DIY Hair Friday NJ braid bun!

7U6A5184Happy DIY Hair Friday! I hope you are sufficiently full and satisfied. I know I am. To top off your holiday weekend of lazing about and eating and loving on your loved ones, here is a hairstyle from HTHG and NJ. It is a pretty deconstructed dutch braid bun featuring my favorite NJ comb. Here is how to do it.



nicvStart by doing a diagonal dutch braid. Secure the end with an elastic. Deconstruct your braid. Wrap your braid end inward into a loose bun.Tuck the tail in. Now either pin the bun into place with bobbies or use a hair comb to secure the look!

This holiday season, give the gift of beautiful hair. Buy yourself a handmade NJ hair comb from the HTHG shop. Check out this category for more HTHG and NJ hair comb ideas.


Fresh hair for the Mars.

marsMy Marley Mae Apple is 6 years old now. She is sharp, bossy, imaginative, creative, and thoughtful. She wants to be an evolutionary biologist when when grows up, but also a restauranteur owner and hair dresser and an orphanage director and mother of 15. I think she would do great at any of those things, but I keep stressin to her that you have to be a really good listener to be a hairstylist.

Anyhow, she has been experimenting with hairstyling on herself a lot lately. I let her use my hair kit because she is finally old enough to return things to where she got them and keep things semi-organized. 6 is a magical age. Here are her recent hair creations.


ShamPHree Mix and Apply video.

DSC04092I have spent the last 6 months researching and testing the best applicator bottles, funnels, scents, raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Aluminum free Sodium Bicarb, labels, logos, packaging, and general esthetic to put together a Shampoo-free kit and system to sell on HTHG. For those of you who are already ShamPHree and want an upgrade and for those of you who are curious about going ShamPHree but waiting for the whole system to be handed to you in one pretty and easy to use package, you are in the right place!

Today, I give you a look at what is coming soon on HTHG…..A full on Shampoo-free shop with Deluxe ShamPHree kits, essential oil blends, styling products, andl more. HTHG is now your one-stop SHamPHree online shop!

Check out this video to see the ShamPHree kit, how I mix and apply my solutions, and get the feel of the ShamPHree system. It is a long time coming that I update my ShamPHree how-to video. The early days of ShamPHree were messy and experimental. Now, I’ve got it down do a beautiful science;)

I have been so excited hearing from all of you who are jumping on the ShamPHree bandwagon with great success! I fully enjoy your comments and your #shamphree Instagram photos. It is your feedback that inspires me to create. Thank you all for being here and being interested in ShamPHree. IT is a drop in the bucket towards independence and sustainability through beauty, hair and identity. Please share this post and spread the word! XOXOXOX

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



Perfect little lady pony haircut.

marsycutMars is growing out her hair. Her white blonde, spider-webby hair. I don’t argue with her, but I occasionally insist on trimming her up. Recently, she needed a good shaping. Here is how I did it.

Without taking length off, I reshaped her hair using 2 simple ponytails .It turned out swingy, sophisticated, and perfecto.

First ponytail was all the hair, brushed tightly and secured in the middle of the crown of the head. I combed the pony straight out to 90degrees and cut 3 inches off the ends.

Next pony was the whole front section of the hair from behind each ear across the top of the head. I secured a tight ponytail exactly where her horn would be if she was a unicorn ( which she basically is) and held the ponytail straight out at 90degrees from the head and cut 2 inches off the ends. BOOM! for more DIY ponytail cuts, check out this post.


DIY Hair Friday! Bored Socialite twist ‘n pin.

dream girlHappy DIY Hair Friday! Today is all about being classy and stylish and bored. My mantra for this hairstyle is All dressed up with nowhere to go. Because sometimes it is fun to have pretty hair and feel important even if you are stuck at home with a toddler.

This is a simple twist and pin hairstyle. You will need hair shoulder length or longer, a boar bristle brush for back combing, and a couple of bobbies.

Here is how to get this look.

Bored Socialite Twist’n’pin

lizaStart by back-combing the top section of the hair with either a boar bristle brush or a back comb.

Now section off the sides of the hair and leave them out for now. Smooth the front of the top section into a pretty bump and then grab all the hair in the top and back section together Twist them into a bun and pin it to secure it. ( Here is how to pin a bun!)

Now take one side section and twist it tightly into a smaller bun on the side of your big bun. Pin it into place. Repeat on the other side. Now definitely arrange your bangs and lady parts.

Have a great weekend!



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