Welcome to the Free Your Hair Parlor

Hi Babes! Today I want to give a special thanks to my friends Flor and Zinn at Wired and Stoned for shooting and producing this little video.

They came over and we had a lovely chat about hair and business and creativity and Instagram, among other things! I got to play with Flor’s hair, which was a real dream. I feel like they really captured my little creative space with truth and captivity.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to speak a bit, although my own voice makes me cringe, on things so close to my heart…… And then get to share it with you all!

Check out Wired and Stoned Youtube for lot’s of great DIY’s for Dreads and the Makings of Adornment.

Enjoy, xo, HTHG/ Roxie Jane Hunt

 

 

Charge What You Are Worth: A Pep Talk With Jayne Matthews

img_5017Jayne Matthews/ Shot by Kat Alves

It is brutally easy to look at another person’s life from afar and feel like they have it all. Is there a name for this? Does anyone know? There should be, because I think it is something we all suffer from at one point or another.

The truth, I am finding is that no one has it all. That doesn’t exist. But, what we do all have are unique and awesome ways that we have adapted to kick ass in our own ways, inevitably failing in other ways, as we journey towards something collectively better. And there is a veritable goldmine in sharing these ways with each other, helping to empower the collective through stories of success and anecdotes of failure.

Something I struggle with, and I know I’m not alone here, is feeling confident in my ability to charge appropriately for my work and my skills. This is something I have avoided confronting and dealing with for years, and it has resulted in me undervaluing myself and my offerings and consistently undercharging because I feel guilt around taking money for anything, ever.

This is something I am becoming much more aware and mindful of, and I am starting to really understand the beauty in charging appropriately and then taking pride in well done, well compensated work…….It is a win-win for everyone…….When I charge what I truly feel my services are worth, removing the guilt of taking money, my work is better, I love my job, my clients love and value their experience and services in my chair, my family is happier because I am happier, and it goes on and on, positively impacting all involved.

I could write an entire novel about why we (especially as women) can really struggle hard with charging what our time and energy is worth. But instead, let’s have an interview series with the women who have helped teach me the importance of valuing my own work and charging appropriately……Because, these women and and their savvy advice have really made my life better just by modeling the simple decision to……
Charge What They Are Worth.


img_5016Chri Longstreet and Jayne Matthews, Owners of Edo Salon// Shot by Kat Alves

This first interview features Jayne Matthews, visionary hairstylist and co-owner of Edo Salon in San Francisco. Jayne is an artist and a business woman and a mama, who does the dance of all 3 with grace and open realness. She articulates her experience with learning to Charge What She Is Worth, and why it is important.


What would you tell a friend who is clearly doing good work and undercharging herself?

One of the main things I think as hairstylists is that our business days basically move through the ups and downs of the economy, as cities have gotten more expensive especially where I live in San Francisco…….But also Portland, Seattle,New York, Los Angeles, Denver, you name it.

I feel like it is very important that we take a look around and do what’s considered a market adjustment to make sure that we are paying ourselves what it actually costs to live in the places where we live. Most people get raises every year and bonuses and paid time off. As things get more expensive people get better jobs.

It is so easy as a hairstylist to stay in the comfort zone but our quality of life as we get better and better at what we do goes down because the one piece we’re not so savvy at is making sure that we are moving in the same direction as our cities or towns or communities.

This may seem strange but 20 years can go by in a blink of an eye and you can realize what was once a great career when you were young has made it into forever renting a house and not really acting as a professional who is been working at something for so many years. In any other field, that person will be making so much more money at that point but for some reason in our career somewhere along the line we decided to cheapen ourselves.

I raised my prices this year from $100 a haircut to $150 a haircut. It seems like a huge jump and of course I grandfathered in a few people that I knew really needed it and that I loved working and that fulfilled me to work with.

But in all honesty, in such an expensive area I had found myself having a much further commute from work and actually spending less money on nice dinners and travel and my quality of life as far as financial abundance had gone way down from where it was 10 years ago.

My rent/groceries/clothing/taxes had all gone up but my haircuts had not gone up accordingly. Even at $150 per haircut I’m just barely catching up. By the way, when I did raise my prices I actually got busier and my clients gave me more respect and let me try more interesting things as they thought of me as more of an experienced professional.

