When Curly Friends do Each Others Wedding Hair

IMG_7021Hi dears! Today I am sharing a little fun and heartwarming project that I did last month in Arkansas with some dear lady friends at the river. Here is the story-

Christina was getting married in the Ozarks, to an Ozark man who she loves dearly and I was leaving town 3 days before the wedding (Cry!) so I wouldn’t be able to make it to do her hair and celebrate in the union of their sweet family.

So, we decided it would be a good move to teach her best friend Audrey how to do her hair for her. We met at the West Fork of the White River, near a lone goose who was clearly offended that we were around.

We set up our picnic blanket, and stripped down to our swim suits and set up shop. The goose hopped into the river to find a new place to hang.

Both Christina and Audrey are naturally curly women, with wild golden curls. We chatted a bit about what kind of hairstyle Christina wanted, and I gave her my bride hair shpeal which goes like this

For your wedding the most important thing is that you feel like yourself but at your very best and most elegant. So, let’s take your ‘usual’ hairstyle (a low loose bun on one side.) and fancy it up a bit. Can’t go wrong that way.

She was down with that. We decided which side to put her hairstyle on, knowing that we wanted it low and slightly off center. I

Now, for curly haired babes who are getting married, I generally like to leave the hair in it’s most natural texture without disturbing the curl pattern as I style it. Christina had a deep side part, and her heavy side falls naturally into a really lovely sort of fingerwave pattern when left to it’s own devises, so I planned the hairstyle to work around that, preserving that gorgeous natural feature of her hair that she loves.

I began by sectioning (gently) her sides, from the top of her head to behind both ears, pushing all the side hair forward of her shoulders and out of the way so I could build from the center of the back.

With all the hair in the back, I began a braid down the back, pulling the braid slightly to the side as I braided.

Halfway through the braid, I started at the top on one side of the braid, pulling the edges out to widen that side and create petal-like shapes on one side of the braid.  These ‘petals’ will run along the outer edge of the bun, creating a floral design.

I didn’t braid too tight, but also not too loose. I continued braiding to the end, then pulled the rest of the petals out all the way to the ends of the braid. I secured the end.

IMG_6915Then, holding the braid flat against her head, I wound the braid into a bun, pinning as I went, securing the braid to the head discreetely, with the ends tucked out of the way.

Next step, I created another braid on the light side of her part, pulling the petals out on the outer edge of the braid as I worked my way to the ends.IMG_6919

I secured the ends, and then wound that braid below and then up and around the bun, pinning it into place as I went. This made the bun bigger and more intricate.IMG_6925

Then, I created a third braid on the other (heavy) side of her hair in the same way, pulling the petals out of the outter edge as I braided. I secured the ends, then wound that braid into another small bun (flower) pinning it discreetly nestled up against the first bun. (Braided Rosebud:)IMG_6927IMG_6929

Then, I did my favorite little trick that adds volume to the back of the head…….Holding the buns tightly to her head with one hand, I used a bobby pin in the other hand to lift up the hair at her crown, threading it in underneath the hair at her crown and then lifting it towards me to create a bit of space, but without pulling too hard. I did this a few times around the back of her head to add a bit of oomf.IMG_6930

Then, she got flowered. Peony flowers and leaves and Queen Anne’s lace.

The whole while, Audry watched and asked questions to clarify……..Making sure she understood the directions so that she would be ready when the big day came.IMG_6960IMG_6958

Then, Audrey got a haircut in the wind (my favorite sort of challenge). All the while, the goose watched us from the river.

Hair Friends for Life.

The End.

xo, HTHG


IMG_7815Here is a photo from Audrey of the finished hairstyle the day of the wedding, complete with succulents. SO beautiful. Nice job ladies.



Amethyst Braids

DSC08134While experimenting with some braids and flowers, something told me to break through to another medium. I reached for an Amethyst to finish of a look, not knowing if it was going to work out. I had to create a bit of a hair bezel to secure it, but it wasn’t out of the question. The hairstyle, complete with the crystal, ended up gorgeous. So I added some flowers and plants just for good measure.jules

Remember the rib-cage braid, where we dropped a piece of hair out of every overlap from one side of each braid? This hairstyle uses that same technique, accept that we are working with a french braid, and dropping a piece of hair from each side every overlap our middle braid.

