Basic weaving, as I understand, works with a warp and a weft, the weft being the cross-fibers which run horizontally, and the warp being the fibers which run vertically.
Hair weaving, a recent experiment, involved me setting the warp hairs first, and then alternating my weft over under over under, all the way across, and then under over under over with the next weft. It was not very easy, required a lot of coordination and counting, and set me into a state of suspended meditation as I worked, in the cold evening air of early January on my patient model, Birch.
I was going with the process, no real attachment to the final look. All I knew was that I wanted to weave her hair like a cedar basket, and then decorate it with my newly made Rosehip Garland and hair pins. Check out this weaving video, as well as the Rosehip Garland DIY.
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Hello all! for today’s hair offering, I am sharing a hairstyle that seems like a pretty simple on, for all those out there who are intimidated or challenged by complicated braids.
The Tiny Empress Hairstyle is easily created with 5 simple braids, and one very long leafy vine from a bush that I have yet to identify…….It is a vine bush with sort of lacy small leaves, and long thin branches that is PERFECT for crown making and braiding into the hair because of it’s simple loveliness and flexibility. Anybody recognize the plant?
Also, want to mention……This hairstyle would be perfect for a flower girl /boy or a birthday girl/boy.
Here is how to get this look….
The Tiny Empress Braids
Part the hair vertically into 5 equal sections. The easiest way is to start with the center section, working your way outwards with 2 on each side.
For this tutorial, don’t worry about making your partings too precise…..Keep it simple.
Make a braid in the center section. Secure the ends with an elastic. Now make 4 more braids, as shown, securing the ends of each braid with a clear elastic.
Now take the 2 braids on either side of the bun, and criss cross them over the top of the bun. Stick a pin through the cross section.
Wrap the ends of either braid around the bottom of the bun, and tuck them under the bun and pin them.
Do the same with the last 2 outside braids…..Criss-cross, pin, wrap, tuck, pin.
To create the botanical adornment, take one or 2 very long vines of equal lengths. Find the center of the vines, and lay them across the front of the hairline, wrapping the ends around the back, crossing them above the bun, wrapping them down and around the bun and pinning them into the bun.
Welcome back, babes. We are just on an Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles bender here at HTHG, If you haven’t noticed. We just can’t seem to stop sticking things in our hair to celebrate the season. Thank you for bearing with us:)
This one is a sweet little braid, done on my daughter Marley. I felt very drawn to Hen and Chicks a few weeks back, when 2 friends of mine were due to give birth any minute. I kept seeing Hens and Chicks everywhere, or maybe noticing them for the first time because of the miracle of human multiplication that seemed to be happening all around me.
Witnessing childbirth is really magical because it is like the splitting if one soul and body, simultaneously, into 2. This creation of new life is also an extension of a universal life. This miracle also happens to be how the Hen and Chicks plant (Sempervivum) grow…… Sempervivum translates literally into Live Forever because these little plants propagate so quickly and bountifully, multiplying and extending the eternal mother life forever.
With this in mind, I give you….
Hen and Chicks Braids
Begin by finding a rock wall or hedge in your neighborhood. Look in the cracks to see if you can find Hen and Chicks growing. They are all over the place!
Carefully, by the base of the plant where the green connects to the root, pluck several hens and several chicks of different sizes. If you take them roots and all, you will be able to wear them in your hair, and then re-plant them when you are done!
To make your braid, flip your head upside down and start a fishtail braid in a small section of hair at the nape of the neck.
Braid about an inch and a half….. Now, add in hair to both sides, working your way from the base, upwards toward the top of your head.
(for reference, this braid is the Blood Eagle Braid in reverse;)
Continue fishtail braiding, adding in hair every inch and a half or so. Once you have added all your hair in, and your braid is at the top of your head, continue braiding to the end of the hair, then secure the end with an elastic.
Now, using hairpins, pierce gently through the roots of your Hen and Chicks, and pin them into your braid to adorn your crown. Have any friends who are about to give birth? Share this one with them, or do their hair for them with the Hen and Chicks Braid!
Welcoming the Winter Solstice calls for a special hairstyle adorned with winter plants. Today, as a part of our Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles series, we present Solstice Braids, adorned with black berries, pink daisies and ferns.
Before we begin the tutorial, here is a…
Small Solstice Ritual
Light a candle. Go outside. Ground yourself by standing on the earth, imagining roots growing from your feet into the ground and towards the earths molten center. Imagine white light and energy flowing from the core of the earth, up through your roots, your body, and out the top of your head.
Take a minute to cast a circle of protection around yourself, initiating your sacred space. Imagine a bubble that envelops the space around your body, where your energy and intention are sacred and contained.
Set an intention for the Winter. Mine is to be present and listen.
Call in the elements of each 4 directions, standing to face them as you welcome their offering. Face North to honor the Air we breath. East to the Earth which sustains us, South to the Fire which warms and ignites, and West to the Water which soothes and carries us.
Take some breaths of air, as you feel the ground. Watch the flickering flame of your candle, and take a sip of water to encorporate the elements physically into your being.
NOW, do your hair;)
For this hairstyle, begin by sectioning off the top half of your head, and creating 3 braids, side by side. Secure the ends of each braid, and then spend a little time deconstructing them to add some bulk and texture.
Now, take your 2 outside braids, and criss-cross them over the center braid. Pin them into place from underneath, so that the pin is hiding!
Now, loose-ly braid your 3 braids together.
Secure them together with an elastic.
Now split the remaining hair into 3, the ends of your first braids in the center. Braid the braids into another braid. Secure the end.
Now, wind this braid into a nice tight bun at the base of your head. Make it off center if you want to. Tuck the ends underneath and out of site, and pin your bun securely into place.
Decorate your hairstyle with winter plants, and take some time today to welcome the winter and all it brings.
Thanks to My Enthios Ceremonial Arts for the photo and the Inspiration. Check them out to find out more about the earth-based services they offer.
Hey babes! A few months back, I dyed some vintage handmade paper roses, using earth-based dye, as an experiment.
They turned out gorgeous, and I have been rocking them in my hair ever since!
I decided to feature them in the Free Your Hair Shop this holiday season, as a handmade gift option to inspire your friends and family to decorate adorn their heads, have fun with their hair, and honor themselves!
Secure the end with a clear elastic, then tuck your little end up and under, behind your braid. Use a bobby pin to secure the braid end underneath.
Now, create a second french braid along one side, picking up all the hair that falls from your top braid. Braid it towards the back, and secure the end with a clear elastic. Tuck and pin this end out of the way like you did the first.
Now create a third braid on the other side, securing tucking and pinning the end under.
Add blue roses for garnish, sticking them directly into and under your braids by their stems to decorate your hairstyle.