What advice would you give to this friend to take action? 

Add up all the expenses that they have and everything they need to live the sort of life they want. Figure out exactly how much they need to make per month, per week, and then per day to make this happen. One day I decided that I needed to make $1000 per day in order to live comfortably in the bay area. That was when I raised my prices so that I could hit that mark and my life changed.

I am not rich, I do not own a house ( yet), but never again will I based my prices on what I think “people will pay.”  I also will not base my prices on what other people are charging because I feel like our entire industry under charges. I’m not even 100% booked all the time but I know that I need $1000 a day to live comfortably in the Bay Area therefore this is what I charge and so far it’s worked very well. Grandfathering in a couple slots today is also great and not being overly booked with clients that don’t inspire me also gives me space to meet new clients that pay my full price and are a better fit anyway.

What happens when we begin to charge what we are worth? Why is this in everyone’s best interest? 

This is really important. When I get a $150 haircut I feel the pride of my work come out and I actually give a better service. I really take the time to look at all the little details that will bring out my clients eyes, or cheekbones, or whatever nice and interesting feature that they have. I work with each petal of hair with care and interest and love. I still only take 45 minutes but I work calmer and am more interested and feel more proud of my work at the end of the day.

The client can feel it as well and usually ends up giving me $180 for my 45 minutes. I have also had clients who just felt it was a bit too expensive for what they were looking for and I totally understand and give them a referral to somebody who would feel fine to charge them less and are in a different place in their lives and their careers. That way I have more space and less exhaustion in my day and everybody is taken care of.

How does fear play into undercharging ?

I think many hairstylist including myself are afraid of people being disappointed or angry with us or kind of rolling their eyes that we want to charge so much money for something may only take us a few minutes to do. It didn’t take me a few minutes to learn how to cut hair really well so even if the hair is baby fine and there is not much of it I am being paid for my years of training and hard work that I put into building this career and I know what I need to make to live where I do and so I don’t feel bad about it anymore.

When I think of it as a market adjustment to where I am living rather than the price for a haircut it totally changed my perspective. It is scary to tell somebody that you’re raising your price because maybe we are afraid we sound greedy but when it is explained as just a simple standard of living adjustment it becomes much easier. I also would advise that everybody raise their prices on the same date every year, so that the first scary conversation doesn’t have to happen again. Also, we all get to look forward to having a raise once a year like the rest of the world!img_5018

Chri and Jayne// Kat Alves

What would be a good mantra for charging what one is worth?

I just tell myself again and again that in order to be happy and live a decent humble life with enough vacation to rejuvenate I need to make a certain amount of money per day therefore I don’t give away little deals and discounts and I don’t make it personal. It’s not personal! Doing a haircut is not a favor. It’s not something just quick that didn’t take years to learn. And it is the way that we support ourselves financially and so having a day rate that I must hit is always my mantra now. This all came from having my daughter but I’m so glad it did.

Talk a little bit about forgetting about the physicality of money exchange and looking at it as energy exchange and how this helps the process of raising rates and valuing our own work more?

The main energy exchange for me is that if I feel well paid and it is clear for the job I do and I take pride in taking my time and clearly and carefully treating each service as an experience that myself and my client are having together. I find the experience to be creative and interesting and I believe they do as well. The money exchange is very simple…… once I have my set price, I feel extremely rewarded and able to breathe and excited while doing my work. If for any reason your work is draining to you there’s a very good possibility it is because the energy exchange is to feeding you and and compensating your creativity

All photos by Kat Alves, Styling by Gold Dust Collective.

Stay tuned for more interviews on the topic of Charging What We Are Worth.

Thanks for being here, and please help us empower the collective by sharing this post with your friends who could stand to make more money, love what they do more, and value their own offerings in a bigger way.

Thanks and big love to Jayne Matthews for sharing her heart and her experience!

xo, HTHG

Tribe de Mama Sacred Self Care Brushing Ritual

7U6A7353Hello mamas! This post is for all of us who are mothers to children, pets, and/or ourselves. Even papas can be mamas, so this is for you too.

