New Wash, Rainbow Hair Colorist Dream Cream

Hi babes. I have been working with this cool independent hair company out of New York City called Hairstory Studio for a few years now. I originally was attracted to what they were doing because the visuals stories of hair transformations that they show in their instagram and quarterly magazine, and their Less is More philosophy on washing hair.

They launched their brand with a product called New Wash, which is a botanically blended and expertly formulated cream hair wash that doesn’t suds or lather…….And I tried it out and loved it.

It may confuse some of you who come here for no-shampoo inspiration to see me talking about another product for sale, but hear me out. I am a real skeptic, but I gave it a chance and I wanted to share today what I love about this stuff called New Wash, and the way the company works and why it is a dreamy opportunity for Hair Colorists.

I signed on as a hairdresser affiliate for Hairstory, meaning I make a small percentage of each sale that comes through their website when I am listed as a referral at checkout. I knew that in my clientele and readership, there was a place for a non-shampoo system that wasn’t quite as crunchy as the Baking Soda/ Cider Vinegar technique. And, because I do so much rainbow color and bleaching, I needed an alternative wash that was a bit more color/chemically treated-hair friendly.

I soon learned that it was with the rainbow hairs is where New Wash REALLY shines, and it has become an essential tool in my hair color kit as a base for mixing color and for using to gently wash and condition brightly colored hair without any color loss or buildup.

And as a colorist and affiliate of the company, I earn enough points from the sales of it to my color clients that they send me my own large bag of New Wash for free whenever I need it, and so I am able to use it exclusively in my color formulas. Thats right. Every bowl of color I mix is made in a base of New Wash. Why do I love it? Because it is the PERFECT consistency for color application, it glides on the hair beautifully, it is creamy and smells wonderful like roses and black tea, and it isn’t filled with chemicals. It is a rainbow hair colorists dream cream. 

(this is a transformation done using New Wash as my color mixing base)

While a bottle of the product may seem costly for the first time buyer, what I tell people is this: When you invest the time and money into rainbow hair, you need to also invest in a care plan for it, so that you get the most out of it. When you have bleached and colored hair, you need to wash it much less often and you never want to strip it. With New Wash, a little goes a LONG way so your bottle of product will last a long while and your hair will be so much happier and more hydrated and colorful.

With that said, hair stylists, and colorists, I hope that you will register here today for your free bottle of New Wash to try out, and make sure to let them know that How-to hair Girl referred you! Affiliates like these are how I make a living and continue to share my experience here with y’all. If you are a client, friend reader, sign up today for 25% off your first purchase.

And, just FYI, Hair Story Hair Balm is my hair’s favorite balm.

Check out my Instagram today for a custom color mixing video demonstrating my favorite ways to mix with New Wash!

xo, RJH

Henna for Natural Texture Hair

Hi babes! Here is a guest post from Patrina, natural hair blogger behind

She reached out to see if I would be interested in publishing a guest post and of course, I said hell yasss because I have been so thirsty for some natural texture hair blog love to share here at HTHG.

To begin with, I want to acknowledge that The Natural Hair Journey represents something deeper rooted for women of color ( if you are a woman of color, you already know this on such a real level )  And many white folks don’t know the beginning of it myself included, but I am striving to understand more.

I want to honor and hold space for those journeys here, because I really feel that bridging an understanding gap between all of us can be achieved in a big way, through our hair. And, because natural textured hair is so beautiful and unique and dynamic, and requires a different ritual of care.

Thanks, Patrina, for sharing with us your favorite way to use

Henna for Natural Textured Hair. 

Photo by Kevar Whilby on Unsplash

Henna is one of the most useful things in a naturalista’s cabinet. It’s not just a hair dye. It’s a power-packed nourishing ingredient for strengthening the hair that comes from the Lawsonia inermis plant.

It’s exciting to think that Ancient Egypt and India used henna in their hair regimens and that it’s still being used today. I love going back to the basics with the products I use because they are a pure, natural, and a pleasant step away from the commercial products on the shelves. Plus, you know it has to be good if women have been using it for thousands of years.

When I first started using henna, I only wanted to cover a few gray hairs, but what I discovered was something way beyond a hair dye. What I found is that while most hair dyes break down the protein in hair, henna works to strengthen and condition it.

