#tankbabesrealbodies The Big Bang Theory

7U6A62697U6A62437U6A6197Hello! 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.7U6A70657U6A8247

Today, we demonstrate Rain’s Big Big Bangs, and our crimping theory in a nutshell.

Rain has thick bangs to begin with, and we wanted them as big as possible. Jeanne trimmed them into a perfect line. Then, she flat ironed them, sprayed them with hairspray, THEN crimped them in small sections.

Our theory on big bangs and crimping is that flat ironing them first is a must. Just trust us on this.

Flatiron, spray, crimp, brush. Big bang BOOM!

Rock big bangs, as their own statement. Let the rest of your hair just be normal. Help us make it a thing.

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

 

#tankbabesrealbodies Colored Braids and Crimped Curls

7U6A63507U6A62137U6A6235Hello! 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.7U6A6862

For this look, we wanted to create as much texture as possible in Merith’s long red hair, and make it big. And we also wanted some braids with color to add some contrast and detail to the ‘do.

So what do we do? We begin by barrel curling her hair, working through section by section. Then, we spray it well with Kevin Murphy Session Hairspray to set the curls. Than, we work through the curls with a crimper, randomly crimping pieces here and there to add more texture to the hair.

Then, we get some synthetic Kanekalon Hair in several colors, and pulled out a couple thing strips of it to braid into Merith’s cornrows, which TT did beautifully. To do this, you will start your braids by making your first 2 partings to isolate your braid section. Begin with your 3 braid strands in hand. Now lay the strips of synthetic hair underneath your starting strands…..One end of the synthetic hair will be a part of strand 1, and the other end will be a part of strand 3. Begin braiding tightly, weaving that fake hair into your braid.

Once her braids were done, from her front hairline to her crown, we back-combed and teased the heck out of her hair, and pinned it up high on the top. I ratted up more fake hair into balls and pinned it into and under her hair to add more volume and color.

Me-thinks she looks like quite a riot-ress.

7U6A7740PS. I used the same technique for adding fake hair into TT’s 4 inch loc’s……Braided in pink and black and a tiny bit of purple to extend her long tail, then coiled it all about the top of her head, pinned it, and left the tail hanging down the back.

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

Tank Babes Real Bodies

7U6A7881 7U6A7740 7U6A8388 7U6A7519 7U6A8782 7U6A7065 7U6A8112 7U6A6698 7U6A7315 7U6A8477 7U6A8052 7U6A8756 7U6A6567Hello my dears. I have something to share with you all…….I had the pleasure of helping style and shoot some real bodied women channeling tank girl road warriors the other day. The purpose of the shoot was to have some fun, collaborate, and celebrate real fierce woman, with real bodies in all beautiful sizes.

It was incredibly awesome to work with Jeanne, my co-hair master at VAIN, who directed the shoot and did most of the hair, as well as TT who is a braiding genius and a lovely model, and Belinda on Makeup.…..She killed it in a million ways with her innovative and creative special effects techniques and her fierce poses.

Our models Merith, Rain, and Nic brought the fierceness and dropped into their characters very naturally, forming one tight pack of fierce babe warriors by the end of the shoot. All in all, it was a very fun and inspiring, body and style positive experience for all.

Today, I am sharing some of my favorite photos from the shoot, and over the next several months I will be sharing quick little styling trick posts to highlight and share some of my favorite tricks that I learned while assisting and shooting this project. I love collaborating because there is so much to learn from working with other artists!

Yay for creativity and body positivity!!!

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, HTHG

Mayapple Boutique Shoot, More Crimped Hair Magic.

throwsHello darlings. How are you all?  I have been in Fayetteville AR, spending time with friends and family, shooting photos, and cutting some shaggy, long overdue hair at Mayapple Salon and Boutique.

7U6A9724One of the highlights of my whirlwind trip was styling hair for a shoot with 4 lovely women for the Mayapple Boutique lookbook and an editorial spread in the Fayetteville Free Weekly…….I had the pleasure of working beside my salon business partner, the talented Melissa Arens, hair and wardrobe stylist, makeup artist, and fellow mother of daughters who happens to be a longtime favorite photoshoot collaborator of mine:)

7U6A0585 Together, we worked with models Sarah Levine, Nicolette Gawthrop, and Mel’s daughter, Cloey Grote, all in Nikki Jacoby jewelry and HTHG hairstyles, featuring…..you guessed it. The Crimper. 7U6A9571

For this shoot, I employed my little Mini Crimper
and worked it hard. I crimped Nico’s pre-flatironed hair, piece by piece from root to ends leaving her bangs un-crimped.

7U6A0178On Cloey, I worked through her pre-flatironed hair in small random sections on the surface, lightly spraying the pieces and then crimping them here and there to create geometrics and angles. It looked so cool!! I love crimping so, so hard.

7U6A9919_2-2After crimping Sarah’s hair, I did the Viking Hair for the Modern Lady hairstyle which turned out perfectly cool.

Then we braced ourselves and our hair for the insane monsoon of rain that was coming down and made our way to a muddy bike tunnel which underpasses 6th street and connects a fantastic bike trail that runs the entire length of Fayetteville, AR.

7U6A0403Shooting photos in tunnels is the shit. I could have stayed there all day just playing around and dancing and taking pictures. Can you tell I nerd out for photo ops like this?

popNext up? A quick change, easy beehives, dramatic makeup and a blue wall.

What could be better? What a great day.

I had so much fun editing these photos with Picmonkey, btw. See the new Picmonkey sidebar ad to your right? It is there because I could not run HTHG without Picmonkey photo-editing…. It is a super affordable program for monkeys like me who don’t have the time to mess with photoshop. They make it simple and fun to edit and collage, and I am proud to be partnering with them. Check em out!

And FYI, be on the lookout for the new Mayapple Boutique online……Coming soon, stocked with Nikki Jacoby jewelry, hand picked vintage and American made apparel. xoxoxo, HTHG

 

Wire Braid Crimping.

7U6A1307Hey babes. I want to take a quick sec to share a fun crimping technique that I recently learned. It is called Wire Braid Crimping.

With this fun technique, you create a stronger, more longer-lasting crimp using braids. The trick is, you braid 18 gauge wire into each braid and it helps form and set the crimp.

We used this technique in Corrina’s cornrows for our 6th Sense Hair Oil hairstyle.

7U6A0971To get the look, first i sprayed her dry hair with Masterbraider, then I braided her hair in cornrows. Once I reached the base of her hairline, I took a long piece of wire and began braiding it into the free-hanging braid.

To do this, you will need to bend the wire in half, and then flip it upside down and hold it by the ‘v’ where it bends, so the ends are hanging. Hold the ‘v’ against your 3 braid sections, taking one end of the wire into one section, and the other wire end into another section of the braid. Continue braiding as you would, incorporating your wire into your braid. When you reach the ends of the braid, use a clear elastic to secure it.

You can do this on as little as 6 free braids or corn-rowed braids on one head of hair to be able to get the effects of the wire. Larger braids won’s be effected by the wire.

Once your braids are in, apply gentle heat by sitting in the sun. You can wear your braids as long as you like, knowing that when you take them down, you will have an awesome crimped hairstyle to rock. 2 for 1!7U6A1026

When you are ready, take your braids out, slide the wire out, shake your hair out, and rock it. 7U6A11787U6A1442Your wires will look insane when you take them out. Put them aside to use in an art piece later on in life.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

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