Introducing the ‘Boxie’ and 6 ways to style your short haircut.

jlawHi my short haired babes. I’ve got some styling ideas for you. Okay…..Maybe you aren’t short yet but maybe you are dreaming of A Big Chop. Maybe you are short and uninspired. Maybe you are newly short and clueless. Whoever you are, if you have short hair or are considering it, this post is for you.

First off, there are many ways to have short hair. Check out this post to help you choose which short hair cut is right for you. If you are growing out your super-short hair, check out this post to help you plan your grow-out and in the meantime, use the following short hair styling tricks to help you bear the unbearable grow-out months;)

Today, we are going to talk about whats-er-names cute and versatile Boxie and how to style it. A Boxie is a haircut that is a bit of pixie and a bit of A-line bob. It is the most versatile of the short pixie-ish haircuts. Think of the boxie as the pixie version of a Shlob.

A Boxie ( I literally just came up with that name like 2 minutes ago) Is a pixie cut in the back and sides, with longer bangs in the front. IT is the perfect mix of chic, modern, feminine, flirty, classy and androgynous all at the same time.

You can see by the above photo that it doesn’t take much to really change the look and feel of the cut. Let’s talk about the intricacies of short hair styling. Time to break it open.

*A trick to remember? When styling short hair, instead of using a ‘part’ to divide the hair on the head, use your fingers to ‘direct’ the hair in the direction you want it to go. Kapiche?

6 easy ways to style your short haircut.

1. Hard-Core Bedhead. For days of playing and mischevious fun . To get this look, let your hair get as dirty as possible and literally roll out of bed. If you need to, use a little matte-finish styling paste or Beach hair spray and style it with your fingers. This will give a bit of extra texture and hold to the do’. Rake your hands back through your dirty hair and make it stick up all over in every direction. Don’t over style it. Let it be a natural evolution of mess. Make it last for days by applying a sprinkle of hair powder to the roots and brushing it through. It keeps getting better and better. Take lots of naps and romps with your honey and use it as an excuse for good hair. You can make this look last for days.

2. Soft-Core Bedhead. Follow the directions in step 1. Instead of raking your fingers back through your hair, rake it all forward and sweep it across your forehead. This creates a totally different look within the same feel of a casual, effortless, playful mess. Again this look gets better and better with time.

3. The Soft’n Simple. Time to tame the beast a bit and simplify the look. This is basically step 2 without the dirty. The hair is still directed forward and swept across the forehead but the look is softer and a bit more natural. To get this look, wash your hair and let it dry naturally. Maybe spray a bit of sea spray to give it a tiny bit of lift and texture, but don’t load it on. The key to getting this soft and pretty natural boxie perfection is to make the front sweepy section tame, but keep the back half a little messy. Use a comb to smooth and sweep the hair across the forehead. Use your fingers to push the sides slightly back, but don’t tuck the sides back entirely. Got to leave a little fringe in front of the ol’ ears.

4. The Secret Dirty Little Secret. Like step 3 product wise, but slightly more asymmetrical styling and without the messiness in the back. This gives the look a bit more polish and edge. Keeping in mind that you don’t want to part the hair, direct the heavy side of the hair to one side, swept across the face and keep some hair in front of the ear on that side ( Don’t tuck your hair behind your ear. ) Tuck the other side behind your ear.

5. The Straight-up Sweep Back. This is for full on sexy androgyny. I love this look. It can be hard to wear when you have hangups about your huge forehead, jawline, ears, nose etc because it really lets your face shine. But as I told a client yesterday, everyone has a hair/face/self image hangup. You are not alone. But you are probably the only person who sees it as a disadvantage. The rest of us wish we had your beautiful big nose. So I dare you to rock this look and I predict that once you get used to it, it will liberate you.

To get the look, apply a light gel to your hair when it’s damp. Comb it all back and finish it by raking it back gently with your fingers to break it up a bit. Let it dry like this. Put on your favorite earrings or a neck tie and rock the shit out of it.

6. Lastly, The Polished Hipster. Follow the product directions from step 5, and the styling directions from step 4. Have a dirty little secret, but keep it to yourself. This look is dignified and chic. Do it.

That’s all for today, folks. Go ahead and try these hairstyles out and let me know what you think.

XO, HTHG

 

 

Perfect little lady pony haircut.

marsycutMars is growing out her hair. Her white blonde, spider-webby hair. I don’t argue with her, but I occasionally insist on trimming her up. Recently, she needed a good shaping. Here is how I did it.

Without taking length off, I reshaped her hair using 2 simple ponytails .It turned out swingy, sophisticated, and perfecto.

First ponytail was all the hair, brushed tightly and secured in the middle of the crown of the head. I combed the pony straight out to 90degrees and cut 3 inches off the ends.

Next pony was the whole front section of the hair from behind each ear across the top of the head. I secured a tight ponytail exactly where her horn would be if she was a unicorn ( which she basically is) and held the ponytail straight out at 90degrees from the head and cut 2 inches off the ends. BOOM! for more DIY ponytail cuts, check out this post.

