Braid Mask Tutorial

braid mask Hello my dears!

Looking forward to Halloween costuming and styling, we have a Braid Mask Tutorial here, as promised……Thanks to Zana Mala for Inspiration and the fierce concept of going beyond the braid to the Braided Mask.

The Braided Mask would be a great addition to a bird costume, owl costume, mosquito costume,  Mad Max inspired costume, or a generally cool empress costume.7U6A9576

To do this hairstyle, I had to do a bit of planning……I wanted a strategic smattering of interwoven braids that would leave her eyes showing, and I kind of, weirdly, wanted her to have a bird-like look with a sharp beak.

So, I planned on a french braid down each side, dropping out some pieces which would connect across her forehead like webbing, and then join together across her nose to form a beak.

I started by making a center part from the front of her head to the back. I sectioned out her bang section and clipped it aside, knowing that this would be the french braid which would join the 2 side braids, creating the spine and connecting the webbing of the braids.

I began with a braid on one side of her bang section, french braiding from the top, down the side of her head. When I reached her hairline around the temple area, I began to drop braid sections on the lower side of her braid, as seen in the ribcage braid technique.

I dropped 4 sections in a row from the lower side of her braid, then continued braiding down the free end, securing the very end with a small elastic.

I did the same thing on the other side.

Then, in the bang section, I started a french braid at the very top of it, and continued french braiding that small section.

Once I worked my way through that section, adding in all the hair, I continued braiding the free ends. After 3 overlaps of hair in the free ends, I began adding in my dropped sections from my side braids, one at a time in order, alternating. This created the webbed look as the sections were pulled across her forehead and included into her center braid. I continued that braid down the center of her face, to the ends. I secured the ends with a small elastic.

Now, with all the rest of the hair, I made 2 basic braids, one on each side of her head.

Then, I gathered the ends of all 5 braids at the tip of her nose, and ponytailed them together with a clear elastic. I removed the individual braid elastics, and combed the tail into a little beak.

Kind of awesomely strange, right?

Try a Braid Mask for Halloween this year, I double dare you.

xo, HTHG


The Paddle Braid

sarahannThis interesting braid is somewhere between Game of Thrones, and a beaver’s paddle-like tail. It is lovely and queenly in a slumpy sort of way……Odd, yet undeniably cool. The Paddle Braid is a different take on a classic french braid. It starts very low, and so the hair that gets added in continues all the way to the ends!

A Paddle Braid can be done on medium to long hair.

Today’s Bethefair hairstyle combines a paddle braid with a few accent braids to fancy it up a bit. Here is how we did it.sar

Begin by parting off both sides of the front of the head. Make a center part, and then bisect the center part with a part that goes over the top of the head from one ear to the other.

Make a braid on either side, all the way to the ends. Secure with a small elastic, and then deconstruct the braids a bit.

Now, take one braid and pull it across the back of the head, pinning it into place. Pull the other braid across the first braid, tucking and pinning the ends under the first braid. Add more pins as needed to secure your first two braids.

Now, beginning below your pinned braids, take a small section from the center of the hair that is down. Split it into 3 and begin to braid it.

Overlap 3 times, then start adding in a small bit of hair from either side as you overlap, as you would a classic french braid. Make sure you are using no tension at all when you add in your sections, but then make the braid itself nice and snug by overlapping with tension. This will create a tight and secure braid, with loose drape-y sides.

Work your way to the ends braiding hair in, then secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.

I promise you will be the only gal around with this hairstyle:) Enjoy!

xoxo, HTHG

The Jolene Braid Halo

7U6A4276Hello my dears! Today’s braid tutorial is called the Jolene Braid, because as I write this post, my daughters are singing Jolene by Dolly Parton at the tops of their little lungs, and I am thinking to myself If I ever have another daughter, I will name her Jolene. It is just a great name. I recommend listening to this legendary Dolly song while you braid your hair.

The Jolene Braid Halo, which actually consists of two fishtail braids, is demonstrated here on Brette Howard, at this Summer’s Oregon Country Fair.

It is a great hairstyle for shoulder length or longer hair, and can be done on curly hair, if you are good, patient braider:)

bretterbereHere is how to do it.

Starting with a center part, section off one side of the head, from the top of the head to the top of one ear.

Do a fishtail braid in that section. Braid till you get about 2-3 inches from the ends, then secure the end with a small elastic. Deconstruct your braid.

On the other side of the part, take a very small section of hair from the hairline, as if you were going to start a french braid. Begin fishtail braiding that small section. Once you have braided it about 2 inches, add some hair in from either side (as you would a french braid,) guiding your braid back and around your head.

Now, with your 2 fishtail braid sections which are slightly larger now, continue fish tail braiding. Once you have braided roughly another 3 inches, add hair to either side again, continuing to steer your braid around the head.