This year has been all about healing through re-connection. Coming out of the dark and into the light. Keeping our shadows close as we walk in the sun, honoring all sides of ourselves and loving the parts of us that we keep hidden and beginning to let those parts out of hiding. Remembering that our path can only be navigated with true clarity when dark and light are both at work.

Self-Care during transitional times in life becomes more important as we grow older and experience bigger life changes. We begin to understand the importance of staying present, and trusting ourselves. We learn to stop abusing ourselves with critical words aimed at our own hearts, and learn to love and accept ourselves as a mother should, whether we had a loving mother or not.

We start to gravitate towards the people and the experiences that allow us to express and accept love, and we find the tools that help us invoke and manifest that love. We learn that mindfulness, meditation, ritual, and ceremony are one and the same, and can be infused into even the smallest tasks in life.

7U6A7383Prayer is the same as manifestation, and to experience it’s potency we can use equal parts gratitude, hope, love and imagination. To access these 4 celestial commodities, we begin by cultivating a deeper connection to everything and everyone around us, including ourselves.

We learn that by offering, we receive. And all paths lead back to the source, the mama, the mother in all of us that loves us into being and teaches us to care for ourselves. Sacred self-care, radical self love.

As mamas, let’s love ourselves first.


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Hair Brushing Ritual

 

Here is my favorite ritual for self-care. You can do it on your own, or with your children or a friend.

You just need a HAIRBRUSH, and your FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OIL, and a quiet 5 minutes.


By cultivating this practice, allow the healing and eye-opening power of Sacred Self-Care to seep into your life, one brush stroke at a time.

  • Find a quiet, peaceful place
  • Sit down, take a deep breath. Breathe for a minute, inhaling fresh, cleansing breaths, and exhaling stagnancy. Breath in the new and out the old.
  • Set an intention for your brushing session…..What do you want to manifest into your life? And what are you ready to let go of?
  • Apply your favorite essential oil or Crown Chakra Oil to your fingertips….Just a few drops. Breath in the scent and let it envelop you for the moment. Spend a few moments massaging it into your scalp, beginning with the temples and working towards the top and back of the head.
  • 7U6A7288Begin to brush your hair, first gently de-tangling the ends, then working your way through to the scalp. Close your eyes, and breath.
  • Hold you body in alignment. Sit bones tucked under, pelvis tilted ever-so-slightly forwards, shoulders open, head resting softly on your neck. Strength without tightness in your core. Keep breathing.
  • As you brush, imagine what you are letting go of. Begin by brushing any negative feelings that you have felt or that have been imposed on you regarding your hair. Brush out anyone who ever told you that you didn’t have good hair. Brush out anyone who ever made you feel like you weren’t good enough in general. Brush out criticism that you impose on yourself throughout the day. As you hair softens with each brush stroke, the tone with which you speak to your own self softens.

7U6A7501 (1)We are also mothers to ourselves, let’s not forget how important it is to care for ourselves and speak to ourselves with love. Loving words and nurturing care build healthy children, bountiful gardens, and centered, strong mamas.

  • Brush out old energy, old habits, negativity, restlessnessBe here for the moment, enjoying this beautiful demonstration of self care on our sacred crowns, and our sixth sense, our hair barometer to the world around us.
  • Brush your hair from all directions, Inviting with gratitude in through your crown the winds of change and rebirth, the fresh air of the East, the sensuous, emotional and creative waters of the West, where the sun sets with anything we are ready to put to rest, the fires of the South that ignite our passion for life, and the earth element of the North which grounds us, roots growing through the ground so that we may safely explore the cosmos without loosing our footing.
  • Flip your head upside down and let your blood flow to your scalp, bringing vitality and circulation. Brush your hair upside down and imagine your cells dividing faster with the friction of the brush and the blood flowing to your hair follicles. New Growth, New Life.
  • Now sit upright again, hair big and wild. Eyes closed. Brush resting on your lap. Keep breathing. Wait a moment and stay present with all of the feelings and sensations of your body.
  • Invite your mind to be still and quiet as you focus your energy on your breath and the sensations of your physical body.
  • Open your eyes. Pick up your brush, and begin to remove the hairs from it, pulling out as many as you can all at once, thanking your brush, your sacred self care tool, for helping you channel this invocation. All these hairs that you have removed represent everything you brushed out of your hair, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Offer them to the ground, (garden?) or to the fire (burn them) , or to the water (river?)  or to the air (feed them to the breeze) Say goodbye to them and open yourself to new growth, to the manifestations of your visions and hard work, and to love.

