Hippie Dream Hair

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Hippie Hair

Hair. The way it moves when we walk, falling about our shoulders and rolling down our backs. The way that light weaves through it in the late afternoon sun, reflecting and refracting it into life. If left to it’s own devices, hair will grow and grow……Sometimes down towards the floor, sometimes out into the cosmos.

To me, hippie hair means hair that is allowed it’s own personality. It appears alive…..Perfectly discheveled with a soft halo around it that makes it glow. Hippie hair has not been fought and beat into submission. Hippie hair has it’s own story tell and It moves through life in real time. Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.10.59 PM

It is a slow honey pour, rippling and alive. It shows it’s history in the way it bends and curls or hangs in perfect texture, separating and gathering together in the ends and daring the brush. Hippie hair is natural and wild and free.Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.05.00 PMJoni, Janis and Stevie knew about hippie hair. They were iconic women of the 60’s. They were free women, artists and feminists with great hair. Stevie’s hair was long and blonde and wildScreen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.18.14 PM. Joni had the classic messy braids. Janis looked like a beautiful and insane cave woman.Jimi and Robert ruled that hippie man hair scene with the messy afro and the dream-girl man curls.

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.08.11 PMThanks to the natural hair movement and babes like the Olsen twins, Hippie hair is sweeping the beauty scene in a big way. The great news is that hippie hair is more a state of mind than an actual styling method. It means accepting your own natural hair texture, and then learning to love it. So put down your shampoo bottles and shine serum, ladies. It is time to let your hair get dirty.

Let their be frizz.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.33.00 PMLet’s talk about the obsession with fighting frizz. Not all hair types are meant to be smooth. Frizz-fighting efforts using silicone based products and heat styling are very drying to the hair and just make the problem worse in the long term. If your hair is naturally smooth, yay for you! If your hair is curly, coarse, or frizzy you lucked out too, because your hair has more of a range of personality. It is likely more at the mercy of the weather ( Humidity! Embrace it!) There is nothing wrong with a little frizz. The hippie hair goddesses smile on frizz.

 

Grow hair, grow.

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Wish your hair would grow longer and faster? Put down the biotin bottle and go straight to the source. Horsetail plant grows wild literally all over the place. It can be found in most apothecary and natural remedy shop. You can buy it online here.

Horsetail has the highest silica content of any plant in the north American plant kingdom. Silica is the building blocks of collagen and aids in protein building…..precisely what your hair needs to grow long, strong, and healthy. Drinking horsetail tea is a much cheaper and more effective way to get a strong dose of silica into your system. Just steep, strain and drink!

Making sure to get plenty of folic acid, iron, and B and D vitamins will also help stimulate hair growth. Juicing is great for healthy hair.

Start brushing your hair

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 2.00.32 PMSeem counter-intuitive to achieving that perfectly discheveled look? Here is the trick……Instead of shampooing your hair when it starts to feel oily and heavy at the scalp, bust out your brush. A boar bristle cushion brush to be exact. This is the most essential hair care tool that exists. I highly recommend investing in a Mason Pearson brush. It will be yours for life.

Once a week at least, when you normally would feel the need to reach for the suds bottle, brush your hair very thoroughly, from all angles. Take some time. Meditate on it while you do it. Honor yourself with this little time-honored self care ritual. A good brushing followed by a warm water rinse will even out your hair from root to ends…..No more greasy scalp and dry ends. Brushing is the perfect way to ‘wash’ your hair without stripping it. Make peace with your natural oils and move them through your hair.

Braids

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Braids are a hippie-hair styling must.
Go for messy braids on the 3rd day to hide the fact that instead of re-washing and styling your hair this morning, you were dancing to Fleetwood Mac with your kids.

Inspire hippie hair fantasy. Wear your hair in 2 braids like Joni. It is suprisingly sexy.

At night, a loose braid will protect your hair and keep it out of the way. Wake up to soft pretty waves!

Stop shampooing

7U6A8426Did you know that when you shampoo your hair, you are stripping out precisely everything that your hair needs to naturally protect itself from damage and the elements? This is a major hippie-hair no-no. Try and get down to one wash a week.

Try going no-poo. I love the Apple Cider Vinegar/Baking soda method, for keeping that perfect hippie hair balance of clean but not too clean, for days on end.

When it is time for a no-poo or a wash, always protect your ends by applying an oil like coconut or avocado to them when they are dry….pre-wash.

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Maximize your Hippie Hair with a good brush.

Get yourself some hair powder. Not the spray in kind. Go for the kind that you can sprinkle in. When your hair needs a pick me up, sprinkle your powder on your brush and brush your hair. The powder will soak up some of the oil, and add a bit of texture.

A sea-salt texture spray is a hippie-hair secret weapon. Here is the best part about it……You can make it with salt and water by mixing a tablespoon of sea salt in 8 oz or warm water. You can also bottle actual sea water and use it. If you are in the market,  I love this texture spray because it combines the texturizing power of salt with the grippy-ness of Green Tea Extract and moisture and protection of Aloe.

