DIY Popsicle Haircolor

Hi Babes. 

I’m dropping in today to share with y’all a fun DIY hair color technique that is a result of an intense popsicle craving I have had in the past month of Pregnancy. Here is the inspiration, from a Rainbow Popsicle Recipe from The First Year Blog.

I thought these pops were so lovely that I had to recreate them in the hair of my neighbor babes, Birch and Cameron. Because once I get that visual inspiration in my head, I can’t shake it until it has been brought forth, and this seems to be a blessing and a curse. I’m workin on it;)

Here are photos of the finished technique:

DIY Popsicle Hair Color is the technique, and for a video demo, please check out @howtohairgirl Instagram, under the hashtag #HTHGpopsicle or #freeyourhaircolor

This DIY color technique is so easy, you can  be a total beginner to do it. I used Manic Panic Colors, in an assortment of different shades. Check out our blog sidebar to order yours today.

 

xoxoxoxox, Color Freak

Reflections on Shaving my Head

I would like to thank Rachael Nilsson of Tree Trunk Wise Yoga for her bravery and creativity in the process of creating this fundraiser. It was an honor to help facilitate, and we sure hope to keep the hat passing around to continue raising money to protect our sacred wild lands through your donations to the NRDC. Please donate here!


REFLECTIONS ON SHAVING MY HEAD

It came to me in a dream, the idea to shave off my hair.

Shortly after the idea had implanted itself into my consciousness this way, a friend put out a call for women seeking to shave their heads to release something. She wanted to offer them a space for a healing ritual head-shaving, followed by her painting prayers and colors into the newly shaved heads.

It took me a while to contact her. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t having some kind of a mid-life “crisis”. I also wanted to do some good with the momentous occasion. After all, it’s not every day I shave my head– perhaps I could extend the reach of the positive results beyond my own healing ceremony.

So, I decided to raise funds for the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). I asked for twice as much as I thought I could raise. I raised almost twice that in only a few days. Turns out, shaving your head for a cause gets people fired up.

Before the ceremony, I reflected: What was it I wanted to let go of in my personal life? What was I asking to be reborn as through this head-shaving?

I realized that the biggest meaning in my making this public and tying it to a fundraising campaign was this:

I finally wanted to step into the light and be public about my passion for activism.

As a female– in particular, someone raised in the South– I grew up learning that I could care about things, but that being perceived as too opinionated and outspoken made me seem intimidating, and being honest about my views often made me feel judged.

Even within my own family– arguably, a supportive one, and without too much hyperbole in their adherence to gender roles– I found myself becoming afraid to speak up about things I was learning, things I found really disturbing in the world and our country.

The more I learned, the more I realized that learning can be very uncomfortable. And as someone who studies the mindful exploration of that discomfort, I’ve come to know one thing for sure:

Most people are not comfortable with being uncomfortable.

So, I made assumptions about the people around me– that they did not want to be made uncomfortable by someone who was in their own process of learning and personal growth. I made assumptions that people’s opinions of me might change if they knew that I felt strongly about social issues. I made assumptions about myself– that I wouldn’t be able to handle those conversations within my own family or– on the opposite, much larger end of the scale– if I decided to start writing publicly about my beliefs (outspoken women online are very often victims of extremely violent verbal abuse and reactivity, mostly from white, straight males).

With the exception of that last part, my assumptions were not really based in truth as much as they were formed by a social construct I’d been working within since my birth into the female gender.

Granted, I’d been opinionated (even angry) and political as a teenager– perhaps that was the closest I’ve come to showing that part of myself– but people expect teenagers to experiment with personalities and to exaggerate emotional responses. They also expect them to grow out of it at some point.

At that same time, I was also learning to be funny and charming on cue, and to call upon my feminine softness at will to smooth over situations in order to keep the peace or to keep face or to stay safe. It’s a skill that’s valued in women in our culture more highly than intelligence or leadership.

By shaving my head for a cause, I was going to confront that idea head-on. 

A friend shared a story with me about mundan, a ritual head-shaving ceremony in India, in which (first babies, and later adults) shave their heads to rid themselves of past karmas. The hair is then thrown into the Ganges river as an act of release and purification.

As I ran the clippers over my scalp, I practiced presence and breath. I was with myself in that moment, not needing to speak or to think, but only knowing: Everything is Yoga.

This is the Yoga of Action. This is the Yoga of Renewal. This is the Yoga of Death and Rebirth.

I collected the long strands of hair that fell around me and imagined that they had been all of the worries growing out of my head, manifesting into a physical form– old karmas and beliefs ready to be let go. I would make an offering of them to the earth and water in another ceremony.

