Winter Color Musings

Hi dears. In the spirit of bringing color to these dark days, I busted out my color kit this week and started mixing. Working with extension hair to practice my technique, I experimented with painting circular portals and mandala-like designs using Manic Panic color and Tinge Pastels.

As always, playing with color shoots me back into student mode…..as I create, I learn. The rainbow is the best teacher I have ever had. This time, we added more black into the mix, exerimenting with shadows and layering tones very intricately.

I kept finding myself irritated with the loudness of the color, it was not reflecting what I was feeling or seeing around me. It felt dissonant and grating. So, I covered everything in a cloud of dark gray and took a sigh of relief!

As I painted, I  listened to talk radio and reflected on the Bill of Rights, something I am interested in understanding better. I drank dark Coffee mixed with Chaga tea and Cacao. Twas a dark and dreamy day.

What do you do to get through the darkness of Winter?

The Ultimate DIY Hair Color Guide

This is an educational guest-post from Patrick Lenhoff, who reached out to me a few months back about contributing to HTHG. I said ” YES! we are about due for another post about safer ways to color your own hair at home!.”

This is a topic that I get asked about a lot, both from the perspective of chemical safety and our health, and for those on the pursuit of great results with home hair color, without spending a fortune or risking hair disaster.

As usual, my go-to recommended at-home color line is Madison Reed I absolutely love their color and their philosophy, as far as traditional hair color is concerned. Their formulations are made in Italy, where safety standards are much higher and they offer a lot of very easy to access support for choosing the right color, as well as a subscription service for people who want their shade sent to them in the mail as needed.

They also offer a great Color Gloss Treatment for reviving color in between dye sessions.

Madison Reed is a Bay Area based women-run company who is committed to safety, and great results for the DIY woman. Check them out through the links above or by clicking the add on my sidebar!

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The Ultimate DIY Hair Color Guide

Using the right hair color can help transform your looks by adding sparkle to your eyes, cover grays and enliven your skin tone. However, it may be quite expensive to get it done at the salon as this can run upwards. If you are looking to know more about how you can do this beauty routine at home, then you need to follow this Ultimate DIY Hair Coloring Guide. It presents easy and effective ways of performing home hair coloring that will match professional hands.

There is no reason why you can’t touch up your hair right from the comfort of your home unless you plan on taking black hair to platinum blonde. Apart from its relative cost effectiveness, it presents a great means of enhancing beauty and creating a gorgeous look. However, it is important to note that you could end up making a very costly mistake especially if you don’t know what you are doing. So ensure to follow this laid down principles to avoid ruining your hair.

Choose The Right Box Of Hair Dye

img_4900Your ability to rightly choose the box of hair dye is obviously the first step. In order to avoid creating excessive breakage and dryness, it is best you pick a hair dye that contains a limited amount of harmful ingredients like alcohol, peroxide, and ammonia. Unlike permanent dyes, most semi and demi-permanent variants can make the hair far less rough due to their inability to lift even after depositing color.

 

Choose The Right Shade

Your ability to select the right shade will determine how natural you want your hair to look. The picture on the box can be misleading so you can’t just rely on that. The best thing to do is to focus more on the numbers that represent the relative shade and the words used to describe them. If you are looking to combat brassiness, those colors described as “ash” will be suitable for you since they contain more green tones. Remember, there’s only so much you can do about that. Combating brassy hair after being chemically altered is one of the myths of at home hair dyeing.

Please note that “neutral” which often applies a blue base to the shade can also mean several different things. Expect to have purple tones when you use shades with violet in them while you stand to incorporate more yellow tones with “golden” which is a great option for concealing gray hair.

If you want to know how the color will work on your hair, the guide on the side of the box can serve as an estimate. Numbers are used to represent how dark the dye will be on a scale of 1 to 12 – the higher the number, the lighter the shade. While 4 is quite dark, 1 is black, and 12 is platinum blonde. This will help you know how the color will work on your hair.

FYI  Madison Reed takes a lot of the guess work out of choosing your shade!img_4589

Ensure To Read Instructions On The Box

Take time to carefully read all the instructions on the box before you even start dyeing your hair. Do not skip any step as they are all very important. Especially in dark dyes, there are certain ingredients that can cause peculiar skin reactions.

