Mother’s Day Musings and a Hair Ritual Offering

Hi babes. This week is dedicated to the mamas, whether you are one or you have one or you know one or you want to be one or you don’t want to be one, mamas deserve to be honored for more than just a day every year. Here at HTHG, we are celebrating the whole week:). I have a special post about transformation coming up on Mother’s Day, but until then, here are some musings from the past few weeks.IMG_5483

Firstly, a special mandala for the mamas, made with grasses and plants from the seashore.IMG_5419

I took a family trip to the Olympic Peninsula a few weeks back, and saw this great fence at a little hippie art studio at an Eco Village in Pt. Townsend. I called it my Color Inspiration for the week:)IMG_5393

I did some Macrame Braiding on this lovely Color Printed hair, to create an Alien Faux-bob. Check out our video on Instagram under the hashtag #macramebraid for a quick how-to.IMG_5582IMG_5580

Our new gallery of ColorPrint Wearable Art Hair Pieces is now stocked. Check it out and find your power hair clip-in.IMG_5518

My favorite Poppies are blooming at my neighbors house, just in time for Mother’s Day.IMG_5554

I had the pleasure of doing some hair color inspired by those very poppies. Thanks to my friends and hair clients who let me do art in their hair:)IMG_5294

One more Macrame Braid shot. I promise I am almost done with this Macrame Braid phase! And now that I have promised that, I realize making braid promises is never a good idea. The Macrame Braids have only just begun:)

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Lastly, a Hair Brushing Ritual that is a lovely part of my self-care routine, and I want to share it with you.

This Hair Ritual can be done any time, but is especially potent on the Full Moon. I grabbed the ritual post from my Instagram on last months full moon.

Full Moon Hair Ritual✨🌙🌕🌙✨ The full Moon is a beautiful time to take a few minutes to let go of the old and make way for new, setting new intentions for the future. Self-Care rituals are a nice way to cultivate this practice. Here is one of my go-to rituals for the Full Moon✨✨✨ gather your hair brush and your favorite essential oils, (I love vetiver and frankincense oil for the full moon) find a quiet dark place to sit outside. Light a candle, and imagine you are growing roots down into the ground, connecting you to the earth. Imagine a circle of energy that surrounds you above and below, holding you safe and protected. Put a drop of oil on your brush, and begin to brush your hair, slowly and with care and intention, tuning into the feeling of it, the scent, and the sounds around you. As you brush your hair, think about what you want to let go of in your life✨✨✨✨Take some time…….Now stop brushing for a moment, and clear the hairs out of your brush, roll them between your hands, and let them go, into the breeze. (You can also bury them in the ground or burn them or throw them into moving water. Something elemental that allows you to let go of them or offer them to the earth) Say goodby to the things you are ready to part with, and make energetic room for new growth✨✨✨✨take some more time.✨✨✨✨Start to brush again, this time thinking about what you want to bring in, manifest, give to others, serve your world, summon and create. Go to bed with sweet hair and sweet dreams.
Take some time for you and your hair❤️ #HTHG #freeyourhairbrush #sacredtools #radicalselfcare if you need a special brush, click through the link in my profile and get yours✨🌙🌕🌙✨Please tag a friend or two and help us spread the hair love! Please check out @latierrasagradahair and @localrose for more on the subject of thoughtful self-care rituals❤️ #spiritweaversgathering #Tribedemama #nobasicwitch @nobasicwitch beautiful Mala by @soulgardenacupuncture

If you need a beautiful brush for your styling and sacred self-care needs, here is the Free Your Hair Brush and this week we are offering free shipping on them in honor of Mother’s Day, so consider one for yourself and one for the mama in your life.

As always, babes, big gratitude to you for being here. Please share this post if you like it, it might be just the inspiration that someone needs:)

xo, HTHG

 

Mara Hoffman, Shibori Hair, Wooden Haircombs and More Musings

Hello my dears!

