Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles: Baby Fern Chignon

There is a language and personality to each plant, and when we tune in to it, we stop feeling alone, we connect to our roots, and we start to understand the symbiotic healing relationship between ourselves and the natural world.

Since I was a child, I have always felt a very strong sense of personality coming from the plant world.

Last year I took a short course with Marysia Miernowska of The Gaia School of Healing at the Spiritweavers Gathering and I learned that this inner sense of plant personality understanding was an inkling of the ancient plant wisdom that has been passed down to me from thousands of years worth of ancestry in cultures which relied on plant wisdom to treat and heal……

Our roots run deep, and the world of plants is one worth paying attention and listening to.7U6A6588

That being said, there is almost nothing that makes me feel more joyful and like I want to do a little dance than FERNS! Yeesh!

In the Pacific Northwest, ferns come in many forms, colors, and textures but all seem to have a common friendliness and sense of invitation to them. They reach out and wave at me as I walk around the neighborhood, reaching out to touch me every chance they get!

When there are many ferns around, the air feels very clean to me, as if ferns help to filter the air….I can breath deeply……I am aware of my lungs all of the sudden.

Ferns have a likeness to hair in the way they grow and move, and plants that have a resemblance to hair or have actual tiny hairs growing on them tend to be helpful in treating pulmonary ailments……Helping to repair the tiny hairs which filter clean air into our lungs, the protective cilia. The fern tells me that it can help me purify my lungs if needed. Thank you, Fern!

This, my friends, is a little example of the way my mind works when I am out in nature, among the plants. Even in the middle of the city, where I live, I am surrounded by them. What a blessing:) And yes, I am that girl who is talking to plants.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he/she finds it attached to the rest of the world -John Muir

HereIMG_9990-2 for my Mandala Making tutorial on Filth and Beauty.

 

Moving on to hair…..and with a deep love and reverence for ferns, this lovely hairstyle combines the gentle botanical beauty of ferns with the classic beauty of a modernized-chignon.

Baby Fern Chignon

 

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This simple hairstyle begins with the gathering of ferns. Smaller baby ferns of fronds from the Maidenhair Fern are a great choice for decorating:)

Begin by sectioning the hair into 2 large sections, across the back of the head from ear to ear. Your part doesn’t need to be precise;)

Take all the hair in the bottom section in one hand and begin to twist it in one direction, starting at the base of the section, twisting all the way to the ends.

Wind the twist into a soft bun, and pin it from several points to secure it to the head.

Now, take the top section, twist it in the same direction, directing it to the top/side of your first bun.

Wind it into a small separate bun, snugging it into place next to the first one.

Pin it securely.

Now, decorate your hairstyle with fern fronds, using small hair pins to keep each fern in place. Have a friend help you if you need it, or situate 2 mirrors so you can see behind your head to work on your fern design.

Just lovely!

I am glad to not feel like the weird one who makes friends with and talks to plants anymore. This past year has really been about owning my oddball traits and recognizing where they come from, and understanding that embracing them really means tapping into an inner wisdom and power and truth. I hope you all are learning to love all the dynamic sides of yourselves:)

Thanks, all for being here:)

French Twist for my Shorties.

french twistHi my dears! I want to share this little hairstyle that I shot a few months ago, back when my blue nangs were bangin.

I was having a hopeless hairday when my hair just felt so short, and I felt helpless to wear it any other way then just down and blah. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could pull off the worlds little-ist short hair french twist……And to my suprise it looked quite cute, especially after I added a little vine-y floral touch to it. (duh!)

To get this look on short hair, the trick is to split the hair into 2 sections, one on top of the head, and one underneath.

7U6A6304The top section is twisted and pinned from the top downwards, and then the bottom section is twisted and pulled up and over the ends of the first twist, and then pinned snuggly into place to create the look of one twist. I had to use many pins and do quite a bit of tucking……That is where the little flowers came in handy, to hide all the pins;)

 

P.s. I Color my nangs with Turquoise Tinge:)

 

Voila! xo

Urban Foraging for Winter Hair: Short Hair Twists

7U6A6125Hello Hello!

