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! Looking for handmade sticks? Check out this shop!

Enjoy. XO, HTHG

5 pretty ways to wear a ribbon in your hair.

Here is a fun guest post from HTHG reader Angela Johnson! She put together 5 inventive ways to rock a ribbon in your hair.






“Out of the ash / I rise with my red hair / And I eat men like air.” I’ve always loved this quote from Sylvia Plath’s Lady Lazarus, not because of the men eating part, but because it inspires me to get creative, and embrace whatever attitude I want to have about my hair.

Using ribbon in your hairstyles will help you achieve the look you want, while giving a powerful statement. Whether you are going for the sweet girl next-door or the vintage pin-up look, using ribbon has never been so easy.

Before you begin, you will need to collect a variety of ribbon sizes and colors. I like to buy bulk ribbon from HairBow Center, because well, let’s just say I’m obsessed with ribbon! I use it in my hair almost every day!

loose bun 1. Tie the ribbon around a loose, messy bun. This works best with mid-length to longer hair that has been straightened. I like to clip the bangs up (while still leaving some volume), then hide the clip with the ribbon. Finish with a firm hold hairspray. This is look is easy to achieve and adds a touch of glam and professionalism to any style.

Ribbons22. Tie a perfect bow around a half-up pony tail. This one is even easier than the last, so if you don’t have a lot of time, this one is for you. Spray some dry shampoo into the roots for extra volume and to absorb any oils. For a more glamorous look, curl the hair with a large curling iron before placing your ribbon over the hair tie. Finish with a medium hold hairspray to complete this angelic look.

Ribbons43. Weave a smaller ribbon through your braid. Once you have the braid done, just lift it up and use a bobby pin to secure the ribbon near the base of your neck. Pull the ribbon through each hole in the braid, sort of like lacing up a shoe.  This is so easy and you end up with a messy, bohemian look. Try it with a French braid if you are feeling skillful.

hairribbon4. Use a ribbon as a headband, but spice it up by also wrapping it around a braid. This will work for hair shoulder length and longer of nearly any texture. Start the french braid near your ear and keep braiding loosely until you nearly reach your other ear, then tie it into a pony tail. Next, take the ribbon at it’s center and place it behind your bangs and underneath your braid / ponytail. Wrap the ribbon around the hair tie and make a bow for a modern yet sophisticated look.

katesRedRibbon5. Transform into a pin-up girl with a vintage looking ponytail. If your hair is naturally wavy, scrunch it with some mousse and diffuse dry. For hair with tighter curls, you may want to blow dry and use your iron to get loose curls. Curl your bangs under or wrap longer bangs to create the fake fringe look. Put up hair into a pony at the crown of your head. Choose a thicker, red ribbon that matches your red lipstick. Tie a loose, big bow and get ready for to accept some compliments.


Angela Johnson loves crafting, scrapbooking and playing Barbies with her four year old daughter. When she is not exploring her creativity with ribbons and bottle cap crafts, she writes and reads poetry.

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