The Paddle Braid

sarahannThis interesting braid is somewhere between Game of Thrones, and a beaver’s paddle-like tail. It is lovely and queenly in a slumpy sort of way……Odd, yet undeniably cool. The Paddle Braid is a different take on a classic french braid. It starts very low, and so the hair that gets added in continues all the way to the ends!

A Paddle Braid can be done on medium to long hair.

Today’s Bethefair hairstyle combines a paddle braid with a few accent braids to fancy it up a bit. Here is how we did it.sar

Begin by parting off both sides of the front of the head. Make a center part, and then bisect the center part with a part that goes over the top of the head from one ear to the other.

Make a braid on either side, all the way to the ends. Secure with a small elastic, and then deconstruct the braids a bit.

Now, take one braid and pull it across the back of the head, pinning it into place. Pull the other braid across the first braid, tucking and pinning the ends under the first braid. Add more pins as needed to secure your first two braids.

Now, beginning below your pinned braids, take a small section from the center of the hair that is down. Split it into 3 and begin to braid it.

Overlap 3 times, then start adding in a small bit of hair from either side as you overlap, as you would a classic french braid. Make sure you are using no tension at all when you add in your sections, but then make the braid itself nice and snug by overlapping with tension. This will create a tight and secure braid, with loose drape-y sides.

Work your way to the ends braiding hair in, then secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.

I promise you will be the only gal around with this hairstyle:) Enjoy!

xoxo, HTHG

How to Trim Your Own Hair: Step by Step Tutorial

7U6A6600Thank you for this great guest-post, Buzzcut Guy and Friends! (follow their Tumblr for more hair tips and trends.)

You know what’s the difference between a good and bad haircut? Two weeks.

A self-cut, on the other hand, takes months of repair. Trust me, I know, I’ve been there. I’ve been cutting my own hair for years now, and my first DIY haircut was disastrous. Like tears-were-shed disastrous. However, I got so much from cutting my own hair that I decided to share my tips and skills with you guys and teach you everything I’ve learnt through the last years.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hair. Come on, it always grows back!


Why should you cut your own hair?

You can probably already figure out that cutting your own hair will save you tons of money. You might need to invest some money first into quality hair cutting tools, but I assure you, it will definitely pay off because we’re talking about you cutting your own hair on a long term.

Another thing I noticed about me in these last few years is that I got more into fashion and trendy hairstyles. I’m constantly checking what’s new in the fashion world, so I’m always updated with the latest trends. So, not only will you improve your hairstyle, but you will also improve your whole style and image in general.

And last but not least, you will become your own best hairdresser. Okay, you might miss the chit-chat time with your hairdresser, but think of the expense. Sometimes your hairdresser can’t see your vision and that’s where being your own best hairdresser comes into play.

Now, ready to get complimented on your hairstyle? The sooner you learn how to cut your own hair, the sooner you’ll get better at it. Read my detailed tutorial and you will become the best personal hairdresser to the most special and important client you will ever have – yourself.

The Tools

I said it before, I’ll say it again. Once you start cutting your own hair, you’ll be saving lots of money, so it would be nice to spend more money upfront in order to get high-quality, long-lasting hair cutting tools. So, let’s gear up, shall we?

What you need is quality professional scissors/clippers (depends on the length), clips, spray bottle with water, two mirrors, and a comb. We recommend the Wahl Deluxe Self Cut Do It Yourself Haircut Kit
And no, your old scissors won’t be of a help here. They will cause more harm than good. Only a professional gear will make the haircutting process hassle-free and easy, and moreover, it will prevent hair damage. So, opt for scissors that deliver clean cuts, won’t go blunt nor make your hair split.


DIY haircut can certainly be risky. But once you get used to it, you’ll see it’s pretty simple. Practice makes it perfect, so before introducing your new scissors to your hair, try doing your bangs for some time. This way, you will get used to the DIY haircut feeling.

Most tutorials start by telling you to cut your hair while it’s still wet. I’ve done it on dry and wet hair, and for me, there’s no difference. Just be sure to comb your hair thoroughly and keep one thing in mind: if you cut your hair while it’s still wet, don’t get too carried away when deciding about the length because wet hair shrinks up as it dries.