This is a simple go-to styling option for shorter hair, a hairstyle I fall back on very often because of its easy loveliness. I especially love this hairstyle for very dirty hair days, because it takes a bit of grit to get these twists to stick, especially when your hair is on the shorter side.

A spritz of sea-salt spray and a sprinkle of texture powder is also a perfect way to prep your hair for this style.

*A little tip: If you have hair that is chin length or shorter like mine, your twists may not entirely join each other very seemlessly, in which case…….Pinning flowers or greenery to distract is the PERFECT solution:) In this case, I used a small Doug Fir bough and Deadly Nightshade Berries to give it a festive vibe.

Short Hair Twists

twistsDetermine what ever part you would like to use for this style. I personally like a deep side part, so I end up with some volume at the top of my head.

On the heavy side of your part, begin a twist at the front hairline, twisting up and under, holding the twist against your head while you add hair in, directing your twist back to the center of the back of your head.

For clarity, check out this video.

Once you reach the back of your head, use a strategically placed bobby pin to secure the twist to your head. (again, check out the above video link to clarify!)

Repeat the same steps on the other side, securing your twist at the back of your head.

If your hair is long enough, overlap your second twist and nestle it in right above your first, pinning it slightly under and out of the way so that the the twists appear to connect together:)

Add flowers if you want. I personally want you to, but that is just me;)

Love my little undercut? I got it cut and bleached a few months ago because I was bored (duh;) and I have been using Tinge Pastels on it to play with the color in a really fun, low commitment way. Try it? I totally recommend it!

xo, HTHG

 

Something Borrowed: Mayan Inspired Headwrap Technique

7U6A4116Today, I will share a trick that I learned from my friend Jules, who has traveled the world and learned many cool things from many different cultures. She recently came over to my house and demonstrated this great headdress, using a Free Your Hair Ceremonial Headwrap and a wrapping technique that she witnessed while spending time in Guatamala.

Traditionally, this technique would be done with a scarf like this one, called an Aquateca Headwrap.7U6A4004

‘The headdress is an important article of women’s clothing in many Highland Maya towns. One of the most beautiful is that worn by Aguatecas, who, although they have largely given up weaving their own huipiles and skirt material, still take great pride in making their headwraps. The Aguateca headwrap consists of a 2-3 inch wide cinta richly decorated with brocaded designs, and terminated at each end with large tassels. It is worn wrapped around and around the long hair, which is pulled across the forehead, with the full width of the cinta exposed across the top of the head, and the tassels dangling at each side.’

Description of the highland Maya cultural tradition of headdress, from the Traje

Today, I am excited to share with you this wonderful way to wear a long headwrap, like the Ceremonial Head Wrap featured in this tutorial, honoring a tradition from the Aguatecas peoples. This tutorial should be done on long hair, using a long scarf, wrap or ribbon (At least 4 feet long.)

Jules demonstrates:jules guatamala

Begin by finding the middle point of your scarf or ribbon. Lay it against the top of the head.

Now wrap the ends around your head, and tie them once in the back, underneath your hairline.

Take one long end, and gather your hair into a ponytail…..Begin wrapping the scarf around the base of the ponytail.

Continue wrapping down the length of the ponytail, tightly and evenly.

Once you reach the ends, grab the ends of the ponytail and the scarf tightly, and bring it up around the front of your head.

Tuck in any ends of hair that stick out, as you continue to wrap the end of the scarf around our head, wrapping the other end the other way around.

Continue wrapping both ends until they can’t wrap anymore, then tie the ends together and tuck them under the headdress.

Isn’t this trick so awesome??? I can’t wait until my hair is long enough to rock this.

xo, HTHG

 

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