Fail-proof DIY haircut alert: Trim your own layers!

julesDIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have horror stories about late night wine fueled baby-bangs that quickly became a colassal hack job snip by tiny snip, and required an emergency trip to see your stylist where you cried and groveled and begged for forgiveness…….Learn to trim your own layers with HTHG on Refinery29 today!

(Illustrated cover shot by R29)




Bobby pin appreciation month!

Hi honeys. Let’s talk about bobby pins.

7U6A5246My life is littered with them. Everywhere I go, I leave a trail of bobby pins behind me. Every purse, every pocket…..If I ever can’t find one, I just check the cracks in the baseboards in any given room in my house.

I have random things hanging around that are held together by jerry-rigged bobby pins. They are everywhere. I love this article on practical uses for bobby pins that don’t involve hair.

My favorite bobby pins are the Goody Styling Essentials 3 inch bobby pins for longer hair, and Marianna classic brown bobby pinsfor every day. Nothing fancy…..But I don’t go ANYWHERE without some stashed somewhere where I can surely get to them in a pinch if something breaks or something needs to get dug out or poked or someone’s hair needs a fixin’

Despite my adoration for bobby pins, I sure spend a lot of time trying to hide them inside hair do’s. One of the first things I learned in beauty school is that when styling hair, the bobby pins should be 100% function and practicality…..NEVER seen, always hidden but always there.

September seemed like a good month to stop trying to hide bobby pins, and give them some love by rocking them proudly as an accessory. Free your Pins! While paying with bobby pins one day, a world of fun opened up before me. So I decided to write this post and share it with you!

7U6A50127U6A5022Last time I had fun with bobbies, I put together this tutorial about how to paint bobby pins with nail polish. This time, it is using your colored bobby pins to create designs on the head and in the hair!

I first rounded up some small, medium, and large pins and painted them colorful and sparkly. Here are some bobby pin hair creations that I came up with.


And an extra hair tutorial for more bobby pin fun!


Need more bobby pin inspiration? Check out this post on how to make your own crystal hair pins!

I would love to see your bobby pin hair creations! Send them here to me or post your bobby hair on instagram and hashtag them #freeyourpins

You can find me here @howtohairgirl for daily hair pics.

xoxo, HTHG

Leather-wrapped Jessa Braids, Festival hairstyle for the casual boho.

leather wrapped braidsIt took me a long time to finally give the HBO hit show Girls a second chance. My first impression was that it was unbearably superficial and annoyingly full of screechy, neurotic spoiled girls. Yuck.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.08.06 PMNow, though, babes, I am hooked. I love Hannah Horvath like my own best friend, and I just adore Adam. Marnie and Shosh crack me up with their obscene insecurities and warped views on life, and Jessa has a great bohemian New York woman vibe, and I dig her casual boho hairstyles.

On one early episode of Girls where Jessa becomes a nanny, she rocks this great leather-wrapped braided hairstyle that was so good. I had to recreate it for you! All you need is a couple of small elastics and some leather scraps (take a scrap piece and cut out 2 strips:) .

7U6A2788The full tutorial can be viewed at Latest-Hairstyles today!

Also, here is this look shown on shorter hair.


xoxo, HTHG

DIY Dead Flower Crown and giveaway!

7U6A6966IMG_9868Hi Spring Flower babes. How are you all? Are you ready for Summer? I’m ready to bring it on! But……before Spring ends, I have a little project to do with you.

Around the corner from my house are these rediculous poppies. They are the biggest, pinkest most insanely beautiful flowers that I have ever seen. They almost bring me to tears. This one was 10 inches across.

All I want in life in the Spring is to literally wear beautiful flowers instead of clothes. The only semi-practical and appropriate way of doing this that I can think of is to wear them in my hair.

I have worn flowers in my hair during Spring my whole life. It just seems right to do it, when I am surrounded by colorful blooms. Right?

Some flowers, though, like these dreamy poppies just don’t last. Once you pick them, they wilt and drop their petals within 10 minutes out of water. This makes them impossible to wear in the hair.

I started experimenting with flower-crown-making last month, when the first dogwoods started blooming. They were so hearty and pink and magical, I had to have them on my head. I snagged a plastic headband from my daughters and pulled out the ‘ol glue gun.


The crown was just lovely. I wanted it to last forever. It didn’t. After 4 days, it was  shriveled gluey and manky looking. This got me thinkin. Is it possible to make a flower crown that lasts forever?


