Woven Braids

7U6A0387Sometimes I get tired of trying to fit my braidspiriments into the Pinterest game. This braided hairstyle, this slice of woven braidsanity, is a breakout braid that I just had to try out, and share (of course!) without heed to the fact that it is strange and impractical and not like the other ones.

IMG_7353I had a week of total boredom tinged with total creative drive a while back, a week that brought to life this woven braid, as well as this other woven hairstyle with grass.

Today, I will take you through the ins and outs of the woven braids.

Woven Braids

crazlesThe gist of this hairstyle is 3 braids going across, from one side to the other, then, 3 braids woven into them going from the front to the back.

To begin with, you will make a parting at the front hairline that goes from one temple to the other, in a curved arch, basically sectioning out what would be the bangs. (if you have bangs, make your parting behind them.)

Now split this front section into 3, from one side to the other. Braid each of the 3 sub-sections, from roots to ends, securing the ends with clear elastics.

Now, you will be saving these aside till the end, so clip them out of your way.

To create your 3 horizontal braids, begin on one side, with a section of hair just beneath the side of your bang section. This section should be roughly the same amount of hair as one of your first 3 braids.

Braid the section until it is long enough to stretch tightly across the back of your head, to the same spot on the other side. Now take about half the same amount of hair from this section and braid it right into the braid, pulling it tightly. Now, your braid will continue, attached to this side, and you will double it back. Pull it back across to the other side, braiding as you go so.

Pull the braid snug against the head as you work towards the first side. When the braid is long enough to reach, take a bit of hair from below the base of that first braid, braid it in tightly so that it attaches at the scalp, and double it back again, braiding back across the head in the other direction. Does this make sense?

Do this once more, to the other side. Add in hair to attach the braid, and then braid about halfway down the free end of the braid. Now take the braid, and pull it across the back one last time to make a total of 4 times. Take a small bit of hair from beneath the base of the last braid, add your braid to it nice and tight, and attach in right to the scalp with a small clear elastic. Let the ends of that braid hang free and join the rest of your hair.

Basically, you are creating one continuous braid which overlaps across the back of the head, re-attaching on each side as it doubles back. If you are having trouble understanding, this tutorial might help.

Now comes the fun part!!!! It is time to weave! Take one of your 3 braids from that front braid section. Channel your inner pie crust lattice skills, or pot-holder loom weaving skills, or any weaving you have ever done……..The key is over, under, over, under. The next braid is the opposite…..Under, over, under, over. Last braid is the same as the first over, under, over, under.

Now, with the ends of the 3 braids coming out the bottom of your horizontal braids, braid them together to finish the style.

WHEW! Jeebus. My brain hurts.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

#tankbabesrealbodies Halloween Tank Girl Crazy Hawk

7U6A64747U6A64797U6A8196Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.

7U6A6934Sometimes in life, we need a really badass mohawk filled with fuzzy things, feathers, and metal shards. Today, we will give you a few tips on how to rock this style, for Halloween or for regular life.

You will need to shave the sides of your head to begin with, or braid them and pin them, leaving the top section free.

Spray sea salt spray into the hawk, then use a texturizing paste to make it nice and tacky and piece-y.

Now, get yourself some afro textured extension hair and some Natural Dyed Guinea Feathers, and some bobby pins.

Starting at the base of the hawk, make a horizontal parting an inch above the neckline. Now grab a puff of your afro hair, and rat it if needed, to make a little ball of hair. Pin the hair ball into the parting, making sure to grab firmly to the hair underneath to secure the hair ball.

Repeat this every few inches, working your way up the hawk.

Once you have added in enough hair to make the hawk look like it is alive and with a life of its own, spray it well with hair spray. Now, add your feathers into the hawk one by one, by their stems. push them right into the hair where you want them. Now spray again. You will be amazed at how well these little feathers want to stay on their own!

Now, add whatever you want to your hawk, and be assured that most anything you stick into those textured hair balls will stay a while. Get creative! build a veritable monster of hair!

What are you going to be for Halloween? Or MAYBE I should be asking your hair?

