Sisterhood and Solidarity follow-up! Please read this lovely story.

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About a year ago, 2 sisters came into the salon together…..One was cutting off all her hair to give to her sister for a wig to be made. It was a tale of basic human awesomeness on all levels. Read the backstory here and then come back for this follow-up. Last week, I got an email from Katy, receiver of the wig. Here is what it said.

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You know, I never thought much about how I looked.  Beautiful was (and is) a weird word to me, as my preferred descriptive words were always more along the lines of smart, musical, athletic, or funny.

 

But, with the brain cancer diagnosis and the direct choices given to me by my neurosurgeon and radiation oncologist put me in a place where I would live with partial, but permanent, hair loss for the rest of my hopefully long life.  And that changed my perspective in a way.  I became a bit more self conscious about my appearance.  The hair loss is localized to the top of my head, which is something I am grateful for.   It is fairly easy to hide it under a bandana or a hat, as the rest of my head has healthy hair growth.  Even so, I found that it also sometimes made me feel a bit isolated.  It can be hard to relate to folks who want to have beautiful hair or don’t care at all, when all I want is to feel like myself when I look in the mirror.  

 

Lucky for me, a family friend had gone through breast cancer and found Anton’s Hair Company in Bellevue.  They hand make custom wigs and partial hair pieces for anyone dealing with hair loss.  I know of a couple men who have gone to them as well.  Their website (www.antonshair.com) doesn’t have a ton of info on it, but Anton is a gentleman who hails from Austria.  He learned the craft of wig making by working with the Vienna Opera, making wigs for the costumes.  He and his son Kurt hand stitch the hair into a custom fit wig cap that attaches to a client’s head via special tape to or clips for people like me who actually have hair to clip into.  They craft them to last, unlike a lot of cheaper wigs that don’t attach the hairs as securely.

 

The first wig was out of my own hair, saved from surgery, plus some donated hair.  Unfortunately,  the following hair cut left it crooked and shorter than I like.  

 

The second came from a generous friend whose hair closely, but not exactly, matched mine.  I liked that it was longer, but still took a bit of work on my part to get the texture to match.  I will always be grateful for this one because it allowed me to play with the length of the layering of my own hair underneath.

 

The third is the one you helped me with.  My sister went to crazy lengths for me… literally!  What was it, 20 inches or so?  It took a few months for them to get the wig built- good news for their business if they have a backlog of clients.  And, it has taken a few more for me to sit down and write about it.  (I have a Carepage “blog” update that I have been procrastinating on as well.)  Sorry for that, but I’m here now!

 

Here’s me the day I got the piece.  Our hair blends together so well, you really can’t tell the difference!  

 

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Here I am after a trip to the salon the next day.  It needed some taming after so much time waiting around and then getting stitched into the wig cap.  

 

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I liked the curls, so the next time I washed it, I went back.

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It doesn’t need to be washed all that often- I am back in hats or bandanas a lot of times when I’m at home or out running around.  I may not always curl it after washing, because it is fun to play with as it is.

It’s still a bit weird to see myself as a “baldie” when I “take my hair off”, but the well developed smile lines in my cheeks and eyes still feel like me.  

More importantly- guess who looks in the mirror now and feels good about the way she looks?!?  

You did a great job with Jenn’s hair, too.  We’re both enjoying our new ‘dos!

Thanks,
Katy Wrenn Rock

P.S. If you’re curious to read the rest of my story for yourself, you can find it here: http://www.carepages.com/carepages/katywrenn

 

IMG_1390Babes, this is one of my all-time favorite hair stories from my career. It was such a pleasure and honor to be a little part of it and I’m glad to be able to share it with you. BTW, here is Katy’s sister Jenn’s hair a year later.

Such lovely sisters.

The Moss Hawk

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DSC06552DSC06564Having swung and missed with Dungeon Braids on Sarah, I decided to give her a mohawk with moss instead. It seemed appropriate, given that there happened to be moss and lichen dripping from the trees all around us at that particular point in time. And, she feels like she has a tiny head (we all have our thing) and it seemed right to bulk it up with fluffy plants. Also, I had given Reggie a Flower Hawk earlier that day and was feeling generally hawk inspired, so I went with it.

DSC06503DSC06512DSC06516A strip of ponytails, braided, deconstructed and pinned into messy buns down the back of her head made the hawk. The moss added volume, color and texture. I literally peeled it off trees, wadded it up, and bobby pinned it along either side of the bun hawk.

Then, at the end, I pinned moss into her pit hair because it seemed like the right thing to do. ‘Go with it’ was my mantra for the Moss Hawk. Because sometimes things don’t make any practical sense on one hand, but on the other hand make perfect sense. And that is all the more reason to do them.

Go with it, xo, HTHG

ShamPHree Body…..#pitcrew spray and BBP balm!