So with a french braid down the center of the head (untidy partings are fine) drop half of each overlap section as you braid in hair from either side. Continue this all the way to the base of the neck, and then continue a regular 3 strand braid down to the ends, securing with a clear elastic.

Now, do a french braid on either side, not dropping anything, just braiding in the dropped sections from your first braid. Continue your braids to the ends, and secure them.jules2

Next, wind each braid into a bun, and pin them securely, hiding the tails.jules3

Now, decorate your buns! I used lilies, waxflowers, and pussywillows. For the Amethyst, I made a nice hollow spot on top of the bun, nestled the crystal into it, and then manipulated the edges of the braid using tension and pins to bezel it into place.DSC08103

Wearable, as long as you don’t tip your head too far forward or backward. I am determined to find a way to make this even more secure and wearable, so expect to see more hair crystals in the near future:)

xo, HTHG


Winged Braids Hairstyle

DSC08203Had to almost call this braid the Made in Guam Braid because of Megan’s delightful neck tattoo. I truly couldn’t help myself.DSC08164

This romantic low ‘up-do’ was created using a braid technique that I have been experimenting with recently, where you take a basic 3 strand braid, and every other time you overlap a strand, you separate out half of it, and let it drop out, picking it up every other overlap from that same side. So you create little wings down the sides of your braid. As you braid in each wing (dropped strand) you can pull it out a bit wider to widen the loop. megan1Are you with me? This one is a little advanced.

This hairstyle is made of 5 winged braids. I separated the hair into 5 vertical sections, smallest 2 sections from the hairline to behind each ear,  2 medium sections from behind each ear to the back of the occipital bone wide, 5th section the entire back of the headmegan2

Then to create the low bun, I gently wrapped the largest braid into a soft bun at the nape of her neck, using large pins to pin it into place. I tucked the end of the braid against the head, behind the bun to hide it.

Then, I draped each of the 2 medium sized braids up and over the bun, overlapping them and then wrapping the ends one at a time around the bun, pinning them into place as I wrapped, and then tucking the ends in to hide them.

With the 2 small braids, I draped them softly back and overlapped them in the same manner, gently wrapping the ends and pinning/hiding them. The whole thing is done very loose with no tension so that the whole thing is both soft, yet pinned securely. DSC08193

Then, I added succulents, pussywillows, and lilies, and eucalyptus.

Let’s get the hell out of Winter and into Spring. This is how I cope.

xo, HTHG



Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles: Tiny Empress Braids

Hello all! for today’s hair offering, I am sharing a hairstyle that seems like a pretty simple on, for all those out there who are intimidated or challenged by complicated braids.

The Tiny Empress Hairstyle is easily created with 5 simple braids, and one very long leafy vine from a bush that I have yet to identify…….It is a vine bush with sort of lacy small leaves, and long thin branches that is PERFECT for crown making and braiding into the hair because of it’s simple loveliness and flexibility. Anybody recognize the plant?

Also, want to mention……This hairstyle would be perfect for a flower girl /boy or a birthday girl/boy.

Here is how to get this look….

The Tiny Empress Braids


Part the hair vertically into 5 equal sections. The easiest way is to start with the center section, working your way outwards with 2 on each side.

For this tutorial, don’t worry about making your partings too precise…..Keep it simple.

Make a braid in the center section. Secure the ends with an elastic. Now make 4 more braids, as shown, securing the ends of each braid with a clear elastic.

Now, with your center braid, make a bun and pin the bun into place.

Now take the 2 braids on either side of the bun, and criss cross them over the top of the bun. Stick a pin through the cross section.

Wrap the ends of either braid around the bottom of the bun, and tuck them under the bun and pin them.

Do the same with the last 2 outside braids…..Criss-cross, pin, wrap, tuck, pin.

To create the botanical adornment, take one or 2 very long vines of equal lengths. Find the center of the vines, and lay them across the front of the hairline, wrapping the ends around the back, crossing them above the bun, wrapping them down and around the bun and pinning them into the bun.

xoxo, HTHG




The Ultimate Bridal Party Hair Guide

Hello my dears!

Has anyone else noticed that this Summer was a total wedding explosion?

