Hi Babes! Today I have some hair candy to share, this color scheme that I did a few weeks back which is inspired by rasberry jam smeared on vintage denim, and a general celebration of Color Texture Form which started HERE.
I used a cool magenta for her roots, (custom blended Manic Panic) then lighter pink in her ends, which marbled into blues and some dark greens and ended with streaks of denim blue over everything. Was truly a color bomb that kept getting better and better the more I added to it.
I wanted to share some quick stying tricks I did on her once her hair was dry and crimped. Crimped hair, if you don’t already know, is very fun to style because it acts more like wool and stays where you put it. Also, it is thicker and has much more volume and loft to it. It is very similar to natural/kinky textured hair so If you have that sort of hair or if you are very curly, try these hairstyles too!
I’m making it my goal to bring back crimped hair and encourage all different kinds of crimping, using heat, braids, foil, wire, etc. I love it because crimped hair looks great for days and days on end and is a fun way to break you out of a hair rut.
Okay also, a general question: Does anyone know of a solar powered hair crimper? If not, can someone get on making one?
Now take your two side braids and wrap them across the top of your buns, overlapping each other. Tuck the ends around your buns and pin them into place. Voila!
Next one starts off with a center part, and then 2 high twisted buns which leave the bottom half of the hair still hanging down.
Split the hair on the bottom vertically through the center, and do a tight braid on each side. Wrap each braid up and around the opposite bun, criss-crossing them across the back. Tuck the ends around your buns and pin them into place.
Next one is the same, except instead of braids, do twists. Twisting crimped hair is such a dream. Doesn’t it look cool?
Hi babes. It’s officially Summer, which for us means more lazy days of letting our imaginations run wild, spending time outside, enjoying the bounty of the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, and playing with color via drawing, painting, and hair color.
I have been exploring the collaboration of color, texture and form in hair designing and it has led me to more of an art-form and less of a practical skill……..This week, inspired by the book Fruits by Shiochi Aoki, a lifetime favorite of my daughter Marley, her hair got to a next level of cool.
Just so you all know, when I do her hair, I use no chemicals and only vegan color. She is as much a part of the process of conceptualizing her own color. The process of doing her hair is often the most time I get her to sit still and hang out with me, which is sort of self serving, but I think she appreciates the one on one attention:)
However, when it comes to the braiding and styling, I have to bribe and beg her to let me do it. It often leads to compromise, and sometimes to a drag out fight where I say things like (and I know better) “I MADE YOU! You are my greatest creation!!!!!! This is the last braid I PROMISE!!!!!!! Please! Just one more. Please!”
And she says “Mom you don’t understand how much I can’t stand it when you make me sit still. This is SO not FAIR!!!!”
I assure you that I do make up for the hair braiding abuse by showing our daughters a pretty charmed, lovely (though realistic and grounded) life. #momtruth
Enjoy the Hair Art, and I hope you all are loving this Summer.
Hey babes. Wanted to share these shots of a recent hair color I did on my sister Brook, inspired inspired by one of my favorite flowers ever, the Hydrangea.
When Brookie left, I handed her a bottle of New Wash, because if you want to extend the life of your brilliantly flower colored hair, it is The Way. Keep your color bright with New Wash and tell them How-to Hair Girl Referred you when you go to buy your first bottle. New Wash isHair Color Salvation in a Bottle, and you know I don’t recommend products lightly;)
Brook has been a daily shampoo/conditioner user for her entire life. My very own sister. I have tried to get her to see the light of weaning from the suds, but until the New Wash, she has been very skeptical and resistant to straying from her tried and true routine. Another reason why New Wash is awesome…….For those who are skeptical of going Shampoo-Free altogether, it is a great first step. When she got home and used her New Wash for the first time, she texted me this:
That hair wash was the best thing ever.
Have you tried New Wash yet? Also, what is your favorite flower?
Hi Darlings. I want to share today a technique that I have played around a bit with recently, beginning here……. The concept is adding a pop or kind of a watercolor wash of color in the hair by mixing your direct veggie color ( I used Manic Panic for this:) with water and applying it in the hair with a spray bottle. Hair Color Misting!
