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

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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