 

EPILOGUE

By far, the hardest part about this new look for me has been having my newly fuzzy head painted blue– somewhat surprising, since I had been wearing green at the ends of my long hair for much of the previous year.

It’s made me confront my vanity in a new way. It’s made me realize that, even with a shaved head, I had assumed I could pass for a relatively “normal”– i.e. quiet, unobtrusive, and relatable– person when in the presence of others.

But having a shaved head that is also painted blue (and with art on top of that– I mean, I don’t even feel comfortable wearing t-shirts with slogans), has made me see the depth of my self-consciousness, especially where wearing my beliefs on my sleeve– or head– are concerned.

Plus, removing your hair puts all of your perceived imperfections in a new light– wrinkles, sun spots, and crooked noses and mouths all come into full view given the new space to blossom.

As women, we can spend a lifetime trying to get to a place where we are finally comfortable with our appearance. But how much of that is the habitual building of comfort? –Comfort in wearing a certain type of clothing, comfort in styling our hair a certain way, comfort in never leaving the house without x, y, or z on our faces…

We can build our whole lives in such a way as to keep the most vulnerable parts of ourselves protected, fearing that their exposure might leave us so exposed that we could shrivel up on the spot and cease to exist. We may deny that these parts of ourselves even exist, because to acknowledge them would be to call out their hiding place, to shine a light on them, and to look them straight in the eye.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to draw on my yoga and mindfulness practices to observe these reactions in myself while realizing that they are much more fleeting and less overwhelming than they might have been at another time in my life.

I understand that this is a necessary gift– the gift of testing a part of myself that’s been allowed to stay comfortable.

My hair will not be blue forever, and, of course, it will grow back. This is a only temporary change in physical appearance, but a good reminder that the reality is that we change every day.

We are all constantly changing, aging, and evolving. And to do so with pieces of ourselves hidden away, or with fear rather than admiration of what our aging appearance and our personal evolutions might say about us, is to deny ourselves a graceful way of being, the artfulness of inhabiting ourselves, and the chance to reflect back to others that authenticity is the only true beauty– and a very powerful one at that.

Please visit Rachael’s blog here for more musings:)

xo

Brook’s Hair Transformation

Babes:)

Welcome back to the 3rd Edition of HTHG’s Ritual Hair Shave/ Paint/Transformation. This time, we feature my sister and muse, Brook.

Brook had wanted to shave her head for years. She had a beloved friend in high school who had a shaved head, who we all woman-crushed on for her fierce look and rebellious independence.

Brook recently started singing and song-writing in a punk band, and to celebrate her first stage debut, it seemed the perfect time for a shave and paint. So, we shaved her head, leaving a few bits and pieces around her face and featuring the uniqueness of her awesome head shape and hairline. Then, I bleached her and mixed up her colors. 

This time, I had drawn out a rough idea of what I wanted to do with her color, and free-hand painted it into her hair. Was such a blast. She is such a brave Aries woman.

Check out our IG for more video footage of this series, under the hashtag #hthgtransformation

xo, HTHG

Maddie’s Hair Transformation

Hi babes. Welcome to round 2 of Ritual Head Shave/ Hair Transformation. Meet Maddie. She answered my IG call for Head Shave Models, and I answered her call for wanting a reason to shave her head. 

She was reserved about wanting to fully expose her ears, which is so common for women.  When we shaved her head, we revealed her beautiful ears and she was just stunning. 

For her color concept, I worked from inspiration of these green bubbles. I had had a sense that green would be an important color to her, and it was, and it looked perfect on her.

Check out Howtohairgirl IG for more video footage from this series, and stay tuned for next weeks Transformation edition:)

xo, HTHG

 

Color Nerd Musings

Color Nerd Musings

As has already been established, I can get really nerdy when it comes to color theory. Depending on what mood I’m in, I can also get very witchy when it comes to color. Color Theory and Perception is both art and science. It is something that I have studied and experimented in for many many years, and in my color journey I am constantly running into phenomenons that feel like a surprising and unexplainable trick of physics and perception, and a little bit of magic.

I learn something new every time I mix colors together. My eyes play tricks on me. The art of it feels completely boundless and connected and visually stunning and process-oriented. When mixing color, all roads lead back to the this truth: Anything and everything is possible. I mix intention deeply into my color concoctions because the act of it feels like prayer itself. This feels like Witchcraft.

I remember being a kid and watching the show of color and lights like fireworks behind my eyelids as I tried to fall asleep at night. It would keep me up for hours and I wondered how I was supposed to sleep with such a great show going on. I remember learning about the color wheel in beauty school, and how opposing colors, called complimentary colors, balance each other out.

