DIY Popsicle Haircolor

Hi Babes. 

I’m dropping in today to share with y’all a fun DIY hair color technique that is a result of an intense popsicle craving I have had in the past month of Pregnancy. Here is the inspiration, from a Rainbow Popsicle Recipe from The First Year Blog.

I thought these pops were so lovely that I had to recreate them in the hair of my neighbor babes, Birch and Cameron. Because once I get that visual inspiration in my head, I can’t shake it until it has been brought forth, and this seems to be a blessing and a curse. I’m workin on it;)

Here are photos of the finished technique:

DIY Popsicle Hair Color is the technique, and for a video demo, please check out @howtohairgirl Instagram, under the hashtag #HTHGpopsicle or #freeyourhaircolor

This DIY color technique is so easy, you can  be a total beginner to do it. I used Manic Panic Colors, in an assortment of different shades. Check out our blog sidebar to order yours today.

 

xoxoxoxox, Color Freak

Brook’s Hair Transformation

Babes:)

Welcome back to the 3rd Edition of HTHG’s Ritual Hair Shave/ Paint/Transformation. This time, we feature my sister and muse, Brook.

Brook had wanted to shave her head for years. She had a beloved friend in high school who had a shaved head, who we all woman-crushed on for her fierce look and rebellious independence.

Brook recently started singing and song-writing in a punk band, and to celebrate her first stage debut, it seemed the perfect time for a shave and paint. So, we shaved her head, leaving a few bits and pieces around her face and featuring the uniqueness of her awesome head shape and hairline. Then, I bleached her and mixed up her colors. 

This time, I had drawn out a rough idea of what I wanted to do with her color, and free-hand painted it into her hair. Was such a blast. She is such a brave Aries woman.

Check out our IG for more video footage of this series, under the hashtag #hthgtransformation

xo, HTHG

A Conversation on Ancestral Haircare with Becca Piastrelli

Hello my dears.

Today, my heart is heavy because I am not on my way to the Spirit Weavers Gathering which takes place on it’s own beautiful homeland in Southern Oregon, where many of my dearest sisters are communing together and preparing and blessing the land for 600 women who will meet this weekend and next for a sharing of ancestral earth skills, sacred activism, healing, empowerment, adornment, and on and on and on.

I have been to this gathering the past 2 years, and it has filled an empty longing in my heart that I had carried with me my entire life. I didn’t know why exactly I wanted to go in the first place, I just felt drawn to it and now I know why……Because it has facilitated in me a necessary awakening that holds me to my path in a beautiful space with many other seeking souls.

I could really go on and on here but I don’t want to go too deep right now, I just have to get off my chest how sad I feel to miss it this year. No regrets on my choice not to go, I’m simply too pregnant. I’m just having spiritual FOMO and missing my sisters and the forest. Thanks for bearing with me.

Today, I want to take a minute to share with you a beautiful conversation that I had a few weeks back with Becca Piastrelli, Bay area writer and Blogger whom I met at last  year’s Spirit Weavers Gathering. 

She hosted me in her beautiful Mill Valley home for a Braid/ Haircare Workshop a few months back, and then got back in touch about doing an interview on the topic of Hair as Adornment, Self-care, Brushing Ritual, Braids and Ancestry. We dropped in together over video-chat and she asked me some great questions that I really enjoyed answering and am glad to share with you today.

Here is her beautiful intro for the blog post she put together with the video footage.

Words from Becca Piastrelli…..

As I journey deeper into the ancestral traditions of the women of my lineage, I feel all the more connected to my own body.

I often look at my hands with such awe and reverence for what they are capable of and how all the women that came before me are helping to guide them in my daily acts of making (from breakfast to writing emails to dip dyeing fiber in indigo).

Having grown up in this beauty-obsessed culture, feeling comparison with the hair (and bodies) of the women plastered on billboards and in the pages of magazines has come up for me often. There have been times where I’ve hated that I wasn’t blonde, didn’t have curly enough hair, didn’t have straight enough hair, or sucked at making it look good.

But a lot of that has shifted over the past year as I’ve begun a deeper exploration of my hair as an expression of who I am and my connection to the earth and the people who came before me.

Here is the post/ video Interview. Give it a look, and let us know your thoughts!

Also, follow Becca here on IG for more life musings for the creative heart.

 

Thank you for being here, lots of love.

RJH

Maddie’s Hair Transformation

Hi babes. Welcome to round 2 of Ritual Head Shave/ Hair Transformation. Meet Maddie. She answered my IG call for Head Shave Models, and I answered her call for wanting a reason to shave her head. 

She was reserved about wanting to fully expose her ears, which is so common for women.  When we shaved her head, we revealed her beautiful ears and she was just stunning. 

For her color concept, I worked from inspiration of these green bubbles. I had had a sense that green would be an important color to her, and it was, and it looked perfect on her.

Check out Howtohairgirl IG for more video footage from this series, and stay tuned for next weeks Transformation edition:)

xo, HTHG

 

Chaga: The Best Natural DIY Self-Tan

Beauty comes from the inside out, and we can all appreciate the feeling that we get when the sun kisses our skin, regardless of how we look in comparison to anyone else’s standards of “Beautiful Skin”

I feel the need to make this clear.

Friends, far and wide. I am not a tan obsessed, skin color judging person. This is a post that I sort of stumbled upon without really meaning to, as a woman who doesn’t use self-tanner and doesn’t really ever think about my own skin color unless it is within the context of trying to better understand my own social priveledge based on it, with the intention of better understanding my responsibility to my sisters and brothers of all skin colors because of my general pasty whiteness and because of the history of our culture. This is a whole other conversation that I am very glad is happening.

