Finger Painting Haircolor: Rainbow Hurricane

Hello friends ! Here is our next installation of Hair Finger painting.…….This is what happens when one gets frustrated by both applicator brushes and gloves, and just goes all in with the hands applying color.

Meet Elke. She visited me from the rural, snowy woods of Oregon. I just really love this picture of her:)

She came to me with her hair DIY bleached, ends still violet from previous color a year ago that didnt want to budge through a bleaching. Totally workable, because my goal with Elke was to get as many shades of color into her hair as possible, highlighted with many pops of ruby red. Because saturated red is underused in hair color, since the 90’s made people scared of it.

Here is a little video of the application. I started with applying Tinge Pastels to the roots. I used all shades, marbling them together as I worked. I did use a color brush for this part.

Once the roots were colored, I worked my way from the nape of the neck up, using my hands to smudge colors in to every piece of hair, in different sizes and levels of saturation.

I left out some of the mid-sections on random strands to add dimension, as you can see here.

Here are the custom-mixed colors I used on Elke…….

She processed for 20 minutes, and then I rinsed her out and gave her a rough blow-dry.

Naturally, I had to crimp her just for fun. We played around with a few quick hairstyles before she left to celebrate her birthday with friends.

Her hair made me think of a hurricane of color.

xo, HTHG

Finger Painting Haircolor: Rainbow Locs

Hey babes. The next 3 weeks will feature a different finger-painted hair creation every week. This came about because I wanted to challenge myself by letting myself do what I always want to do but has felt like breaking the rules…….Losing the tools that sometimes feel like they disrupt the flow between hands and hair and the process/creation of art. So I went all in with my hands.

Meet TT. She is a fellow hair artist, who specializes in Dread Coloring and Curl Cutting at Vain in Seattle. Please read up on her and her hair here.…..

She came to see me, having been feeling in a rut with her own natural locs…….They have been growing for 2 years and she is stuck between wanting to shave her head and grow her locs out.

Naturally, my remedy for this hair conundrum is to bust out some color and go all out. Stuck in hair, Stuck in life. Also because Winter is a lovely time to brighten up.

She sat in my chair with most of her dreads already dark green from a previous color, some dreads natural, and several in the front were bleached and ready for me to paint on.

Her roots were her natural, sparkly salt-and pepper.

I began by applying a dark blue veggie dye (Manic Panic) to her roots, and pulling through a bit farther into some of the dreads. Then, I refreshed her green roots with a brighter green, and added some yellow to brighten up the ends. I did a few random purple ones just for fun.

I applied the color with my fingers, rolling it into each dread. It was a full on finger-painting hair job.

Once I got to the bleached out dreads in the front, I applied the color in a rainbow to each one, blessing it with the entire spectrum of unified color.

After 20 minutes of processing, we rinsed her hair out in the sink. The colors ran together, making a beautiful rich brown.

The, she let me braid her crown up. We giggled and chatted about our kids and life. Twas a wonderful time.

True hair love sees all color and texture. I would like to manifest some more natural textured woman of all colors in my hair chair. Just putting it out there.

 

xo, HTHG

 

Free Your Hairoscope: Aquarius!

coverFriends old and new, thanks for visiting us today for the 2nd edition of the Free Your Hair HAIROSCOPE.

I offer this series to all as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.

With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!


img_6721-1For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.

This month, we honor the Aquarians 

Moon Deck Ritual:

(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)

Hair Brush Mantra:

Forgiveness is potent medicine and one of our most important spiritual practices we can cultivate. When we forgive, we allow our lives to move forwards with more ease. 

Deep challenges and past hurts may hold your greatest gifts and be the doorways to incredible insight, growth, and compassion. When you forgive yourself or others, you say YES to life and open up to something more aligned.

Although we may want the other to apologize first, we can’t control  one another. By saying ‘no’ to the harboring of negativity and suffering, we take full responsibility for how we feel, clean up disharmony within ourselves, and allow love and acceptance to prevail.

Surrender control, let go of blame, and receive the underlying teaching. You are ready to take the first step. Bring love into your own being this very moment.

