When Curly Friends do Each Others Wedding Hair

IMG_7021Hi dears! Today I am sharing a little fun and heartwarming project that I did last month in Arkansas with some dear lady friends at the river. Here is the story-

Christina was getting married in the Ozarks, to an Ozark man who she loves dearly and I was leaving town 3 days before the wedding (Cry!) so I wouldn’t be able to make it to do her hair and celebrate in the union of their sweet family.

So, we decided it would be a good move to teach her best friend Audrey how to do her hair for her. We met at the West Fork of the White River, near a lone goose who was clearly offended that we were around.

We set up our picnic blanket, and stripped down to our swim suits and set up shop. The goose hopped into the river to find a new place to hang.

Both Christina and Audrey are naturally curly women, with wild golden curls. We chatted a bit about what kind of hairstyle Christina wanted, and I gave her my bride hair shpeal which goes like this

For your wedding the most important thing is that you feel like yourself but at your very best and most elegant. So, let’s take your ‘usual’ hairstyle (a low loose bun on one side.) and fancy it up a bit. Can’t go wrong that way.

She was down with that. We decided which side to put her hairstyle on, knowing that we wanted it low and slightly off center. I

Now, for curly haired babes who are getting married, I generally like to leave the hair in it’s most natural texture without disturbing the curl pattern as I style it. Christina had a deep side part, and her heavy side falls naturally into a really lovely sort of fingerwave pattern when left to it’s own devises, so I planned the hairstyle to work around that, preserving that gorgeous natural feature of her hair that she loves.

I began by sectioning (gently) her sides, from the top of her head to behind both ears, pushing all the side hair forward of her shoulders and out of the way so I could build from the center of the back.

With all the hair in the back, I began a braid down the back, pulling the braid slightly to the side as I braided.

Halfway through the braid, I started at the top on one side of the braid, pulling the edges out to widen that side and create petal-like shapes on one side of the braid.  These ‘petals’ will run along the outer edge of the bun, creating a floral design.

I didn’t braid too tight, but also not too loose. I continued braiding to the end, then pulled the rest of the petals out all the way to the ends of the braid. I secured the end.

IMG_6915Then, holding the braid flat against her head, I wound the braid into a bun, pinning as I went, securing the braid to the head discreetely, with the ends tucked out of the way.

Next step, I created another braid on the light side of her part, pulling the petals out on the outer edge of the braid as I worked my way to the ends.IMG_6919

I secured the ends, and then wound that braid below and then up and around the bun, pinning it into place as I went. This made the bun bigger and more intricate.IMG_6925

Then, I created a third braid on the other (heavy) side of her hair in the same way, pulling the petals out of the outter edge as I braided. I secured the ends, then wound that braid into another small bun (flower) pinning it discreetly nestled up against the first bun. (Braided Rosebud:)IMG_6927IMG_6929

Then, I did my favorite little trick that adds volume to the back of the head…….Holding the buns tightly to her head with one hand, I used a bobby pin in the other hand to lift up the hair at her crown, threading it in underneath the hair at her crown and then lifting it towards me to create a bit of space, but without pulling too hard. I did this a few times around the back of her head to add a bit of oomf.IMG_6930

Then, she got flowered. Peony flowers and leaves and Queen Anne’s lace.

The whole while, Audry watched and asked questions to clarify……..Making sure she understood the directions so that she would be ready when the big day came.IMG_6960IMG_6958

Then, Audrey got a haircut in the wind (my favorite sort of challenge). All the while, the goose watched us from the river.

Hair Friends for Life.

The End.

xo, HTHG

UPDATE!!!!!

IMG_7815Here is a photo from Audrey of the finished hairstyle the day of the wedding, complete with succulents. SO beautiful. Nice job ladies.

 

 

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

 

Hair Weaving

7U6A1704Basic weaving, as I understand, works with a warp and a weft, the weft being the cross-fibers which run horizontally, and the warp being the fibers which run vertically.

7U6A1712Hair weaving, a recent experiment, involved me setting the warp hairs first, and then alternating my weft over under over under, all the way across, and then under over under over with the next weft. It was not very easy, required a lot of coordination and counting, and set me into a state of suspended meditation as I worked, in the cold evening air of early January on my patient model, Birch.7U6A1742

I was going with the process, no real attachment to the final look. All I knew was that I wanted to weave her hair like a cedar basket, and then decorate it with my newly made Rosehip Garland and hair pins. Check out this weaving video, as well as the Rosehip Garland DIY.

Also, I invite you to the Free Your Hair shop to check out our organic line of small batch, made with love beauty products which are 30% off for the next week.

xo, HTHG

Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles: Baby Fern Chignon

There is a language and personality to each plant, and when we tune in to it, we stop feeling alone, we connect to our roots, and we start to understand the symbiotic healing relationship between ourselves and the natural world.