We were tasked to memorize and understand how to determine which colors were complimentary, and I remember thinking easy! When I look at a color, and close my eyes, its complimentary color is the first color to flash behind my eyelids, clear and bright as the sun. I never had to use the color wheel, really. The knowledge was so intuitive. This knowledge felt like a special power. A super human power. Color vision.

Some of us may have the color vision genes of a bumblebee and see a million shades where another person might just see one. Color is intangible, visual, relative, limitless, ever-changing.


Color Theory with Color Warlock and Fine Art Landscape Painter Dave McGranaghan

 

A few weeks back, ( a particularly gray week ) I walked down to Greenlake with Jonny and the kids. It was a Sunday afternoon, and the sun was breaking through diffused clouds, sending sideways golden early-evening light across the gray-green lake.

As we walked the path around the lake, we stopped to watch a man paint on an easel. I had seen him many times before on walks at the lake, always stopping to admire his work.

I loved how his paintings really capture the color and light of this lake I grew up at. I have seen many painters paint this lake, but his paintings do it the most justice. As I studied his paintings a bit deeper, I marveled at his use of color was so surprising in capturing a scene that is truly green and surrounded by lush greenery all year long.

How was it possible that he used so much yellow and purple and pink and orange to communicate something so green?

His name was David McGranaghan, It turns out. And he is true warlock of color.

As my kids jumped in a pile of sand and Jonny scoped out the gender non-binary brass band playing Madonna songs to a crowd of walkers down the way, I got my mind blown on color theory by this warlock.

 

My brain is as pregnant as my body, so please forgive me for not explaining these lessons in great detail myself……Take these words directly from the artist!  (You may need to be a fellow color nerd to understand the following lessons…….But maybe not. Read on and see what you can learn.)

I will put it simply: First off, the RGB/CMY Color Wheel is the truth, more accurate than the standard Red/Yellow/ Blue primary wheel. Most of us learn the standard R/Y/B but it is only because that standard was made before there was near as much understanding of color as there is today. So shift your color perception 30% if you learned the old standard.

Still with me?


Purple/ Green Mystery

This one has always confused and dazzled me. Why do I sometimes look at the color green and see purple? What is this Witchcraft? Am I colorblind or just so over-color-saturated in my vision that colors start to become each other?

David explains it here. Blew my damn mind to know that there is a explanation for this miracle.

Mind blown yet?

Magenta Mystery

Lastly, magenta. Still largely unsolved. David says the reason I haven’t succeeded in mixing it from primary colors is because (as we just learned) it is itself a primary color. So it’s impossible to mix out of other colors. It is a holy grail color, a Klondike color, a color we can try our whole lives to achieve but never quite reach it.

I believe you David. That by the rules of the modern color wheel, it is impossible to mix magenta.  But, as I have recognized is a fundamental trait of my personality and soul, I cannot accept that as final answer. Because I love magenta and I want to conquer it and I cling to my belief because I want to keep believing that when it comes to color, anything is possible. I will continue to try until I crack the code. And my guess is that the answer lies in some magical rule of perception mixed with a little bit of red, a little blue, a little yellow, a little mystery, and a little witchcraft.

Click over for more lessons from David here, and if you are looking to adorn your home with fine art and support local artists,  buy a painting to illuminate your space. He is a true master.

My lessons with David inspired me to go home and paint hair in layers and layers of different colors.


Environmentally Responsive Hair Color

 

On another color nerd note- Yep. You heard me right. Hair Color that changes with temperature is now a thing, and it is science, art and witchcraft. Stumbled upon this shortly after my color theory lesson. My mind Is blown again. Read on through this link and see videos of the miracle in action. It is called ‘Fire’ and created by The Unseen Alchemist Laura Bouker.

Inspired by occult glamour – a spell cast on somebody to make them see something the spell-caster wishes them to see, T H E U N S E E N have developed the world’s first colour changing hair dye. The F I R E dye is responsive to you and your environment by changing colour to passing temperature fluctuations. Available in multiple colour ranges from bright red to subtle pastels, launching at London Fashion Week in collaboration with Storm Models. The application of the dye is currently semi-permanent lasting over a few washes and the brand are currently looking for commercial partners to help take the innovation to market.


This concludes my monthly musings on color. Oh wait! One more thing. Visited my Grandma Suzi and took this picture that illustrates her eternally pink and green life. 

Sending out love and hope for the true colors to shine in all of us.

xo, HTHG

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