Queer-ish Faux-mullet Viking -esque Braids

julsJules was in a hair pickle. She was feeling very depressed about how thick and long her hair is, how sweaty it made her in the Summer heat, and how it made her feel like a ‘desperate, horse-obsessed 7th grader.’

She was preparing to leave for a 7 week stint in Europe as an assistant guide for Rick Steves. She almost shaved the sides Skrillex-style, and then thought for a minute that she would have me pixie the sides and top and give her a legit Euro-mullet. Basically she wanted a hairstyle that made her look and feel slightly more queer. We settled on braids that gave her the mullet effect, with a fierce Queer Viking Maiden vibe.

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Jules has great hair for styling because it is so thick and never too clean….(She is a ShamPHree babe, ) She and her magnificent hair brought us the Wino braid, the Viking braid, and also the Perfect 60’s Beehive and the Superbowl Hairnucopia.

Here is how we did it. Begin by checking out this post for a run-through of how to do cornrows.

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We started by sectioning off the entire top of the head, wrapping it into a tight bun and clipping it out of the way. Then, I sectioned off the back of the head as well, so her entire mohawk strip down the center of her head was left out of the braids.

I made the temple’s the point to begin each parting for each of three small french braids, which radiated back, halfway to the back of her head.

The first sub-section braid parting was below the top section of the head, and I made sure to tightly bun and clip all the hair beneath it so as to have a well-defined bit of hair to braid. I started a small french braid at her temple, adding in tiny bits of hair from either side as I worked my way back, guiding the braid down the sub-section. When I reached the large back section of head and all the hair from my small side subsection was braided in, I continued the braid down the free ends of her hair, securing the tail with a clear elastic.

I made a second braid parting starting at the temple, and dividing the remaining side section of hair, straight back radially below the first braid. I clipped off all the hair below it to isolate the sub-section, and then I braided the second braid in the same manner as the first.

Then, I began a 3rd braid at the temple, french-braiding the remaining hair into it.

Repeat the 2 braids on the other side of the head.

A fun way to wear this ‘do is to back-comb the hair at the top of the head to get some tousled height, then tie the braids together 2 at a time across the back of the head!

This hairstyle is a great one for road trips and long travel stints because it dramatically cuts down on the amount of hair that hangs in your face, making it easier to get it all back, all while rocking those fierce braided sides. It is possible to DIY, but is a good one to have a braid-friendly pal help you with:)

Happy Summer!

xo, HTHG

Fierce Braids #8……Mad Max Braids

7U6A9144Hey babes. Little post-apocolyptic braid-spiration today, in the form of a pulled-back triple-Ribcage Braid.

This braid is a part of a 3 part progression, so check this post out for the basic technique, and then this post for more clarification:)

Here is the tutorial in a nutshell……

To get the look, part off the top section of your hair in a half circle from one temple to the other. Thoroughly brush out the tangles.

mad maxNow, split the top section into 3 equal sized sections of hair, as if you were going to braid it. Clip off the outside sections so you can easily access the center section. Do a Ribcage Braid down this center section, dropping bits of hair every time you overlap.

Braid halfway to the ends of the hair, then secure the braid with an elastic or a bobby pin so it doesn’t un-ravel.

Now, begin a braid in the second section, beside your first braid. Overlap 3 times, and then begin adding in the dropped sections from your first Ribcage Braid. You will be adding the sections in to the inner side of your braid only, so every OTHER overlap. Continue braiding and adding in your first braid’s dropped sections. Continue braiding halfway down the to the ends.

Now with your final section of hair, begin a 3rd braid, and start adding in the dropped sections from the other side of the first braid, in the same manner as the second braid. Continue braiding and adding, halfway to the ends.

Now gather the ends of your 3 conjoined braids in the back of your head, and pin them together with bobbyy pins, in some kind of cool way like the one show, or you can check this post for more inspired bobby pin geometry.

xo, HTHG

 

PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

Hairstyle for the Lady Bartender, and Support a Great Cause.

