it up with warm ginger hues, cool coppers if you want a little more drama.

Darker brunettes stun in rich ambers and chocolate browns. If your hair is very dark brown or black, consider a translucent demi-permanent color treatment ( Ask your stylist about Redken Shades) for a rich tone and super gloss to liven up your color post-summer.

Whatever you and your stylist decide on, rest assured that you are going to feel much better about life once your hair is season-appropriate because who wants to be the only person wearing beige to a color party? Probably no one.

XO, HTHG!

 

 

 

DIY Crown Lace Braid!

PicMonkey CollageHere is a fun little hair-do that I like to rock right around day 4 of ShamPHee, when things are starting to get wild on my head. If you liked the twisted angel  halo-crown ( I loved it!) you will love the Lace-braid crown.

The video breaks down how to braid around your own head, with the trick being the hand-switch in the back.

Watch closely, practice up, and learn. This is a great little hair braiding trick to keep in your back pocket;)

Ladies and long haired Gents, I present the….

DIY Crown Lace Braid

 

Dirty hair is hot and other ShamPHree journeys to follow.

shampHey my dear hair loving friends. Today, I give you “Dirty hair is hot” and ShamPHree inspiration in the form of some lovely hair collages and a couple of ShamPHree journeys documented on other blogs!

I have so enjoyed reading about and corresponding with those of you who have gone ShamPHree. I have learned so much in the process about myself, yourselves, hair, chemistry, natural remedies, and so much more.

If you are anything like me, hearing other peoples positive experiences and seeing beautiful images of natural hair help to iencourage you along your journey. When you have a chance, my ShamPHree pinterest page is where I post natural hair photos that inspire me.dirty

 

 

Here are several links to different bloggers who have gone ShamPHree. Check em out and see what has worked for them and maybe you can learn a new tip!

Leontinne and Minuette,    Forays into eco-thrifty living,    Vegan cheap green haircare,     Off the merry-go-round,     Astoria designs,     Gingefringe,     My ShamPHree journey

Here are my personal favorite HTHG ShamPHree hairstyles. Click the links for tutorials:)

9 dirty hairstyles

9 dirtyFrom right to left, starting at the top row……

Hot mess twisted hairstyle,    twisted angel halo,    half up knotted hairstyle,     roll’n’braids,     perfect dutch braids (coming soon!),     nikki bun (coming soon!),     sail away scarf braids,     3rd day twisted curly do,     headband twist.

ShamPHree starter kits and products are now available in the HTHG ShamPHree Shop. Get yours today and Free Your Hair!

#bethefair Interview 3. Naked Eye Beauty!

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 12.08.08 PM!!!!!!I’m excited about this. Can you tell? I exclaimed even before I started writing. The third #bethefair interview I have to share with you is with Jennifer Ziliotto of Naked Eye Beauty. In case you don’t know, NEB is my favorite line of skin and hair products out there. They are vegan and earth based and they work magic. Read more on NEB here!

I follow Naked Eye Beauty on Instagram and based on the photos that she posts and the products that she makes, I had to know more about what inspires her through life. So, I asked her if I could interview her with the ol’ HTHG interview questions and was delighted when she obliged.

Then, to make matters even greater, she offered to make the interview a GIVEAWAY, Instagram style! She will be giving away a Natural Hair Powder and a Natural Deodorent creme( 2 of my top 5 products ever!!!!) to a lucky HTHG reader! Here is how to enter…….Follow Nakedeyebeauty and Howtohairgirl on Instagram. Repost the product giveaway post, and tag it #bethefair.

Now, on with the interview

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1. what do you call yourself? Example……..Wilderbabe, hairdresser mama, Jewelry designer, an asshole with a sour grimace. WTF.

 

I am a makeup and hair artist, entrepreneur, student and constant seeker of all that life has to offer. Work-in-progress artist!

2. Why Naked Eye Beauty? what inspired you to create this line and how did you learn the ropes of running your own Natural beauty product company?