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7U6A9154Hey babes. I am excited to finally announce the launch of 2 Limited Edition ShamPHree body products, in a collaboration between HTHG and Nu Essence oils. As you know,  the concept of the ShamPHree line is to promote sustainability, self honor, personal awareness, and positive choices in your beauty and personal care routine, and today I bring you 2 unisex products that go right along with those values.
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#pitcrew body deodorant spray

This simple blend of essential oils in a base of ethyl alcohol and distilled water will kill the funk and leave you smelling fresh and wonderful for days. #pitcrew is scented by  NuEssence perfumers, using oils and resins extracted in the ancient Egyptian tradition. It smells incredible.

The scent used in #pitcrew is called Kara….It is inspired by the ancient Egyptian Princess, with notes of sandalwood, myrrh, artemisia, morrocan rose, egyptian jasmine, and orange flower. #pitcrew is now available at 3.7 oz in the ShamPHree shop.

7U6A9194BBP conditioning balm for the beard, bush, and pits.

BBP balm is a creamy solid blend of beeswax, coconut oil, castor oil, avocado oil, and honey, scented by NuEssence perfumers using oil extracted from resins and herbs in the ancient Egyptian tradition.7U6A9171

The scent is Pan, guardian of the nature spirits. A unisex scent, it is an intoxicating blend of vetiver, myrrh,dammar, rose, benzoin,pine, cedar, fir, musk, civet, and olibanus

It is very softening and leaves a subtle shine, and has light-weight body hair taming properties..

BBP balm is now available in the ShamPHree shop.

Want both for yourself or a gift? I am now offering a gift pack of both #pitcrew and BBP in the shop for a limited time.

Check em out, babes. You won’t be disappointed:)

xo, HTHG

Dungeon Braids

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DSC06488DSC06489Hey babes. This hairstyle was fun one that I did on my friend Sarah this Summer. The fun thing about it was that it was very experimental and different than any other hairstyles I have done in the past. The hairstyle reminded me of something a female knight might have rocked back in the royalty days, maybe slaying dragons or freeing slaves or something.

Or maybe some kind of tribal style? I dunno. What do you think when you look at this hairdo?

DSC06461DSC06470I basically did 3 different french braids, one down each side, and one straight down the back. I secured the ends with clear elastics, and then I realized there was no where to tuck the ends into…..The braids were too tight and unforgiving.

This is the point in the creative process where my mind shifts to plan B…..Make it work.

DSC06481DSC06476I folded the very ends (tails!) under once and then used creatively placed bobby pins in neat rows to overlap and secure the ends of the braids against the head in no particular order….I just sort of criss-crossed em.

The finished product was a tightly braided maze of braids that looked cool because of her stark ombre, with bobby pins as function AND fashion. (I am embracing this trend.)

Sarah promptly looked in the mirror and told me to please start over because she felt like a weird pin head:) Obvies not the hair-do for those with small head complexes. So I took it all out and braided a bunch of moss into her hair like a mohawk instead.

xo, HTHG

 

Dustbowl Purple. Low commitment-high impact color!

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IMG_1295IMG_1292Hey babes. Do you like those smokey dusty shades of purple and pink hair that you are seeing lately? Are you afraid to try it because of the level of commitment it takes to make it happen and to keep it up? Me too. So I did the scared-y cat version and created a lovely dusty purple on my hair that lasted all of 4 washes. And now I am ready to do it again!

I have been asked this question many times…..“Can I dye my hair blue/purple/pink/red without bleaching it first?”

I’d like to answer that question with a metaphor. Can you draw with a blue crayon on brown paper? Or a red crayon on black paper? a pink crayon on yellow paper? The answer is yes. But your crayon colors will be muted.

The reason is that when using a veggie dye like Manic Panic, Special Effects, or Pravana, you are just covering the hair with a reflective coat of color molecules. Your true hair color will still be there, lurking underneath like the paper with crayon marks on it.

If we all had white paper for our crayons, our pictures would be bright and bold. But as I learned as a child, you can create different moods by using crayons on different colored paper;)

This is why people often have their hair bleached prior to a veggie dye. To create that blank white slate….But as we all know, bleaching our hair is costly, high maintenance and damaging.

IMG_1273So, applying this rule to my hair, I decided to put veggie dye over it without bleaching it first. I mixed up some Special Effects Virgin Rose with Pravana Violet and Pravana silver and applied it to my mostly natural hair (I have a light ombre-highlight that I do on myself occasionally.) The results were great!7U6A73107U6A7467

Things to consider when coloring your natural hair with veggie dye

The lighter the hair, the more you will see the color. With darker hair, your color may only show as a cast in certain lights, which can still look super cool.

Highlighted hair, either natural or pre-colored, looks super cool when you put bright colors over it, because you get that mix of dusty and bright, and it fades out nicely.

Veggie dye will not last long in your natural hair. The darker and brighter the color you use, the longer it will stay.

Apply the color very thick! trust me on this one. If you are afraid you don’t have quite enough color to cover all of your hair, mix in some conditioner. Apply it to your dry hair and follow the directions on the package!

The great thing about veggie dye is that you can’t over-process it. It has no chemical process…..Just adds color!

For more DIY hair color, check out the do’s and don’ts of DIY coloring!