Jenna Williams, Free Your Pits crew.

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My friend and I took part in No-Shave November or Movember, whatever you want to call it, in support of prostate cancer. But honestly. we also did it–just to see if we could do it. When I googled, “women and movember,” I found a lot of angry articles. I didn’t realize Movember only encourages men to grow their hair. They call us…”mo sistas.” They tell us to rally the men in our lives
or fundraise. No Shave November is much more accepting of the lady hair. Anyway, so we found this picture of a beard growing over the course of a month (apparently a Movember illustration) and my best friend mirrored her own take on Movember with a beautiful bush. Here is what she created.1424549_10205703045760442_7402472124278652055_n

It was tough the first couple of weeks. One of our other friends also did it but caved when she went on a date with a dude. I was determined to do it and to finish strong. On the last day of November, I posted a picture of myself to all of my social media. Now, I’m not one of those people who is only friends with my current, like-minded peers. I’m friends with assholes from high school, republicans from my hometown, my religious friends from college, and a very small smattering of people who think the same way I do.
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I posted the picture, fearing the comment section; and, surprisingly, it was all positive. Mostly from girls, but nevertheless, it was awesome that people were proud or excited or inspired. Even though I definitely got unfriended by more than a few people that day, I think I got the #freeyourpits message across.
Since November, I’ve kept all my body hair. My best friend (the artist) has shaved hers but misses it. And our other friend wants to try again! At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who shaves and who doesn’t. It’s all about choice…and respect of that choice. Thank you for spreading this message. It’s awesome to see I’m not alone and feel empowered about my personal choices. It’s so much more than a hairy armpit. It’s freedom, choice, power, money, breaking of norms.
Much love and respect,
Jenna Williams

Thanks, Jenna for contributing and sharing your pit story with the Free Your Pits Movement!

Want to submit your pit? Send us a photo and a story about your pits to howtohairgirl@gmail.com and we will publish it to help drive the movement forwards! #freeyourpits

Fail-proof DIY haircut alert: Trim your own layers!

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julesDIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have horror stories about late night wine fueled baby-bangs that quickly became a colassal hack job snip by tiny snip, and required an emergency trip to see your stylist where you cried and groveled and begged for forgiveness…….Learn to trim your own layers with HTHG on Refinery29 today!

(Illustrated cover shot by R29)

 

 

 

Haley Reynolds, Free Your Pits crew.

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image-1Hey there! I have seen the dyed armpit hair post gaining attention for quite some time now and figured I would submit to you guys since I’m an armpit hair veteran! My name is Haley Reynolds and i am 21 years old and have had my armpit hair for 3 years now. I plan on dying it to match my rainbow hair in the near future. I have definitely received mix thoughts regarding my lovely pit locks. I find that friends are super supportive while a good most of my family is disgusted. Even the modeling agency that it represent is disapproving of it. That being said, I have modeled for 3 years now and refuse to shave my pits for a photoshoot; I’m so emotionally attached to it that it would pain me to do so. I can honestly say having my armpit hair is one of the most liberating things I have done, it is such a weight off of my shoulders to shave. I love that you guys have started a movement for us hairy nymphs that don’t shave! It’s truly inspiring! Thank you for listening :)

Thanks, Haley for contributing and sharing your pit story with the Free Your Pits Movement!

Want to submit your pit? Send us a photo and a story about your pits to howtohairgirl@gmail.com and we will publish it to help drive the movement forwards! #freeyourpits

The Worlds First Pit-In #freeyourpits

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Thanks to Rain Sissel, Micaela Storms, Jaxin Skyward, and Sarah Ann Caldwell for dying their pits at this fun event. xoxoxoxox! Viva La Pit! #freeyourpits

Braids and Ivy crown at the Gumwall

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7U6A8681Hey babes. Here is hairstyle #3 from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series. It is basically 2 french braids that turn into fishtail braids, overlapped and pinned in the back and finished with a crown of Ivy. This is the hairstyle to get you in the festive spirit.

This shoot was fun because I got to hang out at the Pike Place Market on a gorgeous clear day with Nikki Jacoby, my sister wife who is also my favorite jewelry designer in the world. We shot this tutorial at the gum wall, which is a wall in an alley that is covered with chewed up gum. It smells like my childhood and looks like a psyhcadelic vortex.

For this look, you will want to forage a couple long strands of Ivy. They should be about 2 feet long each. Take one of them and wind it once around your head, then wind the end around the beginning so that it becomes a complete secure loop. Use your other 2 strands of Ivy to wind around the first one, until you have a crown. Tuck the ends into the wound stalk to secure them.7U6A8852

For the hairstyle, begin with a texture spray like Masterbraider to add some grip to your braids. It will help them stick, and keep them in place once they are in.nikki

Now part your hair down the middle. Begin a french braid down one side of the head.

Once you reach the base of the neck and have all the free hair braided in, gather all 2 braid sections into a ponytail and split it in half, so you have 2 sections instead of 3. Start a fishtail braid down the free ends of your french braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic, and pull the fishtail braid apart a bit to deconstruct it and give it some more texture.

Repeat all of this on the other side.

Now take a braid, and pull it across the back of the head, keeping it low so that it follows the curve of the head around the hairline. Tuck the end of it into the french braid on the other side, and pin it discreetly into the braid so as to hide the end and the pin. Add more pins discreetly to the wrapped braid, securing it into the head.

Take the second braid and pull it down and around the first one, overlapping it and tucking the ends into the braid on the other side. Pin this braid in securely as well.

Now pull at your lady parts to soften the look, and put on your Ivy crown. Rock this do’ to your company party, and drink a little bit ( or a lot) too much wine.

xoxoxo, HTHG