#tankbabesrealbodies Colored Braids and Crimped Curls

7U6A63507U6A62137U6A6235Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A6862

For this look, we wanted to create as much texture as possible in Merith’s long red hair, and make it big. And we also wanted some braids with color to add some contrast and detail to the ‘do.

So what do we do? We begin by barrel curling her hair, working through section by section. Then, we spray it well with Kevin Murphy Session Hairspray to set the curls. Than, we work through the curls with a crimper, randomly crimping pieces here and there to add more texture to the hair.

Then, we get some synthetic Kanekalon Hair in several colors, and pulled out a couple thing strips of it to braid into Merith’s cornrows, which TT did beautifully. To do this, you will start your braids by making your first 2 partings to isolate your braid section. Begin with your 3 braid strands in hand. Now lay the strips of synthetic hair underneath your starting strands…..One end of the synthetic hair will be a part of strand 1, and the other end will be a part of strand 3. Begin braiding tightly, weaving that fake hair into your braid.

Once her braids were done, from her front hairline to her crown, we back-combed and teased the heck out of her hair, and pinned it up high on the top. I ratted up more fake hair into balls and pinned it into and under her hair to add more volume and color.

Me-thinks she looks like quite a riot-ress.

7U6A7740PS. I used the same technique for adding fake hair into TT’s 4 inch loc’s……Braided in pink and black and a tiny bit of purple to extend her long tail, then coiled it all about the top of her head, pinned it, and left the tail hanging down the back.

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold

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Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

Riot Grrrl Red, DIY

Raise your hand if the Riot Grrrl chapter of the 1980’s and 1990’s shaped you into the human you are today? Hand raised high.

I met my first Riot sister in the 6th grade, and her name was Therese. She was a Riot Grrrl baby with a weak spot for Gwen Stephani, and I was a Riot Girl Baby with a weak spot for Green Day. We shared our love of chick bands, Hard Candy nail polish, and our Converse sneakers, which turned into Dr. Marten boots by the 7th grade. Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.23.07 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.10.45 PM

Over the years, T and I went to many rock shows together. We saved up our money and bought albums, and we rocked out to them, feeling the angst of the entire world. I became obsessed with Seattle bands like The Fastbacks and Mia Zapata and the Gits. In my mind, Sub Pop was everything. T was partial to L7, Bikini Kill, and Hole.

This is my Riot Grrrl life anthem song, BTW. Thank you Mia Zapata. RIP forever, I can’t wait to die so I can meet you and fan-girl out on you in a big huge way.

 

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.24.21 PMPhotos from Wikipedia.

Imagine my delight to get a text from T the other day, she was all like ‘I’m want to dye my hair Riot Grrrl red, and you can post the process on HTHG’

Then I was all like ‘Heck yeah!!!! when do you want to do it?’ assuming I was going to do her hair for her.

Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 12.24.56 PMShe was like ‘I’m going to color it myself. And document the process.’ Like a true Riot Grrrl. Because we all know that those DIY Riot Grrrl haircuts and colors are the best ones. Just ask Mia, Kathleen, Courtney, Tobey, Kim, Donita, Stephanie and Roisin.

So, Therese went for it, and she nailed it. #riotgrrrlforever

 

 

Here is how T suggests you DIY your hair Riot Grrrl Red.

 

You will need……IMG_5060 Clips, a color bowl and brush, a processing cap, a comb, gloves, Paul Mitchell The Color in 7OR and 8RO (2 parts to 1 part), 20 volume developer, and Paul Mitchell Veggie color in Neon Red and Orange, (2 parts to 1 part.)

 

And, you might want to get a soap dispenser shaped like a pine come;) This color is demonstrated on virgin-ish hair, with some highlights here and there. If you are working with previously colored hair, please refer to this guide to DIY color before you begin.IMG_5059

Mix up your color, 2 parts 7 OR, to 1 part 8 RO and equal parts developer. Put on your gloves, and apply the color to your hair roots to ends, working through it in 4 sections to make it easier.IMG_5061 Once you have fully saturated your hair with color, put on your processing cap and allow the color to process according to the directions on your color. When processing is done, shampoo out color and dry hair. NO CONDITIONER!IMG_5062 Conditioning the hair now would just close your cuticle back up so the veggie dye coudn’t get in!

Now mix up your Inkworks/Veggie dye. Therese mixed Inkworks 2 parts red, 1 part orange to get that perfect Riot Grrrl Red. Once the color is applied, put your cap on and process for 30 minutes.

Now rinse well, shampoo, and condition. IMG_5058Feel that old power coming back to you from those Riot Grrrl days. The Riot Grrrl never dies.

If you are a DIY hair-cutter who is curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!

Need a custom DIY hair color consultation to help troubleshoot your hair color at home?

ad$30 buys you a one-on-one online consultation with HTHG regarding your color and how to get it where you want it. Click here.

xoxox, HTHG

Jewel Encrusted Hair Color, by Tanya Ramirez

jeweled hairHi babes! Happy FRIDAY!

Today, I am sharing hair color inspiration from Tanya Ramirez of Untamed Instincts.

This look is all about creating a ‘jewel-encrusted’ effect with faceted hair colors hand-painted for multi-tonal dimension. Check out the video to learn how to master this technique, and marvel at the sparkling, colorful results. I can’t WAIT to try this trick. Who wants to let me experiment on their hair????

Tanya, we salute you and thank you for sharing your skill and creativity with us. Keep kicking ass and hair.

