Nikki Lane and a Night of Country Lady Hair

Babes. I have to share with you some photos from a night of beehivin’, partyin’, and dancin’ that recently happened. I will go ahead and call it Nikki Lane and the Country Lady Hair night.

7U6A3536Have y’all heard Nikki Lane? She is a country lady badass, the second coming of Loretta Lynn if you ask me. I first heard her when my friend Holley send me a link to her singing a song called “Look Away” on a porch in some southern state, and it became my go-to song to sing to my babies, or around a fire on a whiskey-fueled full moon night.

When Holley, AKA Missbeehivin’who is a friend of Nikki’s through the country music scene, asked me if I could do Nikki’s hair before her show at the Tractor Tavern last weekend, I said “hell yes, and let’s make it official by giving everyone beehives!.” And so, it was beehives all around.

And that is how Country Lady Hair Night came to be.

7U6A2862Now I’m no dummy. I knew that a night making everyone else beautiful would leave me no time of my own to gussy up, so I got ready early, at my new collective studio space that I share with Nikki Jacoby, Holley, and Alexa. I am affectionately calling it the babe cave. #babecave;)

7U6A5936I made sure to wear my grape head piece, which is a big cluster of vintage wax-covered blown glass grapes that I clip to my head, only on the most special occasions. I am in love with it. Big fan of fake fruit here.

7U6A2913First hairstyle of the night, the gorgeous and talented Kaylee Smyth of The Western Shore who opened that night for Nikki Lane.

Kaylee and her husband Charlie are Seattle natives and band-mates, now living (and rocking) gigging, and touring from their Nashville home-base. Listen to The Western Shore here and dig their dreamy country lover sound.

Kalee had an incredible DIY haircut, a high shag with lot’s of texture which was just perfect for her thick, wild waves. I did some light texturizing in the back, and trimmed her bangs. 7U6A3112Then, she got sprinkled with 3rd Day Bangs for extra texture and oil absorption, back-combed and spit curled.


Next up was Nikki Jacoby, who looked charming in her beehive and diagonal roll in the back, and of course, spit curls. I’m still not over those;)

7U6A29977U6A3016Holley came next. She is the queen off the beehive, which is why we call her Missbeehivin’. You can even follow her beehives on Instagram7U6A30647U6A31417U6A3194

Jules and Dawn were next. Where are their hives? I guess that my camera-woman Nikki J must have gotten busy with something else. Here is a group shot from later, so you can see Dawn and Jule’s hives too.7U6A3691

Sarah-Ann Caldwell would not let me give her a beehive, and I was only offended for a moment. She wore my squash-blossom necklace instead.

7U6A3314Then, it was time to hit the Tractor Tavern to find Nikki Lane and help her get fancied up. Holley and Nikki J and I packed ourselves like sardines into Nikki L’s dressing room with a bottle of Tequila and some Ginger Beer. (Nikki’s delicious drink of choice.)

Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.31.37 PMNikki said she wanted her hair to look like Bridget Bardot. She had the perfect silk blouse and black ribbon bow to wear, and tousled Bridget hair seemed like the perfect choice for the night’s sultry surly country vibe.

I sprayed her down with Masterbraider, sprinkled some 3rd Day Bangs into her roots and brushed it through with my mini-bore bristle brush to create a nice texture base to work with. Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.32.11 PM

We chatted about the Mason Pearson brush, and how everyone needs one because there is nothing better. As we talked, she shopped on Amazon for her first Mason Pearson Pocket Brush. 

