Daisy Braids and my dear daughters.

7U6A0380Hi babes. I was thinking the other day that it has been a while since I just wrote up a post spontaneously and shared it….I’ve been spending so much time focused on the details of production. I miss just sharing life as it happens. So I am going to make more of an effort to keep you in the personal loop as well as the hair loop of HTHG.

My daughters are Marley Mae Apple Ames, 7 years old, and Selah (Say-la) Sparrow Honey Wilder, 3. We named Marley Mae Apple because she was born when the southern Mayapples were in full bloom, and because her grandpa is an apple farmer. Selah was named after a girl I went to school with who was the daughter of ex-pat Isreali hippies and I loved her name. Sparrow because she was born a dark eyed little bird. Honey after her grandmother who affectionately went by Honey, and Wilder because her father, myself, and her sister all have different last names and it seemed only fair to give her a unique one of her very own. And Laura Ingalls Wilder is my idol, and a great universal namesake.

There you have it. I love to name things. It is one of my favorite past times. I was born Jane Eleanor Vander Stoep Hunt, but changed my name to Roxie at the age of 10 because it just felt right.

7U6A0391Marley just graduated from the 1st grade, which blows my mind wide open. She is a lean, lanky smarty-pants with insane ambition and drive, creativity and a braid for finite math.

She loves to party, is very kind and loving, and has a soft spot for all living non-human creatures. She is very much herself, and doesn’t seem to hear the beats of other peoples drums. I am very proud of her. For more on Mars and her hair, check out this post about her first DIY haircut. For more kid hairstyles, check out rag-curls, birthday braids, midnight braids, bug-catcher bun, and super cute kid bangs.

7U6A0191The night before her last day of school, Marley’s sister Selah decided to take the liberty of sneaking out of the bathtub and getting the Chlorophyll from the fridge (If you don’t know, Chlorophyll is plant blood and I add it to my water to oxygenate my blood.) The girls proceeded to wash their hair with it which resulted in dark green bath water and green-tinged hair. You can almost still see it in the photo above. They are wild little beasts a lot of the time.

The last day of 1st grade called for Daisy Braids, naturally. So I gave myself and Marley Dutch braids and decorated them with daisies. Selah got pigtails with daisies pinned in because her wild curls won’t sit still for braiding. More on Selah later, when she can sit still for 10 minutes at a time:)

Daisy Braids

7U6A0188Daisy braidsThe key to Daisy Braids is to pre-secure your daisies to pins so once your dutch braids are in, all you have to do is stick em in wherever you want ’em!

For these braids I used large daisies and clusters of small ones. I cut the stems off the large daisies and used hair pins to pin carefully through the base behind the flower. For the clusters, I left an inch of stem and used small bobby pins to pin them directly into the braid.

Here is an easy Dutch Braid tutorial for longer hair, and here is one for shorter hair. The technique used in this tutorial is best done on shorter to medium length hair.

I suggest having 2nd day hair or using a grippy braid spray to really get your braids to stick together, and bulk up when you pull them apart to rough em up:)

Daisy braids are the perfect Summer time mother-daughter hairstyle for weddings, solstice parties, music festivals, you name it. Hair fun for the family.

What are your daughters like? I would love to know.

I am my mothers daughter, more and more. My mother is a wonderfully kooky woman. Is yours? Being a mom is pretty rad and also a constant headache and heartache.

Love you guys, thanks for being here.

xo, HTHG

Harajuku Hair Transformation

ZcfSq8g-Hu6kE0WMNdbpY-A5QXiKIzunHb5j7nKdfZSteodhFizW72fgCa5OEXxgW8rQZxKyS_5WUr57fzu98sM4t8C_O2wnnKIWaG7sHeqTkoYxza5L1eziHoGrluSRSpjiWgMZFRDEzjRWQHq7dsg=s0-d-e1-ftKiriko in San Francisco contacted me last year about a DIY hair consultation. We consulted, and kept in touch.

I have had the joy of watching her figure out how to love and care for and cut and color her own hair. Then, she went to beauty school. And now, she is doing what all budding young hairstylists do in school, which is to get crazy on her own hair. Which is how we learn, and also how we re-find ourselves hiding in our hair.

With the help of fellow students and instructors, Kiriko’s hair recently transformed with a huge cut and color overhaul. I watched the process on Instagram. You should follow her, BTW because she will be turning out some incredible hair here pretty soon. She is at @kirikokikuchi. Also, for more on her as a human, I interviewed her last year for HTHG’s #bethefair interviews.

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My hair had been the laziest of California girl ‘accidental ombre’ for two years. It fell past my shoulder blades in very messy long layers, and color-wise had about four inches of my natural brown hair fading out into dirty blonde ends. And by dirty I mean dirty – they were practically green from the indigo/henna dye that I had used to color my hair black a few years ago that I could never get out.

When I started my cosmetology studies at the Paul Mitchell school in San Francisco in April, I knew I’d probably make some dramatic changes to my hair. But I certainly didn’t expect to cut half my hair off and lighten it to platinum blonde! Two of the advanced students, Jessica and Jesse, lightened my hair for me… it took 4 hours, what felt like a hundred pounds of foils, and a lot of pain. Like getting my entire scalp tattooed at once. But it was worth it. I’m obsessed with my platinum blonde now and am already getting it re-lightened and toned on Sunday.


Two days after the blonding, my cutting teacher, Macklan Clendenin, took my hair from long round layers to my current style – a very “Harajuku girl” dramatic disconnected triangular cut – short in the back and long in the front – with a blunt fringe. I love it.


