3 Flower-Crown Worthy Tiny Dancer Hairstyles for Summer!

It is no secret that I am way into flower hair here at HTHG. Not as a trend, but as a rule. Fortunately, it is the cool thing to do at the moment! I love it when the timing works out like that.

Whether you are a Bride or not, this summer is about flowers in the hair. Flower crowns are an easy way to rock floral hair because you can make them yourself with flowers, a headband, and a hot-glue gun, or you can buy them pre-made with fake or real flowers.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 5.39.10 AMFake ones last forever, obvies. But real flowers are better because they are real, babes. Real. Don’t be a poser. You are way better than that.

Okay to be fair, though, there actually are some cool faux-flower crowns out there. Check out these beauties.  And Stone-Fox-Bride makes lovely flower crowns with fresh flowers, dried flowers, AND vintage silk flowers.The crown pictured is from the Stone-Foxes and it is dried-flower perfection!

The crown in this tutorial was made lovingly by the talented florists at Flora in Fayetteville, AR where I shot this tutorial. They talked me into having dear antlers added into it like Dora Lange, the dead girl from true detective….I was hesitant and kind of creeped out, but something told me to go with it. Now I wish I would have gone with the bigger ones!

7U6A3880Okay….. you got yourself a flower crown. The next step is to figure out how to wear your hair. Flowing braid-waves can’t be beat if you are feeling the hair-down vibe. But if you want something a little more done-up looking, try one of these…..

3 Flower-Crown Worthy Summer Hairstyles

7U6A4015This one is a simple pinned knot with the ends hanging loose. Super easy for medium-long hair of all types. I’d love to see this one done in curly hair! They key for this hairstyle is playing up the natural texture, which can best be done with an amazing wave and texture spray like Masterbraider.

Start with 2nd day hair. Spray in texture spray and tousle the hair a bit. Split the hair down the middle in the back, and take half in each hand. Tie a loose single knot at the nape of the neck, pinning it into place discreetly with a large bobby pin.
The pin should grab a bit of the knot from the top, sliding downward through the base of the hair securely. Add another pin from the bottom, sliding upward through the base. Now put your crown on and rock it hard like it’s 1969 in San Francisco and you are a tiny dancer. b2

7U6A3975This next hairstyle is also a great one for medium-long hair of all textures. It also requires a bit of texture spray for braiding grip and max texture. This one is pretty because it is long and flowing in the back, but you can still see the braids on the sides under your crown.

This hairstyle involves doing a half french braid across one side of the head, stopping at the base of the head and pinned with a large bobby pin, leaving the ends free. The pin should grab the last overlap of the braid and pin into the base of the braid, sliding in behind it. Repeat on the other side. Make sure to keep the braids low so that they are visible beneath your crown!

brookie17U6A4094This last one is 2 loose braids, obvies. Remember, we are on Haight and Ashbury right now, babes. And your name is Starchild.

Basically, do a braid on each side, not too tight. Leave a couple inches at the ends.

Now take a small bit of hair from the loose ends and wrap it a few times around the ends to tie off the braids. Secure the ends of your wrapped piece into your braid ends with a Snag-Free Hair Elastic.

Now, pull down the wrapped piece a bit to cover the elastic. Does that make sense? The goal is to hide the elastic behind the wrapped hair. Deconstruct your braid a bit to give it that lived in look.b3

Now get out there and rock your flower crown hair. If your friends have been skeptical of this whole ‘tiny dancer’ thing, they won’t be when they see your beautiful and cleverly done hair.

xoxo, HTHG

DIY Dead Flower Crown and giveaway!

7U6A6966IMG_9868Hi Spring Flower babes. How are you all? Are you ready for Summer? I’m ready to bring it on! But……before Spring ends, I have a little project to do with you.

Around the corner from my house are these rediculous poppies. They are the biggest, pinkest most insanely beautiful flowers that I have ever seen. They almost bring me to tears. This one was 10 inches across.

All I want in life in the Spring is to literally wear beautiful flowers instead of clothes. The only semi-practical and appropriate way of doing this that I can think of is to wear them in my hair.

I have worn flowers in my hair during Spring my whole life. It just seems right to do it, when I am surrounded by colorful blooms. Right?

Some flowers, though, like these dreamy poppies just don’t last. Once you pick them, they wilt and drop their petals within 10 minutes out of water. This makes them impossible to wear in the hair.

I started experimenting with flower-crown-making last month, when the first dogwoods started blooming. They were so hearty and pink and magical, I had to have them on my head. I snagged a plastic headband from my daughters and pulled out the ‘ol glue gun.


