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

Glitterbuzz Sparkle Hair

Sparkles are wonderful. There was once a day in my life where my vials of loose colored glitters were as precious to me as almost anything. I used to use them to add some shimmer to my eyeshadow, and as the magical finishing touch to my baby clips and on the toes of my Doc Martens.  The carpet in my room was a mess of glitter, and everything I owned had the telltale trails of my sparkle obsession.

But lets be real. Loose glitter is a mess, and it is impractical. And some people are total glitter haters, and they don’t want you anywhere near them with the stuff, for fear that it will end up all over them.

One of the lamest parts of being a grownup is not having a sparkle covered life. But I miss my glitterbuzz. That being said, I recently stumbled upon some amazing looking ways to incorporate sparkles back into life…..While keeping them relatively mess-free and contained.

 

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Check out these awesome tutorials. This first one is a Glitter Hair Gel that you can use to add some shimmer to your strands.

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The second one is this to die for Sparkly Melon Lip Look!

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I absolutely love this Sexy Slicked-Back Sparkly Hair Do.

Sparkly Freckles?????? Yes please.

I’m diggin the looks of these Sparkly Golden Lashes (and Brows!).

And lastly, The Glitter Part. I will rock this look one of these days. I first saw it on my co-worker Sarah B. She wore a golden glitter part to this years Vainiversary Holiday Party, with long wavy 70’s hair and I nearly died.

Screen Shot 2015-01-24 at 4.25.47 PMThe Manic Panic Die Hard Styling Gel in Stiletto is pretty amazing, BTW. It is a silver shimmer/glitter gel that goes on thick and looks like solid sterling when it is in your hair. One of these days I will do a silver curly ombre short hair tutorial with it for ya;)

Stay tuned!

 

xoxo, HTHG

Green hair envy.

The 90’s called and left this angsty message: Green hair is legit and not just for grunge rockers and mermaids. Ever since Viper, female super hero of Marvel Comic fame dove onto the scene with kelly green hair, green has been the archtype of tough-girl ‘don’t call me cute’ hair colors. Where pastel pinks are femme and soft, green is perfectly bold, moody and complicated.

Screen Shot 2014-10-23 at 10.48.20 AMThe past few years have been all about peachy pinks and silvers. Everywhere we looked, we saw pretty unicorn hair. This past Summer was about purple hair. So much purple hair happened in salons across the country that the tell tale mark of a hair dresser was purplish stained fingertips. Real talk. Enough is enough. The pink and purple trend is fading as fast as purple hair on sun bleached ends…….More of HTHG’s green hair thoughts on Refinery29 today! And also, a giant shout out to RAIN for being a fantastically quick and awesome editor and helping me bust out content like a pro:) It is so wonderful to have your input.

xo, HTHG

Natural curls and waves….. Free the hair beast.

curlsYou want to know what makes me really happy? Big, wild, free curls and untamed waves. Naturally curly hair that is left to its own devices and not shellacked with products. Wild, free, curly, bouncy, discheveled full-of-personality hair.

Curly hair is really special. I have curl envy. I had a brief dance with being a naturally curly girl for a couple of years before I had children. Now, my curls are mostly gone unless it is very humid, then I might see em again in the form of big wild wavy curls. Sometimes I have to pull out my Q-Redew just to get a little of that curl back. ( Have you heard of the Q-Redew? check out this review!)
Anyhow, when I see women with natural curls that are not tame but beastly, I thank her in my heart for letting the hair beast be free. By the way, Shamphree is a great method to use on naturally curly hair. Can I also introduce you to my favorite curl product ever?

I have a confession to make to all hair clients and future clients of mine. When you sit in my chair and tell me that you have curly hair but you wear it straight, I am going to try to convince you to let me cut it in a way that works with your curls so you can free the beast. If you are not interested or not ready to accept your hair texture and work with it, then may I suggest that you find yourself a different hairdresser. It hurts my heart too much. I love your curls.

In honor of your curls, these are some photos of curly hairstyles I love. Solange and her legendary afro can’t be beat. Duh. Vanessa Paradis and Kate Hudson rock em loose and free. An undercut with roots hairstyle on bleached shorter curls is perfectly edgy. Big and long curly bed-head is so very hot. But best of all, the curly shlob. 

The shlob (shaggy layered bob) is so amazingly great on curls. Here is an example of a shlob that I did last summer on mixed textured curls.Screen Shot 2013-06-05 at 1.16.19 PM This haircut works on all kinds of curls, and on all face shapes which is why I have an entire DIY section dedicated to it. The layers in the back give nice height in the back, and the length in the front frames and elongates the face. trop

Here is Christina from Trop Rouge. She is one of my favorite NY fashion bloggers. Her hair is a perfect free beast of a shlob. She wins the award for my favorite free curls.

Please, curly friends. Rock your curls hard. And love them tenderly. And don’t forget to hashtag your natural hair photos #shamphree #freeyourhair #freethebeast. Let’s get some more energy in the natural hair movement!

Are you naturally curly and not sure how to take care of your hair? Here is the best guide to loving your natural hair out there ( Even straight haired girls can get alot out of reading this book!)
Better Than Good Hair: The Curly Girl Guide to Healthy, Gorgeous Natural Hair

Are you naturally curly and do you have unanswered questions? Be sure to check out The Naturally Curly website, as well.

XOXO, HTHG

 

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