Hi dears. This post is for all of you, but especially to my fellow stylists.
4 years ago, when I started my Shampoo-Free Journey, I brought my clients along with me. I tried not to be pushy about it when talking in the salon about ditching shampoo, and I waited to bring it up until I could see that a client was ready to embrace to concept and start their own journeys.
What I have seen through the course of being a shampoo-free hairstylist is that giving my clients the gift of well-timed permission from their stylist to stop washing their hair is hugely empowering and transformational for them…….And that is the best gift I can give to them.
As hairdressers, we learn to see when a client is unhappy with their hair, and see how that effects them in their life. They are at an impasse, where they don’t understand the needs of their own hair, and they feel frustrated and powerless to change that. The commercialization of our industry has created a system which directs us to profit from this frustration by selling more products to fix the problems of our clients hair…..We sell them the promise of better hair, but we can’t vouch for that.
Helping shepard my clients through the process of ditching shampoo has brought us to a new level, where my job is truly about learning to understand them, their lifestyles, their unique personal styles, and the needs of their hair…….And empowering them to navigate the synthesis of these things in a healthy way with the outcome of great hair that suits them and their lives, and doesn’t require much work on their part.
All because their hair is in it’s natural beautiful state, and we embrace that, together.
This is why I stand behind the Hairstory philosophy and New Wash, the first independent stylist approved system for introducing our clients to their own hair, sans shampoo.
New Wash gently cleanses without Parabens and SLS, using naturally derived oils like jojoba, and essential oils of peppermint and sunflower to help gently cleanse and condition the hair without stripping it, leaving it in it’s most natural lovely state of being.
I can’t wait to get the Free Your Hair Salon up and running, so I can introducing my clients to New Wash……They are already primed and ready to experiment further into the realms of shampoo-free life.
Interested in trying it? Sign up today and receive a free bottle of New Wash…..I bet you will love it as much as I do:)
I hope to have you in my chair some day so I can introduce you to my new favorite in-salon line!
Friends, I am very honored to introduce you to a special lady, a hair healing sister named Stefani Padilla. Stefani is the creator of a line of hair healing medicines called La Tierra Sagrada which she makes out of her Topanga Canyon Studio in LA in between hair healing ceremonies with clients.
Stefani, and her soulful approach to hair, has really helped inspire my journey deeper into the realms of hair and healing, with both style and deep reflection on the meaning of hair, of it’s importance in our lives and it’s potential to help us heal and connect deeper to ourselves.
I originally met Stefani at the Spiritweavers Gathering last year, but had heard about her from a Vogue article which introduced her as a Hair Shaman, and naturally I had to know more. I reached out after the gathering, and she very graciously agreed to sharing words with us here at How-to Hair Girl!
Words on Hair and Life with Stefani Padilla
Would you tell us a bit about your journey through life, where you came from, where you have lived, different incarnations of yourself over the years?
Ah, yes, the JOURNEY… What a beautiful one it has been! It all began in Arizona, where I was born and spent the first 18 years of life. After high school, I moved to Southern California for some time. At age 22, I ended up in New York, which I called home for 7 years. I moved to LA 3 years ago, where I currently reside.
How has your life journey inspired your career into hairstyling?
Everything we do and the steps along our path are reflections of our evolution. My journey has led me to some of some of the most exotic, dream-like, profound places, and the people along this journey have been such beautiful mirrors. I have found myself in some of the craziest situations being a “hairstylist”. The funny thing is I never did hair for “hairs sake”, there was always a deeper intention to have a deeper connection with every soul I encountered along my journey. That alone is what inspired me, that alone is what kept me doing what I do. It’s a creative way to allow others to feel comfortable when opening up, and being vulnerable. It really is such a gift!
The creation of La Tierra Sagrada was inspired by means of bridging the plant and the human world. I wanted to create a deeper experience for humans to connect to the energy of medicinal plants. The crown is the most receptive part of the human body.
By applying the hair medicine on the crown, you’re opening to receive the consciousness, healing, and transformative vibration from the plants used. I use the essence of ayahausca vine, which I grow, and care for myself. In recent years, this vine has become over farmed and over indulged in by people all over the world. Keeping this powerful plant protected is part of my intention as well. The plant brings healing and protection to us, so it is important we return the energy in the process.
