Peace Braid

Good morning my dears.

It has been a while since I have spoken from the heart here and I want to take a minute today to drop in.

I have been thinking a lot about what is working in the world around us, today. What are the things that we live for, the things that keep us connected and hopeful. Where are the places that don’t require resistance to make great change, and in fact maybe require us to do the opposite of resist: Lean in, move toward, flow.

Finding moments of peace, appreciating the beauty around us in the small things and cultivating the feelings of standing for, and living for something instead of in opposition. There is something very powerful there.

Here is what I have been up to: Preparing food and eating. Growing a baby. Braiding hair. Growing a baby. Traveling and sharing hair wisdom. Growing a baby. Connecting with communities. Growing a baby. Crying and laughing. Taking walks, loving flowers, bringing in the Spring. Loving my family and being driven mad by them, reading. Growing a baby.

The activism of Fall and Winter has softened into a deep search for the answers to “where is my energy best spent for the common good, and for the good of this small microcosm which is my body, myself, my family, my immediate community, etc.

Reading has felt revolutionary. The People’s History is almost finished, I’m just working my way slowly through the Reagan years. The teachings of Malcom X is really shifting some things for me, having been raised on the peaceful/ non-violent teachings of Dr. MLK. Braiding Sweetgrass blew my heart open. The Power of Habit empowered me with new insight into behavior. Walking the Medicine Wheel really made me think about healing in a different way. There are more: But let’s start with these.

I had the pleasure of spending some time in Portland last weekend, with my dear friend and fellow hair healer Stefani Padilla of La Tierra Sagrada Hair.

We taught a workshop together on Hair Ritual, and we facilitated a Peace Braid Meditation with a circle of women and men, joined in a continuous braid, while invoking and sharing visions of peace and what that means to each of them.

The circle was hosted by Alea Joy of Solabee Flowers, a beautiful bloom shop in PDX. She helped us adorn the Peace Braid with cherry blossoms, roses, cymbidium orchids, daffodils and beautiful botanical greenery. 

The next day, we celebrated the 1 year anniversary party of Solabee in their current location in NE Portland. I braided flowers into people’s hair, and Stef did trims and shared her Hair Medicine while party-goers gazed at beautiful blooms and drank violet champagne cocktails. 

Was just lovely, and so nice to spend some time with a new community. Thanks PDX, for taking good care of me.

I am sending love and peace to all of you who are reading this, and I’m curious: What brings you the most peace right now?

 

xo, HTHG

Aries Hairoscope

coverFriends old and new, thanks for visiting us today for the 4nd edition of the Free Your Hair HOROSCOPE honoring the Aries.

I offer this series to all as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.

With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!


For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.

This month, we honor the Aries

Moon Deck Ritual:

(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)

Hair Brush Mantra:

‘I am a Weaver of my own Reality ‘

Weaving our reality is a skill that begins on the Inside. It’s a creative practice that requires us to be attentive while setting clear intentions. The quality of our inner dialogue impacts how we feel and experience the world around us.

Call upon the Spider, who is here to remind you that you are a weaver of your own reality. She is a special creature symbolizing awakened creativity and determination, patience and grace when weaving her web, and the interwoven nature between past, present and future. 

If you find yourself in a position that no longer suits you, now is the time to look honestly, clarity what you want to design, and begin to change it. You are a resilient woman weaving your own story, embody it with your entire heart and spirit. 

Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. If you are more of the combing type, consider a wooden wide toothed comb or your own fingers for a relaxing scalp massage.

Earth Bath Ritual

Weaving from a Grounded Place 

Your self-care ritual for your birthday month, dear Aries, is an earth bath to bring you back to your self so that you can weave from a place of grounded power, bringing the fire with you as you begin your web, all the way through to the end.

Draw a bath

Add 2 tablespoons Sea Salt, and 2 tablespoons Bentonite Clay. Mix into bath with your hands.

Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils. I love Cedarwood for this bath.

Soak as long as you can in this bath, allowing the earthy elements to bring you back into your physical body, to a grounded place from which to spin your web.

