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.


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!

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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


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:


4 to 6pm 




Suggested Donation: $44 

*Please bring offer in cash day of, or send through Paypal before the gathering at (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!

Creating Sacred Space

IMG_4088Hello dears. Happy Autumn to you all, I hope the shift has been gentle and the colors are shining all around you.

Today I write, after months of avoidance and distraction from writing. It has been really hard to find time to sit down and lay my thoughts on the keypad this Summer, besides being quite busy traveling, I was really feeling the approaching reality of both our daughters being in school full time for the first time ever, and just really wanting to be present with them and not closed off in my room trying to write in 5 minute increments, which is basically what I have been doing for the last 5 years.

I have been experiencing a really big shift in how I live recently, and the phrase I keep coming back to is this…..‘How am I going to get anything done without the stress of not having time to get everything done?’

Can anyone relate to this feeling? Being a mom to young kids and a partner and a creative person and a business owner means never enough time and always a manic non-stop rush against the clock. This has been my experience. Now, the kids are both in school. We no longer pay for any childcare or shuffle the kids around to meet the needs of our part time work schedules. All of the sudden, I feel this expanse of TIME to get shit done. And I don’t really know where to begin, I’m sort of floating on a cloud and spinning through space. I’m thinking it just an adjustment and just ride the wave.

Life’s a trip. That is always true.

SO through all of this strangeness and change of pace, It has felt right to me to clean house, get rid of shit, dust the corners, decorate with seasonal flowers, and create sacred space within the suspended void of space that I am experiencing. I am preparing for the next stage of my life by working on aligning my outer world with my inner world.

Something beautiful that I recently discovered from a friend of mine is the power of getting things aligned, and then sitting back and waiting for the next thing to find us. Whether it is a new idea, a new project, a new job, whatever it is that we need in life but don’t know where to begin to look. For me, someone who is constantly reinventing and pushing, this knowledge feels like a revolution.

So, let’s see…….Re-learning to operate when the pressure let’s up. This is gonna take some time. In the meantime, getting aligned…….Step one, get my space right.

Creating Sacred Space

When in doubt about what to do in life, I say to myself, create sacred spaces. Find a place and make it beautiful and sparkling, or clean and tidy, or whatever feeds your soul and aligns with your taste and esthetic. To me, recently, this has meant my workspace.

7U6A5091I am currently cutting hair out of my living room. This point alone, the pro’s and con’s of working out of your family living room, deserves it’s own blog post. I will spare you all this for now. The point is, this is my reality.7U6A5099

My partner Jonny salvaged a beautiful hutch for me from his family’s midwest homestead, and he filled it with mirrors, and this is the centerpiece of my little salon. I have slowly been collecting special things to fill it with……Besides my homemade hair products that I use on clients, I have a collection of pretty stones, antlers from my dads hunting days, and a hanging crystal which casts rainbows all around. My tools, brushes and combs are there as well.7U6A5101

We have a low coffee table that sits just under a big window to our front yard, this is where I make floral mandalas and shoot braid videos etc. I like the old wood grain, the natural light and the fact that I can kneel at the table as my alter while I create. Every mandala is a prayer and an intention and this makes my work space feel so nice.FullSizeRender

I spent some time last week making seasonal botanical garlands to hang around the inside of the hutch, and along with a bouquet of flowers from around the neighborhood it feels quite lovely in this space.

7U6A5072I cleaned the mirrors, got rid of some old color and products I no longer use, and set out some new oils that I just finished making. 7U6A4342

On a bike ride, I harvested some cedar boughs and some eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, wild rose, sage…..Some of my favorite herbs and plants. 7U6A4343

I got some twine and scissors and laid the plants in bundles, wrapped the twine around them to create smudge sticks, and let them dry on the table. 7U6A4363

The smell of them was so lovely as they dried in an abalone shell. 7U6A4809

After a few days, I burned one, lighting the end and letting the smoke waft into all corners of my workspace. I have since been in the habit of burning one after every work day, to clear the energy of a days work from my home and reset the vibe back into family home mode.

It make me think of the importance of those of us who work closely with other people’s bodies and energies to cleanse and protect our spaces and ourselves.7U6A5058

While my life feels quite up in the air, my workspace is feeling very sacred these days and It really makes me love what I do.

What makes you love your workspace? How do you shake shake off unwanted energy after a long day on the job?

Thanks so much for being here.

xo, HTHG




Divining the Spectrum: A Creative Color Workshop

IMG_3625In my experience with hair, the best and most useful lessons come from creative experimentation. For any artist, this means carving out time and space in life to play with your medium, push the boundaries, try something you have always wanted to, get into the process without being too worried about the end results. This is what leads to creative breakthrough which is ultimately the most exciting and inspiring place to reach as an artist.

In the salon, this sort of inspiration is essential to doing great work and loving every minute of it, and it is also essential to building our businesses. Our clients want us to be excited and inspired to do their hair, because it shows in what we create in collaboration with each clients hair. Our clients experience a shift in their lives that is directly related to the work we do with them, and they become both a billboard for our unique craft and an expression of themselves, and  a walking testament to the power of great hair to inspire a fresh perspective.img_4528

With that said, I have been brewing up a new workshop which is meant to inspire creative experimentation with color, celebrating haircolor with intention and nuance and a deep look into the theory and magic of color formulation using direct pigment primary colors.

IMG_4094In collaboration with haircolorist Roxie Darling of Hairstory Studio, Edo Salon in San Francisco, Free Your Hair Education and Manic Panic Color, we are excited to announce a workshop in the SF Bay, coming in November.

Divining the Spectrum

Dive into creative color with Roxie Jane Hunt and Roxie Darling! We will be playing with the primary colors, pastels, muting and everything in between. This class is both demo and hands-on, we will be working on models and on wefts, mixing color and painting prismatic, inspired colors.

With this workshop, learn to color hair confidently with a blend of intuition, color theory knowledge and creativity and embrace full spectrum color application.

In this class we will be:

img_4124-Working with primary colors to blend custom shades. Learning the how’s and why’s of formulating color to achieve specific shades that communicate a message, and exploring the balance of saturation vs muting and how they tie into the emotional lives of our clients.

-Discussing the meaning of color on the psychological, spiritual and astrological planes.

-Toning with Intention: Learning about placement and simple skin tone evaluation, understanding the spectrum and how it effects different skin shades in different ways and learning how to make the CORRECT color balancing decision.

-Learning about Dust and Smoke: Taking your formulation to the next level of nuanced color.

-Working together with color application on models

-Learning about creating a practice or meditation with color that helps develop keener color sense and creative inspiration in our daily lives.IMG_2032


November 7th, Edo Salon San Francisco

Cost: $350

Bring: Yourselves, a journal, an open mind and a grounded body.

We will provide practice hair wefts, primary colors from Manic Panic, Hairstory New Wash for diluting color, brushes, and a rainbow of inspiration.

Reserve your spot by calling Edo today!  415-861-0131

xo, HTHG

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