Chasing the Rainbow

7u6a9699 7u6a9721 7u6a9771Hi 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. 7u6a9933Was 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.

7u6a9599 7u6a9612That 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.

 

xo,

HTHG

Color Inspiration

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?


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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)

 

xo, HTHG

 

VICE The Creators Project Interview

Hey babes. I wanted to share a link with you to an interview I did with Hannah Stouffer for Vice The Creators Project. I had a great time writing about my creative beliefs and process (full disclosure I totally love being interviewed because I have so much to say in regards to hair and art and expression, as y’all know.)

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So here it is, and the photos displayed are of work I did specifically for this interview, a little challenge and creative stretch. Bubbles, Moons or Jupiter, and Bitchin Eye.

xo, HTHG

Raspberries and Vintage Denim. 3 DIY Hairstyles for Crimped Hair.

IMG_1731Hi 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?


IMG_1728Our first hairstyle today goes like this:

A braid on each side, two french braids down the back. Wrap the loose ends of each french braid and pin them into two buns.

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!raspberry

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.denim

Next one is the same, except instead of braids, do twists. Twisting crimped hair is such a dream. Doesn’t it look cool?

 

Enjoy!

xo, HTHG

 

Summer Color/Texture/Form: Hair as Art

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.

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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


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Enjoy the Hair Art, and I hope you all are loving this Summer.

 

xo, HTHG

 

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