Childbirth, and Expecting Mama Braids

7U6A7489 (1)There is not a more sacred time in a woman’s life than right before her first baby is born. This beautiful time, the last month, is filled with unknowns, emotions, and the insanity of your body growing past what feels like it’s own limitations. The anticipation and excitement of an upcoming birth and then life as a parent is an almost unreal, dreamlike place.

7U6A7316I spent last weekend with my 36 week pregnant sister friend Nikki Jacoby and her partner Gabe enjoying the woods, cooking food, playing music, reading up on birth, and relaxing. Both Gabe and I happened to be reading a book called The Birth Partner by Penny Simkins, which was perfect because we get tag-team her  support when the time comes, which is such a incredibly cool honor.

7U6A7296 (1)While in our little cabin in the woods, I shot some photos of Nikki, to document her body at it’s most pregnant extreme so she will never forget how radiant she is.

I gave her special braids, Expecting Mama Braids, because it seemed like the perfect time for her to wear her own golden crown. I thought a lot about how our hair is our crown, and that there are times in life when we need to own our power and wear crown proudly, and to be brave……and this was one of those times.


With that said, this braid is for all of you Expecting Mamas.

What makes these braids different is that we began with a deep, diagonal side part.

7U6A7408I did two dutch braids, the first started along the front hairline, the second started at the apex of the diagonal part, sweeping around in an arc to meet the first one in the back.

Both braids were secured at the ends, deconstructed, and then each end was wrapped around and pinned under the opposite braid to complete the circle.

7U6A7419Does that make sense? I hope so.

Here is a quote from legendary American Midwife Ina May Gaskins

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water buffalo. Even if it has not been your habit throughout your life so far, I recommend that you learn to think positively about your body.”

If you are in the Seattle Area and are pregnant and about to give birth, and you want braids to crown you and help you channel your power, please email me at

May your births be smooth, powerful, mighty, and peaceful, and your hair be shining and royal.7U6A7201

P.S. I got all my Nikki Jacoby Jewelry re-tumbled, and I can’t stop looking at it.

xo, HTHG

Country Music’s Best, Macefield Music Fest, Hair.

I have to take a minute to introduce you to my two favorite babes in the Country Music scene, who I had the pleasure of styling last weekend.

Meet Jaime Wyatt of Jaime Wyatt and the Bang Bangs and Lucile Kuntz from The Crying Shame, both up and coming country music lady legends in their own right……and by Country, I mean like some real chops, throw-back to the greats of country music Country, but with just the right amount of Pacific Northwest Flavor, like the same flavor that happened when Loretta Lynn lived in Aberdeen, WA.

I met these gals at Bandittown last month through Missbeehivin’ Holley, where they both played gigs. This past weekend, their bands played at the Macefield Music Festival in Seattle and I got to style their hair up right quick before they played.

7U6A2739 7U6A2722Jaime got a little bit of a Keith Richards Rock n’ Roll braid with white leather tassels and a couple of feathers wrapped into the ends. She said it reminded her of a pony that her family used to have named Feather who was a real asshole and bit her once on the stomach. Jaime’s sister used to braid feathers into Feather’s pony hair.7U6A26927U6A2695

Lucile got a daringly sweet little low half-up beehive bump with a little braid coming from each side, and a little white stripped leather bow pinned into it.

Sadly, I couldn’t make it to hear them play that night, I had to be home with the kids. Which was great, I just really wanted to stay for the music…..But as my grandfather would say….’ you can’t kiss all the girls.’ So there.

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Check these ladies out and listen to what they have been working on and while you are ad it check out their tour dates to see when you can catch em in your town…….I have a hunch that you will be really into it.

Need more Country Lady Legend hairstyle inspiration? Check out these 3 tutorials!

xo, HTHG

Bandittown Babes and Beehives.

In a photographic nutshell, my Bandittown experience went like this:

First off, a night of dancing and merriment with some fantastic North Folk locals like This special man. 4 tours in Vietnam, couple years in the pokey, many years spent as a sculptor…… A very dear man. He just really wants a sweet wife. Any takers? I would if I wasn’t already spoken for;) 7U6A0820

Also, a woman named Annette, which she followed with ‘like Anette Funiccelo!’ in case there was any confusion. She danced with me, helped me find my purse when I lost it, and then talked me into really wanting to get a Harley because of how it good it feels to sit on them with the engine going. 😉 Love you, Anette. Friends for life. Can’t believe I don’t have any pictures of you.

