A Cup of Tea and a Tour of my Normal Messy Life

7U6A2185Hello! Hi! I’m Roxie. It is so very nice to meet you:) Come on in. No, no you can keep your shoes on. That mat is just for my kid’s muddy boots. Go ahead and hang your jacket up and let me show you around!

I am so happy to have you here, after all these years of sharing a sort of limited part of my life at HTHG……..Welcome to my home, my workspace, and a little look into my regular old life! I am glad to share it with you.

Friends, I wanted to take a minute to show you around a bit. I have realized in the last year how easy it is to make assumptions about the state of another’s lifestyle based on what they share via the internet/social media……And with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to give a bit of an authentic tour of my life on a quiet, normal day.

Give me just a sec while I put some tea water on……Need to use the bathroom? (did I remember to clean it??? Yep. Did. ) Great. Do you feel like a cup of tea?

7U6A2158I’ve been making this really yummy blend lately…..hibiscus, mint, nettle, usnia and rosebuds. Sound good? Great. Do you take honey? Alright, perfect. This honey comes from my grandma’s brothers family farm outside Glacier Park MT. They have a general store called Beaver Slide Dry Goods….Sell yarn and honey and soap and things. Great little shop……Check it out if you have a chance! Best honey I’ve ever had. 7U6A2128

Here is my little transitional parlor salon, where I do dry-cuts on my clients while we build out the shop behind our house into a real life salon!!!! I can’t wait to show you:) Here is what is left of the Free Your Hair Earth Collection! Was such a fun project to make hair products using only earth-based ingredients and share them with friends and clients. Check them out! Yes absolutely! Try them! Yep that is me in the sweatpants!

 

Ah!!! Yes! and the Bebiotin. I take mine every day!~ Have you tried them yet? Great for hair and skin.7U6A2135

Tea done steeping? Taste okay? K. Follow me!

7U6A2211I am so glad to have you here, did I already say that? How is your day going, what’s new? Hungry? There is a smoothie in the fridge, my husband Jonny made it this morning, he puts all of life in his smoothies…..gets us off to a great start. This morning it was pineapple, berries, chaga, yogurt, Diatomaceous Earth, spinach, Healthforce Green Powder ( I swear this stuff will keep us alive forever) SUN POTION Ashwagandha and rice milk.

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 Here is were we eat meals, we try to eat together every night, and often have a guest or two. Both Jonny and I love to cook, and we generally don’t use recipes…..kind of an intuitive art around here, cooking is;) Kids like to cook as well. We have them plan a meal every once in a while.

We hold hands around the table and sing a Scottish song together before we eat, song passed down from the McVickers on my maternal grandma’s side. I grew up singing grace at every supper and I thought it was so corny. Now I kind of love it. Ha!7U6A2181

Right this way! yep. Taking you to my favorite part of the house, past the guitars (my beloved Gretsch and my sweet little practice guitar gifted to me from my mother Out-law (Marley, our 8 year old’s dad’s mom.)7U6A21707U6A2178 In Arkansas, I played guitar and sang in a band called The Rox. Miss those days.

……and on to the bookshelves. One of my favorite parts about my Jonny is his fantastic taste in books and his beautiful book collection. They came with him when we shacked up, and I adore them (and him.) My personal collection is slowly growing and I am supremely proud of them. Jonny is ten years of book collecting ahead of me, you see.

The photo on the top right is me as a baby, held by my namesake Dr. Jane Goodall, who is a friend and mentor of my mother’s, and the bottom left there behind my late step-mothers is a ceramic jar with boobs on it that I made a week before my first daughter was born.

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I share a closet with our daughters Marley (8) and Selah (4). They are both at school today. This closet houses my Gunne Sax dress collection, which is a major source of happiness for me whenever I think of them, sitting in the back of my closet just waiting for me to wear em. Almost all of my best clothes come from Dina’s Great Finds.

