Fierce Braids, a HTHG Feature Series.

7U6A2121 7U6A2122Hi dears! A new series is happening here at HTHG, and it is inspired by Fierce Lady Nordic Warriors, and how their hair would have looked, (according to my imagination;)

All the hairstyles in this series are based on simple braids, but with some exciting and super easy embellishments. Me thinks you will be in for some unexpected DIY hairstyling surprises!

Check out the first tutorial from this awesome series over at Hairromance, and be on the lookout for the rest of them which will be published exclusively here at HTHG!

Here for more Viking Hair for Fierce Babes.

xoxo, HTHG

Talking Hair with Hairromance

IMG_3518Hey babes. Today, I am excited to be able to share with you an interview with a woman who has really played a hand in inspiring my journey as a Hair blogger. Meet the effervescent and lovely Christina Butcher, blogger at Hairromance, published author of Braids, Buns, and Twists, Queen of Pinterest, and naturally curly Aussie fox.

IMG_3521Christina was gracious enough to share with us a bit about her journey to loving her hair, as well as her favorite hair tips, tricks and products. I am so pleased to be featuring her on HTHG, because she is a badass hair loving lady with some serious skills in teaching others to love their own hair. And that is what HTHG is all about! So Christina, thank you for doing all you do for us and our hair sense:)

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 You talk about the one haircut that changed your life. Tell us more about what the cut looked like, how it was different than other cuts, and why it changed your hair game.

 

I didn’t grow up with curly hair. It just appeared during puberty and I really didn’t know how to deal with it. My mum had short hair and wasn’t much help with hair. After cutting all my hair off (a super short pixie!) I felt so free from my hair. It was as I decided to grow it back that I became best friends with a hairdresser who really understood curls. When my hair was a few inches long he told me my hair was curly and I was shocked. He gave me a simple box layered cut that was quite rounded in shape. It was life changing as I could easily style my hair and achieve great curl every day. It really encouraged me to love my hair and started my hair romance.

You know a thing or two about embracing natural curls. What have been your biggest and greatest hair discoveries as a naturally curly woman?

 

I used to be worried that my hair was dry but it’s natural for curly hair to have a dry texture. The huge bonus is that I don’t have to wash my hair as often and so I can save myself so much time. I sleep with my hair pineapple’d on top of my head and can make my curls last for days. When they get too messy, braids save the day.

I know your hair can get major big, and I know you love big hair. What are your favorite tricks for achieving hair as high as the heavens?


I love volume powder. It’s a game changer with hair styling for me. I love it to add some height to curly hair (which can lay a little flat naturally). I also use it to fatten up my braids. A little sprinkle of powder on the finished style lets me pull out the hair wider so it looks thicker.

For those who don’t like using a lot of product, I have a simple trick for when I’m air drying my curls. I part my hair in a deep side part on the opposite side to the way I wear my hair. Then when my hair is about 80% dry, I flip it back over to the right side and you have so much more volume on top. 

 What is your current hair routine/regimen?


I wash my hair every 3-4 days (sometimes a little longer!). I use a sulphate free shampoo and always do a hair treatment. I’ll comb my hair while I condition my hair and then gently squeeze out any moisture and let my curls air dry. I alternate between a mousse or curl cream depending on what I’m testing for the blog. If I’m in a rush I’ll use my diffuser to hurry the drying process along. I finish with a few drops of oil or a serum to tame the frizzies.

Fortnightly I also do an oil treatment (Darshana) on my hair.

 Who is your all-time hair idol?


Probably Gwen Stefani. Her hair is amazing and she never has any regrowth. It’s a platinum miracle.

 What haircut currently gives you major envy?


I would love super long mermaid hair but the maintenance would be such a pain. I also love a blunt bob with a fringe but it just won’t work with my hair. 

Do you have any advice for someone who is perpetually frustrated with their hair?

 

Getting to know your hair is the first step. You have to get to a place of acceptance as to what your hair really looks like. Understand that all magazine photos are photo-shopped and that most, if not all, celebrities are wearing hairpieces and have way more time than you to style their hair.

Then start practising styles that you can do in your hair. Build up an easy hair-drobe of hairstyles that you can wear any day. 

Stop comparing and start loving your hair. I promise that your hair will love you back.

 Do you have any hair tricks that have been passed down from your mother or grandmother?

 

Sleep on a silk pillowcase. It’s softer and smoother than cotton and you’ll wake up with less frizz in the morning.

What are your favorite up-and-coming companies in the hair biz?

 

One of my faves is Original and Mineral. They’re an Australian company with a focus on low chemical formulas but they don’t skimp on the look and feel of their products. They’re eco-conscious and their products really work. I especially love 7 Day Miracle and Frizzy Logic. I also use their ammonia free permanent colour on my hair.

 Do you have any exciting creative projects that you are working on for the blog this year that you would like to share?

 

I’m in the planning stages of a new book all about curly hair! It’s about time that curly girls had more examples of really curly hair and hairstyles they can do. I’m sick of seeing straight hair curled and then called curly.

Sing it, girl!

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(Photo from the Braids for short hair tutorial)

Where and how do you find inspiration for all the lovely hairstyles that you invent?

 

I’m often inspired by necessity – like part of my hair looks ok but the side is a mess so I’ll create a new side braided style. I also look to fashion weeks for new trends that I can adapt for real girls. Pretty much I just love playing with hair!

 

Christina, a big thank you from all of us for your HTHG feature!!!!

 

Here are 2 of my favorite Hairromance tutorials….

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And the Side braided hairstyle (I LOVE her colors here:)

 A little side note…….Want to start a beauty blog? Christina is featuring Beauty Blog School on Hairromance, so get in now while you can. She is a wonderful teacher.

Side braided hairstyle (I LOVE these colors:).

Check out Christina’s braiding e-book

Her DIY bride hair and makeup book

 

And my favorite, her beautifully printed hairstyle book, Braids, Buns and Twists.

xoxo, Hairromance and How-to Hair Girl

The Victoria Chignon

nixHello dears! Here is a pretty little hairstyle for those of you who like a braid and a bun, but want a little more volume and poof to it. This hairstyle is a great one for dirty, 3rd or 4th day hair, as it looks great with some messy texture.

The Victoria Chignon can be done on medium to long hair. For best results, the hair should be prepped with hair powder to soak up a bit of oil from the roots and add a bit more volume.

To begin with, use a boar bristle brush to gently back-comb the underside of the top section of the hair. This will build some volume.

Smooth the hair back over the back combing.

Begin a loose french braid at the front hair line.

Pull hair from the smooth surface, leaving the backcombed hair underneath undisturbed. The braid will sit lightly on top of the poof that you created!

Braid to the center of the back of the head, then use a bobby pin to secure the braid into the head, leaving the rest of the hair falling free straight down the back.

Gather all the rest of the hair into a loose ponytail, and begin to twist it from the base to the ends.

Wind the hair into a loose bun, tucking the end into the base.

Use large bobby pins to secure the bun to the head. Now pull some soft pieces down around your face to finish the ‘do.

7U6A2345This hairstyle looks gorgeous with a Nikki Jacoby hair comb to hold it in place, btw.

Enjoy! xo, HTHG

 

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

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