The whole concept of the line is to create a ritual when using the products. I create the products with prayer and ritual, injecting the consciousness of healing. When applied on the hair with the same ritual consciousness, one can only receive that healing energy. I often encourage people to use the Treatment and do a hair ritual once a week, and the night of the new moon every month-This is when it is highly activating. I do the Treatment once a week and every New and Full moon.
If I let my hair go natural- its pretty wild and wavy so I throw in a ton of salt spray to make is bigger. When I need some extra moisture- I always throw the jojoba oil on the ends.
Tell us about the ritual of hair cutting and what it means to you, and how it is performed.
In many cultures, hair is considered sacred. Native Americans associate the hair with wisdom and power. In eastern culture the hair is an amazing gift of nature that can help raise the creative life force within, which increases vitality, intuition and tranquility. When we cut the hair, we essentially are cutting away an extension of the self. I believe it is important be aware of the consciousness behind why we are cutting. I try and inform the importance of creating an offering to the Earth with freshly cut hair.. It is important to give that part of you back to where it came from. What has working with people and their hair taught you about higher consciousness?
I think the most efficient way I can respond to this question is: I have been on a life long journey to connect with a higher consciousness. My personal evolution has helped me to connect deeply with my higher self. Through my own considerable expansion of awareness I can only BE more of this higher consciousness. Through sharing my experiences and vibrating the energy with those those around me, including those whose heads I touch (heal), I could only wish that they get shaken enough to connect with their own higher consciousness.
As hairstylists, we are in a position to heal others. How would you like to see our industry move in a direction to support that gift? What can we do as hairstylists to keep this as a central part of our path?
We are crown healers- this area of healing revolves around the others receptivity and vulnerability, it’s important that they feel safe and supported. Listening is one of the greatest skills. Being compassionate and understanding helps radiate joy and happiness. Its is important, not only as “hairstylists’, but as humans, to do the work ourselves. Know how to protect ourselves, draw boundaries, cleanse the energy, and do a daily practice to help ground, so that we can be that pure Light reflection to whomever is in front of us.
Who/what inspires you to create?
Nature, friends, the desire comes from seeking. Everything inspires me! I love Los Angeles. I get inspired daily by nature, the ocean, music, books, meditation, art… I’m so inspired by EVERY magnificent being surrounding me at this moment in my life. I’m truly blessed.
Please take us on a little walk through your day, living in Topanga Canyon.
Being in the canyon doesn’t really change the routine of day to day life, however, it does make for a beautiful back drop. Being in nature, and seeing nothing but trees swaying in the wind and the stillness of the canyon watching over me, is peaceful and grounding. Exactly what I need before braving the flow of Los Angeles.Daily: I wake up early to do my morning Sadhana. This practice entails a cold shower followed by a series of kriyas, mantras and a deep meditation. I then go about my morning routines, which includes a connection with living tea, a tune in with my teacher on Rama TV, and emails!
The studio is attached to the house-it can be perceived differently daily- some days a blessing and some days a curse..I can’t not work, especially when there is always work to be done! Every product is hand made in Laurel Canyon. I share my living and work space with my dearest friend, Kari Jansen of Poppy and Someday.(Check out Kari’s wonderful collection of wildcrafted herbal body-care tinctures and healing remedies! )
Collaborating with friends is what motivates and inspires me most. I usually do a drop in with Kari before I go into production mode. I use medicinal and ceremonial plants, so in honor of the plants, I open the space to create the products with ceremony and prayer. I clear the space and myself with palo santo. I then create, and infuse the products with blessings. I then package them up and send them out! The rest of the day includes a whirlwind of events, but all that feed my soul and the souls around me……
Stefani, we all take a moment to salute you and send you love and thanks for sharing your healing gifts with the world. All of our mutual intentions for communing here at HTHG on the topic of hair are broadened by your words, and we are greatful for your unique and beautiful perspective:)
I am really excited to announce that Stefani and I will be holding a Hair Healing and Adornment area at this years Spiritweavers Gathering, and we look forward to combining our experiences with hair to create a sacred space to style, heal, trim, and teach.
Hi babes! I stumbled across this company Tinge Temporary Pastel Conditioner a few months back, while gramming-out one night, and my first thought was YES!!!!! I am SO glad that someone is doing this!
In the salon, I am constantly helping people find ways of keeping their pastel hair color from fading too fast. Generally, I walk them through how to make their own pastel conditioner and their eyes glaze over. Okay I get it. Not everyone wants to mix it themselves.
