Nikki Lane and a Night of Country Lady Hair

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Babes. I have to share with you some photos from a night of beehivin’, partyin’, and dancin’ that recently happened. I will go ahead and call it Nikki Lane and the Country Lady Hair night.

7U6A3536Have y’all heard Nikki Lane? She is a country lady badass, the second coming of Loretta Lynn if you ask me. I first heard her when my friend Holley send me a link to her singing a song called “Look Away” on a porch in some southern state, and it became my go-to song to sing to my babies, or around a fire on a whiskey-fueled full moon night.

When Holley, AKA Missbeehivin’who is a friend of Nikki’s through the country music scene, asked me if I could do Nikki’s hair before her show at the Tractor Tavern last weekend, I said “hell yes, and let’s make it official by giving everyone beehives!.” And so, it was beehives all around.

And that is how Country Lady Hair Night came to be.

7U6A2862Now I’m no dummy. I knew that a night making everyone else beautiful would leave me no time of my own to gussy up, so I got ready early, at my new collective studio space that I share with Nikki Jacoby, Holley, and Alexa. I am affectionately calling it the babe cave. #babecave;)

7U6A5936I made sure to wear my grape head piece, which is a big cluster of vintage wax-covered blown glass grapes that I clip to my head, only on the most special occasions. I am in love with it. Big fan of fake fruit here.

7U6A2913First hairstyle of the night, the gorgeous and talented Kaylee Smyth of The Western Shore who opened that night for Nikki Lane.

Kaylee and her husband Charlie are Seattle natives and band-mates, now living (and rocking) gigging, and touring from their Nashville home-base. Listen to The Western Shore here and dig their dreamy country lover sound.

Kalee had an incredible DIY haircut, a high shag with lot’s of texture which was just perfect for her thick, wild waves. I did some light texturizing in the back, and trimmed her bangs. 7U6A3112Then, she got sprinkled with 3rd Day Bangs for extra texture and oil absorption, back-combed and spit curled.

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Next up was Nikki Jacoby, who looked charming in her beehive and diagonal roll in the back, and of course, spit curls. I’m still not over those;)

7U6A29977U6A3016Holley came next. She is the queen off the beehive, which is why we call her Missbeehivin’. You can even follow her beehives on Instagram7U6A30647U6A31417U6A3194

Jules and Dawn were next. Where are their hives? I guess that my camera-woman Nikki J must have gotten busy with something else. Here is a group shot from later, so you can see Dawn and Jule’s hives too.7U6A3691

Sarah-Ann Caldwell would not let me give her a beehive, and I was only offended for a moment. She wore my squash-blossom necklace instead.

7U6A3314Then, it was time to hit the Tractor Tavern to find Nikki Lane and help her get fancied up. Holley and Nikki J and I packed ourselves like sardines into Nikki L’s dressing room with a bottle of Tequila and some Ginger Beer. (Nikki’s delicious drink of choice.)

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.31.37 PMNikki said she wanted her hair to look like Bridget Bardot. She had the perfect silk blouse and black ribbon bow to wear, and tousled Bridget hair seemed like the perfect choice for the night’s sultry surly country vibe.

I sprayed her down with Masterbraider, sprinkled some 3rd Day Bangs into her roots and brushed it through with my mini-bore bristle brush to create a nice texture base to work with. Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.32.11 PM

We chatted about the Mason Pearson brush, and how everyone needs one because there is nothing better. As we talked, she shopped on Amazon for her first Mason Pearson Pocket Brush. 

I teased her crown, back-combing it tight’n’right at the roots, and smoothed the top down to create the perfect tousled lived-in half-up hive. 7U6A3279We decided on pigtails with the rest of her hair, and so I put in low tails with clear elastics, then I teased them just a little bit, and wrapped a bit of hair around the base of the tails, to hide the elastic. I secured it with a small bobby-pin, under each pig-tail. 7U6A3292

I asked her what her go-to hair routine was for her thick-ass wavy hair and her wild life of touring and playing shows. She said she swears by Caruso Steam Rollers and the 3n hair-color that a stylist sends her to keep her hair nice and dark on the road. Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.33.50 PM

I told her she had incredible hair, and she replied that no hair-lady had ever complained about her hair before. She said it in the most perfectly country way. She reminded me of what I would imagine to be a mix of 1 cup Loretta Lynn with a tablespoon of Calamity Jane and a half-teaspoon Elvis Presley and a dash of Wanda Jackson. She made me want to move to Nashville. 7U6A3596

7U6A36327U6A3655After we finished with hair, Holley did her makeup. Feathered lashes, cat-eye liner and the perfect soft coral-pink lipstick. Then we posed for photos, as the Western Shore began their set.

