30 Second Dread Hairstyle

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siddallDo you have long dreadlocks, and are you short on styling ideas? Check out this mega-quick and easy dreadlock up-do from HTHG, featured on the VAIN blog.……


xoxox, HTHG

How to Remove Hair Color at Home

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Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 12.05.39 PMHi Dear DIY Hair-colorers! In the last year, I have done a total of 94 DIY Color Consultations here at HTHG, all for people who are looking to achieve their perfect hair hue at home.

Most of these consultations are for people who made a little hair color oops, and ended up with a shade that they do not like, and are looking for ways to remove color without excessively damaging their hair. I decided that it was time to write a post on how to safely and effectively remove hair color at home.

It should be noted however, that it is not possible to literally remove all permanent color from the hair. What is possible, however, is removing enough hair dye that it makes re-coloring and achieving good results MUCH easier.

I asked my friends at Austin Beauty School Avenue Five to put together a post for us on the subject, and here it is….

How to Remove Hair Color at Home.

There’s no need to hide out in your home for three months while your new hair color slowly fades. If you regret that burgundy red shade on your head now, even though it seemed perfect when you first spotted it on the side of the hair dye box, it may seem you’re stuck with it, but you’re not. You can breathe a sigh of relief that no matter what dye you put on your hair, there are many tried and true ways to remove it quickly and easily. However, before you reach for that bottle of bleach solution, consider some other less caustic solutions to remove color from your hair at home.

Shades that are unnatural, like blues and greens, may be harder to lighten because they can turn into different colors, so be careful and do a strand test first. However, with natural colors, the key is to match the method with your hair color type, permanent or semi-permanent. If you’re trying to remove hair color without affecting your natural color underneath, always seek to reduce the color, not strip it. Some of these solutions come off a shelf, and others you can make with a few simple ingredients you have at home. Our technicians at our Austin beauty school have some suggestions for you to try!


  1. Color Remover – Buy a color remover and you won’t have to worry about bleaching your natural hair underneath. It only gets rid of the artificial color. It works well for permanent colors, that other methods may have more trouble getting rid of at one go. There are different color removers sold by different manufacturers and they all come with different instructions. Follow the instructions to the letter for the best results. If you don’t get rid of all the color right away, try it a few more times to get rid of it all. This will also work well for semi-permanent color, but there are even gentler ways to life that type of color that you may want to try listed below.
  2. Vitamin C Treatment – People swear by this treatment to remove any color, permanent or semi-permanent, even difficult pinks to deep red shades. It’s also popular because it only contains two ingredients: crushed effervescent vitamin C tablets and shampoo.There are no strict measurements, but use at least two tablets or more. Mix it with enough shampoo to cover your hair. Then, cover the hair and let it sit for 20 minutes to one hour before rinsing thoroughly. It’s just that simple! It can be repeated several more times, if the color hasn’t faded enough.
  3. Dishwashing Soap – Dishwashing soap is also a gentle way to remove color. In fact, you can substitute this type of soapy liquid for the shampoo and use it with your vitamin C tablets or alone. Either way, it works well for semi-permanent color mistakes.
  4. Anti-Dandruff Shampoos – Another easy fix for pastels or small shade changes is anti-dandruff shampoo. Some people swear it will release color in just the right amount without having to go out and buy an expensive color remover. It will work best the quicker you use it, before the color has time to set completely. However, this does not work well at all for permanent colors. Some people like to use this shampoo with the vitamin C tablet mixture to give it a boost in color-removing power.
  5. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice – Mix two teaspoons of lemon juice to each two teaspoons of baking soda. This is a little messier to apply than some of the other solutions, but it’s all-natural and can lighten the hair significantly. People who don’t want to pay for the vitamin C tablets might like the fact that both baking soda and lemon juice are very cheap ingredients. Let it sit on your head for only a few minutes and then rinse out. The lemon can dry the hair and damage it, so be careful not to leave it in too long. This mixture is also good for scrubbing off excess hair color that gets on your skin during a dye job.
  6. Hot Oil Treatment – For those that want to condition their hair, while lightening it, try a hot oil massage and treatment. Put the hot oil treatment on your head and cover it with a shower cap for about an hour. Then, rinse it with hot water and watch the color come out. You won’t have to worry about damaging the hair because it’ll actually nourish it instead!
  7. Epsom Salts and Baking Soda – These are also sometimes referred to as “bath salts.” The beauty of this treatment is that you can do it in the bath, and just lay down to soak your head in the tub, even while it releases the color in your hair. This method only works with semi-permanent colors, not permanent colors.

