Please Please Please send me your best hair pics through the ages.

IMG_2007IMG_2006Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 10.10.08 AMHi Babes. I am looking for random hair photos to post on HTHG. I was so inspired by Internet K hole’s found photo zine that I stumbled upon in San Francisco……I decided that I have to do a similar series on HTHG.

I am looking for prom pictures, 80’s perms, grandma in curlers, mohawks, bowl cuts, baby fuzz, whateves. Photos that you look at and say “Oh my god I look at that hair.” .

I am dying to see the great hair-through-the-ages photos that you find, and would LOVE the chance to publish them here.

Please send photos to howtohairgirl@gmail.com, with a small caption or a tiny history or a couple of words with them. Let’s share some hair.

xoxo, HTHG

Q and A with HTHG. Let’s start talkin to each other more.

Hello friends. Do you all have any questions for each other or for me personally that you would like to ask? Personal questions, life questions, hair questions? How about comments? Suggestions?

I know that I would LOVE the chance to sit down with each and every one of you to get to know you a bit better, and I have been trying to figure out ways to do that. Let’s start with an open Q and A here at HTHG……I want to involve you all more and bring you together. So ask away, here in the comment section. I will put a post together and let’s get some conversations going.

xo, HTHG

Catching up with HTHG, hair news, random shit.

Hi babes. How are you all doing? I want to take a sec to fill you in on what I have been up to.

In HTHG news, I accepted a job as a hair writer for About.com. I gave it a lot of thought, and finally decided that with the help of Rain, we can pull it off and bust it out, and hopefully bring some fresh new content to the About empire, while still sharing tricks and tips on HTHG. We will be doing a monthly roundup on HTHG of guest blogs from both About and Refinery 29 who I am also excited to be working with on articles from the positive side of the beauty industry:)

You can expect a nice mixture of old themes revamped, as well as brand new tips, tricks and info.

In other news, I went to the bay area last weekend with my older daughter Marley to visit my sister Brook and her sweet family, and Brette and Cobra.

My sister and her hubby Jose and my little nephew Buster showed us a lovely time, took us to Pacifica Beach where we jumped into the Pacific ocean, and Marley immediately rolled in the sand, covered her body with seaweed, and found a dead fish to play with. Win!

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In San Francisco, I lost my heart ( I do every time) to the fog, the sparkling city, the sea lions barking, and Brette and her perfectly bohemian North Beach life at the Newell House, where Anti-hero skater dudes come and go all day and night, mostly to play with Cobra the 2 year old serpent child.IMG_1912

 

Brette introduced me to Internet K-hole, showing me a Hamburger Eyes zine featuring their found photos. I fell in love instantly and made it a point to purchase 2 of them before we left. We headed to the Hamburger Eyes Photo headquarters to pick them up. Hamburger Eyes is the coolest photo zine there is. They are SF based, but recently got kicked out of their studio and are in the middle of a move to LA.

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While in SF, I saw several haircuts like this…….Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 10.12.57 AM Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 10.11.13 AM

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Which reminded me of the time when I melted off my own hair and had to cut my hair into this funny little bob.Screen Shot 2014-10-12 at 10.10.08 AM ( I’m the one with the funny little bob.) Photos from The bob page and Slodive.com

A couple weeks ago, I took my daughters to Gold Bar, where Nikki and Gabe have a cabin on the Skagit river. We spent the entire weekend dorking around on the riverbank, making designs with rocks and sticks and flowers and charcoal. I was in absolute heaven.

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It took me literally 2 hours of complete foraging and designing concentration to make this eyeball and guess what?!?!?!?!? Just as I was starting to add the FINAL FINISHING TOUCHES, the lower lashes, a tweeker came out of NOWHERE with his frisky mangy pit bull who came running up to me and stepped all over my eyeball, tearing it to shreds. You know what I did? I punched it in the face.

Note to self. Don’t ever punch a dog, especially a pit bull. Number one, it isn’t nice to be violent and Number two, they have strong jaws. I was lucky that I didn’t get bit. I think I honestly surprised it so much that it left me alone. FYI, Iove dogs. I was just majorly pissed.

Lastly in my hair news, I got seriously bored with my hair so I decided to just go for that little red bob that I have been obsessing over, since I saw it on Joan from Mad Men and also on Style noted.

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Then, I colored it red. First, I used henna. Then I mixed up Special Effects Hot Lava with conditioner and put that over it to brighten it.

Whew! Sometimes having a new hair do just feels right. Something about the changing seasons always makes me want to do something a little different, ya know?

