#tankbabesrealbodies Foiled Again, Applying Foil Leaf.

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7U6A69667U6A75197U6A8286Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.

Who has used foil leaf before? show of hands?7U6A8756

Well this was a first for me. Foil leaf is a very delicate whisper of foil which comes in sheets that crumble as soon as you look at them or blow on them. It is a messy yet potently cool medium for creating special effects on hair and skin. It is metal, so it shines like metal. And it creates a lot of contrast because of how it reflects light, it is like huge sparkles. Now that I know how to use it, I want to play with it all the time!

7U6A7359Here is how we used it for the #tankbabesrealbodies shoot.

We used these foil sheets of Gold leaf and Silver Leaf, along with some Stong hold hypoallergenic hair gel and a paint brush. We painted the face/hair with a nice thin layer of hair gel wherever we wanted the foil to be. Then, we took a sheet of foil, tapped it lightly to shatter it, and used our gel-covered brush to pick up shards of it and pat it onto the gel-prepped area, adding more as needed to create the effect of shattered metal on our model’s fierce faces and hairstyles.

I am so glad to know this trick for future styling! What will you do with it? Halloween IS coming;)

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold



Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

Bridal Air Plant Hawk

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7U6A9858Hi babes! I had the pleasure of doing my friend Chelsea’s hair for her wedding which took place at The Wayfarer Farm on Whidbey Island……..Absolutely beautiful place for a Pacific Northwest wedding.

Chelsea had come to see me at VAIN for a run-through of the hairstyle where we hashed out what she wanted and I figured out how to build it. She was going for something that would add a touch of rock ‘n roll to her very beautiful Cinderella farm wedding vibe, and she knew she wanted Air Plants incorporated into the style, (She is the woman behind Terrarium Trader😉7U6A9747

I wanted to show y’all how I did this style to illustrate the importance of having a plan when doing bridal hair, and of taking your time to build the scaffolding of the style first so that the look will be sturdy, and how that sets the base for a beautiful and long lasting wedding hairstyle.

First off, I need to take a minute to shout out to Dylan at VAIN for making Chelsea’s haircolor so dreamy and also to Shannon W at VAIN for doing a fantastic job on makeup, and for accompanying me on the trip up to the Island, and then of course Chelsea’s lovely mother and sisters who were with us in those crucial prep-time hours leading up to the ceremony. chels

Here is how I created this beautiful bridal hairstyle for Chels.

Tools: Crimper, comb, sectioning clips, boar bristle brush, large and small bobbies, hair pins, hair spray.

Time to start preppin.

I began by sectioning out her mohawk, which was basically 3.5 inches wide down the center of her head, from the front hairline to the nape. I clipped off both sides, out of the way for now.

Then, working down the length of the mohawk section beginning in the front I alternated between fishtail braids and crimped section.

Beginning at the front hairline, I took a section of hair that was about an inch and a half deep, with a clean parting, and I backcombed the hair from the back side at her roots, creating a nice thick base of volume in the front. I made sure to smooth down the front of her hair. Then, I fishtail braided this section and secured the ends with a small elastic. I layed the braid forward and out of the way.

In the next section below the braid, I parted out a second section of the same 1.5 inch width. I used my crimper on a high setting from her roots to her ends in this section.

Below this section, another section of the same width. This time, split the section vertically and created 2 smaller fishtail braids, for variation.

Another crimped section of the same width below that.

Another single fishtail braid below that.

Another crimped section.

One last braid.

You still with me? Good.chels2

Time to start building.

Okay, starting in the front, deconstruct your first fishtail braid by pulling it apart at the edges, widening and softening it.

In your crimped section, back-comb it tight and right.

Work your way down your mohawk section, deconstructing every braid, and back-combing every crimped section. Be sure that when you are back-combing, you make sure that the first inch of hair from the roots gets the tightest stack. This will make it easy to pin your hawk together tightly.

K. Now, starting in your first crimped section, take the entire section in your hand and roll in and tuck it in some creative manner, towards the scalp, creating a textural nest of hair with the ends tucked in and hidden. Use large pins to pin the nest into the head. Pin from several angles to secure.

Now repeat this with every crimped section. If you want, you can split the sections into smaller subsections, creating several small hair nests within that section. This will create a more intricate texture.

When you are done pinning in your crimped sections, it is time to braid your side sections. Take one section in your hand, and brush it straight back over the ear, at a diagonal with a boar bristle brush, as tight and smooth as you can. Gather it as far up on the side/back of the head as you can as if you were going to ponytail it. Now, with the hair in your hand loosely , walk around the bride to her opposite side. You will be braiding this section in this direction, called over-direction, over the top of her head. Fishtail braid this section tightly. This creates the nice smooth flat sides, but with more braid at the crown to build with! Now deconstruct your braid, and repeat on the other side.7U6A9760

Now it is time to get creative constructing with your braids. Beginning in the front, wind and tuck your first braid around and into your first hair nest. Keep in mind that it should look gorgeous from the front, back and both sides.