 

I recommend checking out more of Tanya’s work ASAP whether you are a stylist of a DIY hair enthusiast. She is a talented creative woman and a great teacher. And if you are in the LA area, visit Tanya to unleash your spirit and discover the transformative power of hair that tells your story. Get untamed!

Tanya is located at:
Untamed Instincts Hair
Salon Republic
West Hollywood, California.

Learn more about Tanya’s work here.

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xo, HTHG

 

 

Glitter Dandruff. The Next BIG Thing for Hair.

Dandruff is an over self-diagnosed condition of the scalp which nearly none of us actually have. Many people suffer from ‘dandruff.’ Many more people suffer from glitter.

Glitter has been deemed the ‘Herpes of Crafting’ because once you see it in your craft kit, you are likely to never be able to get rid of it. Generally, people who don’t like glitter REALLY don’t like glitter, because chances are, they have had a bad experience. Maybe they have been infected with it against their will (My waiter the other night had a sparkle on his cheek, unbeknownst to him, which glimmered and gleemed every time he spoke.)

Wearing glitter is a great way to unnerve uptight people in social situations, because it makes them afraid that you might get too close and accidentally touch them. It is also a fantastic way to decorate any and everything, especially if you want to disguise small mistakes…….Messed up nail polish, scratch on your car, scuffed boots etc.

I happen to love glitter. Here is why…..When there is something that you really can’t avoid drawing attention to, glitter will always both attract the eye by sparkling, and distract the eye by diffusion. Which makes Glitter Dandruff the perfect way to distract from ‘dandruff’ or grown out roots.

Here is how to get Glitter Dandruff.

 

Begin by getting some loose glitter, like this kind ( my favorite for crafting and hair.)

Now find a willing friend to glitter-bomb you. 7U6A8814

Dump a tablespoon of loose glitter into their hands.

7U6A8784Stand back, lean your head over towards them.

Have your friend go “1,2,3 BLOW!”7U6A8798

Wait a couple seconds for the glitter to settle in. 7U6A8800

Now go about your day, shining like a diamond. And if the haters hate, give em a nice big sparkly hug.7U6A8828

More on glitter here.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

How to Dye Hair Like a Sunset, or Easter Eggs.

Hi Dears.

Quick backstory….A few weeks ago my daughter Marley asked if I could do this to her hair……Dye one half like a sunset with a city-scape on it, and the other half like the forest, with a little log cabin, to represent her city girl/country girl sides. I was delighted, and absolutely up for the challenge.

We decided to start simple, though, and just do sunset colors. That is what this post about……Mixing colors to create a beautiful pastel water-color wash effect. Which also brings to mind dyed easter eggs.  So, I put this little story together about the magic of color mixology.

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 9.27.33 PMEaster-egg dying. Most of us have done it, and many of us have double-dipped our eggs in different colors, to get that marbled, beautiful wash of water-colored prettyness….You know what I’m talking about?

Say you start with 3 different egg-dye colors, and you dip different parts of your egg in each color, letting the colors overlap a bit here and there…….You end up with a veritable rainbow of colors on your egg.

Thank you, BTW, to Martha Stewart for this great post on coloring easter eggs naturally!

 

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Well, the same works for coloring light-colored or bleached hair with a veggie-based dye, like Manic Panic.

To get this marbled pastel easter-egg like color in Marley’s already naturally super blonde hair, I got veggie dye in the primary colors….Red, yellow and blue. I am particularly fond of Electric Banana, Blue Moon, and Cleo Rose. I got myself some inexpensive conditioner, a couple of bowls and color-brushes.  7U6A8426

And I started playing around mixing colors together separately in bowls, with conditioner. I began with a couple tablespoons of conditioner in each bowl, and I added very small drops of color into each bowl, mixed well, and then started blending. 7U6A8428I ended up with 5 pretty, soft colors. Light pink, light blue, violet, yellow, and a nice sunset orange. These colors were perfect for (almost!) 8 year old Marley, because she wanted just subtle hints of color. Nothing too loud, bright or long-lasting.

When it was time to apply the color, I clipped all her hair up, sectioning the sides off and out of the way, and started working with the hair at the nape of her neck. I made a horizontal parting straight across the back, and inch above her hairline.

I gently painted the top half of the section pink, and the bottom half of the section orange. The trick was…… I overlapped the orange onto the pink, towards the bottom of the pink half. The beauty of this method of coloring is that you can get very messy with it, and because we are working with very light colors, if does not need to be overly precise. That first section ended up with 3 different tones on it…..Pink, orange, and pinkish-orange.

I worked my way up the back of the head in one inch horizontal sections, painting different combinations of color onto each section, making sure to overlap the color. Sections that were too wide, I split in half and used a different combination on each half.

7U6A8433When I reached the top of the head, I moved to one side and worked my way up the side section in the same way, and then did the other side.

She sat and watched Karate Kid, I cleaned the house. Then we rinsed her hair, and fell in love with the sunset on her head. We spent the rest of the day at the beach, running around in the rain and attempting a picnic.

7U6A85787U6A8599Babes, this easter….Instead of eggs, color your hair.

Please enjoy this fun, messy, and intuitive hair coloring technique! Your kids will love it.

For more beautiful My Little Pony Hair and pastel hair color recipes, check out this post!

And for a lesson on the color wheel and color theory, click here!

If you are a DIY hair-cutter who is curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your other DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!

Need a custom DIY hair color consultation to help troubleshoot your hair color at home?

ad$30 buys you a one-on-one online consultation with HTHG regarding your color and how to get it where you want it. Click here.
xoxo, HTHG

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