Mara Hoffman, Shibori Hair, Wooden Haircombs and More Musings

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Hello my dears!

I am sitting at my computer, finishing the jet-fuel dregs of a delicious cold brew, mixed with rice milk and maple syrup, and a couple shakes of my favorite SunPotion high-vibe remedies, ashwaganda and Macuna. The sun is shining, I just finished up a haircut on a favorite client, who got a beautiful textured shag, before that, another client got a topiaric trim on his epicly thick long beard. A very high-vibe beard, I might add.IMG_5242

This week brought me an opportunity to give my sister a very fun and dramatic hair transformation. She turned 35, so it seemed like the perfect time for a big change. Here is a sneak peek along the process of her major cut/color…..more to come:)IMG_5054IMG_5116

I fell in love with some beautiful wooden hair combs this week, some that my mom collected in Tanzania in the 70’s,IMG_4997

and some from a women maker that I discovered on Instagram. ( Combs below by Samantha Nicole Ross.)IMG_5001

I read a great interview with one of my favorite designers about creating, family, faith, and fashion. Thanks for the Inspiration, Mara HoffmanScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 1.57.46 PM

The slow days of sunshine had me flashing back to last tears Turban Braid Tutorial.IMG_4990

And also that time when Liz Suman and I floated in the swimming pool with dresses on, just for fun.IMG_5003

Loving this hair by a very enthusiastic Guy Tang.IMG_4994

IMG_5129And I love this hair by Tanya Ramirez at Untamed Instinct even more. This babe is so creative in her  color techniques. I highly recommend watching the Youtube video for this Shibori Hair technique just to open your mind to the endless possibilities for creative color.IMG_5193

Down the street from our house is a beautiful dandelion patch. Just saying.IMG_5202

5 year old Selah and I painted, oiled and softened the bristles of a brand new batch of Free Your Hair brushes this week. Felt so good:)

IMG_5042And the topping on all the cake was picking up our newly nine year old daughter, Marley after her first solo trip to visit her dad and family in Arkansas. She was so big and brave and excited. She made up the word ‘Skrilled’ to describe the scared/thrilled feeling she faced before boarding that airplane an independent kid woman. So proud.IMG_5152

And then, visiting the beautiful home Salon of a beautiful human named Braedon, where we chatted about healing, hair and gender as I built him a beautiful beehive. More fun to come on that:)

And in closing, Jonny is in the back yard building a sail boat for us to take to the lake down the hill this summer. Feeling it.

It is funny, I spend very little time talking about myself in my life, and a lot of time listening to other people talk about theirs. I hope you all don’t mind that I sometimes just tell you about what I am up to. Thanks so much for being here and listening.

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

 

Power Hair with ColorPrint Clip-ins

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IMG_4361Hi babes!

I hope everyone’s Spring has been colorful and bright:) As many of you know, I have spent a lot of time painting swatches of hair with a technique I call ColorPrint, practicing up to teach future workshops on creating inspired color designs in the hair.IMG_4367

This practice has left me with a case full of beautiful clip-in hair extensions, each one with original hand painted art work on them. I decided, after much coaxing from friends and fellow artists and stylists, that I should sell these clip-ins in the Free Your Hair Shop to those of you who would love to have a beautiful sweep of color in your hair that you can put in yourself, and take out whenever you want. IMG_4388

These clip-ins are great for special occasions ( Perfect for festival hair😉 or daily wear. They require no real upkeep or special care, just keep them de-tangled, no washing needed. They were each made by me, in a state of creative bliss, and with massive intention for helping summon inner creativity so wear them thoughtfully:)IMG_4387

They can be cut to match your length, either by you or by your stylists or hairdresser friend. They can be curled to match any hair texture.

Here is how to clip them in……..

Begin by making a parting that runs parallel to your natural part, but falls about an inch and a half below your natural parting.

IMG_5131Use the little clips on the back of your extension to clip the hair just below the parting, snuggly to the head. (If your hair is very fine, do some light back-combing at your roots below your parting to give the clips something to grab onto.)IMG_5134

Now flip your hair over the extension, at your natural part. The top of the extension weft should be hidden under your hair, with the beautiful colors of the piece popping through in the ends of your hair.

Love the look, and want your own ColorPrint Clip-in? Click over to the Free Your Hair Shop and see the beautiful designs we have in stock.

Want a custom clip-in? I do custom work, painting hair inspired by your favorite photos, prints and color schemes. Email me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com for inquiries.

xo

 

Love and Paying it Forward with the Free Your Hair Brush!

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Hi dears! The Free Your Hair Brush launched a week ago, and I have been so excited to hear your reactions.

We have shipped these brushes all over the US, to men and women and children, and here is what some of your lucky new brush owners have to say:IMG_4428

Aubrie in Seattle says: “Shoutout to the only brush that can get the knots out of my hair when I don’t comb it for three days!”IMG_4464

Jenny in Seattle says: “My Free Your Hair Brush was the only thing I brought to take care of my hair for nine days in the Alaskan Back country!”IMG_4075

Claire in Half-Moon Bay says: “Seriously the best brush I’ve ever known, it’s insane”IMG_4454

Talina in Brooklyn says “First ever love affair with a hairbrush. My coarse curls have been begging for a weekly airbrushing session but I could never find a brush that was burley enough to stand up to my hair. I’ve met my match with the Free Your Hair Brush and  it feels so good!”