While a few of these methods do work with permanent colors, many people turn to bleaching to correct permanent color mistakes. This can be done with a watered-down bleach solution, but it can still have a high risk of damaging the hair. Plus, it can affect the natural color underneath. However, if that’s your last resort, then test it on a strand first and see how it works. Otherwise, most people would prefer to avoid the bleach all together and opt for safer, more natural, methods as outlined above.

This article was submitted by Avenue Five. They are an Austin Beauty school for aspiring professionals, providing three comprehensive training programs specializing in haircare, massage and skincare. Avenue Five is dedicated to providing salon-professional educators in a fashion-forward, interactive learning environment.

Root Shadowing and At-Home Color Revolution with Madison Reed

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7U6A6598Hi Babes. It has always bugged me that their are not better options for at-home hair colorers. While we get the good stuff in the salon, I find myself occasionally smuggling it to my at-home color clients for own use, because I simply haven’t been overly impressed with any Sally-brand color. Oooops! SHHHHH!)

Well, that has recently changed. Once in a great while, a new beauty company comes along that really WOWS me. This is one of those companies. Check it: Madison Reed………A woman led at-home hair-color company that combines technology, chemical innovation, beauty, consciousness, and DIY. Now, finally, I have a company to refer my at home colorers to that I can stand behind!

Led by CEO Amy Errett, Madison Reed is on a mission to create “better for you” products to help women look and feel their best, without sacrificing quality or their health.

This cool bay-area based company sent me a couple of samples a while back, and I was skeptical (as usual.) I also happened to be in a particular kind of desperate hair color rut……Dull, drab, and tired. One of the products that they sent me was a color gloss treatment and I decided to give it a go.
Here were my impressions…..I loved that it was a no-mix color. It comes in one tube, and was very easy to apply. I liked the simple, sleek packaging. I could see the exact color it was depositing as I applied it, which really took the guess-work out……I knew what I was going to get color-wise, and I knew that it was a very gentle, non-oxidizing formula. Also, It smelled nice. Here are the gloss colors, btw.

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After my gloss treatment, my hair was brilliantly toned, shiny, reflective, and soft for the next month. And I was SOLD! (Stay tuned for a post on this great product alone, with before/afters;) I did some more research into the company, and got more sold.

Their focus is on delivering a little bit of pampering and a little bit of glamour all in the convenience of your home, on your own time. At the moment they are focused on continuing to create better for your products to help people achieve the hair they deserve in a healthy and affordable manner.

I love a company that helps people empower themselves with DIY while really delivering on the quality, and I am excited to now FINALLY have a color line to use in my HTHG DIY Color Consultations.………they are turning the hair color industry on its head and developing radically innovative and technology-enabled hair care and color products and experiences. And all for the at-home DIY hair colorers!!!!!Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 12.07.07 PM



So here are the facts, Madison Reed currently offers a permanent hair color line that is both Gluten, Ammonia and Resorcinol free, offers 100% gray coverage, and is not tested on animals. The color comes in 32 lovely shades. To ease and enhance your color experience, Madison Reed sells hair-coloring accessories, as well as Shampoo and Conditioner.


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Their Color Glossing Treatment is a semi-permanent no-mix solution that it the PERFECT easy to use at-home toner. Tone+Shine+Softness=Bomb Hair Days.