It seemed that every weekend had a wedding in it, the salon was a bustle with brides and bridal parties, and nerves were frazzled by many a anxious bride, while other brides were cool and collected as they watched their bridal hairstyle being built. The Pressure Was Officially On.

All this hustle and bustle about weddings got me thinking about putting together a little hair guide for brides, a place where a bride could browse for hair inspiration for herself and her bridal party…….And then send the link to her hairdresser OR, for the brave DIY brides who plan to do their own hair and/or have their maids do each others hair, complete with floral embellishments a’la HTHG’s Stone Fox Bride Floral Hair Coven with confidence and the proper instruction from yours truly.

Let me take a minute to profess My Bridal Hair Mottos:

When deciding on your bridal hair, and/or a hair scheme for your bridal party, choose styles that will allow you to still feel like yourself on your big day. Your wedding day hair should reflect your personality and make you feel like the most lovely version of who you already are.

Unless you are truly a buttoned up perfectionist, don’t strive for hair perfection. The most lovely wedding hairstyles are lived it, fuzzy, and perfectly imperfect.

Whether you plan to DIY your hairstyle or work with a stylist, make sure to do a run-through before your big day.

Before you begin planning your style, take the time to read HTHG’s Bridal Hair Do’s and Dont’s to help you prepare for the best wedding hair possible…..Trust us on this one.

With that said, I won’t waste further time……. Let’s find you a hairstyle that you love.

Here are 3 collections of HTHG DIY hairstyles fit for a bride and her maids, or even for a fancy wedding attendee…….Whether you are the one walking the aisle or not, you deserve to have great wedding hair. We get this. Because other people’s weddings are basically the only time we get to dress up in life.

The first collection of hairstyles has a classic vibe,


bride classic

*While most of these hairstyles link to actual tutorials, a scant few of them are just photos and a description to use for inspiration when DIY-ing your wedding style.

These first shots are of more classic bridal DIY hairstyles, some embellished and some not. They have a vintage feel to them and are timelessly gorgeous.

  1. Gatsby Bride (And more 1920’s Inspired Bridal Hairstyles)
  2. Classic Braid
  3. Valley of Roses Hairstyles
  4. Cupcake Buns
  5. Galway Curly Hair Milkmaid Braid
  6. Classic French Twist
  7. Princess Brettevier
  8. Infinity Braid
  9. Wrapped French Fishtail



  1. Magnolia Stone Fox Bride Braid
  2. Basket Braid
  3. Infinity Braid with Vintage Brooch
  4. Stone Fox Bride Braid
  5. Braid up the Back with Roses
  6. Wrapped French Fishtail
  7. Betsy Boss Braids
  8. Floral Hawk
  9. Punk Rock Cinderella
  10. Vintage Floral for Curls
  11. Air Plant Hair
  12. Modern Bride Braid

These styles are HTHG’s more modern bridal DIY hairstyles, with and without embellishment. These hairstyles are unique, interesting, something a little different for a bride who dances to the beat of her own drum.bridesboho

And lastly, our soft and floral boho bridal DIY hairstyles, for sheer romance and straight-up prettiness. ( We highly recommend fresh flowers in your hair, all the time;)

  1. Succulent Braids
  2. Flowering Mint Braid
  3. Japonica Braids
  4. Lovely Rita Bun
  5. Floral Afro
  6. Le Poisson de Paris Prom
  7. Summer Bride
  8. Spiritweavers Fern Braid
  9. Flowers in Her Hair
  10. Secret Garden Bride
  11. Stone Fox Braid Crown
  12. Stone Fox Floral Braid
  13. Floral Bride Hair Down Inspo
  14. Floral Bride Hair Down Inspo

We certainly hope that you find your wedding dream hair in this post, because there is nothing that makes us happier than connecting people with their dream hair, especially brides because we know how real it is to you and we get that your hair is your thing, and that it has to be unique, gorgeous, and perfectly you.

If you find this post helpful and hairspiring, please don’t hesitate to share it with your friends:)

If you are interested in hiring HTHG to style and/or photograph your wedding party hair, please contact Roxie at howtohairgirl@gmail.

*All hairstyles and photography in this post by Roxie Jane Hunt/ Free Your Hair Creative Director




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