Vikings, Viking hair and the Vikey-tail

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.34.13 PMSo I finally started watching Game of Thrones, after much pressure from my friends and readers. Mostly, I started watching it because I heard that the hair was cool in it. But soon, I was hooked on the scenery, costumes, the non-stop drama, the hair, the steamy sex scenes, and the dwarf. Yes, that’s right. We made it through season 2 and then guess what?! Season 3 is not available yet on Amazon Prime.

So my husband and I spent the next week hanging in space, not knowing how to spend our nightly hours together. Then, my friend Jules suggested that we watch Vikings to fill the void. She swore it was better than G.O.T. And being of Scandinavian descent, I was all like “Yah. Let’s do it”

We started watching it and got 3 episodes in and here is my analysis…….It is a low-budget G.O.T., with weak character development, a boring story line, a predictable plot, bad acting, and some really nice wild-man eye candy. So yah, I get it.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.09 PMAccording to the show Vikings, viking hair was kinda funny. Men had either short hair, shaved clean in the back half or long hair shaved on the sides and arranged into a strange kind of tail that I can only describe as a “vikey-tail” or a “vikey-pone” if you will. You choose.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.03 PMWomen had interestingly braided and twisted hair, slightly less polished than the regal ladies of G.O.T.

I decided to try my hand at vikey-styling. So, In honor of the Vikings of our past, I bring you today a hairstyle called the lady vikey-tail.

Lady Vikey Tail



1. Take a section of hair from each side, just above each ear at the front hairline. Join them together at the back of the head with a small elastic.


2. Flip the ponytail up, over, and through, topsy-tail style. Flip it once more (twice total.)


3. Take another small section from each side below the first two sections. Join them in the back with an elastic.


4. Topsy tail twice, and then tighten the twist by splitting the tail into 2 and pulling the pieces apart.


5. Take another two sections of hair from each side and join them in the back.


6. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.


7. Take two last sections from below the last ones. Join them together.


8. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.


You are now officially ready to storm Valhalla with the strength of Oden and the wits of Loki. I want to see you rock a Lady Vike-y Tail.



Reader submission! Milkmaid fishtails

Reader Submission

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You know I love a good milkmaid hairstyle.They are striking and feminine and cute and tough looking. They make me think about milkmaid ninja chicks that milk goats by day and take bad guys down with swift pail-thrashings by night. All the while, having a practical and good looking hairstyle. I would love to thank Sarah from Acoupleofbrownfinches.blogspot for her submission of Milkmaid braids with fishtails! You can find the full written tutorial on her blog. I think she nails this hairstyle, and I love the model especially. She looks fab.

The ShamPHree Diaries.

ShamPHReeLast summer, I brought you the ShamPHree Summer Series to help inspire your ShamPHree journey. This fall, we did the #bethefair interviews.  It has been really fun to be able to share these photos and stories of people who and getting free.

I am endlessly inspired by your ShamPHree hashtagged photos that I see on Instagram. Every day, more and more people are sharing their beautiful #shamphree selves with the world and I love the excitement that is building around the notion that by freeing your hair, you are freeing yourself.

Now that it is winter, and my outdoor lifestyle photography opportunities are slim, I am putting together another ShamPHree series for you…..This one is called The ShamPHree Diaries. It is a very human look at people who have free-ed themselves and their hair, and why they are loving their ShamPHree lives.

This series is open to anyone who wants to participate. Here is how……..Send me a photo of you and your ShamPHree hair. My email is

Write up answers to the following questions.

1. How long have you been ShamPHree?

2. What inspired your ShamPHree journey?

3. What was the transition period like?

4. What changes did you notice in your hair?

5. What is your favorite part about your ShamPHree life?

6. Think of ShamPHree beyond just hair……Living a life that is free of shams. What is your next step towards a ShamPHree lifestyle?

7. Tell me the basics on your life…..Where do you live, what is your personal mantra, what does your dream life look like? Tell me a couple random and interesting facts about yourself.

I will post your ShamPHree diary entries on the blog to promote you as a ShamPHree human in any way possible…..( links to your website, blog, etc) and to help inspire others in their ShamPHree lives. Ready?????? GO!

I am so excited to see what you come up with!

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

xoxo, HTHG


Reader submission- No-heat curls!

Reader Submission!


Here is a reader submission from Lizzie at Castle in the air. She shows us her favorite no-heat curl trick!


There are many ways to create ‘no heat curls’.  This is my way of doing it. And it works in my hair 🙂  My hair is thick, long, naturally wavy and of a course texture.  My hair straightens with a flat iron, however curling my hair DOES NOT WORK.  Which is a bummer :\  My hair is naturally beachy-waves.  It doesn’t look very nice without a few squirts of hairspray though.  First things first! Wash and conditioner your hair.  Dry with a towel.  Get your hair to the spot in between dripping wet and almost damp.  Then do a fishtail braid while it’s still ‘wet’.  If you don’t know how to do the fishtail: Fishtail braid tutorial 

2 choices: Leave braid in all day and sleep with it over night, or shower at night and take out the braid in the morning.  I usually shower before bed and then sleep with the braid in.  Hope this works if you ever try it 🙂

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