As you use your creative eye to wind each braid into and around your nests, pinning them securely and tucking in the ends, be aware of keeping the style balanced shape wise, and texture wise. Also, remember that once you have the hawk fully created and pinned into place, you can always go back and tug and pin it more as needed to keep shaping it to where you want it.

Pin your braids in and around your nests to perfection, building a beautiful tall, striking hawk of textural intricate looking hair piled together.

7U6A9705Fuss with it, add more pins, poke, prod and pull. Pull down some tiny baby hairs on the sides (Ladyparts!) and then spray the hell out of it when you and the bride are satisfied. Add Air plants along each side to garnish.




Zana Mala, Braid Mask Girl.

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A few weeks ago, as I was riding the bus home from work I stumbled upon something that really impressed me. I was in the back of the bus, gramming out on my Insta, looking for hair inspiration and checking in on friends. I happened upon a braiding contest which was being held at Confessions Of A Hairstylist Instagram.

I searched the hastag #confessionscontest to check out the braids done by those who entered. As I scrolled the gallery, scoping the myriad of Pinterest-y soft boho braids stacked on top of each other,  one particular braid jumped out at me.IMG_20150723_235027



Cool, right? And different, and bold. I clicked over to her Instagram @_zanamala, and came to find out that Zana Mala is a 14 year old girl who lives with her family in Kosovo.

IMG_20150820_182526I’m not sure quite what it was about Zana Mala that made me feel compelled to know more about her……..My hunch is that her desire and drive to win that contest with such an out-there braid was totally admirable. In my opinion, she boldly went where no one else was going…….She crossed the line from hairstyling to art with one braid and the snap of a smartphone photo. Also, her eyes were so fierce and unapologetic and appear to keep changing color. I had to know more.

2015-08-21 14.18.57Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 12.38.49 PMMy first thought was that there was some socio/political statement being made by Zana Mala and her braid mask, maybe something inspired by Mad Max or something, maybe a middle finger to oppressive forces in her life.  I fought the urge to try to dig around and make this post into something bigger that just a girl experimenting and having fun with her hair. Then I thought to myself, ‘Roxie Jane Hunt, you know absolutely nothing about this girl and her life. Don’t make up stories to serve your own illusions. If you want to know more, ask her about herself.’

I re-posted her photo on my Instagram, none the less. She seemed very excited (judging by the comment and the emoticons) that I had posted her photo. I sent her a message and asked if I could feature her on HTHG, and if she would be interested in doing more Braid Masks to share. She excitedly obliged.

Over the next week, she sent me photos of 5 mind-blowing Braid Masks what inspired and impressed the hell out of me. We communicated back in forth via email in broken language which was great. She even answered some interview questions so that we could get to know her a little better.

2015-08-20 20.41.07Today, friends, I am really excited to be featuring her and her work on HTHG. She is an inspiration to me and I really look forward to watching more of her work and seeing where her life takes her. IMG_20150820_210503

Interview with Zana Mala, Braid Mask Girl


What is your name and age and where do you live?

My name is Zana Mala. I’m 14 years old, and I live in Kosovo.

How long have you been doing hair?

I started doing hair before 2 years. First I saw some hair pictorials on Facebook, then I found tutorials on Youtube :)

When creating a braid to enter the #confessionscontest, what made you decide to cover your face with a braid? Had you seen it done before?
I just wanted to have an unique hairstyle. I didn’t want to have an updo or simple braid like everyone. Yes, I have seen it somewhere else, and that was the inspired source. I have done it before too, but it wasn’t a DIY, I have done it on my cousin’s hair.
I didn’t search for the tutorial, I used my logic to create it. It was hard, because to create it, you have to use french braids, waterfall ones, french waterfalls, and doing three different hairstyles in one, isn’t easy! 

Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 11.25.54 AMI had first seen it done on Kosovo singer named Kida O’najr and I really liked it, so I recreated it!

Would you rock this look on a regular day?

No, I’m not sure. I would like to rock as a Halloween costume.

Do you consider hair a valid medium for art?

Yes, I do. I consider the hair as a artpiece. It’s not easy to do hairstyles, but everyone who can do hairstyles in an artist. Everyone should consider hair as a piece of art.

At what point does a hairstyle become an art form, in your opinion?

Doing a simple ponytail or messy bun, it’s not something that needs to be called as an art, but when you do something that others can’t do because it’s hard, that needs to be called an art. So to do an hairart, you have to do something that others can’t do, SOMETHING SPECIAL!

What sort of statement does a braid over the face make?