Here is Your Hair Mantra for this month….

‘I Forgive and Let Go with Loving Ease ‘


Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. If you are more of the combing type, consider a wooden wide toothed comb or your own fingers for a relaxing scalp massage.

Lavender/Amethyst Bath:

Amethyst is a crystal which is associated with inner peace and healing grief, while tiny delicate Lavender flowers are used to bring calmness and comfort to the body and soul. This month, to aid in our time of bringing the intention of Forgiveness, prepare a bath to soak your hair and body steeped in the subtle magic of your purple allies. 

The effect of your healing bath will be both subtly powerful, especially following up a hair brush session, complete with this month’s mantra. 

-Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of fresh or dried lavender flowers into a hot bath. I recommend the flowers over essential oil because they are the true and unadulterated expression of the plant and more suitable to provide their healing abilities to our true and unadulterated selves. 

-Light a few candles and turn the lights down in the bathroom.

-Hold a small amethyst in each hand as you soak, submerging yourself as much as you feel comfortable. Recite your mantra a few more times, feeling the weight of the stones in each hand, and inhaling the intoxicating scent of lavender. Feel the grief of years of holding grudges against ourselves and humanity soften and slough away. 

-Close your eyes and imagine the color purple. Soft, balanced, and deep, free. 

My Dream Hair, FYI.

 

Hair Advice:

It is all too easy to compare our hair to other people’s hair, and wish we had something different than what we were born with. Many of us have spent plenty of time and energy trying to beat our own hair into submission, frustrated by our flaws held against a standard of ‘beauty.’

Many of us have hair FOMO, which is the Fear Of Missing Out of the experience of having thick hair when our hair is naturally thin. And this can cause us to get stuck in wishing we had something we don’t have, and miss out on an opportunity to really take advantage of what we DO have and make it work for us.

This month, my advice to you Water Bearers is to forgive yourself for all the times that you took your own unique hair for granted, and stop holding yourself back from doing something totally new and unique with your ‘do.

Aquarius Challenge:

This new year is the perfect time to do something you have always wanted to do with your hair, having freed yourself of hair guilt and forgiven yourself of hair hang ups.

Go ahead. Get that bob. Cut some curly bangs. Shit, shave your head.Try a new color or wear your hair totally natural to work one day. Rock it proudly, and move into your next year with your hair held high, having shed the heavy energetic burden of hair FOMO. Love what you’ve got.

Moon Phases in Aquarius:

The New Moon and Full Moon are the most potent times for setting new intentions for healthy habits and relationships and creating rituals that are potent in their action. I highly recommend this months ritual bath be done around both the 27th of January to observe the New Moon, setting an intention of what you are ready to let go of in your life/in your hair/in your relationship to yourself in physical and spiritual form, and around February 10th to observe the Full Moon, setting intention for what you are ready to bring in to your life. What do you want to manifest? Now is the time.

And how do you set an intention? for those who haven’t practiced it……Speak a little prayer to yourself. Honor it with the ritual of preparing a bath steeped in herbs and infused with the magic of yourself and body. Hold the prayer in your heart as you practice self love. Make it so!

Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Aquarius babes, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.

What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.

xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck

 

 

Winter Color Musings

Hi dears. In the spirit of bringing color to these dark days, I busted out my color kit this week and started mixing. Working with extension hair to practice my technique, I experimented with painting circular portals and mandala-like designs using Manic Panic color and Tinge Pastels.

As always, playing with color shoots me back into student mode…..as I create, I learn. The rainbow is the best teacher I have ever had. This time, we added more black into the mix, exerimenting with shadows and layering tones very intricately.

I kept finding myself irritated with the loudness of the color, it was not reflecting what I was feeling or seeing around me. It felt dissonant and grating. So, I covered everything in a cloud of dark gray and took a sigh of relief!

As I painted, I  listened to talk radio and reflected on the Bill of Rights, something I am interested in understanding better. I drank dark Coffee mixed with Chaga tea and Cacao. Twas a dark and dreamy day.

What do you do to get through the darkness of Winter?

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