The Head wrap. A vintage styling protective smooth-out trick.

smoothHi my friends. It has been a minute since I have had a chance to put together a styling video for you all! Here is one from the vault, a little trick I like to call the Head Wrap. I learned this one in beauty school. It was used often as a protective way of keeping chemically relaxed hair straight and smooth without the use of heat.

In school,I got laughed at for wrapping my own white-girl hair. It was my first experience of ‘Hmmmmmm. I guess that our races are still divided by our lack of understanding of each other’s hair. I’m still working on trying to bridge that gap.

smoooothThe Head-wrap is a great trick to use if you are wearing your curly hair straight or want just a general smoothing. You can see by my before and after, my hair is naturally pretty rough. It refuses to be straight. But the Head wrap calms my wild hair into smooth and shiny waves.

Here is how it works……By brushing the hair tightly around the head with a boar bristle brush, you use the round smoothness of your head as a large roller for your hair. Scarf it and go to bed, and you will wake up with beautifully straight-ish hair that behaves and falls perfectly.

In order to make it work, you need a bit of practice, a good brush, and 2nd or 3rd day hair. ShamPHree hair will do this beautifully.


Guest-post! No-heat styling tricks.

Tips and Tricks Of No-Heat Styling


Who doesn’t want to have great looking hair? After all, your hair is kind of like your crown, so-to-speak.

When it comes to creating hairstyles, tools that require heat are often used in order to create great look. If you are using those damaging tools, make sure you are at least use some type of heat protections spray or cream to help prevent further damage.

However, if you are super busy, or you just don’t want to subject your hair to the damaging effects of heat, you might be thinking that your hair will just have to look lackluster. Well, truth be told, you don’t have to use heat in order to create a fantastic looking hairstyle. Here are some simple styles that don’t require hair dryers, curling irons, flat irons or any other type of heating element to create – and the end results are pretty fabulous.

Beach Waves

The salt water does wonders for creating a carefree, tousled look. Well, you don’t have to visit the beach in order to achieve those subtle, yet stylish waves, and you don’t need to use any heat to create them, either.


To create this look, simply fill a spray bottle with warm water, 2 tablespoons of table salt and about ¼ cup of conditioner. Spray the mixture over clean, dry hair and then scrunch it. The salt will create the same effect that the salt water creates, and the conditioner will prevent your hair from drying out.


A Sock Bun

Create a voluminous bun with yes, a sock. To achieve this look, you’ll need to cut off the toes of a clean sock. Roll the remainder of the sock so that it looks like a donut. Next, pull your hair up into a ponytail, it can be either high or low, depending on the look you wish to achieve. Position the sock donut around the ponytail and pull it down to the end. Next, roll the sock down along the ponytail, pulling your hair into it as you go. Tuck the hair into the sock. When you reach the base of the ponytail, position the sock so that it is sitting around the hair tie. Wrap another hair tie around the bun to secure it in place, and use bobby pins to tuck in any stray pieces. Voila! In minutes, you have a super sized, super stylish bun, and all it takes is a sock. Here is a video of the Sock Bun, and here are 5 ways to sass up your sock bun even more;)


A Pony Twist


Give this staple hairstyle an updated look by adding in some twists. Smooth your hair down and pull out a small section on either side of your head. Twist each section, starting at the top of your head and working your way down to the bottom of your head. Secure the twists using bobby pins. Pull your hair, including the ends of the twisted portions, into a low pony. That’s all it takes to create an updated look for this traditional, go-to style.


Crimped Up


You can give your hair a crimped look without heat, and believe it or not, it’s easier to do it using this technique than it is using a crimping iron. All you have to do is wet your hair and then put it into a French braid. Allow your hair to dry completely (doing this before you go to bed is ideal, as your hair will have plenty of time to dry while you sleep). Once dry, undo the braid, loosen your hair and spray a little product in it.

You don’t have to use heat in order to achieve a fantastic look for your hair. These styles are super easy to achieve and they will save your hair from the damage heat can cause; a win-win situation.


Gwen Lewis is a freelance writer who lives in Southern California. She loves to write about beauty and fashion and is published on many sites. In her free time she loves staying active and baking with friends.

Easy 1940′s pin-curl set

40setHi babes! I regret that I haven’t followed up with any pin-curl posts practically since Grandma Suzi-s pin-curls! I did a little short hair pin-curl inspiration with doo-rag mama last year, which seems like forever ago. In the meantime, though, I pin curl my hair quite often for different results and different reasons. Mostly, I pin-curl to polish up my wild main when I want prettier and bouncier curls than I have naturally. I pin em at night on damp hair (Not wet!) for great no-heat styling in the morning.

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Today, I bring you an easy pin-curl set specifically for 1940′s styling. Following this post will be several vintage inspired 1940′s tribute hairstyles made easy so that you don’t have to fuss with too many details. I don’t use any styling products for these styles, just bobby pins, large and small. As always with vintage styling, you need both sizes.

For those of you who don’t know, the 1940′s and the 1970′s are absolutely my favorite hair eras.

About a year ago I guess it was, I discovered the hair rat ( a great 1940′s hair styling tool) and it changed my life and my whole attitude towards hair. It made me think, If we can do this, we can do anything. So between the hair rat, pin-curls, and back combing, we are well on our way through easy vintage styling at HTHG.

And with that, here is your secret weapon pin-curl set to get your hair in perfect shape for 40′s styling. You will need large and small bobbies.

