My Favorite Oils and Remedies for Curly Hair

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Hello my dears! How are you all, and how is your hair today? is it accurately helping you express your mood, while acting as barometer for atmospheric pressure changes? My curly hair is very big and fuzzy today, ain’t no taming it. There must be rain coming.

Today I want to shine a little extra love on my curly haired babes. Because let’s celebrate the fact that your hair expresses itself in a bigger way than non-curly hair. It’s not that curly is better, it is that curly is more dynamic. There are more factors which determine it to be exactly what it is, which is completely unlike any other head of hair.

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It is true that no two heads of hair are the same, on the entire planet. This fact just amuses me to no end. I just absolutely love that each person possess their own head of hair that is  not identical to any other head of hair. With this fact in mind though, It means we need to be thoughtful and curious and experimental when it comes to figuring out the best way to care for our own unique hair.

Today, I am sharing what I have found while thoughtfully experimenting with natural oils and remedies and methods of care in the hundreds of different heads of curly hair that I have worked on in the course of my career.


Brushing your Curly Hair

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To begin with, I have to state a fact. I have rarely come across any curly haired person who is a friend of the hairbrush. This is partly why I continue on my brush crusade……..I feel like so many of us have taken to heart the advice of someone who didn’t appreciate they dynamic beauty of curls. Sometimes, you have to let the beast roar. ( The roaring beast is your insanely big brushed out curls) Your hair and scalp will thank you forever, and many of the unsavory hair and scalp issues that have plagued you will disappear.

Flaky, itchy scalp? Needs more stimulation and circulation to it. Remedy? brush your hair.

Oily, flat roots and dry ends? Keep that oil moving through. Brush your hair.

Slow growing hair? Increase blood flow and cell division. Brush your hair for faster, healthier growth.

Frizzy hair? Brush your hair and help train some of the frizz down.

Heavy hair? For goddess sakes brush the fallen hairs out of your head once in a while to lighten your physical and spiritual load, not to mention helping your curls spring back to life.

Let’s be real. Most of us have ducked away from every hair brush and head massage that has come our way for fear of messing up our curls.

My advice, no matter your curl type, is to embrace the beast, love the frizz, and open up your scalp and hair to the mechanical and medicinal magic of a good hair brushing.

IMG_2006Here is the trick: Brush your dry hair, before you shower. That’s right, spend 10 minutes letting the beast roar. Brush it like you are making up for the last lifetime of not brushing it. From all angles. Feel the feelings in your scalp. Flip your head upside down and keep brushing it. Now, hop in the shower. Wet your hair thoroughly and go about your routine with washing or not washing. Even better, apply your favorite oil to it as a treatment once your hair has been brushed, rinsed, and is towel dried, then sleep on it. Wash out the next morning.

Do it again next week. Need a brush? This one is burly and designed for all curl types.

 


Oiling your Curly Hair

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Because of the way curly hair is made and the way that it grows, it is more susceptible to environmental strain and damage. Think of it like your tenderhearted friend who just keeps falling in love with the wrong dude, over and over again because she just loves to love so much. She may need your help finding ways to protect her heart better.

Your curly hair needs your help protecting itself so that it can be strong and do the right thing and make good choices. The best protection it has is the oil that your scalp makes so generously for it to bath in. (another reason to brush your hair, to help it spread it’s natural born protective armor.)4313E6A5-495B-434B-99D1-8680146C6E75

For those of us with longer hair, we especially need this armor of oil in our ends, where the hair is older and more damaged and farther from our oil-producing scalp. Sometimes, even our own natural oils aren’t enough to quench the thirst of our hair. And we can tell if that is the case, because it starts to feel like straw and our ends get brittle and break. That is how we know that it is time to find the right oil to nourish our hair in just the right way.

Before we launch in to oils, I need to say a quick word about the nastiness of silicone on curly hair.


Silicone, the anti-moisture.

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It is oh so easy to fall into the silicone trap, especially if you are curly. The instant smoothing, softening action of refined liquid plastic can be so tempting, so very enticing. We all crave that frizz-ease silkiness that we felt the first time we ran it through our strands and exclaimed ‘what is this magic???’

