Love Battle at Foxglove City

7U6A8051Here are some shots from a recent afternoon Foxglove Love Battle session that transpired in my neighborhood with two of my dear young muses, Birch and Cameron.

In a city without many empty lots left overgrown, I love this one lot that we chose to shoot at, to it’s fullest. It is like my own wild piece of countryside behind a white picket fence, old knotty apple trees, plants made lush and green by years of goat manure from the former homes previous owners, who were urban goat farmers and edible weed lovers.

Welcome to Foxglove City, please enjoy the photos:) 7U6A7948 7U6A7725 7U6A7896 7U6A7884 7U6A8094

And lastly, this beautiful shot of the braids coming down ( The deconstruction shots are always best!)

Do you have a little secret garden around where you live? If you don’t, I encourage you to find one:)

Secret Garden Braids

xo, HTHG

When Curly Friends do Each Others Wedding Hair

IMG_7021Hi dears! Today I am sharing a little fun and heartwarming project that I did last month in Arkansas with some dear lady friends at the river. Here is the story-

Christina was getting married in the Ozarks, to an Ozark man who she loves dearly and I was leaving town 3 days before the wedding (Cry!) so I wouldn’t be able to make it to do her hair and celebrate in the union of their sweet family.

So, we decided it would be a good move to teach her best friend Audrey how to do her hair for her. We met at the West Fork of the White River, near a lone goose who was clearly offended that we were around.

We set up our picnic blanket, and stripped down to our swim suits and set up shop. The goose hopped into the river to find a new place to hang.

Both Christina and Audrey are naturally curly women, with wild golden curls. We chatted a bit about what kind of hairstyle Christina wanted, and I gave her my bride hair shpeal which goes like this

For your wedding the most important thing is that you feel like yourself but at your very best and most elegant. So, let’s take your ‘usual’ hairstyle (a low loose bun on one side.) and fancy it up a bit. Can’t go wrong that way.

She was down with that. We decided which side to put her hairstyle on, knowing that we wanted it low and slightly off center. I

Now, for curly haired babes who are getting married, I generally like to leave the hair in it’s most natural texture without disturbing the curl pattern as I style it. Christina had a deep side part, and her heavy side falls naturally into a really lovely sort of fingerwave pattern when left to it’s own devises, so I planned the hairstyle to work around that, preserving that gorgeous natural feature of her hair that she loves.

I began by sectioning (gently) her sides, from the top of her head to behind both ears, pushing all the side hair forward of her shoulders and out of the way so I could build from the center of the back.

With all the hair in the back, I began a braid down the back, pulling the braid slightly to the side as I braided.

Halfway through the braid, I started at the top on one side of the braid, pulling the edges out to widen that side and create petal-like shapes on one side of the braid.  These ‘petals’ will run along the outer edge of the bun, creating a floral design.

I didn’t braid too tight, but also not too loose. I continued braiding to the end, then pulled the rest of the petals out all the way to the ends of the braid. I secured the end.

IMG_6915Then, holding the braid flat against her head, I wound the braid into a bun, pinning as I went, securing the braid to the head discreetely, with the ends tucked out of the way.

Next step, I created another braid on the light side of her part, pulling the petals out on the outer edge of the braid as I worked my way to the ends.IMG_6919

I secured the ends, and then wound that braid below and then up and around the bun, pinning it into place as I went. This made the bun bigger and more intricate.IMG_6925

Then, I created a third braid on the other (heavy) side of her hair in the same way, pulling the petals out of the outter edge as I braided. I secured the ends, then wound that braid into another small bun (flower) pinning it discreetly nestled up against the first bun. (Braided Rosebud:)IMG_6927IMG_6929

Then, I did my favorite little trick that adds volume to the back of the head…….Holding the buns tightly to her head with one hand, I used a bobby pin in the other hand to lift up the hair at her crown, threading it in underneath the hair at her crown and then lifting it towards me to create a bit of space, but without pulling too hard. I did this a few times around the back of her head to add a bit of oomf.IMG_6930

Then, she got flowered. Peony flowers and leaves and Queen Anne’s lace.

The whole while, Audry watched and asked questions to clarify……..Making sure she understood the directions so that she would be ready when the big day came.IMG_6960IMG_6958

Then, Audrey got a haircut in the wind (my favorite sort of challenge). All the while, the goose watched us from the river.

Hair Friends for Life.

The End.

xo, HTHG

UPDATE!!!!!

IMG_7815Here is a photo from Audrey of the finished hairstyle the day of the wedding, complete with succulents. SO beautiful. Nice job ladies.