The crown was just lovely. I wanted it to last forever. It didn’t. After 4 days, it was  shriveled gluey and manky looking. This got me thinkin. Is it possible to make a flower crown that lasts forever?


I did a little research online about how to choose flowers to dry. I wanted ones that would keep their color and not shed leaves. I learned that picking flowers like roses and daisies before they are fully bloomed is the best way to get them to not shed, and drying them out of the sun will help them maintain color.

I started looking around the neighborhood for flowers that looked hearty. I found chive flowers, hellabores, lavender, small rosebuds, daisies, succulents, bee balm, dried up hydrangea, some random hearty berries and bachelors button. They all seemed thicker-petaled and with a lot of texture. I brought them home and tied them in bunches with dental floss. I hung them upside down with push pins in my warm dry attic for a week.

7U6A6452Once dry, I proceeded to prune the flowers by trimming them individually so that their stems were each about 2 inches long to begin with, and stripping unwanted leaves away.

I cleared myself a workspace in the garage, got myself a simple metal headband
and my Glue Gun Kit and got busy trimming, gluing, and designing with flowers. It was heavenly:)


DIY Dead Flower Crown


DFC1. Clear your workspace, get your glue gun and headband ready.

2. Prepare plants and flowers by trimming off access leaves and peeling bits. Think about the best and most secure way to glue on your flowers and trim them appropriately.

3. Starting with the larger more sturdy plants and flowers, apply a large pea-sized amount of glue to the base of the flower, and hold it firmly against the headband for a minute until the glue hardens. If needed, put another drop of glue on the inside of the headband. Wait till it dries halfway, then use your fingers to squish it into the flower base, securing it tightly to the headband.

4. Take a step back and visualize how you want to use flowers to design the headband. Plan it out a bit in your head, but be open to a change in creative direction! Let the flowers tell you where they want to be. Prepare some smaller ones to fill in gaps.

5. Start filling in the gaps in between the larger plants with smaller ones. Use smaller amounts of glue on these ones.

6. Continue setting larger plants, then filling in the empty spaces with smaller ones. Add a pop of texture here and there to break it up.

7. Use the smaller hearty blooms like rosebuds to taper the flower arrangement down the sides of the headband. Stop designing when you get to about 2 inches from either end of the headband.7U6A7083

Now let all the glue dry completely. Keep your crown somewhere safe and out of direct sunlight. Handle it with care, and wear it on the most special of occasions:)

Dead Flower Crown Giveaway!

I would absolutely love to give one of you this lovely crown. It will make you feel like the prettiest person to walk the world. I would also love to get this fun post out to as many eager flower-crafting folks as possible on the world wide web! To enter the Dead Flower Crown Giveaway, please share this post on your facebook, follow HTHG on Instagram if you are on it, and comment on this post letting me know your favorite flower. I will randomly choose a winner this Friday, and one of you lovelies will be the proud owner of this beauty! Ready, Set, GO!

xoxo, HTHG




DIY Rattlesnake braid crown.

7U6A7337How are you all? I am doing well….Enjoying the beautiful Spring:) I have slowed down my posting since the New Year. I wanted to take some time to learn to use my camera better, and also to learn Adobe Lightroom. Photography is a passion of mine, and it seemed right to develop my love of it to benefit HTHG! This post uses photos from my first official Lightroom 4 edited shoot, where I discovered the AMAZINGNESS of Adobe photo editing. I used presets from the lovely A Beautiful Mess blog.

My sweet neighbor Birch has the prettiest longest golden hair. Lately, I have been inviting her over for hair play dates. I could brush and style her hair for hours and never get bored or run out of ideas.

I shot a flower-hair tutorial ( Coming soon!) and posted an outtake of one of the hairstyles I used on my Instagram @howtohairgirl and it got lot’s of likes and comments so I decided to make a step-by-step tutorial of it to share with you. SO here you go, babes. The ever-lovely DIY rattlesnake braid crown!

Also, FYI, I’m pretty pumped about this summer at HTHG blog and shop. The ShamPHree shampoo-free haircare line is really taking off, and there are boutique collaborations in the works:)


This hairstyle works best on long hair. And it looks great if you leave a couple small pieces of hair loose around your face to soften it. ( Lady parts, if you will. )

To get the look, start by parting the hair down the middle, all the way to the nape of the neck. Pull both sides of the hair forward in front of the shoulders to prepare for your twists.

Now, begin on one side. Split the hair into 2 sections and hold them firmly at the top. Begin twisting them separately, in the same direction. Now as you twist them separately in the same direction, begin to wind them around each other in the opposite direction. Continue this twist/wind all the way to the ends of the hair. Secure the ends with a clear elastic.

It takes a bit of practice to get this movement down, but once you get it, it’s very easy! This post breaks down the rope braid a bit farther.

