Hi babes. It’s officially Summer, which for us means more lazy days of letting our imaginations run wild, spending time outside, enjoying the bounty of the Pacific Northwest flora and fauna, and playing with color via drawing, painting, and hair color.
I have been exploring the collaboration of color, texture and form in hair designing and it has led me to more of an art-form and less of a practical skill……..This week, inspired by the book Fruits by Shiochi Aoki, a lifetime favorite of my daughter Marley, her hair got to a next level of cool.
Just so you all know, when I do her hair, I use no chemicals and only vegan color. She is as much a part of the process of conceptualizing her own color. The process of doing her hair is often the most time I get her to sit still and hang out with me, which is sort of self serving, but I think she appreciates the one on one attention:)
However, when it comes to the braiding and styling, I have to bribe and beg her to let me do it. It often leads to compromise, and sometimes to a drag out fight where I say things like (and I know better) “I MADE YOU! You are my greatest creation!!!!!! This is the last braid I PROMISE!!!!!!! Please! Just one more. Please!”
And she says “Mom you don’t understand how much I can’t stand it when you make me sit still. This is SO not FAIR!!!!”
I assure you that I do make up for the hair braiding abuse by showing our daughters a pretty charmed, lovely (though realistic and grounded) life. #momtruth
Enjoy the Hair Art, and I hope you all are loving this Summer.
Flower Parts anyone? I’m sure feeling it. Wear yours to your next Summer Party.
How to do a Flower Part
How to do it? pick some tiny flowers, being careful not to pull their petals off. Use a small dab of sticky hair paste in little bits along your part, stick flowers to them! Done! Thank goodness. It’s really too easy, I can’t believe we haven’t been doing this forever.
Pair your Flower Part with a really strange and cool hairstyle. Get creative, get weird.
Hey babes. Wanted to share these shots of a recent hair color I did on my sister Brook, inspired inspired by one of my favorite flowers ever, the Hydrangea.
When Brookie left, I handed her a bottle of New Wash, because if you want to extend the life of your brilliantly flower colored hair, it is The Way. Keep your color bright with New Wash and tell them How-to Hair Girl Referred you when you go to buy your first bottle. New Wash isHair Color Salvation in a Bottle, and you know I don’t recommend products lightly;)
Brook has been a daily shampoo/conditioner user for her entire life. My very own sister. I have tried to get her to see the light of weaning from the suds, but until the New Wash, she has been very skeptical and resistant to straying from her tried and true routine. Another reason why New Wash is awesome…….For those who are skeptical of going Shampoo-Free altogether, it is a great first step. When she got home and used her New Wash for the first time, she texted me this:
That hair wash was the best thing ever.
Have you tried New Wash yet? Also, what is your favorite flower?
Here are some shots from a recent afternoon Foxglove Love Battle session that transpired in my neighborhood with two of my dear young muses, Birch and Cameron.
In a city without many empty lots left overgrown, I love this one lot that we chose to shoot at, to it’s fullest. It is like my own wild piece of countryside behind a white picket fence, old knotty apple trees, plants made lush and green by years of goat manure from the former homes previous owners, who were urban goat farmers and edible weed lovers.
Welcome to Foxglove City, please enjoy the photos:)
And lastly, this beautiful shot of the braids coming down ( The deconstruction shots are always best!)
Do you have a little secret garden around where you live? If you don’t, I encourage you to find one:)
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.
Firstly, a special mandala for the mamas, made with grasses and plants from the seashore.
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:)
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.
Our new gallery of ColorPrint Wearable Art Hair Pieces is now stocked. Check it out and find your power hair clip-in.
My favorite Poppies are blooming at my neighbors house, just in time for Mother’s Day.
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:)
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:)
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:)