Fierce Braids #8……Mad Max Braids

7U6A9144Hey babes. Little post-apocolyptic braid-spiration today, in the form of a pulled-back triple-Ribcage Braid.

This braid is a part of a 3 part progression, so check this post out for the basic technique, and then this post for more clarification:)

Here is the tutorial in a nutshell……

To get the look, part off the top section of your hair in a half circle from one temple to the other. Thoroughly brush out the tangles.

mad maxNow, split the top section into 3 equal sized sections of hair, as if you were going to braid it. Clip off the outside sections so you can easily access the center section. Do a Ribcage Braid down this center section, dropping bits of hair every time you overlap.

Braid halfway to the ends of the hair, then secure the braid with an elastic or a bobby pin so it doesn’t un-ravel.

Now, begin a braid in the second section, beside your first braid. Overlap 3 times, and then begin adding in the dropped sections from your first Ribcage Braid. You will be adding the sections in to the inner side of your braid only, so every OTHER overlap. Continue braiding and adding in your first braid’s dropped sections. Continue braiding halfway down the to the ends.

Now with your final section of hair, begin a 3rd braid, and start adding in the dropped sections from the other side of the first braid, in the same manner as the second braid. Continue braiding and adding, halfway to the ends.

Now gather the ends of your 3 conjoined braids in the back of your head, and pin them together with bobbyy pins, in some kind of cool way like the one show, or you can check this post for more inspired bobby pin geometry.

xo, HTHG


PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

Fierce Braids #6: The Ribcage Braid Technique

7U6A8530There are times in life when it is necessary to call upon the power of our inner warrioress. In times of uncertainty there is nothing more grounding than having our feet strongly planted on the ground, our faces tilted to the sun, and our hair swept back and boldly braided.

Welcome to the 6th edition of HTHG’s Fierce Braids feature. Today, we are going to talk about what I like to call The Ribcage Braid technique, how to do it, and how to use it to create these beautiful Warrioress braids.


This pretty hairstyle is quite easy to do, once you get the hang of the Ribcage Braid technique. Let me break that down for you, as simply as I can so that it doesn’t seem too confusing. Remember, babes……Braiding takes practice, so take it slow and easy. Once you get it, it will click, and then it is yours for life;)Ladder

To practice this braid, take a section of hair from the front of your head, on one side and begin a regular 3 strand braid.

Start it off with 3 overlaps.

Now, every time you overlap , take a very small bit of hair from the outside of your section and separate it from the braid, letting it fall out and hang down.

Continue braiding and dropping bits of hair as you go. Your braid should get thinner and thinner as you continue dropping sections.

If you are having trouble, practice this braid in the mirror a bit. Make sure that when you drop your little bits of hair, you separate them cleanly from the rest of the braid so they really fall out of your way. This will help a lot!

As you can see, you have created a braided spine with ribs radiating from it! Nice job:)

warrioress braids

Now you are ready for Warrioress Braids!

You will need a small clear elastic and 1 bobby pin for this one. And longish hair, for best results. ( This rules me out, ha! But just looking at this braid makes my hair grow faster;)

Begin by brushing all the tangles out of your hair. Now make a parting on one side of your head, from the top of the head to behind your ear. This will create your first section.

Begin a 3 strand braid with that entire section. After 3 overlaps, begin dropping  bits of hair as you braid. Here is the hitch, though……This hairstyle uses a Half-Ribcage (half rack?!) Braid meaning that you drop bits of hair every-OTHER overlap……So pieces of hair fall from only one side of the braid:)

Continue your Half-Rack Braid until it is long enough to reach the back of your head, with a couple inches to spare. Pin the end of your braid for now, to keep it from unraveling.

Repeat a Half-Rack Braid on the other side on your second section. Braid it to the same length as the first. 7U6A8508

NOW……..Un-pin your first braid, and take a braid in each hand. Join them behind your head. Combine the ends of both braids together, into one section, then split it into 3 and braid them together. Leave long ends hanging if you wish, and secure the braid with your clear elastic.7U6A8509

Grab your bow and arrow and get it, girl.

PS. Digging Birch’s vibe? Her overalls are from HTHG favorites Lykke Wullf, shot-gun blown cropped T from Totally Blown, and Moon-Power neck piece by Rainbow Kimono:)

xo, HTHG

Half-Up Braided Halo for Long Hair.

birchy haloHi honeys. Here is a pretty little half-up braided halo that I did on Birch’s beautiful long hair.

Here is how to do it:

Make 2 braids, on on each side, towards the back of the head and pretty high up. Fljp the braids up and tie them once, so that the ends hang down the opposite side. Stick a couple pins in there, where the braids feel loose. Be sure to pin the sides, where the braid ends overlap the opposite braid.

Take the ends of the braids, pull them up and overlap them across the top of the head again. Add more pins as needed.

Now take the ends of your braids, and tuck them in and under your braid halo, so that they are hidden. Add more pins as needed. Your braids should look like a mix between a halo and a french chapeau:)

Let the rest of your hair hang wild and free.

xoxoxox, HTHG

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

lazy girl vintage

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



Beauty Berry and Fir Braids.

Beauty berry and firHi babes! Welcome to hairstyle #2 in the Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series.

This one is a charming little half-up hair do featuring scrunched braids, with foraged Beauty Berries and greenery from a Douglas Fir.

This hairstyle is best done on medium to long hair. You can use whatever greenery and berries you can find around your neighborhood for it.

To begin with, spray your hair down with a texture spray like this one. BTW, after working with Masterbraider wave spray, Corrina the lovely model in this tutorial said……

“This Masterbraider is the product I’ve been waiting for my whole life. My hair feels so thick and looks amazing!”

Glad you love it, lady. It really is magic for fine and slippery hair.

Prepare your greenery by cutting it into small pieces that can easily be pinned into the hair.

Begin the hairstyle by criss-crossing 4 bobby pins in the very back of your head. This will give you something to pin the berries and fir and braids into;)

Use bobby pins to pin in your plants securely to your criss-cross pins. Keep adding plants until your arrangement looks balanced and pretty without being to big or heavy.

Now, on one side of your head, take a large section of hair, including all the hair from your hairline, and make a braid. Once you reach the ends, pinch 2 of the strands from your 3 strand braid between the fingers on your dominant hand, while pinching the 3rd strand between the fingers of your other hand.

7U6A8964Holding the one strand in place, pull your 2 strands upward towards the base of the braid, scrunching it towards the head. It will create a cool looking braid that you may never knew existed. Well now, on your head, it officially does;)

Now, gather your 2 short strands in with your one long strands, and adjust the braid so that it is long enough to reach across to the back of the head, with an inch or so to spare. Pin the braid into your criss-crossed pins, covering the pins that secure the berries and fir.

Repeat this on the other side. Pin your second braid over the first one, covering any bobbies, and pinning into the criss-cross pins, not across the top of the braid. The key is to hide those pins as well as you can.

Voila! Perfect hair for your upcoming Solstice Party.

xoxo, HTHG


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