Solstice Berry Crown.

DSC06874Happy Winter Solstice! Now is the time to drink mulled wine, laugh with loved ones, celebrate the sacred winter months where all appears to be quiet and dead, until you look a bit closer. It is time to set intentions and goals for the year.

I’m working on this goal setting myself, having reached some personal goals in the recent months. I admit that I feel a bit of inertia now, without a clear picture of what specifically to work towards. Sometimes the universe tells us in so many words to take a little break to honor the process.

Now is the time for wreaths of red berries around your head to adorn you and protect you. A simple twisted crown is perfect, with berries foraged from the alley and stuck into the crown by their stems. You will need some texture spray, a couple of bobby pins, and berries. If you are not familiar with twisting, and pinning twists, check out this video to help you.

From the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles Series, I bring you the……

Solstice Berry Crown

Begin by flipping your hair upside down and spritzing it with your texture spray.

corrina1 and 2. Make a center part. On one side of the part, begin a twist that starts in the front and continues back and around the head. You will add in hair from the bottom side as you twist upward.

3. Continue the twist around the other side, gathering all the hair into the twist as you go.

4. and 5. Once you reach the other side, and all the hair has been twisted in, continue twisting down the free end as you wrap the end around the top, continuing the crown.

6. Tuck the very end into the twist, and pin it into place. Add a couple more pins around the twist discreetly, where it feels loose.

7 and 8. Gently pull out on the twisted crown to loosen it up. It doesn’t need to be tight.

Now stick in your berries, a small clump at a time, stem first. Add in a couple of leaves too:)

Style your hair while you sleep.

7U6A5789If you don’t already know, when it comes to my own hair I am a lazy-girl hair stylist to the max. I’ve got 2 young kids, a business to run, other people’s hair to do, things to make, cookin, cleaning, errands, art, and a social life. I don’t have a lot of extra time to spend on my own hair……This is one of the reasons that I love being shampoo-free! It has cut down on my hair fussing time so much, and made me appreciate my natural hair. 7U6A5809

There is almost nothing than I love more than going to sleep and waking up to a good hair day. Sound impossible? Think again. No-heat curls and waves are the perfect solution. Last month we talked a lot about rag curls. Before that it was pin curls.

And scarf roll curls. And Bike around town buns.

Today, I bring you an easy to do twisted hairstyle that works great on hair that is anywhere from jaw length to butt length, looks lovely, and leaves you with wonderful beachy waves for days. You can wear this style overnight to wake up to a great hair day, or you can wear them during the day for sultry nighttime waves.

Style your hair while you sleep.

no heatWhen your hair is damp at night, spritz it with texture spray or sea-salt spray.

Comb or brush out all the tangles, and grab a couple of bobby pins.

1. Part your hair straight down the center, all the way to the back of the nape of the neck.

2. Beginning on one side, start a twist at the front hairline. If you need help, check out this post for a video break down.

Twist all the way down one side, working hair from both sides into your twist as you go. Twist all the way to the very ends of the hair on that side.

3. Gently wrap that twist into a loose bun, all the way to the ends.

4. Pin your bun in place, using this tutorial for reference if you need help pinning your bun.

5. Repeat the twist on the other side.

6. Pin the second bun into place.

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When your hair is dry and you are ready to take out your buns and reveal your waves, remove your bobby pins and unwind your buns.

Finger comb through your hair to loosen up the wave. Shake it out. You are ready to go, lazy lady.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

The Euro Hive

7U6A8077Hi darlings. What do you think of this little number? I am so into this hairstyle on Rain’s turquoise hair. Not only is the color so perfectly mod but the classic bee-hived French roll just couldn’t be cuter. Not to mention her uber-modern euro hairy blue pits, right???? ( Pit-hair dying post coming soon;)

I realize that I have been focusing on tutorials for longer hair lately, but for all you shorter and medium-lengthed peeps…..I am here to tell ya that the next couple months on HTHG are dedicated to your hair and how to style it. And who better to teach you than medium-length haired me!

The Euro-Hive is the first of several easy twist and pin hairstyles to rock this fall. It is a great 2nd or 3rd day hairstyle to bring some glam to your lazy-girl hair. All you need to do it is a couple of bobby pins and some sea-salt texture spray.

7U6A9648I have come to discover that the key to good DIY hairstyles that last is salt spray, and I have used all of them. I finally formulated my own sea-salt texture spray just how I like it, with extra salt for texture, aloe vera for moisture, and green tea extract for grip…..and you can now purchase it here from the ShamPHree product shop! Put it in your styling kit with your boar bristle brush, comb, and large and small bobby pins and that’s basically all you need for great daily DIY hair.7U6A79257U6A7932

Before you style your hair, spritz your sea-salt spray liberally into your dry hair. Spray it from at least a foot away from your head so you get a nice light dusting, then flip your head upside down and shake it out, working through it with your fingers. Let it set for a couple minutes before you start styling.

