It took me a long time to finally give the HBO hit show Girls a second chance. My first impression was that it was unbearably superficial and annoyingly full of screechy, neurotic spoiled girls. Yuck.
Now, though, babes, I am hooked. I love Hannah Horvath like my own best friend, and I just adore Adam. Marnie and Shosh crack me up with their obscene insecurities and warped views on life, and Jessa has a great bohemian New York woman vibe, and I dig her casual boho hairstyles.
On one early episode of Girls where Jessa becomes a nanny, she rocks this great leather-wrapped braided hairstyle that was so good. I had to recreate it for you! All you need is a couple of small elastics and some leather scraps (take a scrap piece and cut out 2 strips:) .
It is no secret that I am way into flower hair here at HTHG. Not as a trend, but as a rule. Fortunately, it is the cool thing to do at the moment! I love it when the timing works out like that.
Whether you are a Bride or not, this summer is about flowers in the hair. Flower crowns are an easy way to rock floral hair because you can make them yourself with flowers, a headband, and a hot-glue gun, or you can buy them pre-made with fake or real flowers.
Fake ones last forever, obvies. But real flowers are better because they are real, babes. Real. Don’t be a poser. You are way better than that.
Okay to be fair, though, there actually are some cool faux-flower crowns out there. Check out these beauties. And Stone-Fox-Bride makes lovely flower crowns with fresh flowers, dried flowers, AND vintage silk flowers.The crown pictured is from the Stone-Foxes and it is dried-flower perfection!
The crown in this tutorial was made lovingly by the talented florists at Flora in Fayetteville, AR where I shot this tutorial. They talked me into having dear antlers added into it like Dora Lange, the dead girl from true detective….I was hesitant and kind of creeped out, but something told me to go with it. Now I wish I would have gone with the bigger ones!
Okay….. you got yourself a flower crown. The next step is to figure out how to wear your hair. Flowing braid-waves can’t be beat if you are feeling the hair-down vibe. But if you want something a little more done-up looking, try one of these…..
3 Flower-Crown Worthy Summer Hairstyles
This one is a simple pinned knot with the ends hanging loose. Super easy for medium-long hair of all types. I’d love to see this one done in curly hair! They key for this hairstyle is playing up the natural texture, which can best be done with an amazing wave and texture spray like Masterbraider.
Start with 2nd day hair. Spray in texture spray and tousle the hair a bit. Split the hair down the middle in the back, and take half in each hand. Tie a loose single knot at the nape of the neck, pinning it into place discreetly with a large bobby pin.
The pin should grab a bit of the knot from the top, sliding downward through the base of the hair securely. Add another pin from the bottom, sliding upward through the base. Now put your crown on and rock it hard like it’s 1969 in San Francisco and you are a tiny dancer.
This next hairstyle is also a great one for medium-long hair of all textures. It also requires a bit of texture spray for braiding grip and max texture. This one is pretty because it is long and flowing in the back, but you can still see the braids on the sides under your crown.
This hairstyle involves doing a half french braid across one side of the head, stopping at the base of the head and pinned with a large bobby pin, leaving the ends free. The pin should grab the last overlap of the braid and pin into the base of the braid, sliding in behind it. Repeat on the other side. Make sure to keep the braids low so that they are visible beneath your crown!
This last one is 2 loose braids, obvies. Remember, we are on Haight and Ashbury right now, babes. And your name is Starchild.
Basically, do a braid on each side, not too tight. Leave a couple inches at the ends.
Now take a small bit of hair from the loose ends and wrap it a few times around the ends to tie off the braids. Secure the ends of your wrapped piece into your braid ends with a Snag-Free Hair Elastic.
Now, pull down the wrapped piece a bit to cover the elastic. Does that make sense? The goal is to hide the elastic behind the wrapped hair. Deconstruct your braid a bit to give it that lived in look.
Now get out there and rock your flower crown hair. If your friends have been skeptical of this whole ‘tiny dancer’ thing, they won’t be when they see your beautiful and cleverly done hair.
Nikki and I have always had fun together when it comes to hair. Lately, we have been playing with light pinks. A couple months back we bleached, toned with 9v Shades, and mixed the perfect Pravana cocktail with light pink, light purple, and silver. The end result was pretty seashell pink.
It was rediculously cute on her. And she traded me a gorgeous NJ crystal pendant necklace for it. So I was more than down with that.
This time, we opted for something a little more melonistic. We decided to go with Pretty Flamingo by Manic Panic as our base, with a hint of Cotton Candy. I muted both shades slightly with a dash of Pravana SIlver. ( Here is more on DIY hair coloring)
First, we bleached her roots. Then, we shampooed, no conditioner! Then, blow dried. Next, I worked my way through her roots with the Pretty Flamingo, pulling the color down the hair about 3 inches. I followed up by applying the Cotton Candy over the last inch of the Flamingo, and pulling it down another 3 inches. We let that sit for 20, then combed all the color from her roots through her ends to blend it and to get just a tiny bit of color into her ends.
