The Sarah-Ann Marie

7U6A1009Vest by 10th and Olive, hair by HTHG

Hey babes. This beautiful low pin-curled hairstyle is dedicated to my dear friend Sarah Ann Marie, who happens to be also modeling the hairstyle. We went to Bandittown together last month….She sold her leather-emblazoned bags and jackets (her collection is called 10th and Olive) while I was doing hair on the porch of an old rundown cabin.

She made that great vest in the photo above!

Now I have been doing Sarah’s hair for years and years. Colors, cuts and styles. And she is hands down my favorite with green hair. She is just one of those lucky people who looks like she could almost be a natural green, if that was a real thing.

Sarah is super resistant to my beehives. Like she has basically forbidden me to give them to her because of the wear and tear that happens as a result of all the back-combing that has to happen when one gets a beehive. This, as you can imagine, pains me to no end because I want her give her a green beehive so bad, mostly because I have been forbidden them, but also because she is such a beauty and she has such great style, I just want to ice her cake with an epic beehive. You know how it goes.

Well, this time, we negotiated her beehive and compromised on some VERY light back-combing to build a low height/low impact beehive with all the decoration down low, so that the hairstyle felt more flapper and less of the doo-wop.

The Sarah Ann Marie


Here is how we got the look.

I started by sprinkling some Dry Shampoo into my boar-bristle brush, and brushing it through her crown, to soak up some oil and help add texture and loft.

I began some light back combing at her roots, up around her crown. I worked gently, so as not to piss her off. Nothing to tight or vigorous.

Once I felt satisfied in the amount of lift I had created at her roots, I smoothed all the hair back with my boar-bristle brush, just over the surface of the hair, keeping the back-coming in tact underneath.

I gathered the hair from the top half of her hair (with the exception of her side-bang section, which I left out for now) into a very low ponytail, held it against her head, and rotated it once at the base, towards one side.

This created a little ofset twist, which I pinned into place nice and snug with bobby pins. Then, I took the hair from below the top section, gathered it into a ponytail in my hand, and twisted it once against the head as well, in the same direction of the first twist, and pinned it snug to the head.

This created the scaffolding of the hairstyle…….Nice high, smooth top, and the rest secured to one side, where the free ends right where I wanted them……And it was time to start building the curls, the details which made the ‘do.

At this point, I started working a bit more free form, taking small strands of hair that hung from the 2 twists, rolling it into a pin-curl, and then pinning it into place, doing my best to hide the pins discreetly within the hairstyle.

To create a more polished look, before I rolled the pin-curl, I gave the section of hair a twist, creating a rope-like look for each curl. I varied the size of each curl to keep it organic.

I built the curls into the hairstyle, pinning them into each other, creating a messy grid of bobby pins under the curls, hidden away but crucial to the structure of the style.

At the end, I separated her side-bang section into a few pieces, and pin-curled them at the ends, and pinned them into the hairstyle alone the side.

What we ended with was a solid, soft yet classy hairstyle which decorated one side of her head in a gorgeous, delicate swath of green curls.

xo, HTHG



Bearded Lady Twists

7U6A3639Hello! How is everyone? Are you enjoying the end of Summer? Have any of you tried out any of this years Bethefair Hairstyles here at HTHG?

The last one from this series for 2015 is the Bearded Lady Twists, which are a modern take on the Bearded Lady Braids from 2 years ago:)

This time, the hairstyle is demonstrated on Brette Howard, using a Nikki Jacoby Hair Comb instead of hair sticks…..And Bearded Lady Twists are an absolute dream for dirty hair! So rock them on the 3rd day to keep your style fresh and jamming when you don’t have time to wash and dry.twists

This hairstyle works for hair slightly below shoulder length and longer.

Begin by sectioning off the entire top of the head, from behind one ear straight across the back to the other ear.

Take all the hair from the top section in one hand, and twist it several times as you wind it into a bun on top of your head.

Secure your bun with a hair comb, hair stick, or bobby pins.

Now, take all the hair from below in one hand, and begin to twist it, pulling it out from the head in one direction as you twist. Now, guide the twist up and around your bun in an ‘S’ shape, which it should want to do naturally. If it isn’t working, try winding it in the other direction.

Wrap the end of your twist around your bun, tucking and pinning it into place under the bun, to secure the second twist. Add as many pins as you need to make sure your twists are very secure.

Looking sharp, woman. #bethefair

xo, HTHG



The Paddle Braid

sarahannThis interesting braid is somewhere between Game of Thrones, and a beaver’s paddle-like tail. It is lovely and queenly in a slumpy sort of way……Odd, yet undeniably cool. The Paddle Braid is a different take on a classic french braid. It starts very low, and so the hair that gets added in continues all the way to the ends!