Henna won’t color your hair, so if you’re looking for a significant change, you won’t see it. It’s more like a slight tint, which is perfect if you just want to give a minor reddish tone to grays to make them less noticeable.

But like I said, henna is so much more than a way to dye your hair naturally. It works to coat the hair and fill in gaps on the hair shaft. Henna is not a protein treatment, but it is similar because it repairs and protects weak and fine strands.

How to Find Quality Henna

The first step to getting started with henna is to find a quality product. Looking for henna can be confusing because there are many products to choose from, and the one in the conventional hair dye box looks like it will be the easiest to use.

However, it’s the pre-mixed henna you want to stay away from if you want the most natural and potent product. Henna that comes in tubes and tubs most likely has dye, additives and other junk you don’t want in your hair or body.

Instead, look for henna that comes in powder form. Jamila and Nupur are two trusted brands you can use for pure henna. Real henna requires you to do some work, but it will be worth it in the end because your hair will be shinier, healthier, and tinted without the use of chemicals or other harmful ingredients.


Figure 1 Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

How Often Should You Use Henna?

I must admit, I don’t use henna as frequently now as I did in the beginning. It’s a long process that can easily take one full day to complete. Now I only use it when I feel my hair needs it, or when I’m in the mood to treat my hair to a proper conditioning.

Aim to use henna once per month to strengthen and condition hair if you’re new to using it. Applying it more frequently could lead to breakage. Henna has a drying factor, so you always want to deep condition your hair afterward.

How to Make and Apply Henna

One thing about henna is that it’s messy. You’ll want to avoid applying it in your bedroom or anywhere that doesn’t have hard surfaces. You can clean it from the shower walls, but you should cover your bathroom counters and floor with newspaper to make it easier to clean up.

Make the henna the day before because it takes about 12 hours for the powder to activate. Here are some excellent ingredients to mix with henna:

Peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, or tea tree oils. These four essential oils will add an antifungal and antimicrobial layer to your henna mix for excellent scalp health. Peppermint, eucalyptus, and rosemary essential oils work well to stimulate the hair follicles and get the hair to grow.

Coffee or black tea. Caffeine helps to stimulate the scalp, and the dark colors of coffee and tea deepen the shade naturally.

Cinnamon or paprika. These two herbs will change the tint of your henna to more red or cinnamon brown.

Apple Cider Vinegar. Mixing ACV with henna will help to balance pH and restore the overall health of the hair shaft.

Avoid mixing coconut or other hair oils in with your henna because it will change the texture and make it difficult for the henna to grab onto the strand.

You’ll need about ½ cup of liquid to one package of powder, but be sure to read the instructions on your particular package.

Henna may react with metal, so use a plastic spoon to mix. The consistency of your henna should be like yogurt, and it should be smooth. Blend well. Then let the henna sit covered at room temperature for 12 hours.

The henna will be ready to apply the following day. Part your hair into sections and coat the hair thoroughly with the mixture. Then cover with a plastic shower cap and leave it on your hair for 1-8 hours. The longer you leave it on, the more the colors will have a chance to tint your hair.

Use a moisturizing shampoo to wash the henna from your hair. Then rinse, and voila—all done!


Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash

I always follow a henna treatment with a deep conditioner because the henna can be drying. I usually add ingredients to a natural store-bought brand. Every head of hair is individual, unique, and has its own characteristics. Adding your choice of ingredients to a store-bought moisturizing deep conditioner is a way to customize it to fit your own needs.

My favorite ingredients to add to deep conditioner are honey, peppermint, eucalyptus, avocado oil, and jojoba oil. These additions are fantastic for drawing in moisture and nourishing the scalp and hair shaft. I leave the deep conditioner on my hair for at least two hours, and then I rinse and detangle in the shower.

Henna will make your hair softer, shinier, and stronger. I’ll be the first to admit that using henna is a long process, but it’s worth your time to try it at least once.

Now, it’s your turn to discuss. Have you tried henna on your natural hair?


Patrina is the founder of; a blog to educate and inspire women with natural hair. Patrina just celebrated her 10-year natural hair anniversary, and achieved her goal of waist length hair. With the knowledge she has learned over the years she is dedicated to share her knowledge, and experience to educate women who wish to have moisturized, healthy natural long hair.

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DIY Popsicle Haircolor

Hi Babes. 

