The Buzz Around the Hive.

Over at HTHG, we live for themed beehives.

This post is just a little sneak peek of the Ultimate Beehive Tutorial, which is coming in early Summer.

Here are a couple practice hives that we have had the pleasure of doing in the last few months. Just and FYI, these hives are build to last a week or more, with the help of a silk scarf for sleeping in;)

IMG_3469IMG_4221IMG_4212IMG_4222IMG_3054IMG_4224IMG_4216And here is Holley’s hair after the hive has been dismantled:)

Practice up on your back-combing and start collecting hair for your hair rat, babes, because The Buzz Around the Hive is Getting Bigger.

You have an event? Got a theme in mind? We can and will create your custom beehive. Email us at howtohairgirl@gmail.com for inquiries.

xoxo, HTHG

Super Hair Bowl: The Birthday Rose Hairnucopia

After last years birthday hair success, Jules wanted another birthday hairstyle. This year, though, she wanted it to be a Super Bowl hairstyle, specifically a super bowl made of hair on her head.

Originally, she thought we should fill the hair bowl with mini-skittles because she is unabashedly in love with Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks Skittle-endorsing bad-boy.

We are Seattle-ites, btw, who previously haven’t given a serious shit about football. I begrudgingly watched the Super Bowl game last year because my home team was in it and I happened to be at grandma’s house on game day, and grandma happens to be a major sports fan, and knew all the stats and stories on the players……And just like that……I became a fan.

This year I find myself making Super Bowl snacks and wishing I had a team jersey to wear while I watch the game with my equally bewildered newly-found Seahawks fan husband on a large projections screen. Are you there, god? It is me, Margaret, and I don’t know who I am anymore.

Getting back to hair, Skittles in the hair bowl presented in an absolute cluster-fudge of technical difficulty in my brain…..Although I loved the originality and spirit of the idea. We settled on a big pink birthday rose in the Super Hair Bowl. Jules said ‘We can just call it the Rose Bowl.’ because that is a football thing too. She clipped the biggest pink rose from her birthday bouquet that came from her boss.

It was all Jules’s idea, this bowl of hair. She thought we could cut a bowl-ish shape out of cardboard and use it as a form for it, and she was absolutely right. Leave it to her to have some weird theme-y party trick up her sleeve. 7U6A2868

I sectioned out the hair around her front hairline, because it is always good to have some extra hair to patch things together and cover up mistakes at the end, when hairstyling.

7U6A2874We put the rest of her hair in a high, tight ponytail on top of her head, then pulled the ponytail through the cardboard form.

7U6A2889I spread the hair around the form like a donut, and tucked the ends under and pinned the hair to the head, at the base of the pony, all the way around the form, working section by section. 7U6A2905

After the entire Hair Bowl was made, I gave it a good spray with KM Session Spray because that is the best hairstyling firm hold setting spray there is. Then, I stuck the rose into the hair bowl, and pinned it into place.

7U6A2919Her hair at this point looked like a weird alien sock bun. The right thing seemed to be to make it more weird by making it into a beehive in the front, so I split the front hair in 2 sections down a center part, and wrapped them in opposite directions  around the bun and pinned the ends at the base of the bun. This gave it a hive vibe. I left one small bang section of hair out to create a little pin curl with to finish the do. Duh. Then, I pinned a leaf on each side of her hive.

7U6A2959Enjoy this day of football and surreal American hype and typical snacks.

7U6A2926IMG_3601Oh yeah one more thing….Check out my collab instagram with Holley, where we document her many beehives, each with it’s own persona. @missbeehivin

xoxo, HTHG

 

The Side-Roll

7U6A6205Hello! Today, I am excited to introduce you to a vintage hairstyle made intentionally wonky. I am a fan of imperfection and asymmetry, so this is the HTHG version of a classic roll.

You can see a hairstyle like this one demonstrated on Youtube with a lot of preparation and involvement, and a lot of hairspray…..This here version is less fussy and way quicker. And you have my permission to not try and perfect it, but to practice it until you can at least get it securely in your hair, and then let it deconstruct itself a bit over the course of the day. It is a hairstyle that looks lovely when rough and lived in:)

This particular side roll was demonstrated on the stunningly lovely young Cameron, who has the look of a Viking Shield Maiden no matter what she does. Her hair is thick and fine, which is the hardest sort of hair to secure in a hairstyle like this. My secret weapon? Masterbraider, Duh!

When in doubt of your hair staying where you want it to, a pre-misting with Masterbraider texture spray is a must! why? because it has enough salt in it to give a whale a stroke. And it will make your hair into a material that moves like wool and can be molded into anything. master

This hairstyle is best done on medium-long hair. To begin with, prep dry hair with texture spray. Flip your head upside down and spritz it evenly all over.