I know. It can be hard to say no. But just say no. It is the devil for your hair. It fills in the cracks of your uneven hair cuticle (all us curls have uneven hair cuticles), making each strand feel very smooth. Then it dries  in their and creates a coating that sticks. Over time it builds up into gunk that is very hard to remove. At this point, you have very effectively sealed OUT all moisture, making your hair dull and brittle and sad:( My heart feels sad just thinking about the trickery that led us to think we needed this stuff in the first place. But that is another topic for another day.

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A quick little note too, if you are a MORROCAN OIL addict I have to say this: I get it. It smells amazing and it makes your hair feel great. My experience in the salon with the Moroccan Oil line is that it is a phenomenon of biggest advertising hoax of consumer trickery I have ever witnessed. No it isn’t Argan Oil. It is a base of artificial fragrance, silicone and other petroleum-based synthetic goo’s and a *tiny* bit of Argan Oil to make it sound good and drive the price tag way up our unsuspecting asses. Rant? yes. Truth? Yes. Don’t buy it.

But trust me, curly babes. There are so many better options to experiment with than a Silicone laden smoothing serum that cost more than your water bill.


How to use Oils in Your Curly Hair

There are many ways to use oils in your hair. Here are a few, I recommend you try them all out and see what works for you.

You can apply oil to your dry hair, as needed, to add moisture, shine, protection and softness. Start with a few drops of oil, in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and smooth them over the surface of your hair. Do the same thing but this time, flip you head and hang your hair forwards, and scrunch the oil gently into your ends. Do this any time your hair feels really dry and crunchy, or any time you plan to be in harsh elements such as wind, sun, salt water etc.7U6A5237

You can do this same thing, on wet hair. Your hair will drink the oil in a bit deeper, and dry with the benefit of the oil in it which will help the curl pattern stay in tact. Some folks swear by applying their oil to absolutely dripping wet hair, because it disperses throughout the hair more easily and keeps the curls very well defined. If you like thicker oils lake castor oil, vitamin E oil or Lanolin, wet hair application is definitely the way to go.

In India, women oil their hair before they wash it. I love this method, as it really seems to have a deeper and more repairative effect on the hair. For this method, you will use more oil than just a few drops. Think about a teaspoon to a tablespoon, depending on your hair length and density. Wet and towel dry your hair. Apply the oil to your ends first, gently massaging it up your strands towards your scalp. Give yourself a scalp massage. Cover head with a towel of a hat and sleep on it. Wash out in the morning ( I wash twice with African Black Soap to remove excess oil.) I personally do this twice a month with my favorite hair oil which is Jojoba.

If you are using a very fine oil like fractionated coconut oil, you can put it in a spray bottle and spritz it in when you need it.

Play around. The point is, feed your hair oil when it is dry and needs quenching.

How to know if an oil is right for your hair? It is as simple as this: You like the results of using it. So try them all and see what works best for YOU.


My Favorite Natural Oils and Remedies for Different Curly Hairtypes

7U6A5951I know, I know, I just went through this whole thing about how no two hair types are the same and should each be treated uniquely. I stand by that. But for the sake of simplifying and streamlining your process of creating the best hair care routine for your unique hair type, these suggestions are for you to take and run with in your own experimental way. I am sharing what I have learned and my biggest hope is that it helps you understand and love your hair better.

Here are my favorite remedies and oils for different curl types. Keep in mind that the key here is to experiment and find what works best for you. All of these oils and remedies can be  bought in small amounts, very affordably. Also, don’t be afraid to cocktail ingredients. All of these remedies can be used interchangeably in your hair! Have fun and summon your inner alchemist.

For Thick Hair:

If you have fine textured curls I recommend:

    • Vitamin E oil– It is nice and thick and a little bit sticky, great for curls that need a little weight and taming to keep them in tact. Adds shine too.
    •  Olive oil Thick as well, with a bit of weight too it but without the stick. A favorite of Mediterranean blooded folks with thick curls. Nice shine to it.
  • Coconut OilGreat all purpose hair oil, not much stick at all and little shine but lot’s of protective qualities.
  • Castor oil The thickest and stickiest of them all. Tame flyaway and add lots of shine and luster.