I teased her crown, back-combing it tight’n’right at the roots, and smoothed the top down to create the perfect tousled lived-in half-up hive. 7U6A3279We decided on pigtails with the rest of her hair, and so I put in low tails with clear elastics, then I teased them just a little bit, and wrapped a bit of hair around the base of the tails, to hide the elastic. I secured it with a small bobby-pin, under each pig-tail. 7U6A3292

I asked her what her go-to hair routine was for her thick-ass wavy hair and her wild life of touring and playing shows. She said she swears by Caruso Steam Rollers and the 3n hair-color that a stylist sends her to keep her hair nice and dark on the road. Screen Shot 2015-05-04 at 3.33.50 PM

I told her she had incredible hair, and she replied that no hair-lady had ever complained about her hair before. She said it in the most perfectly country way. She reminded me of what I would imagine to be a mix of 1 cup Loretta Lynn with a tablespoon of Calamity Jane and a half-teaspoon Elvis Presley and a dash of Wanda Jackson. She made me want to move to Nashville. 7U6A3596

7U6A36327U6A3655After we finished with hair, Holley did her makeup. Feathered lashes, cat-eye liner and the perfect soft coral-pink lipstick. Then we posed for photos, as the Western Shore began their set.



We spent the next several hours in country music heaven, where the hair was high and the vibes were higher. 7U6A3452We danced, we sang, we marveled at the huge crowd. We watched the girls put on an incredible show. 7U6A3784

Holley got to sing a song on stage with Nikki at the end, which was a nice surprise……..She has such a beautiful voice, that Missbeehivin’IMG_4742

It was a fantastic night, a great time was had by all, and I highly recommend checking out tour dates and getting yourself tickets to see Nikki Lane and the Western Shore when they come through your town. Just make SURE to wear your hair in a Beehive when you go;)

xoxoxox, HTHG

P.s.  I want to do hair in Nashville. Just putting it out there.

Androgyny and hair. And Chloe Sevigny.

Non-traditional gender based style moves have grabbed and held our attention for decades. Annie Lennox and Grace Jones exuded confidence with their gender-bending cropped hairstyles and masculine tailoring. Tilda Swinton has confused and delighted our sense of traditional gender-based style preferences over and over again. David Bowie in the Labyrinth blew our minds……

More from my favorite androgynous hairstyles of today, on Refinery29. Check it!IMG_2516IMG_2515IMG_2514


IMG_2520IMG_2519IMG_2518Can I just say “shwing” for Chloe Sevigny and her style and her hair and her everything. Let’s celebrate this woman for the rest of time.

Reggie Watts, Flower-hawks, and being the fair.

7U6A41297U6A41337U6A4136My #bethefair sisters and I had the honor of hosting musician comedien Reggie Watts in our camp this year. Alix works on the production side of his Comedy Central Show, Comedy Bang! Bang! and invited him to come with us to the Oregon Country Fair after he expressed to her a lifelong goal of seeing the mayhem and magic first hand.

We got to shepard him around, showing him our favorite places, hiding him when fan-boys and fan-girls got too thick. (He very graciously shook many hands and posed for many pictures… I admit, I had to talk myself down from fan-girling out on him myself because I am a big fan and also a huge dork.) We introduced him to our favorite fair foods, musicians etc. while his witty banter elevated all of our senses of humor. My intention for this years fair was to laugh heartily, and it happened. So thanks, Reg. Thanks for being the fair with us.

Before I go on, let me paint a visual picture of Reggie’s third fair night. By this point, he had found his groove…..Imagine….full moon, low in the sky. Dark cloudless night. A couple people gather in a distant field, away from the fair festivities in the woods. Amps, a mic, some cords. Equipment hauled by friends. Minor drama about an essential cord that is missing. Found, problem solved. Reggie starts beat-boxing, long and low, quietly and masterfully layering sounds to create the perfect mellow full moon vibe. More people start to gather, attracted by the low base of the music. The tempo picks up. People start dancing. Things are getting weird in all the right ways. More people arrive. Reggie starts throwing in bonkers snippets of verbal hilarity, entertwined with the layered beats, building and building.

All of a sudden, 10 people in fat-suits with colored led lights inside them show up out of the abyss and start to boogie like psychadelic marshmellow men……….

I will leave the rest up to your imagination. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, and are scratching your head right now, watch Reggie Watts’s incredible TED talk here.