*It is important to note that pin curls are best done on damp hair. I like to mist my dry hair with water and put my curls in the morning or early afternoon, then go about my day with them in and take them out in the evening before I style my hair in a lovely style that I will wear for a couple hours while I make dinner and putting my kids to bed and then drinking a bit of wine in my pajamas on my back porch, pretending I’m entertaining company with a lovely dress on.

Also, all the curls in this tutorial are rolled in the same direction…..under and back. This is the key:) If you need more flat-curl clarification, check out this video.

Easy 1940′s pin-curl set!

40's set1. Begin by dividing the hair in half, down the center of the head. Make a vertical parting to section off the bang section on one side. If you have bangs, curl the section back against the head and pin it into place with a small pin ( here is an in-depth look at making and pinning a flat curl:) . If you don’t have bangs, an easy way to create a longer pin curl is to twist the section of hair around finger, then gently remove the curl from the finger and hold it against the head. (as seen in figure 2)

2. Make another vertical parting 2 inches or so behind the first. Roll  all the hair back into a flat curl in this section.

3. Pin your second curl into place. Use a larger pin if needed.

4. Make a 3rd vertical parting a couple inches behind the second one. Roll the hair back into a flat curl, and pin it into place.

5. Take the remaining hair in the back from the first side. Roll it back into a flat curl and pin it into place.

6. There should be 4 flat curls on one side of the head, all rolled back.

7. Repeat step one on the second side.

8. Repeat steps 2-5 on the second side.

9. You should have 4 flat curls on each sides, all rolled backwards.

Once these babies are dry, take em out an marvel. You can brush them out, or let em be free. This is your first step towards easy but slightly better than lazy-girls vintage styling:)

Stay tuned for more inspired vintage hairstyles coming soon to get you through the holiday season of parties and shenanigans.

xo, HTHG



Bike around town buns.

DSC04521As a working and mostly at home full time blogging mama, I get my exercise in where I can. Since moving to Seattle, I have taken up bike riding for the following reasons….

  • I detest having to drive.
  • I live in a bike friendly neighborhood.
  • My kids like it.
  • I can sweat and run errands at the same time.
  • It doesn’t cost anything.

At least once a day, I strap my kids into the bike trailer with snacks and jump on my bike and take off to run an errand (sometimes I make up “errands” to have an excuse to ride my bike.) But really, who needs and excuse. We should all ride bikes more often for fun.

The other day, I took a lovely ShamPHree shower while my kids were napping. When they woke up, It seemed the perfect time for a bike ride. The only problem was, my hair was clean and wet and I didn’t know quite what to do with it so it dried pretty under a helmet (I promise you I have bigger fish to fry than this. But at the moment, I needed a solution.)

bikeHence, “bike around town buns” were born. The perfect hair solution for lady cyclists who want to not fuss with their hair while they are on a ride, and take off their helmets to a hairstyle that looks nice pinned up or taken down. BAM. Killed 3 birds with one stone.

Bike around town buns are several low twisted, wrapped, and pinned low buns. They look nice as is. They fit perfectly, resting under the helmet. And, when you uncoil them, you have nice pretty waves to last you days.

1. Comb your damp hair nice and smooth.

2. Make a parting on one side from the top of the head to behind the ear.

3. Twist the section from the base to the ends.

4. Loosely wrap the section into a bun behind the ear. Pin it to the head to secure it.

5. Make another parting down the back of the center of the head. Take that section and repeat steps 3 and 4 with it.

6. Make another parting to behind the other ear. Twist and pin that section.

7. Twist and pin the last side section. Put on your helmet, and hit the street.

While you are out there, see what you see. Be open to surprises. Kurt Vonnegut said in The Cat’s Cradle
“Unexpected travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” Use that as your biking mantra for the day.

Here are some things you might see riding around the PNW ( Pacific Northwest, PacNorDub) on an August day.

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2 snails humping. Mount Rainier on a clear day. A glorious poppy. A street named Asshole Lane. Fresh ripe berries.


Have a fantastic week.


No-heat T-shirt smooth out!

tshirtheadThis is one of those little routines that I have been doing for so long and it is so engrained, that I didn’t even think to share it until now. Sort of like the Ponytail facelift.

I had fun nerding out while I shot this tutorial. My goal was to tell a story with photos so I got creative with props and things.

This is the trick for wavy, unruly, loose curls and hair that needs a little taming.  I use it on days when I want to smooth out my weird waves into a more polished finish.

I don’t use heat on my hair, ever. It is a personal choice that went along with my decision to stop fighting and start honoring my hair. So I have found other ways to style my hair. And this one is fool proof. What you will need is a tee-shirt and a boar bristle paddle brush. I love my Costco Calvin white T and my Mason Pearson brush. (The Denman brush is the more affordable version.)

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The gist of this is that after showering, you wrap your hair up in your t-shirt like rasta mama and go about your business. The soft cotton absorbs the water without roughing your hair all up so that it is smoother when it dries. After an hour or so of doodling about with your rasta mama head wrap, take it down. Now get your brush ready, and give your hair a thorough and vigorous brushing to smooth it out even more. Let it air dry till it is almost completely dry, then add whatever smoothing product you like best (I like liquid gold smoother) and brush once more.

Smooth, healthy, and shiny!!!!

Your welcome, hair. XOXOXO


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