Match Your Brows to Your Hair Color with Genevieve Schatz!

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 9.50.09 PMHey babes. Thanks to the Free Your Pits Movement, and a couple gals named Genevieve Schatz and Chloe Mackey, all body hair is fair game for coloring in 2015.

Here is another awesome post from Genevieve Schatz rocker babe/indie frontwoman and killer of the style game, on coloring your brows to match your hair.

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When I got hip to the world of colorful eyebrows I felt like my face became the most upgraded canvas for self-expression ever! Eyebrows are one of my favorite ways to communicate- they really set the tone. A furrowed brow, an inquiring brow, a concerned brow, a relieved brow- these are all beautiful and deserve to be any color you’d like them to be!

 How to Dye Your Eyebrows to Match Your Hair

  1. The best way to match your brows to your hair color is to bleach your brows.

*Note: if you have not been educated on how to do this safely, PLEASE for the LOVE of the world and yourself and your delicate eyes and skin, go see a professional stylist.

  1. Apply a clear mascara to your brows.
  2. Find your desired color of eye shadow!
  3. Use a clean mascara wand or find a disposable mascara wand (at a makeup counter, sample area of a cosmetic store, or you can purchase some but they are very easy to clean so you only need 1 or 2) and gently roll the brush into the pot of eye shadow allowing it to pick up the pigment.
  4. Apply the eye shadow to your brows, gently brushing the pigment upwards and following the direction of hair growth!

*Note, if you are rocking pink or red or some other color that is hard to find in an eye shadow, go ahead choose a lip liner pencil because they are beautiful, bold and stay on even longer! Just gently fill in your brows in the direction of hair growth.

  1. Use makeup remover to clear away any loose pigment that might have gotten on your cheeks or any runaway liner that made you look like Frankenstein’s cousin. No worries.
  2. Experiment with this, get weird! Its already weird enough that you have felt compelled to change the color of your hair and eyebrows, so own it, will ya?

*Fun note, I went through a hot pink phase recently where I used a bright pink eyeliner on my brows everyday and there were some mornings when I left my apartment looking like a muppet. It was glorious.

 

All my love,

Genevieve

 

Genevieve Schatz, Company of Thieves babe, shares tips for keeping her hair colors bright!

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 9.01.50 AMHere at HTHG, we LOVE chicks who are not afraid to make bold style moves, as a celebration of expression and style. We want to feature these rad people, and keep the inspiration going. With that, we have a guest post from a wildly colorful and cool musician lady named Genevieve Schatz.

So, Genevieve Schatz (the girl from Company of Thieves) is doing her own thing as Genevieve, a super upbeat pop artist who is also psychic (no, seriously).

She’s also been providing us with some major fashion and beauty inspo lately with her neon orange hair and awesome ear piercings from her seriously obsess-worthy Instagram (which features Christina Ricci as Wednesday Adams, vintage cars, and a random astronaut).

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.57.44 AMToday, she is sharing her tips for how she keeps her hair color bright and fresh (Hello Manic Panic!) Be sure, once you are done reading, that you check out her Soundcloud and Instagram for further inspiration!

Get it, girls.

Genevieve Schatz

Hey there!

I have recently written a song called “Colors” about how important it is in life to find and celebrate your unique truth, your unique colors, the stuff that makes you, well, YOU!

One of the ways I like to have fun with color is to wear it on my head and let it blast through my 7th chakra into the great beyond. Yup, I am wildly passionate about rocking brightly colored hair and there are a few tips on maintaining the most vivid hues that I have learned along the way:

Genevieve’s Tips for Keeping Your Colors Bright!

Screen Shot 2014-12-23 at 11.58.13 AM1. Water is not your friend. Water to brightly colored hair, is like you going outside and fetching the mail in

the dead of winter–it is best to keep your exposure to the element as quick and cold as possible so as not

to feel the burn. Did that make sense? No? Oh well.

2. While rinsing out brand new color, use freezing cold water and try to keep the light pieces separate

from the dark pieces. With mine for example, my ends are bright yellow but my roots are red/blue/purple/

orange and my stylist and her assistant will hold the yellow end up in the air and spray the cold water onto

them first, moving towards the root so as to not let the darker colors bleed into the lighter ends. *This can

easily become your next major art project!

3. Dry shampoo is your BFF. Evo makes one called “Water Killer” which is my current favorite because it

has a great scent and doesn’t look like a whoopee cushion exploded all over your head when you spray it

on.

4. Don’t inhale dry shampoo. I repeat: DON’T breathe in while you spray this onto your hair! Instead,

maybe exhale and be careful not to brush it into your eyes when you dump your head upside down to

really shake it off.

5. If possible, use a blow dryer while brushing out the dry shampoo! It helps the whole process go faster.

6. If you feel like your head is gonna explode because it itches and you are getting colored flakes when

scratching your scalp it is definitely time to (eek!) get it wet. COLD WATER ONLY! And a quarter amount

of shampoo with a fancy UV filter for protection! *Try to keep the shampoo at the roots only, then rinse

7. Try to touch up the color no less than every 6 weeks!

8. Have fun! Twists, braids, buns look fabulous with brightly colored locks!

9. Laugh about how high-maintenance your hair is and own it!

10. Beware of birds and bees (yes, actual ones!) because they will be very attracted to your hair. Just

breathe.

