Cedar Solstice Braids and the Secret Selkie

7u6a0256-1Jules came over for some new color and a little lunch the other day. We went with seaweed green panels within the layers of her hair.fullsizerender-6

It reminded me of the story of the Selkie, the myth the Seal Woman from coastal Scottish and Irish folklore. I had posted this photo the previous week, from a fellow hair artist Aylah Rose. She created the look inspired by the Selkie and the Wild Women of our global folk history.

Jules took me on a tour of Scotland when we were 19. She is a Scotswoman. Not much in the blood, but 100% in the soul. It is funny how a tiny bit of actual ancestral rootage can come through so strong in some people. She lived in Glasgow for several years, and is a fiddler and a flat foot dancer. She is now a Rick Steve’s Scotland guide in the Summertime. In short, she’s a Secret Selkie.

After we finished Jule’s hair, I fed her my favorite soup that I have been making lately. It is Seaweed Soup and I can’t stop eating it. It is made with chicken broth, fresh ginger, turmeric, garlic, green onions, cilantro, wakame seaweed, and kelp noodles. No measuring, just throw it all together and boil it for 20 minutes. Turn stove off, let it cool a bit. Add a large spoonful of miso and mix it in. BAM!


Solstice Braids

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Then, we did some braids.

These braids are my new favorite way to do Milk Maid Braids, and I re-named them Fire Maid Braids because I originally did them on Fire Keeper Miriam at last years Spirit Weavers Gathering and she rocked them so beautifully. I love them because they are very sturdy and can be worn for weeks at a time, and they look so great from all angles. Finally…….here is a tutorial:)picmonkey-image-3

 

  • Begin by creating 2 french braids. Dutch braids also work, it is totally up to you. Secure the ends with small elastics.
  • Now, gently pull the edges of the braids apart, starting at the ends and working your way up. This softens them and plumps them up a bit:)
  • Now, pull the ends of the braids forward and overlap them at the top of your head. Use bobby pins to secure them every few inches. Add extra pins as needed to the places that stick out. Tuck the ends under the braids and pin them so that the hairstyle appears continuous.
  • Pull down soft pieces of hair around your face and neck to soften the look.
  • Add little Cedar boughs and bits to adorn the braids for the perfect Happy Solstice/ Holiday Hair Vibe.

 

xo, HTHG

 

 

Holiday Berries and Short Hair Braids.

7u6a9933Braiding short hair can be hard, but there are many ways to make it work. I am a big fan of  the Accent Braid, which is basically a small braid that is encorporated into a hairstyle, adding detail and texture to something otherwise pretty basic.

In short hair, a small braid can go a long way to make you feel like you have more options…..I urge you to experiment!

Today’s little holiday hairstyle incorporates a basic French braid, with two very basic little twists, pinned together despite the little hairs that didn’t make it in……And don’t fret about those little hairs that don’t quite make it. They add softness to the style:) Here is a step-by-step.picmonkey-image

  1. Create a French braid down the center section of the back of the head, leaving out the hair on either sides. The section should be roughly from behind one ear, to behind the other.
  2. Secure the end of the braid with a clear elastic. Then, flip the end underneath, tucking it inside the braid to make it disappear. Secure it with a bobby pin.
  3. Take all the hair from one side, and twist it together, bringing it towards the back of the head. Pin it into place over the base of the braid.
  4. Repeat on the other side, overlapping the first twist if possible. Secure with more pins.

Take some time today to wander your neighborhood, seeing what is growing…..We are abundant with colored berries this time of year in the PNW……..Rainbow colors in an otherwise very gray existance!

Tuck berries or greenery into your hairdo. This is a great way to fill in gaps, and to adorn your crown for the season.

img_7515For a meditational rainbow foraging treat, check out #hthgcolormeditation on Instagram and find the first post….Follow directions!

For more botanical inspiration check out #filthandbeautymandala

Here for more foraged braids.

Enjoy!

xo, HTHG

 

 

HTHG Summer Hair do: The Flower Part

Hello Hello! What better way to celebrate the Summer and cool hair than with little sweet flowers along your part-line.

Why? Because. Because not all of us can do the glitter thing in real life. (my partner gets rage-y when glitter is around.) And because sometimes a part-line seems to beg for decoration.

And because floral beards and bushes have been done, braided beards and rainbow pits have been done, so the Flower Part seems like an obvious yes.

Flower Parts anyone? I’m sure feeling it. Wear yours to your next Summer Party.


How to do a Flower Part


How to do it? pick some tiny flowers, being careful not to pull their petals off. Use a small dab of sticky hair paste in little bits along your part, stick flowers to them! Done! Thank goodness. It’s really too easy, I can’t believe we haven’t been doing this forever.

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Pair your Flower Part with a really strange and cool hairstyle. Get creative, get weird.

xo, HTHG

Cherry Abundance Braids

IMG_9184Hello and Happy Fruit Season from the abundantly fruity Pacific Northwest. This time of year feels very special because for a few short weeks, we can eat berries straight off the bush without feeling the need to hoard them or share them, because their are simply so many of them around.

On my daily run ( okay runwalk ) I can be found actually just eating the berries directly off the tree hands free. I call it mouthpicking. It sounds maybe a little strange but when there is this much abundance it just seems right to go all in. Also, the birds are so happy that when they do their business, bright pink bombs fall from the sky. Onto my windsheild.