Enter Tinge Pastels, a line of perfectly formulated color which deposits a literal TINGE of color to the hair, brightening already-there pastels, and adding beautiful water-colory shades to light hair.
YES!!!! And so, it began. I had to have some. I reached out, they graciously sent me one of each color to try out. In the meantime, I feverishly send links to their shop to all my pastel-hair clients and commitment-phobic blondes who really want to dabble in going pink.
When I got myTinge tubs in the mail, I excitedly opened them all and checked out the tones. I immediately loved the fresh, not-too-sweet lavender scent, and the simple, lovely packaging. The colors were totally on-point.
I decided to use my new Tinge colors to finally give my daughter Marley her sunset dream hair. As I applied the color, I noted how the color went on easily, spread really nicely, and made for a beautiful application.
I parted her hair into 5 horizontal sections, starting at the nape, and working my way up to the top of her head. I applied a different color in every section, from roots to ends.
Of course, I had a little fun with it. I really enjoyed the process of applying the Tinge colors, and then playing with her hair once the color was in……..The colors were translucent enough that I wasn’t afraid of dying her skin, or of the colors bleeding together, so I molded her hair around into different designs, taking full advantage of the opportunity to really have fun with hair and color in a safe, contained, temporary way.
I really like the theory of hair being like our “6th sense” or the gateway to our intuition. I think that it makes a lot of sense, in that beautiful place where biology and mysticism cross paths, that our hair is our sensitivity to the world around us.
Not only does hair in people, including facial hair in men, provide an information highway reaching the brain, hair also emits energy, the electromagnetic energy emitted by the brain into the outer environment. This has been seen in Kirlian photography when a person is photographed with long hair and then re-photographed after the hair is cut……..
Today, as you all know, is 4/20, a national holiday that is dedicated to a plant with many uses, one of them altering and/or heightening the senses. Today, we celebrate the comeback plant that has officially made it to the mainstream, welcome Cannabis Sativa…
To honor the many medicinal aspects of the cannabis plant, we will be making a powerfully moisturizing and color-protecting divining hair oil,…..Using organic hemp oil from the sativa plant, amber resin, fractionated coconut oil, and a little of the fresh green leaves or flower itself, if you happen to have some laying around. We got our fresh green leaves from the University of Washington cannibis research lab!
First off, lets talk about the benefits of hemp oil.
Hemp oil is derived from the seeds of the cannabis plant and all psychoactive compounds are removed during processing, has excludes it from criminalization. Hemp oil has been used for years in beauty products as a vitamin D rich, non-pore clogging oil. It has been known to be anti-inflammatory and to reduce pore size while encouraging healthy cell production.
In the hair, hemp oil adds easily absorbable moisture and shine. Fatty acids from the plant provide protection from the elements, and help you keep your color fresh longer. Sounds great, right?
Hemp oil is especially good for…..
color treated hair
Now, let’s talk about why we put the fresh herb in our hair oil.
As most of us know, the chemical compound THC from the cannabis plant has been used for centuries to ‘heighten the senses.’ I thought it would be fun to experiment with heightening the ‘hair senses’ by using infused cannabis leaf in a hair oil. So I tried it out, and now I am excited to share my recipe with you.
Do I expect that you will experience psychoactive effects by infusing low-THC weed leaf in oil and then using it in your hair? Not likely at all. But your hair will love it, and maybe, just maybe, it will help you tap into a deeper intuitive place by giving your hair that special ‘6th sense’.
I realize that not all of you have legal access to fresh cannabis. So the fresh leaf option is for those of you who live in legal green states. You can most certainly use the recipe without the fresh herb, just the oils and amber, and you will still get the powerful moisturizing benefits of the hemp hair oil.
But if you have access to legal weed, and you are a experimenter and a bit of a mystic like myself, add some to your oil and let it infuse for a week, and let your hair experience a gently heightened sense of being:)
What you will need to make your oil
Here is what you will need to make the 6th Sense Divining Hair Oil.
Begin by opening up your dropper bottle. Roll up the cannabis leaves (or crumble up the flower) and drop into the bottle, through the funnel if needed. Repeat with the amber.
Now, pour your oils into your bottle, one at a time. Fill bottle to the brim, put the cap on, and let it sit in a sunny place for a week, shaking it well once a day.