 

If you have coarse textured curls I recommend:

  • Avocado oil Very moisturizing, nice shine, super protection and super softening.
  • Shea butter a great hair tamer and moisture barrier protector for coarse and dry hair. I love to melt it down with my jojoba oil. A tiny bit of stick to it, nice matte finish.
  • Beeswax Even more taming, protection, and stickiness than Shea Butter. Best if melted down in oil or with Shea Butter, makes a great pomade for coarse curls.
  • LanolinThick, protective, and strengthening for brittle coarse hair.
  • Emu oil Fine, viscous, incredibly softening and strengthening for coarse dry hair. Deeply penetrating and reparative.

For Medium Hair:

If you have fine textured curls I recommend:

  • Sweet Almond oil Not to heavy, not too light. Great shine, easily absorbed moisture.
  • Argan oil Reparative, softening and super protective for dry and color treated hair.

If you have coarse textured curls I recommend:

  • Fractionated Coconut oil Lot’s of shine, lots of protection and softness. A little goes a LONG way. Great for use before heat styling or a lot of sun exposure.
  • Argan oil- Again, very softening and reparative.
  • Emu oil- Strengthening and softening, not too heavy.

For Thin Hair:

If you have fine textured curls I recommend:

  • Jojoba oil Lightweight, lovely. Easy for your hair to absorb. Nice shine, super soft.
  • Rosewater Light as air, but incredibly softening and shine enhancing. Helps tame curls and add lustrous bounce. Spray in as needed!
  • Rosehip oil Light, easily absorbed and very hydrating for fine and fragile curls.
  • Sea salt Mix with warm water and spray in for added texture and volume in oily hair that falls flat. Spray in at the roots….Or, mix with warm water in a cup and pour over the hair as a finishing rinse. Do not rinse out. Best ever? Jump in the ocean every chance you get.
  • Aloe Vera Great for parched fine curls with straw-like ends. Lightweight and hydrating, softening. Scrunch into your ends, or spray in liquid with a mister.

If you have coarse textured curls I recommend:

  • Seseme oil Lightweight but with a tiny bit of stick for taming and softening coarser curls. Nice shine.
  • Neem oil Reparative and easily absorbed moisture for hair and scalp.
  • Grapeseed oil Lightweight and very softening.
  • Emu oil- Great for brittle thin hair because it helps boost elasticity, making coarse thin curls more bouncy and buoyant.

For Frizz-

  • Coconut milk Use it like conditioner for softening and taming your hair, smoothing down frizz and moisturizing.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Mix with water and use as a conditioning hair rinse. ( 1 tablespoon ACV to 8 oz water is a good starting mixture) Adds lots of shine, detangles and smooths down the surface of your hair strands, helping with frizz and adding reflection.
  • Honey Incredibly softening and hydrating, melt it down in hot water (1 teaspoon honey to 8 oz water) and spray in your hair on dry days to help attract moisture from the air into your hair. Turn fuzz back into bouncy curls, adds lots of shine.
  • Hibiscus flowers Very softening, smoothing and shine enhancing. Steep a tea with dried hibiscus and use it as a conditioning rinse. Even better, put a handful of dried hibiscus in a jar of Apple Cider Vinegar and set it in the sun for a week. Use this as a conditioning rinse. For added moisture, melt a tablespoon of honey in it and soak your hair with it, letting it sit for 10 minutes before rinsing it out. 

Strengthening Fragile Hair-

  • Horsetail GrassSteep the dried grass in hot water, drink the tea daily. Rinse your hair and scalp once a week with this biotin and silica-rich brew. Helps build protein strength.
  • Emu oil- So deeply penetrating that it can really help build inner hair strength in fragile hair.
  •  Argan oil- Also deeply penetrating and easily absorbed, but the hydrating and protective abilities really help prevent further damage in already very fragile hair hair.

Washing your Curly Hair- As far as washing hair, I know many curly haired people who love the ShamPHree routine. I know many who just brush and rinse with warm water once a week ( after years of me pleading with them to try it. ) Several of my fine-haired clients swear by washing with African Black Soap by Alaffia, followed by a Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. 

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 8.13.31 PMMany of my medium to thick, coarse curly clients have fallen madly in love with New Wash from Hairstory Studio. ( Try it and let me know what you think. Then you order it, be sure to tell them that How-to Hair Girl referred you, I’d sure appreciate it because I get a small percentage of each sale when I help someone discover the line, which truly has  revolutionized less is more haircare.