7U6A3508Hello my dears! So much has happened since I last posted…..Whew! I’m glad I took the month of July of off work, which was a leap of faith and an impractical yet necessary move. I needed some time and space to spend time with my kids, play, travel, create, and incubate ideas.

After the Oregon Country Fair, a story about the Free Your Pits Movement broke in the New York Times, which was super cool and a real honor, and also a major press-navigating lesson for me and I was very grateful to have taken that time off to be able to manage it all, while still relaxing a bit in between phone calls, emails, and interviews.

Now, as I sit on the sleeping porch of a tiny cabin on Vashon Island while my kids wash the dishes and then eat pie out of a pan with a spoon, I have a chance to breath, go through photos, and write the first post and hair tutorial for our 2015 Bethefair series.

This first tutorial is dedicated to the Lady Bartender, who wants a quick dirty hair-style to rock while on the job. This tutorial is demonstrated by Brette Howard, my fair sister, who is among many other things…..A bartender.

Brette Howard is a great bartender. Besides the fact that she is a mega babe, Brette can ‘sell shit to a shitsalesman’ a self-directed quote that I can vouch for. A certain story that resonates is the one where she sold a White Russian made with her own breast milk to a drunk dude in a swank SF bar.

Where does Brette get her skills from? one might ask. The answer is, her father Joe Skyward, legendary LA musician and bartender at the Short Stop in Echo Park. The apple did not fall far from that tree.

Before I share a hair tutorial for the Lady Bartender, a ‘do that Brette invented and regularly rocks on the job, I want to mention something quite dear to my heart on behalf of Brette and her family.

Screen Shot 2015-07-22 at 7.25.07 PMHer father, Joe, has cancer which has metastasized to many parts of his body, and Brette is busting her ass to raise money to help him pay bills, so that he can take time off to heal and rest and enjoy time with his nearest and dearest.  Please take a minute to visit their Gofundme page, the Joe VS the Volchemo, the Joe Skyward Cancer Fund.

If you are in the Seattle area, consider getting tickets to go see the Sky Cries Mary reunion show at Nuemos, which is a benefit for Joe. We will all be there, dancing and rocking out in honor of the Skyward/Howards and their noble battle of love.

With that said, here is the Braided Hairstyle for the Lady Bartender.

This hairstyle requires longer hair, so if you have it, rock it and if you are growing it out use this hairstyle as inspiration to keep growing:) If you are short-haired, never fear, we’ve got some hair tutorials coming your way.brujablanca

Begin by parting your hair across the back, from the top of one ear to top of the other.

Take all the hair in the top section and twist it together into a bun on top of the head. Secure the bun with bobby pins, (although we recommend using a Nikki Jacoby Hair Comb:)

Now in the bottom section, make a part down the middle, and do a braid on either side. Secure the ends with small elastics.

Now criss-cross the braids across the back, pulling them up and around your bun. Twist them around the bun in opposite directions, then tuck the tails underneath, and pin your braids into the base of your bun.

Now make that money, mama. Sell your breast-milk in a cocktail if you want. Work that hair, feed that family.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

Fierce Braids #7, 2-Way Braid-Turban

7U6A8809 Hey babes! How are ya’ll?

Today, I am excited to FINALLY share a hairstyle that I have been dreaming about and trying to create for years. I wanted to make a braid that draped the head like a hat and looked like a woven basket…..But I wanted to do it in a way I could translate to you all so that you can rock this do when you feel so inspired.

Ladies and gents, I give you the 2-way Braid Turban! finished turb

This hairstyle uses the Ribcage Braid method, so please practice up your technique because the Braid Turban is not for the faint of heart. You need long hair for this one, so to my shorter hair sisters…..Hang in there. Your hair will get there, just keep growin it and showin it and taking good care of it and in the meantime, let hairstyles like this one inspire you to play!turbie

You will need an assortment of large and small bobby pins and some heavy-duty hairpins llike these Amish Made Heavy Duty Steel Straight Hair Pins from Mennonite Maidens
(if you have thick/heavy hair), and 2 clear elastics for this hairstyle.

To get the look, part your hair down the center of your head. Thoroughly brush out the tangles.