 

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 12.11.23 PMI was in a funk a few years ago with my makeup artist career and wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue pursuing it actually. I was just not inspired anymore although I had been working in the industry for some years already. Then I read the book Green Beauty Guide by Julie Gabriel and it literally changed my life. I had never considered how important it was to use simple and natural ingredients in beauty products. Because of that book I cleaned out my personal stash of makeup and hair products and then moved on to my professional makeup kit. I continued to read more books and also discovered websites and blogs dedicated to the green beauty movement and found so many people felt the same way I did. It really inspired me enough to experiment with making my own products. It started out innocently, just making lip balms for friends to give them on their birthdays or at Christmas. I got so many compliments on what I was creating that it gave me that extra push to start creating my own line to start selling. I taught myself how to make soap which I got a huge rush from! I’ve always been a big DIY and hands-on person, I love just love to create things. I got the name for the brand from the Who song “Naked Eye”…I just thought it sounded cool. I am a big Who fan so thats my homage to them.

3. where do you go to get inspired to create?

 

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 12.14.55 PMI get my inspiration from so many different sources…art, music, nature, friends. I read alot of books on aromatherapy, herbal medicine and beauty ingredients so I pull inspiration from those. I experiment alot too. I test things on myself and my friends. Getting their input helps me immensely. Mostly I just create what I personally like to use and scents I love.

4. where do you get free. (at the river, in the mountains, at the beach)

 

I feel the most free when I don’t have plans for the day! That rarely ever happens to me lately so when I have a day to myself to watch movies, have lunch with friends, have a glass of wine in the middle of the day or if can get outside and go for a hike, I am in heaven. I also enjoy a good road trip. Nothing like being on the open road with killer music and good snacks!

5. What is your go-to creative project this year?

 

Screen Shot 2013-09-10 at 12.06.51 PMI am currently working with my friend Casey on creating new labels for Naked Eye Beauty. Im hoping by the end of the year we will have something new to present. Right now we are just throwing around ideas and getting things going. Im also really stoked on all the makeup jobs I have been doing lately. It seems like every day I am getting asked to be a part of some cool projects. I’ll be doing makeup for the next Queens of the Stone Age video that my friend Kii is directing, I am so beyond excited! So thankful for all the good that has come my way.

6. What are your 3 favorite NEB products.

 

My 3 favorites are the Rose Tinted Lip Balm for its versatility and simplicity, the Organic Detox Facial Cleaner with Activated Charcoal for its gentle deep cleansing and the Herbal Deodorant Cream. Can’t go a single day without these 3 items!

7. Zombie apocalypse, you can take 5 things with you. What do you bring?

 

Oh this is my worst nightmare! Definitely my fiancé Ian, my 3 kitties, Joni Neil and Dust, and lip balm. Water would be nice too 🙂

8. What is your hair MO or philosophy?

 

I believe in not overdoing things. Keeping it simple. I love natural hair color, simple cuts, updos that don’t take too long to create, natural and touchable hair products. Preserving the integrity of the hair is a big one for me. Although it can be fun to change your color from blonde to pink to black, to me there is nothing more beautiful than embracing what you have.

9. What woman in history do you most admire?

 

When I was growing up, most of my idols were male musicians so all I ever wanted to be was a badass rock n roller. I didn’t really want to be feminine at all. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how amazing it is to be a woman. I don’t necessarily have one woman in history that I admire, its more like the women I surround myself with and have influenced the choices I’ve made with my career and the way I live my life. My mother is my angel, I admire her so much for her strength and acceptance of all the things life has thrown at her. My grandmother is also a huge influence. She passed away a few months ago but I am so thankful I got to spend so much time with her during her last year of life. She showed me how to handle life with grace and dignity, and to not be afraid to say how you feel. I am forever grateful for having her in my life.

10. Who are some of your female mentors or inspirations in the beauty/fashion industry?

I have so many! For beauty inspiration, I always go back to either the 1920’s or the 1960’s. To me, both those eras represent the same thing: beauty revolution! Women were changing their hairstyles drastically along with their fashion to adapt to what they want and not what society was telling them to do. I can imagine it was an exciting time to experiment and break the rules.

11.  If you could manifest your destiny, what would your life look like in 3 years.

 

I would love to have a family. I am getting married next year and feel so enamored by the idea of having a husband! I really don’t have any elaborate dreams, I just want to live a simple life. I don’t really care about being famous or having lots of money. I feel at ease and happiest when I don’t have alot. I just want to continue what I’m doing, learn as much as I can and hopefully create some happiness in other peoples lives.

And there she is in all her loveliness 🙂 Now go check out her shop and pamper your body and hair. And don’t forget to tell your friends.

Who would you like to see interviewed on HTHG?

 

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