Hair Weaving

7U6A1704Basic weaving, as I understand, works with a warp and a weft, the weft being the cross-fibers which run horizontally, and the warp being the fibers which run vertically.

7U6A1712Hair weaving, a recent experiment, involved me setting the warp hairs first, and then alternating my weft over under over under, all the way across, and then under over under over with the next weft. It was not very easy, required a lot of coordination and counting, and set me into a state of suspended meditation as I worked, in the cold evening air of early January on my patient model, Birch.7U6A1742

I was going with the process, no real attachment to the final look. All I knew was that I wanted to weave her hair like a cedar basket, and then decorate it with my newly made Rosehip Garland and hair pins. Check out this weaving video, as well as the Rosehip Garland DIY.

Also, I invite you to the Free Your Hair shop to check out our organic line of small batch, made with love beauty products which are 30% off for the next week.

xo, HTHG

Rosehip Garland and Hair Pins, DIY

The Meditation of Foraging

7U6A1782Foraging is something that we have talked about quite a bit this year at HTHG. I hope I am not repeating myself by saying that I love foraging and here is why:

My rosehip forage for this DIY project started like this: I take a little jog, most mornings of the week. By little, I mean like 15 minutes or so. Just enough to help me wake up and get my blood flowing. Usually, I walk Marley to school and then just take off from there, around the neighborhood.

I knew I wanted to find rosehips, so as I jogged one morning, I turned my awareness to rosehips. I visualized them as I jogged, and before long they began to pop out at me all over the place. I took mental notes of where they were, knowing I would be back soon with a basket.

The next day, I brought along my basket and returned to the rosehip bushes I had discovered the day before. I wandered the neighborhood, taking several hips for each bush as I passed, feeling like I was greeting an old friend each time I passed a rosebush, thanking the plant for each rosehip I harvested.

Foraging helps me to write a map of plants in my head, connecting me to the web of nature. Harvesting helps me engage with each plant on my journey, solidifying the place of each plant on my mental map. Creating with the plants themselves helps me to understand and honor each plant in a deeper way, witnessing the unique likeness and differences in plants, and interacting with them. This relationship, for me, is my spiritual practice. It is a great source of connection and gratitude. Which is why I am sharing this fun DIY craft tutorial with you:)

The Beauty of Rosehips

7U6A1655My step-mother Barb loved flower buds more than flowers themselves. She liked how they were sweet and small and unassuming but held the entire knowledge and being of the entire future blossom……A beautiful secret, well-gaurded, and vibrating with life.

7U6A1648Rosehips, besides being a powerfully medicinal part of the rose plant, hold the secret of the future Rose, the most sacred and highly-vibrational flower on the planet. With this sweet little secret, we create a garland to adorn ourselves today so that we, too, can vibrate with our own sweet life-force, guarding our truths with our lives, sharing them only when we feel ready.

DIY Rosehip Garland

7U6A1607For this DIY, you will need a bowl of assorted rosehip plants, thick thread or fishing wire, a needle, pliers and scissors or snippers, and some hair pins.7U6A1618

Begin by rinsing your rosehips, and trimming their stems and petals. Arrange them into piles by size, if you want your garland to have any particular order. If not, that is okay too! I did mine starting small, getting large towards the center, and getting small again at the other end. 7U6A1620

Thread your needle, doubling your thread nice and long ( 3 feet or so) and knotting the end. Begin to thread your rosehips on the needle, one at a time through the center. They may be tough to get through, and if they are, use your pliers to help work the needle through and pull it out the other side.7U6A1624

Continue threading rosehips until your garland is as long as you want it. I made mine long enough to wrap twice around my head snuggly so it could be worn as a crown, a necklace, or as a decorative circle. Tie the ends of your garland tightly together in a triple knot to secure the rosehips.

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Create your hairpins by poking one end of a pin through the center and hooking both ends out the bottom of a rosehip.7U6A1745

Use them to decorate a braid! Keep your creations in a cool, dry place and enjoy the changing variation of color and texture as the rosehips dry out.

 

Gift Idea: Hand-Dyed Paper Roses, Vintage Hair Adornment!

Hi Babes! I’ve got a sweet little hand-made gift idea!

7U6A5831 This past Summer, I dyed these vintage hand-made paper roses with blue indigo dye. This Fall/Winter, I have not been able to keep them out of my hair!

Blue Rose Love

While supplies last, I will be selling these beauties from the Free Your Hair Shop in packs of 5 for your hair adornment needs, and I invite you to spread the Blue Rose Love!FullSizeRender

These beauties are sturdy and very functional as hair decor, each rose is attached to a 4 inch wire stem which can be easily poked into your buns, braided into your braids, and coiled into your curls.7U6A5737

Get yours while they last! We think your friends will LOVE them:)

xo, HTHG

Bearded Lady Rope Twists

7U6A0600Hey babes. Here is a twist on one of my favorite hairstyles of all time, The Bearded Lady, a true party-from-all-angles hairstyle which features one of my rope-twisted Ceremonial Headwraps!

Here is a little run-through of how to get this look.

Bearded Lady Rope Twists

Bearded LAdy

 

 

Begin by sectioning off all the hair on top of your head, twisting it and winding it into a large bun. Secure the bun with large bobby pins, or an NJ hair comb;)!

 

Now, with the hair below, split it down the center into 2 sections for your rope twists.

 

Take the hair on one side, pull it forward in front of your shoulder, split it in half, and make a rope twist using this technique.

 

Twist all the way to the ends, and then secure with a clear elastic.

 

Repeat on the other side, making a rope twist and securing the ends with a clear elastic.

 

 

Now wrap a Free Your Hair Ceremonial Head Wrap around your head, or just a scarf if you have one, admire your ‘do from every angle and call it a great hair day.

 

 

 

xo, HTHG

 

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