If you are ever driving between Seattle and Portland, do yourself a favor and stop at Dina’s, in Chehalis. It is a Sacred Church of Vintage Treasures. Yep. Clothes, furniture, art, housewares, tools. Everything.7U6A2102

I really adore and treasure my jewelry collection. Please don’t judge it by the way it is organized! It’s just that the collection has outgrown the display, thanks to artists like Nikki Jacoby, April Rose of Rainbow Kimono and Adina Mills who have all fueled my growing obsession with statement pieces. 2016 will be the year of organizing my jewelry better.7U6A2146

7U6A2108Ooooof. The Bathroom. Remember how I said I loved to try new products but am trying to simplify my cabinets? Yeesh. This might look crazy but it is actually an improvement.

I recently came up on some Herbivore Botanicals facial products. Holy haul! Jonny and I mask all the time now. I can’t get enough. I’m a bit of a self-care junkie. Owl’s Botanicals Rose Hydrosol Mist, La Tierra Sagrada Jojoba Oil and Salt Spray, and Beaver Balm from Sound Botanicals, and of course, my Mason Pearson brush.
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In my shower, always my ShamPHree Free Your Hair bottlesHairstory New Wash, Ozark Herbal Creations Oil Facial WashSound Botanical’s Soaps and my Eminence Yam & Pumpkin Enzyme Peel, which I use twice a month (NOT when I’m premenstural! Yikes. Burn!) It’s basically a naturally derived chemical peel.

Want an apple or banana? I’m a total fruit bat. Always have fruit hanging from places. We do a lot of fruit snacking and juicing. The Northwest is great for us in the form of fruit abundance, although this isn’t the season for it. We did harvest kiwis the other day though, at our favorite park in town, Meridian Park. Try one? Or have an Apple! 7U6A2182

 

 

How you doing? Need more tea water? Come on…..I’ll take you upstairs to my apothecary and my alchemy den/guest bedroom upstairs landing. It’s all squished together! Still not sure how to make it all work;) This house, as you can see, is not big.7U6A2131

So yep, up here under this skylight is where I mix and infuse. I’ve got all my herbs drying, flowers soaking, and powders settling in 5 gallon buckets. I think of this area as my herbal hair Pharmacy, where I can custom mix hair remedies for clients and friends. It really comes in handy, and It brings me great joy. Need anything? How about an end-mender, and a stimulating oil to help your dry scalp? That I can do. I’ll send you home with a tea blend too, as long as were here:)

7U6A2188Well, the only thing left now is the big cement slab in our back yard where we are building the woodshop/salon/Hair B&B. Can’t let you leave without seeing that too. Watch your step, it gets slick out here! For now, the slab is home to our fire pit and cider press.

See my Spirit Tree in the back ground, on the left? That Douglas Fir is the first thing I see every morning when I open the curtains. I just adore it. Next time you are here, the building might be built, and you might be in my chair getting your hair done! I certainly hope so.

Lots of love, and thank you so much for visiting and letting me show you around my rather messy, normal un-fancy life. Don’t forget your oils and your tea! 

xo, Roxie Jane Hunt

 

 

Shampoo-Free: A Gift to Clients

Hi dears. This post is for all of you, but especially to my fellow stylists.

7U6A21174 years ago, when I started my Shampoo-Free Journey, I brought my clients along with me. I tried not to be pushy about it when talking in the salon about ditching shampoo, and I waited to bring it up until I could see that a client was ready to embrace to concept and start their own journeys.

What I have seen through the course of being a shampoo-free hairstylist is that giving my clients the gift of well-timed permission from their stylist to stop washing their hair is hugely empowering and transformational for them…….And that is the best gift I can give to them.

As hairdressers, we learn to see when a client is unhappy with their hair, and see how that effects them in their life. They are at an impasse, where they don’t understand the needs of their own hair, and they feel frustrated and powerless to change that. The commercialization of our industry has created a system which directs us to profit from this frustration by selling more products to fix the problems of our clients hair…..We sell them the promise of better hair, but we can’t vouch for that.

Helping shepard my clients through the process of ditching shampoo has brought us to a new level, where my job is truly about learning to understand them, their lifestyles, their unique personal styles, and the needs of their hair…….And empowering them to navigate the synthesis of these things in a healthy way with the outcome of great hair that suits them and their lives, and doesn’t require much work on their part.

All because their hair is in it’s natural beautiful state, and we embrace that, together.

