Basic 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.
Hair 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.
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.
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.
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
Here 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
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.
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.
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:)
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
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 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.
Welcome back, babes. We are just on an Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles bender here at HTHG, If you haven’t noticed. We just can’t seem to stop sticking things in our hair to celebrate the season. Thank you for bearing with us:)
This one is a sweet little braid, done on my daughter Marley. I felt very drawn to Hen and Chicks a few weeks back, when 2 friends of mine were due to give birth any minute. I kept seeing Hens and Chicks everywhere, or maybe noticing them for the first time because of the miracle of human multiplication that seemed to be happening all around me.
Witnessing childbirth is really magical because it is like the splitting if one soul and body, simultaneously, into 2. This creation of new life is also an extension of a universal life. This miracle also happens to be how the Hen and Chicks plant (Sempervivum) grow…… Sempervivum translates literally into Live Forever because these little plants propagate so quickly and bountifully, multiplying and extending the eternal mother life forever.
With this in mind, I give you….
Hen and Chicks Braids
Begin by finding a rock wall or hedge in your neighborhood. Look in the cracks to see if you can find Hen and Chicks growing. They are all over the place!
Carefully, by the base of the plant where the green connects to the root, pluck several hens and several chicks of different sizes. If you take them roots and all, you will be able to wear them in your hair, and then re-plant them when you are done!
To make your braid, flip your head upside down and start a fishtail braid in a small section of hair at the nape of the neck.
Braid about an inch and a half….. Now, add in hair to both sides, working your way from the base, upwards toward the top of your head.
(for reference, this braid is the Blood Eagle Braid in reverse;)
Continue fishtail braiding, adding in hair every inch and a half or so. Once you have added all your hair in, and your braid is at the top of your head, continue braiding to the end of the hair, then secure the end with an elastic.
Now, using hairpins, pierce gently through the roots of your Hen and Chicks, and pin them into your braid to adorn your crown. Have any friends who are about to give birth? Share this one with them, or do their hair for them with the Hen and Chicks Braid!
Hi my dears! I want to share this little hairstyle that I shot a few months ago, back when my blue nangs were bangin.
I was having a hopeless hairday when my hair just felt so short, and I felt helpless to wear it any other way then just down and blah. I decided to challenge myself to see if I could pull off the worlds little-ist short hair french twist……And to my suprise it looked quite cute, especially after I added a little vine-y floral touch to it. (duh!)
To get this look on short hair, the trick is to split the hair into 2 sections, one on top of the head, and one underneath.
The top section is twisted and pinned from the top downwards, and then the bottom section is twisted and pulled up and over the ends of the first twist, and then pinned snuggly into place to create the look of one twist. I had to use many pins and do quite a bit of tucking……That is where the little flowers came in handy, to hide all the pins;)