Now, split one side of your head into 3 equal sized sections of hair, as if you were going to braid it. Clip off the outside sections so you can easily access the center section. Do a Ribcage Braid down this center section, dropping bits of hair every time you overlap.

Braid halfway to the ends of the hair, then secure the braid with an elastic or a bobby pin so it doesn’t un-ravel.

Now, take one of the remaining 2 sections from the same side of your head, and begin a braid next to your first one. Overlap 3 times, and then begin adding in the dropped sections from your first Ribcage Braid. You will be adding the sections in to the inner side of your braid only, so every OTHER overlap. Continue braiding and adding in your first braid’s dropped sections. Clip off the end of this braid at the same length to keep it from unraveling.

Now with your final section of hair, begin a 3rd braid, and start adding in the dropped sections from the other side of the first braid, in the same manner as the second braid. Continue braiding and adding, halfway to the ends.

Now, un-clip your first two braids, and take the ends of all 3 braids and braid them together all the way to the ends. Secure with a clear elastic.

Repeat entirely on the other side of your head. Yep, that is right. This one might take a while, but it is worth it. 7U6A9039

At this point, this is the braidsanity that should be happening on your head.7U6A8980

Now, the turban part happens, and this part is up to you. You can either wrap your braids around the front OR the back of your head, tucking the ends underneath, arranging the braids how you want them and then pinning them to secure them to your head with large heavy-duty bobby pins.

Either way, your hair is going to look fierce.

PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

xo, HTHG

 

Fierce Braids #6: The Ribcage Braid Technique

7U6A8530There are times in life when it is necessary to call upon the power of our inner warrioress. In times of uncertainty there is nothing more grounding than having our feet strongly planted on the ground, our faces tilted to the sun, and our hair swept back and boldly braided.

Welcome to the 6th edition of HTHG’s Fierce Braids feature. Today, we are going to talk about what I like to call The Ribcage Braid technique, how to do it, and how to use it to create these beautiful Warrioress braids.

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This pretty hairstyle is quite easy to do, once you get the hang of the Ribcage Braid technique. Let me break that down for you, as simply as I can so that it doesn’t seem too confusing. Remember, babes……Braiding takes practice, so take it slow and easy. Once you get it, it will click, and then it is yours for life;)Ladder

To practice this braid, take a section of hair from the front of your head, on one side and begin a regular 3 strand braid.

Start it off with 3 overlaps.

Now, every time you overlap , take a very small bit of hair from the outside of your section and separate it from the braid, letting it fall out and hang down.

Continue braiding and dropping bits of hair as you go. Your braid should get thinner and thinner as you continue dropping sections.

If you are having trouble, practice this braid in the mirror a bit. Make sure that when you drop your little bits of hair, you separate them cleanly from the rest of the braid so they really fall out of your way. This will help a lot!

As you can see, you have created a braided spine with ribs radiating from it! Nice job:)

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Now you are ready for Warrioress Braids!

You will need a small clear elastic and 1 bobby pin for this one. And longish hair, for best results. ( This rules me out, ha! But just looking at this braid makes my hair grow faster;)

Begin by brushing all the tangles out of your hair. Now make a parting on one side of your head, from the top of the head to behind your ear. This will create your first section.

Begin a 3 strand braid with that entire section. After 3 overlaps, begin dropping  bits of hair as you braid. Here is the hitch, though……This hairstyle uses a Half-Ribcage (half rack?!) Braid meaning that you drop bits of hair every-OTHER overlap……So pieces of hair fall from only one side of the braid:)

Continue your Half-Rack Braid until it is long enough to reach the back of your head, with a couple inches to spare. Pin the end of your braid for now, to keep it from unraveling.

Repeat a Half-Rack Braid on the other side on your second section. Braid it to the same length as the first. 7U6A8508

NOW……..Un-pin your first braid, and take a braid in each hand. Join them behind your head. Combine the ends of both braids together, into one section, then split it into 3 and braid them together. Leave long ends hanging if you wish, and secure the braid with your clear elastic.7U6A8509

Grab your bow and arrow and get it, girl.

PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

xo, HTHG

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