Fierce Braids, a HTHG Feature Series.

7U6A2121 7U6A2122Hi dears! A new series is happening here at HTHG, and it is inspired by Fierce Lady Nordic Warriors, and how their hair would have looked, (according to my imagination;)

All the hairstyles in this series are based on simple braids, but with some exciting and super easy embellishments. Me thinks you will be in for some unexpected DIY hairstyling surprises!

Check out the first tutorial from this awesome series over at Hairromance, and be on the lookout for the rest of them which will be published exclusively here at HTHG!

Here for more Viking Hair for Fierce Babes.

xoxo, HTHG

Long Hair Knotted Fishtail Chignon

7U6A6025 7U6A6033Hey babes! Here is a sneak peek of a post I did for Latest-Hairstyles last month. Jump on over and learn how to do this beautiful fishtail knotted bun.

…….This is Roxie from How-To Hair Girl coming at you with a cozy bun to warm up your winter hair game. The knotted fishtail chignon is a lovely hairstyle for all you long-haired ladies out there to pair with a cozy sweater and make a bold statement on the back of your head!

French Braided Pony with Maple Leaves.

7U6A6358This is the first hairstyle from the HTHG Urban Foraging for Winter Hairstyles feature series!

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In the Fall and Winter, our sidewalks are littered with dead leaves. We can smell their earthy smell when they get ground into puddles on the pavement after it rains, and we track them across our living room floor when we forget to take off our boots.

There is a quick window of time when they are fresh and vibrant and on the ground and not softening into brown soil in the mud. If you are lucky enough to live close to a maple tree, go see if you can forage some leaves for this tutorial. There just might still be fresh and pretty ones on the ground. For this tutorial we used leaves from a Japanese maple tree. If you can’t find good leaves, use some other pretty foraged greenery to decorate your braid;)

french braided ponyThis hairstyle is best done on longer hair, as there must be a long-ish ponytail available to braid.

Start with a low side pony, secured with an elastic.

At the base of the ponytail, take 3 small sections of hair, and begin a french braid at the top of the ponytail.

Continue adding in small sections of hair as you work your way down the tail. It is just a french braid! Nothing fancy;)

When you get to the end, secure it with a clear elastic.

Now, remove the elastic at the top, and loosen and widen the braid a bit by pulling at it from the edges.

Stick foliage into the braid by the stem, pull them through as far as you can. If you can, tuck the stem under a bit of hair behind the braid, to snag it into place.

xoxo, HTHG

The Freedom Tail: Viking Hair for the modern lady.

7U6A8454A couple of months ago I did a tutorial post on the Vikey Tail. Today, I bring you round 2……More Viking hair for the modern lady.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.11.35 PMThis great hairstyle was inspired not only by the fierceness of Viking women, but also by pearl onions (yum!), and hairstyles from Valentino’s fall 2014 show at Paris Fashion Week. And also by Harley riders and hippie dudes in Guatamalan hats named Tom. Some of you know who I am talking about.

Screen Shot 2014-09-01 at 1.15.07 PMPearl onions are lovely little sweet onions that are perfectly bite-sized. My grandma used to make them like this.

This hairstyle is perfect for riding a Harley because you can protect your hair from the elements and keep it from flying all over the place while still telling the world that you are the proud owner of your ponytail, and that you have worked hard for it. A ring for every year to be exact.

I once knew a strange hippie man named Tom who had long curly hair that he kept in a hairstyle like this, with a Guatamalan cap to top it off. I saw him once at the nude-y beach by Madison Park and I cried and have been trying since to erase that memory from existence ever since. He called his tail a ‘freedom tail’

When I saw this hairstyle on the runway I thought ‘oh no! Not the Tom tail!!’ Then, Nikki wore her hair like this one day at the River and it actually worked on her and I became obsessed with it.

Birch let me give her the tail later that week for this photo shoot, and she remarked as she pulled the sections into plump little poofs that they resembled pearl onions, which made me think of pearl onions, Grandma Suzi style. My mouth watered.

When we finished shooting, I thought to myself what a fierce little viking girl Birch is in general, but especially with this Modern Day Viking Woman Tail.

Here it is, ya’ll.

7U6A8186Start by brushing the hair straight back on the head. Take a small section of hair from the front bang area. The section should start at either temple and meet in the center, about 3 inches back from the hairline as if you were making a triangle. Secure the section with a small elastic into a ponytail.

farNow add in hair from either side, making parallel partings to your first ones. Make a second ponytail that includes the ends of your first pony. This is becoming a bit of a French Ponytail……See?

Now repeat the last steps and create a third ponytail. Keep adding in hair from the sides and making ponytails all the way until you run out of hair at the nape of the neck.

Keep adding more elastics every inch or so, all the way down to the ends of the hair, leaving a couple inches free at the very bottom. Make sure that the elastics are on their nice and tight.

Now starting at the bottom, begin gently pulling the sections apart from all angles to create your ‘pearl onion.’ Make em nice and plump. When you finish one, start on the section above it. Do this all the way to the very first section on top of your head.

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Now get out there and rock your Viking Tail. I guarantee you will feel FIERCE.7U6A8462

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And if you see Tom, ( You will know him if you see him) tell him you are really feelin’ his freedom tail.

Leather-wrapped Jessa Braids, Festival hairstyle for the casual boho.

leather wrapped braidsIt took me a long time to finally give the HBO hit show Girls a second chance. My first impression was that it was unbearably superficial and annoyingly full of screechy, neurotic spoiled girls. Yuck.

Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 2.08.06 PMNow, though, babes, I am hooked. I love Hannah Horvath like my own best friend, and I just adore Adam. Marnie and Shosh crack me up with their obscene insecurities and warped views on life, and Jessa has a great bohemian New York woman vibe, and I dig her casual boho hairstyles.

On one early episode of Girls where Jessa becomes a nanny, she rocks this great leather-wrapped braided hairstyle that was so good. I had to recreate it for you! All you need is a couple of small elastics and some leather scraps (take a scrap piece and cut out 2 strips:) .

7U6A2788The full tutorial can be viewed at Latest-Hairstyles today!

Also, here is this look shown on shorter hair.

 

xoxo, HTHG

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