So, wet or dry, it doesn’t matter. What matters though is that you must wash your hair, condition and detangle it before you start cutting.

Step by step tutorial for long hair

Step 1: Go all Marcia Brady on your hair

Comb your hair as straight as possible and make sure every single tangle is removed. If this is your first time, I advise you to dry your hair so that you can see the results better in real-time. Part your hair in the middle and bring the two sides forward. Comb both sides carefully. When you think you’re done, you’re not! Tilt your head back and comb some more. Do it! *Shia LaBeouf voice*

Step 2: One side

Okay, now we’re gonna concentrate on one side at a time. Hold one part in place with a clip or scrunchie. Comb the other side and get ready for cutting. Grab the hair ends with one hand, take the scissors with your dominant hand, and don’t panic! It’s easy!

Step 3: Chop chop

Do you have a firm hold? I need you to have a firm hold. You must have a firm hold. Did I mention that is crucial to have a firm hold? Make sure your grip is firm and once you’re ready, bring the ends up, slide the fingers down and trim off as much as you want. Move on to the next hair section and trim, making sure you’re cutting off the exact same length every time.

Step 4: Repeat

Repeat steps 2 and 3, this time with other side. Needless to say, you must make both sides as even as you can. Take your time – it’s totally normal to spend more than an hour for your first DIY haircut at home.

Step 5: Water it!

Don’t allow your hair to dry completely as it will be more difficult to trim properly and might even result in uneven cut. Spritz water to the section you want to cut and get down to business.

Step 6: Inspection

We done? All sections are cut? It’s inspection time. Make sure every hair section is even. Use another, hand-held mirror in order to get a good view of the back, right and left side to detect if there are strands that are sticking out.

Step by step tutorial for short hair

I’ve had short hair a few years back, and let me tell you, cutting short hair is more complicated than cutting long hair. But I’ve managed to master it, so you will, too! This guide only describes the most basic buzzcut, but you can find more styles here.

Step 1: Get familiar with your hair

Run your hand through your hair and find out in which direction your hair grows. You should cut in the opposite direction of its growth.

Step 2: Get familiar with the clippers

Read the manual, turn the clippers on and off, try different speeds, change blades, clip guards on and off, etc. Make sure your clippers are well oiled, choose the clipper guard you want, and check if the guard is attached properly.

Step 3: Buzz buzz

Start from the bottom and gently work your way to the top. Buzz your head with the longest length setting and once you’re done, do the same with shorter length guards. Once you’re done with the general feel of the haircut you want, it’s time for designing the details.

Step 4: Details

Have a look in the mirror and see if everything is even. Designing the details requires more work. You should start with the sides, top, and back, and finish with fading and styling. Check this information-packed guide to cut your short hair with clippers.


Told ya! Cutting your own hair is not that complicated. I’ve tried many different haircuts, and I must say – some haircuts should be done by professionals only. For example, if you want a pixie haircut or bob, visit your hairdresser because these cuts fall under the “don’t try this at home” category.

Be patient, be precise, and take it slow. Your hairdresser cuts your hair in 10-15 minutes, and yes, that’s impressive, but DIY haircuts shouldn’t be done in a hurry. Every hair section deserves your complete focus, care and attention.

Oh, and over the next few days, you might find hairs that weren’t quite properly cut, so keep the scissors/clipper handy. Remember, practice makes it perfect, so you’ll get better and better!

I really hope this DIY haircut guide will make you start cutting your hair at home. You can now maintain your hair on your own while saving money. Win-win!

Want DIY hair color inspiration? browse HTHG’s DIY color category and learn how to master your own color!

Interested in a DIY foil, Balayage, Dip-Dye, or Ombre? Check out the HTHG DIY color video library. Save yourself the salon prices and master these techniques yourself.

If you are a DIY hair-cutter who is curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!


#tankbabesrealbodies The Big Bang Theory

7U6A62697U6A62437U6A6197Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A70657U6A8247

Today, we demonstrate Rain’s Big Big Bangs, and our crimping theory in a nutshell.

