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.
Have 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.
Now 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;)
I 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.
First 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. Then, 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;)
Holley came next. She is the queen off the beehive, which is why we call her Missbeehivin’. You can even follow her beehives on Instagram.
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.
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.
Then, 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.)
Nikki 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 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. We 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.
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.
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.
We spent the next several hours in country music heaven, where the hair was high and the vibes were higher. We danced, we sang, we marveled at the huge crowd. We watched the girls put on an incredible show.
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;)
P.s. I want to do hair in Nashville. Just putting it out there.