After your bath, take a walk around your neighborhood. Try and find a spider, and when you do, watch her weave.

 

 

Hair Advice:

Aries: While we are on the subject of bringing in the grounding earth elements to the tapestry of your life, lets not forget the power of earth in your hair. This month, play around with clay in your hair as a texturizer and thickener. My favorite way to use it: See the earth bath, above. Be sure to soak your hair in your salt/clay bath. Feel the effects of it as it dries in your hair. Dig that wild, earthy texture.

For very fine/fragile hair, use Kaolin Clay. For fine-medium hair use Bentonite clay. For thick, coarse hair use Arrowroot powder

You can also put a pinch of clay/powder on your brush and brush it through dry hair to gain the styling benefits of earth in your hair. If you want to use my homemade hair powder clay blend, it can be purchased here.

Now, with your hair all earthy-textured, check out this post on 7 Braid Secrets, and express your inner Spider as you weave your hair into a braid web.

Moon Phases in Aries:

The New Moon and Full Moon are the most potent times for setting new intentions for healthy habits and relationships and creating rituals that are potent in their action. I highly recommend this months Earth Bath Ritual be done around both the 28th of March to observe the New Moon, setting an intention of what you are ready to let go of in your life/in your hair/in your relationship to yourself in physical and spiritual form, and around April 11th to observe the Full Moon, setting intention for what you are ready to bring in to your life. What do you want to manifest? Now is the time.

And how do you set an intention? for those who haven’t practiced it……Speak a little prayer to yourself. Honor it with the ritual of taking an Earth Bath and watching spiders spin their webs.  Hold the prayer in your heart as you practice self love. Make it so!

Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Aries babes, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.

What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.

xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck

 

 

Free Your Hairoscope: Capricorn

coverFriends old and new, after years of thinking, planning and dreaming on a Hair Horoscope, I am finally launching our monthly Free Your Hair HAIROSCOPE.

I never did land on a very fixed vision of what this Hairoscope would look like……And so I decided to just go for it, write from what I know and love, collaborate with artists and healers that I love, and offer this series as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.

With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!


img_6721-1For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.

This month, we honor the Capricorn.

capricorn

Moon Deck Ritual:

(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)

 

Hair Brush Mantra:

Every relationship is a lesson in love, challenging us to go deeper into the infinite realm of intimacy. Connection is in our nature and vital to our health. Above any outside relationship, however, when we drop into a loving romance with ourselves we heal the blocks to true intimacy and can share more deeply with one another. 

Every woman has gone through something that has changed her in some way. Barriers to intimacy may be rooted to distant or recent experiences. Wherever you are on this path, this card asks you to remain open. Trust that you can forge rich loving connections with others, intimacy comes in many forms. Adjust your perspective. Walk as a loved woman. Embrace your most intimate romance-the one you have with yourself. Lean into your own heart and feel the warm embers of your love. 

Here is Your Hair Mantra for this month.

Love and Intimacy flow into my life (and hair! ) effortlessly.

Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. 7u6a0145

Rose Blessing:

Roses have been cherished for centuries for their sensual nature. They evoke the spirit of love and uplift the mood. Find fresh or dried roses that have no toxic sprays of chemical pesticides for this ritual. Fill them with prayers of love.

-Infuse rose petals in hot distilled water (approx. 1 part petals to 2 parts water.) Steep several hours or overnight for more fragrant potency.

-Rose Bath: Add both steeped roses and rose water to a hot bath or a beautiful basin. Soak and scrub your face/body/hands/feet/scalp and hair to nourish your skin and spirit. Welcome love and intimacy as you visualize flowers blossoming in your heart center and petals surrounding your crown.

Hair Advice:

Take stock of the times that you have been made to feel less than great about your hair. Which of these stories have become the stories that you tell yourself to be true?

