Colette Malouf luxury hair piece review and tutorial!

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 5.18.04 AM Hi dears. Manhattan-born 3rd generation Lebanese designer Colette Malouf was kind enough to contact me and offer a couple of tutorials featuring her best-selling headband as a promotional post for her work!

Screen Shot 2014-03-07 at 5.17.44 AMHer designs are simple and beautiful specialty accessories that are perfect for any occasion. I spent some time on her site drooling over silk and wire mesh crochet beauties and cast hair pins. Her style is unique yet classy and her pieces are beautifully made. Check out her shop and how-to videos on her site and find yourself a hair treasure:)

These 3 looks were created exclusively for HTHG readers featuring the her best-selling headband, the Lotus Crown.

How-To Steps:


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1. Make a ponytail and the third time you twist the elastic pull the hair

through only half way.

2. Pull the hair above the elastic evenly spreading the hair out.

3. Tuck the pony stub under and pin it down with bobbypins.

4. Add a headstrap and pinch some hair above the base of the headstrap for

a rounder head shape.

The Modern Boho

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1. Put a headstrap on in the front of the face with the elastic at the base of

the neck.

2. Twist some hair from the face around the sides of the headstrap until you

reach the back.

3. An alternate look is to replace step 2 with twisting hair from the front of

the face all the way around to the other side. Then twist the remainder on

the other side of the face tucking all the hair in for a side bun.

4. Another version: Stretch the bun down for a longer shape.

The Modern Boho clean style

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1. Using a large wire comb with the teeth pointing upward secure the hair

from each side at the base of the head pushing upward while pulling the

ends downward.

2. Add a head strap and tie the ends under the comb which will lift the comb

and make the hair look rounder and fuller.

xoxo, HTHG and Colette Malouf.

DIY Patron Goddess of Holiday Spirit Hair Wreath

7U6A7334Happy Season of crafting and giving, my dears! I have to say that I tend to try to deny the existence of holidays through the beginning of December, but always, without fail, some holiday bug bites me and I start getting pumped on projects.

Today, as I rode my bike home from the post office, I smelled pine and I saw holly. Then, I saw and smelled rosemary. All of the sudden, all I saw and smelled were boughs of holiday worthy plants growing around me. I stopped and picked a couple branches here and there on the way home. While Selah was sleeping, I made a hair wreath and drank tea.

 DIY Patron Goddess of Holiday Spirit Hair Wreath


1. For this project, you will need a headband, ( I just used a cheepy plastic one that Marley had stashed in a drawer) some boughs, some twine, a pair of scissors, and optional bow to add at the end.

2. Tie the twine tightly and double knot it on one end of the headband.

3. Choose your first bough and begin wrapping it from one end around the headband. Don’t worry about wrapping it too neatly or too tight.

4. Add and layer more boughs as you wish and wrap them across the headband. Arrange the smaller details as you go.

5. When you are done adding and wrapping boughs onto your headband, tie off the end of the twine. Make sure to double knot it, and make sure the ends of the headband are very securely wrapped.

6. Add a bow if you wish.

Now use your Solstice wreath to adorn your favorite HTHG hairstyle:) You will smell so fresh and look like the patron goddess of holiday spirit:) Hope you got the spirit.


Halloween Hairsticks and the Bearded Lady Braids.

A long time ago, a wise woman told me a motto she used for hair……”Stuck in hair, Stuck in life” This woman happened to be named Lori-lynn Mason, and she the mom of one of my BFF’s , T.

She happened to own a restaurant and coffee shop in Fremont, Seattle. The legendary Longshorman’s Daughter, and Espresso To Go, respectively. ETG was Seattle’s first Espresso shop. Pretty sure it was there before Starbucks and SBC. IT is the most charmingest hole-in-the-wall place to enjoy coffee or an exquisitely baked something or other in the City of Seattle.

I owe a lot of thanks to the eccentric, beautiful genius lady that is Lori-lynn Mason. She  kept my friends and I out of trouble by employing us as awful teens, simultaneously empowering us with a work ethic and some cash, and allowing us to get into our own kind of trouble. This post is dedicated to her today. The Bearded Lady Braid is her signature hairstyle. And, the DIY hair sticks were her idea. Also, she was the last person besides myself to give me a haircut. We were in the Restaurant after hours with kitchen scissors, and we gave each other floppy faux-mohawks, hers blonde and mine black. I totally loved that haircut.

