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?
Hi Babes! Wanted to share some recent hair color and braids I did on my neighbors Birch and Cameron.
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.
Birch got french braided pigtails. Check out this tutorial to get the gist.
Then, she got wrapped in twinkly lights:). Tis the season!
Cameron 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.
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!
Jules came over for some new color and a little lunch the other day. We went with seaweed green panels within the layers of her hair.
It reminded me of the story of the Selkie, the myth the Seal Woman from coastal Scottish and Irish folklore. I had posted this photo the previous week, from a fellow hair artist Aylah Rose. She created the look inspired by the Selkie and the Wild Women of our global folk history.
Jules took me on a tour of Scotland when we were 19. She is a Scotswoman. Not much in the blood, but 100% in the soul. It is funny how a tiny bit of actual ancestral rootage can come through so strong in some people. She lived in Glasgow for several years, and is a fiddler and a flat foot dancer. She is now a Rick Steve’s Scotland guide in the Summertime. In short, she’s a Secret Selkie.
After we finished Jule’s hair, I fed her my favorite soup that I have been making lately. It is Seaweed Soup and I can’t stop eating it. It is made with chicken broth, fresh ginger, turmeric, garlic, green onions, cilantro, wakame seaweed, and kelp noodles. No measuring, just throw it all together and boil it for 20 minutes. Turn stove off, let it cool a bit. Add a large spoonful of miso and mix it in. BAM!
Then, we did some braids.
These braids are my new favorite way to do Milk Maid Braids, and I re-named them Fire Maid Braids because I originally did them on Fire Keeper Miriam at last years Spirit Weavers Gathering and she rocked them so beautifully. I love them because they are very sturdy and can be worn for weeks at a time, and they look so great from all angles. Finally…….here is a tutorial:)
- Begin by creating 2 french braids. Dutch braids also work, it is totally up to you. Secure the ends with small elastics.
- Now, gently pull the edges of the braids apart, starting at the ends and working your way up. This softens them and plumps them up a bit:)
- Now, pull the ends of the braids forward and overlap them at the top of your head. Use bobby pins to secure them every few inches. Add extra pins as needed to the places that stick out. Tuck the ends under the braids and pin them so that the hairstyle appears continuous.
- Pull down soft pieces of hair around your face and neck to soften the look.
- Add little Cedar boughs and bits to adorn the braids for the perfect Happy Solstice/ Holiday Hair Vibe.
Hi babes….I tried something new last week. I painted color directly onto the surface of Marley’s hair as it fell naturally. I worked the color in nice and thick, using my brushstrokes to saturate through the top layer. I blended colors together as I worked in a circle towards her ends. At the ends, I really worked the color in with my hands. Then, I combed it thoroughly with a fine toothed comb, and reapplied color to spots that needed more saturation. No partings, no mess. Was so super fun and turned out incredible, with color vibrant at the surface and getting more shadowy in the depthWhen I asked her if I could color her hair, she rolled her eyes and said ‘no mom, not into it today. ‘ Then, a bit later she said ‘okay. Fine. You can color my hair. But it better be incredible.’
Check out a video of the application on my IG.
That same day, I painted my sisters hair. She was leaving town the next day for a science conference and wanted something that wasn’t going to be too loud, but definitely wanted to make a statement. We went with Burnt Orange and Dusty Purple. I loved how the warm and the cool together contrasted perfectly to create an understated yet still very eye-catching palate.
In preparation for our Divining the Spectrum Color Workshop, I have been doing some fun experimental color and I wanted to share it with you today.
I spent the better part of the last 2 months quite sick with first flu, then cold, then a thrown out back, a UTI and Strep throat. This is very unusual for me ( hoping you all have stayed healthy through the seasons changing! )
The silver lining has been lot’s of creative down time, which I cherish. Letting some other things fall to the wayside while I drink tea, make soup, and kneel at my little table in my newly adorned sacred creative space, braiding and coloring hair and listening to podcasts.
What I’ve learned? color mixing gets interesting when you feel terrible and have a fever. The colors certainly reflected the feelings I was having in my physical body. Harsh and strange. But not in a bad way. Sort of like Color Dissonance?
Also, just learned this fact: When complementary colors appear together in the form of flowers, they attract twice the amount of pollinators that they would if they were on their own. So, yellow and purple flowers together have twice the power to attract bumblebees as they would if they were separate from each other. This is endlessly cool information to me and my nature and color loving brain.
(Makeup on Cloey with the fabulous DIY black bob done by Melissa Arens for Mayapple Salon)