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

 

Queen of the Plants and my attempt at poetry.

7U6A9140Gray mist blurs line between land and sky, so thick you can hear it’s whisper.

Slick pavement, mud and moss. Creeping weeds emerge from concrete cracks, reclaiming their land among other living things.

Dew drops collect in palms of a cupped leaves, ready to race down veins and jump to safety in a wet grass carpet.

When the civilized world is willed to disappear, and all is quiet but the mist, the plants begin to speak in dialects you can almost understand. You are a queen in a foreign land of living green.

Hey babes. I wrote this little poem to try and illustrate how much joy I get from plants and the world of flora in general. There is nothing that brings me more peace and inspiration than walking in a quiet place and looking at, touching, smelling, chewing on, listening to plants. It is a literal orgy of sensation and beauty.

With that said, here is the last tutorial (sniff, sniff) from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles series.

We will bring the series back in the Spring, though. I am hoping that it will become a seasonal series that just keeps going and going.corrThis lovely hairstyle consists of a crown lace braid……Or in simpler terms, a french braid that goes around the head, adding hair in to only one side of the braid as you go. This is the difference between a regular french braid and a lace braid: When doing a french braid, you will add hair into your braid every time you overlap. In a lace braid, you add in to only one side. This creates a braid that is connected on one side but appears to be floating on the other. In the case of this hairstyle, you will add hair only to the under side of the braid (the bottom edge.)

1. Make a side part, and start your braid on the heavy side. Start with 3 braid sections, and begin adding in hair from the bottom as you braid down the side of your head.

2. Continue towards the back of the head, guiding the braid around the head. Don’t worry about it being messy or loose, it will look better that way!

3. Keep braiding towards the other side of the head. You should run out of hair to add in right around the temple.

4. Continue braiding down the free end of the braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic.

5. Now starting at the end of your braid, pull it apart from either edge. Work your way around the head, pulling apart the braid to widen it and rough it up a bit.

6. Now pull the end of your braid across the top of your head and tuck the end under the lace braid to hide it. Use several bobby pins to secure your braid to your head. Stick more pins in as needed.

Now, use sticks and leaves and berries to finish off your braid. Just stick them right in by their stems, and use bobby pins if you need to. Remember, you are queen of the plants today. You are wise to choose only plants that can spare foliage without causing harm, even forage from the ground. Be wild and free. Get it.

xoxo, Corrina and HTHG

Braid Wreath with Holly

7U6A8883Hey babes. To all who celebrate the season, merry everything! Here is a pretty braided bun with holly from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles series.

This is a very easy hairstyle that is festive and lovely and perfect for any merry eve. All you need is a couple of clear elastics, a 10 bobby pins, and some Holly cut from your neighbors bush, with a 2 inch stem, and several red berries if possible:)

holley Begin by parting the hair down the center, and making a braid on each side, as close to the middle part as possible.

Criss-cross the braids at the base, and stick in a discreet bobby pin to secure them.

Now wrap on e braid up and around so as to make a half of a circle.

Pin it into place as much as you need to so that it lays flat on the head.

Take the other braid and wrap it up and around in the opposite direction to complete the braid wreath.

Pin it into place.

Tuck the ends of the braids underneath each other to hide them, and pin them securely.

Now stick that holly directly into the base of the braid wreath, and pin it if needed. Don’t poke yourself!

Enjoy your day, thanks for being her, much love to you and yours:)

xo, HTHG

Braids and Ivy crown at the Gumwall

7U6A8681Hey babes. Here is hairstyle #3 from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series. It is basically 2 french braids that turn into fishtail braids, overlapped and pinned in the back and finished with a crown of Ivy. This is the hairstyle to get you in the festive spirit.

This shoot was fun because I got to hang out at the Pike Place Market on a gorgeous clear day with Nikki Jacoby, my sister wife who is also my favorite jewelry designer in the world. We shot this tutorial at the gum wall, which is a wall in an alley that is covered with chewed up gum. It smells like my childhood and looks like a psyhcadelic vortex.

For this look, you will want to forage a couple long strands of Ivy. They should be about 2 feet long each. Take one of them and wind it once around your head, then wind the end around the beginning so that it becomes a complete secure loop. Use your other 2 strands of Ivy to wind around the first one, until you have a crown. Tuck the ends into the wound stalk to secure them.7U6A8852

For the hairstyle, begin with a texture spray like Masterbraider to add some grip to your braids. It will help them stick, and keep them in place once they are in.nikki

Now part your hair down the middle. Begin a french braid down one side of the head.

Once you reach the base of the neck and have all the free hair braided in, gather all 2 braid sections into a ponytail and split it in half, so you have 2 sections instead of 3. Start a fishtail braid down the free ends of your french braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic, and pull the fishtail braid apart a bit to deconstruct it and give it some more texture.

Repeat all of this on the other side.

Now take a braid, and pull it across the back of the head, keeping it low so that it follows the curve of the head around the hairline. Tuck the end of it into the french braid on the other side, and pin it discreetly into the braid so as to hide the end and the pin. Add more pins discreetly to the wrapped braid, securing it into the head.

Take the second braid and pull it down and around the first one, overlapping it and tucking the ends into the braid on the other side. Pin this braid in securely as well.

Now pull at your lady parts to soften the look, and put on your Ivy crown. Rock this do’ to your company party, and drink a little bit ( or a lot) too much wine.

xoxoxo, HTHG

 

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