Androgyny and hair. And Chloe Sevigny.

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Non-traditional gender based style moves have grabbed and held our attention for decades. Annie Lennox and Grace Jones exuded confidence with their gender-bending cropped hairstyles and masculine tailoring. Tilda Swinton has confused and delighted our sense of traditional gender-based style preferences over and over again. David Bowie in the Labyrinth blew our minds……

More from my favorite androgynous hairstyles of today, on Refinery29. Check it!IMG_2516IMG_2515IMG_2514

 

IMG_2520IMG_2519IMG_2518Can I just say “shwing” for Chloe Sevigny and her style and her hair and her everything. Let’s celebrate this woman for the rest of time.

Kindergarten hair dreams.

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IMG_404236616504322Here is a tiny hair gem from Angela, who wanted to share her awesome highly anticipated stylish haircut that lead to the broken hair dreams of a kindergartener. Can you relate? She says…..

“Sew, here goes…my mom really talked up this haircut she wanted for me, and I was psyched… until I looked in the mirror and wept.

And the face? Oh, I practiced and practiced for kindergarten picture day, but never took into account the flash. But overall? Quite fierce, I think.”

Angela, thanks for sharing this bit of your hair history. I think you were totally fierce for a kindergartener who was still figuring out your personal style preferences.

If you are reading this, and have a hair story, hair transformation, or great hair pics from old family albums, please consider submitting them to HTHG. All submissions can go to howtohairgirl@gmail.com, and will be published for the sake of shear awesomeness and inspiration to others. Or maybe a hearty giggle, or the courage to make that big hair move.

xo, HTHG

3 charming up-do’s for short hair daily wear.

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Hi my dear shorter-haired babes. Today I have a couple of super easy and adorable short hairstyle tutorials ‘from the cutting room floor’ to share with you. I was literally flipping through my photos from the last 3 years and stumbled upon these and thought ‘ Why the hell didn’t I share these with you all?’ I get so many requests for short hair styles! And these ones happen to be very easy to do, for even the most novice DIY hair style-er.

While we are on the subject of shorter hair, I have a few more shorter hairstyle tutorials coming up soon at HTHG that I shot very impromptu with my sister, while on a visit to the bay area to see her and her hubby and my little nephew Sebastian. So be on the lookout!

The tiny braid-y bunch.

IMG_7558This hairstyle begins with a little back-combing at the crown of the head. Then, make a section with the whole top of the head, twist it once and pin it to the back of the head. This will add a bit of height and also help secure shorter layers that won’t reach the braids.

With the rest of the hair, make 2 braids. Secure the ends with tiny clear elastics.

Now take one braid, and pull it towards the other braid, flipping the end inward to hide it. Pin the braid discreetly, securing the end into the back of the head. Try and overlap your first pinned twist.

Repeat with the other braid. Add more pins as needed, but try to keep them hidden. The end result should look like an intricate little bunch of braid-y bits!

Slick and Twisted

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This slick little twisted hairstyle starts in the same way, with a little back combing at the crown, then making a section on the top of the head, twisting it and pinning it to secure all the hair to the back of the head.

Now take the rest of the hair from one side, and twist it and pull it across the back pinned twist in the back, pinning it to the head on the opposite side. Repeat with a twist on the other side.

Repeat these twist and pins with the hair from both sides of the nape of the neck. Try and overlap your twists a bit to hide their ends if you can.

Now, with the rest of the hair that hangs down, twist it into a small bun and pin it to the head below your twists. The end result should be a mess of twists going down the back of the head and hopefully now ends or pins showing! If you are having trouble with pinning, do check out this video:)

The Short French Twist

IMG_7560This is basically the quick version of a classic french twist done on shorter hair. The full tutorial is here for longer hair.

Begin this hairstyle by back combing and sectioning off the top of the head. Twist the section and pin it securely to the back of the head.

Now sweep all the hair to one side, and criss-cross pin it vertically down the center.

Take all the hair in one hand, and tuck in the ends, rolling it towards the center, over your criss cross pins. Use as many hair pins as you need to to secure the roll to the criss-cross pins. Depending on the length of the hair, you may need some hair spray to get this baby to stick;)

enjoy!

XOXO, HTHG

Tea and Braids: Tradition for family

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The other night, we had tea and braids night at my house. It was an excuse to quietly bond with my kids before bedtime. It doesn’t happen often that we get to hang out together, quietly doing projects. Key word quietly. My daughters know how to use their voices.

7U6A5746The girls love Sleepytime tea and Wildflower Honey, collected by our cousins in the Montana Rockies. It feels like a special ritual, and it helps calm them. I am in love with my ceramic mug by my favorite potter, Adrien Miller. 7U6A5751

I have been teaching Marley to sew, a skill that I have collected in tidbits from both my parents, and both my grandmothers. My mom and her mom were very dedicated to following patterns. My dad and his mom were quite bold when it came to winging it and sewing by hand.

I consider my rudimentary sewing skills to be some of the most treasured practical skills that I have. Marley can now thread a needle, knot the thread, make stitches, and tie off the stitches at the end. I recently tried to throw away a tattered old pair of her underwear that had holes, but she insisted on mending them instead. She now proudly wears them, and I proudly pretend I am Caroline Wilder, raising pioneer children. Next stop, making balloons out of pig-bladders to play with. Simple pleasures!

Also, Marley mended a gaping hole in one of her favorite blankets, then tore out the stitches, deciding she liked it much better with the hole.

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7U6A57577U6A5781While she sewed, I brushed and braided her hair, which is like fine spiders silk but as dense and pale as pound cake. In the back ground, an uninterested fairy with droopy wings pretended to be the princess of the puppies.7U6A5766

7U6A5777For fun, I wrapped Marley’s dutch braid into a bun and pinned it with my incredible long steel 2 prong pins that I am obsessed with. I get them from an online shop called Mennonite Maidens. You should seriously check these chicks out.

Do you have daughters or long haired sons? Tea and Braids is a lovely evening-time bonding tradition for children and their parents. My girls love having braids in their hair, and then mermaid-y waves for the days following.

xo, HTHG

Kerri goes big by cutting her crazy thick long hair into a chic boxie.

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IMG_5926Kerri went from insanely thick long pretty hair to a shorter textured bob, working her way towards the chicest ‘boxie’ around. I am honored to say that I got to be a part of her hair journey, cutting her hair many times, and advising her to DIY her color instead of paying me to do it. (Some color is just so simple to DIY, It is not worth paying for unless you really like to pay someone else. DIY is not for everyone, but it is definitely for some people.)

 

picstitchHer dark cool brown hair looked better and better the shorter it got, and she came and saw me one last time the day she moved out of town, headed for a lovely-sounding life with her hubby and son in the great mid west. Kerri, we salute your foxiness and bravery with your hair, and hope to god you can find a great stylist in your town who will do justice to your amazing head of hair;)

Kerri says about her hair……”Life is great here—still hunting for a good stylist, tho—so the trimming has been done by yours truly. lol. Tips on making a big hair move?  Keep it simple and if doing a major cut, go gradual.  I feel like my hair adjusted well as I periodically cut it shorter and shorter. I also use a good pomade from Onesta and wash my hair only twice per week. I truly have loved my hair at all lengths, but finding a great stylist is a must for big cuts!”

If you are reading this, and have a hair story, hair transformation, or great hair pics from old family albums, please consider submitting them to HTHG. All submissions can go to howtohairgirl@gmail.com, and will be published for the sake of shear awesomeness and inspiration to others. Or maybe a hearty giggle, or the courage to make that big hair move.

xoxo, HTHG

 

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