A hairdresser once told me that my hair was really thin. It became my belief that I had thin hair, and that it was a bad thing. A boy in middle school said my hair made me look like a man. I have spent most of my life convinced that my hair is mannish and it has made it hard for me to understand and embrace my own feminine side, let alone my own masculine side. My kids say I have clown hair. I am embracing my inner clown:)

A great first step to building love and intimacy with our own hair and our own selves is remembering these stories and then letting them go, or reframing them into positivity.

Capricorn, retell these stories and rewrite your own truths about your hair. Write a love letter to your hair and all of it’s quirks, remembering that no two heads of hair in this entire world are exactly the same. If you are stuck in a hair rut ( hand eternally raised. ) Vow to try something different in this new year.

Cap Challenge: Dear Caps, we honor your need for simplicity and streamlined organization…..We understand that lightening your load of clutter is necessary for that radical forward thinking which keeps you ignited. This month, we challenge you to take some time to go through your bathroom shelves and cabinets and take a good look at your product and self-care tool load. Check expiration dates, ingredient lists, and shake down whether each bottle and brush and tool feels worthy of living on your alter of self care.

As we grow and change, often we outgrow existing routines….We learn to be more choosy and intentional with our belongings, with things we allow into our lives. Keep only what serves you in health and love. Keep only what allows you to honor yourself as you are today…..Get rid of all that suggests that you need to strive to be someone or something different. Begin to build that Self Care Alter with conscious, loving care. img_6711

Thanks for being with us today!

Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Capricorns, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.

What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.

xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck

 

 

Healing, A Braid Circle, and Floral Mandalas

I find more and more the importance of helping facilitate healing through connection, creativity and interaction. I believe that we all have inside of us the power to heal ourselves, and we can be support to each other in our healing by creating sacred space, allowing room for play and expression, and bearing witness to each other’s stories.

By healing, I mean anything that helps bring us home to our true self, be it physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally, creatively.

In Arkansas, I had the pleasure of sharing a Floral Mandala-making class with folks of all ages, we walked outside, collecting beautiful offerings from nature to use in our designs, and then quietly created mandalas, shared laughs, and ate chocolate. I was in heaven, and would love to share this class as much as possible. It is such a beautiful and sweet tool for opening the creative heart and bringing us home to ourselves and the world around us, wherever we are.

Thank you to Jesse Lynn and The Fern Healing Center for hosting!


img_6190 img_6183 99cf8d78-c5bf-4a7d-90f3-5f789c52d7ad 5d75224a-e56b-4d22-b791-04dd7db7182e

Later that night, I offered braids to a circle of women (and one sweet baby) who shared stories, thoughts, tea, and more chocolate. Thanks to Sadie and Mom and Pop Shoppe for hosting!img_6258What a day. I felt tired yet so full by the end of the day. I felt at home in myself.


I hope one day a big huge group of us here in this community at HTHG can get together for braids, flowers and chocolate. Let’s make it happen.

 

This last photo was shot by Kara Iribarren on a perfectly naked day in the Ozarks.

 

xoxo, HTHG

Hair and the Moon, Portland

img_5634


Dear Ones,

 

Now is the time we gather together under the Light of the Full Moon to celebrate the feminine and our powerful manes!

Join Roxie Jane Hunt of How To Hair Girl and Stefani Padilla of La Tierra Sagrada Hair 

in this heart-centered experience! 

Please bring your intentions for the Full Moon, as we will be diving deep into the journey of ritual. 

We invite you to celebrate with us on:

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th

4 to 6pm 

Location:

3587 NE PRESCOTT STREET

PORTLAND, OR 97211

Suggested Donation: $44 

*Please bring offer in cash day of, or send through Paypal before the gathering at stefani.padilla@gmail.com (please use friend/family option so we both avoid the fee)

**Please bring a vessel for tea and something cozy for you to sit on while in circle.

And please bring a BRUSH! ( Don’t worry if you do not have one, Roxie will have her custom brushes available for purchase).

Please feel free to share this with anyone else you feel might be open to joining us!

We look forward to sharing a magical evening together!

 

With love and excitement,

Stefani & Roxie

  • We invite you to share this post with friends who might be interested:) Thank you, sending love out in all directions!
Next Page »