Rain has thick bangs to begin with, and we wanted them as big as possible. Jeanne trimmed them into a perfect line. Then, she flat ironed them, sprayed them with hairspray, THEN crimped them in small sections.

Our theory on big bangs and crimping is that flat ironing them first is a must. Just trust us on this.

Flatiron, spray, crimp, brush. Big bang BOOM!

Rock big bangs, as their own statement. Let the rest of your hair just be normal. Help us make it a thing.

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold



Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty




The Jolene Braid Halo

7U6A4276Hello my dears! Today’s braid tutorial is called the Jolene Braid, because as I write this post, my daughters are singing Jolene by Dolly Parton at the tops of their little lungs, and I am thinking to myself If I ever have another daughter, I will name her Jolene. It is just a great name. I recommend listening to this legendary Dolly song while you braid your hair.

The Jolene Braid Halo, which actually consists of two fishtail braids, is demonstrated here on Brette Howard, at this Summer’s Oregon Country Fair.

It is a great hairstyle for shoulder length or longer hair, and can be done on curly hair, if you are good, patient braider:)

bretterbereHere is how to do it.

Starting with a center part, section off one side of the head, from the top of the head to the top of one ear.

Do a fishtail braid in that section. Braid till you get about 2-3 inches from the ends, then secure the end with a small elastic. Deconstruct your braid.

On the other side of the part, take a very small section of hair from the hairline, as if you were going to start a french braid. Begin fishtail braiding that small section. Once you have braided it about 2 inches, add some hair in from either side (as you would a french braid,) guiding your braid back and around your head.

Now, with your 2 fishtail braid sections which are slightly larger now, continue fish tail braiding. Once you have braided roughly another 3 inches, add hair to either side again, continuing to steer your braid around the head.

Continue your fishtail braid 3 more inches, and add in from either side again. Continue this pattern until your braid reaches the other side, right next to the first braid.

Braid to 2-3 inches from the ends, secure the end with a small elastic and then deconstruct your second braid.

Now, wrap your first braid around the front of your head, situating it either at the hairline or slightly behind, your choice. Tuck the end under the braid, and then pin the braid to the head with discreet bobby pins. Anywhere it feels loose, add more pins:)

Take your second braid and wrap it on top but slightly behind the first braid, so you can see both braids on the front of the head. Tuck the ends under the braid, and pin your second braid into place, trying to hide the pins as best you can.

Now, add flowers if you want, or just rock this gorgeous and complicated looking braid as-is…….Your hair will look tremendous from all angles.

Now don’t go stealing other women’s men with that hair, girl.

xo, HTHG


#tankbabesrealbodies Colored Braids and Crimped Curls

7U6A63507U6A62137U6A6235Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A6862

For this look, we wanted to create as much texture as possible in Merith’s long red hair, and make it big. And we also wanted some braids with color to add some contrast and detail to the ‘do.

So what do we do? We begin by barrel curling her hair, working through section by section. Then, we spray it well with Kevin Murphy Session Hairspray to set the curls. Than, we work through the curls with a crimper, randomly crimping pieces here and there to add more texture to the hair.

Then, we get some synthetic Kanekalon Hair in several colors, and pulled out a couple thing strips of it to braid into Merith’s cornrows, which TT did beautifully. To do this, you will start your braids by making your first 2 partings to isolate your braid section. Begin with your 3 braid strands in hand. Now lay the strips of synthetic hair underneath your starting strands…..One end of the synthetic hair will be a part of strand 1, and the other end will be a part of strand 3. Begin braiding tightly, weaving that fake hair into your braid.

Once her braids were done, from her front hairline to her crown, we back-combed and teased the heck out of her hair, and pinned it up high on the top. I ratted up more fake hair into balls and pinned it into and under her hair to add more volume and color.

Me-thinks she looks like quite a riot-ress.

7U6A7740PS. I used the same technique for adding fake hair into TT’s 4 inch loc’s……Braided in pink and black and a tiny bit of purple to extend her long tail, then coiled it all about the top of her head, pinned it, and left the tail hanging down the back.

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold



Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty


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