While she processed, she made herself a snack of Kimchi and rice with a fried egg on top. We both love this simple and delicious meal. I got to thinking.
Kimchi is a staple of my diet. I love the taste and the instant pow of health benefits that come along with fermented foods. This is my favorite book on fermenting food at home.
My friends often ask me how I make my Kimchi. I watched Nikki eat her Kimchi and marveled at how similar the color of the Kimchi was to the colors on her head. I decided to write a post about how to make Kimchi and how to make your hair look like Kimchi.
Nikki rinsed and conditioned her hair. We blow dried it. It looked marvelous. Then we took the kids across the street to jump in my neighbors trampoline and I got to watch her Kimchi hair in action. It was marvelous.
My Kimchi Recipe
You will need….
2 heads of chinese cabbage
1 purple cabbage
1 daikon radish
1 head of garlic
red chile flakes
1 chunk of ginger
1/4 cup of sea salt
1/2 cup of water
1 large bowl
1 large jar
1 small narrow jar
Chop cabbage as finely as you can.
Grate the carrots and radish into a pile.
Put everything in a huge bowl. Hugest one you have. Toss with your hands to blend.
In the blender, blend up 5 cloves of garlic, one nice small handful sized chunk of ginger, and 2 tablespoons of red chile flakes with 1/2 cup of water till smooth. Set aside.
Slowly stir in 1/4 of sea salt with your veggies. Make sure it is evenly distributed.
Stir in your blended sauce with your veggies using a spoon ( It will burn your skin a little so do use a spoon.)
Now, stuff your large jar with veggies. Tamp it down and really pack it tight. If there is extra veggies, pack the rest into a smaller jar.
Fill your small narrow jar with water and place it inside your big jar, directly on top of Kimchi.
Push the jar down as far as you can to crush that Kimchi further down. The Kimchi should be almost totally submerged in its own brine. This is how it ferments. In the next couple of days, the brine will increase.
Cover the Kimchi with a cloth and put a rubber band around it to seal it.
Place it in your back room, somewhere where the smell of fermenting cabbage won’t offend:) IT does smell super strong, folks. That is part of the magic.
Let your Kimchi ferment for a week on the counter. Then, refrigerate. Enjoy a scoop of Kimchi on basically anything. Sometimes I eat a bowl of it on it’s own and then I feel like superwoman.
Hi babes. I wanted to take a minute to invite you all personally to join me on Instagram. Of all the social media platforms, Instagram is my most favorite and I have a total ball posting hair photos, ShamPHree inspiration, family photos, and personal photos from my life that inspire me that I think will inspire you. When I am not blogging at HTHG, you can always find me sharing my favorite things on Instagram. Please, do join the party:) I’m @howtohairgirl.
So I finally started watching Game of Thrones, after much pressure from my friends and readers. Mostly, I started watching it because I heard that the hair was cool in it. But soon, I was hooked on the scenery, costumes, the non-stop drama, the hair, the steamy sex scenes, and the dwarf. Yes, that’s right. We made it through season 2 and then guess what?! Season 3 is not available yet on Amazon Prime.
So my husband and I spent the next week hanging in space, not knowing how to spend our nightly hours together. Then, my friend Jules suggested that we watch Vikings to fill the void. She swore it was better than G.O.T. And being of Scandinavian descent, I was all like “Yah. Let’s do it”
We started watching it and got 3 episodes in and here is my analysis…….It is a low-budget G.O.T., with weak character development, a boring story line, a predictable plot, bad acting, and some really nice wild-man eye candy. So yah, I get it.
According to the show Vikings, viking hair was kinda funny. Men had either short hair, shaved clean in the back half or long hair shaved on the sides and arranged into a strange kind of tail that I can only describe as a “vikey-tail” or a “vikey-pone” if you will. You choose.
Women had interestingly braided and twisted hair, slightly less polished than the regal ladies of G.O.T.
I decided to try my hand at vikey-styling. So, In honor of the Vikings of our past, I bring you today a hairstyle called the lady vikey-tail.
Lady Vikey Tail
1. Take a section of hair from each side, just above each ear at the front hairline. Join them together at the back of the head with a small elastic.
2. Flip the ponytail up, over, and through, topsy-tail style. Flip it once more (twice total.)
3. Take another small section from each side below the first two sections. Join them in the back with an elastic.
4. Topsy tail twice, and then tighten the twist by splitting the tail into 2 and pulling the pieces apart.
5. Take another two sections of hair from each side and join them in the back.
6. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.
7. Take two last sections from below the last ones. Join them together.
8. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.
You are now officially ready to storm Valhalla with the strength of Oden and the wits of Loki. I want to see you rock a Lady Vike-y Tail.