Tin Type photos with the awesome fellas from Revival Tintype.IMG_72707U6A2111

Alix Brown, my lady friend from LA brought Janel AKA Judy along, and they were an absolute delight and a hoot. I am so glad to have friends like them in my life. Smart, strong, bold, women with great senses of humor. What could be better?

Savina, the 4 year old wonder-woman was very patient with all of us hearing folks. (she is deaf.) Luckily, Alix can sign.



Holley’s beehive was so stunning, she inspired many other beehives at Bandittown, and before long I was sweating and working my butt off teasing, combing, building, wrapping, smoothing, curling and pinning. #missbeehivin7U6A0922_27U6A0929_2



Sarah, my dear friend and traveling bed-mate, sold her gorgeous leatherwear. Don’t you love her leather applique vest??? Find her at 10th And Olive.7U6A1009

Here is Alix’s beehive, btw. Inspired by Bridgette Bardot with little purple neck bangs.7U6A1011

Darling child Hive on Adia


Taylor, up-and-coming editorial hair stylist got this hive’n’braids.7U6A1068

Some braided whiskers…7U6A10777U6A1026

Non-ironic mullet braid, on an awesome North Folk townie lady with a broken arm and an ice cream cone. She said she hadn’t felt that pretty in years:) Love.7U6A1085

Brette suprised us from SF. Best present ever. She is the one with the braided Sci-hive up-dune. 7U6A1150#beehivebbs

Night time escapades with my gals.7U6A18917U6A1775 #tootsietumbleweed

Pool with little Savina the pool shark at the Buckhorn Saloon.7U6A1929

This guy. He missed his chance at being my first ever man-hive because he was scared of his girlfriends reaction. I told him to grow a pair and just let me give him a beehive. He was drunkish. He let me give him braids instead. That’s okay, I guess, but I still really want to give a dude a beehive so bad. Any takers?


Jaime Wyatt, playing a great gig while Holley danced. And watching the sweetest biker couple ever dance together.7U6A15087U6A1384

Lastly, a day and night in Yosemite, getting free.7U6A20827U6A20657U6A2016


Great times were had by all at Bandittown, and I will be back again ASAP for another HTHG Beehive popup:)

xo, hthg

Boredom and Catching up on Things.

Another case for boredom. What is boredom exactly? According to Wikipedia, boredom is an emotional state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, and not interested in their surroundings.

Here at our house, we have had the pleasure of rolling around in boredom, pushing through the uncomfortable suspension of having nothing too pressing to keep us trying to get shit done, and finding beauty and fun in the mundane!

To be more specific, our school system is embattled in a strike, and the kids haven’t started school yet so we have spend several days now just bumming around, finding birds nests and photographing them, picking flowers, riding bikes, doing little projects, and braiding our hair. A true gift, if you ask me. IMG_7267

When my daughters say ‘i’m bored’ I know that it is just a matter of time before they use their little creative brains to figure out a project that engages them in the world around them, and before long, they are fully entertained. I love it.

Today, they helped me forage for greenery and flowers on a walk at the lake, which I then braided into their hair, which inspired them to dress the part of floral empresses. Take that, boredom.IMG_7359

IMG_7324After such a busy Summer, I am loving this time, knowing that as soon as the teachers reach an agreement about their pay with the school district ( I say, hold out for more!) our lives will pick back up into a frenzy-like pace.

7U6A1148Catching up on the last few weeks, I had a fantastic time at Bandittown, doing Braids and Beehives and hanging out with some incredible people.

I met a guy named Terrance Reimer there, a photographer. We talked shop, he convinced me to start making prints of my favorite images. Checked out his website, loved what I saw. Check out these two hair shots he captured! He shoots with real film! Really inspired me to learn more.IMG_7218IMG_7219


Post about Bandittown Beehives coming soon!


Our last night in California was spent camping in Yosemite, where we swam in a lake and woke up in the middle of the night to hungry bears tearing around our camp site, digging through Labor Day Weekend garbage.

IMG_7312This past weekend, I gave my nephew SeaBass his first ever haircut, while his cousins fluttered about excitedly.IMG_7309

Marley, my 8 year old, finally let me give her bangs. Halleluja!

IMG_6859Lastly, went out for pizza the other night, and saw Black Lives Matter being written by the jet stream of an airplane in the sky above Seattle. Too fucking cool. Keep it up, everyone.

xo, HTHG

Like my photos? check out my photography site, Filth and Beauty.