Repeat the rope on the other side and secure the end. Now, you will criss cross the the ropes across the back of the head, and over the opposite shoulder. Take one side and continue wrapping it around the head, sticking bobby pins in discreetly every couple inches. Pin the ends of the rope into the head securely.

Now do the same on the other side. Keep the ropes snug against each other, and add as many pins as you need to keep them in place. Tuck the ends of the second rope under the first rope and pin it into place to hide it.


Perfect braid-waves with Masterbraider!

IMG_9705 sea salt waves 7U6A6442Finally, babes. Masterbraider is here. It has been 3 months now, testing recipes and ingredients to create the perfect beach wave spray, with muscles.

I wanted a spray that you could spray into dry hair, braid, sleep on it, and wake up with perfect long-lasting braid-waves. Done.

I wanted a spray that would add a ton of body to the hair that would last for days without getting heavy or greasy. Done. I wanted it to have a grippy without sticky finish to make it easy to scrunch, twist, and braid for those finer hair ladies. Done.

And lastly, I wanted something that would help you all create bigger, better braids.

Today, I’m proud to introduce you to Masterbraider. Your texture, wave and braid spray BFF. Now available in the ShamPHree shop.

xoxo, HTHG

15% off ShamPHree special and a portrait of my mama.

7U6A1306Happy Mothers Day Weekend! To all the mamas, especially. I’m a mama. I have 2 daughters.

The other day, I was walking the dog. Out of the blue, I had an urge to walk over to my mothers house to say hello. ( Yes, my mother lives 5 blocks from me as of a year ago.) I see her surprising less than you would think, considering our close proximity.

It seemed the perfect spontaneous drop-in time. Late dinner time. My mother lives alone. I was certain I would find her at the round dining room table, at her usual spot. I had a feeling she would be slurping down left-over soup, made long enough ago to make the average eater slightly uncomfortable and squirmy. There would be a salad made from her garden greens (which always taste better than mine) added in would be roasted nuts, and some stinky sort of cheese.

I saw her in my mind as I crossed the street and headed toward her house. She was hunched over a New Norker, her glasses slightly askew.

As I neared her house, I saw that the dining room light on. As I walked closer, I confirmed her spot at the table. I hopped up 4 stairs to the stoop. Knocked. She startled, looked up from her magazine, squinting at me. Recognized me, and smiled. She shot up from her chair. Stumbled over her feet as she headed to the door to unlock it and let me in.

She hugs me tight. She has food on her face. She invites me in and asks if she can give me a foot rub. “Mom. I can’t stay long. I’m just out walking the dog, and wanted to swing by to say hi…….I knew you would be reading the New Yorker. ” She let’s out a loud laugh.

Then, she proceeds to ask me if I want to know what she was reading about. Before I can answer, she grabs the article and dives into it. I peer at the paper. Oh no. She is going to read me the entire thing, keeping me captive to her weird agenda of sophisticated high-brow New Yorker humor. Shit. I start to sweat. Should I run? The door is right behind me. The dog paces anxiously.

Minutes later, we are still standing awkwardly in her entryway, me holding the dogs leash, waiting for her to stop reading and engage with me in a normal motherly way. She is still reading the article that I didn’t ask her to read me. She gets to the end. The story ends on a surprisingly hilarious note. Our laughs burst forth simultaneously in the same pitch and tone.

Nothing surprises me when it comes to my mother. I feel almost numb to the parts of her that used to make me vomit in my own mouth. And I mean that in a very normal post- teenage daughter way.

Slowly, that numb has taking on a tinge of loving admiration, with a tiny bit of pity, shame, frusteration and and a slow shake of the head. And a laugh trapped in the back of the throat.

She walks me home. She holds my hand. That is a story for another day.

Okay. I will say just a few words about it. The thoughts that race through my head as I walk through my own neighborhood holding my mothers hand range from ‘I wonder what my neighbors think of this tattered 30-something woman with her dog and her past middle-aged nutty discheveled gay partner‘ to ‘ If I fake a coughing attack and have to snatch my own hand back for to cover my mouth, I can both impress her public-health obsessed mind while taking back my hand without hurting her feelings.’

I Finally settle on ‘ This is probably the most physical contact my mother has had with one of her children in years. And Mother’s Day is just around the corner. Your mother loves to hold hands. That is how she shows love.‘ I told myself ‘Just hold her hand.‘ So, I did. I went with it.

That night, I put my kids to bed, and held their hands while they fell asleep.

In honor of Mothers Day, babes, all ShamPHree natural hair kits and products will be 15% off, now through Monday. Enter coupon code FREEYOURMAMA.

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