I am sitting at my computer, finishing the jet-fuel dregs of a delicious cold brew, mixed with rice milk and maple syrup, and a couple shakes of my favorite SunPotion high-vibe remedies, ashwaganda and Macuna. The sun is shining, I just finished up a haircut on a favorite client, who got a beautiful textured shag, before that, another client got a topiaric trim on his epicly thick long beard. A very high-vibe beard, I might add.IMG_5242

This week brought me an opportunity to give my sister a very fun and dramatic hair transformation. She turned 35, so it seemed like the perfect time for a big change. Here is a sneak peek along the process of her major cut/color…..more to come:)IMG_5054IMG_5116

I fell in love with some beautiful wooden hair combs this week, some that my mom collected in Tanzania in the 70’s,IMG_4997

and some from a women maker that I discovered on Instagram. ( Combs below by Samantha Nicole Ross.)IMG_5001

I read a great interview with one of my favorite designers about creating, family, faith, and fashion. Thanks for the Inspiration, Mara HoffmanScreen Shot 2016-04-20 at 1.57.46 PM

The slow days of sunshine had me flashing back to last tears Turban Braid Tutorial.IMG_4990

And also that time when Liz Suman and I floated in the swimming pool with dresses on, just for fun.IMG_5003

Loving this hair by a very enthusiastic Guy Tang.IMG_4994

IMG_5129And I love this hair by Tanya Ramirez at Untamed Instinct even more. This babe is so creative in her  color techniques. I highly recommend watching the Youtube video for this Shibori Hair technique just to open your mind to the endless possibilities for creative color.IMG_5193

Down the street from our house is a beautiful dandelion patch. Just saying.IMG_5202

5 year old Selah and I painted, oiled and softened the bristles of a brand new batch of Free Your Hair brushes this week. Felt so good:)

IMG_5042And the topping on all the cake was picking up our newly nine year old daughter, Marley after her first solo trip to visit her dad and family in Arkansas. She was so big and brave and excited. She made up the word ‘Skrilled’ to describe the scared/thrilled feeling she faced before boarding that airplane an independent kid woman. So proud.IMG_5152

And then, visiting the beautiful home Salon of a beautiful human named Braedon, where we chatted about healing, hair and gender as I built him a beautiful beehive. More fun to come on that:)

And in closing, Jonny is in the back yard building a sail boat for us to take to the lake down the hill this summer. Feeling it.

It is funny, I spend very little time talking about myself in my life, and a lot of time listening to other people talk about theirs. I hope you all don’t mind that I sometimes just tell you about what I am up to. Thanks so much for being here and listening.

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

 

Driving the Vision, Hair Musings.

 

IMG_4502Hi Dear friends. Reporting live from a cloud of Cherry Blossoms in the Pacific Northwest…… I want to begin by sending big gratitude to you all for sticking with me here at HTHG. I want you all to know that my vision for this space is a strong as ever, and I am really trying to focus energy towards involving my community of readers more into the content of the blog.

That said, I encourage all and any of you who have inspired hair stories, photos, ideas, theories, remedies, anything……..Please consider sharing them with us. You can email me pitches for stories and posts at howtohairgirl@gmail.com. The goal here is to create space where people feel comfortable sharing and excited and inspired by other’s stories.

Since I quit my day job, I have indulged myself in creating distance between myself and an urge to be practical or trend-following when it comes to hair. If you haven’t noticed, I have been pinning crystals into hair and hand painting designs in people’s hair, all in an effort to break loose into new realms and encourage others to think outside the box creatively. It is time for a renaissance of hair and styling and creativity, and we want to help lead it through the hair industry, beauty industry, and into the mainstream. There is so much that has already been done, but there is even more that hasn’t:)

Today, I am sharing some of the things that help me feel inspired to keep creating interesting hairstyles. IMG_3668

The Grape Hyacinth that pop up overnight, and blanket every green patch of grass all over the city of Seattle with their sweet blue loveliness. I used some to perk up a braided collar on Birch.IMG_3667

Then, I combined them with a few large crystals (because crystals make great hair rollers;) and a big succulent hen plant. IMG_4569

I found an insanely cool hat in my mom’s closet. She thinks it came from either Guatemala or Chiapas……It is woven straw with a wildly vibrant tail of dyed ribbons. She let me have it. When I put it on my head, I felt like the pony I always knew I was. Several  of the ribbons were quite tattered and ready to break soooooooo………

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I pulled them off and braided them into Birch’s Fishtail braids, and wrapped them around her head. Festival hair inspiration anyone?IMG_4524IMG_4762

