Vikings, Viking hair and the Vikey-tail

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.34.13 PMSo I finally started watching Game of Thrones, after much pressure from my friends and readers. Mostly, I started watching it because I heard that the hair was cool in it. But soon, I was hooked on the scenery, costumes, the non-stop drama, the hair, the steamy sex scenes, and the dwarf. Yes, that’s right. We made it through season 2 and then guess what?! Season 3 is not available yet on Amazon Prime.

So my husband and I spent the next week hanging in space, not knowing how to spend our nightly hours together. Then, my friend Jules suggested that we watch Vikings to fill the void. She swore it was better than G.O.T. And being of Scandinavian descent, I was all like “Yah. Let’s do it”

We started watching it and got 3 episodes in and here is my analysis…….It is a low-budget G.O.T., with weak character development, a boring story line, a predictable plot, bad acting, and some really nice wild-man eye candy. So yah, I get it.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.21 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.35.09 PMAccording to the show Vikings, viking hair was kinda funny. Men had either short hair, shaved clean in the back half or long hair shaved on the sides and arranged into a strange kind of tail that I can only describe as a “vikey-tail” or a “vikey-pone” if you will. You choose.

Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.30 PM Screen Shot 2014-01-23 at 3.37.03 PMWomen had interestingly braided and twisted hair, slightly less polished than the regal ladies of G.O.T.

I decided to try my hand at vikey-styling. So, In honor of the Vikings of our past, I bring you today a hairstyle called the lady vikey-tail.

Lady Vikey Tail



1. Take a section of hair from each side, just above each ear at the front hairline. Join them together at the back of the head with a small elastic.


2. Flip the ponytail up, over, and through, topsy-tail style. Flip it once more (twice total.)


3. Take another small section from each side below the first two sections. Join them in the back with an elastic.


4. Topsy tail twice, and then tighten the twist by splitting the tail into 2 and pulling the pieces apart.


5. Take another two sections of hair from each side and join them in the back.


6. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.


7. Take two last sections from below the last ones. Join them together.


8. Topsy tail twice, and tighten.


You are now officially ready to storm Valhalla with the strength of Oden and the wits of Loki. I want to see you rock a Lady Vike-y Tail.



#DIYhair Friday….Knotty girl half-up hairstyle.

DSC02929Happy DIY hair Friday! Today, I present to you the Knotty girl half-up hairstyle! This is the easiest DIY hairstyle ever invented. If you are looking for a simple way to wear a half up look or get your hair out of your face, this is your 30 second hair fix. It is a tiny knot, secured with a pin.

The Knotty girl half up hairstyle is perfect for any hair type ( It looks amazing in naturally curly hair.) The hair needs to be shoulder length or longer to be able to make a complete knot.

Here is how to do it!

Knotty girl half-up hairstyle


1. Start by sectioning off the sides of the hair, from the top of the head to behind each ear. Take both side sections and twist them in each hand.

2. Bring the behind your head and tie them together.

3. Pull the ends tightly.

4. Tie them together again to make a knot.

5. Use a small bobby pin to discreetly pin the knot into the head, through the base and up towards the top of the head.

Like this hairstyle? Check out this french braid knot hairstyle!

Now have a knotty weekend;)


Scarf braids: The holy grail

DSC03768 DSC03750DSC03741So it took a while for me to catch on to this trend. I was not entirely feeling it for a while. But then I did the Sail away braid and I loved it. A couple days later, I happened to have my house to myself for several hours which literally never happens. I felt absolutely free and untethered. I played with scarves and braids all damn day. It took me a while to find my groove with scarf braids but I feel as if I hit my personal holy grail by the end of the day.

You will need a long silk scarf like this boho silk scarf wrap for these looks. You also might need some earrings like the ones I am wearing ( My holy grail of earrings) by Nikki J.

Here is how to get the look.

Scarf braid look 1.

This is a half up hairstyle that involves making a small french braid on either side of the head, incorporating a scarf into the braid, and then tying them together in the back and letting the free scarf ends hang loose.

PicMonkey Collage1. Start by making a side part. Center the scarf on your head, about an inch behind your front hairline.

