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.

IMG_8396 IMG_8395Fill 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.

IMG_8394Cover 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.

 

Invitation to see Insta-hair on HTHG’s Instagram.

Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.05.18 PM Screen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.05.04 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.04.47 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.04.24 PMScreen Shot 2014-02-01 at 12.05.46 PMHi 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.

Also, I want to see your DIY hair and ShamPHree hair so use #shamphree and #hthg to share with us and I will probably repost you. Also, check out the hashtag of my heart and soul here.

xoxoxoxoxox HTHG

Vikings, Viking hair and the Vikey-tail

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.34.13 PMSo 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.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.09 PMAccording 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.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.03 PMWomen 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

 

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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.

 

 

The ShamPHree Diaries.

ShamPHReeLast summer, I brought you the ShamPHree Summer Series to help inspire your ShamPHree journey. This fall, we did the #bethefair interviews.  It has been really fun to be able to share these photos and stories of people who and getting free.

I am endlessly inspired by your ShamPHree hashtagged photos that I see on Instagram. Every day, more and more people are sharing their beautiful #shamphree selves with the world and I love the excitement that is building around the notion that by freeing your hair, you are freeing yourself.

Now that it is winter, and my outdoor lifestyle photography opportunities are slim, I am putting together another ShamPHree series for you…..This one is called The ShamPHree Diaries. It is a very human look at people who have free-ed themselves and their hair, and why they are loving their ShamPHree lives.

This series is open to anyone who wants to participate. Here is how……..Send me a photo of you and your ShamPHree hair. My email is howtohairgirl@gmail.com

Write up answers to the following questions.

1. How long have you been ShamPHree?

2. What inspired your ShamPHree journey?

3. What was the transition period like?

4. What changes did you notice in your hair?

5. What is your favorite part about your ShamPHree life?

6. Think of ShamPHree beyond just hair……Living a life that is free of shams. What is your next step towards a ShamPHree lifestyle?

7. Tell me the basics on your life…..Where do you live, what is your personal mantra, what does your dream life look like? Tell me a couple random and interesting facts about yourself.

I will post your ShamPHree diary entries on the blog to promote you as a ShamPHree human in any way possible…..( links to your website, blog, etc) and to help inspire others in their ShamPHree lives. Ready?????? GO!

I am so excited to see what you come up with!

BTW, ShamPHree starter kits and products are now available in the HTHG ShamPHree Shop. Get yours today and Free Your Hair!

xoxo, HTHG

 

My brother’s awesome Ghanaian wedding, and fixing a ducktail.

I attended my brother Jack’s wedding last weekend. It was a wedding ceremony performed by his brides family, the Acquayes. They are a charming and wonderful Ghanaian family who know how to laugh, cook, eat, dance, and party. I love my sister-in-law, and was really glad to meet her family.

I was also excited to see what kind of cool hairstyles I would encounter at the after-party, and I was not at all disappointed. Lots of natural hair, curls, kinks,braids, twists, itty-bitty afros, locks, beautiful hair all around. I was mostly inspired by how interesting some of the shorter hair styles were.

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7U6A8666Before the wedding, I cut my brother’s hair. He has coarse, curly thick hair and he wanted to try something different. His hair was a bit longer then usual so I was able to do a little hipster hangover, using shear-over-comb on the sides to get it nice and short. I cut the edges sharp and precise to polish the look up. It really worked on his curls! He looked like a total stud. 7U6A8357 7U6A8359

Also while I was there, I cut my sister’s hair. She is 8 months pregnant and growing out a cute pixie cut. I took a couple pics to demonstrate how I took care of her duck- tail

 

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A duck-tail is the inevitable floppy mullet that happens in the back of a growing out pixie. I basically treated it like a tiny little shlob. It looked so much better. I bet it will make birthing easier to not have a duck-tail. I can’t wait till I have a baby nephew. I’m hoping to be with her and her husband for the birth! San Francisco here I come!

Yay for weddings and new babies in the family!

7U6A8458Also, want to know my go-to 5 minute wedding up-do? It is this one, done on beautifully thick asian hair. Here is the tutorial for it.

 

xo, HTHG

 

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