In The Future, I see baby clips.

7U6A5719While gazing into the future the other days with my cool new Futureyes glasses, I saw my old Hole baby clips that I got when Hole released Live Through This. AllScreen Shot 2014-10-29 at 10.02.24 AM of a sudden, I missed my baby clips so bad that it hurt. I knew in my heart that my once colorful and epic collection of tiny plastic hair clips was no longer existent and that I had carelessly let them scatter into the dark corners of existence as we passed through the nineties.

I read an article the next day that was something about ’90’s fashion statements that should stay in the 90’s’ and baby clips were on the list. ‘This is absurd!’ I choked into my coffee. Baby clips were the sweet sly smile on the big middle finger of the RiotGrrrl movement. They reminded us that we were still females, and had once in fact been innocent female children. Baby clips, like my Doc Martin boots, meant everything to me in the 90’s and I am completely in favor of them coming back.

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I decided that it was time to dig around and see if I could round up some of those classic-style clips that we all remember. Between my daughters dress up trunk, some old purses, and Ebay, I found the following…….he triple daisy, ponies, the bow, dragonfly, the one that looks like corn, and a couple simple barrett style ones and a few other randos.

I gazed over my new baby clip collection with a heart bursting with pride and happiness as if I had just birthed kittens, and decided the only thing missing now was my sparkly nail polish. Something you should know about me is that I have an impractical obsession with sparkly nail polish and consider it an instant fix for anything boring or dull or scratched.

Here is a list of things that I have painted with sparkly nail polish.

-Bobby pins

-My blue vinyl Converse All stars that I decided looked too much like clown shoes. Nothing some sparkles won’t fix, though.

-My first snowboard. It was fully decoupaged with images from magazines and sparkles.

-Sunglasses. Just the rims!

-My first Nokia phone. Pink, and sparkly.

-The toes of my Doc Marten boots. They were really scratched up.

-My pencils and pencil sharpener. Duh.

-My lips once, as an ‘experiment.’ I don’t recommend it.

Here is a list of things that I have seriously considered painting with sparkly nail polish.

- My first car.

-My brothers face while he slept.

-My step-mothers everything, just to piss her off.

The 90’s were magic.

Needless to say, I painted sparkles on some of my baby clips, but not all of them. Mostly just the smooth barrett ones. Then, I arranged them all together and checked them out through the portals of my Futureyes glasses, just to marvel at their beauty.IMG_2170IMG_2169

 

 

Then, I spent a fun little half hour in the warm fall weather, arranging my hair with baby clips in different ways and getting excited to start rocking them again, in real life.

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Babes, can we bring back baby clips together here at HTHG? Do you still have yours? I would love to see them. Feel free to share your baby clip pics on Instagram and hashtag them #babycliprevival

I’m at @howtohairgirl. xoxo!

Leather-wrapped Jessa Braids, Festival hairstyle for the casual boho.

leather wrapped braidsIt 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.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.08.06 PMNow, 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:) .

7U6A2788The full tutorial can be viewed at Latest-Hairstyles today!

Also, here is this look shown on shorter hair.

 

xoxo, HTHG

3 Flower-Crown Worthy Tiny Dancer Hairstyles for Summer!

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.

Screen Shot 2014-05-29 at 5.39.10 AMFake 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!

7U6A3880Okay….. 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

7U6A4015This 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. b2

7U6A3975This 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!

brookie17U6A4094This 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.b3

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.

xoxo, HTHG

Hippie Dream Hair

Hippie Hair

Hair. The way it moves when we walk, falling about our shoulders and rolling down our backs. The way that light weaves through it in the late afternoon sun, reflecting and refracting it into life. If left to it’s own devices, hair will grow and grow……Sometimes down towards the floor, sometimes out into the cosmos.

To me, hippie hair means hair that is allowed it’s own personality. It appears alive…..Perfectly discheveled with a soft halo around it that makes it glow. Hippie hair has not been fought and beat into submission. Hippie hair has it’s own story tell and It moves through life in real time. Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.10.59 PM

It is a slow honey pour, rippling and alive. It shows it’s history in the way it bends and curls or hangs in perfect texture, separating and gathering together in the ends and daring the brush. Hippie hair is natural and wild and free.Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.05.00 PMJoni, Janis and Stevie knew about hippie hair. They were iconic women of the 60’s. They were free women, artists and feminists with great hair. Stevie’s hair was long and blonde and wildScreen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.18.14 PM. Joni had the classic messy braids. Janis looked like a beautiful and insane cave woman.Jimi and Robert ruled that hippie man hair scene with the messy afro and the dream-girl man curls.