*This ritual is especially potent on the Full Moon and the New Moon.


7U6A7557Please visit Tribe de Mama for more musings on Mama Life, and visit the Tribe de Mama Instagram for our Free Your Hair Brush/ TDM special promo-code for a discount on your beautiful hand finished, mixed-bristle hairbrush. #freeyourhairbrush

Thank you to the Mama featured in this post, Marriah Berquist, and her magical daughters baby Ocean and big sis Pilot (Queen of DIY haircuts.)

xo, HTHG

A Beehive, Finding Identity, and Raising the Vibration with Stylist/Healer Braeden Blunt

Hi babes. Today I have a really special story to share about a beautiful human, healer and hairstylist named Braeden Blunt, owner of Urban Hideaway Hair and a former co-stylist with me at VAIN.

This post came about because for years I had been wanting to find a man who would be interested in letting me give them a very classic-ly female hairstyle. I was curious to see how it would feel to both of us. When I asked Braeden and he obliged, and we met at his salon so I could give him a floral beehive, a beautiful and healing story emerged in our conversation. This interview is a little capture of our conversation at Urban Hideaway Hair that day.

Once in a while, a person comes along who really helps us understand the world around us better, and Braeden is one of those people. He sets a beautiful example by being true to himself and embracing the societal ‘gray area’ by moving fluidly in between genders to suit the calling of his own soul. This is stunningly powerful healing antidote to the paradigm in our culture that tells us we need to choose one way or the other.

The truth, and where the beauty lies, as Braeden illustrates, is within the contrast of opposing forces in that beautiful free gray space where we can all explore who we truly are. Why choose one or the other when you can have both?

In a world with a maddening lack of safe and sacred spaces to truly be ourselves, Braeden has created a place to exist within a spectrum, to embrace our true selves, to experiment with our identities and learn to embrace all sides.  He has made his life’s work about helping people heal their sense of identity through the craft of hairstyling in a sacred space that he created himself.


Babes, I give you……………

A Beehive, Finding Identity, and Raising the Vibration with Stylist/Healer Braeden Blunt

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To begin with, tell us about your hair career, when/how you started, who influenced you, and where you are now.

My first real exposure into the professional world of beauty was when I was living in San Francisco and working for the Aveda Institute in administration. But I would say that my hair story really began with my mother. She survived a major brain injury that left her unable to physically function in ways that most people take for granted, like doing her own hair and makeup, for example. At the age of 20 I became her full time caretaker, and I quickly discovered that helping her with a simple hairdo and a little bit of makeup made a HUGE difference in her self esteem and attitude throughout the day. Over time I learned as many little beauty tricks as I could to help her feel a bit more “normal”, more like her old self. Our morning getting-ready routine became our special bonding time, and she would frequently comment to me…”Braeden, I don’t know why you’re not doing this for a living!”7U6A5137

Of course, we never take compliments from our mothers seriously, they love everything we do. …Now fast forward a few years later and guess who was enrolled in beauty school?

7U6A4781You really change and evolve so much over time as a hair artist and professional, but I can honestly say that my motivation for being a stylist now is the same as when I cared for my mother. I believe that the real beauty of this daily job is helping people heal and find the courage to face the day because they love who they are. They perhaps just needed you to remind them that they really are beautiful. When people can perceive themselves differently in a positive way because of you, that’s a very powerful and rewarding feeling.

What inspired you to go solo and start your own studio?

7U6A4558I would like to think that I recognized a demand in the world for something less superficial than what people have become accustomed to expect from the salon world. I think that people are growing tired of hype and gimmicks, and being told that they need to buy more crap because they aren’t good enough. I think people are hungry for something more authentic and wholesome. 

I also just really felt a huge motivation to create! And not just within the hair service itself. 