Martha Pierson in Fayetteville, AR says  “I have and love this brush!…I have very curly hair and my hair loves the feeling of this brush, I do have to be cautious of the ends but once I have made it through them I am good to go for marathon brushing!” 

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Anna Diego, @radradmama posted from Hawaii via Instagram “In the truck, baby boy is asleep, parked in my drive- time for a hair brushing session with my new, actually good for your hair hairbrush by @howtohairgirl. Ahhhhh simply Ahhhhhhmazing! I wish I had this brush before I cut off all my hair…..The cherry on the top is the sensational oil that came in the package as a delicious surprise. So now I will have beautiful healthy hair that smells so good that strangers will be leaning in for a whiff”

Paying it Forward

 

Did you know that 10% of all our sales from the Free Your Hair Brush gets donated to the cause of active environmentalism, because healing and caring for ourselves and the earth are one and the same, and of utmost importance here at HTHG. This month, we donated to Unlearn and Rewild and the radical, beautiful truths spoken by Ayana Young on the topic of earth renewal.

More brush love to come as word spreads about the FYH Classic Hairbrush, a tool for styling and self care. Help us get the word out by sharing the post, treating yourself to a lovely hairbrush, and posting your photos and comments using the hashtag #freeyourhairbrush.

xo, HTHG

 

 

Driving the Vision, Hair Musings.

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IMG_4502Hi Dear friends. Reporting live from a cloud of Cherry Blossoms in the Pacific Northwest…… I want to begin by sending big gratitude to you all for sticking with me here at HTHG. I want you all to know that my vision for this space is a strong as ever, and I am really trying to focus energy towards involving my community of readers more into the content of the blog.

That said, I encourage all and any of you who have inspired hair stories, photos, ideas, theories, remedies, anything……..Please consider sharing them with us. You can email me pitches for stories and posts at howtohairgirl@gmail.com. The goal here is to create space where people feel comfortable sharing and excited and inspired by other’s stories.

Since I quit my day job, I have indulged myself in creating distance between myself and an urge to be practical or trend-following when it comes to hair. If you haven’t noticed, I have been pinning crystals into hair and hand painting designs in people’s hair, all in an effort to break loose into new realms and encourage others to think outside the box creatively. It is time for a renaissance of hair and styling and creativity, and we want to help lead it through the hair industry, beauty industry, and into the mainstream. There is so much that has already been done, but there is even more that hasn’t:)

Today, I am sharing some of the things that help me feel inspired to keep creating interesting hairstyles. IMG_3668

The Grape Hyacinth that pop up overnight, and blanket every green patch of grass all over the city of Seattle with their sweet blue loveliness. I used some to perk up a braided collar on Birch.IMG_3667

Then, I combined them with a few large crystals (because crystals make great hair rollers;) and a big succulent hen plant. IMG_4569

I found an insanely cool hat in my mom’s closet. She thinks it came from either Guatemala or Chiapas……It is woven straw with a wildly vibrant tail of dyed ribbons. She let me have it. When I put it on my head, I felt like the pony I always knew I was. Several  of the ribbons were quite tattered and ready to break soooooooo………

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I pulled them off and braided them into Birch’s Fishtail braids, and wrapped them around her head. Festival hair inspiration anyone?IMG_4524IMG_4762

I felt very restless around the New Moon, which was on April 7th. Naturally, a perfect time to make a few floral mandalas using all the beautiful petals and flowers around right now. I am thinking about starting to teach a floral mandala workshop because I believe so strongly in the power of the mandala making process in sparking creativity and connecting us with the earth. It is my medicine and I want to share it. Anyone interested?IMG_4740IMG_4536

Nexties, I have been feeling super neglectful of my short haired and curly haired babes. This is only for lack convenience and models who want to let me play with their hair. I am putting it out there into the world…….Who wants to be America’s next top curly haired and/or short haired HTHG model? Until then, Here is some inspiration from last years post on the Fro-Hawk and the Floral Garland Craft DIY and hairstyle.

Lot’s of love and great hair vibes your way. Oh, and also, have you gotten your Free Your Hair Brush yet?

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

Hair Musings.

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Hello Dears. I put together some of my favorite hairstyles and musings from the past few weeks, all are done by me unless otherwise tagged:) Enjoy!

IMG_3844Couldn’t stop staring at Jayne’s Colorprinted hair from our workshop at Edo. Gah!

IMG_3787Yes, the Free Your Hair brush has launched! Get yours today from the Free Your Hair shop>IMG_3812

Our eldest daughter Marley is a shooting star with rainbow hair.IMG_3805

Selah Sparrow just turned 5, and is really into drawing in her eyebrows with green halloween makeup.

IMG_3788Remember the Floral Afro from last year?IMG_3747

Hair Macrame? Yes, it is a thing. Well, at least I am trying to make it a thing. Practice, practice, practice.

IMG_3591More Woven hair, because it is so fun to do.

IMG_3723A braid collar? Yes, that too is a thing, according to HTHG.

IMG_3605Yes, I am proud of my Free Your Hair Brush rubber stamp. It’s all about the details…….

IMG_3704These babes, because they were both on my mind, so I decided to share a photo.

IMG_3702I just loved this Colorprint Scheme.

IMG_3643I gave away this hand painted Colorprint clip-in Hair Weft to a very lucky someone on Instagram…..Follow me for more giveaways and musings:)IMG_3828

Showstopping curly bangs, by Guido Palau for Interview mag. Litterally made my heart stop when I saw them.

xo, HTHG