Finger Painting Haircolor: Curly Prisms

For my curly sisters out there, here is a post about prismatic hair color and curls……I had been wanting to paint rainbows into curly hair for quite a while now. I wanted to see what it would look like to hide some little prisms within the wild texture of natural curls.

During the Summer, I went to a little Island called Lopez to take a Flower Magic essences and arranging workshop. While I was there, I met a flower farmer named Lindsey who taught us how to arrange flowers and make beautiful flower crowns. I remembered how she had mentioned wanting some rainbow color in her gorgeous, thick natural curls.

I posted something on Instagram about wanting to paint some curly rainbows, and she responded. Within a week, she was in the chair getting her hair finger painted with little rainbows and chatting with me about flowers and grandmas and Island life.

My intentions for her haircolor were to add some brightness and some color to her hair in this grayest time of year, to hold her over until her flowers began to bloom. Also, I wanted something that would be subtle enough to grow out without any fuss, and not scare her grandmother.

I wanted to show her some simple color skills to bring to the Island to share with her friends should they ever want rainbows too…..You just never know when someone is going to want a rainbow in their hair! And all you need to do ’em is veggie dye in primary colors ( I use Manic Panic) and bleach ( I use 40 developer generally for lightening bits of natural hair.

Here is how I did it…….I first mixed bleach and 40 volume developer in a plastic bowl, with a large paint brush. Then, I randomly painted the bleach onto individual curls, working and saturating it into the ends and softly feathering the color up the strand for a seamless transition. I let her sit for about 45 minutes with the bleach in her hair, then rinsed and washed her hair. I had her rough-dry it while I finished up Elke’s rainbows (from last week;)

Then, I worked through her hair to find the lighter pieces and then I used my fingers to paint the colors in, blending each shade into the next down the strands of lightened hair. I wasn’t too picky about it. I wanted some rainbows to bleed into her natural hair too, so as to add more dimension and tone. She sat for a half hour or so, and then I rinsed her out. As her hair dried, we marveled at the pretty colors popping into the light. Her hair came alive, even in the less-than-ideal low light of sundown. Can’t wait to see her rainbows in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by! If you are curly, I hope you never feel excluded from the fun of rainbow hair.

xoxo, HTHG

Finger Painting Haircolor: Rainbow Hurricane

Hello friends ! Here is our next installation of Hair Finger painting.…….This is what happens when one gets frustrated by both applicator brushes and gloves, and just goes all in with the hands applying color.

Meet Elke. She visited me from the rural, snowy woods of Oregon. I just really love this picture of her:)

She came to me with her hair DIY bleached, ends still violet from previous color a year ago that didnt want to budge through a bleaching. Totally workable, because my goal with Elke was to get as many shades of color into her hair as possible, highlighted with many pops of ruby red. Because saturated red is underused in hair color, since the 90’s made people scared of it.

Here is a little video of the application. I started with applying Tinge Pastels to the roots. I used all shades, marbling them together as I worked. I did use a color brush for this part.

Once the roots were colored, I worked my way from the nape of the neck up, using my hands to smudge colors in to every piece of hair, in different sizes and levels of saturation.

I left out some of the mid-sections on random strands to add dimension, as you can see here.

Here are the custom-mixed colors I used on Elke…….

She processed for 20 minutes, and then I rinsed her out and gave her a rough blow-dry.

Naturally, I had to crimp her just for fun. We played around with a few quick hairstyles before she left to celebrate her birthday with friends.

Her hair made me think of a hurricane of color.

xo, HTHG

Finger Painting Haircolor: Rainbow Locs

Hey babes. The next 3 weeks will feature a different finger-painted hair creation every week. This came about because I wanted to challenge myself by letting myself do what I always want to do but has felt like breaking the rules…….Losing the tools that sometimes feel like they disrupt the flow between hands and hair and the process/creation of art. So I went all in with my hands.

Meet TT. She is a fellow hair artist, who specializes in Dread Coloring and Curl Cutting at Vain in Seattle. Please read up on her and her hair here.…..

She came to see me, having been feeling in a rut with her own natural locs…….They have been growing for 2 years and she is stuck between wanting to shave her head and grow her locs out.

Naturally, my remedy for this hair conundrum is to bust out some color and go all out. Stuck in hair, Stuck in life. Also because Winter is a lovely time to brighten up.

She sat in my chair with most of her dreads already dark green from a previous color, some dreads natural, and several in the front were bleached and ready for me to paint on.

Her roots were her natural, sparkly salt-and pepper.

I began by applying a dark blue veggie dye (Manic Panic) to her roots, and pulling through a bit farther into some of the dreads. Then, I refreshed her green roots with a brighter green, and added some yellow to brighten up the ends. I did a few random purple ones just for fun.

I applied the color with my fingers, rolling it into each dread. It was a full on finger-painting hair job.

Once I got to the bleached out dreads in the front, I applied the color in a rainbow to each one, blessing it with the entire spectrum of unified color.

After 20 minutes of processing, we rinsed her hair out in the sink. The colors ran together, making a beautiful rich brown.

The, she let me braid her crown up. We giggled and chatted about our kids and life. Twas a wonderful time.

True hair love sees all color and texture. I would like to manifest some more natural textured woman of all colors in my hair chair. Just putting it out there.

 

xo, HTHG

 

Winter Color Musings

Hi dears. In the spirit of bringing color to these dark days, I busted out my color kit this week and started mixing. Working with extension hair to practice my technique, I experimented with painting circular portals and mandala-like designs using Manic Panic color and Tinge Pastels.

As always, playing with color shoots me back into student mode…..as I create, I learn. The rainbow is the best teacher I have ever had. This time, we added more black into the mix, exerimenting with shadows and layering tones very intricately.

I kept finding myself irritated with the loudness of the color, it was not reflecting what I was feeling or seeing around me. It felt dissonant and grating. So, I covered everything in a cloud of dark gray and took a sigh of relief!

As I painted, I  listened to talk radio and reflected on the Bill of Rights, something I am interested in understanding better. I drank dark Coffee mixed with Chaga tea and Cacao. Twas a dark and dreamy day.

What do you do to get through the darkness of Winter?

Seasonal Color, Seasonal Braids

Hi Babes! Wanted to share some recent hair color and braids I did on my neighbors Birch and Cameron. img_7653img_7642

Cameron wanted cooler tones, Birch wanted warmer tones. I mixed these shades from primary colors and applied them intuitively in small sections, blending one into the next. I saturated their ends and softened the color as I painted it upwards towards the roots, using sweeping feathery strokes.

They both have basically virgin natural level 7 hair. I did balayage both of them last Summer, so there is a tiny bit of pre-lightening.

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Birch got french braided pigtails. Check out this tutorial to get the gist.7u6a04747u6a0590

Then, she got wrapped in twinkly lights:). Tis the season!

img_7681Cameron got this beautiful braided do. Of course had to get a shot of her hair in half-deconstructed mode because that is always when those braids look the best.7u6a0382

I didn’t make tutorials for these braids, but check out a video posted today on @howtohairgirl via Instagram to learn this last beauty…….It is surprisingly really easy to do.

Merry Merry Season!

xo, HTHG

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