I felt very restless around the New Moon, which was on April 7th. Naturally, a perfect time to make a few floral mandalas using all the beautiful petals and flowers around right now. I am thinking about starting to teach a floral mandala workshop because I believe so strongly in the power of the mandala making process in sparking creativity and connecting us with the earth. It is my medicine and I want to share it. Anyone interested?IMG_4740IMG_4536

Nexties, I have been feeling super neglectful of my short haired and curly haired babes. This is only for lack convenience and models who want to let me play with their hair. I am putting it out there into the world…….Who wants to be America’s next top curly haired and/or short haired HTHG model? Until then, Here is some inspiration from last years post on the Fro-Hawk and the Floral Garland Craft DIY and hairstyle.

Lot’s of love and great hair vibes your way. Oh, and also, have you gotten your Free Your Hair Brush yet?

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

Hair Musings.

Hello Dears. I put together some of my favorite hairstyles and musings from the past few weeks, all are done by me unless otherwise tagged:) Enjoy!

IMG_3844Couldn’t stop staring at Jayne’s Colorprinted hair from our workshop at Edo. Gah!

IMG_3787Yes, the Free Your Hair brush has launched! Get yours today from the Free Your Hair shop>IMG_3812

Our eldest daughter Marley is a shooting star with rainbow hair.IMG_3805

Selah Sparrow just turned 5, and is really into drawing in her eyebrows with green halloween makeup.

IMG_3788Remember the Floral Afro from last year?IMG_3747

Hair Macrame? Yes, it is a thing. Well, at least I am trying to make it a thing. Practice, practice, practice.

IMG_3591More Woven hair, because it is so fun to do.

IMG_3723A braid collar? Yes, that too is a thing, according to HTHG.

IMG_3605Yes, I am proud of my Free Your Hair Brush rubber stamp. It’s all about the details…….

IMG_3704These babes, because they were both on my mind, so I decided to share a photo.

IMG_3702I just loved this Colorprint Scheme.

IMG_3643I gave away this hand painted Colorprint clip-in Hair Weft to a very lucky someone on Instagram…..Follow me for more giveaways and musings:)IMG_3828

Showstopping curly bangs, by Guido Palau for Interview mag. Litterally made my heart stop when I saw them.

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Color Inspo, HTHG style.

Hi babes. Since I started blogging 4 years ago, I have never had less than 3 post scheduled into the future. You see, I never stop having ideas for posts. In fact, most posts turn into 3 and before you know it I am completely drowning in content that I am wanting to share with you. I told my friend Jayne today that I might be a little bit obsessive about getting ideas out of my head and into the blog.

Today, I write to you from absolutely real time, no posts ahead of me…. just here and now. sharing photos from the last few weeks because I find myself for the first time EVER without any scheduled posts. Maybe this is a psychological breakthrough for me, as I begin teaching for the first time and start to come out of my shell a bit into real time, introversion aside, just sharing in real time, face to face with other artists and stylists.

Did I tell you I am teaching a workshop on the Colorprint technique tomorrow at Edo salon in San Francisco? I am so excited and just a little nervous. I am hoping that this will be the first workshop of many, so please wish me luck and hold courageous space for me in your hearts tomorrow.

Color inspiration from the last few weeks are………CB021E87-56DD-40F6-A745-233FE1828312

Plants and flowers from the San Juan Islands. I made a mandala (hashtag search #filthandbeautymandala on instagram  for more:)

IMG_3547Magnolias against a blue sky. Duh.IMG_3518

The incredible print patterns on Kehinde Wiley’s paintings.IMG_3538

The Seattle Gumwall. Everyone bitched and moaned when the city decided to clean the gum off (apparently they do it every few years) but the gum is back with a vengeance.IMG_3744

Spring flowers on a walk around the neighborhood. 5 year old Selah and I make floral designs together on Tuesdays.IMG_3816

The Brugmansia plant in my friend Brette’s back yard in San Francisco.

IMG_3822The epic amount of Manic Panic hair color that spilled in my suitcase on my way to San Francisco. Yes, that’s right. Every single one of them unscrewed themselves and spilled, causing a veritable rainbow of mess. #chargeittothegame

Love y’all,  thanks for reading! HTHG

 

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