In order to ensure you will avoid them, it is best you protect your skin and nails by using the recommended gloves. Also, a head full of color can really get anyone woozy. So, ensure to dye your hair in an area that is well-ventilated. These and many more are part of the DIY hair coloring guide you will find on the box.

Make Olive Oil And Vaseline Your Best Companions

When dying your hair, it is good to always have a tub of Vaseline on hand. You really need a generous dab of Vaseline especially if you are going with a dark color. In order to keep the hair dye from staining your skin, you need to apply the petroleum-based moisturizer, gel, Vaseline or any thick solution along your ears, neck, hairline and temples.

This presents a cheap and effective solution to having blotchy dye stains on your skin. After, you can get rid of them by dabbing the affected area with a cotton ball soaked in olive oil.

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A recently washed hair does not dye well like an unwashed hair. This is because the hair’s natural oils which help to provide strands with full protection have all been removed. Although this practice is highly recommended, no one would really enjoy showing up at the salon with dirty hair. This explains the advantage of doing your hair at home.

Beware Of Dyeing Pre-Dyed Hair

If you have an already-colored hair, it is recommended you proceed with caution. Getting an even, undamaged result requires a much more complicated process that can better be handled by a professional. There are greater risks of overprocessing-related chemical haircuts, hot roots, and striped or patchy color. Whether you are using the same color of your recently dyed hair or not, it is best you consider your options before making an attempt to dye over it.

Do Your Upkeep

7u6a5842Even after dyeing your hair successfully (i.e. without any major mishaps), it is important not to overlook the need for an upkeep, so as not to ruin your hard work. This process is just as important as the dyeing process itself. As long as you want it to last, it is important to avoid frequent washing. Condition your hair well, limit heat-styling, use spray-on sunscreen and color-protecting products and always use hats to protect it from the sun.

This ultimate DIY hair coloring guide can help build in you the confidence you need to safely dye your hair at home.

About the author:

Patrick Lenhoff is a freelance writer with a great interest in everything related to hair. On his website, ShavingSolution ,He loves writing articles about grooming. “Our look reflects our personality. We should keep that in mind!”, says Patrick.

THANK YOU PATRICK for sharing this post with us!

xo, HTHG

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As a DIY hair blogger who is committed to quality information and tips for better hair care, I am a proud affiliate of Madison Reed as well as many other companies who’s ethics and goods I personally use and believe in.

for more on DIY Hair Color, check out Do’s and Don’ts of DIY Color.

Free Your Hairoscope: Capricorn

coverFriends old and new, after years of thinking, planning and dreaming on a Hair Horoscope, I am finally launching our monthly Free Your Hair HAIROSCOPE.

I never did land on a very fixed vision of what this Hairoscope would look like……And so I decided to just go for it, write from what I know and love, collaborate with artists and healers that I love, and offer this series as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.

With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!


img_6721-1For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.

This month, we honor the Capricorn.

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Moon Deck Ritual:

(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)

 

Hair Brush Mantra:

Every relationship is a lesson in love, challenging us to go deeper into the infinite realm of intimacy. Connection is in our nature and vital to our health. Above any outside relationship, however, when we drop into a loving romance with ourselves we heal the blocks to true intimacy and can share more deeply with one another. 

Every woman has gone through something that has changed her in some way. Barriers to intimacy may be rooted to distant or recent experiences. Wherever you are on this path, this card asks you to remain open. Trust that you can forge rich loving connections with others, intimacy comes in many forms. Adjust your perspective. Walk as a loved woman. Embrace your most intimate romance-the one you have with yourself. Lean into your own heart and feel the warm embers of your love. 

Here is Your Hair Mantra for this month.

Love and Intimacy flow into my life (and hair! ) effortlessly.

Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. 7u6a0145

Rose Blessing:

Roses have been cherished for centuries for their sensual nature. They evoke the spirit of love and uplift the mood. Find fresh or dried roses that have no toxic sprays of chemical pesticides for this ritual. Fill them with prayers of love.

-Infuse rose petals in hot distilled water (approx. 1 part petals to 2 parts water.) Steep several hours or overnight for more fragrant potency.