With love and color,

Genevieve

The Beard Challenge.

Screen Shot 2014-10-29 at 11.42.37 AMHi Babes. Last week at Vain I took on the challenge of fully bleaching and dying a man’s facial hair in a quest for a steel-y platinum ala King Triton from The Little Mermaid.

When he first called asking if we would dye his facial hair, the message got sent straight to yours truly. I seemed to have earned myself a bit of a reputation for being shameless when it comes to body hair coloring. And, I just can’t turn down a challenging hair experiment. FYI, I especially love inspired experiments. Give me a flower, a disney character, a graphic novel. Let’s make this shit happen.

I immediately liked Dwayne when I met him. He was excited, open-minded, and fearless about this major hair change. He was wanting to try something new, and wanted to do something a bit unusual.

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I also liked him because he told me he was from Butte Montana which if you don’t know, is the strangest town in Montana and has a poisoned water supply due to a gigantic copper mine in the middle of the town, with a 20 year old dread-locked dog living in it. He said that he and his friends call Butte ‘butt’ because it is a town with a dirty hole in the middle of it. I unapologetically love this sort of humor. Also, the fact that this dog survived in a poisoned hole living off of dog-knows-what makes me think ‘what a strangely awesome world we live in.’ and I appreciate things that make me think that.

Anyhow, I told him that I would do my very best to get his hair and beard where he wants them to be, color-wise but that I couldn’t guarantee anything because this was new territory for me. Then I paced for 10 minutes, chewing on my nails and praying to the gods of hair to make me not poison his face and make him die. Here were my biggest fears: That I would burn his face off. And that his beard hair wouldn’t lighten past a muddy orange color. And that he would pass out from the fumes. Facial bleaching is not for the faint.

beardymanHere’s what I had to work with. Super dark coarse beard and mustache hair, with head hair the same color but much finer. I did some major consulting with my hair comrades in the back room at Vain. It is times like these that I really appreciate working in a non-judgemental saon environment with talented people who are very happy to share their experiences and advice.

I mixed up Blondor Bleach with Brocado 20v creme developer. I added 5 drops of Loma Organics Fortifying Repairative Tonic because it is amazing for protecting skin and hair while bleaching, and just as a repairative hair product in general. Then, I added 2 packs of sweet n low from the tea bar into the mixture, because it helps ease the discomfort of chemical sensitivity on the skin. Why? I don’t know but it works.IMG_2107

He plugged up his nose with cotton. Breathing out of his mouth seemed like the best option. I brushed the bleach first through the short hair on his head. Then, I dove into his beard with bleach and brush, appyling thick and swift to every single hair on his face, discounting brows and lashes. For the next 20 minutes, I used slight feather strokes on that beard and ‘stache, in every direction to make sure it processed consistently and evenly. I got quite intimate with his facial hair for a while there.

I asked him constantly if he was doing okay, and he flashed me enthusiastic thumbs up. Then, I pulled a trick I learned from my 7 year old daughter out of my back pocket. I like to call it the tear-n-tape method. Marley, my 7 year old, can repair anything with scotch tape, and create anything by tearing it out of paper. The world truly is her oyster. IMG_2110

IMG_2108I grabbed some foils and a roll of scotch tape, and I created a robot mask for his entire hair and beard and mustache, in an effort to cover it and trap in heat to help that bleach do it’s magic. I let this sit for 20 minutes, checking the color every 5. His beard hair appeared to be processing at the same rate as his head hair! It all looked yellow.This was great news. He flashed me more thumbs up.

After 20 minutes, I took off his mask, and re-applied the bleach mixture (This time with 30 v developer) just to his beard. I re-masked him and he sat for another 20. I  removed the mask to an astonishingly pale yellow almost-white beard and head. I shampoo-ed him out, first his head, then quite awkwardly his beard. He knelt at the shampoo bowl, with his head forward in the bowl, like a guillotine. Ya do what ya gotta do.

IMG_2112I blow-dried his hair and beard, and re-consulted one of our in-house color wizards. We agreed that instead of using a chemical toner to tone the yellow out, I would use a gentle veggie dye to color him without aggravating his skin. I went straight for Pravana Silver, diluted just a bit with conditioner. I brushed it on thick and thorough.IMG_2113

Let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinsed it, dried it, trimmed and pomade-ed it. IMG_2118

We were both quite giddy with the results. Beard color=Totally Do-able!

Holley and Savina: Dip dye and sign language.

7U6A1018Holley is one of my closest friends. She is a magnetic and magical woman and I consider her a sister, a confidant, partner in crime, and a muse. She is the mother of 2 beautiful and captivating daughters Loretta and Savina, both with completely different special needs.

Holley stole my heart with her beautiful Roma eyes and her knee length black hair at first sight, and she has been a force in my life ever since. Please read this post about Holley, the Roma people and their hair.