What I have found is that it creates a great marble-y sort of effect, and is a perfect DIY for either brightening up your existing color on the fly, or just adding some fun temporary shade to rock for a few weeks.
As I have been experimenting with color recently, I have found that the veggie dyes, when applied to pre-lightened hair, really lock in nicely to the hair, in many cases rinsing almost clear as if the hair has swallowed up all the pigment and left only conditioner behind. This, to me, shows that we have come a long way in formulating color that lasts longer without bleeding!
This technique works best on pre-lightened or very light natural hair, but can be used on darker hair too, to create more of a cast of color and less of a pop:) I found that the pinks and purples show up much more than the blues, when sprayed in.
As you can see, I used this technique on level 8 natural hair, with slightly lighter ends.
I encourage all to experiment with the Color Mist technique and make it your own!
Then, I sectioned off a rectangle of hair on top of my models heads, just isolating the hair around their natural parts, about 3 inches wide, from the front hairline to the back of the head, so that their natural color would fall evenly over their misted color.
Brush the rest of the hair straight down into natural fall, and make sure to have a cape or towel over your/your model’s shoulders:)
Begin to spray your selected color directly into the hair, starting with you mister a good 6 inches back to get the feel for the amount/distribution of color that each mist gives.
Continue spraying the color into the hair with one hand, using the other hand to work that pigment into the hair. Use your artistic eye and intuition to lead you in continuing to spray in color where and how you want it.
For this tutorial, after working in the color with my hands, I allowed it to dry naturally in the hair without rinsing. Because there wasn’t much actual saturation with the color in the hair, just a light misting, it didn’t seem necessary to rinse the color out.
The end result was lovely, and it was so easy to do. I totally encourage you brave hair color DIY-ers to try this option out this Summer when you want a little low maintenance/commitment color in your hair. I was so pleased with this fun process!!!!!
And, because the color it watered down, it’s really hard to botch it, so great for color experimenters.
Also, I posted a quick video of the Color Misting technique on my Instagram, so check it out for a visual:) It is under the hashtag #colormist
Life is full of transformative changes, and our hair has been used as an emblem for life change for thousands of years, and across all world cultures. This is powerful. Today, with access to chemistry and knowledge of color theory, we have so many options for transforming our hair and marking our paths of change. This story is for all the Mamas out there, and it is my offering for Mother’s Day, because I want to honor the transformations that we go through as mothers.
I want to start by summerizing the transformation of a caterpillar to a butterfly, because it is beautifully stunning.
A close lady friend recently pointed out to me when caterpillars become butterflies, they don’t evolve from one form directly into the next as a fetus becomes a baby. Nope. Catepillars enter their crysalis (Their preparatory pod of of transition ) and then they digest themselves and turn into catepillar soup. Then, somehow, the cells that are spared in digestion organize themselves to create all of the magnificent parts needed to grow a butterfly from scratch. What the fuck. Nature Wins Forever. I am just floored by this.
What a beautiful way to embody a transition in life. This fact about butterflies was the inspiration for my sister’s hair transformation.
how would you feel about me doing something wild with my hair?
My sister Brook asked her new boss this. She had just started a new job as a science babe in an HIV research lab, turned 35, had a baby, moved to a new city with her husband, defended her thesis, and tried out for lead singer in an all girl punk rock band. It was time to celebrate some major life transformations with new hair.
Her boss answered……
Regarding work, my philosophy is that appearances have nothing to do with what kind of scientist you are, so your appearance is your choice. On a personal level, I would love it if you did something wild with your hair – I think it is nice when people feel comfortable with personal expression. And on an ethical level, I think we should all find our own ways to encourage our colleagues and the world in general to be more tolerant, and not afraid of people who don’t look like them. Especially these days. So go for it! It will be fun to see what you and your sister come up with 🙂
This, we took as a green light.
We both new It was time for butterfly hair, to honor the recent transitions in her life and help her start anew. I spent a few days thinking about what to do with her hair (she gave me full artistic license to design, bless her.) Then, the day came to transform.