 

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.08.11 PMThanks to the natural hair movement and babes like the Olsen twins, Hippie hair is sweeping the beauty scene in a big way. The great news is that hippie hair is more a state of mind than an actual styling method. It means accepting your own natural hair texture, and then learning to love it. So put down your shampoo bottles and shine serum, ladies. It is time to let your hair get dirty.

Let their be frizz.

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 1.33.00 PMLet’s talk about the obsession with fighting frizz. Not all hair types are meant to be smooth. Frizz-fighting efforts using silicone based products and heat styling are very drying to the hair and just make the problem worse in the long term. If your hair is naturally smooth, yay for you! If your hair is curly, coarse, or frizzy you lucked out too, because your hair has more of a range of personality. It is likely more at the mercy of the weather ( Humidity! Embrace it!) There is nothing wrong with a little frizz. The hippie hair goddesses smile on frizz.

 

Grow hair, grow.

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Wish your hair would grow longer and faster? Put down the biotin bottle and go straight to the source. Horsetail plant grows wild literally all over the place. It can be found in most apothecary and natural remedy shop. You can buy it online here.

Horsetail has the highest silica content of any plant in the north American plant kingdom. Silica is the building blocks of collagen and aids in protein building…..precisely what your hair needs to grow long, strong, and healthy. Drinking horsetail tea is a much cheaper and more effective way to get a strong dose of silica into your system. Just steep, strain and drink!

Making sure to get plenty of folic acid, iron, and B and D vitamins will also help stimulate hair growth. Juicing is great for healthy hair.

Start brushing your hair

Screen Shot 2014-09-21 at 2.00.32 PMSeem counter-intuitive to achieving that perfectly discheveled look? Here is the trick……Instead of shampooing your hair when it starts to feel oily and heavy at the scalp, bust out your brush. A boar bristle cushion brush to be exact. This is the most essential hair care tool that exists. I highly recommend investing in a Mason Pearson brush. It will be yours for life.

Once a week at least, when you normally would feel the need to reach for the suds bottle, brush your hair very thoroughly, from all angles. Take some time. Meditate on it while you do it. Honor yourself with this little time-honored self care ritual. A good brushing followed by a warm water rinse will even out your hair from root to ends…..No more greasy scalp and dry ends. Brushing is the perfect way to ‘wash’ your hair without stripping it. Make peace with your natural oils and move them through your hair.

Braids

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Braids are a hippie-hair styling must.
Go for messy braids on the 3rd day to hide the fact that instead of re-washing and styling your hair this morning, you were dancing to Fleetwood Mac with your kids.

Inspire hippie hair fantasy. Wear your hair in 2 braids like Joni. It is suprisingly sexy.

At night, a loose braid will protect your hair and keep it out of the way. Wake up to soft pretty waves!

Stop shampooing

7U6A8426Did you know that when you shampoo your hair, you are stripping out precisely everything that your hair needs to naturally protect itself from damage and the elements? This is a major hippie-hair no-no. Try and get down to one wash a week.

Try going no-poo. I love the Apple Cider Vinegar/Baking soda method, for keeping that perfect hippie hair balance of clean but not too clean, for days on end.

When it is time for a no-poo or a wash, always protect your ends by applying an oil like coconut or avocado to them when they are dry….pre-wash.

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Maximize your Hippie Hair with a good brush.

Get yourself some hair powder. Not the spray in kind. Go for the kind that you can sprinkle in. When your hair needs a pick me up, sprinkle your powder on your brush and brush your hair. The powder will soak up some of the oil, and add a bit of texture.

A sea-salt texture spray is a hippie-hair secret weapon. Here is the best part about it……You can make it with salt and water by mixing a tablespoon of sea salt in 8 oz or warm water. You can also bottle actual sea water and use it. If you are in the market,  I love this texture spray because it combines the texturizing power of salt with the grippy-ness of Green Tea Extract and moisture and protection of Aloe.

Spray salt spray into your dry hair anytime it seems flat and needs a boost of tousled texture-y perfection. You can also spray it in your damp hair and then dry your hair in braids for massive hippie wave action.

Once you have your hippie hair methods down, you will find freedom with the wildness of your natural hair! Rock it, don’t hide it. Tell your friends about it.

 

 

Kimchi and the quest for the perfect pink.

IMG_7005Nikki 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.

IMG_8362This 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)

 

IMG_8372First, 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.

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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.IMG_8377

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.

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My Kimchi Recipe

 

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You will need….

2 heads of chinese cabbage

1 purple cabbage

3 carrots

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 blender

1 large jar

1 small narrow jar

1 dishtowel

Directions

Screen Shot 2014-02-06 at 11.56.32 AMChop 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.

Prepare

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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