The Side-Roll

7U6A6205Hello! Today, I am excited to introduce you to a vintage hairstyle made intentionally wonky. I am a fan of imperfection and asymmetry, so this is the HTHG version of a classic roll.

You can see a hairstyle like this one demonstrated on Youtube with a lot of preparation and involvement, and a lot of hairspray…..This here version is less fussy and way quicker. And you have my permission to not try and perfect it, but to practice it until you can at least get it securely in your hair, and then let it deconstruct itself a bit over the course of the day. It is a hairstyle that looks lovely when rough and lived in:)

This particular side roll was demonstrated on the stunningly lovely young Cameron, who has the look of a Viking Shield Maiden no matter what she does. Her hair is thick and fine, which is the hardest sort of hair to secure in a hairstyle like this. My secret weapon? Masterbraider, Duh!

When in doubt of your hair staying where you want it to, a pre-misting with Masterbraider texture spray is a must! why? because it has enough salt in it to give a whale a stroke. And it will make your hair into a material that moves like wool and can be molded into anything. master

This hairstyle is best done on medium-long hair. To begin with, prep dry hair with texture spray. Flip your head upside down and spritz it evenly all over.

Do some light back combing around the crown of the head to create a little volume and texture.

Create a grid of criss-crossed pins across the back of the head, slightly at a diagonal. It should begin roughly at one side of the nape of the neck, and end behind the opposite ear. This will be the scaffolding to hold up your roll;) Each pin should slightly overlap the last one so that your criss-cross is continuous.

Now, bring all the hair over one shoulder and gather it into a ponytail band, at the ends. The band should be about 3 inches from the very ends of the hair.

Begin to roll the ponytail upwards, tucking the ends in as you roll. Use both hands to carefully roll the ponytail all the way to the head. The roll should lay roughly on top of your criss-cross pins.

Now use as many bobby pins as you need to to secure the roll to the criss-cross pins. I suggest pushing your pins downwards through the hair on the head and through the inner edge of the roll, into the criss-cross pins….this will keep your pins hidden while securing your roll. It may feel like you have a ton of pins in your hair, that is okay! You need that scaffolding strong!

7U6A6010Use a few large bobbies to secure the sides of the roll…..I suggest pushing them against the head and straight into the roll horizontally from each side, grabbing the inside of the roll and attaching it to the head. see how that works in the picture above?

7U6A6006Here is another finished look of the roll, along with Birch’s Knotted Fishtail Bun from the same shoot.

Here is the Knotted Fishtail Bun decorated with flowers and berries.7U6A6143

You can decorate your roll with flowers or plants if you want! I totally think you should.

PS. Cats love this hairstyle too.

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xoxo, HTHG

Queen of the Plants and my attempt at poetry.

7U6A9140Gray mist blurs line between land and sky, so thick you can hear it’s whisper.

Slick pavement, mud and moss. Creeping weeds emerge from concrete cracks, reclaiming their land among other living things.

Dew drops collect in palms of a cupped leaves, ready to race down veins and jump to safety in a wet grass carpet.

When the civilized world is willed to disappear, and all is quiet but the mist, the plants begin to speak in dialects you can almost understand. You are a queen in a foreign land of living green.

Hey babes. I wrote this little poem to try and illustrate how much joy I get from plants and the world of flora in general. There is nothing that brings me more peace and inspiration than walking in a quiet place and looking at, touching, smelling, chewing on, listening to plants. It is a literal orgy of sensation and beauty.

With that said, here is the last tutorial (sniff, sniff) from the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles series.

We will bring the series back in the Spring, though. I am hoping that it will become a seasonal series that just keeps going and going.corrThis lovely hairstyle consists of a crown lace braid……Or in simpler terms, a french braid that goes around the head, adding hair in to only one side of the braid as you go. This is the difference between a regular french braid and a lace braid: When doing a french braid, you will add hair into your braid every time you overlap. In a lace braid, you add in to only one side. This creates a braid that is connected on one side but appears to be floating on the other. In the case of this hairstyle, you will add hair only to the under side of the braid (the bottom edge.)

1. Make a side part, and start your braid on the heavy side. Start with 3 braid sections, and begin adding in hair from the bottom as you braid down the side of your head.

