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

Vikings, Viking hair and the Vikey-tail

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.34.13 PMSo I finally started watching Game of Thrones, after much pressure from my friends and readers. Mostly, I started watching it because I heard that the hair was cool in it. But soon, I was hooked on the scenery, costumes, the non-stop drama, the hair, the steamy sex scenes, and the dwarf. Yes, that’s right. We made it through season 2 and then guess what?! Season 3 is not available yet on Amazon Prime.

So my husband and I spent the next week hanging in space, not knowing how to spend our nightly hours together. Then, my friend Jules suggested that we watch Vikings to fill the void. She swore it was better than G.O.T. And being of Scandinavian descent, I was all like “Yah. Let’s do it”

We started watching it and got 3 episodes in and here is my analysis…….It is a low-budget G.O.T., with weak character development, a boring story line, a predictable plot, bad acting, and some really nice wild-man eye candy. So yah, I get it.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.09 PMAccording to the show Vikings, viking hair was kinda funny. Men had either short hair, shaved clean in the back half or long hair shaved on the sides and arranged into a strange kind of tail that I can only describe as a “vikey-tail” or a “vikey-pone” if you will. You choose.

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I decided to try my hand at vikey-styling. So, In honor of the Vikings of our past, I bring you today a hairstyle called the lady vikey-tail.

Lady Vikey Tail

 

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1. Take a section of hair from each side, just above each ear at the front hairline. Join them together at the back of the head with a small elastic.

 

2. Flip the ponytail up, over, and through, topsy-tail style. Flip it once more (twice total.)

 

3. Take another small section from each side below the first two sections. Join them in the back with an elastic.

 

4. Topsy tail twice, and then tighten the twist by splitting the tail into 2 and pulling the pieces apart.

 

5. Take another two sections of hair from each side and join them in the back.

 

6. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.

 

7. Take two last sections from below the last ones. Join them together.

 

8. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.

 

You are now officially ready to storm Valhalla with the strength of Oden and the wits of Loki. I want to see you rock a Lady Vike-y Tail.

 

 

Knot your Average Frenchbraid

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For a tutorial of this knotted french braid, featuring a Nikki Jacoby hair comb, check out this post on Latest-Hairstyles.com!

DIY hair Friday! Totally 90′s Winter bun.

There is something so cool looking about shiny coil-y twists of hair. They makes me think of the 90′s and Gwen Stefani. I had to bring back this uber-90′s hairstyle delight to share for this weeks DIY hair Friday.Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 2.53.17 PM

Screen Shot 2013-12-05 at 2.54.18 PMTo master this hairdo, you must first master the tiny twisty coiled bun. This is basically a small section of hair twisted very tightly and allowed to coil on it’s own accord, instead of wrapping it around itself into a bun. When you twist the section enough times, it will automatically bunch up into a super wiggly cool mess of twisty bun-ness. Then, you pin the end into the base to secure it. Practice a couple of times.

Got it down? Now let’s work it into a perfectly, totally 90′s winter-y solstice bun, and top it off with one of Nikki Jacoby’s gorgeous hair combs;)

Okay. One more minute of your time before we get started on the hairstyle of the week…….Have you seen these gorgeous combs yet, now available in the HTHG boutique? They are made by hand from gorgeous golden brass and will secure a lifetimes worth of beautiful and easy hairstyling. They make a fabulous holiday gift.

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Here is a little photo collage of her designs and HTHG hairstyles. Tutorials can be found here.

The Totally 90′s winter bun can totally be done on pretty short to very long hair. For this hairstyle, prep your hair with something grippy. Honey spray if your hair is very thick, Salt spray for finer hair.

 

Totally 90′s Winter Bun!

nickers1. Start by taking a section of hair from the top of the head. Twist it tightly from the base to the end.

2. Allow the twist to coil into a little bun. Pin it into place.

3. Take a small section of hair from one side of your first bun. Twist it into a coiled bun.

4. Pin this one into place next to the first bun. Repeat on 3-4 more sections of hair.

5. Coil your last section and pin it into place.

6. You should have one bit mass of coiled buns on the back of your head. Add extra bobbies if needed. Garnish with a beautiful brooch or hair comb to finish the look.

Happy Holidays! Love, HTHG and NJ

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