I’m dropping in today to share with y’all a fun DIY hair color technique that is a result of an intense popsicle craving I have had in the past month of Pregnancy. Here is the inspiration, from a Rainbow Popsicle Recipe from The First Year Blog.

I thought these pops were so lovely that I had to recreate them in the hair of my neighbor babes, Birch and Cameron. Because once I get that visual inspiration in my head, I can’t shake it until it has been brought forth, and this seems to be a blessing and a curse. I’m workin on it;)

Here are photos of the finished technique:

DIY Popsicle Hair Color is the technique, and for a video demo, please check out @howtohairgirl Instagram, under the hashtag #HTHGpopsicle or #freeyourhaircolor

This DIY color technique is so easy, you can  be a total beginner to do it. I used Manic Panic Colors, in an assortment of different shades. Check out our blog sidebar to order yours today.


xoxoxoxox, Color Freak

Finger Painting Haircolor: Curly Prisms

For my curly sisters out there, here is a post about prismatic hair color and curls……I had been wanting to paint rainbows into curly hair for quite a while now. I wanted to see what it would look like to hide some little prisms within the wild texture of natural curls.

During the Summer, I went to a little Island called Lopez to take a Flower Magic essences and arranging workshop. While I was there, I met a flower farmer named Lindsey who taught us how to arrange flowers and make beautiful flower crowns. I remembered how she had mentioned wanting some rainbow color in her gorgeous, thick natural curls.

I posted something on Instagram about wanting to paint some curly rainbows, and she responded. Within a week, she was in the chair getting her hair finger painted with little rainbows and chatting with me about flowers and grandmas and Island life.

My intentions for her haircolor were to add some brightness and some color to her hair in this grayest time of year, to hold her over until her flowers began to bloom. Also, I wanted something that would be subtle enough to grow out without any fuss, and not scare her grandmother.

I wanted to show her some simple color skills to bring to the Island to share with her friends should they ever want rainbows too…..You just never know when someone is going to want a rainbow in their hair! And all you need to do ’em is veggie dye in primary colors ( I use Manic Panic) and bleach ( I use 40 developer generally for lightening bits of natural hair.

Here is how I did it…….I first mixed bleach and 40 volume developer in a plastic bowl, with a large paint brush. Then, I randomly painted the bleach onto individual curls, working and saturating it into the ends and softly feathering the color up the strand for a seamless transition. I let her sit for about 45 minutes with the bleach in her hair, then rinsed and washed her hair. I had her rough-dry it while I finished up Elke’s rainbows (from last week;)

Then, I worked through her hair to find the lighter pieces and then I used my fingers to paint the colors in, blending each shade into the next down the strands of lightened hair. I wasn’t too picky about it. I wanted some rainbows to bleed into her natural hair too, so as to add more dimension and tone. She sat for a half hour or so, and then I rinsed her out. As her hair dried, we marveled at the pretty colors popping into the light. Her hair came alive, even in the less-than-ideal low light of sundown. Can’t wait to see her rainbows in the sun!

Thanks for stopping by! If you are curly, I hope you never feel excluded from the fun of rainbow hair.

xoxo, HTHG

Finger Painting Haircolor: Rainbow Hurricane

Hello friends ! Here is our next installation of Hair Finger painting.…….This is what happens when one gets frustrated by both applicator brushes and gloves, and just goes all in with the hands applying color.

Meet Elke. She visited me from the rural, snowy woods of Oregon. I just really love this picture of her:)

She came to me with her hair DIY bleached, ends still violet from previous color a year ago that didnt want to budge through a bleaching. Totally workable, because my goal with Elke was to get as many shades of color into her hair as possible, highlighted with many pops of ruby red. Because saturated red is underused in hair color, since the 90’s made people scared of it.

Here is a little video of the application. I started with applying Tinge Pastels to the roots. I used all shades, marbling them together as I worked. I did use a color brush for this part.

Once the roots were colored, I worked my way from the nape of the neck up, using my hands to smudge colors in to every piece of hair, in different sizes and levels of saturation.

I left out some of the mid-sections on random strands to add dimension, as you can see here.

Here are the custom-mixed colors I used on Elke…….

She processed for 20 minutes, and then I rinsed her out and gave her a rough blow-dry.

Naturally, I had to crimp her just for fun. We played around with a few quick hairstyles before she left to celebrate her birthday with friends.

Her hair made me think of a hurricane of color.

xo, HTHG

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