Please feel free to not read through the entire description of how her hair was done, it is quite technical, hairdresser talk and you may or may not be interested. You may also just look at the pictures if it suits you. If you want to learn how to do this hair, please read on:)
Brook’s Butterfly Hair
Here is what we did to create her cut and color……First, a major chop. I had been obsessing over the idea of shaggy bowl cuts, and decided that it would be the perfect hair move for Brook. She was game for anything. I basically did a center part on her dry hair, then pulled everything straight forwards to a stationary design line that ran parallel with the tip of her nose. In two chops with my shears, she had a rough bowl cut, and was ready to bleach.
I bleached her virgin hair with 30v developer and Olaplex.
Then, touched up that shaggy bowl cut, by working through her hair in diagonal sections, beginning at the hairline, pulling the hair forwards to that same original design line, and cleaning up the line. The haircut honestly barely needed any work.
If you want to DIY this haircut, do a center part, brush your hair all straight forwards, even hang your head forwards to make it easier. Gather all of the hair and brush it neatly into a ponytail that gathers at the tip of your nose. Pointcut that ponytail right off. Let the hair down and check out your gorgeous kitchen shag.
I began by mixing her colors. I knew I wanted the shades to match her eye color, so I took a picture of her eyeball, then saturated it a bit and used it as a guide for mixing. I also knew I wanted a pop of pink.
Then, I began by sectioning of a circle on the top of her head, which would fall down over the top of that shag, radially. I wrapped it into a tight bun and clipped it off, to keep it out of the way. Then, I carefully painted her roots with the deeper teal color.
Once I had applied the teal to her roots, I carefully applied it to the roots of her circle section, and then re-clipped it off.
Then, I applied the lighter teal to the rest of her hair, (excluding her circle section) and I also left out the ends of the hair around her face, wanting to incorporate some yellow into them.
Now, the fun part was coloring that top circle section, using the ColorPrint Technique!
I knew I wanted color to encircle her hair in a way that would really make her bowl cut pop, because when color is designed around a haircut, It takes the hair to a whole new level.
Here is what I did………..I made a half inch deep sub section, straight across the top circle section. I combed the hair from the subsection straight forwards, onto a piece of foil. Then, I taped it off, straight across above her ends, leaving about 2-3 inches of ends exposed. I made sure that the tape was securely sealed on top of the hair.
Then, with pink and a small art brush, I lined either side of the tape, creating 2 pink lines through the hair which would outline the resist image of the tape.
Then, I gently feathered the top pink line upwards, and the bottom pink line downwards, so that they would gently melt into the next colors.
With separate art brushes, I applied the lighter teal between the roots and the upper feathered pink, and I appllied the yellow to from the ends of the hair, feathering upwards to the pink. ( ends first, so as not to bleed too much pink downwards.)
Once this sub-section was colored, I made a second sub section behind the first, a half inch deep, and pulled it down and laid it directly on the first colored subsection. I repeated the steps, taping off the hair right over the first tape (layering tape/hair/tape/hair.) and then applying color in the same way. I knew that by bringing all the hair from this top circular section back to our original design line, and coloring it in the exact same manner all through the entire top section, we would end up with a circle around the head, when the hair falls naturally.
I worked my way through that entire top section, making half inch deep sub-sections, layering them, taping and coloring them one on top of the next. This, my dears, is hairdresser magic :).
Once all the color was applied, she sat for 20 minutes. Then I rinsed her with cool water, top section first, tape still on. I rinsed with medium water pressure, leaving the tape attached until all the excess color had been rinsed from the section. ( This helps keep the resist image clear and crisp!)
Once top section was rinsed, I rinsed everything all together, until the water ran clear and her hair felt clean of product.
Then, I rough dried her, and showed her herself in the mirror. There is just nothing like that moment of embodying the transformation. Butterfly wings sprouted from her back and she fluttered home, stopping to smell every flower along the way.
When she got home, her 2 year old son wouldn’t look at her, at first. Then, a little while later, he took her face in his hands and smiled and told her she was beautiful.
Happy Mothers Day!
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