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


Beauty Berry and Fir Braids.

Beauty berry and firHi babes! Welcome to hairstyle #2 in the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series.

This one is a charming little half-up hair do featuring scrunched braids, with foraged Beauty Berries and greenery from a Douglas Fir.

This hairstyle is best done on medium to long hair. You can use whatever greenery and berries you can find around your neighborhood for it.

To begin with, spray your hair down with a texture spray like this one. BTW, after working with Masterbraider wave spray, Corrina the lovely model in this tutorial said……

“This Masterbraider is the product I’ve been waiting for my whole life. My hair feels so thick and looks amazing!”

Glad you love it, lady. It really is magic for fine and slippery hair.

Prepare your greenery by cutting it into small pieces that can easily be pinned into the hair.

Begin the hairstyle by criss-crossing 4 bobby pins in the very back of your head. This will give you something to pin the berries and fir and braids into;)

Use bobby pins to pin in your plants securely to your criss-cross pins. Keep adding plants until your arrangement looks balanced and pretty without being to big or heavy.

Now, on one side of your head, take a large section of hair, including all the hair from your hairline, and make a braid. Once you reach the ends, pinch 2 of the strands from your 3 strand braid between the fingers on your dominant hand, while pinching the 3rd strand between the fingers of your other hand.

7U6A8964Holding the one strand in place, pull your 2 strands upward towards the base of the braid, scrunching it towards the head. It will create a cool looking braid that you may never knew existed. Well now, on your head, it officially does;)

Now, gather your 2 short strands in with your one long strands, and adjust the braid so that it is long enough to reach across to the back of the head, with an inch or so to spare. Pin the braid into your criss-crossed pins, covering the pins that secure the berries and fir.

Repeat this on the other side. Pin your second braid over the first one, covering any bobbies, and pinning into the criss-cross pins, not across the top of the braid. The key is to hide those pins as well as you can.

Voila! Perfect hair for your upcoming Solstice Party.

xoxo, HTHG


French Braided Pony with Maple Leaves.

7U6A6358This is the first hairstyle from the HTHG Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series!

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In the Fall and Winter, our sidewalks are littered with dead leaves. We can smell their earthy smell when they get ground into puddles on the pavement after it rains, and we track them across our living room floor when we forget to take off our boots.

There is a quick window of time when they are fresh and vibrant and on the ground and not softening into brown soil in the mud. If you are lucky enough to live close to a maple tree, go see if you can forage some leaves for this tutorial. There just might still be fresh and pretty ones on the ground. For this tutorial we used leaves from a Japanese maple tree. If you can’t find good leaves, use some other pretty foraged greenery to decorate your braid;)

french braided ponyThis hairstyle is best done on longer hair, as there must be a long-ish ponytail available to braid.

Start with a low side pony, secured with an elastic.

At the base of the ponytail, take 3 small sections of hair, and begin a french braid at the top of the ponytail.

Continue adding in small sections of hair as you work your way down the tail. It is just a french braid! Nothing fancy;)

When you get to the end, secure it with a clear elastic.

Now, remove the elastic at the top, and loosen and widen the braid a bit by pulling at it from the edges.

Stick foliage into the braid by the stem, pull them through as far as you can. If you can, tuck the stem under a bit of hair behind the braid, to snag it into place.

xoxo, HTHG

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