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They have a fantastic little Root Touch-up Powder that comes in a sleek little compact. You can use it to cover up your roots in between coloring or, if you are me and always hellbent on finding new ways to use things, you can give yourself a root-shadow like Rain did. Because everybody knows that dark roots are in right now. 7U6A6607







If you are already wowed, hold on to your seats, babes, because Madison Reed offers a fantastic customer support…….With a Continuous Color Plan. Wait…….What? Is this real life? Yes. They will send you a box of color in you shade for a discounted price, as often as you want it, and give you continuous access to color specialists who will answer all of your hair color questions.

The moral of this story is this: If you are a DIY colorer, your hair future just got a whole lot more awesome, thanks to Madison Reed. With a company like this setting the bar, we can look forward to an up-swing in conscious and quality at-home hair color products and brands. Thanks, Madison Reed!
Keep it up, babes.

xoxo, HTHG


Bad-Ass Beauty Crusader: An Interview with Alexis Krauss

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Christian+TorresBabes, In an effort to help spread the words of beauty positivity and expression, I am excited to share with you an interview with a power player in the beauty game. This bad-ass lady is taking the industry by storm by truth-telling, awareness raising, and connecting people over a common cause: Big Beauty Reform. Ladies and gents, meet Alexis Krauss.

Where are you from originally?

I grew up in a small town on the New Jersey shore called Manasquan.


ak select 2What is your astrological sign?

I’m a Libra


When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a Marine Biologist. Maybe I still will be one day. I’m so in love with Sylvia Earle ;)

What experience opened your eyes to the truth about beauty? Can you tell me a bit about this process?

I read an article in the NY Times about plastic microbeads in personal care products and just how detrimental they are to the environment. I had no idea that my face wash was damaging ecosystems nor did I know I was scrubbing my skin with plastic. It was a real wake up call for me and I started to realize just how little I knew about the synthetic ingredients I was putting on my body and washing down the drain every single day. The education began one ingredient and one product at a time.


 How did you and Jess meet, and what made you decide to start the blog together?

We first met in February of 2014 at a cafe in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. I reached out to SW Basics about trying their microplastic free exfoliant and Jess, who was working for SW Basics at the time, brought me product samples. We immediately hit it off and started discussing ways in which we could use our platforms as an artist and an activist to change the beauty industry. We launched Beauty Lies Truth this past summer. Our primary goal is to build a #truthbeauty community and empower consumers with the knowledge they need to make smarter and more sustainable choices.


Where would you like to see BLT heading in the next year?

We just launched a Kickstarter to pre-sell our #TRUTHBEAUTY bags. Ideally we’d love to build a legit e-commerce platform where we can sell curated makeup and skincare bags. We want to partner with as many natural beauty brands as possible so that we can get their safe and effective products into the hands of women and men for much less than the cost of buying the products individually. We also want to keep expanding the blog and generating engaging and informative content.


ak selectIf you could start a real riot about something, what specifically would it be?

Renewable energy. We need to start taking some serious action on climate change and converting every household to renewable energy is pretty damn good way to start. People need to continue mobilizing against oil and gas and really ramp up their support for cleaner, greener power.


You are songstress in a band called Sleigh Bells. How has your musical journey inspired your personal journey with BLT?

Music and education have always been my passions. I’ve bounced back and forth between them my entire life. When I left teaching public school to become a full time musician I knew it wouldn’t be long before I would have to find a way to use my platform as an artist to educate and empower others. Luckily I found Jess and together we were able to unite our strengths and launch BLT. 

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Ever think about starting your own beauty product company?

 I’d rather spend my time supporting the incredible alternative beauty companies that already exist.


How do you think we could more effectively use weed oil in beauty products? I’m really into this idea, personally.

Me too! Jess is the one to talk to about this. She has actually done a ton of research on this and is currently experimenting with incorporating weed oil into DIY skincare. You have to check out the article she wrote about Constance Finley, one of the pioneers of medicinal cannabis oils. 