Do some light back combing around the crown of the head to create a little volume and texture.

Create a grid of criss-crossed pins across the back of the head, slightly at a diagonal. It should begin roughly at one side of the nape of the neck, and end behind the opposite ear. This will be the scaffolding to hold up your roll;) Each pin should slightly overlap the last one so that your criss-cross is continuous.

Now, bring all the hair over one shoulder and gather it into a ponytail band, at the ends. The band should be about 3 inches from the very ends of the hair.

Begin to roll the ponytail upwards, tucking the ends in as you roll. Use both hands to carefully roll the ponytail all the way to the head. The roll should lay roughly on top of your criss-cross pins.

Now use as many bobby pins as you need to to secure the roll to the criss-cross pins. I suggest pushing your pins downwards through the hair on the head and through the inner edge of the roll, into the criss-cross pins….this will keep your pins hidden while securing your roll. It may feel like you have a ton of pins in your hair, that is okay! You need that scaffolding strong!

7U6A6010Use a few large bobbies to secure the sides of the roll…..I suggest pushing them against the head and straight into the roll horizontally from each side, grabbing the inside of the roll and attaching it to the head. see how that works in the picture above?

7U6A6006Here is another finished look of the roll, along with Birch’s Knotted Fishtail Bun from the same shoot.

Here is the Knotted Fishtail Bun decorated with flowers and berries.7U6A6143

You can decorate your roll with flowers or plants if you want! I totally think you should.

PS. Cats love this hairstyle too.

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xoxo, HTHG

Lazy Girl Vintage hair: Roll a fat one today

7U6A0563This hairstyle just slays me. Before I chopped my hair, I stumbled upon this super easy fake Victory Roll, and found that I could do it in less than one minute. It became my go-to dirty hair style for when I didn’t want to wear my hair down on the 4th day in between ShamPHree-in’

Remember the Victory Roll tutorial from a few years back? This is similar, but a little more of a futuristic take on the look.  I love that even though my hair is shorter now, I can still do this ‘do. If you want to achieve this hairstyle on shorter hair, you just need to have longer hair in the front than the back. I will share my shortie version soon:)

Here it is, y’all.

The Lazy Girl Vintage Roll

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So as always, starting out with a misting of texture spray is a good idea to help control this roll and make it stay.

Start by sectioning off the top of the head, from above each ear across the back.

Take the entire top section, and twist it upward like you are going to do a quick french twist.

Continue twisting as you pull the twist forward.

Begin to wrap the ends of the twist into a bun on the top of your head. You don’t want it to be too tight, because you want it to be a large-ish bun that looks more like a roll. To get the roll effect, push the bun into the base of the twist , and gently pull out on the edges so that the bun is set back inside a bit.

Pin the bun into place. Use as many pins as you need to, but be discreet with them. Here is a ‘pin a bun’ tutorial:)

For extra sassy results, do this hairstyle on hair that has been pin-curled!

xoxoxox! HTHG

 

 

A cozy New-Years Day hairstyle.

Hey babes. How are you all doing? I am good, just sippin’ green tea when all I really want is coffee. And thinking about easy hairstyles that are great for wintertime and cozy sweaters, sitting in front of a fireplace with a little cup of cocoa, or maybe coffee. Or possibly even a toddy of some sort. And I’m imagining that it is New Years Day.

7U6A0519This hairstyle comes to mind……..A 5 step little flip and roll, for hair that is shoulder length an longer. This hairstyle is neat and tidy and simple and lovely, try it next time you throw on your coziest sweater.

I can’t personally get enough of these sorts of these Scandinavian sweaters. I hit the mother load of them while cleaning out my dads closet this past year, and I’m thrilled to finally get to wear them, by the way. And paired with the hair, I get a bit of a 60’s in Aspen vibe. It’s good. It’s actually great, I think.

flip n rollStart with 2nd or third day hair. Spray in some texture spray if your hair is slippery and doesn’t want to stay put.

Brush all your hair into a low ponytail. Secure with a hair band.

Open up a hole in the base of your ponytail, just above the band.

Flip the ponytail up and through the hole, and pull it out the bottom.

Now take the end of the ponytail and roll them up and around your pointer finger of your dominant hand. Catch the very ends with the other pointer, and begin to roll the hair up towards the scalp with your fingers.

Use 2 large bobby pins to pin the roll into the hair from each side, into the roll, securing it to the head.

Easy right? I thought you might like that one:)

xoxo, HTHG

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