7U6A4541I am passionate about creating a safe space where people feel comfortable to look within. I believe that true beauty and healing comes from within, by learning to love and accept yourself, and by turning down the noise and garbage from the outside world. 

I wanted to create a wonderland of imagination and possibility, a place where people felt inspired to look at their own lives differently. 

What are your thoughts on gender and hair? 

7U6A4527I feel like contrast has been a big theme in my life. Particularly in regards to gender. I grew up in a household and a small farm town that was constantly forcing me to choose a very black and white reality. I feel like society puts enormous expectations on people to either foster their masculine OR their feminine nature. Throughout the process of discovering my own gender identity I ultimately decided … screw that! I’m tired of black and white! I suppose I have sort of made it my personal mission to show others how to bridge the gap between black and white. I believe that everyone has both a masculine and a feminine nature, and the spectrum may vary greatly person to person. I was born anatomically into a male body, but from a very young age recognized a very dominant feminine energy within me. Over time I learned to love and value both aspects of my nature, and I am so grateful that I didn’t listen to the voices of society telling me that I had to choose one or the other to be happy. This contrast that is within each of us creates a balance, a well rounded individual, and this is the culture I strive to create through hair. 

I think how we wear our hair is an expression of how we feel about ourselves.

7U6A4963We use our hair to creatively enhance different aspects of ourselves and to make us feel a certain way. I love that we are seeing a lot of cultural norms around hair being broken, bent, and shifted. I think that gender bending has become a great way to get people to think about the gray areas of life differently. 

Tell us about your experience with your own hair, which is stunningly beautiful. 

7U6A4298I really try to keep things very simple with my hair. Yes, it is long, but I find that long hair is actually much less maintenance than having short hair. I used to do all kinds of crazy things with my cut and color when I was a teenager, but have found that I prefer to keep my hair much more natural these days. There is a lot going with my style and my image as it is, so although my hair is long and well taken care of, keeping it simple is the name of the game for me. The changes I make to my hair are subtle, and I am always considering things like the health of my hair and how naturally it will grow out without a lot of fuss. 

Healthy hair is beautiful hair, there’s just no way around that one. So the more we tweak and change our minds and stress the hair out, the more we have to compensate for how we are asking our hair to perform for us. I like to imagine other’s hair (and my own) as a living, breathing plant. If you feed and water it, prune it, love it, and nurture it … it will blossom into a beautiful and fragrant climbing rose. If not, then you may be dealing with something more like a dried up cactus, or other type plants that are accustomed to trying to survive in harsh conditions.

It all comes down to the decisions we make about our hair. Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, “why do I feel the need to change my hair color again? Why do I suddenly want to chop it all off? Is it an emotional reason, am I dissatisfied with something in my life and just trying to take control by making a change with my hair?” 

I know this was the case in my own hair experience as a teenager making all kinds of crazy hair choices and changes. If we always make decisions about our hair based on emotional reasons, then more than likely we will be dealing with cactus hair before too long. 

I always try and challenge people to look within before they try and micromanage what’s happening on the outside. 

What is your specialty with hair?

7U6A9764 I love texture! I work a lot with curly hair, and I really enjoy that, but I also love creating and adding texture with haircutting. I approach haircutting very much like sculpture, and adding different texture gives your work a special signature and unique feel. 

In terms of hair color,  I am a maniac for balayage! I love how free form the process is, and how the hair literally becomes your canvas. It can be bold, it can be subtle, it can be natural , it can be whatever you want it to be… its just beautiful. 

Who are your muses, inspirations?

7U6A4512My muses are a collection of all my favorite creative arenas. I am inspired by architecture and design, by music, by controversial art and art that forces us to consider things from a different perspective. I am inspired by love and relationships, by the earth, by spirituality, by philosophy, by literature, by photography. I am inspired by things that make life rich and wholesome. I am very careful, selective, and intentional about what I put in my mind. Our actions and life are a reflection of our minds. If you want a beautiful existence, then you fill your mind with beautiful and uplifting content. 

How do you think that our hair is tied in with our identity? Do you have any examples of  hair being very powerful to telling our story of who we are? Transformation?