Doing a braid over your face, covering it, it’s unique, because everyone does their hair over the head, so that’s what make the front braid masks different from the other kinds of braids and hairstyles.

What is a typical day in your life in Kosovo like?

I wake up at 7 AM, and I go to school. I learn very well, and then I come home. I help my momma in the houseworks, then I do my homeworks. When I do all these, I create free time in a day and I use it to practice new hairstyles.

Sometimes I do them on my own hair, sometimes on my mannequins hair. Then after I do them, I snap a pic and say ” There is no more work for today!” I spend time with my family then, when everyone is homefrom work. We have good times with each others. Then I go to sleep, and another day waits for me…….If it’s not a weekend;) hahaha!
What do you plan on doing with your hair career?

I will continue doing hair, until I be famous. Then I’ll contiue again, until I won’t find new hairstyles to create anymore. I’ll spend my life doing hairstyles :)

Who are 3 stylists on instagram that really grab your attention?

My favourite 3 hairstylists on instagram are ; @cutegirlshairstyles , @sweethearts_hair_design , @kayleymelissa

My channel on YT : https://www.youtube.com/user/ZMHairstyles11
      my blogspot : http://zmhairstyles1.blogspot.com/
      my facebook account : https://www.facebook.com/zanushe.m
      my facebook page : https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZMHairstyles/784304454943769?ref=hl
      my instagram account : @ _zanamala

With admiration and credit to Zana Mala, I experimented with a braid mask of my own, which I will share with you soon in a tutorial.

Thank you to her for sharing her work and words, and to you all for being here:)



The Paddle Braid

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sarahannThis interesting braid is somewhere between Game of Thrones, and a beaver’s paddle-like tail. It is lovely and queenly in a slumpy sort of way……Odd, yet undeniably cool. The Paddle Braid is a different take on a classic french braid. It starts very low, and so the hair that gets added in continues all the way to the ends!

A Paddle Braid can be done on medium to long hair.

Today’s Bethefair hairstyle combines a paddle braid with a few accent braids to fancy it up a bit. Here is how we did it.sar

Begin by parting off both sides of the front of the head. Make a center part, and then bisect the center part with a part that goes over the top of the head from one ear to the other.

Make a braid on either side, all the way to the ends. Secure with a small elastic, and then deconstruct the braids a bit.

Now, take one braid and pull it across the back of the head, pinning it into place. Pull the other braid across the first braid, tucking and pinning the ends under the first braid. Add more pins as needed to secure your first two braids.

Now, beginning below your pinned braids, take a small section from the center of the hair that is down. Split it into 3 and begin to braid it.

Overlap 3 times, then start adding in a small bit of hair from either side as you overlap, as you would a classic french braid. Make sure you are using no tension at all when you add in your sections, but then make the braid itself nice and snug by overlapping with tension. This will create a tight and secure braid, with loose drape-y sides.

Work your way to the ends braiding hair in, then secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.

I promise you will be the only gal around with this hairstyle:) Enjoy!

xoxo, HTHG

How to Trim Your Own Hair: Step by Step Tutorial

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7U6A6600Thank you for this great guest-post, Buzzcut Guy and Friends! (follow their Tumblr for more hair tips and trends.)

You know what’s the difference between a good and bad haircut? Two weeks.

A self-cut, on the other hand, takes months of repair. Trust me, I know, I’ve been there. I’ve been cutting my own hair for years now, and my first DIY haircut was disastrous. Like tears-were-shed disastrous. However, I got so much from cutting my own hair that I decided to share my tips and skills with you guys and teach you everything I’ve learnt through the last years.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with your hair. Come on, it always grows back!


Why should you cut your own hair?

You can probably already figure out that cutting your own hair will save you tons of money. You might need to invest some money first into quality hair cutting tools, but I assure you, it will definitely pay off because we’re talking about you cutting your own hair on a long term.

Another thing I noticed about me in these last few years is that I got more into fashion and trendy hairstyles. I’m constantly checking what’s new in the fashion world, so I’m always updated with the latest trends. So, not only will you improve your hairstyle, but you will also improve your whole style and image in general.

And last but not least, you will become your own best hairdresser. Okay, you might miss the chit-chat time with your hairdresser, but think of the expense. Sometimes your hairdresser can’t see your vision and that’s where being your own best hairdresser comes into play.

Now, ready to get complimented on your hairstyle? The sooner you learn how to cut your own hair, the sooner you’ll get better at it. Read my detailed tutorial and you will become the best personal hairdresser to the most special and important client you will ever have – yourself.

The Tools

I said it before, I’ll say it again. Once you start cutting your own hair, you’ll be saving lots of money, so it would be nice to spend more money upfront in order to get high-quality, long-lasting hair cutting tools. So, let’s gear up, shall we?