After a week of infusing, keep your oil refrigerated.
Use a couple drops of your 6th Sense Divining Hair Oil any time there is an energetic block between you and your intuition, or you and your hair. Use a couple any time your hair needs taming, moisture, and shine. Use it when braiding cornrows, to moisturize the scalp and shine up your rows. Or, just apply it to dry hair and smooth it through with your hands.
Fun Fact: Did you know that ‘4:20’ started with a group of high-school stoners in California in the early 70’s who called themselves The Waldo’s? They met every day at 4:20 to get stoned. Yep, real deals. I leart it on the Internets. Here is the story.
Also, did you know that the mighty Cannabis plant has the strongest fibers of any plant known to mankind? It is considered a fantastic and sustainable building material.
Please enjoy this post and recipe, and share it if you love it!
And for more hair and body products that call upon the power of the herb, check out this post from HTHG for Refinery29.
Hi Babes. It has always bugged me that their are not better options for at-home hair colorers. While we get the good stuff in the salon, I find myself occasionally smuggling it to my at-home color clients for own use, because I simply haven’t been overly impressed with any Sally-brand color. Oooops! SHHHHH!)
Well, that has recently changed. Once in a great while, a new beauty company comes along that really WOWS me. This is one of those companies. Check it: The Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit ………A woman led at-home hair-color company that combines technology, chemical innovation, beauty, consciousness, and DIY. Now, finally, I have a company to refer my at home colorers to that I can stand behind!
Led by CEO Amy Errett, Madison Reed is on a mission to create “better for you” products to help women look and feel their best, without sacrificing quality or their health.
This cool bay-area based company sent me a couple of samples a while back, and I was skeptical (as usual.) I also happened to be in a particular kind of desperate hair color rut……Dull, drab, and tired. One of the products that they sent me was a color glossing treatment and I decided to give it a go.
Here were my impressions…..I loved that it was a no-mix color. It comes in one tube, and was very easy to apply. I liked the simple, sleek packaging. I could see the exact color it was depositing as I applied it, which really took the guess-work out……I knew what I was going to get color-wise, and I knew that it was a very gentle, non-oxidizing formula. Also, It smelled nice. Here are the gloss colors, btw.
After my gloss treatment, my hair was brilliantly toned, shiny, reflective, and soft for the next month. And I was SOLD! (Stay tuned for a post on this great product alone, with before/afters;) I did some more research into the company, and got more sold.
Their focus is on delivering a little bit of pampering and a little bit of glamour all in the convenience of your home, on your own time. At the moment they are focused on continuing to create better for your products to help people achieve the hair they deserve in a healthy and affordable manner.
I love a company that helps people empower themselves with DIY while really delivering on the quality, and I am excited to now FINALLY have a color line to use in my HTHG DIY Color Consultations.………they are turning the hair color industry on its head and developing radically innovative and technology-enabled hair care and color products and experiences. And all for the at-home DIY hair colorers!!!!!
So here are the facts, Madison Reed currently offers a permanent hair color line that is both Gluten, Ammonia and Resorcinol free, offers 100% gray coverage, and is not tested on animals. The color comes in 32 lovely shades. To ease and enhance your color experience, The Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit includes hair-coloring accessories, and Shampoo and Conditioner.
Their Color Glossing Treatment is a semi-permanent no-mix solution that it the PERFECT easy to use at-home toner. Tone+Shine+Softness=Bomb Hair Days.
They have a fantastic little Root Touch-up Powder that comes in a sleek little compact. You can use it to cover up your roots in between coloring or, if you are me and always hellbent on finding new ways to use things, you can give yourself a root-shadow like Rain did. Because everybody knows that dark roots are in right now.
If you are already wowed, hold on to your seats, babes, because Madison Reed offers a fantastic customer support…….With a Continuous Color Plan. Wait…….What? Is this real life? Yes. They will send you a box of color in you shade for a discounted price, as often as you want it, and give you continuous access to color specialists who will answer all of your hair color questions.
The moral of this story is this: If you are a DIY colorer, your hair future just got a whole lot more awesome, thanks to Madison Reed. With a company like this setting the bar, we can look forward to an up-swing in conscious and quality at-home hair color products and brands. If you are a DIY hair colorer, we suggest you get yourself a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit in your shade ASAP.
Keep it up, babes.