Lovely Rita Flower Bun

7U6A2330Hey babes. Here is a pretty hairdo from the #fuckbouquets wedding hair shoot the my gals and I did for Stone Fox Bride and Refinery 29.

I wanted to share it because it is a super DIY hairstyle fit for a bride or bridesmaid or anyone for any reason, generally;)

The Lovely Rita Flower Bun is featured on my dear friend Sarah-Ann, designer at 10th&olive. sarah


This is a great hairstyle for short-ish to medium length hair in all textures! It involves a dutch braid that starts on one side of the head, goes across the back and down the opposite side. The end of the braid is wrapped into a bun and pinned into place.

Then, using assorted large and small bobby pins, I secured into the hairstyle fresh ranunculus, Air plants, assorted succulents, and alder leaf skeletons. Isn’t it nice? You should try it in your hair;)

xo, HTHG

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.




DIY hair Friday…..Waterfall braid.

waterfI momentarily hang my head in shame that with this post I appear to be following played out hair trends. That is not my goal as a human or an artist or a hairstylist. It is just that……..Well…….This braid is pretty. And it is a good one to know how to do because I want your braid tool bag to be full of every braid trick out the life!

Now my head is higher. Just had to puke that out onto cyber-paper.  I feel better now:)

Anyhow, waterfall braids are pretty. And you can do lot’s of different things with them. You can do double waterfall braids. You can do one on each side that meet in the middle. You can pair them with a pretty bun. Check out Hair romance for some gorgeous waterfall braid ideas:)

Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 12.54.43 PMI also want to mention that this is a great braiding technique for shorter hair too. Check this one from Gala Darling!


Here is how to do a waterfall braid. You know how to do a french braid, right?waterfall












braidssss1. Start on one side with 3 pieces of hair. Begin braiding as you would a french braid.

2. When you get to the 2nd overlap coming from the underside of the braid up, drop the piece of hair and let it hang down.

3. Pick up a piece of hair that is roughly the same size next to the dropped section.

4. Braid that piece in. Continue doing this with every overlap from the bottom.

5. Work your way across the back of the head till you get to the other side. you can either stop your braid and secure it with a pin, or braid down the free end and secure with an elastic like in tutorial #2.


I urge you to get creative with the waterfall braid technique!



#DIYhair Friday! Braided fun buns for all lengths.

When out of ideas and creative inspiration after a long week, I resort to lot’s and lot’s of small interwoven and pulled apart braids intermingled, piled, and pinned on the top of the head. For DIY hair Friday this week, I’m gonna demonstrate this hairstyle on longer and shorter hair.

This messy braid-y bun style is a great fall back ‘do for any occasion, so try it out and get creative! you can mix regular braids with fishtails and frenchies and dutchies and twists! let your mind and your hair and your fingers run wild:)

Have some braided hair bun fun!

Short hair fun bun

funHere is how…….Secure the hair into a high ponytail. Leave the bangs or front section out, it will be braided at the end.

Split the ponytail into 3 sections. They can be different sizes. Braid each section and secure the ends.

Pull the braids apart to plump them up. Now begin with one braid. Wrap it very loosely around the base of the ponytail and pin the ends into the base. Repeat with the other 2 braids, creating as large and even a bun as you can. Pin from a couple of angles to make sure each braid is secure. Now gently pull bits of the bun out to plump it even more.

Make a small french braid in the front section, at an angle. Braid the free end and secure it. Pull it apart to plump it, and pin it back around the bun. Try to be discreet as you can with your bobbies!

short funLonger haired fun bun!

big fun bunWith longer hair, I suggest using a hair rat to add extra height and drama to the do.

For this hairstyle, you will put all the hair in a high ponytail. Divide the ponytail into 5 sections of different sizes. Braid each section and secure the ends. Pull each braid apart to bulk them up. Pull the smallest braid a bit more to add some rough texture to the bun.

Now, bobby pin the hair rat directly to the head in front of the base of the ponytail.

Starting with the largest braid, wrap it gently around the hair rat. Pin the end in, then add another pin or two to secure it. Take the next biggest braid and wrap it the other direction. Continue with each smaller braid, covering the surface of the hair rat with flattened braids, building your bun.

Pin the smallest one last. Make sure all of the ends are hidden, and manipulate the braids and pin them to cover exposed areas of the hair rat so it is completely hidden.

fun bun longVoila! Your weekend hairstyle from HTHG.


#DIYhair Friday…..Short hair Crown Braid.

Screen Shot 2013-08-08 at 12.14.17 PMHi hi! Happy #DIYhair Friday! Here is a braided hairstyle that works for the shortish haired ladies out there. And by shortish I mean somewhere between jaw and shoulder length hair, whether it be a bob-ish or a shag-ish cut. (Perfect for the shlobs!)

Coming at you from the Oregon Country Fair, I give you the short hair Crown Braid, on lovely Therese’s bold red hair.

Short hair Crown Braid


This hairstyle requires some texturizing prep. Because it is a style for shorter hair, it needs a little extra stick-together. If you are ShamPHree, you are good to go. If not, use a honey or salt spray before braiding to give the hair some grip.

Note that doing an upside down braid on yourself can be tricky at first. It takes practice, so give yourself some time to get your fingers used to the concept. I recommend flipping the head upside down to DIY it. Or, ask a friend to help.

If you have bangs, leave them out of the braid for a cute milk maid look.

Start by parting the hair down the back of the head.

Start a dutch braid at the hairline on one side.

Braid all the way up the side, and then continue down the free end of the braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic.

Repeat on the other side.

Now take your first braid and pull it across the top of the head. Tuck it behind and under the other braid and pin it discreetly.

Overlap the second braid across the top and tuck and pin the tail discreetly under the first braid.

Voila! You have short hair and you CAN wear those cute braid crown hairstyles! And, you have successfully faked having longer hair!

Have a perfect weekend.


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