Urban Foraging for Winter Hair: Short Hair Twists

7U6A6125Hello Hello!

This is a simple go-to styling option for shorter hair, a hairstyle I fall back on very often because of its easy loveliness. I especially love this hairstyle for very dirty hair days, because it takes a bit of grit to get these twists to stick, especially when your hair is on the shorter side.

A spritz of sea-salt spray and a sprinkle of texture powder is also a perfect way to prep your hair for this style.

*A little tip: If you have hair that is chin length or shorter like mine, your twists may not entirely join each other very seemlessly, in which case…….Pinning flowers or greenery to distract is the PERFECT solution:) In this case, I used a small Doug Fir bough and Deadly Nightshade Berries to give it a festive vibe.

Short Hair Twists

twistsDetermine what ever part you would like to use for this style. I personally like a deep side part, so I end up with some volume at the top of my head.

On the heavy side of your part, begin a twist at the front hairline, twisting up and under, holding the twist against your head while you add hair in, directing your twist back to the center of the back of your head.

For clarity, check out this video.

Once you reach the back of your head, use a strategically placed bobby pin to secure the twist to your head. (again, check out the above video link to clarify!)

Repeat the same steps on the other side, securing your twist at the back of your head.

If your hair is long enough, overlap your second twist and nestle it in right above your first, pinning it slightly under and out of the way so that the the twists appear to connect together:)

Add flowers if you want. I personally want you to, but that is just me;)

Love my little undercut? I got it cut and bleached a few months ago because I was bored (duh;) and I have been using Tinge Pastels on it to play with the color in a really fun, low commitment way. Try it? I totally recommend it!

xo, HTHG


Urban Foraging for Winter Hair: Solstice Braids, and a Small Ritual.

7U6A6388Welcoming the Winter Solstice calls for a special hairstyle adorned with winter plants. Today, as a part of our Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles series, we present Solstice Braids, adorned with black berries, pink daisies and ferns.

Before we begin the tutorial, here is a…

Small Solstice Ritual7U6A5331

Light a candle. Go outside. Ground yourself by standing on the earth, imagining roots growing from your feet into the ground and towards the earths molten center. Imagine white light and energy flowing from the core of the earth, up through your roots, your body, and out the top of your head.

Take a minute to cast a circle of protection around yourself, initiating your sacred space. Imagine a bubble that envelops the space around your body, where your energy and intention are sacred and contained.

Set an intention for the Winter. Mine is to be present and listen.

Call in the elements of each 4 directions, standing to face them as you welcome their offering. Face North to honor the Air we breath.  East to the Earth which sustains us, South to the Fire which warms and ignites, and West to the Water which soothes and carries us.

Take some breaths of air, as you feel the ground. Watch the flickering flame of your candle, and take a sip of water to encorporate the elements physically into your being.

NOW, do your hair;)

Solstice Braids

PicMonkey CollageFor this hairstyle, begin by sectioning off the top half of your head, and creating 3 braids, side by side. Secure the ends of each braid, and then spend a little time deconstructing them to add some bulk and texture.

Now, take your 2 outside braids, and criss-cross them over the center braid. Pin them into place from underneath, so that the pin is hiding!

Now, loose-ly braid your 3 braids together.

Secure them together with an elastic.

Now split the remaining hair into 3, the ends of your first braids in the center. Braid the braids into another braid. Secure the end.

Now, wind this braid into a nice tight bun at the base of your head. Make it off center if you want to. Tuck the ends underneath and out of site, and pin your bun securely into place.

Decorate your hairstyle with winter plants, and take some time today to welcome the winter and all it brings.

Thanks to My Enthios Ceremonial Arts for the photo and the Inspiration. Check them out to find out more about the earth-based services they offer.

xo, HTHG


Desert Alchemy. A Totally Blown/ Free Your Hair Collab

Desert Alchemy in collaboration between Totally Blown and How To Hair Girl are proud to announce Feed, Quench, and Build organic wild havested hair products.Hi friends!

I hope you all are staying cozy in these dark months……I’m doing my best to, and to keep the good vibes rolling. I have to say it is a bit harder to keep the positive flow moving in the Wintertime……Takes a bit more work!