Since I was a child, I have always felt a very strong sense of personality coming from the plant world.

Last year I took a short course with Marysia Miernowska of The Gaia School of Healing at the Spiritweavers Gathering and I learned that this inner sense of plant personality understanding was an inkling of the ancient plant wisdom that has been passed down to me from thousands of years worth of ancestry in cultures which relied on plant wisdom to treat and heal……

Our roots run deep, and the world of plants is one worth paying attention and listening to.7U6A6588

That being said, there is almost nothing that makes me feel more joyful and like I want to do a little dance than FERNS! Yeesh!

In the Pacific Northwest, ferns come in many forms, colors, and textures but all seem to have a common friendliness and sense of invitation to them. They reach out and wave at me as I walk around the neighborhood, reaching out to touch me every chance they get!

When there are many ferns around, the air feels very clean to me, as if ferns help to filter the air….I can breath deeply……I am aware of my lungs all of the sudden.

Ferns have a likeness to hair in the way they grow and move, and plants that have a resemblance to hair or have actual tiny hairs growing on them tend to be helpful in treating pulmonary ailments……Helping to repair the tiny hairs which filter clean air into our lungs, the protective cilia. The fern tells me that it can help me purify my lungs if needed. Thank you, Fern!

This, my friends, is a little example of the way my mind works when I am out in nature, among the plants. Even in the middle of the city, where I live, I am surrounded by them. What a blessing:) And yes, I am that girl who is talking to plants.

When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he/she finds it attached to the rest of the world -John Muir

HereIMG_9990-2 for my Mandala Making tutorial on Filth and Beauty.

 

Moving on to hair…..and with a deep love and reverence for ferns, this lovely hairstyle combines the gentle botanical beauty of ferns with the classic beauty of a modernized-chignon.

Baby Fern Chignon

 

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This simple hairstyle begins with the gathering of ferns. Smaller baby ferns of fronds from the Maidenhair Fern are a great choice for decorating:)

Begin by sectioning the hair into 2 large sections, across the back of the head from ear to ear. Your part doesn’t need to be precise;)

Take all the hair in the bottom section in one hand and begin to twist it in one direction, starting at the base of the section, twisting all the way to the ends.

Wind the twist into a soft bun, and pin it from several points to secure it to the head.

Now, take the top section, twist it in the same direction, directing it to the top/side of your first bun.

Wind it into a small separate bun, snugging it into place next to the first one.

Pin it securely.

Now, decorate your hairstyle with fern fronds, using small hair pins to keep each fern in place. Have a friend help you if you need it, or situate 2 mirrors so you can see behind your head to work on your fern design.

Just lovely!

I am glad to not feel like the weird one who makes friends with and talks to plants anymore. This past year has really been about owning my oddball traits and recognizing where they come from, and understanding that embracing them really means tapping into an inner wisdom and power and truth. I hope you all are learning to love all the dynamic sides of yourselves:)

Thanks, all for being here:)

Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles: Tiny Empress Braids

Hello all! for today’s hair offering, I am sharing a hairstyle that seems like a pretty simple on, for all those out there who are intimidated or challenged by complicated braids.

The Tiny Empress Hairstyle is easily created with 5 simple braids, and one very long leafy vine from a bush that I have yet to identify…….It is a vine bush with sort of lacy small leaves, and long thin branches that is PERFECT for crown making and braiding into the hair because of it’s simple loveliness and flexibility. Anybody recognize the plant?

Also, want to mention……This hairstyle would be perfect for a flower girl /boy or a birthday girl/boy.

Here is how to get this look….

The Tiny Empress Braids

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Part the hair vertically into 5 equal sections. The easiest way is to start with the center section, working your way outwards with 2 on each side.

For this tutorial, don’t worry about making your partings too precise…..Keep it simple.

Make a braid in the center section. Secure the ends with an elastic. Now make 4 more braids, as shown, securing the ends of each braid with a clear elastic.

Now, with your center braid, make a bun and pin the bun into place.

Now take the 2 braids on either side of the bun, and criss cross them over the top of the bun. Stick a pin through the cross section.

Wrap the ends of either braid around the bottom of the bun, and tuck them under the bun and pin them.

Do the same with the last 2 outside braids…..Criss-cross, pin, wrap, tuck, pin.

To create the botanical adornment, take one or 2 very long vines of equal lengths. Find the center of the vines, and lay them across the front of the hairline, wrapping the ends around the back, crossing them above the bun, wrapping them down and around the bun and pinning them into the bun.

xoxo, HTHG

 

 

 

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