 

 

Weaning your Curls off of Shampoo/ Hair Products: I get asked this question a lot….How do I wean my curly hair off of hair products? Getting off the hair junk can be a real jump for curly haired people who have become dependent on one product or another. My short answer is this: Start to trust your natural oils to take care of your hair for you. This basically means that less is more when it comes to hair…..Take less away, add less back in. Homeostasis is the curly hair word of the day. If you shampoo a few times a week, cut down to one less time a week for a while. Instead of washing it, give it a thorough brushing when it is dry to redistribute oils from the scalp and move them towards your ends. Rinse your hair with warm water.

Slowly work your way down to no-shampoo, letting your hair adjust to the new routine and letting your scalp re-calibrate oil production. Over time, this switch from chemical cleansing to mechanical cleansing will condition your hair and create a much more manageable environment for your curls to behave and thrive naturally.

The same is true for getting off conventional hair products, curl creams, butters, etc. Find the oil that works for your hair, and start brushing it regularly. You heard that right, curly babe.


My Personal Curl Routine

Me and my medium density, coarse but fine (is that even possible?) sometimes-curly-sometimes-not but always at-the-mercy-of-the-weather-hair loves a combination of all of the above oils, remedies, and routines at different times depending on the weather, the seasons, my mood, and the way I decide to wear my hair. So you can imagine the look of my haircare cupboard. #hairhoarders no no don’t get rid of that! My hair needs that!

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 6.55.27 AMMy most often-used oils are Jojoba and Castor, Jojoba ( I love La Tierra Sagrada Jojoba Oil ) for moisture and softness and conditioning, and Castor to tame it. I brush my hair all the damn time, sometimes wearing my hair in big wild brushed out curls, but sometimes just to work the oils through before I rinse it. I love New Wash, especially in the Summer and Winter months when my hair is dry. I also love the Hairstory Hair Balm. I ALWAYS do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, and when my hair is limp, I swear by Salt Spray by La Tierra Sagrada. Nothing is better than my hair after a jump in a river.

I hope this post helps you find your curly hair sweet spot.

Here are my favorite herbs for hair, to take you natural hair remedies to the next level.

Here is my favorite DIY tricks for Naturally Curly Hair.

And here are my favorite DIY Recipes to Rock your Haircare at Home.

What are your favorite tips and tricks for caring for your curls? Would love to hear your feedback in the comment section.

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday Crafternoon: Crystal Hairpins and Healing with Goldirocks!

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7U6A8956Hi dears! This is a followup from one of my very first posts, which was a DIY crystal hair pin tutorial. This time, the glue gun takes over, and the crystals are much bigger!

Crystals are powerful, healing and royal, and I love the idea of wearing them in a braid, where they can impart their healing energy, protection and wisdom to us all day long!

Precious stones have been a source of inspiration for me as long as I can remember, perplexing me with the grandness of their design and color and inspiring a true sense of awe in the natural world.

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I am on a journey to know more about crystal properties and share the knowledge that I learn, so I reached out to Yulia from Goldirocks, our favorite magic crystal slinger who cleanses and charges all of her rocks under that California Moon, ( Sign up here to be notified when the launches her online shop!) and DEFINITELY follow her on Instagram for inspiration. Smoky Quartz

Before we begin our DIY Project, here is a little thoughtful crystal knowledge.


Crystal Properties

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Here is some info on our favorite crystals:

(Crystal text and images copyright Goldirocks)

Amethyst: The crystal of transformation, creates a violet bubble of protective and transformative light around your. Clears negative and addictive emotional patterns and energies. Helps you make choices to serve your highest good.

Clear Quartz: Holds the full spectrum of the rainbow within, amplifying the effects of other crystals. Creates a clear channel with the higher consiousness.

Smoky Quartz: Helps you connect with and feel at peace in your physical body. Connects you with the magical realms of earth, animal and stone.

Angel Aura Quartz: Clear quartz which has been fused with precious metals, making it look as though it has been dipped in a rainbow. Holds a sparkling, lighthearted energy. Connects you to your inner child and sense of play.Goldirocks

Cleansing and Charging:

To cleanse your stones, regularly lay them out overnight in the moonlight to cleanse and recharge. A few hours in sunlight will recharge them after a particularly potent healing session.

Hold your crystals in your left hand, close your eyes and take three deep grounding breaths. Visualize a stream of white-gold light rising from the core of the earth, moving through your body and into your crystal.

