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

My brother’s awesome Ghanaian wedding, and fixing a ducktail.

I attended my brother Jack’s wedding last weekend. It was a wedding ceremony performed by his brides family, the Acquayes. They are a charming and wonderful Ghanaian family who know how to laugh, cook, eat, dance, and party. I love my sister-in-law, and was really glad to meet her family.

I was also excited to see what kind of cool hairstyles I would encounter at the after-party, and I was not at all disappointed. Lots of natural hair, curls, kinks,braids, twists, itty-bitty afros, locks, beautiful hair all around. I was mostly inspired by how interesting some of the shorter hair styles were.

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7U6A8666Before the wedding, I cut my brother’s hair. He has coarse, curly thick hair and he wanted to try something different. His hair was a bit longer then usual so I was able to do a little hipster hangover, using shear-over-comb on the sides to get it nice and short. I cut the edges sharp and precise to polish the look up. It really worked on his curls! He looked like a total stud. 7U6A8357 7U6A8359

Also while I was there, I cut my sister’s hair. She is 8 months pregnant and growing out a cute pixie cut. I took a couple pics to demonstrate how I took care of her duck- tail

 

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A duck-tail is the inevitable floppy mullet that happens in the back of a growing out pixie. I basically treated it like a tiny little shlob. It looked so much better. I bet it will make birthing easier to not have a duck-tail. I can’t wait till I have a baby nephew. I’m hoping to be with her and her husband for the birth! San Francisco here I come!

Yay for weddings and new babies in the family!

7U6A8458Also, want to know my go-to 5 minute wedding up-do? It is this one, done on beautifully thick asian hair. Here is the tutorial for it.

 

xo, HTHG

 

Guest post…..How to style Natural Hair for the Summer!

How To Style Natural Hair For The Summer

When the summer months arrive, nobody wants to spend extra time in the morning styling their hair. Summer is all about care-free, effortless days, and your hair should reflect that as well.
There are dozens of ways that you can style your hair in the summer– all of which take a minimal amount of time– but still come out looking fabulous. Using some simple hair tricks, we’ll show you how to head out the door with a look that’s to die for.
1) Lose the flat-iron
This tip could be considered worthwhile for anytime of the year, but in the heat of the summer, it is especially important. Summer weather already tends to leave hair dry and brittle, and using heating tools only compounds the problem.
Try letting your hair dry naturally, or pull it loosely back right when you get out of the shower. In the event that a flat-iron is necessary, always apply a heat protectant to your hair to prevent damage.
2) Go for some flair
To make your natural hair extra manageable when summertime rolls around, find ways to braid it back. Putting braids all over your head, one or two in the front, or a long one down the back will keep your hair out of your face and frizz-free.
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3) Check the weather
If your hair is naturally prone to poof when humidity strikes, stay on top of it before it happens. Look at the weather before styling your hair.
If it is going to be humid, plan ahead and put your hair up for the day. A cute hair-tie instantly adds some fun to any hairstyle—people will be complimenting you all day, and you hardly had to do a thing!
4) Chop it
This tip takes some guts, but it really makes summer hair styling simple—and almost non-existent! Instead of having to deal with a lot of hair every day, consider cutting it short.
For natural hair, a short look is cute and when it’s hot outside, you will definitely be thanking yourself for making the plunge. And hey, hair can always grow long again, right?

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5) Let it be
After getting out of the shower, decide on a hairstyle and then don’t touch your hair again until it is completely dry. The more you play with your hair when it is wet, the more frizz it will create. Frizz immediately worsens when you step outside, so do everything you can to reduce this frizz.
It is also a good idea to add some sort of product to your hair to keep it from drying in the heat. Natural black hair products are a very wise investment to protect your hair from drying out and losing its shine.
When the inspiration starts to lull in the hair department, there are plenty of online resources to find new ways to style your hair all summer long. Don’t forget that the most important thing in the summer is to get outside and enjoy yourself! Effortless and natural hair is always beautiful.

Marcela De Vivo is a freelance writer in California whose writing covers health, skin and hair care. To keep her hair moisturized and glamorous during the summer, she follows these tips. Find more tips like these by following her on Twitter and Facebook.

 

Spring 2013 hair trend forecast

kjhiuMy darlings, Spring is coming. I know because the crocuses are peeking up above the dirt and the cherry blossoms buds are swelling. But then again, I am in Seattle where it feels like eternal Spring.

I am not quite ready to fully commit to thinking about Spring, because I haven’t even been snowboarding yet this Winter, and I am so enjoying rocking my slouchy black beanie on the daily. But for the sake of staying abreast of today’s hair trends, I am here to show you a little forecast for hair trends of Spring and Summer, 2013.

According to recent runway activity in Paris and New York, hair style trends are going in the direction of simple yet dramatic.

So here it is.

Spring 2013 hair trends.

Head scarves are sticking around. (Thank the lord)

Deep side parts on all counts. Hair up, hair down, curly, straight, you name it. Experiment.

Braids are still around. Get creative! get messy! I have so much in store for you.

Lastly, low, sleek buns of all sorts. Twisted, wrapped, coiled, braided, what have you. As long as it is paired with a deep side part and a sleek shiny finish, you are good to go.

Practice up, use your imagination. Share HTHG with your friends and have fun with your hair this Spring, and all the time.

XO, HTHG

 

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