-Rose Bath: Add both steeped roses and rose water to a hot bath or a beautiful basin. Soak and scrub your face/body/hands/feet/scalp and hair to nourish your skin and spirit. Welcome love and intimacy as you visualize flowers blossoming in your heart center and petals surrounding your crown.

Hair Advice:

Take stock of the times that you have been made to feel less than great about your hair. Which of these stories have become the stories that you tell yourself to be true?

A hairdresser once told me that my hair was really thin. It became my belief that I had thin hair, and that it was a bad thing. A boy in middle school said my hair made me look like a man. I have spent most of my life convinced that my hair is mannish and it has made it hard for me to understand and embrace my own feminine side, let alone my own masculine side. My kids say I have clown hair. I am embracing my inner clown:)

A great first step to building love and intimacy with our own hair and our own selves is remembering these stories and then letting them go, or reframing them into positivity.

Capricorn, retell these stories and rewrite your own truths about your hair. Write a love letter to your hair and all of it’s quirks, remembering that no two heads of hair in this entire world are exactly the same. If you are stuck in a hair rut ( hand eternally raised. ) Vow to try something different in this new year.

Cap Challenge: Dear Caps, we honor your need for simplicity and streamlined organization…..We understand that lightening your load of clutter is necessary for that radical forward thinking which keeps you ignited. This month, we challenge you to take some time to go through your bathroom shelves and cabinets and take a good look at your product and self-care tool load. Check expiration dates, ingredient lists, and shake down whether each bottle and brush and tool feels worthy of living on your alter of self care.

As we grow and change, often we outgrow existing routines….We learn to be more choosy and intentional with our belongings, with things we allow into our lives. Keep only what serves you in health and love. Keep only what allows you to honor yourself as you are today…..Get rid of all that suggests that you need to strive to be someone or something different. Begin to build that Self Care Alter with conscious, loving care. img_6711

Thanks for being with us today!

Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Capricorns, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.

What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.

xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck

 

 

Witches I Love: Words with Siddal Farmer

Welcome back for our next edition of Season of the Witch, from our Witches I Love series featuring witchy women with unseen powers and beautiful insight on owning their inner Witch.

I am producing this series with the intention to be witness to a conversation that I feel is really important, in this time when owning our own powers and using them for good is of utmost and dire potency.

These women are ordinary, extraordinary humans just like each of you who are read this today.

 


Meet Siddal. She is a woman, a mother, a partner, a ceramic artist, a hairstylist and a Witch (to name just a few of the many things that she is.)

We met when we worked together as hairstylists. We bonded over motherhood and cooking and our partnerships and our families and all those little things that are shared in the back room of a feminist hair salon.

Siddal and I started sitting together monthly in a full moon circle with a small group of women last year, a tradition which started when the Summer turned to Fall but faded away with the Holidays. We are still working on getting the group together again. It will happen, and in the meantime, I observe the full and new moons with a new sense of purpose and intention. The circle remains unbroken.

What Siddal brought to the group was a deep knowledge and reverence for the Craft itself. Siddal comes from a traditional and disciplined practice of Wicca, which she has studied for years both independently and within the structure of a coven. She weaves this earth-based spirituality and tool-kit for divination very beautifully into her daily life…….Naturally, as a woman who has really inspired my path, I asked her if she would take part in this interview series.

Today, we thank Siddal for sharing her experience, and we hope that her words enrich your life and further empower your journey, whatever the path may be.

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What does the term Witch mean to you?

I came across the acronym W.I.T.C.H many years ago…Women In Total Control of Herself. Sums it up pretty well! A witch knows herself and strives to harnesses her power in all ways. Her shadow side and her sun lit side. She loves, protects and works in harmony with the Earth. She respects the balance of nature and acknowledges, embraces, and celebrates the cycles of the Earth and Nature. She celebrates the Goddess within herself and others. She is someone who doesn’t let stuff just happen to her. She is not passive and allows that the universe gives her lessons but doesn’t just sit back and waits…she takes action.

 

How does one know that one was a Witch?

For me it was something always under the surface, a sound, a mummer …when I finally recognized that part of myself it was like a chord was struck. I felt in harmony with the Earth and Elements….a coming home. I think it is different for everyone. Don’t be afraid to be quiet and listen to those inner voices. They are so wise!

