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.

U4PgwjdIvA6Roi9Do0q617iHfVhs_t3b8un9HHUMP24Ln_gaG_L1gQWEE_R5SHO-ei8KUlJtPnzZ_kwfvLkeGfVBNuDH5Ddk4pnse3uNW6ldeu31uemolsqVzbUBfypRUe3zmXQgxsnoNpUewW_mKfaWKzh94G5r8P_PLg=s0-d-e1-ft  URPCVBV8GjORknYzghbdThK3PO93qQCNaOJnP0KkfTwvAjpgeJJDUdF6fVJsNfWLplVKtj9QT95JkipHESd9MfyZDzlDTDyPgh0E4rGIBN9_BcgP0MPlWrQ73s_xDaWqTbOIo7OvTtCjzMFTfcQ=s0-d-e1-ft _DvWoUuVMtLfpB5PyHmtI2uU4qYK_GnYaBR0unGde-hZOTlWena2c9Tvw8Q8uqVBCcH9j-VIzdGbeEM8EwP6SBNNaxKyv3EUTbHUNkIHAQH8gcMRaPSU5OubKjobpFOzGTuPO_5z9jTqNRkYfPEH=s0-d-e1-ftHere is Kiriko’s Hair Transformation Story


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

ShamPHree Myths De-mystified

Hi everyone! For all of you PHree people, I wanted to update ShamPHree FAQ’s to dis-spell any myths and help you debunk so you can de-gunk (Your hair, that is!)


Feel free to post more Q’s in the comment section and I will try to answer them all. It is important to me that you all have the support you need to get you past that initial transition period and any ShamPHree hair road-blocks so you can be informed and empowered to troubleshoot your own hair into perfection.



Can I still use my favorite hair products?


Yes! absolutely. ShamPHree is not an exclusive club. It is not us against them. This is not highschool. You can love your ShamPHree routine and use your favorite hair products……One tip, though, try and avoid silicone in products because it does build up and gunkify the hair, which kind of defeats the purpose of ShamPHree. If you are addicted to Morrocan Oil, try Shiny Dancer instead;)7U6A9542

The beauty, though, of going ShamPHee is that most people find that their hair doesn’t need the products it once did!


If I fall off the wagon, will I have to go through that whole adjustment period again?


Nope. You might find that your hair doesn’t respond as it once did to Shampoo and Conditioner, though. I still Shampoo every couple months, just to remember why I gave it up in the first place:)

That initial hard adjustment period is all about breaking yourself and your hair of synthetic chemical ingredients and a life-long belief system. Once you get through it, you are free for life, even if you fall off the wagon.


Do I have to do it every day?


No. I suggest starting off by doing it as often as you normally would Shampoo. After a couple weeks, experiment with cutting down to one less ShamPHree a week. See how your hair likes that. Give it another couple weeks, then cut back one more time. Keep doing this until you reach a routine that suits you and your hair. And remember, you can tweak your mix ratios ( how much BS/ACV you use in your mixes. ) ShamPHree is all about learning, paying attention, experimenting, understanding, and then applying.


Why do my ends feel so dry?


7U6A9661Well, because you aren’t using a conditioner that artificially seals your ends with a waxy-like substance!

If you have dry ends, the Pre-Phree oil treatment is a godsend. Seriously. I use my Liquid Gold in my dry ends before every ShamPHree. If your hair feels generally dry, Shiny Dancer is a fantastic over-all moisturizer and protectent.


Will my hair grow faster?


This hasn’t been scientifically proven, but people tell me constantly that their hair is growing like gangbusters since going ShamPHree.


My hair feels greasy and tangly, does this mean it’s not working?


No. It either means that you are still transitioning or that you haven’t found your perfect balance of how much BS and ACV to mix, how often to brush, how to apply, how long to leave on, etc. Keep adjusting! Don’t give up!


What if I use shampoo because of traveling?


No Biggie! Just get back on the PHree when you get home. Or, you can get little 2 0z containers and fill them with BS and ACV, and get some small applicator bottles and bring em on the road.


It worked for my friend, but not for me.  Maybe my hair isn’t the right type.  Is that correct?


It is rare hair that doesn’t respond well to ShamPHree. The cool thing about it is that it is a method that can be completely tailored and personalized to your specific hair type. However, it does take time and patience and experimentation to make it work some times. But once you get it, it’s yours for life:)


Does it work for everybody, or just some people?


It can work for you, no matter who you are and what your hair is like. But only if you want it to……The ShamPHree method is not for everyone. It takes commitment and patience, and curiosity and a knack for alchemy and DIY.


My hair doesn’t seem to be getting clean enough.  It is okay to use 3x or 4x the baking soda?


Yes! Find the amount that works for your hair. Make sure to apply the BS at your scalp only, when your hair is dry before you jump in the shower. And also try letting it sit in your hair for a little longer. 2-3 minutes is fine and it will leave you feeling cleaner. Also, be sure you are applying your ACV at your ends, not at your scalp:)


Will it work if I leave the B.S. and ACV in for only a minute?

It will work, but if you feel like you need a bit more cleansing, leave them on longer. Again, 2-3 minutes is perfectly fine.


Do I really have to brush my hair?


It is essential to help physically move and distribute oil from your scalp to your ends. If you are super curly or anti-brush, just make sure you give your scalp a nice massage before ShamPHree-ing to help loosen up those oils to be carried down into your ends where they are needed!


I didn’t have dandruff before.  Now, after ShamPHree-ing, I’m starting to get some.  What should I do?


Sometimes, the adjustment to ShamPHree causes the scalp to react at first by shedding a bit. This will pass quickly. Be sure you are using Aluminum-Free BS. If it keeps up, try using less BS.


I have a lot of fly-away hair now.  Will that go away?


There are a million and one reasons for fly-aways. If you feel like you are getting more than usual, invest in a good boar bristle brush. You will use it your whole life. Also, you can try a smoothing hair balm like Liquid Gold Hair Butter.


Can I still color my hair?


7U6A9530Absolutely. If you plan on transitioning to ShamPHree and you want to color your hair, I suggest getting through the adjustment period, getting your routine worked out, and THEN coloring. If you are a regular colorer, here is a bit more on ShamPHree for color treated hair. Infused Beauty Vinegar is great for color-treated hair.


Can I still perm my hair?


Yep. Go for it.


Now that it’s summer, my hair feels extra dry.  Should I change the formulas?

Yes! I change mine with every seasonal/weather change, based on how my hair reacts. I tend to use less BS and more ACV in the Summer and Winter dry months. I also load up on Liquid Gold in my ends before and after ShamPHree-ing in the dry months. And Shiny Dancer is a fantastic heat-protector and moisture restorer for hot summer beach days!


7U6A9633Day four or five scalp build up…is it time to ShamPHree again or are there any other secrets?

You might just need a good thorough brushing and a warm water rinse. Dry-Shampoo is also great for this. 3rd Day Bangs is made for your 3rd,4th, and 5th day hair! Here is how I like to apply it.


I’m really worried that I am going to smell like Vinegar all day with the ShamPHree method. Is there anything I can do?7U6A9685

The key is to apply the ACV to your ends, not at your scalp. It is when it gets into your pores that the smell sticks around even after your hair dries. If you just apply it to the ends, the smell will completely evaporate. IF you want your hair to dry and smell just lovely, try one of my scent blends added into your ACV!


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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