The Euro-Hive

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Begin by following the above directions for applying your texture spray. Then with your boar-bristle brush, work through the crown of your head, gently back-combing the hair and ratting it up a bit.

Now take the entire top of your head/crown of the head section of hair in one hand, and smooth over the top of it, and twist the ends, creating the hive (poof!)

Carefully hold the twisted ends to the head, and pin them into the hair to secure the hive in place.

Now take the all the rest of your hair in one hand, and twist them while pulling them upwards into a roll against the head. Where the roll meets the pinned hive, fold the hair ends over, and tuck them down behind the roll.

Pin the roll into place, hiding the ends. Use as many bobby pins as you need to to secure the roll and ends against the head. Now pull down your lady-parts around your face.

I think that this hair-do would look super smart all dressed up with a cute little headband or vintage brooch or comb or fascinator to top it off.

Will you try this ‘do?

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xo, HTHG

DIY Rattlesnake braid crown.

7U6A7337How are you all? I am doing well….Enjoying the beautiful Spring:) I have slowed down my posting since the New Year. I wanted to take some time to learn to use my camera better, and also to learn Adobe Lightroom. Photography is a passion of mine, and it seemed right to develop my love of it to benefit HTHG! This post uses photos from my first official Lightroom 4 edited shoot, where I discovered the AMAZINGNESS of Adobe photo editing. I used presets from the lovely A Beautiful Mess blog.

My sweet neighbor Birch has the prettiest longest golden hair. Lately, I have been inviting her over for hair play dates. I could brush and style her hair for hours and never get bored or run out of ideas.

I shot a flower-hair tutorial ( Coming soon!) and posted an outtake of one of the hairstyles I used on my Instagram @howtohairgirl and it got lot’s of likes and comments so I decided to make a step-by-step tutorial of it to share with you. SO here you go, babes. The ever-lovely DIY rattlesnake braid crown!

Also, FYI, I’m pretty pumped about this summer at HTHG blog and shop. The ShamPHree shampoo-free haircare line is really taking off, and there are boutique collaborations in the works:)

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This hairstyle works best on long hair. And it looks great if you leave a couple small pieces of hair loose around your face to soften it. ( Lady parts, if you will. )

To get the look, start by parting the hair down the middle, all the way to the nape of the neck. Pull both sides of the hair forward in front of the shoulders to prepare for your twists.

Now, begin on one side. Split the hair into 2 sections and hold them firmly at the top. Begin twisting them separately, in the same direction. Now as you twist them separately in the same direction, begin to wind them around each other in the opposite direction. Continue this twist/wind all the way to the ends of the hair. Secure the ends with a clear elastic.

It takes a bit of practice to get this movement down, but once you get it, it’s very easy! This post breaks down the rope braid a bit farther.

Repeat the rope on the other side and secure the end. Now, you will criss cross the the ropes across the back of the head, and over the opposite shoulder. Take one side and continue wrapping it around the head, sticking bobby pins in discreetly every couple inches. Pin the ends of the rope into the head securely.

Now do the same on the other side. Keep the ropes snug against each other, and add as many pins as you need to keep them in place. Tuck the ends of the second rope under the first rope and pin it into place to hide it.

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Princess Charming Valentine’s Ponytail.

 Princess Charming Valentine’s Pony

heartsAfter coloring Nikki’s Kimchi hair the other day, we decided to bust out a quick tutorial of this charmingly easy ponytail hairstyle. It was literally 20 degrees out which is bust ass cold for Seattle. We shot it in 35 seconds flat, which just goes to show that this hairstyle is truly so easy to do.

To begin with, I prepped her damp hair with Arrojo Cream Whip, a fantastic conditioning prep treatment sent to HTHG by the kind peeps at Arrojo who were excited to share the new addition to their line. I rough dried Nikki’s hair, and she was soft and silky and ready to go.

I wanted to do a heart-y hairstyle for Valentine’s day, so here you go.

The Princess Charming Valentine’s Ponytail. The ponytail to celebrate love, any day.

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This little impromptu hairstyle seemed the perfect fit for a wee Valentines day special. It is a simple topsy-tail ‘do that resembles little hearts in the hair.

 

It can be done in medium to long hair, and you will need clear elastics. Begin with a side pony using a clear elastic.

 

Split the base of the pony and feed the tail through the top and pull it through. Put another elastic 2-3 inches below the first.

 

Split the small segment and feed the end up and through the center. Pull it through.

 

Take the outside edges of the segment and tug them apart a bit to widen it and give it that charming heart-like look.

So sweet and charming. Be in love with the world today.

xoxo, HTHG

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