Braids and Ivy crown at the Gumwall

7U6A8681Hey babes. Here is hairstyle #3 from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series. It is basically 2 french braids that turn into fishtail braids, overlapped and pinned in the back and finished with a crown of Ivy. This is the hairstyle to get you in the festive spirit.

This shoot was fun because I got to hang out at the Pike Place Market on a gorgeous clear day with Nikki Jacoby, my sister wife who is also my favorite jewelry designer in the world. We shot this tutorial at the gum wall, which is a wall in an alley that is covered with chewed up gum. It smells like my childhood and looks like a psyhcadelic vortex.

For this look, you will want to forage a couple long strands of Ivy. They should be about 2 feet long each. Take one of them and wind it once around your head, then wind the end around the beginning so that it becomes a complete secure loop. Use your other 2 strands of Ivy to wind around the first one, until you have a crown. Tuck the ends into the wound stalk to secure them.7U6A8852

For the hairstyle, begin with a texture spray like Masterbraider to add some grip to your braids. It will help them stick, and keep them in place once they are in.nikki

Now part your hair down the middle. Begin a french braid down one side of the head.

Once you reach the base of the neck and have all the free hair braided in, gather all 2 braid sections into a ponytail and split it in half, so you have 2 sections instead of 3. Start a fishtail braid down the free ends of your french braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic, and pull the fishtail braid apart a bit to deconstruct it and give it some more texture.

Repeat all of this on the other side.

Now take a braid, and pull it across the back of the head, keeping it low so that it follows the curve of the head around the hairline. Tuck the end of it into the french braid on the other side, and pin it discreetly into the braid so as to hide the end and the pin. Add more pins discreetly to the wrapped braid, securing it into the head.

Take the second braid and pull it down and around the first one, overlapping it and tucking the ends into the braid on the other side. Pin this braid in securely as well.

Now pull at your lady parts to soften the look, and put on your Ivy crown. Rock this do’ to your company party, and drink a little bit ( or a lot) too much wine.

xoxoxo, HTHG

 

Beauty Berry and Fir Braids.

Beauty berry and firHi babes! Welcome to hairstyle #2 in the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series.

This one is a charming little half-up hair do featuring scrunched braids, with foraged Beauty Berries and greenery from a Douglas Fir.

This hairstyle is best done on medium to long hair. You can use whatever greenery and berries you can find around your neighborhood for it.

To begin with, spray your hair down with a texture spray like this one. BTW, after working with Masterbraider wave spray, Corrina the lovely model in this tutorial said……

“This Masterbraider is the product I’ve been waiting for my whole life. My hair feels so thick and looks amazing!”

Glad you love it, lady. It really is magic for fine and slippery hair.

Prepare your greenery by cutting it into small pieces that can easily be pinned into the hair.

Begin the hairstyle by criss-crossing 4 bobby pins in the very back of your head. This will give you something to pin the berries and fir and braids into;)

Use bobby pins to pin in your plants securely to your criss-cross pins. Keep adding plants until your arrangement looks balanced and pretty without being to big or heavy.

Now, on one side of your head, take a large section of hair, including all the hair from your hairline, and make a braid. Once you reach the ends, pinch 2 of the strands from your 3 strand braid between the fingers on your dominant hand, while pinching the 3rd strand between the fingers of your other hand.

7U6A8964Holding the one strand in place, pull your 2 strands upward towards the base of the braid, scrunching it towards the head. It will create a cool looking braid that you may never knew existed. Well now, on your head, it officially does;)

Now, gather your 2 short strands in with your one long strands, and adjust the braid so that it is long enough to reach across to the back of the head, with an inch or so to spare. Pin the braid into your criss-crossed pins, covering the pins that secure the berries and fir.

Repeat this on the other side. Pin your second braid over the first one, covering any bobbies, and pinning into the criss-cross pins, not across the top of the braid. The key is to hide those pins as well as you can.

Voila! Perfect hair for your upcoming Solstice Party.

xoxo, HTHG

 

A Party Bun, for soiree hair in a pinch.

partybunYou know when you have to run home and change and get to a party where you want to look presentable and you are at a loss about what to do with your hair? In a pinch, the answer is always the Party Bun.

There are a million and one ways to do them. Today, I will show you my go-to easy party bun technique. And you may be asking what makes a regular bun into a party bun? The answer is this…….bigger, rounder, pouffier.

For this hairstyle, you will begin by spraying your hair down with texture spray or sea-salt spray. Brush all the hair into a high ponytail and secure it with an elastic.

Then, take a boar bristle brush and do some serious back-combing and teasing. Work through the ponytail bit by bit, taking pieces of hair and back combing them. You want to really floof up the tail.