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We spent the next several hours in country music heaven, where the hair was high and the vibes were higher. 7U6A3452We danced, we sang, we marveled at the huge crowd. We watched the girls put on an incredible show. 7U6A3784

Holley got to sing a song on stage with Nikki at the end, which was a nice surprise……..She has such a beautiful voice, that Missbeehivin’IMG_4742

It was a fantastic night, a great time was had by all, and I highly recommend checking out tour dates and getting yourself tickets to see Nikki Lane and the Western Shore when they come through your town. Just make SURE to wear your hair in a Beehive when you go;)

xoxoxox, HTHG

P.s.  I want to do hair in Nashville. Just putting it out there.

Spiritweavers Gathering, Embrace of the Feminine Heart

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Hello Dears.

7U6A7132Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a sacred gathering of women in the California Redwoods. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It was a gathering curated and created by Daughterofthesun’s Amy Woodruff, and it was called the Spiritweavers Gathering.7U6A7205

I have been following Daughterofthesun on Instagram for several years now, constantly inspired by the visual journey of her authentic and colorful life, which she seemingly lives with absolute gratitude and love. When she announced the Spiritweavers Gathering, a communal skillshare in the woods featuring many of my favorite artists and craftswomen, I felt instantly called.

Against my own practical, rational mind, I followed my heart and said YES to the opportunity to buy my ticket to the SpiritWeavers Gathering. I have to thank Nikki Jacoby and BeTheFair’s Brette Howard for encouraging me. We walked an unknown, mystical magnetic path, knowing deep down that we needed and deserved this time together, communing with creative and visionary women in nature. 7U6A7277

Here is what I learned, and I will try an keep it concise.

-Our inner voice is our best guide, and much of what we do in our daily life distracts us from listening to it. It is important to do what we can to tune in to it. Without following our inner voice, we spin our wheels without purpose. It is there all the time! Listen to your hearts, babes.

-As women, having time with other women in a safe and supported environment is incredibly healing and rejuvenating.

-Being in nature is essential to getting grounded, and connecting with the elements.

-Being in connection with the elements helps us access deep intuitive wisdom, boundless energy, and endless inspiration.

-Ritual is a beautiful way to worship whatever god or goddess or energy or nothing that you want.

-We are all gifted with unique wisdom, and it is important that we share our gifts with each other.

-We are incredibly fortunate to have everything that we need to survive.

-Having sisters, blood or chosen, is incredibly important. 7U6A8031

 

 

I find my mind reeling with so many things to say. I think I will stop here before I get really cosmic on you. The point is, wow. This experience really impacted me, inspired me, uplifted me, and put me on a more clear path in life. And I am so, so grateful.7U6A8089

On that tip, you will notice some changes here at HTHG as I process and fine-tune my message to you all. Please do feel free to let me know what you think, you know I so appreciate your questions and feedback:)

Highlights from the Spiritweaver’s Gathering were these.7U6A7167

I learned to dye silk using natural pigments. We dyed scraps with boiled fennel, blackberries, oak balls, and horsetail. 7U6A7179More on that here!

I learned to infuse honey for beauty and remedy. Thanks to Janelle Campbell, I now have the knowledge to infuse with confidence, as well as 2 of my own small infusions. 7U6A7419

Here is a quick DIY…

Add any medicinal or flavorful herbs or flowers into a jar, and pour honey over them. Cover, and set in a warm place to infuse for 2 weeks, making sure you flip the jar over every few days to mix. If you use fresh herbs, your honey will have a shelf life of 4-6 months, dry herb infusions will last literally for thousands of years.

I made an infusion with calendula, rose, horsetail and lavender to use on my skin as a mask, or mix with water and use as a spray toner or hair conditioner.

I made another one with orange peel, cayanne, and turkey tail mushrooms for a digestive immune booster and tonic for boosting circulation. I will use it by eating a spoonful when I need it.

Check this post out on medicinal herbs for beauty:)

More on honey infusions here.

7U6A7183Marysia Miernowska from the Gaia School of Healing taught us about the language of medicinal plants using the Wise Woman Tradition. I Highly recommend, if you are interested in the subject, the book Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) by Susun Weed.

Brette, Nikki and I took a business 101 course for conscious creators from a thoughtful and savvy entrepenuer named Britt Neubacher who owns Tend Living, a water-wise creative garden/landscaping company in San Diego. In a group of 20 women, we discussed the trials, the blessings, and the frustrations of building conscious businesses.

