Bamboo Braid. Why not?

bambooHi babes! In the height of my flower frenzy last month, I become obsessed with the idea o f braiding grasses into the hair. The idea originally came to me while sitting on a farm in Kansas 2 years ago, watching tall grass bend and blow over a pond, wanting nothing more than to braid it into my hair and share it on my blog. But who on earth would want to see that?I got over that, apparently.

So here we are, braiding bamboo fronds into hair. Why? because it looks so cool. An it is a bit edgier that flowers in the hair, but still with the prettiness and natural vibe. And, Bamboo grows everywhere and can be literally braided into any french or free braid on any hair length to add texture and a lovely pop of green!

To begin with, strip bamboo blades off the frond, split them in half lengthwise with your fingers, and then soak them in water for a few hours. This will make them more flexible.bamboo2bamboo braidFor best results with this braid, prep the hair with Masterbraider braid and wave spray.

Now, start your braid wherever you want it. Take a blade and lay it over one of your braid sections. Fold a section over it, and just braid it right on in! Add another bamboo blade every 3 overlaps, and continue braiding to the end. Use the longest bamboo ends to gently tie a knot at the end of your braid, then go back and tuck in all loose braid ends. Gently pull your braid apart to soften and widen it. If some Bamboo ends are poking out, just use that as inspiration to further rough up your braid!

Throw on a kimono and you are ready to go.

xoxo, HTHG

 

DIY Rattlesnake braid crown.

7U6A7337How are you all? I am doing well….Enjoying the beautiful Spring:) I have slowed down my posting since the New Year. I wanted to take some time to learn to use my camera better, and also to learn Adobe Lightroom. Photography is a passion of mine, and it seemed right to develop my love of it to benefit HTHG! This post uses photos from my first official Lightroom 4 edited shoot, where I discovered the AMAZINGNESS of Adobe photo editing. I used presets from the lovely A Beautiful Mess blog.

My sweet neighbor Birch has the prettiest longest golden hair. Lately, I have been inviting her over for hair play dates. I could brush and style her hair for hours and never get bored or run out of ideas.

I shot a flower-hair tutorial ( Coming soon!) and posted an outtake of one of the hairstyles I used on my Instagram @howtohairgirl and it got lot’s of likes and comments so I decided to make a step-by-step tutorial of it to share with you. SO here you go, babes. The ever-lovely DIY rattlesnake braid crown!

Also, FYI, I’m pretty pumped about this summer at HTHG blog and shop. The ShamPHree shampoo-free haircare line is really taking off, and there are boutique collaborations in the works:)

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This hairstyle works best on long hair. And it looks great if you leave a couple small pieces of hair loose around your face to soften it. ( Lady parts, if you will. )

To get the look, start by parting the hair down the middle, all the way to the nape of the neck. Pull both sides of the hair forward in front of the shoulders to prepare for your twists.

Now, begin on one side. Split the hair into 2 sections and hold them firmly at the top. Begin twisting them separately, in the same direction. Now as you twist them separately in the same direction, begin to wind them around each other in the opposite direction. Continue this twist/wind all the way to the ends of the hair. Secure the ends with a clear elastic.

It takes a bit of practice to get this movement down, but once you get it, it’s very easy! This post breaks down the rope braid a bit farther.

Repeat the rope on the other side and secure the end. Now, you will criss cross the the ropes across the back of the head, and over the opposite shoulder. Take one side and continue wrapping it around the head, sticking bobby pins in discreetly every couple inches. Pin the ends of the rope into the head securely.

Now do the same on the other side. Keep the ropes snug against each other, and add as many pins as you need to keep them in place. Tuck the ends of the second rope under the first rope and pin it into place to hide it.

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#DIYhair Friday! Sci-fi empress long-hair spiral braid.

DSC05341spiralHere is a doozy of a cool hairstyle that takes a long time, is hard on your fingers, and looks super cool! I am here today to show you how I did it, the error of my ways, and how to make it easier next time.

My model was going on a road trip and intended on wearing her hair this way for 2 weeks. I think it was the perfect road trip hair solution!

