Floral Hat Band and the Traditional Lei

7U6A2027Hello darlings. How are you all? Surrounded by flowers, I hope;)

A few weeks back, my flower loving designer pal Corrina brought me back a Lei needle from Hawaii, homeplace of the art of traditional Lei making. It got me thinking about stringing flowers and plants together with a needle and thread, to make flower crowns, floral necklaces, and……..Hat Bands? It was time to experiment.
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This is Corrina with a Lei made of Hawaiian Pussy Willows. Gorg, right?

I spent several hours last week foraging plants and playing with flowers in my studio. What came out of it was a killer Floral Hat Band, and a million and one more ideas for using a needle and thread to make beautiful floral adornment.7U6A1996

Today, I’m going to show you how to make a Floral Hat Band in the Lei tradition, with foraged flowers, a needle, and thread. Get yourself a Lei needle to make it easier to string, or you can just use a regular needle and thread. I used white nylon thread for this tutorial.

A note about foraging flowers……..

Lei’s require foraging in the native forests, collecting seeds, pods, vines and flowers. The wise lei maker who is perpetuating the continuation of a culture and a lost art, must keep in mind the damage of foraging as well as the interruption of the natural cycle of these plants. It is important to cause as little damage as possible to the area and to restock when possible. –Angelfire.com

7U6A2004That said, find flowers that are sturdy and bountiful, and cut off their stems.

Thread your needle with your thread double-d over, and tie a knot at the end, leaving a tail about 2 feet long.7U6A2006

Begin threading your flowers, gently through the strongest point at their base. Keep adding them in whatever order you want, using flowers as well as greenery.

7U6A2013Keep your hat nearby to measure when you need to. Add flowers until your floral band has reached a length that can be tied snuggly around your hat. 7U6A2030

Wear your floral hat around, letting it wilt over time. Rock it all Summer long, swapping it out for a new one when petals  begin dropping.7U6A2209

xoxox, HTHG

Easy Short Hair Braids.

brookHiya babes. Here is yet another cute shortie hairstyle, this time with some messy little braids that are all tucked into themselves.

This hairstyle is for chin-length to shoulder-length hair, and is perfect for a Spring day spent outside in the wind.

As always, begin with a spritzing of sea-salt texture spray to ensure grip and make those braids stay. It really does make braiding short hair much easier:)

Part your hair across the back of your head, from the top of on ear, straight across to the top of the other.

Beginning on the top section, on your right side, start a dutch braid and guide it straight across the back of the head. Once you have added all the hair in from the section, continue your braid to the ends and secure with a clear elastic.

Now take the end of your braid, and roll it back toward the right, flat against the head, tucking in the tail. This will create a bitty little braid bun of sorts. Pin your bun into place, snugg-ly underneath your dutch braid.

On the underneath section of hair, do a dutch braid that begins on the left side and goes across the back of the head on the opposite direction, adding in all the rest of the hair. Braid to the end, and secure with a small clear elastic. Now roll the end of your braid back in the opposite direction, flat against the head. Tuck in the end, and pin your little flat braid bun into place, snugg-ly under your second braid.

Pow!

xoxox, HTHG

Twisted Cross Bun for Short Hair.

brook 3Hello dears. Here is a quick little shortie twisted hairstyle, demonstrated by my sister Brook.

This hairstyle is perfect for chin to shoulder length hair, and is a great way to get your hair out of your face easily, while rocking a classy looking little hairdo’.

To begin with, you will need 5 bobby pins, and some texture spray.

Start by spraying your hair down with a light misting of sea salt/texture spray. This will help give it grip and control, and keep it from falling out!

Now section out the entire back of the head from on top of one ear, across the back of the head to the other ear. Pull all the hair in front forward and out of the way.

Take the back section, and twist it a couple of times. Wrap your twist around itself at the base, and make a nice tight bun. Pin your bun into place, and tuck the end of the twist under the bun and out of the way. Here is a closer look at twisting and pinning:)

Now, starting at the front hairline, make a center part that splits in half all the rest of the hair that was not included in your bun. Take all the hair from on side, and twist it backwards, across the back of the head, and wrap it around the far side of your bun. Tuck in the ends, and pin your twist into place with the bun.