 

 

Amethyst Braids

DSC08134While experimenting with some braids and flowers, something told me to break through to another medium. I reached for an Amethyst to finish of a look, not knowing if it was going to work out. I had to create a bit of a hair bezel to secure it, but it wasn’t out of the question. The hairstyle, complete with the crystal, ended up gorgeous. So I added some flowers and plants just for good measure.jules

Remember the rib-cage braid, where we dropped a piece of hair out of every overlap from one side of each braid? This hairstyle uses that same technique, accept that we are working with a french braid, and dropping a piece of hair from each side every overlap our middle braid.

So with a french braid down the center of the head (untidy partings are fine) drop half of each overlap section as you braid in hair from either side. Continue this all the way to the base of the neck, and then continue a regular 3 strand braid down to the ends, securing with a clear elastic.

Now, do a french braid on either side, not dropping anything, just braiding in the dropped sections from your first braid. Continue your braids to the ends, and secure them.jules2

Next, wind each braid into a bun, and pin them securely, hiding the tails.jules3

Now, decorate your buns! I used lilies, waxflowers, and pussywillows. For the Amethyst, I made a nice hollow spot on top of the bun, nestled the crystal into it, and then manipulated the edges of the braid using tension and pins to bezel it into place.DSC08103

Wearable, as long as you don’t tip your head too far forward or backward. I am determined to find a way to make this even more secure and wearable, so expect to see more hair crystals in the near future:)

xo, HTHG

 

Winged Braids Hairstyle

DSC08203Had to almost call this braid the Made in Guam Braid because of Megan’s delightful neck tattoo. I truly couldn’t help myself.DSC08164

This romantic low ‘up-do’ was created using a braid technique that I have been experimenting with recently, where you take a basic 3 strand braid, and every other time you overlap a strand, you separate out half of it, and let it drop out, picking it up every other overlap from that same side. So you create little wings down the sides of your braid. As you braid in each wing (dropped strand) you can pull it out a bit wider to widen the loop. megan1Are you with me? This one is a little advanced.

This hairstyle is made of 5 winged braids. I separated the hair into 5 vertical sections, smallest 2 sections from the hairline to behind each ear,  2 medium sections from behind each ear to the back of the occipital bone wide, 5th section the entire back of the headmegan2

Then to create the low bun, I gently wrapped the largest braid into a soft bun at the nape of her neck, using large pins to pin it into place. I tucked the end of the braid against the head, behind the bun to hide it.

Then, I draped each of the 2 medium sized braids up and over the bun, overlapping them and then wrapping the ends one at a time around the bun, pinning them into place as I wrapped, and then tucking the ends in to hide them.

With the 2 small braids, I draped them softly back and overlapped them in the same manner, gently wrapping the ends and pinning/hiding them. The whole thing is done very loose with no tension so that the whole thing is both soft, yet pinned securely. DSC08193

Then, I added succulents, pussywillows, and lilies, and eucalyptus.

Let’s get the hell out of Winter and into Spring. This is how I cope.

xo, HTHG

 

 

Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles: Tiny Empress Braids

Hello all! for today’s hair offering, I am sharing a hairstyle that seems like a pretty simple on, for all those out there who are intimidated or challenged by complicated braids.

The Tiny Empress Hairstyle is easily created with 5 simple braids, and one very long leafy vine from a bush that I have yet to identify…….It is a vine bush with sort of lacy small leaves, and long thin branches that is PERFECT for crown making and braiding into the hair because of it’s simple loveliness and flexibility. Anybody recognize the plant?

Also, want to mention……This hairstyle would be perfect for a flower girl /boy or a birthday girl/boy.

Here is how to get this look….

The Tiny Empress Braids

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Part the hair vertically into 5 equal sections. The easiest way is to start with the center section, working your way outwards with 2 on each side.

For this tutorial, don’t worry about making your partings too precise…..Keep it simple.

Make a braid in the center section. Secure the ends with an elastic. Now make 4 more braids, as shown, securing the ends of each braid with a clear elastic.

Now, with your center braid, make a bun and pin the bun into place.

Now take the 2 braids on either side of the bun, and criss cross them over the top of the bun. Stick a pin through the cross section.

Wrap the ends of either braid around the bottom of the bun, and tuck them under the bun and pin them.

Do the same with the last 2 outside braids…..Criss-cross, pin, wrap, tuck, pin.

To create the botanical adornment, take one or 2 very long vines of equal lengths. Find the center of the vines, and lay them across the front of the hairline, wrapping the ends around the back, crossing them above the bun, wrapping them down and around the bun and pinning them into the bun.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

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