Spray salt spray into your dry hair anytime it seems flat and needs a boost of tousled texture-y perfection. You can also spray it in your damp hair and then dry your hair in braids for massive hippie wave action.

Once you have your hippie hair methods down, you will find freedom with the wildness of your natural hair! Rock it, don’t hide it. Tell your friends about it.

 

 

Keep Your Pits Fresh……With Baking Soda!

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Here is a great comment from a HTHG Free Your Pits supporter that I thought those of you who are into home remedies might appreciate…

How to use Baking Soda as Deodorant!

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More than 10 years ago, I freed my pits from their (our) enslavement to deodorant/antiperspirant; I thought you all might be interested…

I have been using aluminium-free baking soda as a deodorant for the last ten years & would never consider going back to regular antiperspirant, or to using one of the natural ‘deodorant’ products at the organic store – which, in my experience, simply don’t work. My only mode of transport is my bicycle, so I’m incredibly active – but I NEVER smell! The one or two times that I have been caught had to borrow a conventional deodorant, I have felt smelly after an hour or two.

This system worked perfectly for me during the extended periods (i.e. years) when I was not shaving or waxing my pits :) (All this said, the friend who actually put me onto this wonderful system found the BS eventually irritated her skin, & so she had to stop using it. I have never had this problem!)

The morning ritual I have devised goes as follows:

I shower at night, so first thing in the morning, I walk into the bathroom, brush my teeth, then wet my pits dip wet fingertips into my pot of aluminium-free BS. I then rub the powder that sticks on my fingers into my pits!

You will find that a bit of the BS falls off, the floor around your sink gets a little crunchy :)

If I was a morning showerer, I might have my pot of BS in the shower itself, towel the rest of my body leave my pits wet – then apply the powder there. I would then hang out in my dressing gown while the powder dried, before getting dressed…

It’s important that you do it first thing, especially if you’re planning on wearing black or dark blue that day! Because, as your pits dry, some white powder does drop off into your clothes. So, it’s great to do it while you’re still in your Pjs or dressing gown. I’ve never found it to damage any clothing – in fact, in my experience, it causes a lot less damage than antiperspirant… The drying & dusting-off period is not at all noticeable, in terms of sensation or comfort, just in terms of colour…

This is all making the process sound a lot messier than it actually is – but I wanted you to have all the facts! I would never, in my wildest dreams go back to supermarket deodorant. I feel 100% confident cycling in 40 deg C Australian heat (104 deg F) with my pits powdered.

Yipeeeeee Bring on the Revolution.

-Belinda

Frida Kahlo, Hair and life inspiration.

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IMG_3451Frida Kahlo. The fierce, tiny woman artist from Coyocoan, Mexico who painted herself in bright colors. Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 1.45.29 PMFrida, who’s body was disfigured in a bus accident as a child.IMG_3453 She began painting as a way to understand herself better, to tell her story.IMG_3455

She moved to San Francisco in the 1930’s with her artist husband Diego Rivera. He was a famed mural painter and a Communist.IMG_3452She painted in her North Beach studio, above the bustling cobblestone streets near the Fisherman’s Wharf. IMG_3462

Frida was sensual and expressive. She was bold an unafraid, and desperate to know herself better. She was an vibrant, complicated woman. She was an alcoholic who struggled to “….drown her sorrows, but the bastards learned to swim.”IMG_3461

Frida liked to cross-dress.Screen Shot 2015-01-26 at 12.41.33 PMShe had hairy pits. IMG_3458She had naturally curly hair, which she wore in all different styles.IMG_3457Most famously, she braided scarves and fabric into her hair and added big, bright flowers.IMG_3454

Here is a nice Frida Kahlo fabric and braids tutorial, so you can emulate her beauty. Frida is a life inspiration.

xoxo, HTHG

Fierce Braids, a HTHG Feature Series.

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7U6A2121 7U6A2122Hi dears! A new series is happening here at HTHG, and it is inspired by Fierce Lady Nordic Warriors, and how their hair would have looked, (according to my imagination;)

All the hairstyles in this series are based on simple braids, but with some exciting and super easy embellishments. Me thinks you will be in for some unexpected DIY hairstyling surprises!

Check out the first tutorial from this awesome series over at Hairromance, and be on the lookout for the rest of them which will be published exclusively here at HTHG!

Here for more Viking Hair for Fierce Babes.

xoxo, HTHG

Talking Hair with Hairromance

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IMG_3518Hey babes. Today, I am excited to be able to share with you an interview with a woman who has really played a hand in inspiring my journey as a Hair blogger. Meet the effervescent and lovely Christina Butcher, blogger at Hairromance, published author of Braids, Buns, and Twists, Queen of Pinterest, and naturally curly Aussie fox.

