Wino braids.

IMG_8007Women have been unified for centuries by drinking wine together and doing each others hair. I’m just sure of it. It happens to be one of my favorite pastimes.

I like Malbec lately. It seems like a good, solid dry wine. None of that sweet fruity stuff. And, it has the bonus of turning my already small teeth into tiny purple tic-tacs which give off an

absolute gauge of exactly how much wine I have drunk (Wine Wipes, WHAT WHAT?!?)

Yes, I do have this problem. Am I alone?

Anyhow, during a fun night of laughing and wine and hair with my ladies, I have this braid to show you. It is called Wino Braids.

Let it be stated that Jules, my lovely friend who is rocking this braid, is not a wino. She is far from it. She just happens to enjoy the occasional glass of wine.

Wino Braids

wine, women, and braids

This hairstyle works best on 2nd or 3rd day medium length to long layered hair. Prep with a sea-salt spray for a bit of extra grip.


1. Start with a small lace braid one one side of a center part. Keep adding hair till you get to the crown, then stop adding and braid the free end. Secure with a small elastic.


2. Make another small lace braid the same way, just below the first one.


3. Wrap the end of the second braid forwards, into a flat spiral against the head. Tuck the end in, and pin the spiral into place.


4. Wrap the end of the first braid around the first spiral. Tuck the end in and pin it into place from several angles.


5. Starting on the other side of the head at the hairline, do a Dutch braid across the back and out the bottom on the opposite side. Secure the end with an elastic.

6. Take the braid end and pull it back across and under the dutch braid. Tuck in the end and pin it into place.

Now, If you drink enough wine and go to sleep with this hairstyle, you will likely wake up to it looking fresh and lovely!



#DIYhair Friday ends with a bang! Beauty and the braids.

7U6A4871Hi friends! This tutorial officially wraps up almost 2 solid years of DIY hair Fridays on HTHG. Don’t worry, though because I will still be sharing plenty of DIY hair tutorials, I will just be taking more time to develop each post SO the quantity is going down but the quality is going up.

This is a very exciting step for me, HTHG! I am taking this year, my 30th to narrow my focus and turn this blog into a career. You can expect some great DIY hair content, as well as some beautiful vintage and handmade items in the HTHG boutique, and natural hair and beauty products in the Shamphree shop!

This DIY hair Friday is about the beauty and simplicity of braids, and what we can do with the. Beauty and the Braids is a stunningly elegant and easy to do braided hairstyle. You will need medium to long hair, and curly girls, please don’t hesitate to rock out a beautifully soft curly version of this hairstyle.

7U6A4306And BTW, this hairstyle is perfectly finished off with one of Nikki Jacoby’s lovely hair combs, now available in the HTHG shop. And, I’m throwing in a bonus tutorial to show you yet another fun way to rock her combs. Can you tell that NJ is my favorite designer and my friend-sister yet?

Here is how to do the hair.


Beauty and the Braids

happy new year1. Start by making a diagonal part across the back of the head, from above the ear on the right side, to below the ear on the left. Section off the bottom with a clip.

2. Make a braid with the top section, on the left side.

3. Secure the end.

4. Make another braid on the bottom section.

5. Pull the braids apart to bulk them up.

6. Take the bottom braid and wind it into a bun, spiraling up and inwards, flat against the head. Pin the bun into place securely.

7. Take the top braid and wind it in the same direction around your bun making sure to guide your braid so that it lays flat on the head. This makes it look more intricate.

8. Pin the second braid into place, and be sure both braid tails are tucked in and pinned so that you can’t see them. Add a beautiful comb or brooch or clip to finish your Beauty and the Braids New Years hairdo.

Here is your bonus tutorial:)


Have a fantastic up-coming new year!

xoxoxoxoxoxoxox, HTHG

The simply stunning accent braid.



Nothing stuns like the simplicity of a perfectly deconstructed accent braid. Check out HTHG’s guest tutorial with Latest-hairstyles here.

BTW, this is the stunningly awesome Liz Lashes.


DIY hair Friday…..Waterfall braid.

waterfI momentarily hang my head in shame that with this post I appear to be following played out hair trends. That is not my goal as a human or an artist or a hairstylist. It is just that……..Well…….This braid is pretty. And it is a good one to know how to do because I want your braid tool bag to be full of every braid trick out the life!

Now my head is higher. Just had to puke that out onto cyber-paper.  I feel better now:)

Anyhow, waterfall braids are pretty. And you can do lot’s of different things with them. You can do double waterfall braids. You can do one on each side that meet in the middle. You can pair them with a pretty bun. Check out Hair romance for some gorgeous waterfall braid ideas:)

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.54.43 PMI also want to mention that this is a great braiding technique for shorter hair too. Check this one from Gala Darling!


Here is how to do a waterfall braid. You know how to do a french braid, right?waterfall












braidssss1. Start on one side with 3 pieces of hair. Begin braiding as you would a french braid.

2. When you get to the 2nd overlap coming from the underside of the braid up, drop the piece of hair and let it hang down.

3. Pick up a piece of hair that is roughly the same size next to the dropped section.

4. Braid that piece in. Continue doing this with every overlap from the bottom.

5. Work your way across the back of the head till you get to the other side. you can either stop your braid and secure it with a pin, or braid down the free end and secure with an elastic like in tutorial #2.


I urge you to get creative with the waterfall braid technique!



DIY Hair Friday NJ braid bun!

7U6A5184Happy DIY Hair Friday! I hope you are sufficiently full and satisfied. I know I am. To top off your holiday weekend of lazing about and eating and loving on your loved ones, here is a hairstyle from HTHG and NJ. It is a pretty deconstructed dutch braid bun featuring my favorite NJ comb. Here is how to do it.



nicvStart by doing a diagonal dutch braid. Secure the end with an elastic. Deconstruct your braid. Wrap your braid end inward into a loose bun.Tuck the tail in. Now either pin the bun into place with bobbies or use a hair comb to secure the look!

This holiday season, give the gift of beautiful hair. Buy yourself a handmade NJ hair comb from the HTHG shop. Check out this category for more HTHG and NJ hair comb ideas.


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