Speak: Now release all energies which are not of this time and place, and which no longer serve the highest good. You are cleansed and cleared in light and love.clear quartz

Now place crystal in the sunlight or the moonlight for at least 4 hours. Take care to not charge them in any place to hot or intense, as it will fade their color.

Charging them under the full or new moon is especially potent!

So babes, find the crystals that call to you, charge them up and get ready to wear them in your hair, infusing your crown chakra with super crystal power.


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Today’s DIY is as simple as this: Crystals, glue gun, and hair pins/ clips.

For this project I used an Amethyst point, Smokey Quartz point, an Angel Aura Quartz Point and a Clear Quartz point. I encourage you all to find the crystals that call to you, and learn a bit about their properties to deepen and enrich the experience of wearing jewels on your crown with the power of intention.

And most importantly, get creative!……..anything is possible when you have a glue gun.


Crystal Pins, DIY

7U6A8629 (1)Depending on the shape of the crystal you will want to use different pins, glued in different ways. Decide which clips go with which crystals. Consider where and how you want them to be worn, whether you want them to slide across the hair like a barrette, or be pinned directly down into a bun.

Lay out your pins and your crystals.

Plug in your Glue Gun and let it heat up.

Apply glue directly to the crystal, the length of the pin. Set the pin directly into the glue, holding it there firmly as the glue dries.

Add more glue around the pin if their are areas that need more reinforcement.

*Here is the thing to consider……..Because crystal points don’t have a porous surface in most cases, once the crystals are glued on, you will need to handle them gently so that they don’t slide out of the glue.7U6A9052

Encrust your braids with jewels any time you need a little power boost or pick me up. Remember that queens wear jewels in their crowns for a reason;)

For braid inspiration for your crystal pins, check out our Fierce Braids category.

xo, HTHG and Goldirocks

 

Interview with Hairstylist/ Healer Adriana Rizzolo

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13668990_10208380147878163_1910084495239438234_nMeeting other hairstylists who understand that beneath the hair of every person lies a key to the door of their identity and sense of self is both a pleasure and an affirmation to me. The more I write and connect with others from around the world, the more I see how potent our jobs as hairstylists are in the realms of healing.

This post is dedicated to all who hairstylists who have struggled in their journey with drugs and alcohol and work very hard to stay on their path of sobriety.

Adriana_Hallie Easley Photography-103Last month at the Spirit Weavers Gathering, I met a woman named Adriana Marie Rizzolo. She had wandered over to the Adornment Area where a group of women were doing each others hair in a grove of Redwoods, and she sat herself on a large fallen log, peacefully watching the action. She, like many other women that I had the pleasure of meeting in my 2 weeks of hair in the forest, felt at home in the Adornment Space Redwood Hair Salon.


A quick detour……

A hair salon, when curated with the right group of people and esthetic, becomes a natural home for those from all walks of life to come and engage with each other and be inspired and grow together. This post is in homage to that very fact, and to Adriana Rizzolo who fit right into that.

I want to take a minute to identify the definition of the word Salon. According to Wikipedia…….

A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation.

I love this, and I love what happens in hair salons where all are welcome. The sisterhood and brotherhood and co-inspiring that can happen is tangible. Ideas are birthed into action, bonds are created for life.

This post suggests that t Hair Salon is an important place to spread important news and incite change on a world level. How Hairdressers could be a Secret Weapon Against Climate Change. Just sayin.


12647304_10207199941573743_4082219906579319079_nAdriana, as it turns out, came to the Adornment Space because she knew she had gifts to offer in the form of healing and braiding, and she (like so many hairstylists) could not bare to just stand by idly watching. So, she dove right in.

Over the course of the week, catching snippets of her braid work and her voice and her thoughts on hair, I felt the bonds building of hair sisterhood.

Today, Adriana shares words with us on hair and healing, and her path to recovery.Adriana_Hallie Easley Photography-291

Adriana, where are you from and what are you up to now?

If my name hasn’t already given it away, I am originally from New Jersey. I lived for ten years in Brooklyn and most recently have been living and loving all over Los Angeles.

How long have you been doing hair?

I have been doing hair since I was 15 and I am now 34. So 19 years. Really weird to say that.

What inspired you to pursue hairstyling?