XO, HTHG

DIY Hair Friday! Bored Socialite twist ‘n pin.

dream girlHappy DIY Hair Friday! Today is all about being classy and stylish and bored. My mantra for this hairstyle is All dressed up with nowhere to go. Because sometimes it is fun to have pretty hair and feel important even if you are stuck at home with a toddler.

This is a simple twist and pin hairstyle. You will need hair shoulder length or longer, a boar bristle brush for back combing, and a couple of bobbies.

Here is how to get this look.

Bored Socialite Twist’n'pin

lizaStart by back-combing the top section of the hair with either a boar bristle brush or a back comb.

Now section off the sides of the hair and leave them out for now. Smooth the front of the top section into a pretty bump and then grab all the hair in the top and back section together Twist them into a bun and pin it to secure it. ( Here is how to pin a bun!)

Now take one side section and twist it tightly into a smaller bun on the side of your big bun. Pin it into place. Repeat on the other side. Now definitely arrange your bangs and lady parts.

Have a great weekend!

XOXO, HTHG

 

Easy Dutch Braids

7U6A3322This one goes without saying, so I won’t say too much. Dutch Braids are the hottest DIY braided hairstyle of the year. Hands down. This hairstyle is simple, adorable, and do-able. Because of its adorableness and ease, this hairstyle was a hit last month when I taught my Braiding Class at Velouria. So let’s talk about it!

Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.49.46 PM7U6A2006Screen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.37.03 PMScreen Shot 2013-10-28 at 1.49.29 PMDSC01200IMG_5277 ‘Dutch braids’, not to be confused with ‘dutch braiding’ (a braiding technique seen here!) is basically a hairstyle consisting of braids wrapping around the head. It is basically a hairstyle spin-off of a style worn by dutch peasant women during the turn of the century. There are many different ways of doing them, as you can see. You can french braid them, dutch braid them on short hair, and even lace braid them.

Today, we are talking about the absolute most simple version of dutch braids.

This hairstyle is best done on longish medium to long hair however it is possible on shorter hair. 

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My version of Easy Dutch Braids consists of making 1 straight braids on each side of the head. If your hair is long, the braids can start beneath each ear as you would normally wear a braid. The shorter your hair is, the higher up on the head you will want to start your Dutch Braids. For Liz’s Dutch Braids seen here, we started the braids from behind the top of each ear. Secure the braid ends with a clear elastic.

Deconstruct your braids like this.7U6A3278

Now take a braid and drape it over the top of the head. Experiment with it pulled more forward or situated farther back on the head. Go with wherever it looks and feels best on your head. If you have bangs, make sure to rock em with your Dutch Braids. It looks perfect. Use the criss-cross bobby pin technique to secure the ends of the braid against the head. Secure the braid to the head using additional pins discreetly placed if needed.

Overlap the other braid across the top of your first braid. Tuck the ends beneath your first braid and pin it in to secure it. Use additional pins if needed.

I’m sure you look fabulous with Dutch Braids, because frankly, everyone on earth does.

Here is an article about why braids are the perfect recession hairstyle. Enjoy!

xo, HTHG

#DIYhair Friday…..Easy hair styles with NJ hair combs.

Nikki Jacoby and I put together a couple simple style tutorials for everyday-wearable hair featuring her hair combs, now for sale in the HTHG boutique!

These photo-tutorials demonstrate 2 super easy hairstyles using double-prong combs……One is a simple top knot secured with Ananke, and the other a fringe-y french twist secured with Maza.

These hairstyles work on medium to long hair of any hair texture. If you have baby-fine and slippery hair like Nikki’s , consider using a texture spray like this one to add grip or going ShamPHree to build texture in the hair.

the flipHere is the trick to securing these looks…….We will call it the Flip. Twist up your hairstyle and hold it in one hand. Take your comb and stick it through the edge of one side of the hairstyle. Now, flip the teeth of the comb through the base of the hairstyle and push it through, popping the teeth out on the other side. This will effectively grab enough hair from both sides of the hair style, and the base, securing everything together.

 

Look one…..The perfect top-knot

nixter2Take all the hair on top of the head. Twist it into a bun and hold it with one hand. Use your comb to do the Flip. Now pull at the sides of your secure bun to give it some extra volume. YES!

 

 

 

 

Look two…..The Finge-y French twist!

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Take all the hair at the nape of the neck. Twist it and pull it upwards. Hold it against the head, and bend the end of the twist down to tuck it behind the twist. You can either tuck the ends in completely so that they are hidden, or you can leave them all perfectly fringe-y and hanging out. That is how I like em.

Now use your comb to do the Flip, starting with the teeth going upward through the top of the twist. Flip it and secure it teeth-down.

7U6A5071Nikki kindly reminds you to arrange your lady parts. She is not one to leave you hanging.

XO, HTHG and NJ

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