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Intention and manifestation

Thought and action. But learning how they influence each other and how to focus is key. Your intention needs to be so clear and focused to manifest. For me prayer, spellwork, intention and manifestation are all one. Spellwork has been helpful because having concrete items or props (stones, herbs, food, candles) to focus my intentions helps me to stay clear and grounded. Also helps to keep that focus present so your higher consciousness can do its work. I’ve had many experiences with spells coming to fruition in amazing ways….. my husband was called forth from a spell in high school! I wrote my intentions for my perfect partner, with a long list of wants and needs…. we started dating the next year. I told him about the spell, he was skeptical! But we have been together for 18 years now. Even during our difficulties I remind myself that there is something to learn. I manifested this relationship and I asked for someone who would challenge me! Caveat- This was not a love spell. It was not directed at a particular person…I do not believe it is ok to mess with some ones free will. My coven once did work for a friend who asked for help. She was pregnant and was torn about what to do about it.… not an ideal situation for her. We focused our intentions on helping her with decisions, keeping her safe and the best outcome for all involved. She ended up miscarrying a few weeks later. Although a very difficult thing for her she did believe it was the best thing at that time. We did more work afterwards on healing, understanding, and forgiveness.

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How do you think a coven is magnified in power to an individual Witch?

Greater numbers = greater power. Laws of attraction…like attracts like. When I practice solitary I feel empowered but when I was in a coven or practicing with others I can really feel the magnitude of our collective power. It’s a physical thing, the power. A buzzing, thrumming, intensity. It’s magnificent! If all of the women in the world could focus their power together we would be unstoppable!

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Where would you direct a women who is interested in exploring her inner Witch?

I started with books, Im a voracious reader and really feel connected to books. Starhawks Spiral Dance was one of the first books I read that wasn’t mythology or fable. It made so much sense to me. Things started clicking after that. Really any of her books are wonderful. And if you are a fan of fiction her novel, The Fifth Sacred Thing is so powerful!! Other authors I’ve enjoyed –Scott Cunningham, Merlin Stone- When God was a Women, The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler….

But also learn to sit with yourself. Meditate under the Full and New Moon. Start paying attention to nature and the cycles of the Earth. Find the quiet in your life and honor it.

 

img_6643How do facets of our souls effect the process of owning our power?

I think some women shy away from owning their power because of a fear of the shadow side….but you can’t have light without dark. Balance is so important and needs to be considered with every intention. Delve into your shadow side, without knowing it you cannot be balanced.

 

Why do you think it is so hard for some of us to own our own power?

Partly the way most women are raised in our society…I’d like to think it is changing…but the fear that so many of us have and experience creates a block to access our power. Strong women are not looked kindly upon. You are a bitch if you speak up, a whore if you show any comfort in your own sexuality….

If we can learn to deal with our own fear then we can come in to our power.

Start small, work on yourself. Then you can start to make changes in the bigger world.

 

7u6a7125My personal Witch journey

I was always drawn to myths and legends, stories of Gods and Goddesses. I read two books in elementary school that really influenced me- the Egypt Game and Juniper. In the Egypt Game the act of creating altars and asking the Gods and Goddesses for wisdom and guidance spoke to me. It felt more real and connected than the Christianity I was raised in….and Juniper was all about a women in pre-Christian Europe. A witch who worked with herbs and was a healer. I think those two books helped set me on my path. I read a ton of mythology from all different cultures. In middle school and high school I started reading about other religions and found Pagan chat rooms on Prodigy (early internet chat). Others I spoke with started turning me on to Starhawk and other authors and I dedicated myself to the Goddess in high school. I was very private about this…not ready to share with others. My folks were pretty nervous but my mother tried to understand and read some books as well. She still doesn’t understand….she was raised Catholic and that resonates strongly with her. In college I was invited to be in an Alexandrian Coven. My High Priestess helped me work on much of my fear and helped me learn to focus my power. But I eventually felt that Alexandrian Wicca was too structured for me and left. I started a more eclectic coven with friends and that felt more in tune with what I was striving for. When I finished college and moved across the country I started practicing solitary again. Now I have been working on putting together a women’s group that can meet regularly. Hard thing to do! Making the regular time to meet can be difficult for everyone with families and life. But  I believe it is so important, especially now, for women to join together and share and focus their power and energies. Our world need us!

 

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