Impressionist Garden Hair with Flora.Forager

IMG_2486Hi babes. I am really excited to introduce you to a woman who’s creative work I admire in a big way…….I had the pleasure of connecting with Bridget Beth Collins AKA Flora.Forager through Instagram, after swooning over her insanely beautiful floral art for months. Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.54.50 PMScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 1.55.08 PM

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The timing of our IG connection was perfect…….She had been wanting to experiment with color in her hair having never done it before, and I was dying for a reason to paint flowers into someones hair! PNW female artists and floral enthusiasts unite!

I asked her to send me photo inspiration for her Colorprint color scheme. Here is what she sent.IMG_2497

An Impressionist Hair Garden? I couldn’t wait to experiment. I spent a few hours playing with extension swatches and a color scheme, painting flowers into hair.IMG_2234

IMG_2292She came over a week later, and walked in my door with a beautiful smile and fresh flowers from her garden in hand. IMG_2475She was a little nervous, as a first time color-er. She wanted to be sure that her Colorprint would be both colorful and subtle. Perfect! That is the beauty of the Colorprint technique. It is perfect for artists and first-time colorers.

We spent the next few hours together, chatting about art and business and our children and playing with hair. We found that we have so much in common. We were born 2 weeks apart! Both creative Capricorn mamas who forge our own paths. And, as it turns out, we live a mile away from each other. It was really a true delight getting to know her. I highly recommend checking out her work, at Flora Forager.…..I would describe it as brilliant, organic, creative, completely unique and highly inspired. A true delight.

IMG_2490IMG_2483Bridget left that day with an Impressionist Garden in her hair, and a smile on her face. It had been such a pleasure to get to know her a bit, and do some art in her hair. IMG_2480

IMG_2545She sent me a photo a few days later, of her hair color subtly blending into her natural hair like the underwings of a butterfly.

Thanks you, Bridget for being such an inspiration and sharing your beautiful art with the world. We can’t wait to see what you do next! It will undoubtedly be incredible.

Are you interested in your own one-of-a-kind Colorprint Hair design? I am now taking orders for custom hand painted clip in extensions, and also appointments for Colorprint custom hair color design.

xo, HTHG

Colorprint Hair Dreams

DSC09464 (1)Babes, I have spent the last 2 months in the studio, playing with color and hair and
paintbrushes. I developed a technique, based on ideas and dreams of hair color concepts that have been percolating in my head since I was a kid playing with my My Little Ponies, and finally took the time to experiment.
I am thrilled to share the HTHG Colorprint technique, which involves pre-lightening a panel of hair which becomes the canvas, somewhere on the head where it will peek through, and creating original inspired art within that canvas using conceptual color schemes, a variety of small paintbrushes, veggie dye and stencils. This technique is a great option for people who don’t want to dye all their hair, but want a colorful pop of something special and unique within the layers of their hair, whether it is curly or straight, long or short.DSC07315 (1) DSC08961 (1) DSC09019 (2) DSC07422 (1) DSC07489 (1) DSC09125 (1) DSC07278 (1) DSC07493 (1)
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I am now offering salon education on this technique, as well as custom work on both clip-in extension hair for those who want the option of wearing their colors when they want, as well as a full service for all hair types. Contact me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com for inquiries and bookings. Send me photos ofyour favorite flowers, prints, color schemes, and we can discuss your custom Colorprint hair design.

Consider this technique part of a hair craft revolution, where hair becomes art and inspiration is limitless.

xo, HTHG

The Full Moon and the Lunar Prism

Today’s post is a creative manifestation of a newfound connection that I have been exploring with the moon and her phases. This year has been a journey of tuning in, and paying attention to the subtle shifts of focus and energy in accordance with the full moon/new moon, and noticing the effects that they seem to have on me.

Last year, I wrote about the Lunar Method and growing your hair with the moon, which was just the beginning of this exploration. Since then, I have determined that the full moon brings me outward energy, expansive creativity, connection with other people, growth and vitality.

IMG_1729The new moon brings me inward, where the process of birthing new ideas begins, I tap into a greater, deeper consciousness and wisdom, channel my inner wise crone, I feel more tired and stagnant, sometimes restless, my skin feels dry and wounds heal slowly.

A deeper awareness of this his beautiful ebb and flow has brought me so much peace in the last year:)

In honor of the full moon, I experimented with Colorprint stenciling and painting the full moon onto a panel of bleached hair in the under-layers of my friend Julia’s hair. We used silver Tinge Pastel color conditioner initially to tone the panel to a dusky cool blonde, and then mixed many different Manic Panic shades to create the colors of the fiery night sky.

It turned out both luminous and colorful, like a Lunar Prism.…..just how we wanted it. Here is a little video of the process:)

xo

My Psychedelic Valentine, Hair Color Story and HTHG Colorprinting.

IMG_1528-1Hey babes.

