Half-Up Braided Halo for Long Hair.

birchy haloHi honeys. Here is a pretty little half-up braided halo that I did on Birch’s beautiful long hair.

Here is how to do it:

Make 2 braids, on on each side, towards the back of the head and pretty high up. Fljp the braids up and tie them once, so that the ends hang down the opposite side. Stick a couple pins in there, where the braids feel loose. Be sure to pin the sides, where the braid ends overlap the opposite braid.

Take the ends of the braids, pull them up and overlap them across the top of the head again. Add more pins as needed.

Now take the ends of your braids, and tuck them in and under your braid halo, so that they are hidden. Add more pins as needed. Your braids should look like a mix between a halo and a french chapeau:)

Let the rest of your hair hang wild and free.

xoxoxox, HTHG

Floral Hat Band and the Traditional Lei

7U6A2027Hello darlings. How are you all? Surrounded by flowers, I hope;)

A few weeks back, my flower loving designer pal Corrina brought me back a Lei needle from Hawaii, homeplace of the art of traditional Lei making. It got me thinking about stringing flowers and plants together with a needle and thread, to make flower crowns, floral necklaces, and……..Hat Bands? It was time to experiment.

This is Corrina with a Lei made of Hawaiian Pussy Willows. Gorg, right?

I spent several hours last week foraging plants and playing with flowers in my studio. What came out of it was a killer Floral Hat Band, and a million and one more ideas for using a needle and thread to make beautiful floral adornment.7U6A1996

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a Floral Hat Band in the Lei tradition, with foraged flowers, a needle, and thread. Get yourself a Lei needle to make it easier to string, or you can just use a regular needle and thread. I used white nylon thread for this tutorial.

A note about foraging flowers……..

Lei’s require foraging in the native forests, collecting seeds, pods, vines and flowers. The wise lei maker who is perpetuating the continuation of a culture and a lost art, must keep in mind the damage of foraging as well as the interruption of the natural cycle of these plants. It is important to cause as little damage as possible to the area and to restock when possible. –Angelfire.com

7U6A2004That said, find flowers that are sturdy and bountiful, and cut off their stems.

Thread your needle with your thread double-d over, and tie a knot at the end, leaving a tail about 2 feet long.7U6A2006

Begin threading your flowers, gently through the strongest point at their base. Keep adding them in whatever order you want, using flowers as well as greenery.

7U6A2013Keep your hat nearby to measure when you need to. Add flowers until your floral band has reached a length that can be tied snuggly around your hat. 7U6A2030

Wear your floral hat around, letting it wilt over time. Rock it all Summer long, swapping it out for a new one when petals  begin dropping.7U6A2209

xoxox, HTHG

Easy Short Hair Braids.

brookHiya babes. Here is yet another cute shortie hairstyle, this time with some messy little braids that are all tucked into themselves.

This hairstyle is for chin-length to shoulder-length hair, and is perfect for a Spring day spent outside in the wind.

As always, begin with a spritzing of sea-salt texture spray to ensure grip and make those braids stay. It really does make braiding short hair much easier:)

Part your hair across the back of your head, from the top of on ear, straight across to the top of the other.

Beginning on the top section, on your right side, start a dutch braid and guide it straight across the back of the head. Once you have added all the hair in from the section, continue your braid to the ends and secure with a clear elastic.

Now take the end of your braid, and roll it back toward the right, flat against the head, tucking in the tail. This will create a bitty little braid bun of sorts. Pin your bun into place, snugg-ly underneath your dutch braid.

On the underneath section of hair, do a dutch braid that begins on the left side and goes across the back of the head on the opposite direction, adding in all the rest of the hair. Braid to the end, and secure with a small clear elastic. Now roll the end of your braid back in the opposite direction, flat against the head. Tuck in the end, and pin your little flat braid bun into place, snugg-ly under your second braid.


xoxox, HTHG

Fierce Braids #5: The Marry Yourself Bun.

7U6A2513Years ago, I brought you the Infinity Braid Bun. Today, we improve on it for the Fierce Braids Feature #5. The hairstyle to wear when you marry yourself, If that is your path.

bigbunThis beautiful and complex looking bun is made up of 2 braids and 2 french braids, spiraled around each other and pinned into one big braid-bun. It is best done on medium long to very long hair. You will need 4 clear elastics, and 10 long straight pins.

I recommend starting off with nice dirty 3rd day hair, and a spray-down with a sea-salt texture spray like Masterbraider for extra control and grip.

To begin with, section off the front half of the head, by making a parting that goes from behind one ear across the top of the head and behind the other ear. Split the section in two with an deep side part.