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold

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Jeanne_at_vain

Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

 

xo, HTHG

 

#tankbabesrealbodies Road Warrior Halloween: Splatter Face Paint

7U6A81427U6A64357U6A6419Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share a styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A6452

This cool trick was an experiment from Belinda, to create paint splatter on Rain’s face, as if she had played a part in an explosion of neon zombies. The experiment was super fun to watch, because it worked so well and looked so cool. And there is nothing more gratifying than using what you have around you to create magic!

To get the look, B used professional face paint, I recommend Ben Nye Magicake Face Paint Palettes and a hair color applicator brush. ( A large, stiff paint brush would also work:)

How to go Jackson Pollock on your Face.

Here is how Belinda did it……..She mixed some of the paint with a little water in a bowl, just enough to make it pigmented liquid. Then, she dipped brush in paint, and held the brush up to Rain’s face. She ran her finger against the bristles of the brush, sending paint splatter perfectly across the face canvas.

She layered colors of splatter…..Yellow and blue over Rain’s face which had already been shadowed with pink. This was a true art piece in action.

Have fun with this one!

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold

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Jeanne_at_vain

Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

 

#tankbabesrealbodies Halloween Road Warrior Braids

7U6A63357U6A65147U6A65077U6A6523Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A65437U6A82257U6A6567

Want to know a cool trick? Want to make your braids explode with color in all directions? Check out these insane caterpillar looking braids……….They have your name written all over them for Halloween right? Here is how we did them.
Get yourself some Green extension hair and a large plastic sewing needle.

Begin by making some braids. We suggest crimped dutch braids like the ones shown here on Rain. For best results, flat iron the hair first, spray it with firm hold hairspray, then work through in small sections with a crimper. NOW do your braids.

K done? Now, take a nice chunk of that long green extension hair and thread it through the head of a needle. Beginning at the top of one braid, thread the needle through the base of the braid, and pull the hair through, stopping 2 inches or so from the ends, letting them poke out. Pull the needle over the braid and thread through again, right next to your first stitch. Work your way down the braid, winding the hair around the braid with stitches.

Keep winding and stitching all the way down the ends of your braids, stitching right through them. When you reach the ends, let the green extension hair hang free and pull out your needle.

Now, carefully take some scissors and cut straight down the center of your wound extension hair, being careful not to cut your actual hair. The sides will fan out automatically.

Trim ends as needed, then spray with hairspray to set the style. Add feathers if you want!

Now rock these braids hard and watch people try and figure out how the hell you did em;)

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold

TT_x_hair

Jeanne_at_vain

Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

xo

#tankbabesrealbodies Special Effects Cornrows

7U6A66307U6A6601Hello! Today, we take a quick minute to share another styling trick from our Tank Babes, Real Bodies shoot, where we collaborated with VAIN stylists/artists Jeanne, TT, and Belinda to recreate and celebrate Tank Girl, Fierce Road Warrior-esses and body positivity.7U6A8178

As you can imagine, I watch with absolute admiration as I watched TT rock out these cool cornrows on Belinda. I wondered how the heck she did them, because they obviously weren’t your average run-of-the-mill rows.

Her trick for these totally righteous braids?  7U6A6620

Start by braiding tiny free braids, in a row. Then braid THEM into your rows. WHA???

Is it any wonder these braids look so cool?

Above the ear and along the hairline, section out a very thin row of hair from the temple to the nape of the neck on one side. Make 10 tiny free braids right next to each other in this row. Only braid an inch out from the scalp, letting the ends be free. (The braids are so tiny, they won’t unravel;)

Now, right above this row, make a parallel parting of hair about the same width. Begin at the front hairline, making a tiny french braid (cornrow) in this section, adding only from the bottom side. Add your tiny braids into this braid as you work your way, braiding back towards the nape of the neck.

Cool, right?

The dream team of stylists who created the looks for #tankbabesrealbodies can be found here:

Instagram: Belindathebold

TT_x_hair

Jeanne_at_vain

Photography by myself, RJH for FilthandBeauty

 

xo

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