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.

Love, Hands, Rings.

7U6A8270Hi babes. I have been thinking a lot about hands lately, and how much they do for us. I personally feel like I would be nowhere without mine.

I run my hands absolutely ragged. They are strong and burly and scarred and vein-y and smarter than any other part of me. I just can’t shake my belief that all hands are stunningly beautiful, especially the hands of those of us work really hard with them. Here is one of my favorite photos of hands.7U6A9929 These are the hands of a welder and a machinist.

Those of us who work with our hands to create understand the symbiotic relationship of our brains, hearts, and hands. We build, we destroy, we hold, and we let go.

My hands understand things that my mind can’t even begin to understand, and I suppose that comes from the absolute tactile nature of hairdressing. My hands do all the work, they feel the hair and the head shape, they read between the lines and they pick up on the energy of the person who I am working on.

What made me think of hands today was taking this picture of Nikki Jacoby with her hands in her hair, pinning ivy into her Bearded Lady Braids, and just how lovely and useful hands are and how beautiful they look with rings on.


I  have always worn rings to decorate my hands. Ever since my grandmother gave me her costume jewelry collection when I was nine. I still have a ring collection which I am very proud of. I love big rings, small rings, unusual rings, mostly. My rings off-set and cover the hundreds of tiny scars on my fingers from cutting myself accidentally with shears. (Only happens when I drink too much coffee.)

Anyway, hats off to our hard working hands, rings on to our burly fingers.7U6A9785

Also, excited for Nikki’s new addition of silver and brass rings to her jewelry line. I am obsessed with mine.

xoxo, HTHG

Spring break, Cross Dressing, and Necktie Fails.

Hello, my friends.

How are all of you? Well, I hope. It is hard to believe that we are already well into Spring, and even harder to believe that, as my neighbor Jenny just reminded me, September is just a few months away. Which means that it is practically Fall already.

I just returned from a little road trip with my man and my kids, which included adventures such as staying a night at the Great Wolf Lodge,Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 10.41.36 AM

playing with a crawdad for a couple hours, Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 10.42.05 AM

Foraging for morel mushrooms,Screen Shot 2015-04-22 at 10.41.51 AM

going on a hike to the top of a plateau mountain in Oregon and seeing this squirrel,IMG_4599

and staying at my favorite hotel, the Best Western off I-5 in Chehalis Washington, where the pool is warm and the beds are comfy.

We celebrated my incredible Grandma Suzi’s 90th birthday. IMG_4585

(photos from my personal Instagram, @filthandbeauty )

I also lost my mind and had a life-altering vintage thrifting experience at a shop called Dina’s Great Finds, where I dug through piles and thrifted myself a new life.

7U6A9807Before I left town, I had the pleasure of shooting a bit of a Gender-Bender shoot, with 2 dear friends who had never met each other. They dressed up in formal wear, and then they cross dressed. 7U6A0365

She posed in typical ‘dude’ poses, and he tried to be ‘ladylike.’

7U6A9740We tried to figure out how to properly tie a necktie, and we fumbled with it for 10 minutes, before finally looking up a Youtube video on it, which made it even more confusing, and we still couldn’t figure it out (sorry dad, I know you taught me as a kid, but I wasn’t able to channel that lesson at the time.) Check out that tie!!!! Luckily, he is such a babe, you didn’t even notice at first;)7U6A9754

Turns out, neither of my models new how to properly behave like a ‘lady’ or a ‘dude’, cross dressed or not. And, they both felt more comfortable being photographed while dressed and acting like the opposite sec.

This was a big relief, because the whole point of the shoot was to illustrate that gender standards are whack and boring. And that cross-dressing is fun. More on that later.

Anyhow, the point is, Spring break was great, I am feeling very blessed and excited about future posts and hair style tutorials from the Gender Bender shoot, and many more to come, and I’m hoping you are all enjoying your Spring:)

Stay tuned!

love you all!


Glitter Dandruff. The Next BIG Thing for Hair.

Dandruff is an over self-diagnosed condition of the scalp which nearly none of us actually have. Many people suffer from ‘dandruff.’ Many more people suffer from glitter.