Now starting on one side of the part at the front hairline, do a french braid back towards the top of the ear. Once you have added in all the hair from that section, braid the free end all the way down to the ends of your hair, and secure with a small clear elastic:)

Repeat this on the other side of the part, so you have a french braid on either side.

Now, you will move to the back of the head. Split the entire rest of the hair into 2 sections horizontally, from the top of each ear straight across the back. Braid each section tightly and secure with a clear elastic.

Beginning with the upper braid in the back section, wind it gently into a bun against the head. Tuck the end under the braid. Use as many pins as you need to secure the bun to the head. Check out this post if you need help:)

Take the lower braid from the back section and wind it around the bun in the same direction. Pin it securely into place.

Now take the smaller of the two french braids and wind it back around the bun, pinning it into place and hiding the ends  under the bun.

Take your last braid and wind it around the bun in the OPPOSITE direction. Hide the tail, and pin the braid into place.

Add more pins as needed.

Now, go get married or something with your super fancy pretty braid bun:) Did you know that you can marry yourself? Here is how.

Fierce Braids #4: And what PMS feels like.

7U6A2382Black Cloak BraidsDo you ever have days where you feel 100% off your game and you can’t focus and your mind appears to be slipping between layers and dimensions of time and space without your control? I am having one of those days today. Technically you can call it PMS but I prefer to think of it as a mystical state of womanhood that goes way beyond my monthly cycle.

I am supposed to be writing an article for Huffington Post about ‘Taking Back Your Beauty!” which I am actually really excited about…….but…….today is just not the day. It’s a self-imposed deadline anyway.

I feel incredibly nostalgic all of a sudden, missing my slowed-down country life. Maybe I will pick up a copy of Architecture of the Arkansas Ozarks, a great book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Donald Harrington. Check him out if you want a mystically sordid and juicy look at rural Ozark life.

But first, I will tell a little story.

In Arkansas, outside of the little Ozark town that I lived in for 7 years, there was an old road called Black Oak Road.

To me, this road was shrouded in mystery. It may have been because it had such a powerful cool name. It also could have been the haunted folklore that went along with the area, or maybe just the stark rural-ness of it.

Black Oak Road was a 10 minute bike ride from my house, and it shocked me to see how quickly the townie landscape turned to deep country. Where the pavement turned to gravel on Black Oak Road, time slowed way down, and all the sudden I found myself in a past century altogether.

I tell this story because I picture a girl with these featured fierce braids living in an old stone house on Black Oak Road.

Here is how to do the Black Oak Braids.

Remember lace braids? Where you french braid the hair, but you only add hair in on one side instead of both sides? This hairstyle is just essentially 2 lace braids. Super-duper easy. That has been the theme with the Fierce Braids Series……Hairstyles that look complicated but are actually quite simple to do:)

The Black Oak Braids are best done on medium to long hair, and I always recommend using a sea-salt texture spray before embarking on a braid. Masterbraider is my favorite, and you can get it here:)

Begin by parting the hair down the center.

Starting one one side of the front hairline, begin a braid as if you were going to french braid the side. When you begin adding in hair, only add it from above the braid, not from the hairline side. So you are adding in hair every other overlap.

As you add hair in, guide your braid straight downward. The braid itself should fall against the face, unattached on the hairline side.

Your last add-in section should be a vertical parting that lays roughly behind your ear. Then, stop adding hair in and braid your way down the free end of your section. Stop a couple inches from the ends, and secure with a clear elastic.

Now repeat these instructions on the other side.

Once you have completed both braids, overlap them across the back of your head.

From underneath, stick a large bobby pin through the braids and secure them to the head. Let the ends hang free.

Channel a mystical woman from a forgotten time. And be easy on yourself. Take time when you need it. Eat a cookie or somethin’ if you want.

BTW, in trying to explain what ‘PMS’ is like to my Jonny, here is as far as I got.

Imagine that you haven’t slept well in days, and you accidently lock yourself inside an old phone booth. You are sweating and on the verge of panic. From inside the phone booth, everything sounds grating and harsh. The smell offends your senses. You can see out, but it is blurry because the window-ed walls are scratched up and all scuffed so nothing is very clear. You know that people can see you in there, but they can’t hear what you are saying, so they assume that you are

A. a crazy person


B. Just fine and don’t need their help.

You rationally know that you will get out of there in one piece but you can’t logically form a plan of escape. So you just breathe and wait for it to end and try not to make any sudden movements.

Anyone out there have a more positive way of framing PMS? Please share.

If you don’t experience PMS symptoms consider yourself either lucky or out of touch with your body……….But just WAIT till you have children. If you plan on not having children, that is great, you will miss out on an insane rollercoaster ride of hormones. Power to ya, either way 😉 Fist bump.

xoxoxox, HTHG

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