Continue your fishtail braid 3 more inches, and add in from either side again. Continue this pattern until your braid reaches the other side, right next to the first braid.

Braid to 2-3 inches from the ends, secure the end with a small elastic and then deconstruct your second braid.

Now, wrap your first braid around the front of your head, situating it either at the hairline or slightly behind, your choice. Tuck the end under the braid, and then pin the braid to the head with discreet bobby pins. Anywhere it feels loose, add more pins:)

Take your second braid and wrap it on top but slightly behind the first braid, so you can see both braids on the front of the head. Tuck the ends under the braid, and pin your second braid into place, trying to hide the pins as best you can.

Now, add flowers if you want, or just rock this gorgeous and complicated looking braid as-is…….Your hair will look tremendous from all angles.

Now don’t go stealing other women’s men with that hair, girl.

xo, HTHG


2 Easy Fair Hairstyles from #bethefair 2015

7U6A3533Hi babes! I’m here with a couple quick tutorials, in between posting for Filth and Beauty (blog officially launched!!!!!) conducting hair experiments, and hanging out with my kids.

Today, I’m pleased to share these hairstyles that I did at this years Oregon Country Fair, an event that is so dear to my heart that it gets it’s own HTHG category, #bethefair.

These hairstyles are both done on super dirty hair that is the perfect combination of greasy and dusty (Why we love festival hair so much;)

twistsThis first on, on Nikki, is just 2 french 2 strand twists, on either side of a center part. The ends are secured with clear elastics, and then one twist is pulled across to the other side and pinned under the twist, tail tucked out of the way.

The end of the second twist is rolled into a bun in the center, tail tucked under, and bun pinned securely and discreetly with bobby pins.

I love how the gorgeous texture of this twisted hairstyle, and how it looks with the contrast between her blonde hair and natural roots:)


This second hairstyle is just 2 dutch braids down a center part, situated close together. The ends are secured with elastics, and then the braids are deconstructed.

The end of one braid is pulled across and tucked under the other braid, pinned discreetly into place with bobby pins. The end of the second braid is pulled over the first braid, tail tucked under and pinned into place.

When camping or enjoying your Summer outdoors, longing for your hair to be pretty but out of your way, call upon these #bethefair hairstyles.

Hope y’al are enjoying yourselves!

xoxo, HTHG

Queer-ish Faux-mullet Viking -esque Braids

julsJules was in a hair pickle. She was feeling very depressed about how thick and long her hair is, how sweaty it made her in the Summer heat, and how it made her feel like a ‘desperate, horse-obsessed 7th grader.’

She was preparing to leave for a 7 week stint in Europe as an assistant guide for Rick Steves. She almost shaved the sides Skrillex-style, and then thought for a minute that she would have me pixie the sides and top and give her a legit Euro-mullet. She wanted a hairstyle that made her look slightly more queer. We settled on braids that gave her the mullet effect, with a fierce Queer Viking Maiden vibe.


Jules has great hair for styling because it is so thick and never too clean….(She is a ShamPHree babe, ) She and her magnificent hair brought us the Wino braid, the Viking braid, and also the Perfect 60’s Beehive and the Superbowl Hairnucopia.

Here is how we did it. Begin by checking out this post for a run-through of how to do cornrows.






We started by sectioning off the entire top of the head, wrapping it into a tight bun and clipping it out of the way. Then, I sectioned off the back of the head as well, so her entire mohawk strip down the center of her head was left out of the braids.

I made the temple’s the point to begin each parting for each of three small french braids, which radiated back, halfway to the back of her head.

The first sub-section braid parting was below the top section of the head, and I made sure to tightly bun and clip all the hair beneath it so as to have a well-defined bit of hair to braid. I started a small french braid at her temple, adding in tiny bits of hair from either side as I worked my way back, guiding the braid down the sub-section. When I reached the large back section of head and all the hair from my small side subsection was braided in, I continued the braid down the free ends of her hair, securing the tail with a clear elastic.

I made a second braid parting starting at the temple, and dividing the remaining side section of hair, straight back radially below the first braid. I clipped off all the hair below it to isolate the sub-section, and then I braided the second braid in the same manner as the first.

Then, I began a 3rd braid at the temple, french-braiding the remaining hair into it.

Repeat the 2 braids on the other side of the head.

A fun way to wear this ‘do is to back-comb the hair at the top of the head to get some tousled height, then tie the braids together 2 at a time across the back of the head!

This hairstyle is a great one for road trips and long travel stints because it dramatically cuts down on the amount of hair that hangs in your face, making it easier to get it all back, all while rocking those fierce braided sides. It is possible to DIY, but is a good one to have a braid-friendly pal help you with:)

Happy Summer!

xo, HTHG

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