A Paddle Braid can be done on medium to long hair.

Today’s Bethefair hairstyle combines a paddle braid with a few accent braids to fancy it up a bit. Here is how we did it.sar

Begin by parting off both sides of the front of the head. Make a center part, and then bisect the center part with a part that goes over the top of the head from one ear to the other.

Make a braid on either side, all the way to the ends. Secure with a small elastic, and then deconstruct the braids a bit.

Now, take one braid and pull it across the back of the head, pinning it into place. Pull the other braid across the first braid, tucking and pinning the ends under the first braid. Add more pins as needed to secure your first two braids.

Now, beginning below your pinned braids, take a small section from the center of the hair that is down. Split it into 3 and begin to braid it.

Overlap 3 times, then start adding in a small bit of hair from either side as you overlap, as you would a classic french braid. Make sure you are using no tension at all when you add in your sections, but then make the braid itself nice and snug by overlapping with tension. This will create a tight and secure braid, with loose drape-y sides.

Work your way to the ends braiding hair in, then secure the end of the braid with a small elastic.

I promise you will be the only gal around with this hairstyle:) Enjoy!

xoxo, HTHG

The Jolene Braid Halo

7U6A4276Hello my dears! Today’s braid tutorial is called the Jolene Braid, because as I write this post, my daughters are singing Jolene by Dolly Parton at the tops of their little lungs, and I am thinking to myself If I ever have another daughter, I will name her Jolene. It is just a great name. I recommend listening to this legendary Dolly song while you braid your hair.

The Jolene Braid Halo, which actually consists of two fishtail braids, is demonstrated here on Brette Howard, at this Summer’s Oregon Country Fair.

It is a great hairstyle for shoulder length or longer hair, and can be done on curly hair, if you are good, patient braider:)

bretterbereHere is how to do it.

Starting with a center part, section off one side of the head, from the top of the head to the top of one ear.

Do a fishtail braid in that section. Braid till you get about 2-3 inches from the ends, then secure the end with a small elastic. Deconstruct your braid.

On the other side of the part, take a very small section of hair from the hairline, as if you were going to start a french braid. Begin fishtail braiding that small section. Once you have braided it about 2 inches, add some hair in from either side (as you would a french braid,) guiding your braid back and around your head.

Now, with your 2 fishtail braid sections which are slightly larger now, continue fish tail braiding. Once you have braided roughly another 3 inches, add hair to either side again, continuing to steer your braid around the head.

Continue your fishtail braid 3 more inches, and add in from either side again. Continue this pattern until your braid reaches the other side, right next to the first braid.

Braid to 2-3 inches from the ends, secure the end with a small elastic and then deconstruct your second braid.

Now, wrap your first braid around the front of your head, situating it either at the hairline or slightly behind, your choice. Tuck the end under the braid, and then pin the braid to the head with discreet bobby pins. Anywhere it feels loose, add more pins:)

Take your second braid and wrap it on top but slightly behind the first braid, so you can see both braids on the front of the head. Tuck the ends under the braid, and pin your second braid into place, trying to hide the pins as best you can.

Now, add flowers if you want, or just rock this gorgeous and complicated looking braid as-is…….Your hair will look tremendous from all angles.

Now don’t go stealing other women’s men with that hair, girl.

xo, HTHG


2 Easy Fair Hairstyles from #bethefair 2015

7U6A3533Hi babes! I’m here with a couple quick tutorials, in between posting for Filth and Beauty (blog officially launched!!!!!) conducting hair experiments, and hanging out with my kids.

Today, I’m pleased to share these hairstyles that I did at this years Oregon Country Fair, an event that is so dear to my heart that it gets it’s own HTHG category, #bethefair.

These hairstyles are both done on super dirty hair that is the perfect combination of greasy and dusty (Why we love festival hair so much;)

twistsThis first on, on Nikki, is just 2 french 2 strand twists, on either side of a center part. The ends are secured with clear elastics, and then one twist is pulled across to the other side and pinned under the twist, tail tucked out of the way.

The end of the second twist is rolled into a bun in the center, tail tucked under, and bun pinned securely and discreetly with bobby pins.

I love how the gorgeous texture of this twisted hairstyle, and how it looks with the contrast between her blonde hair and natural roots:)


This second hairstyle is just 2 dutch braids down a center part, situated close together. The ends are secured with elastics, and then the braids are deconstructed.

The end of one braid is pulled across and tucked under the other braid, pinned discreetly into place with bobby pins. The end of the second braid is pulled over the first braid, tail tucked under and pinned into place.

When camping or enjoying your Summer outdoors, longing for your hair to be pretty but out of your way, call upon these #bethefair hairstyles.

Hope y’al are enjoying yourselves!

xoxo, HTHG

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