7U6A9770My own hair story has greatly shaped me into the person I am today. However, at the end of the day, hair is just… hair. Sure, it has a huge impact on how you perceive yourself and how others perceive you, but it doesn’t *define* you. 

Growing up in the Mormon church boys were not allowed to have long hair, it directly defied their strict gender roles. I always wanted to have long hair, so as soon as I left the church in my teen years I stopped cutting my hair. It was a long painful process. And not just because I had an enormous curly mop that I had no idea what to do with, but also because I noticed that as a male (back those days anyway) people treated me quite different with long hair. Sometimes good, sometimes not. It was a real struggle for a while to figure out how to feel comfortable in the gray area, especially when most people were so *un*comfortable with me. 

Eventually I learned that my hair wasn’t the problem… *I* was the problem. Once I figured out how to be comfortable with myself, and love myself, I noticed a huge change in how other people perceived me.  

Today, I love having long hair, not as form of identity, but rather as a way to push people a little bit outside of the generalizations they make about others. I would be perfectly comfortable with myself if I shaved my head tomorrow, but I like that having long hair really allows me to push the limits a little bit. 

7U6A4878I think it’s different for everyone, but hair is funny… it’s one of the few things on our body that we have control over, so we use it to send a message to others about who or what we are. And sometimes we don’t have control over our hair situation. So sometimes the message we send to others is that “I’m doing the best with what I have, and you know what, I still love myself even though I have very little control”. Which sometimes is really the more powerful message.  

Tell us a little bit about your mission with your new salon?

7U6A4268Put quite simply… Love, respect, responsibility, sustainability. I think my actual mission statement spells it out pretty nicely. 

7U6A42357U6A4360MISSION: Urban Hair Hideaway is committed to taking innovative strides toward putting new ideas into action. Our business practices are synonymous with our life practices; acting with integrity and healing the world we live in by creating beauty wherever we go and with whomever we meet. Conversation about awareness, self improvement, and positive change is always on the tip of our tongue, and wherever possible we lead by example. From the environment we create to the services we perform, all of our actions reflect our efforts to raise the vibration of humanity and the planet.7U6A4326

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When you are not doing hair, what are your other passions? 

When I’m not doing hair I really attempt to slow things down and reconnect with myself and nature by working in the yard, taking long walks with the dogs, spending time out at the cabin in the mountains, doing yoga, and just trying to pause and really observe the beautiful moments as they happen. There are so many beautiful moments when you just slow down enough to catch them. When I’m not doing hair I am always seeking knowledge and balance. 

Who/what do you feel most gratitude for?

7U6A4892I would say that who I am most grateful to are my parents, each for very different reasons, completely independent of one another. But both in their own way have been very significant teachers in very unconventional ways. My journey with each of them has taught me so much about myself; what my strengths are, and what could use some work. 7U6A5029

The thing I am most grateful for is actually my struggles. I think that struggle has a way of showing us what we’re made of, and also it can magnify the beautiful moments and make them so much more special. Sometimes our greatest struggles can also be our greatest gifts, it’s all a matter of perspective. 


Babes, we are all multi-faceted beings and the cost of trying to conform our identities against the stirrings of our souls to appeal to other peoples sensibilities is painful on a level that most of us can’t even access because it is so deep. Take a minute with that one.

But we can heal, and sharing our stories is such a part of that healing process.

Braeden, thanks for reminding us that our identity is a matter of our own unique personal self, it is a sacred thing, and it can be both firmly fixed and beautifully fluid all at the same time. We can be all of the things if we want, at different times and in different ways. We salute you big time for sharing your story with us.

xo, HTHG

Intuition and No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids

IMG_4632Witches are quite en vogue these days, in style, in theory and in practice. I think it is part of a massive uprising in feminine power and awareness and I am sure grateful to feel it happening around us.

IMG_6877Quilt of Divine Feminine Connection by Ozark Fiber Artist Sage Billig;

Witchcraft is a term that is difficult to define with precision. In this post, I use the term witch to refer to a woman who believes and explores her sources of inner intuitive strength which can be used to heal, transform, and get big, important shit done. The all powerful and connective/collective forces of unseen strength and energy infused with intention.