My main inspirations for getting into the hair love were my friends in high school and to be totally honest, I was looking for a way out. I was always creative and found myself super stifled and held back in public high school. I even had a ton of insecurity around creating which was the thing I most related to and loved by then and so choosing hair styling was a guarantee for me to get at least half my school day occupied.

I understand you are in recovery. When and how did you realize that it was time to take that path?

I realized I needed to be on the path of recovery the first time I did cocaine after my father had ended his life and lifelong battle with drugs.  It was a moment of like .. “Really?! That wasn’t a wake up call enough for you?!”  For years I had survived as a hair stylist on cocaine. Doing lines off the same mirrors I showed people their new haircuts with with the money rolled up to my nose that they handed me for my time and service. Apparently, I really needed to understand the depths of addiction and the effects it has for my work in years that had not yet arrived.

Shortly after my father passed I used yoga like a drug. Three classes a day on my days off and after long days at the salon helped me get off hard drugs and start detoxing my body. I didn’t know at the time that’s what I was doing. I began to smoke a lot of marijuana which for me helped mask the grief and emotions that I was unable to deal with at the time. 

A few years later I found a teacher that reflected my worth and Love so intensely I saw that even smoking weed wasn’t meant to be a part of my journey. Some months after my first pilgrimage to study the mystical traditions and practices in India, on New Year’s Eve when I was at my home in upstate New York by the grace of god I chose full sobriety. Everyone was taking mushrooms and I realized I could not make empowered decisions in my life unless I was completely sober. And I wanted so badly to know and understand what Love was all about.

Now a little over 4 1/2 years later I’ve hit other bottoms. Emotionally, financially and in relationship to others, it’s a long beautiful messy journey of becomingfor me. Staying close to the connection of my heart and soul, and helping others see that soul and love within themselves is why keeps me going. It’s why I love offer hair healing sessions so much. It’s anther visible transformation to this energy and Truth that at times feels invisible, although it’s always there.

How has your journey through recovery informed you journey to heal and share with others?

If I hadn’t gotten sober I wouldn’t be able to connect or care about connecting with the tender openness I always intend to bring to my clients, to my work and into my relationships. If I was never an addict I wouldn’t know the intense suffering many of us face, just being human. I also wouldn’t know the extreme depths of joy, compassion  and the lust for life that I’ve starting to come to know and live. I believe we are all on a path of life, of figuring out how to deal with being human. The more we can learn to offer our hearts to one another and ask for help or surrender when is hard, the safer we feel within, the more peace and love exists in the world.

Sobriety helps share my passion of connection and creating with my heart and my hands- with hair, body healing, life transformations, and writing. That has truly saved my life and I’m humbled and grateful for those that have supported and inspired me with their own truths and passions along the way. Thank you so much for asking about that. 

At what point did your hair and spiritual practice collide into a healing practice?

Over the years of working and styling in New York my hair business supported my spiritual and healing trainings. Having the flexibility of a schedule and clients allowed me to go on countless retreats, get to India four times and take me through a few yoga and meditation teacher trainings. My hair practice has evolved with me. The conversations changed, some of the clients shifted, and more and more I am able to hold a space for soul and beauty together.

What are some of your theories/thoughts about the importance of our hair to our sense of self and identity?

WOW! As a longtime yogi I feel like our outer worlds are created by our inner worlds. In my research of people and their explorations of hair and self, it seems like we can use the outer as an extension of what we are experiencing inside. I don’t feel like there are any rules or this means that, because everyone is SO UNIQUE with such different interpretations. The importance, just like anything, comes from what we give it. That is why intention and love can really shift the way we experience our sense of self and our hair. Learning to love your hair is the same as learning to love any part of yourself. It’s all practice and it all helps us to bring out who we are and continue evolving into who we want to be!

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Do you have any hair experiences that have transformed you?

YES! Shortly after my father passed away I felt this intense need to make some major shift in my being. Away from what I was experiencing and facing at somewhat of a young age. I went from black to platinum hair and looking back somehow that experience mirrored this process that was beginning for me from moving from the darkness to the light. THe hair didn’t last that long but that moment really was a marker for the beginning of my more serious healing path and devotion. 

Do you have a hair mantra?

My soul sister Jules offered this to me for my work and now I use it all the time … Let it go, Let it grow!

Who are some of your muses/inspirations?

