Fierce Braids 3, The Blood Eagle Braid.

7U6A2286bloodeagleHi babes. Welcome to the 3rd installation of the HTHG Fierce Braids
Series. This hairstyle is a modern and fierce take on a classic french braid, but with a herringbone/fishtail technique.


I called it the Blood Eagle Braid because it resembles a rib-cage, and that makes me think of a particularly gruesome episode of Vikings that made me almost have to stop watching the show forever.


So, channeling our inner imaginary Fierce Norse Warrioress, let’s break down the Blood Eagle Braid. This one works best on long hair, but can definitely be done on medium length hair. Some texture spray will help you control the braid, and as always with herringbone braids, the smaller sections you use for your overlaps, the cooler it will look in the end (and the longer it will take to do!)


Begin by sectioning out a bit of hair along the front hairline to start your braid. Split it in half, and start a fishtail braid by taking a bit of hair from one side, and overlapping it to the other side, then doing the same thing on the other side. Make sure to keep a firm grip on each side as you work.. (here for more in depth how-to of a fishtail braid:)


When your fishtail braid is a few inches long, add in hair to either side of the braid, as you would with a french braid. Maintain your 2 braid sections, now made bigger by the addition of hair from either side. Begin fishtail braiding again with your bigger sections.


After the second segment of your braid gets to be a few inches long, add more hair to each side again, and then continue fishtail braiding with your now-even-larger sections.


Continue your fishtail braid for a few inches, then add more hair to either side. Continue with this pattern until you have added all the hair in, and you reach the nape of the neck. Then continue fishtail braiding halfway down the ponytail.


Gather the ends into a small elastic, and then take a small piece of hair and wrap it around the elastic to hide it. Pull the end through the elastic, behind the braid.


Do you feel like a queen? I certainly hope so.

BTW, herringbone=fishtail. Also, I almost called this braid the Herring-Boner because it looks so cool, it gives me a non-sexual female braid-boner.

xoxox, HTHG

Easy Short Hair Style, Possible Man Braid Idea?

Hey babes. Here is a quick and simple DIY braid for shorter haired peeps, that I shot with my sister a while back.

This is a hairstyle that you can’t go wrong with, and I honestly wish to see more dudes with this ‘do in the near future. Obviously, for chicks it is a no brainer, but as a transitional hairstyle for all you Man-Buns out there???? Do it!brook 2

You will need 2 clear elastics, and several bobby pins.

Begin by spraying your hair down with a texture spray like Masterbraider, for serious grip and braid control.

Now part your hair down the center. Starting at the front hairline on one side, do a simple french braid down the back of that side. The texture spray is the key to getting those shorter hairs to stay in your braid! Trust me on this one.

Secure the end of your little braid with a clear elastic.

Now repeat on the other side.

Pull the ends of one braid over to the base of the other, and pin it discreetly underneath, securing it to the head. Pull the other braid over the first, tuck the end under the base of it, and pin it discreetly and securely.

SO easy, I feel like I shouldn’t even be telling you how to do it;)

Here for more short hairstyle ideas………

Even shorter hair?

xoxo, HTHG

More Fierce Braids for Viking Babes

7U6A6434A while back, I had the pleasure of shooting photos and playing with the hair of two beautiful and very nordic-looking babes, Birch and Cameron. They brought the fierce to the shoot, and I brought the camera and the sweaters. They demonstrated some incredible cool Viking Warrioress-inspired hairstyles.

This second one is from a feature series that I am calling Fierce Braids, which will be running through the late Winter/Spring at HTHG. The purpose of this feature is to show you the possibilities that come with basic braiding if you use your imagination and channel the fierceness of warrior women who fought battles and raised children at the same time. Hopefully, you will find a bit of strength and inspiration to get you through till Spring:)

This Viking Hairstyle involves making 2 small accent braids on one side, scrunching them, and pinning them to the head. The effect is a very intricate looking mess of braids that looks difficult to do but is actually super easy!

viking braidsTo begin with, take a small section of hair from one side of the front hairline, above the ear. Divide it into 3 subsections, and make a braid all the way to the ends. At the end, separate out the center sub-section of your braid and pinch it between the fingers In your non-dominant hand. with your dominant hand, take the two outter subsections of your braid and pinch them between your fingers.

Now holding the braid down tightly with your non-dominant hand, pull the two pinched sub-sections with the other hand up towards the base of the braid, scrunching the braid up along the center section.

Flip the scrunched braid back against your head, and pin it into place discreetly. Make sure your pin straddles all 3 braid subsections to secure them so the scrunched braid doesn’t unravel!

If you want to, you can repeat these steps on another braid below the first one, and pin it back as well.

Want more Inspo? Click Here for more Viking Hair.


xoxo, HTHG

Fierce Braids, a HTHG Feature Series.

7U6A2121 7U6A2122Hi dears! A new series is happening here at HTHG, and it is inspired by Fierce Lady Nordic Warriors, and how their hair would have looked, (according to my imagination;)

All the hairstyles in this series are based on simple braids, but with some exciting and super easy embellishments. Me thinks you will be in for some unexpected DIY hairstyling surprises!

Check out the first tutorial from this awesome series over at Hairromance, and be on the lookout for the rest of them which will be published exclusively here at HTHG!

Here for more Viking Hair for Fierce Babes.

xoxo, HTHG

The Victoria Chignon

nixHello dears! Here is a pretty little hairstyle for those of you who like a braid and a bun, but want a little more volume and poof to it. This hairstyle is a great one for dirty, 3rd or 4th day hair, as it looks great with some messy texture.

The Victoria Chignon can be done on medium to long hair. For best results, the hair should be prepped with hair powder to soak up a bit of oil from the roots and add a bit more volume.

To begin with, use a boar bristle brush to gently back-comb the underside of the top section of the hair. This will build some volume.

Smooth the hair back over the back combing.

Begin a loose french braid at the front hair line.

Pull hair from the smooth surface, leaving the backcombed hair underneath undisturbed. The braid will sit lightly on top of the poof that you created!

Braid to the center of the back of the head, then use a bobby pin to secure the braid into the head, leaving the rest of the hair falling free straight down the back.

Gather all the rest of the hair into a loose ponytail, and begin to twist it from the base to the ends.

Wind the hair into a loose bun, tucking the end into the base.

Use large bobby pins to secure the bun to the head. Now pull some soft pieces down around your face to finish the ‘do.

7U6A2345This hairstyle looks gorgeous with a Nikki Jacoby hair comb to hold it in place, btw.

Enjoy! xo, HTHG


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