I grew up snowboarding all winter long and now that I am a mom without much extra money to burn, that hobby has faded. I miss those snowy, active winters throwing my body off of jumps and rolling in the heavy PNW slush. I miss just being out in the elements all year long. Maybe today calls for a walk in the rain:)

At the moment, I am taking a break from editing a video collaboration that I am really excited about on a VERY slow moving computer because I want to announce a really fun project/collab experiment that I have been working on with my friends at shotgun-blown apparel company Totally Blown out of Joshua Tree.

( I’m warming up just thinking of how fun this project was to create!)

A little backstory- Sarah and I met at last years Spiritweavers and on my end, it was love at first site:) She lives in the Desert outside of Joshua Tree with her partner, Cody where they create wearable art garments with natural dyed fibers distressed with shotgun shells.

She visited Seattle a while back and told me that she has been on a quest to find lovingly made self-care products for her skin, body, and hair. I made her a few hair remedies from my hair apothecary to treat her desert-distressed hair…..She needed some protection from the elements and some hydration to keep her stunningly orange hair bright.

7U6A3830 After she returned to the desert, she reached out to me about collaborating on a Inspired line of hair care for desert-dwellers, infused with native desert plants and formulated for hydration and protection and a water-wise haircare experience…….The Desert Alchemy Collection was born! She went foraging and sent me up a box full of lovingly curated herbs and plants, desert dust, bark, rocks, and feathers to use in the creation of the line.

IMG_9023Together, we brainstormed oils and scents and dry earth-based ingredients that come from the desert to include in the collection, and also packaging and names and inspiration……A true collaboration!

Using ingredients like Aloe Vera, Pomegranate oil, Avocado oil, Sage, Fossil dust, Desert Dust, and Arrowroot, Creosote, Coyote Bush, Rosemary, and Orange Blossom we created the Desert Alchemy Collection……an organic hair-care line for desert dwellers and conscious people who want to nourish, hydrate, and build texture in their hair using the elements of the desert.

(Personally, as a Northwest gal, bringing a little desert energy into my soggy bones and frizzy hair has been quite healing and upllifting)

We would love to share this limited line with you and it is going fast! The line is sold exclusively through Totally Blown, and our first batch is almost gone. I started brewing the 2nd batch yesterday which will be available in mid to late January. Reserve your consciously created hair potions today by emailing Sarah and Cody at Totallyblown@gmail.com.

Here is what High-Desert Hairstylist Christina Sanchez Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 11.58.30 AMhas to say about her Desert Alchemy Products.Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 11.58.00 AM

Interested in collaboration with HTHG? Email me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com

xo, HTHG



Blue Rose Braids, for Short Hair and Handmade Gifts from HTHG!

7U6A5831 (1)Hey babes! A few months back, I dyed some vintage handmade paper roses, using earth-based dye, as an experiment.

They turned out gorgeous, and I have been rocking them in my hair ever since!

I decided to feature them in the Free Your Hair Shop this holiday season, as a handmade gift option to inspire your friends and family to decorate adorn their heads, have fun with their hair, and honor themselves!

These baby blues can be bought in packages of 5 here, so get yours while they last:)

7U6A5737Here is a little tutorial featuring our little roses, to get you excited for sticking them into your own hair, stem first, and rocking them this winter.

Blue Rose Braids

blue rosesBegin by sectioning off a very wide strip down the center of the head. It can be a rough section, I think that this style looks best without clean partings.

Do a french braid down your center section.

Secure the end with a clear elastic, then tuck your little end up and under, behind your braid. Use a bobby pin to secure the braid end underneath.

Now, create a second french braid along one side, picking up all the hair that falls from your top braid. Braid it towards the back, and secure the end with a clear elastic. Tuck and pin this end out of the way like you did the first.

Now create a third braid on the other side, securing tucking and pinning the end under.

Add blue roses for garnish, sticking them directly into and under your braids by their stems to decorate your hairstyle.

7U6A3225Love how these braids+roses look with my little blue undercut? Color is courtesy of Tinge Pastels Turquoise Conditioner.

xo, HTHG

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