It is officially the season of color returning to our lives, as we welcome Spring and re-birth and warmth. To help celebrate, a little pop in your hair color can be a fun way to blend in with the flowers better.

With Spring and Love as our inspiration today, here is a quick Psychedelic Valentines Day Hair color love story for you. To my great pride, Marley our almost 9 year old daughter has taken a liking of psychedelic music of the 60’s and 70’s, which began with a long car trip and White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane. (RIP Paul Kantner)

She told me a while back that she would like me to attempt Psychedelic Sunset inspired hair, which we did last weekend. It was the most time that her and I had spent together one on one in months, and it felt great to just chit chat and giggle together while I painted her hair blue and she watched in the mirror with great excitement. IMG_1224

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I applied her blue color all over working in small sections, adding a block of melted color to the mid-strand of each section. This block was magenta fading into pink, then peach, then yellow and back into blue…..It created the sunset vibe.

With Valentine’s day coming, and also crazy hair day at school, we decided at the end to stencil in some hearts on a strip of her hair. Here is how I did it using the ColorPrinting Panel Art method to make a little love scene in her hair.….. (we used an extension for this one, but here is how I would have done it in her actual hair)IMG_1315

Begin by sectioning off a horizontal strip of hair about 1/4 of an inch deep. Situate the strip of hair just under one side of her part so it could be under her layers peeking through, or with a proper sidepart, laying on the surface of her hair.IMG_1211

Lay the hair on a piece of foil, and combed it flat against her head.IMG_1215

Cut out 2 matching hearts in Adhesive Backed Vinyl. Peel the stickers off and stuck them carefully over the hair. Press them securely to the foil. Then, carefully outline the hearts with pink Manic Panic and a tiny paintbrush.IMG_1216

Then, paint around the outline with 2 other custom mixed pink shades and a larger paintbrush.IMG_1217

Next, go around again with yellow.IMG_1218

And finally fill the rest in with her base color, a custom mixed Manic Panic blue. During this entire process, let the colors overlap a bit as you apply them to melt them together……hence the green:)

Rinse the hair with cool water without removing the stencils. Once water runs clear, peel of stencils and rinse once more.

That is how to stencil a Psychedelic Heart into someones hair. Keep an eye out for more stenciling and original hair color art coming soon to HTHG.

Happy Valentines day!

xo, HTHG

Hairprint: Groundbreaking Restorative Haircolor for Grays

IMG_9520Hey babes! A few months back a woman friend of mine named Amy Woodruff, (founder of the Spiritweavers Gathering) and inspiring grammer @daughterofthesun, who is a true conscious earth-steward passed along to me the information of a friend of hers who was spearheading a hair color company that is truly free of harsh chemicals and pollutants. I had to know more!

After reading up on Hairprint and their mission and chemistry, It seemed totally necessary to share their work with you, my dear conscious readers. I am a real sucker for a great science story, for people finding alternatives, for earth and self conservation, and for true innovation……And the Hairprint story is all of the above.

For people who are not yet ready to embrace their silver hair, but don’t want to introduce harsh chemicals into their bodies and hairs, I highly recommend you check out Hairprint…….And get on board.

The Hairprint Story

 

Hairprint is a revolutionary permanent hair coloring made of nine food-grade ingredients. It does not dye your hair. It restores your innate color to your hair. It doesn’t burn, has no smell, and restores the body and luster of hair.

Dr. John Warner, chief scientist at the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry stumbled upon the chemistry of Hairprint by accident, and decided to come up with a harmless hair-coloring product that mimicked how the human body made color.

After years of research and testing, Dr. Warner and his colleagues perfected a completely safe and non-toxic process to do what hair follicles do to create color: infuse hair with eumelanin. This was the beginning of Hairprint.

The Science Of Hairprint

Hair is made of three layers: the cuticle, cortex, and medulla, The cuticle consists of tightly packed, overlapping, colorless cells, and the medulla is a hollow shaft inside the hair. The cortex contains varying amounts of two natural color pigments, eumelanin and pheomelanin, which determine a person’s hair color.

Eumelanin is a dark pigment, and is responsible for brown and black color. Pheomelanin or a combination of pheomelanin and eumelanin produces blonde and reddish hues. The cortex of dark or brown hair will contain densely packed granules of eumelanin pigment. An absence of pigment results in gray hair.

Dr. Warner began testing the Hairprint Chemistry on the hair. He obtained gray hair from a vendor and applied the chemistry to the hair. The hair immediately developed a color. The scientists were delighted when It appeared that rather than simply covering gray hair, it was matching the original hair color.

Then, John did what any good scientist would do: he tested it on himself. He had been completely gray since his graduate school days at Princeton. In 90 minutes it restores all of his hair to its original color.