This time of year is about simply relishing the abundance of the berry world, and being open to receive from the fruits of nature, and having deep gratitude for the opportunity to fully just embrace the berry juice on your face. And, maybe wearing berries in your hair as a prayer to keep that abundance flowing, far after the berries have dried on the vine.  IMG_9252

Here is a shot from last weekend, when a dear old friend showed up on my doorstep in her wedding dress, with a bouquet of lavender and an amethyst, ready to elope to her man who she met in firefighter training school. I of course added a raspberry in there for good measure and a prayer for abundance for their new life together.

IMG_9162I shot a little braid tutorial to celebrate the berry harvest and share with you all…..here, have a berry while you check it out. These should still be warm from the sun.

Cherry Abundance Braids

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cherry braidsHere is how I did these braids…..

I sectioned off both sides, and did a braid in each side section, securing the ends with a clear elastic.

I did two diagonal french braids across the back, then braided all the way down the ends and secured them with clear elastics.

Then, I took the ends of the top french braid and wrapped them into a tight bun, pinning them into place.

Then I took the ends of the lower french braid, and wrapped them tightly around the bun, tucking the tail underneath and pinning it into place.

Then, I pulled one side braid up and around the bun, tucking the tail in and pinning the braid into place, and I did the same with the other side braid.

Then, I decorated her hair with fresh cherries, pinning them with small hair pins by their stems.

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Braid Meditation

 

Oh, and before you begin, while you braid ( or brush your hair) , say a little prayer to the universe for abundance, and express gratitude for what is already abundant in your life. May you be fruitful and juicy in all of your pursuits!

xo, HTHG

A Female plant ally, 4 Leafed Shamrocks, and Clover Braids.

IMG_6732Marley, our 9 year old has an undeniable gift for finding 4 leafed clovers (Shamrocks) . This gift she inherited from her father’s mother, who looks into a clover patch and only sees the ones with 4 leaves, they just jump out at her.

They say that people who find four leafed clovers (shamrocks) can see fairies, and that finding 4 leafed clovers is good luck, because only roughly one in every 10,000 clovers has 4 leaves……the rest have 3.

IMG_5049Here is one of Marley’s recent 4 leaf clover hauls. She sits in a clover patch for a couple minutes and this is what happens.

These 4 leafed clovers, as well as a few beautiful red clovers that are popping up around our house in Seattle and the huge abundance of purple clovers that are blooming all over Fayetteville Arkansas (where I currently am as I write this, gazing out the window at a clover patch)……..are the inspiration for today’s post.

It seems as though the older I get the more I am attracted to plant allies that are powerfully medicinal for women, and I have been paying more attention to clovers recently.

IMG_6865They grow so abundantly and are so lovely, both the shamrocks and the flowers. Some people consider clover a common weed because it grows wild in so many places, and it is easily overlooked because of that. So many of our most potent plant allies are overlooked as common weeds!

Clovers are a wonderful flower for tea, because they are a great source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

For women specifically, clover is very helpful in softening the symptoms of PMS, and Menopause because it has an estrogen like effect on the body. They are know to aid in communication and are widely used to aid in boosting female fertility!

Susan Weed on Red Clover and Fertility-

One of the most cherished of the fertility-increasing plants is red clover (Trifolium pratense). Common in fields and along roadsides, it has bright pink (not really red) blossoms from mid-summer into the chilly days of fall. A favorite flower of the honeybees, the tops (blossoms and appending leaves) are harvested on bright sunny days and eaten as is, or dried for medicinal use. The raw blossoms are delicious in salads and nutritious when cooked with grains such as rice or millet.

To make a fertility-enhancing infusion, I take one ounce by weight of the dried blossoms (fresh won’t work for this application) and put them in a quart size canning jar. I fill the jar with boiling water, screw on a tight lid, and let it steep at room temperature overnight (or for at least four hours). Dozens of women have told me that they had successful pregnancies after drinking a cup or more (up to four cups) a day of red clover infusion.

It is especially helpful if there is scaring of the fallopian tubes, irregular menses, abnormal cells in the reproductive tract, or “unexplained” infertility. It may take several months for the full effect of this herb to come on and pregnancy may not occurs until you have used it for a year or two. You can improve the taste by including some dried peppermint (a spoonful or two) along with the dried clover blossoms when making your infusion. Treat the father of the child-to-be to some red clover infusion, too!

Read up here for more on the medicinal benefits of clover, and here on harvesting and drying your own.

Today’s braids are inspired by, and decorated with, clovers.

Peep this……….

Clover Braids DIY

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  • Begin by taking a section of hair from the front of one side, basically sectioning off from the top of the head straight down to behind one ear. Braid that section, then pull the braid across the back of the head.
  • Holding the ends of the braid, gently pull at the sides of the braid to widen it and make it more irregular.
  • Use a bobby pin to discreetly secure the braid to the head on the opposite side.
  • Repeat this with a section of hair from the other side.
  • Return to the first side, and create another section and braid beneath the first one.
  • Hold the ends, pull it apart, and overlap it to the other side, pinning it.
  • Do this once more from the other side. You will end up with 4 braids, pinned across the back of the head, back and forth.
  • Now, take all the rest of the hair that hangs down the back, and braid it. Secure the end with a clear elastic, pull the braid apart, then wind it into a flat braid against the back of the head. Pin it into place, hiding the end of the braid behind the bun.
  • Add more pins as needed to secure the hairstyle, and then go back over it and pull more pieces out gently to create more texture.
  • Adorn with clovers.

 

Thanks for being here!

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

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