I learned about wild fermentation from master fermentors Mori Natura and Nastasha McGuirk. The class was really interesting and informative, and also very affirming as I realized that I have been over-thinking my fermented krauts for years now. I have been over-salting and overfussing. Turns out, you can safely ferment literally anything. The key is, you have to use filtered or distilled water, and not too much salt (must be sea salt.)

We foraged wild greens like sorrel, baby pine needles, mugwort, dandelion, and nettles and mixed them with cabbage, carrots, and salt for a perfect fermented tonic kraut. We also sampled homemade fermented krauts, cheeses, breads and kefirs. When I got home, I ordered Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz to keep me inspired and educated on journey deeper into fermented foods.

7U6A7191I shared my toothbrush with a banana slug.7U6A78857U6A78787U6A7860

I did some hair, of course;) Felt very called to return next year as a skillsharer and teach braiding and holistic DIY haircare. See you there:)?

Lastly, I had the pleasure of connecting with 5 incredible creative women and their really exciting brands.7U6A8131

April Rose of Rainbow Kimono and Sara Harris of Totally Blown stole my heart, and I returned home with a beautiful ceramic moon phase neck piece and a killer massively distressed crop T shirt which had been totally blown away by a shotgun shell. Read more on these two visionaries in the links above. 7U6A7927 7U6A7918

Bunni and her Daughter Alchemy of Zen Bunni Chocolates were a pleasure to meet. Alchemy is 4 years old, and she let me do her hair on a sunny afternoon by the river. Bunni was kind enough to gift me 5 chocolate bars which were enough to make me fall in love with them, their chocolate, and the story of their tiny rabbit hole biodynamic chocolate shop in Venice, California. Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.50.39 PM

Photo by Brette Howard.

I have been taking my Sunpotion Prash on the daily, a spoonful at a time. I feel the lifeforce barreling through me in a way that I have never felt before. I tend to be a cold, damp person and I have been feeling quite a bit of inner heat from it. And it tastes so heavenly. The herbal mix of honey and ghee melt down my throat like fire caramel. I do yoga as it melts in my mouth and it is a total sensory explosion. Check this great company of transformational foods and supplements if you feel the need to help get your energy flowing in the right direction. IMG_4920

I also finally got to meet my insta-friend and favorite natural beauty brand Naked Eye Beauty’s Jen Zillioto in person, which was so awesome, and she was just as lovely and down to earth as I thought she would be. Big shout out to her and her lovingly-naturally-crafted line of skin, hair, and makeup products.

In a nutshell, thanks to vision of Daughterofthesun, the dream building of the Spiritweaver sisters, and the generosity of all the women who came to share and learn, my chakras are open, my roots are deep, and my mind is Totally Blown. Can’t wait for next year. And I wish every one of you sisters who are here today abundant opportunity to root down and commune with your fellow woman. We all deserve it.

xoxo, HTHG

Blonderella, Glam Cinderella by Tanya Ramirez

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IMG_7682When I first started HTHG, I was kindly welcomed into an online community of hairdressers and hair bloggers at Latest-Hairstyles. These woman inspired and encouraged me to share my voice and my knowledge on the subject of hair, and I am forever thankful.

One women in particular, by the name of Tanya Ramirez, really grabbed my attention with her style of hairdressing. She was the cutting-edge of the Latest-Hairstyles community, her tutorials featured bright hair color and inspired hairstyling concepts. I have followed her now for years now, constantly loving her style.

As a passion-driven stylist, Tanya Ramirez thrives on the versatility of hair. Creating snazzy color and designing cool cuts is what the Los Angeles native loves best. She’s been featured in Modern Salon and The Colorist Magazine for her unique hair coloring skills.

Tanya’s specialities include gorgeous blondes, vivid and dreamy pastel tones, color correction, custom-blended hair extensions and dry haircutting.

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 10.42.54 AMI reached out to Tanya Ramirez recently to see if she would be interested in contributing and she graciously shared some of her favorite recent hairstyling photos and videos with us. This first one is a rock’n’roll Blonderella  – a Cinderella inspired haircolour/cut/style video. The look is inspired by #EVVIart #GlamCinderella.

The Updo is super easy to do but makes a big impact!

I recommend checking out more of Tanya’s work ASAP whether you are a stylist of a DIY hair enthusiast. She is a talented creative woman and a great teacher. And if you are in the LA area, visit Tanya to unleash your spirit and discover the transformative power of hair that tells your story. Get untamed!

Tanya is located at:
Untamed Instincts Hair
Salon Republic
West Hollywood, California.

Learn more about Tanya’s work here.