I did this hairstyle as an experiment, only to learn that I could have done it much easier by doing a lace braid instead of a french braid. A lace braid means you just add hair in on one side of the french braid. After I did this hairstyle on 4 foot long hair, I thought to myself……There has to be a better way. Here it is. This video shows the easier solution…..Lace braid, and starting at the top and working down and around.

To get this look the hard way, I basically started at the nape of the neck and made a continuous spiral parting around the outer perimeter of the head and worked my way in. I would part about 6 inches of the spiral, french braid (cornrow), clip it off, part 6 more inches, and continue braiding. Eventually, the spiral ended at the top of the head. I braided the free end, then wrapped the braid into a big bun and pinned it with large bobby pins. spiral braid

Grab your longest haired friend and try this bad-ass sci-fi empress hairstyle this weekend!

XOXO, HTHG

 

 

Behold the Ponybow

This is a brilliant guest post from a Amy from Art of the Heart that I am excited to share with you. The hairstyle is called the Ponybow, and it is a real hybrid beauty.

I LOVE to see your inspired DIY hairstyles, so please don’t hesitate to send em my way so they can be shared. Here is the……

Adorable Ponybow DIY

Here’s what you will need…

Bobby pins, tiny elastics (clear if you have blonde hair), and either a smoothing

product (for a clean look) or a texturizing product (for a messy look).

ponybow1.) Secure a side ponytail with an elastic.

  2.) Separate about a 1″ section from the ponytail. Smooth your hair product on it to create more manageability. (I used Kevin.Murphy Hair.Resort)

3.)Create a loop with the small section you just gathered.

4.) Grab another elastic and place it around the loop. Twist the elastic like you’re

securing a ponytail, but don’t wrap it around the loop again…Just hold it for a second.

5.) Take the tail of the loop you just made and create a second loop. Now wrap the

elastic you’ve been holding around that second loop.

6.) It should look something like this. You can pull on each loop to situate them

and make them bigger if you want. The very end of your 1″ section should still

be hanging out a little bit.

7.) Grab the tail end of your 1″ section.

8.) Wrap it around the center (hiding the elastic) and pin it either underneath

or behind the bow. If the bow is sticking out just pin the back of it closer to

your head.

9.) Gently pull on the bow some more to get your desired size and placement.

That’s it!! Have fun :)

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XOXO!

 

#DIYhair Friday…..Too hot to deal bun.

DSC03245Sometimes you just have to get your hair the hell off your neck in August. I am here in mild Seattle, feeling desperately hot and having a moment of silence for my comrades in Arkansas ( The fire-y August pit of Hades) and around the world, where the heat really truly is oppressive. *************moment*************

This hairstyle is for you. It is a simple twisted bun, the kind the longer haired women (and men) have been doing to keep their hair off their sweaty bodies since the dawn of human kind.

Here is a photo montage of twisted buns throughout the ages.

PicMonkey CollageWhat I really love about these historical buns is that they are all finished off with some sort of beautiful and simple clip, band, or accessory. Before the time of bobby pins, people used decorative combs and sticks. A simple bun should always be decorated in some way. The To hot to deal bun is finished with a hair comb designed and made by Nikki J. She is about to release a new line of gorgeous brass and silver hair accessories and I am BEYOND EXCITED TO WEAR THEM AND SHARE THEM!

Her metal designs are fit for royalty.

Here is how to get the look.

hot as haides summer bun1. Start by gathering all your hair into a ponytail.

2. Begin tightly twisting the base of the ponytail.

3. Guide your hair around into a  bun as you twist.

4. Continue twisting and guiding the hair around the bun.

5. Twist and guide the ends of the hair around the bun and tighly tuck the ends under the base of the bun.

6. Stick your comb teeth through the ends and into the base of the bun to secure it.

7. Tuck and wrap any loose hairs into the bun.

Now go out and deal with the heat a little better, rocking your timeless, tight twisted bun.

Happy Friday in August!

XOXO, HTHG

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