2. Continue towards the back of the head, guiding the braid around the head. Don’t worry about it being messy or loose, it will look better that way!

3. Keep braiding towards the other side of the head. You should run out of hair to add in right around the temple.

4. Continue braiding down the free end of the braid. Secure the end with a clear elastic.

5. Now starting at the end of your braid, pull it apart from either edge. Work your way around the head, pulling apart the braid to widen it and rough it up a bit.

6. Now pull the end of your braid across the top of your head and tuck the end under the lace braid to hide it. Use several bobby pins to secure your braid to your head. Stick more pins in as needed.

Now, use sticks and leaves and berries to finish off your braid. Just stick them right in by their stems, and use bobby pins if you need to. Remember, you are queen of the plants today. You are wise to choose only plants that can spare foliage without causing harm, even forage from the ground. Be wild and free. Get it.

xoxo, Corrina and HTHG

Long Hair Knotted Fishtail Chignon

7U6A6025 7U6A6033Hey babes! Here is a sneak peek of a post I did for Latest-Hairstyles last month. Jump on over and learn how to do this beautiful fishtail knotted bun.

…….This is Roxie from How-To Hair Girl coming at you with a cozy bun to warm up your winter hair game. The knotted fishtail chignon is a lovely hairstyle for all you long-haired ladies out there to pair with a cozy sweater and make a bold statement on the back of your head!

Lazy Girl Vintage hair: Roll a fat one today

7U6A0563This hairstyle just slays me. Before I chopped my hair, I stumbled upon this super easy fake Victory Roll, and found that I could do it in less than one minute. It became my go-to dirty hair style for when I didn’t want to wear my hair down on the 4th day in between ShamPHree-in’

Remember the Victory Roll tutorial from a few years back? This is similar, but a little more of a futuristic take on the look.  I love that even though my hair is shorter now, I can still do this ‘do. If you want to achieve this hairstyle on shorter hair, you just need to have longer hair in the front than the back. I will share my shortie version soon:)

Here it is, y’all.

The Lazy Girl Vintage Roll

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So as always, starting out with a misting of texture spray is a good idea to help control this roll and make it stay.

Start by sectioning off the top of the head, from above each ear across the back.

Take the entire top section, and twist it upward like you are going to do a quick french twist.

Continue twisting as you pull the twist forward.

Begin to wrap the ends of the twist into a bun on the top of your head. You don’t want it to be too tight, because you want it to be a large-ish bun that looks more like a roll. To get the roll effect, push the bun into the base of the twist , and gently pull out on the edges so that the bun is set back inside a bit.

Pin the bun into place. Use as many pins as you need to, but be discreet with them. Here is a ‘pin a bun’ tutorial:)

For extra sassy results, do this hairstyle on hair that has been pin-curled!

xoxoxox! HTHG

 

 

A cozy New-Years Day hairstyle.

Hey babes. How are you all doing? I am good, just sippin’ green tea when all I really want is coffee. And thinking about easy hairstyles that are great for wintertime and cozy sweaters, sitting in front of a fireplace with a little cup of cocoa, or maybe coffee. Or possibly even a toddy of some sort. And I’m imagining that it is New Years Day.

7U6A0519This hairstyle comes to mind……..A 5 step little flip and roll, for hair that is shoulder length an longer. This hairstyle is neat and tidy and simple and lovely, try it next time you throw on your coziest sweater.

I can’t personally get enough of these sorts of these Scandinavian sweaters. I hit the mother load of them while cleaning out my dads closet this past year, and I’m thrilled to finally get to wear them, by the way. And paired with the hair, I get a bit of a 60’s in Aspen vibe. It’s good. It’s actually great, I think.

flip n rollStart with 2nd or third day hair. Spray in some texture spray if your hair is slippery and doesn’t want to stay put.

Brush all your hair into a low ponytail. Secure with a hair band.

Open up a hole in the base of your ponytail, just above the band.

Flip the ponytail up and through the hole, and pull it out the bottom.

Now take the end of the ponytail and roll them up and around your pointer finger of your dominant hand. Catch the very ends with the other pointer, and begin to roll the hair up towards the scalp with your fingers.

Use 2 large bobby pins to pin the roll into the hair from each side, into the roll, securing it to the head.

Easy right? I thought you might like that one:)

xoxo, HTHG

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