Some other things that she taught me are that it is possible be poor and live rich, that avocados are kinda gross and shouldn’t be served in restaurants unless they are perfect, how to roast a chicken, the importance of good posture, how to wave like a beauty queen, how to pull a perfect espresso shot, and how to dream up a space to start a business and create a community. So Lori, this post is a thank you from me and all the girls who had the pleasure of working for you.You probably won’t ever see this post, but if you do, I’m sure you are perfectly uncomfortable taking the compliment.

Anyone else out there cut there working teeth in the Coffee/ Restaurant biz? Those were the days!

 DIY Halloween Hairsticks!

For these, you will need some beads of your choice. I chose turquoise sculls. You will need some wire posts, available at any craft store, and some hair sticks and some glue.
Start by determining the length of your posts. Put the post through your beads, and trim the end of the post so there is a quarter inch sticking out. Now put a dab of glue on the end of the hair stick, right where the hole is. ( If you purchase these wooden sticks, they come with a pre-poked hole!)

Poke the end of your post right through the glue and into the hole. Let the sticks dry in a jar so they are standing up on their points. SO easy!

Bearded Lady Braids

PicMonkey CollageThis hairstyle is awesome because it combines the sophistication of hair sticks with the country-girl of two braids. It is a good one for ladies that like a bit of height and also a bit of length.It is all lady in the front, beards on the sides.

To get the look, start by sectioning off the top half of the hair. Hair stick it! Here is how.

Now all the rest of the hair in the back is split down the middle, and braided on each side in a simple braid and secured at the end with an elastic. Pull those braids apart a bit to make em a bit looser. Bam! Bearded Lady.

#bethefair Flustered Artist Scarf Bun

DSC05672I would like to introduce you to Sarah. This lady is like a sister to me. Once, our friend Brette and I took her into the alley and threw eggs at her because she was being bratty. Later on, she pushed me down as I ran to steal second base on the baseball field.

We watched Cable Guy all summer long. We snuck into a Wu Tang show and danced on stage. We faught and made up. We laughed our asses off. We waited tables and barista-ed together. We shared our later childhoods and teenage years. We went through awkward stages. We made fun of our parents. We snuck out of the house.

Screen Shot 2013-09-03 at 1.40.58 PMNow, Sarah and I live in the same town again. She finished apparel design school a couple years ago, and has a sweet little studio on Capitol Hill where she makes gorgeous custom things under the moniker ‘tenth&olive’. You can check out her designs here.

One thing I truly admire about her and her work is that she gets that fashion should always be functional. Her attention to detail and appreciation for quality work and material blend with her unique style esthetic to create unique and wonderful designs.

She is really clever when it comes to turning fashion into function……Example:

DSC05428Using scarves creatively. Check out these hair tutorials featuring Sarah.

Today, she brings you her own special scarf bun. A unique and totally cute scarf hairstyle idea.


Here is how to get the look.

Scarf bun!

scarf bun


1. You will need  a couple of bobby pins, and a long thin scarf.

2. Twist all the hair into a high bun. Secure with bobbies.

3. Take the scarf and locate the center. Drape the flattened out scarf directly over the top of the bun.

4. Hold the scarf on top of the bun with one hand while you begin to wrap one end of the scarf around the base of the bun.

5. Now keep wrapping both ends in opposite directions around the base of the bun.

6. Tie the ends of the scarf on the side.

7. Pin up any loose hairs.

Now you have an art studio worthy hairstyle ready to wear.



#DIYhair Friday! Hair Sticks.

stixThis one is for you, Alix Brown. Hair sticks are an essential styling tool for effortless and elegant hair styling options. About a year ago, I gave you a hair stick photo tutorial. 7U6A2703

Back then, my hair was shorter and my technique was simpler. Today, I give you Hair Sticks round 2, bigger, better, and more secure. AND, whilst brainstorming this tutorial, I thought it would be fun to do a DIY hair stick craft project……So, coming in late October I will show you how to easily make the scull hair sticks featured in today’s video! I can’t wait!

Enjoy. XO, HTHG

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