Witchery is a value that was first instilled in me by my amazing kindergarten teacher Judy Beerman, who had a girlfriend, a black mullet with a pink tail, and a guitar. She sang most of our lessons to us. It was Seattle Public Schools in the late 80’s and I lucked out with a radical, truth speaking role model.

Judy’s songs have stuck with me and shaped me in a huge way…..Lessons from the songs she sang about the Civil Rights Movement, our right to love, and the importance of Witches instilled deeply into my heart a need to understand and accept peoples differences while always questioning mainstream thought and building and trusting in my own intuition……..These were things that Judy’s songs taught me.

‘Who were the witches,

where did they come from?

Maybe your great, great grandmother was one.

Witches were wise, wise women they say, there’s a little witch in every woman today’

And the song goes on and on. This song was originally written and sung by Bay Area children’s songwriter, activist and pagan Bonnie Lockhart. Judy played this song a lot.

Digging into Intuition a bit, I recently read this, from the Power Path, and really loved it…..

‘Another potent and exciting aspect of this month is acknowledging the power of your intuition as a guiding principal in setting your intentions and trusting in a new direction.

Intuition is non-intellectual and helps us to feel into things, instead of rationalize them. Remember that rationalization uses language from the past and past experiences, where intuition feels into the future.

Your intuition knows your true values, and your values are important building blocks to the foundation of your future.

IMG_6204Knotted Magic Eye Necklace by Spanish Fiber Artist Nayra Del Bosc.

These words are very affirming to me. There is a lot of pressure on us to be rational and methodical in our decision making, but sometimes that can really be stifling to our connection to our own inner voice, which is always speaking. Trusting our intuition can take practice but it is so necessary to our souls to do that work.

IMG_6187In Honor of the exploration of the divinely Witchy ways in each of us, and in persuit of a healthy intuitive life, I present you this DIY braided representation of the sacred symbol of the Pentagram.

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 10.25.50 AMA little history on the Pentagram.

The Pentagram is an ancient symbol of divine knowledge, a sacred symbol used commonly in Celtic tradition and Paganism, with origins dating back to Pythagoras, ancient Egypt, India, Persia and Greece.

It represents our connection to each other, and the sacred geometry of nature and all life, and our connection to forces unseen. Please read up more on the Pentagram to familiarize yourself with it’s roots and meanings, and then braid your hair into a Pentagram and divine that inner wisdom and connection.

IMG_4730No Basic Witch Pentagram Braids, DIY

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  • The idea behind this is that we are using tiny braids to draw the picture of a 5 pointed star.
  • Beginning with the lower left hand point, use a hair pin or something pointy to section off a tiny circle of hair, and start a nice tight tiny braid within that circle section. Continue the braid until it is long enough to stretch across the back of the head, upwards to the top center point of the star.
  • Now, create another tiny circle section where the top center point is, and divide it into three to create your second braid, braiding the ends of your first braid tightly in with the second braid. (The ends get added right into one of your 3 braid sections from braid 2.)
  • Now continue braid two until it is long enough to meet braid 3, in the bottom right point of the star. Add the ends of braid 2 into braid 3 in the same way, and create that bottom right point.
  • Now continue this same method to create braid 4 on the upper left point, straight across to braid 5 on the upper right, and back home to bottom left point at braid 1.
  • Add a tiny bit more hair into braid 5 at the base of braid one, to secure the star. Braid all the way to the ends if you want, just to be sure your star wont unravel.
  • To finish the Pentagram Braid, I hid the ends of the last braid underneath her hair, then braided all her hair down her back, secured the ends, and wrapped the braid into a bun, securing it with pins. Then, naturally, I added some flowers:)

I really believe that when we infuse our small daily rituals with intention, like brushing our hair and thinking about letting go of negative thoughts, or braiding our hair while thinking about strengthening our intuition, or wearing and adorning ourselves with items that were made with love, we really up our game on manifesting those positive thoughts into truths.

IMG_6863I wish this for all of us. Please stay tuned for more Witch Thoughts and Musings, and tell us how you feel about your own inner witch.

xo, HTHG

 

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