IMG_3521Christina was gracious enough to share with us a bit about her journey to loving her hair, as well as her favorite hair tips, tricks and products. I am so pleased to be featuring her on HTHG, because she is a badass hair loving lady with some serious skills in teaching others to love their own hair. And that is what HTHG is all about! So Christina, thank you for doing all you do for us and our hair sense:)

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 You talk about the one haircut that changed your life. Tell us more about what the cut looked like, how it was different than other cuts, and why it changed your hair game.

 

I didn’t grow up with curly hair. It just appeared during puberty and I really didn’t know how to deal with it. My mum had short hair and wasn’t much help with hair. After cutting all my hair off (a super short pixie!) I felt so free from my hair. It was as I decided to grow it back that I became best friends with a hairdresser who really understood curls. When my hair was a few inches long he told me my hair was curly and I was shocked. He gave me a simple box layered cut that was quite rounded in shape. It was life changing as I could easily style my hair and achieve great curl every day. It really encouraged me to love my hair and started my hair romance.

You know a thing or two about embracing natural curls. What have been your biggest and greatest hair discoveries as a naturally curly woman?

 

I used to be worried that my hair was dry but it’s natural for curly hair to have a dry texture. The huge bonus is that I don’t have to wash my hair as often and so I can save myself so much time. I sleep with my hair pineapple’d on top of my head and can make my curls last for days. When they get too messy, braids save the day.

I know your hair can get major big, and I know you love big hair. What are your favorite tricks for achieving hair as high as the heavens?


I love volume powder. It’s a game changer with hair styling for me. I love it to add some height to curly hair (which can lay a little flat naturally). I also use it to fatten up my braids. A little sprinkle of powder on the finished style lets me pull out the hair wider so it looks thicker.

For those who don’t like using a lot of product, I have a simple trick for when I’m air drying my curls. I part my hair in a deep side part on the opposite side to the way I wear my hair. Then when my hair is about 80% dry, I flip it back over to the right side and you have so much more volume on top. 

 What is your current hair routine/regimen?


I wash my hair every 3-4 days (sometimes a little longer!). I use a sulphate free shampoo and always do a hair treatment. I’ll comb my hair while I condition my hair and then gently squeeze out any moisture and let my curls air dry. I alternate between a mousse or curl cream depending on what I’m testing for the blog. If I’m in a rush I’ll use my diffuser to hurry the drying process along. I finish with a few drops of oil or a serum to tame the frizzies.

Fortnightly I also do an oil treatment (Darshana) on my hair.

 Who is your all-time hair idol?


Probably Gwen Stefani. Her hair is amazing and she never has any regrowth. It’s a platinum miracle.

 What haircut currently gives you major envy?


I would love super long mermaid hair but the maintenance would be such a pain. I also love a blunt bob with a fringe but it just won’t work with my hair. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is perpetually frustrated with their hair?

 

Getting to know your hair is the first step. You have to get to a place of acceptance as to what your hair really looks like. Understand that all magazine photos are photo-shopped and that most, if not all, celebrities are wearing hairpieces and have way more time than you to style their hair.

Then start practising styles that you can do in your hair. Build up an easy hair-drobe of hairstyles that you can wear any day. 

Stop comparing and start loving your hair. I promise that your hair will love you back.

 Do you have any hair tricks that have been passed down from your mother or grandmother?

 

Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It’s softer and smoother than cotton and you’ll wake up with less frizz in the morning.

What are your favorite up-and-coming companies in the hair biz?

 

One of my faves is Original and Mineral. They’re an Australian company with a focus on low chemical formulas but they don’t skimp on the look and feel of their products. They’re eco-conscious and their products really work. I especially love 7 Day Miracle and Frizzy Logic. I also use their ammonia free permanent colour on my hair.

 Do you have any exciting creative projects that you are working on for the blog this year that you would like to share?

 

I’m in the planning stages of a new book all about curly hair! It’s about time that curly girls had more examples of really curly hair and hairstyles they can do. I’m sick of seeing straight hair curled and then called curly.

Sing it, girl!

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(Photo from the Braids for short hair tutorial)

Where and how do you find inspiration for all the lovely hairstyles that you invent?

 

I’m often inspired by necessity – like part of my hair looks ok but the side is a mess so I’ll create a new side braided style. I also look to fashion weeks for new trends that I can adapt for real girls. Pretty much I just love playing with hair!

 

Christina, a big thank you from all of us for your HTHG feature!!!!

 

Here are 2 of my favorite Hairromance tutorials….

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And the Side braided hairstyle (I LOVE her colors here:)

 A little side note…….Want to start a beauty blog? Christina is featuring Beauty Blog School on Hairromance, so get in now while you can. She is a wonderful teacher.

Side braided hairstyle (I LOVE these colors:).

Check out Christina’s braiding e-book

Her DIY bride hair and makeup book

 

And my favorite, her beautifully printed hairstyle book, Braids, Buns and Twists.

xoxo, Hairromance and How-to Hair Girl