Today, though, the focus of this post is on the magic of a CHAGA. And how we can use it to bring a golden glow to any skin color. This experiment came from a long, dark, rainy winter…..The rainiest and darkest in the history of my lifetime in the Pacific Northwest…….A  winter so brutally dark, that we all became sad, cold, pasty ghosts of ourselves and taking hot baths with herbs in them was MY only remedy for insanity.

I came out of this Winter so thirsty for sun on my skin and body and in my eyes and in my hair, that it hurt like a physical injury. Then, one day, in early April around the New Moon, on an intuitive whim I brewed up some really dark Chaga tea, poured it into my bath and soaked in it. I stepped out of the bath a golden glowing version of my ghostly self, and took note of it. My skin felt incredible and sun kissed for weeks and it really boosted my mood. My friends commented on my great tan, wondering how the hell?

I began to experiment. Today, I share the fruits of my experimental Chaga tanning. But first, dears, here is a bit about what Chaga is……..Because many of you may be asking by now.  But likely many of you already have discovered this incredible medicinal mycelial magic. If so, skip ahead to the DIY. If not, read on for Chaga info.

What is Chaga?

Chaga has been consumed for centuries in the East, most typically as tea, where its health benefits are well established. More recently, chaga has been gaining popularity in the West, where its numerous health benefits are now being recognized by many health gurus. Technically, chaga is a highly-concentrated black mass of mycelium that protrudes from birch trees infected with parasitic–but non-toxic–fungus Inonotus Obliquus. The dark, hard and cracked exterior, which often appears like burnt charcoal, is called the sclerotium. The interior has a rusty yellow brown color.

How is Chaga used Medicinally?

The health benefits of Chaga are numerous, many of which can be attributed to its immune-boosting ingredients and antioxidants. 

The top 7 health benefits of consuming Chaga are:

  1. Immune system support
  2. Soothing properties
  3. Gastrointestinal and ulcer support
  4. Blood pressure and cholesterol normalizing
  5. Anti-microbial
  6. DNA damage protection
  7. Anti-viral

Thanks to Global Healing Center for sharing this information. Please find more in-depth Chaga wisdom here. 

Chaga is easily made into tea which can be sipped daily ( I mix Chaga tea into my cold-brew) It is completely odorless and flavorless, and freakishly shelf stable. It can live seemingly forever in a jar, sitting on your counter waiting to be added to anything you want. I always have a jar of it around, and gawk at it regularly for it’s incredibly beautiful, rich dark color.

Why use Chaga as a self-tanner?

For one thing, Chaga is found to be incredible for your skin…..AND, it is filled with Melanin, which we all know, is what gives our skin color.

Many of chaga’s active constituents can help to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy. Of greatest notability is the presence of melanin in chaga tea. Melanin is the pigment that provides color to your skin, and provides a shield against harmful UV rays. Producing this pigment internally is difficult, as it requires a number of very specific nutrients.

Because chaga can provide this pigment naturally, it is therefore a very valuable natural resource for protecting against sunburn and giving your skin that healthy golden sheen. Chaga tea also helps by promoting good circulation, alleviating inflammation and helping to combat infection, all of which can reduce the occurrence of skin problems.

DIY Chaga Skin Tonic Self-Tanner Recipe

 

There are several ways to use Chaga as a self-tanner/Skin tonic. You will need raw Chaga which you can get here on Amazon, or consult your local apothecary or plant witch and they can likely help you find it from a more direct source.

You will begin by steeping a nice, dark Chaga tea. Do this by crushing the Chaga into pieces about the size of a large marble and smaller. It is quite hard and crusty and difficult to cut through, so try whacking it with a mallet or putting it into an herb/coffee grinder to break it up a bit. Put it in a sauce pan, and cover it with water (Spring water if you can.)

Turn the stove on and bring it to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered for a half an hour or so. It will reduce a bit, and get really dark and lovely. When the tea looks about like espresso, turn it off and let it cool. Strain out the tea into a jar.

You can then use this same batch of Chaga to make up to 10 more batches of tea. It just keeps giving and giving and giving. So don’t compost it yet!

Now that you have your tea made, you can tan with it many ways: I have used these 3 methods, each time with great results and a golden tan that lasts.

Method 1. Dump tea into a bath and soak in it, the more tea the better. Soak half an hour or more, than step out of the bath, towel off, and admire the feeling of sunshine on your skin. Add your favorite flowers too, just for fun.

Method 2. Funnel it into a spray bottle, and spray it liberally all over your body and rub it in. Let it air dry, and voila! Golden, toned, happy skin.

Method 3. Mix it with water-based lotion and apply it all over your body. I personally felt like this was the most effective way I used it. You can either mix it in a bowl, or add the tea directly to a half-empty bottle of lotion, shake it up really well for a couple minutes, and use it that way.

Again, it is very shelf stable so you can keep using it as you desire, you will get more and more golden with each application. And the beautiful part of it is that it works with your unique skin tone to make the YOU version of tan skin, instead of an out-of-the-bottle orange that doesn’t fool anyone. And it isn’t a stain like other self-tanners including black-tea-tan. It is a true blue tan that lives in your skin. This is what I experienced. 

These three methods will bring you beautifully toned and golden skin, protection from the elements and a great solution if you need to build up a base-tan and skin resilience. It can be used on any and all skin types and colors.

I highly recommend sipping the tea while you are using the tea topically, for best results.  Get that melanin from the inside out. I hope it brings you some sunshine.

Try it, and let me know what you think!

xo, Kitchen Beauty Witch

 

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