What is your general hair MO?

I keep it pretty casual unless I’m doing press our going out to something special. I let it air dry and get wavy most of the time but when I’m feeling fancy I’ll blow-dry and straighten it. I moisturize with coconut oil on a regular basis and love dry shampoo. Lately I’ve been spending most of my free time climbing so my hair has spent a lot of time up in a pony-tail. Brooke Burbee cuts and colors my hair. She is my everything! I’m not proud of coloring my hair cause I know how awful it is but I’m just not willing to give it up yet. Non-toxic, all-natural color technology can’t get here soon enough!


What are your favorite hair product companies?

 I’m a big fan of Innersense Organic Beauty and La Tierra Sagrada. I’m kinda obsessed with your 3rd Day Bangs Powder and Liquid Gold Hair Butter.

Soundtrack of your life. What is on it?

Ok here is a very abbreviated list from birth to 29 in no particular order: Paula Abdul, Etta James, T-REX, Sam Cooke, Bruce Springsteen, Hole, Weezer, Fiona Apple, The Smiths,The Little Mermaid, The Good Life, David Bowie, The Beatles, Blondie, The Shangri-Las, Interpol, Murder City Devils, Patsy Cline, Beyonce,The Clash, Edvard Grieg, LCD Soundsystem, Robyn, Cyndi Lauper, Belle and Sebastian, John Coltrane.


Are you a reader? What are some books you have read recently and loved?

I should read more. Most recently I’ve loved “The Sixth Extinction” by Elizabeth Kolbert, “Wild” by Cheryl Strayed, “How to Rock Climb” by John Long and “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman.


What do you do to unwind after an insane day of traveling, rocking and crusading?

Ideally one of, or a combination of the following things: play with my pup Riz, climb plastic or real rocks, escape into the wilderness whenever possible, cuddle on the couch with my fiance, eat ice cream (or cookies), listen to Radiolab, hang with my mom, drink red wine, cook a simple yet delicious meal, practice yoga with a girlfriend.


5 year plan. Any big changes or plans?

Make a really great record (or two), hike and climb the world, revolutionize the beauty industry, buy a house in Upstate New York, help my Mom open her dream business, get married, fight climate change, get another dog and maybe have a baby.


If you could meet, shake hands, and pick the brain of any woman in history, who would it be?

Theo Colburn. She recently passed but she’s my hero. Beyonce too.


Tell me a bit about #truthbeauty and how we can help you spread the word about it at HTHG.

#TRUTHBEAUTY is our plan to make the safest and most effective skincare and beauty products affordable for everyone. Check us out on Kickstarter and tell everyone you know. Together we can take back the power and change the beauty industry! Xoxo

Photo Credit Christian Torres and Petra Collins.


Easy Short Hair Style, Possible Man Braid Idea?

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Hey babes. Here is a quick and simple DIY braid for shorter haired peeps, that I shot with my sister a while back.

This is a hairstyle that you can’t go wrong with, and I honestly wish to see more dudes with this ‘do in the near future. Obviously, for chicks it is a no brainer, but as a transitional hairstyle for all you Man-Buns out there???? Do it!brook 2

You will need 2 clear elastics, and several bobby pins.

Begin by spraying your hair down with a texture spray like Masterbraider, for serious grip and braid control.

Now part your hair down the center. Starting at the front hairline on one side, do a simple french braid down the back of that side. The texture spray is the key to getting those shorter hairs to stay in your braid! Trust me on this one.

Secure the end of your little braid with a clear elastic.

Now repeat on the other side.

Pull the ends of one braid over to the base of the other, and pin it discreetly underneath, securing it to the head. Pull the other braid over the first, tuck the end under the base of it, and pin it discreetly and securely.

SO easy, I feel like I shouldn’t even be telling you how to do it;)

Here for more short hairstyle ideas………

Even shorter hair?

xoxo, HTHG