How To Use Mindfulness Meditation In Your Beauty Routine

7U6A2315You might not have thought about it, but your beauty routine can be the perfect time in which to squeeze in a bit of meditation. We don’t mean you should be closing your eyes while crimping your hair or applying lipstick, of course, but you should be making the most of being in the moment. Here’s why it’s so good for you.


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Pretty on the Inside

If you’re wondering what applying skin products and making yourself look beautiful have to do with being mindful, think about this: you spend lots of time every day looking after yourself, right? All that time can be used to cleanse, tone, moisturize, primp, fluff and prettify while you’re also becoming happier and healthier. This can be easily achieved: all you have to do is be present in the moment.

Research shows that being more mindful makes you more present in the moment, which in turn makes your mind peaceful. If you have greater peace of mind, this spirals into happiness, and greater all-round wellbeing, from the mental and emotional to the physical kind. Sounds pretty good, so the next time you’re exfoliating, clear your mind and really focus on the product you’re scrubbing over your body.

De-Stress while You Beautify

We lead very busy, often stressful, lives. Taking time to relax and unwind isn’t always easy, but that’s where your beauty routine can come in handy. While you’re lathering skin brightening products or body lotions after a hot bath, it’s the perfect time to open up your senses. Feel the product as you massage it into your skin with gentle movements, smell its delicious scent, look at its color or texture, and so on. Even if you take just a few minutes to do this, it’s a great way to relax and feel like you’re being pampered at the spa – even if you’re just in your bathroom!


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Beauty and the Breath

Besides for awakening your senses during beauty routines, pay attention to your breathing. It’s not only a good way to relax but it can help to make your skin look better. When you breathe deeply, you boost your body’s cellular regeneration because it enables better circulation. By bringing more blood to the surface of your skin, you can help to make it brighter and healthier. But there’s another bonus: breathing deeply helps the skin cells to repair themselves, which leads to youthful and glowing skin.

Embrace the Mind-Skin Connection

Research has pointed to a connection between what’s going on in your mind and the state of your skin. If you think about this on a practical level, it makes sense: when you’re stressed, for instance, your internal woes tend to crop up on your skin in the form of breakouts. This is because your emotional state influences your body more than you might think, such as by disrupting your hormones.

Relaxing through mindfulness meditation is often used in conjunction with medical care when it comes to treating a variety of skin issues, such as psoriasis, acne, and eczema. In a study of psoriasis patients, the people who listened to tapes of mindfulness meditation while having treatment for their psoriasis revealed skin that healed at a quicker rate than those who only underwent the treatment. By taking time to relax and meditate while you’re treating or pampering your skin, you encourage it to heal.


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Don’t Forget to Show the Love!

Mindfulness is also about remembering to acknowledge and appreciate your body and what it does for you. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we want to change about ourselves, and the beauty routines we undergo so that we can look better, that we don’t stop to think of how amazing our bodies are. So when you’re primping and prettifying, see yourself as though you’re doing so for the first time.

Appreciate your hair, eyes, skin, how your smile lights up the room, and so on. By doing this on a daily basis, you will start to feel good on the inside as well as on the outside. It will boost your confidence but also keep you in tune with seeing yourself in a positive light, preventing you from falling into the negative self-talk trap where you keep noticing what you consider to be flaws whenever you look in the mirror. Doing this is a great way to start the day on a happy, thankful footing. Best of all you’ll have a smile on your face that is sure to rub off on those you meet along your way.

Get Your Beauty Sleep

When you get enough sleep, you look better. This is a fact and it happens because your skin cells repair themselves while you sleep. Not getting enough sleep can leave you with blotchy, acne-prone, and dull skin, thanks to how a lack of sleep stimulates hormones that disintegrate your skin’s collagen. It also inhibits circulation so oxygen and nutrients don’t get to your skin in sufficient amounts.

A bit of meditation after your nightly bath and skincare routine can come in handy to help you sleep, according to a study that found mindfulness can help you slow down and unwind before bed, resulting in better quality sleep. Make meditation a part of your beauty sleep plan and wake up to gorgeous skin!

Adding a splash of mindful meditation to your daily beauty routine is a great way to relax, self-pamper, and feel happier. So turn your time in front of the mirror into a quick meditation session and look good while feeling fabulous.

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