7U6A1802Now, gently smooth over the surface of the ponytail, and gather the ends together. Use a small clear elastic to secure the very ends of the ponytail together. Here is a closer look.

Next, take the ends of that little tail on the end, and roll it forwards, to the head. Tuck it underneath the pouf, and pin it securely to the hair underneath.

Gather that big poof into a round shape, and pin it from the sides into the base of the ponytail. Do your best to hide those pins.

Put several pins into the base, around the bun to secure it and shape it into place. With all that back combing, it should be quite mold-able and easy to pin into place. boutique2

Now for best results, add a decorative hair comb or barrette to decorate the back of the bun. Seen here is a NJ hair comb from the HTHG boutique.

Wear this perfect party bun to a holiday party and make em’ think you worked your buns off for it.

Let me know what you think of this one…..Was it as easy for you to do as you thought it would be? Did you feel slightly fancier than you do with your regular top-knot?

xo, HTHG

 

 

 

Industry Secret: The 2 minute fluff ‘n go.

dan fluffHi babes! Here is a little industry trick demonstrated by Danielle, master stylist at Vain. She has some of the coolest and most coveted hair around, and her DIY tool kit is full of tricks, many of which I will be sharing on HTHG in the near future. Thanks, Dan!

Today, she demonstrates hand-back combing, a genius quick trick for a mid-date bar bathroom fluff-up when your hair starts feeling flat.

To master the quick fluff and go, first flip your head over and shake your hair out. It helps if you have a small bottle of sea-salt texture spray for this one, although it isn’t totally necessary. Spritz the spray into your ends.

Now, grab the very ends of of largish clump of hair with your non-dominant hand.

Take your dominant hand, flat with fingers spread. slide your fingers through the ends, just above your other hand.

Clamp your fingers together, and run your hand upwards toward your scalp. Think of your fingers as your comb, and back comb through your hair, lump by clump. Big hair, yeah!!!

Share this one with your pals, they will thank you, and then you can all have big wild hair together.

xoxo, HTHG

3 charming up-do’s for short hair daily wear.

Hi my dear shorter-haired babes. Today I have a couple of super easy and adorable short hairstyle tutorials ‘from the cutting room floor’ to share with you. I was literally flipping through my photos from the last 3 years and stumbled upon these and thought ‘ Why the hell didn’t I share these with you all?’ I get so many requests for short hair styles! And these ones happen to be very easy to do, for even the most novice DIY hair style-er.

While we are on the subject of shorter hair, I have a few more shorter hairstyle tutorials coming up soon at HTHG that I shot very impromptu with my sister, while on a visit to the bay area to see her and her hubby and my little nephew Sebastian. So be on the lookout!

The tiny braid-y bunch.

IMG_7558This hairstyle begins with a little back-combing at the crown of the head. Then, make a section with the whole top of the head, twist it once and pin it to the back of the head. This will add a bit of height and also help secure shorter layers that won’t reach the braids.

With the rest of the hair, make 2 braids. Secure the ends with tiny clear elastics.

Now take one braid, and pull it towards the other braid, flipping the end inward to hide it. Pin the braid discreetly, securing the end into the back of the head. Try and overlap your first pinned twist.

Repeat with the other braid. Add more pins as needed, but try to keep them hidden. The end result should look like an intricate little bunch of braid-y bits!

Slick and Twisted

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This slick little twisted hairstyle starts in the same way, with a little back combing at the crown, then making a section on the top of the head, twisting it and pinning it to secure all the hair to the back of the head.

Now take the rest of the hair from one side, and twist it and pull it across the back pinned twist in the back, pinning it to the head on the opposite side. Repeat with a twist on the other side.

Repeat these twist and pins with the hair from both sides of the nape of the neck. Try and overlap your twists a bit to hide their ends if you can.

Now, with the rest of the hair that hangs down, twist it into a small bun and pin it to the head below your twists. The end result should be a mess of twists going down the back of the head and hopefully now ends or pins showing! If you are having trouble with pinning, do check out this video:)

The Short French Twist

IMG_7560This is basically the quick version of a classic french twist done on shorter hair. The full tutorial is here for longer hair.

Begin this hairstyle by back combing and sectioning off the top of the head. Twist the section and pin it securely to the back of the head.

Now sweep all the hair to one side, and criss-cross pin it vertically down the center.

Take all the hair in one hand, and tuck in the ends, rolling it towards the center, over your criss cross pins. Use as many hair pins as you need to to secure the roll to the criss-cross pins. Depending on the length of the hair, you may need some hair spray to get this baby to stick;)

enjoy!

XOXO, HTHG

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