I did a little research online about how to choose flowers to dry. I wanted ones that would keep their color and not shed leaves. I learned that picking flowers like roses and daisies before they are fully bloomed is the best way to get them to not shed, and drying them out of the sun will help them maintain color.

I started looking around the neighborhood for flowers that looked hearty. I found chive flowers, hellabores, lavender, small rosebuds, daisies, succulents, bee balm, dried up hydrangea, some random hearty berries and bachelors button. They all seemed thicker-petaled and with a lot of texture. I brought them home and tied them in bunches with dental floss. I hung them upside down with push pins in my warm dry attic for a week.

7U6A6452Once dry, I proceeded to prune the flowers by trimming them individually so that their stems were each about 2 inches long to begin with, and stripping unwanted leaves away.

I cleared myself a workspace in the garage, got myself a simple metal headband
and my Glue Gun Kit and got busy trimming, gluing, and designing with flowers. It was heavenly:)


DIY Dead Flower Crown


DFC1. Clear your workspace, get your glue gun and headband ready.

2. Prepare plants and flowers by trimming off access leaves and peeling bits. Think about the best and most secure way to glue on your flowers and trim them appropriately.

3. Starting with the larger more sturdy plants and flowers, apply a large pea-sized amount of glue to the base of the flower, and hold it firmly against the headband for a minute until the glue hardens. If needed, put another drop of glue on the inside of the headband. Wait till it dries halfway, then use your fingers to squish it into the flower base, securing it tightly to the headband.

4. Take a step back and visualize how you want to use flowers to design the headband. Plan it out a bit in your head, but be open to a change in creative direction! Let the flowers tell you where they want to be. Prepare some smaller ones to fill in gaps.

5. Start filling in the gaps in between the larger plants with smaller ones. Use smaller amounts of glue on these ones.

6. Continue setting larger plants, then filling in the empty spaces with smaller ones. Add a pop of texture here and there to break it up.

7. Use the smaller hearty blooms like rosebuds to taper the flower arrangement down the sides of the headband. Stop designing when you get to about 2 inches from either end of the headband.7U6A7083

Now let all the glue dry completely. Keep your crown somewhere safe and out of direct sunlight. Handle it with care, and wear it on the most special of occasions:)

Dead Flower Crown Giveaway!

I would absolutely love to give one of you this lovely crown. It will make you feel like the prettiest person to walk the world. I would also love to get this fun post out to as many eager flower-crafting folks as possible on the world wide web! To enter the Dead Flower Crown Giveaway, please share this post on your facebook, follow HTHG on Instagram if you are on it, and comment on this post letting me know your favorite flower. I will randomly choose a winner this Friday, and one of you lovelies will be the proud owner of this beauty! Ready, Set, GO!

xoxo, HTHG




DIY hair

HTHG is a site dedicated to showing people that DIY hair is do-able.  All the cut, color and styling tutorials in this site can be done at home, for cheap, with a couple of necessary tools. The ‘dos on HTHG are meant for you to do them on yourself, a friend, your husband, your kids, any willing, desperate, eager, inspired, curious person;)

I am doing my best to find great hair tricks that seem difficult, and explainand demonstrate them as simply as I can for the inexperienced DIYer, but it is important to note that not all of these techniques are entirely simple. Some take precision, timing, and skill, and those are the ones that are for experienced hair DIYers and professionals only.

HTHG accepts no personal responsibility for people messing up their own hair, but I do encourage you to be brave and adventurous. So, trust your instincts and comfort level when it comes to doing your own hair, but don’t be afraid to try new things! after all, “Stuck in hair, stuck in life.”

I have had many complete DIY hair beginners have great results with my perfect layers tutorial, DIY foil, giving their daughter a bad-ass haircut, bang trims, ombre hair, the shlob, and of course, everything in the DIY styling ideas category.

Everything from what to do with your curls, how to cut your husbands hair, to HTHG’s random hair thoughts and anecdotes are for you too use and ponder on your journey through DIY hair.


Because we are constantly surrounded by images and messages in our society that tell us who we are supposed to be. The DIY movement is us, the people, taking matters into our own hands on our quest to be ourselves and be proud of it. We are taking hold of our identities and having fun with it! DIY hair is a great place to start. Doing your own hair is easy, fun, and empowering.

Changing our hair is a powerful way to begin to transform ourselves into who we want to be, whether it’s a cool DIY hairstyle to wear for a day, or a funky and new hair cut that we do ourselves that turns heads on the street.

I invite you to browse this site and try some new things out. Go ahead, be creative. Take a style leap-of-faith. Then, submit your DIY hair stories to Your Stories and share your experience. Thanks for visiting!