This entertaining video was my first introduction to Reggie several years ago. Check it! #fuckshitstack

7U6A32977U6A32937U6A3299Reggie let me do his hair. I knew exactly what had to happen, and it involved flowers. In the hair and beard. I gave him a flower-hawk down the back of his head in his wild natural hair and thick nappy kitchen.

The hawk was made with a row of tight ponytails down the center, pulled halfway through into buns. I added flowers in along both sides. And the daisies went into his beard, obvies. He rocked it fully to the max.

Before he left the fair, I had to ask him a question about his hair. I just had to get some statement, thought, or sentiment to share with you all. I yelled to him over a tent as I dressed for Saturday night partymom time….

“Hey Reg. If your hair could talk, what would it say?”

He thought a minute. “I imagine it would be like the talking hat”

“huh?” I asked

“From Harry Potter”

“Ahhh. K. cool. I didn’t read those.” I said.

I did a little research. Talking hat in Harry Potter. The Sorting Hat. Sorts the students ( Of Hogwarts) into one of 4 houses….Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin.

“Oh you may not think I’m pretty but don’t judge what you see, I’ll eat myself if you can find a smarter hat than me.”

-Sorting Hat

Oh, and Reggie’s go-to hair tool is a white scrunchie. I know that because it was either on his wrist or in his hair the entire weekend.

Friends, check out Reggie Watts, if you haven’t already. Follow him on Instagram at @reggiewatts. And Stay tuned for the Be The Fair American Craft Experience shop and blog coming soon. It is going to be a blast.

xo, HTHG



A babe that rocks her hair so hard it hurts.

gwenDon’t speak. I know just what your sayin. So please stop explainin. Don’t tell me, cuz it hurts. Gwen rocks her hair so hard it physically hurts.

Gwen Stefani wins the HTHG lifetime achievement award for the category ‘has the most fun with her hair.’

Here is to many years of Gwen’s hair, and many more to come. Thanks for the great tunes, the transformations, the inspiration, and most importantly, the hair.

Which Gwen hairstyle do you like best? I have to say, I loved her blue hair back when she was all into wearing bindi’s and being just a girl in the world. I loved her music in the Sublime days, and the Harajuku days. I loved her style in her long-beach chola days of dark lip liner and gold chains. Love me some Gwen.

xo, HTHG

Macklemore’s Same Love haircut.

mackMacklemore’s Same Love haircut is sexy. It is sharp as a tack. It is an homage to the hairstyles worn by men way back in the day, but with the perfect amount of cutting edge. And it looks just as good on a chic as it does on a dude.

And guess what? This haircut is just a short, pushed back version of the Hipster Hangover.

What I like most about the Hipster Hangover is that can be worn at different lengths on all hair types for perfect hipster androgyny.


Michelle Williams is rocking it with more length on the top. She styles hers so that the top comes forward and to the side to frame her sweet little face.Screen Shot 2013-06-04 at 12.17.46 PM

Miley Cyrus is also rocking it. Hers is generally styled up into a pompadour.

This haircut is so incredibly easy to do. You do not need to encourage your dude to go to the salon for this one. You can give it to him yourself. Or to her yourself. Whichever one it is. Same love. ( Have you seen Macklemore’s Same Love video?)

The point is, the Hipster Hangover is a perfect beginning DIY-ers short haircut. And, it just so happens that your dude needs Macklemore’s haircut.

Here is how to do it………Watch this video and follow the directions, making the following changes……Using your clippers, ( Need some? try the Wahl 24 piece clipper and hair cutting kit) cut the under-section with the smallest guard. Cut the top section slightly shorter than demonstrated in the video. You can even use your clippers with a 3 guard on the top, and here is a little tip……use the little lever on the side of your clippersScreen Shot 2013-06-04 at 12.32.02 PM and put it on the higher setting for the front inch or so of hair on the top section, and then put it on the lower section for the rest of the top section. This will give the top some graduation from shorter in back to longer in front.

Then, to get Macklemore’s look, wet your hair and brush the top back with a boar bristle brush like the Spornette DeVille 100% Boar Bristle Paddle Brush
and some pomade. Hot!!


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