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. Basically she wanted a hairstyle that made her look and feel 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

Fierce Braids #8……Mad Max Braids

7U6A9144Hey babes. Little post-apocolyptic braid-spiration today, in the form of a pulled-back triple-Ribcage Braid.

This braid is a part of a 3 part progression, so check this post out for the basic technique, and then this post for more clarification:)

Here is the tutorial in a nutshell……

To get the look, part off the top section of your hair in a half circle from one temple to the other. Thoroughly brush out the tangles.

mad maxNow, split the top section into 3 equal sized sections of hair, as if you were going to braid it. Clip off the outside sections so you can easily access the center section. Do a Ribcage Braid down this center section, dropping bits of hair every time you overlap.

Braid halfway to the ends of the hair, then secure the braid with an elastic or a bobby pin so it doesn’t un-ravel.

Now, begin a braid in the second section, beside your first braid. Overlap 3 times, and then begin adding in the dropped sections from your first Ribcage Braid. You will be adding the sections in to the inner side of your braid only, so every OTHER overlap. Continue braiding and adding in your first braid’s dropped sections. Continue braiding halfway down the to the ends.

Now with your final section of hair, begin a 3rd braid, and start adding in the dropped sections from the other side of the first braid, in the same manner as the second braid. Continue braiding and adding, halfway to the ends.

Now gather the ends of your 3 conjoined braids in the back of your head, and pin them together with bobbyy pins, in some kind of cool way like the one show, or you can check this post for more inspired bobby pin geometry.

xo, HTHG


PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

Hairstyle for the Lady Bartender, and Support a Great Cause.

7U6A3508Hello my dears! So much has happened since I last posted…..Whew! I’m glad I took the month of July of off work, which was a leap of faith and an impractical yet necessary move. I needed some time and space to spend time with my kids, play, travel, create, and incubate ideas.

After the Oregon Country Fair, a story about the Free Your Pits Movement broke in the New York Times, which was super cool and a real honor, and also a major press-navigating lesson for me and I was very grateful to have taken that time off to be able to manage it all, while still relaxing a bit in between phone calls, emails, and interviews.

Now, as I sit on the sleeping porch of a tiny cabin on Vashon Island while my kids wash the dishes and then eat pie out of a pan with a spoon, I have a chance to breath, go through photos, and write the first post and hair tutorial for our 2015 Bethefair series.

This first tutorial is dedicated to the Lady Bartender, who wants a quick dirty hair-style to rock while on the job. This tutorial is demonstrated by Brette Howard, my fair sister, who is among many other things…..A bartender.

Brette Howard is a great bartender. Besides the fact that she is a mega babe, Brette can ‘sell shit to a shitsalesman’ a self-directed quote that I can vouch for. A certain story that resonates is the one where she sold a White Russian made with her own breast milk to a drunk dude in a swank SF bar.

Where does Brette get her skills from? one might ask. The answer is, her father Joe Skyward, legendary LA musician and bartender at the Short Stop in Echo Park. The apple did not fall far from that tree.

Before I share a hair tutorial for the Lady Bartender, a ‘do that Brette invented and regularly rocks on the job, I want to mention something quite dear to my heart on behalf of Brette and her family.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.25.07 PMHer father, Joe, has cancer which has metastasized to many parts of his body, and Brette is busting her ass to raise money to help him pay bills, so that he can take time off to heal and rest and enjoy time with his nearest and dearest.  Please take a minute to visit their Gofundme page, the Joe VS the Volchemo, the Joe Skyward Cancer Fund.

If you are in the Seattle area, consider getting tickets to go see the Sky Cries Mary reunion show at Nuemos, which is a benefit for Joe. We will all be there, dancing and rocking out in honor of the Skyward/Howards and their noble battle of love.

With that said, here is the Braided Hairstyle for the Lady Bartender.

This hairstyle requires longer hair, so if you have it, rock it and if you are growing it out use this hairstyle as inspiration to keep growing:) If you are short-haired, never fear, we’ve got some hair tutorials coming your way.brujablanca

Begin by parting your hair across the back, from the top of one ear to top of the other.

Take all the hair in the top section and twist it together into a bun on top of the head. Secure the bun with bobby pins, (although we recommend using a Nikki Jacoby Hair Comb:)

Now in the bottom section, make a part down the middle, and do a braid on either side. Secure the ends with small elastics.

Now criss-cross the braids across the back, pulling them up and around your bun. Twist them around the bun in opposite directions, then tuck the tails underneath, and pin your braids into the base of your bun.

Now make that money, mama. Sell your breast-milk in a cocktail if you want. Work that hair, feed that family.

xoxo, HTHG




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