I’m very creative, so while everyone else loved my long, thick, “ombre” hair, I was very bored with my hair. For YEARS before beauty school, I worked a series of jobs that encouraged conservative styles, so that dulled my blade to the point where I didn’t even know what I liked. This hair cut and color has sharpened me back up and brought out a side of myself I haven’t seen since I was a rebellious teenager. It feels great to have her back!”


Ladies, let this story inspire you not to be “stuck in hair, stuck in life”
xox, HTHG

Lovely Rita Flower Bun

7U6A2330Hey babes. Here is a pretty hairdo from the #fuckbouquets wedding hair shoot the my gals and I did for Stone Fox Bride and Refinery 29.

I wanted to share it because it is a super DIY hairstyle fit for a bride or bridesmaid or anyone for any reason, generally;)

The Lovely Rita Flower Bun is featured on my dear friend Sarah-Ann, designer at 10th&olive. sarah


This is a great hairstyle for short-ish to medium length hair in all textures! It involves a dutch braid that starts on one side of the head, goes across the back and down the opposite side. The end of the braid is wrapped into a bun and pinned into place.

Then, using assorted large and small bobby pins, I secured into the hairstyle fresh ranunculus, Air plants, assorted succulents, and alder leaf skeletons. Isn’t it nice? You should try it in your hair;)

xo, HTHG

Way cool curls. A ShamPHree Interview with Naturally Curly Chelsea

IMG_0544Chelsea is another Vain front desk superstar. She is the one with the flawlessly wild curls that run the color gamut from pink to white to chocolate brown and back again. She is a whip-smart babe with a sense of humor, an even keel, and great style.

7U6A8955I was thrilled to chat with her a couple of months back about her experimentation with DIY beauty and her quest for a more simple, healthful lifestyle. She was curious and excited to try going ShamPHree and it has been awesome to watch her and her hair troubleshoot their way to DIY awesomeness.

Chels graciously agreed to share her ShamPHree Journey story with us on HTHG, and I am excited to be able to feature her…..A fabulously naturally curly gal, as one of our exclusive ShamPHree Interviews.

Ladies and Gents,


Way cool curls: A ShamPHree Interview with Naturally Curly Chelsea.


7U6A8926What do you call yourself? Personal branding statement? ( super-human, undercover brother, mr. fix it?  Something corny? you can get creative or not:)


DIY extraordinaire, beauty industry superstar, succulent enthusiast, cat lover, veggie-juice mixologist


When did you start your ShamPHree journey?


It’s been about two months now.


What inspired your switch?


 Not only is it cheaper than conventional shampoo/conditioner options, but it’s also more natural and better for the environment, too!  No nasty chemicals going back into the water system I have to feel guilty about.


Did you have an adjustment period before you were sold on it? If so, how long and what was it like?


There is definitely an adjustment period that I was not expecting/prepared for.  ShamPHree is a journey, but I learned that it is well worth it.


The trickiest part for myself was getting the ratio of BS to water correct.  I only wash my hair once a week so I had a few weeks when I first started ShamPHree-ing that my curls disappeared completely.  Product would only make the situation worse (by weighing my hair down and making it a sticky mess), so I had to deal with my 80’s fro until the next washing.  Then I had to try and remember how to change up my formula for better results.  I used some natural conditioner (Deva Curl One Condition) after the vinegar rinse a few times so my hair would have some curl to it, since I was not using products.


After about a month and a half, I finally figured out the mixtures that worked for me, as well as how often I needed to ShamPHree.  This process would probably happen much faster for someone who washes their hair more often.  The time period before I got these mixtures/processes sorted out was agonizing.  My hair was probably still detoxing all the bad products, so I stuck with it.  But it wasn’t easy.  For someone who works in the beauty industry, not knowing what your hair will be doing each morning was certainly frustrating.  But I also felt compelled to keep going, wanting to be a part of the ShamPHree movement, bettering my hair and the environment at the same time!


ShamPHree has become a lifestyle that I share with anyone that asks about my hair (which happens often with my crazy curly locks).  And I couldn’t be more proud of getting to a place where I can comfortably ShamPHree and enjoy the results, and share with others, too!


What changes have you seen in your hair/scalp that you like since going ShamPHree?


I can go a lot longer without washing my hair, as oil no longer seems to build up at my roots/scalp.  I love the tingly feeling of the baking soda rinse.  You can really feel it working!  Overall my hair feels stronger and is shinier than ever.


 Have their been any surprises?


I was surprised by the results of adding in a vinegar only rinse every other time I ShamPHRee.  So I’m only using BS every other time I “wash” my hair.  The vinegar rinse cut out any oily build-up, and brought back quite a bit of curl.


What would you tell a friend who was on the fence about going ShamPHree?

I consider myself pretty in tune with my body, recognizing food intolarences or deficiencies with ease.  This took some time, practice, and trial and error.  But now I can enjoy food without questioning what it will do to my body.  The same can be said for ShamPHree.  It’s a system that allows you to mix your way to the perfect hair!  Be patient, and be attentive throughout the process.  It is worth it.


 Has your experience with going ShamPHree inspired any other positive changes in your self-care routine/ life in general?

I would say this process has been complimentary to my healthful, environment lovin’, DIY lifestyle.


Anything you want to add about ShamPHree, hair, life in general?


Less really is more when it comes to your hair.  Keep it freakin’ simple (for your sanity and the health of your hair).

Thanks Chels, Keep those free curls rockin!!

xo, HTHG

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