2. Take a small section of hair from either side of the braid. These 2 pieces along with your scarf will make up your 3 braiding strands.

3. Start your braid, and begin adding in hair with each overlap. Be careful not to pull the scarf off center.

4. Work your french braid back until you reach the point just above and behind your ear. At this point, your french braid turns into a regular braid.

5. Braid the free end until you get to the very ends of your hair. Now pin your scarf braid to the very back of your head.

6. Repeat on the other side with the other end of the scarf in another french braid.

7. Stop your french braid above and behind the ear and then braid down the free end.

8. Attach your second braid to the back of your head by criss-crossing another pin over your first one.

Now situate your scarf ends and rock your flow-y scarf-y retro boho  hairstyle this summer.

Or maybe you want something more polished and less hippie. If you do, then continue on with the holy grail….

Scarf braid look 2.


So pretty, right? And pretty easy, too. I love how this hairstyle shows off just a hint of color from the scarf without being too dramatic.

Here is how to do this one.

1. Start by doing scarf braid look 1.

2. Tie the ends of the scarf into a flouncy bow.

3. Take all the hanging loose hair and neatly twist the ends while drawing the hair up into a basket like shape. Use your fingers to tuck the scarf bow into the basket of hair. The scarf acts as your hair rat, which is awesome!

4. Now wind the ends of the twisted hair into a bun and pin it discreetly into you previously criss-crossed bobbies (see step 8 of look 1.)

Pretty from all angles. Are you inspired? Need more scarf inspiration?

xoxo, HTHG


Maiden of Unicorn land half-up braid bun.

DSC00476I would like to feel like the queen of unicorn land all the time. But I can’t. It is just not practical. But any time I see a fair maiden in a fairy tale book or a painting, the little 6 year old in my heart sings a song. Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 9.15.40 PMI am inspired by the soft beauty of woodland fairies and fair maidens.Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 9.14.40 PM I also love Lisa Frank, still to this day. Screen Shot 2013-03-26 at 9.23.51 PMSo that being said, I want to share with you a maiden inspired half up hairstyle that is wearable any day of the week. Maybe your 6 year old heart will sing a song too.

By the way, this unicorn is rocking the unicorn horn of braids.

This queen of the ren-fair hairstyle works best on hair that is medium-long, and any texture will do. And the braiding technique is a new one. It is simple, and I don’t know why I didn’t discover it sooner. It is basically just making a free braid, and braiding the end of it into a new free braid, and then braiding that tail into another free braid, back and forth across the back of the head.

Here is how to do it.

half maid

1. Begin by making a side section on the left side of the head, from the top of the head to the back of the ear. Braid the section. When you get to the end of the braid, bring it across the back of the head to the other side.

2. Make a section on that side and start another braid, adding the tail of your first braid into one of your three braid pieces. Braid to the end, and take that braid back across to the other side.

3. Repeat with another small braid section, below your first one. Bring that braid back across to the other side.

4. Make one more braid from a small section below your second braid, braiding in the tail of the 3rd braid,

5. Bring the 4th braid across to the other side, and secure the end. Tuck the tail discreetly under the 3rd braid, and pin it to secure it.

Now saddle up your unicorn (Mine’s name is Molly) and go.



#DIYhair Friday…….Half-up braided flower.

IMG_0841This sweet little braided flower is a little whisper of pretty on an otherwise gray day. I did this to my hair on my first rainy day back in Seattle and it helped;) It is just a simple dutch braid across the top of the head, then the end of the braid is gently wrapped into a spiral-y bun on the side.

Because it is just a half up look, you can experiment with the rest of the hair as well. Wear it down, or in a bun, or make another braid if you want!

Here is how to do it.


1. Take all the hair from one side and brush it over to the other side in to begin with.

2. Start your braid at the temple of the non hair side.

3. Dutch braid across the top of the head.

4. Continue almost to the opposite temple. Braid all the way to the ends.

5. Now starting at the end of the braid, wind it gently back towards the crown all the way to the base of the braid. Pin your little flower bun flat to the head, doing your best to hide the pins.

Now gaze out the window at the rain. Have a lovely weekend.


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