This is why I stand behind the Hairstory philosophy and New Wash, the first independent stylist approved system for introducing our clients to their own hair, sans shampoo. 7U6A2234

New Wash gently cleanses without Parabens and SLS, using naturally derived oils like jojoba, and essential oils of peppermint and sunflower to help gently cleanse and condition the hair without stripping it, leaving it in it’s most natural lovely state of being.

I can’t wait to get the Free Your Hair Salon up and running, so I can introducing my clients to New Wash……They are already primed and ready to experiment further into the realms of shampoo-free life.

Interested in trying it? Sign up today and receive a free bottle of New Wash…..I bet you will love it as much as I do:)

I hope to have you in my chair some day so I can introduce you to my new favorite in-salon line!

 

xo, HTHG

The Full Moon and the Lunar Prism

Today’s post is a creative manifestation of a newfound connection that I have been exploring with the moon and her phases. This year has been a journey of tuning in, and paying attention to the subtle shifts of focus and energy in accordance with the full moon/new moon, and noticing the effects that they seem to have on me.

Last year, I wrote about the Lunar Method and growing your hair with the moon, which was just the beginning of this exploration. Since then, I have determined that the full moon brings me outward energy, expansive creativity, connection with other people, growth and vitality.

IMG_1729The new moon brings me inward, where the process of birthing new ideas begins, I tap into a greater, deeper consciousness and wisdom, channel my inner wise crone, I feel more tired and stagnant, sometimes restless, my skin feels dry and wounds heal slowly.

A deeper awareness of this his beautiful ebb and flow has brought me so much peace in the last year:)

In honor of the full moon, I experimented with Colorprint stenciling and painting the full moon onto a panel of bleached hair in the under-layers of my friend Julia’s hair. We used silver Tinge Pastel color conditioner initially to tone the panel to a dusky cool blonde, and then mixed many different Manic Panic shades to create the colors of the fiery night sky.

It turned out both luminous and colorful, like a Lunar Prism.…..just how we wanted it. Here is a little video of the process:)

xo

Sisters of the Crimper: Crimp Art

IMG_0161Babes, a quickie today, just to Screen Shot 2016-01-13 at 1.12.46 PMprofess and share my love of using a mini-crimper to create intentional texture without having to create insane 80’s clown hair.

All you need is a spritz R+Co Vicious Hairspray, and a Mini Crimper……..And your own creative mind;) You can make lines, you can criss-cross them, you can even create geometrics.

 

 

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How to do it?

Determine where you want your crimp, spritz it, comb it straight and neat, and firmly crimp it, then rock your Crimp Art like you invented the idea.

xo, HTHG

 

Hairy Eyeballs. Why?

Ever feel like your eyeballs are hairy? Maybe it sounds crazy, but if you are a hairstylist you might be able to relate to the itchy, dry, fuzzy feeling you get behind your eyes after a long day at work. Why does this happen? This story might answer that question.

7U6A9084Here is a gruesomely awesome story about hairy eyeballs from my favorite salon manager, Lisa Matson at VAIN Beautyworld.

Okay…so essentially, my eye had been crazy irritated and waterey for a week. I finally broke down and went to my opthamologist. He looked & looked and couldn’t really see anything obviously wrong. Then he said ” there is an eyelash growing kind of into your eye, maybe that is all it is”. And with that, he took some tweezers and went to pluck the hair out. What happened at that point is what I always outrageously equate to a magician pulling a series of silk scarves out of their hand. 

The hair started to come out and then went on and on. It was about two inches in length. What I always remember most is the look of disgust and confusion on the doctor’s face.

After the hair was out, he did tell me some health facts about stylists, the most icky & intriguing being that if a stylist donates their eyes after they die, there is always a ton of hair trimmings in the back of their eye socket. Sheesh. 

Anyway, that’s the whole odd experience. I never knew if the hair was embedded in my actual lid or wrapped around my eyeball. Either way, ick. 

I am collecting random stories from inside the salon. If you have a good one, please write it down and send it to howtohairgirl@gmail.com

If you are a stylist, share this with your friends and see if they can relate…..and maybe they have a story to share!

xo, HTHG

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