IMG_1994How are all of you doing? Thanks again for being here, BTW.

xoxo, HTHG

Some favorites and also blind DIY hair-cutters.

Hi my dearie dears. It has been a while and I have been missing you. Here is the problem…..I’m doing so much hair,  I haven’t had time to write about doing hair. My heart is lonely when I am not writing and sharing. I am working on it. I have some really fun posts planned, I’m just waiting for the time to compile them.

In the meantime, I want to check in to say hi and see how you all are doing this Spring, and share just a couple of my recent favorites. They are mostly before and afters from Vain, and then a very special comment on a HTHG post that warms my heart. Also, just a couple photos from my new non-hair Instagram feed @filthandbeauty which is my hobby-photography feed so I can focus on just hair posts on my @howtohairgirl feed. I would love to have you join me on both feeds:)

 

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Here is a wonderful comment from a blind HTHG reader. Yessssssssss ma’am. This is why I continue to blog at HTHG.

 

“Roxie; thank you so much. Your descriptions are very thorough & helpful. I’m blind, & was in serious need of a hair cut (unfortunately also in serious need of a winning lottery ticket) but after reading several sites, yours being most helpful, I couldn’t see why I couldn’t accomplish this. I first did the unicorn thing, drawing the hair to mid-nose. I have thick crazy auburn hair. This gave me full fluffy hair all over which I loved. Still too long in the back tho, so I made a pony tail center back neck, slid a 2nd elastic down the tail the length I wanted, & SNIP. YES! I feel so much better. I went from long frizzy stuff to neat mid-length smooth shiny hair. You’re awesome. Now my blind friends want to know how. I shared your link. ”

 

Stay tuned for more DIY hair and ramblings from yours truly.

xoxoxo, HTHG

Hair tutorials, DIY. Submit yours and promote your blog on HTHG !

DSC04862Hi friends. I hope you all are enjoying 2014 so far. I have to say, I really am. It is going to be a good year. I told you a couple weeks back that I was going to slow down on blogging, but I have realized that writing and sharing is essential to my soul. So I won’t slow down too much.

Today I want to put it out there that I would love to see your hair and your creative DIY hairstyles. I am welcoming all reader tutorial submissions right now, as a way to encourage you to share your ideas with each other as well as help y’all promote your blogs or products or selves. As examples, HTHG readers have submitted tutorials like the Ponybow, Herbal facial steams, Witch hair, among many others. Check em out and get a feel. I want to see your favorite hairstyles, protective styles, no-heat curls, DIY products, hair-care routines and philosophies!

Here are some tips and things to consider when submitting a tutorial.

How to make a good, pin-able, step by step hair tutorial!

 

-Write out simple and easy to follow numbered step-by-step instructions. Keep it concise. Keep it under 8 steps.

-Include at least one nice photo of the finished product or look, or put together a photo collage with numbered photos to correspond with written steps. Picmonkey.com makes this oh so fun and easy! Or if you are just working from your Iphone, Picstitch is a great photo-collage-ing app.

Here is an example of a Picmonkey collage that got the hell repinned out of it. Here is a link to the tutorial. half maid

-You don’t need a fancy camera or photo editing software! selfies are fine! lap-top shots work great!. If, however, you are wanting to invest in a good blogging camera a Sony rx-100 is a great start. Check out this post.

-Having a friend help you with the photos is a little easier and will improve the quality of the shots, unless you have a tripod and a remote or timer for those back-of-the head and side shots:) Get a couple pals together and have a hair party! take fun shots of each other, and send them my way! It would make me do a happy dance to share your hair experiences:)

-For the sake of social media share-ability, tutorials that have nice photos, interesting names, and solid simple backgrounds get shared most often. Try to make sure that corresponding photos clearly demonstrate each step. Notice that the above tutorial is simple and concise, with easy to follow visual steps without even the need for written instructions? This is the ultimate goal, if pin-ability is what you are going for:)

-Get creative! We want to see something new!……Interesting fact…….The random-est hairstyles that I almost don’t post because they are too different are almost always the ones that get re-posted the most. Which is funny, surprising, and make me happy.

– If you don’t have the time to put together a tutorial, I love posting photos that show you and your hair in your environment…..Not overly fancy or styled, and a simple description of your do’ or your hair philosophy. Check this post out as an example. On the fly, post an instagram photo of yourself and tag it #HTHG or #howtohairgirl and I will share it with my followers.

Friends, please use this as an opportunity for us to get to know each other, using our hair as the icebreaker. Let’s spread the good hair love.

You can send your submission to howtohairgirl@gmail.com. Please include any links to your blog, website or social media and I will include it in your post!

xoxoxox, HTHG

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