IMG_9213Just like a fingerprint, your “hairprint” is unlike anyone else’s

After months of additional research and experimentation John and his team developed a theory to explain why one colorant will change gray hair to the

person’s innate and true color: Each person’s hair has a unique microscopic structure. Within this structure, pigments self-assemble according to the individual’s unique hairprint, sorting themselves into spaces like cars in a parking lot placed between stripes.

This pattern of subtle orientations of pigments refracts light into varying wavelengths the eye perceives as color. Hair does not have a color, no more than a peacock has colored tail feathers. The phenomena of perceived color is an outcome of how light is refracted (or not refracted in the case of black.)

A great deal of research went into identifying molecules that would be absolutely non-toxic, molecules that are in most cases nutrients. When the formula is in it’s precise proportions, it effectively recreates the same colored molecules that are made in the hair follicle, essentially restoring not only the true color, but also the quality of one’s hair

This approach has never been done in the hair care industry. It is truly revolutionary.

Rather than stripping hair of its color, which hair dye formulas do, then bonding coal tar dyes to hair using couplers, oxidizers and harsh chemicals, Hairprint works by replacing the missing pigment naturally found in brown and black hair.

During the Hairprint treatment, eumelanin is synthesized within the hair cortex structure restoring it to its innate color. This process is called melanogenesis and is happening constantly in the body. This is accomplished by ingredients that penetrate the cuticle layer into the cortex where they bond together to formeumelanin pigments. These in turn polymerize and become too large to be washed out.

A little History on the Chemistry of Box Haircolor

 

Hair coloring is common worldwide among men and women and there are many products available. However, there are only two ways to do it. You can treat your hair for four to six hours with Henna and Indigo colorants. Or you can use a chemical (and its derivatives) that can transform gray hair to dark. That chemical is paraphenylenediamine (PPD) and its cousin PTD.

Eugene Schueller discovered the use of PPD as a coal tar dye in 1907 at The French Harmless Hair Dye Company, which became L’Oreal. The first company to use PPDs in the US was Clairol. A former chemist for Clairol and Unilever wrote, “It is most probably true that if these materials [PPD and its cousin PTD] were invented today, their use in cosmetics would not be permitted but they remain in use as no effective replacements have been found.”

Hair dye entrepreneurs are very aware that women do not want to put toxic allergens on their scalp, and what you see today online, in salons, and even in natural food stores, are products from smaller companies that describe their hair dye with words “organic,” “natural”, “safe”, “healthy”, “plant-based,” and they will say their products are free of ammonia, parabens, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, etc. What they don’t do is tell you is what is actually in the product, and if you read the fine print, it will be a PPD or PTD type coal tar dyes.

Hairprint is the first “permanent” product invented since 1907 that transforms gray to dark hair, and the first one that is absolutely safe, clean, and non-toxic. It does not work on blondes or redheads (John is working on that). People can use it that do not have gray hair because it restores their hair quality, body and luster.

Screen Shot 2015-12-02 at 1.55.38 PMWhat to Expect from Hairprint

  • Hairprint works on brown and black hair. Blonde and red hair contains an additional pigment (pheomelanin) that we do not supply.
  • Hairprint comes in a kit. It is comprised of nine food grade ingredients and can be applied by you at home, with the help of a friend, or by a stylist in a salon.
  • In the kit, you receive a hair cleanser, the three restoring treatments, instructions, gloves, and a brush. For people with short to medium length hair, home application is easily done. For long and thick hair, you may want someone to help you or have it applied at a salon.
  • For most people, coverage occurs with one treatment. For those whose hair has been largely gray for many years, two initial treatments may be required. Hair that has been gray for a long time is drier and less able to absorb pigment the first time around. After an initial 2x treatment, one treatment is sufficient.
  • Hairprint may make some hair a bit darker than your original color for a day or two but lightens after washing.

John Warner Bio

John is the recipient of the 2014 Perkin Medal, widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American Industrial Chemistry.

He received his BS in Chemistry from UMASS Boston, and his PhD in Chemistry from Princeton University. After working at the Polaroid Corporation for nearly a decade, he then served as tenured full professor at UMass Boston and Lowell (Chemistry and Plastics Engineering).

In 2007 he founded the Warner Babcock Institute for Green Chemistry, (A research organization developing green chemistry technologies) where he serves as President and Chief Technology Officer, and Beyond Benign (a non-profit dedicated to sustainability and green chemistry education).

He is one of the founders of the field of Green Chemistry, co-authoring the defining text Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice with Paul Anastas.

He has published over 200 patents, papers and books. Warner received The 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Mentoring, the American Institute of ChemistryNortheast Division’s Distinguished Chemist of the Year for 2002 and the Council of Science Society President’s 2008 Leadership award. Warner was named by ICIS as one of the most influential people impacting the global chemical industries. In 2011 he was elected a Fellow of the American Chemical Society and named one of “25 Visionaries Changing the World” by Utne Reader.

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