7U6A1010 I am endlessly fascinated by Roma people, or “gypsies’ as they have been historically called.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interesting fact here though……Calling a Roma person a gypsy is like any other derogatory racial slur. But in our culture, the word gypsy has taken on some kind of positive mystical archetype. The gypsy moniker has become so normalized that non-Roma women all over the place are calling themselves gypsies without realizing any cultural implications. The origin of the word has been buried in one of our worlds biggest cultural misunderstandings.

My Roma love story began for me when I was a 3 year old America born little girl living on a Fava bean farm in Portugal. I would sneak out of bed at night and watch the families in the Roma camp dancing to wonderful music late into the night out my little bedroom window, wishing I could be there and wondering why the Portuguese people around me seemed to dislike these amazing people so much. It was so hard to understand. It was my first little picture of massive cultural predjudice. Read about it, so that you understand.

7U6A0913Holley’s daughter Savina is almost 4 years old. She was born strong, bright, and completely deaf. As you can see, her lack of hearing does not in impair her ability to express herself! Ah the beauty of visual communication. Savina gets it.

I had the pleasure of coloring Savina’s hair for the first time last week. She wanted pink ends, so I used the last ounce of my Manic Panic Cleo Rose and did some easy pink dip-dye.

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I didn’t have to bleach her ends first because like most little kids, her ends were naturally lighter from being a kid in the Summer sun for the last 3 months. It worked perfectly.

IMG_1662I put her hair in a high ponytail, and then just worked through it applying the pink piece by piece in the ends and laying it on foil. Want to try this on yourself or your kid? It is stupidly easy to DIY, here is the tutorial:)

Savina was so proud sitting there in the chair, trying to contain her excitement. She checked her little self out from all angles in the mirror from all angles.

After we rinsed her color out and it was time to take some pictures, I saw this awesome side of Savina that I hadn’t yet witnessed. She came alive in front of a camera……A completely fierce and independent spirit. Just like her mama.

After that, the kids played together for a while in their own awesome way. My girls never play quietly under any circumstances, but with Savina I witnessed this lovely quiet play that shocked me. The three girls sat on the floor together building with blocks independantly but with collaboration and sharing. It was so peaceful and sweet. In the other room, Loretta laid contentedly for a while in a nest that the girls had made for her. Loretta is a wonderful story for a different day. I will try to get my hands in her hair soon so you all can meet her, too.

As a mother, watching my children adapt to play without a common language is really cool. They don’t skip a beat. Playing is universal. Children seem to understand each other in a certain way that transcends language or experience.

I am looking forward to learning more signs with my kids in the future.

Among many of the amazing things that Holley does in life, pioneering an effort to change deaf public school policy in our city which has notoriously neglected the rights of deaf children and families is just one of them. Want to donate to a great cause or get involved with deaf policy? Check this out.

xo, HTHG

Dustbowl Purple. Low commitment-high impact color!

IMG_1295IMG_1292Hey babes. Do you like those smokey dusty shades of purple and pink hair that you are seeing lately? Are you afraid to try it because of the level of commitment it takes to make it happen and to keep it up? Me too. So I did the scared-y cat version and created a lovely dusty purple on my hair that lasted all of 4 washes. And now I am ready to do it again!

I have been asked this question many times…..“Can I dye my hair blue/purple/pink/red without bleaching it first?”

I’d like to answer that question with a metaphor. Can you draw with a blue crayon on brown paper? Or a red crayon on black paper? a pink crayon on yellow paper? The answer is yes. But your crayon colors will be muted.

The reason is that when using a veggie dye like Manic Panic, Special Effects, or Pravana, you are just covering the hair with a reflective coat of color molecules. Your true hair color will still be there, lurking underneath like the paper with crayon marks on it.

If we all had white paper for our crayons, our pictures would be bright and bold. But as I learned as a child, you can create different moods by using crayons on different colored paper;)

This is why people often have their hair bleached prior to a veggie dye. To create that blank white slate….But as we all know, bleaching our hair is costly, high maintenance and damaging.

IMG_1273So, applying this rule to my hair, I decided to put veggie dye over it without bleaching it first. I mixed up some Special Effects Virgin Rose with Pravana Violet and Pravana silver and applied it to my mostly natural hair (I have a light ombre-highlight that I do on myself occasionally.) The results were great!7U6A73107U6A7467

Things to consider when coloring your natural hair with veggie dye

The lighter the hair, the more you will see the color. With darker hair, your color may only show as a cast in certain lights, which can still look super cool.

Highlighted hair, either natural or pre-colored, looks super cool when you put bright colors over it, because you get that mix of dusty and bright, and it fades out nicely.

Veggie dye will not last long in your natural hair. The darker and brighter the color you use, the longer it will stay.

Apply the color very thick! trust me on this one. If you are afraid you don’t have quite enough color to cover all of your hair, mix in some conditioner. Apply it to your dry hair and follow the directions on the package!

The great thing about veggie dye is that you can’t over-process it. It has no chemical process…..Just adds color!

For more DIY hair color, check out the do’s and don’ts of DIY coloring!

 

 

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