My muses really come from the women that I work with doing inner healing work, and those of us willing to move past habitual patterns around not good enough and jealousy or what have you. Women like you that are kicking ass doing what they love. I believe the creative energy that moves through anyone doing what they truly love holds the power of a million universes. When we open to receiving that from one another we open our own channels to allow that energy to flow through us in our own ways. I also get a TON of inspiration from the unseen and natural world. The desert and inside the heart of anyone willing to be more open.

Any thoughts on how/what we as stylists can do to take back the corporate hijack of the Beauty Industry?

Well I think YOU are doing a great job! Supporting one another when it comes to more eco-conscious and natural ways of doing things and just inspiring one another with kindness goes a really long way. I always find the only way to make a change is to change the way I am and do things that are not in alignment with the greater good. From that place, many things feels possible. 

I want to empower more connection and love into the industry and help other stylists enhance their abilities to be vessels for love and creative energy I feel strongly about bringing more health and naturalness to the beauty industry. I cut hair according to a persons natural texture and the way they will wear it, and I support locally made products as much as possible.  find others to be exuding beauty most when they feel good and connected to that which is below the skin or hair. It’s not that it doesn’t matter, it’s just that when that kind of attention and care comes from an inspired place within we literally see differently. . 

When we learn how to connect to a moment deeply, which most stylists do all the time, we heal ourselves and others. It’s my favorite thing about people that love doing hair and I want to see more of our naturalness exposed, appreciated and accepted in both people and the products that we use. Moving away from corporations that hurt and towards supporting people that help. We can do this by supporting local brands and salons in your town and as stylists shifting the way we see ourselves from not good enough to change agents that can reach so many people with our love!

Read more from Adriana here, at her online community space dedicated to feminine connection and support for conscious growth. There, you can get info on bookings and healing workshops that she does around the country.

Follow her here on Instagram.

xo, HTHG

 

Foil Setting Texture Trick!

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IMG_0702Hey babes. I have a challenge for you. Grab a friend, some aluminum foil and a flat iron and play around with wadding up foil in different ways, wrapping hair around it, clamping it with a flatiron, allowing it to cool, and taking the foil out. It is super fun!

IMG_0704IMG_0718IMG_0693IMG_0696For this experiment, I made long, thin foil rods with my hands and basically doing a rag curl set with foil rods and heat. The results were just wonderful.

Have fun, and post your photos and tag me!

xo, HTHG

Raspberries and Vintage Denim. 3 DIY Hairstyles for Crimped Hair.

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IMG_1731Hi Babes! Today I have some hair candy to share, this color scheme that I did a few weeks back which is inspired by rasberry jam smeared on vintage denim, and a general celebration of Color Texture Form which started HERE.


I used a cool magenta for her roots, (custom blended Manic Panic) then lighter pink in her ends, which marbled into blues and some dark greens and ended with streaks of denim blue over everything. Was truly a color bomb that kept getting better and better the more I added to it.

I wanted to share some quick stying tricks I did on her once her hair was dry and crimped. Crimped hair, if you don’t already know, is very fun to style because it acts more like wool and stays where you put it. Also, it is thicker and has much more volume and loft to it. It is very similar to natural/kinky textured hair so If you have that sort of hair or if you are very curly, try these hairstyles too!

I’m making it my goal to bring back crimped hair and encourage all different kinds of crimping, using heat, braids, foil, wire, etc. I love it because crimped hair looks great for days and days on end and is a fun way to break you out of a hair rut.

Okay also, a general question: Does anyone know of a solar powered hair crimper? If not, can someone get on making one?


IMG_1728Our first hairstyle today goes like this:

A braid on each side, two french braids down the back. Wrap the loose ends of each french braid and pin them into two buns.

Now take your two side braids and wrap them across the top of your buns, overlapping each other. Tuck the ends around your buns and pin them into place. Voila!raspberry

Next one starts off with a center part, and then 2 high twisted buns which leave the bottom half of the hair still hanging down.

Split the hair on the bottom vertically through the center, and do a tight braid on each side. Wrap each braid up and around the opposite bun, criss-crossing them across the back. Tuck the ends around your buns and pin them into place.denim

Next one is the same, except instead of braids, do twists. Twisting crimped hair is such a dream. Doesn’t it look cool?

 

Enjoy!

xo, HTHG