Repeat the same steps on the other side, criss-crossing your twists and securing them into your bun. Add more pins as needed!

xoxox, HTHG

Easy Short Hair Style, Possible Man Braid Idea?

Hey babes. Here is a quick and simple DIY braid for shorter haired peeps, that I shot with my sister a while back.

This is a hairstyle that you can’t go wrong with, and I honestly wish to see more dudes with this ‘do in the near future. Obviously, for chicks it is a no brainer, but as a transitional hairstyle for all you Man-Buns out there???? Do it!brook 2

You will need 2 clear elastics, and several bobby pins.

Begin by spraying your hair down with a texture spray like Masterbraider, for serious grip and braid control.

Now part your hair down the center. Starting at the front hairline on one side, do a simple french braid down the back of that side. The texture spray is the key to getting those shorter hairs to stay in your braid! Trust me on this one.

Secure the end of your little braid with a clear elastic.

Now repeat on the other side.

Pull the ends of one braid over to the base of the other, and pin it discreetly underneath, securing it to the head. Pull the other braid over the first, tuck the end under the base of it, and pin it discreetly and securely.

SO easy, I feel like I shouldn’t even be telling you how to do it;)

Here for more short hairstyle ideas………

Even shorter hair?

xoxo, HTHG

3 charming up-do’s for short hair daily wear.

Hi my dear shorter-haired babes. Today I have a couple of super easy and adorable short hairstyle tutorials ‘from the cutting room floor’ to share with you. I was literally flipping through my photos from the last 3 years and stumbled upon these and thought ‘ Why the hell didn’t I share these with you all?’ I get so many requests for short hair styles! And these ones happen to be very easy to do, for even the most novice DIY hair style-er.

While we are on the subject of shorter hair, I have a few more shorter hairstyle tutorials coming up soon at HTHG that I shot very impromptu with my sister, while on a visit to the bay area to see her and her hubby and my little nephew Sebastian. So be on the lookout!

The tiny braid-y bunch.

IMG_7558This hairstyle begins with a little back-combing at the crown of the head. Then, make a section with the whole top of the head, twist it once and pin it to the back of the head. This will add a bit of height and also help secure shorter layers that won’t reach the braids.

With the rest of the hair, make 2 braids. Secure the ends with tiny clear elastics.

Now take one braid, and pull it towards the other braid, flipping the end inward to hide it. Pin the braid discreetly, securing the end into the back of the head. Try and overlap your first pinned twist.

Repeat with the other braid. Add more pins as needed, but try to keep them hidden. The end result should look like an intricate little bunch of braid-y bits!

Slick and Twisted

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This slick little twisted hairstyle starts in the same way, with a little back combing at the crown, then making a section on the top of the head, twisting it and pinning it to secure all the hair to the back of the head.

Now take the rest of the hair from one side, and twist it and pull it across the back pinned twist in the back, pinning it to the head on the opposite side. Repeat with a twist on the other side.

Repeat these twist and pins with the hair from both sides of the nape of the neck. Try and overlap your twists a bit to hide their ends if you can.

Now, with the rest of the hair that hangs down, twist it into a small bun and pin it to the head below your twists. The end result should be a mess of twists going down the back of the head and hopefully now ends or pins showing! If you are having trouble with pinning, do check out this video:)

The Short French Twist

IMG_7560This is basically the quick version of a classic french twist done on shorter hair. The full tutorial is here for longer hair.

Begin this hairstyle by back combing and sectioning off the top of the head. Twist the section and pin it securely to the back of the head.

Now sweep all the hair to one side, and criss-cross pin it vertically down the center.

Take all the hair in one hand, and tuck in the ends, rolling it towards the center, over your criss cross pins. Use as many hair pins as you need to to secure the roll to the criss-cross pins. Depending on the length of the hair, you may need some hair spray to get this baby to stick;)

enjoy!

XOXO, HTHG

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