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Half-Up Braided Halo for Long Hair.

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birchy haloHi honeys. Here is a pretty little half-up braided halo that I did on Birch’s beautiful long hair.

Here is how to do it:

Make 2 braids, on on each side, towards the back of the head and pretty high up. Fljp the braids up and tie them once, so that the ends hang down the opposite side. Stick a couple pins in there, where the braids feel loose. Be sure to pin the sides, where the braid ends overlap the opposite braid.

Take the ends of the braids, pull them up and overlap them across the top of the head again. Add more pins as needed.

Now take the ends of your braids, and tuck them in and under your braid halo, so that they are hidden. Add more pins as needed. Your braids should look like a mix between a halo and a french chapeau:)

Let the rest of your hair hang wild and free.

xoxoxox, HTHG

Free Your Pits update/DIY video

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Hi babes! A little update from the front lines of the FYP movement……

We have continued our efforts towards normalizing body hair and body positivity with the Free Your Pits Movement in the last few months.

Highlights from the movement include…..

IMG_4451We found our official movement design, drawn by talented illustrator Madison McClain who can be found here on Instagram and here on Tumblr.

7U6A5258– I, Roxie Jane Hunt, Finally free’d my pits for the making of the featured DIY video. And I LOVED it:)

– A Florida Feminist Pit-In (story and photos to come!)

-A  fun interview with Marcie Sillman on the FYP movement,

-An invite from a Danish Feminist group Dansk Kvindesamfund to come and speak on a panel and teach the art of Armpit Hair Dying at Copenhagen’s Roskilde Music Festival (Unfortunately funding didn’t come together, but were on for next year!)

– Miley Cyrus and her pink armpit hair, which she used as a publicity stunt to launch her awesome foundation the Happy Hippie Foundation which aims to end youth homelessness and bring to light the prejudice and judgment that youth of today face. The only problem was, she didn’t use the hashtag. Do me a favor and find Miley Cyrus on Instagram and hashtag bomb all of her armpit photos with #freeyourpits. We would love to have her support and endorsement!

And most recently, this FYP interview featured in German Left Newspaper TAZ…….Read on…..

When did the idea of coining a “free your pits”- movement come to your mind?

A friend and I experimented with dying her armpit hair blue, and we photographed the process and turned it into a blog post……..The post got 30,000 shares before two influential female American talk show hosts got ahold of it and publically tore the article apart for being disgusting and offensive.

We took it as an opportunity to start a worldwide conversation on body hair and women’s sense of beauty and their bodies. The Free Your Pits movement came to be, with the intention of normalizing the concept of natural body hair on a woman and celebrating our freedom of choice to do what we want with our bodies.

Why do you think is it that important to campaign for armpit hair?

Because it is dire that women understand that their bodies and choices are theirs to make. We live in a society which is driven by profit and the interest of those who seek to profit. The beauty industry targets women and their deepest insecurities about themselves. We need to separate ourselves from the unattainable beauty standards which keep us feeling like we are not okay, or beautiful for that matter, as we are. We get to choose what to do with our bodies, armpit hair or not, and we don’t need to be told.

Is it all about women?

It is mostly about women but it is also for any man who finds empowerment through it!

What do you want to achieve?

I want women to stand up and talk back! I want women to do what they want with their bodies, and find empowerment through the process of making informed and conscious choices.

What gave you the idea of colouring armpit hair?

I’m a hair stylist, and I am obsessed with color. It was  natural, harmless, inspired curiousity to see how it would work to color pubic hair.

How did people react to your campaign so far?

Mostly with tons of support! It has been so incredible to see the photos and hear the stories of women and men who are Freeing their Pits! It is empowering so many people to stop trying to conform their sense of self and beauty to unattainable standards!

Are there other campaigns that you initiated – in general or also concerning the “free your pits”-movement?

I also campaign for the Shampoo-Free movement and the Natural Hair Movement, for people of all colors to embrace their natural hair and work with what they have.

I think the shampoo system is a great metaphor for what is wrong in our culture on so many levels. Strip out everything that is sacred and true to us as individuals, and then try to conform us all into the same being. So that we can be more easily controlled and manipulated. And then we don’t feel good enough, and we turn our hate onto ourselves because we will never be good enough, because we aren’t honoring ourselves as we are. And so we keep consuming and searching for things to make us better. And the truth is, we are all born whole and perfect. And we need to be who we are and be okay with that.

Thanks for being here, friends, and please don’t hesitate to grow your pit hair out and color it any color of the rainbow in support of this movement. It just might change your life:)

#freeyourpits

xoxo, HTHG