Sijji’s story…..A Major Hair Journey

Hi babes. This post illustrates exactly why I love doing this blog thing. Because I get to share my hair story while witnessing some of your your incredibly inspiring hair stories. It absolutely brings me huge joy to get to share all of this goodness.

This is one of my best documented hair journeys submitted to me by a reader named Sijji from Liverpool, who works as an Endocrine Research Physician. She began sharing her hair with me last April. She was feeling very ‘Stuck in hair….’ when she first wrote to me. She hadn’t done much experimenting with her hair in her life, and was ready to start expressing her personal style but had some reservations about her employers and people in the work place judging her. She has come a long, long way, and still has her hair and her job!

Her experimentation is a mix of DIY and working with stylists, and her look is always morphing. I think she is absolutely the fiercest and is a major hair and style inspiration. Here are photos of her hair, along with her own commentary on her ever-changing tresses.

 

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“In an effort to get over Kelly Osbourne’s blatant thieving of my planned haircut, I bought myself a fake fringe. I tried to cut it into a Bettie Shape and the damn thing kept slipping off my head. So I covered it with real hair and did some rockabilly stuff.”

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“I went to the hairdresser and she played it safe  -didn’t want me looking too gothy for work. Ahem. This is what I got today – A line bob, but I want to take the back even higher next time. Want the back more like this…but the front a bit longer. Think I’ll get it cut that way next time. ”

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 “As discussed – pillar box red. Used a live temporary dye. I absolutely love it so Will commit to it. Will defo have refresher highlights put in so i can be even redder (has been 8 weeks since last set). Waiting for the front of my hair to grow so I can make the a line steeper.

Got any more ideas? – I am off dating and stuck in the lab atm so don’t mind looking even crazier this summer. Keen to go shorter when i get bored of the A line.”

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“I did this in half an hour. I know it’s a rough draft and I didn’t see the back of my head properly but yes, cute huh? “

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“Look at my pineapple!  Been yelled at on the street for looking lesbian and I have only had them 30 mins.

Can’t believe it is almost two months since the last cut. We went shorter yesterday with a small undercut and I really like it 🙂 Colorwise I think I will put a bit of vermillion directions thru the next wash. I am getting my dreads installed on Fri.”

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“Here is my latest hair. I might be asked to tone it down at work – here’s to hoping that I’m not. I am looking at an asymmetric cut now for going shorter.”

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henna tattoo on side shave!

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“Here is my latest effort. I am getting sick of the bangs and growing them out. Ditto the red. Hope to be brown/blonde by Xmas.”

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“I couldn’t wait til Xmas to go brown/blonde. I gave in to better judgement yesterdaY and bought a home colour stripper. I knew the results would be reasonable so I used it. All the red and black came out in an hour. Colour b4 is magic stuff.

What I hadn’t expected was that using a dye over it – dark ash blonde would make the previously blonde highlights look green and Orange. Ewww.

So I went to the hairdresser today to fix it. £89 poorer but I like the result. Going back to get more highlights in two weeks (I think you have seen the blonde I want).

Enjoy – sorry about the no makeup shots: I am heading to the gym.”

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“Voici mon plus blondes Carre. J’ai fait beaucoup des meches et refaire Mon undercut. Mon coiffeur, Andy est dans les fotos. Il aime passion Carre aussi. Il voudrait UN hyperlink De son carries, s’il vous plait.”IMAG0334_2-1

“I am closer to platinum. My hairdresser thinks he can get me there in one Or two visits.”

Sijji, thank you for sharing your major hair journey! we can’t wait to see what you do next.

Do you have a hair story or journey to share? I would LOVE to check them out, and publish them if you are into it. Please send me pictures and words to howtohairgirl@gmail.com

xo, HTHG

 

Perfectly Witchy Crimped hair, DIY!

7U6A3821Hey babes. This is a quick ‘How to use a crimper’ tutorial for those of you who want to know how to get this look, as seen on Rain from HTHG’s Month of the Damned shoot.

7U6A3552She started with nice dirty hair, just how I like it. I sprayed in a bit of Masterbraider for some extra texture and grip. Then she plugged in her lean mean Revlon 1 inch Crimper and got to work:)

Her method was to grab a random clump of hair, ( the dirtiness and the Masterbraider really helped clump it up) and clamp the crimper just below the roots for 5 seconds, then again just below the first clamp, working her way down the hair section to the ends, clamping and holding.

crimppShe continued this method all over her head, piece by piece. She didn’t crimp every hair on her head, just the hairs that fell into clumps with other hairs.

crim[pShe clamped the crimper for longer on some clumps than others, so that the texture created by the crimper’s heat was random and varied all throughout her layers.

Once she was done crimping, she did some light back-combing around the crown of her head, then tightly braided a couple small sections of hair around her face, leaving the ends free to unravel. Then starting at the bottom of each braid, she deconstructed them by pulling them apart to widen and rough them up a bit. This added another awesome element of texture into her hair.

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I think she completely nailed her look, which was basically ‘light-witch of the Pacific North West’

7U6A5049I hope you enjoyed this little run down……Use it this Halloween if you feel so inclined.

xoxo, HTHG

Green hair envy.

The 90’s called and left this angsty message: Green hair is legit and not just for grunge rockers and mermaids. Ever since Viper, female super hero of Marvel Comic fame dove onto the scene with kelly green hair, green has been the archtype of tough-girl ‘don’t call me cute’ hair colors. Where pastel pinks are femme and soft, green is perfectly bold, moody and complicated.

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.48.20 AMThe past few years have been all about peachy pinks and silvers. Everywhere we looked, we saw pretty unicorn hair. This past Summer was about purple hair. So much purple hair happened in salons across the country that the tell tale mark of a hair dresser was purplish stained fingertips. Real talk. Enough is enough. The pink and purple trend is fading as fast as purple hair on sun bleached ends…….More of HTHG’s green hair thoughts on Refinery29 today! And also, a giant shout out to RAIN for being a fantastically quick and awesome editor and helping me bust out content like a pro:) It is so wonderful to have your input.

xo, HTHG

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