What you need is quality professional scissors/clippers (depends on the length), clips, spray bottle with water, two mirrors, and a comb. We recommend the Wahl Deluxe Self Cut Do It Yourself Haircut Kit
And no, your old scissors won’t be of a help here. They will cause more harm than good. Only a professional gear will make the haircutting process hassle-free and easy, and moreover, it will prevent hair damage. So, opt for scissors that deliver clean cuts, won’t go blunt nor make your hair split.


DIY haircut can certainly be risky. But once you get used to it, you’ll see it’s pretty simple. Practice makes it perfect, so before introducing your new scissors to your hair, try doing your bangs for some time. This way, you will get used to the DIY haircut feeling.

Most tutorials start by telling you to cut your hair while it’s still wet. I’ve done it on dry and wet hair, and for me, there’s no difference. Just be sure to comb your hair thoroughly and keep one thing in mind: if you cut your hair while it’s still wet, don’t get too carried away when deciding about the length because wet hair shrinks up as it dries.

So, wet or dry, it doesn’t matter. What matters though is that you must wash your hair, condition and detangle it before you start cutting.

Step by step tutorial for long hair

Step 1: Go all Marcia Brady on your hair

Comb your hair as straight as possible and make sure every single tangle is removed. If this is your first time, I advise you to dry your hair so that you can see the results better in real-time. Part your hair in the middle and bring the two sides forward. Comb both sides carefully. When you think you’re done, you’re not! Tilt your head back and comb some more. Do it! *Shia LaBeouf voice*

Step 2: One side

Okay, now we’re gonna concentrate on one side at a time. Hold one part in place with a clip or scrunchie. Comb the other side and get ready for cutting. Grab the hair ends with one hand, take the scissors with your dominant hand, and don’t panic! It’s easy!

Step 3: Chop chop

Do you have a firm hold? I need you to have a firm hold. You must have a firm hold. Did I mention that is crucial to have a firm hold? Make sure your grip is firm and once you’re ready, bring the ends up, slide the fingers down and trim off as much as you want. Move on to the next hair section and trim, making sure you’re cutting off the exact same length every time.

Step 4: Repeat

Repeat steps 2 and 3, this time with other side. Needless to say, you must make both sides as even as you can. Take your time – it’s totally normal to spend more than an hour for your first DIY haircut at home.

Step 5: Water it!

Don’t allow your hair to dry completely as it will be more difficult to trim properly and might even result in uneven cut. Spritz water to the section you want to cut and get down to business.

Step 6: Inspection

We done? All sections are cut? It’s inspection time. Make sure every hair section is even. Use another, hand-held mirror in order to get a good view of the back, right and left side to detect if there are strands that are sticking out.

Step by step tutorial for short hair

I’ve had short hair a few years back, and let me tell you, cutting short hair is more complicated than cutting long hair. But I’ve managed to master it, so you will, too! This guide only describes the most basic buzzcut, but you can find more styles here.

Step 1: Get familiar with your hair

Run your hand through your hair and find out in which direction your hair grows. You should cut in the opposite direction of its growth.

Step 2: Get familiar with the clippers

Read the manual, turn the clippers on and off, try different speeds, change blades, clip guards on and off, etc. Make sure your clippers are well oiled, choose the clipper guard you want, and check if the guard is attached properly.

Step 3: Buzz buzz

Start from the bottom and gently work your way to the top. Buzz your head with the longest length setting and once you’re done, do the same with shorter length guards. Once you’re done with the general feel of the haircut you want, it’s time for designing the details.

Step 4: Details

Have a look in the mirror and see if everything is even. Designing the details requires more work. You should start with the sides, top, and back, and finish with fading and styling. Check this information-packed guide to cut your short hair with clippers.


Told ya! Cutting your own hair is not that complicated. I’ve tried many different haircuts, and I must say – some haircuts should be done by professionals only. For example, if you want a pixie haircut or bob, visit your hairdresser because these cuts fall under the “don’t try this at home” category.

Be patient, be precise, and take it slow. Your hairdresser cuts your hair in 10-15 minutes, and yes, that’s impressive, but DIY haircuts shouldn’t be done in a hurry. Every hair section deserves your complete focus, care and attention.

Oh, and over the next few days, you might find hairs that weren’t quite properly cut, so keep the scissors/clipper handy. Remember, practice makes it perfect, so you’ll get better and better!

I really hope this DIY haircut guide will make you start cutting your hair at home. You can now maintain your hair on your own while saving money. Win-win!

Want DIY hair color inspiration? browse HTHG’s DIY color category and learn how to master your own color!

Interested in a DIY foil, Balayage, Dip-Dye, or Ombre? Check out the HTHG DIY color video library. Save yourself the salon prices and master these techniques yourself.

If you are a DIY hair-cutter who is curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!