Glitter has been deemed the ‘Herpes of Crafting’ because once you see it in your craft kit, you are likely to never be able to get rid of it. Generally, people who don’t like glitter REALLY don’t like glitter, because chances are, they have had a bad experience. Maybe they have been infected with it against their will (My waiter the other night had a sparkle on his cheek, unbeknownst to him, which glimmered and gleemed every time he spoke.)

Wearing glitter is a great way to unnerve uptight people in social situations, because it makes them afraid that you might get too close and accidentally touch them. It is also a fantastic way to decorate any and everything, especially if you want to disguise small mistakes…….Messed up nail polish, scratch on your car, scuffed boots etc.

I happen to love glitter. Here is why…..When there is something that you really can’t avoid drawing attention to, glitter will always both attract the eye by sparkling, and distract the eye by diffusion. Which makes Glitter Dandruff the perfect way to distract from ‘dandruff’ or grown out roots.

Here is how to get Glitter Dandruff.


Begin by getting some loose glitter, like this kind ( my favorite for crafting and hair.)

Now find a willing friend to glitter-bomb you. 7U6A8814

Dump a tablespoon of loose glitter into their hands.

7U6A8784Stand back, lean your head over towards them.

Have your friend go “1,2,3 BLOW!”7U6A8798

Wait a couple seconds for the glitter to settle in. 7U6A8800

Now go about your day, shining like a diamond. And if the haters hate, give em a nice big sparkly hug.7U6A8828

More on glitter here.

xoxo, HTHG




10 Foods to Boost Hair Growth

10 Foods To Boost Hair Growth

Guest Post Alert. Thanks for this hair-boosting food guide, from NiceHair. xo!


Beautiful, shiny hair is an indication of good health and it’s something we all

strive for. In fact, in an increasing look-conscious world, the state of our hair

has become something of an obsession, and most women spend more than they

would choose to reveal at the hairdressers and on hair care products. So it pays

to remember that healthy-looking hair comes from within and by eating hair-

friendly foods, you can encourage strong, glossy hair growth.

Here are

10 items to include in your diet to make a difference to your hair.

1. Whole grains – if you swap white bread and pasta for wholegrain products, you’ll

be increasing your intake of iron, zinc and the B group vitamins, all of which

contribute to great hair. The added bonus is that wholegrain foods boost your

health in a multitude of other ways, too, as well as being diet friendly.

2. Nuts – nuts are nature’s tiny powerhouses of goodness! Packed with vitamins,

minerals, healthy fats and fibre, you can’t go wrong by including nuts in your

diet. In particular, Brazil nuts are rich in selenium, a mineral that helps to keep

your scalp healthy. Walnuts have a high concentration of omega 3 fatty acids –

these are the healthy oils that can keep your hair from becoming too dry. A

shortage of zinc can lead to hair-shedding, but plenty of nuts contain good levels

of this mineral, so take your pick.

3. Carrots – if you thought carrots were all about seeing in the dark, well, yes,

they’re certainly good for your eyes. But beta carotene, the pre-curser of Vitamin

A, can also help to maintain a healthy scalp.

4. Salmon – this peachy pink oily fish is the gift that keeps on giving as far as hair

is concerned. It packs protein, omega 3 fats, Vitamin B12 and good levels of iron.

All of these will benefit your hair health, and the omega 3 fatty acids in particular

will prevent an itchy and flaky scalp and dry hair.

5. Oysters – another hair helper from the sea, oysters are rich in zinc. This mineral

is responsible for their reputation as an aphrodisiac – and as a powerful

antioxidant it helps to keep your hair follicles and scalp in peak health.

6. Chicken and turkey – these white meats are fantastic sources of protein while

having the added benefit of being low in fat. At the same time, they’ll boost your

iron levels, especially if you eat them with a good source of Vitamin C which helps

the body to absorb iron.

7. Leafy greens – there’s a whole range of green leafy vegetables that are just

queuing up to add to your hair health. Kale, spinach, cabbage, broccoli, chard,

Brussels sprouts – all these contain fabulous amounts of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Both these vitamins are needed for your hair follicles to produce sebum, the

natural protective layer for your scalp and hair.

8. Eggs – everybody’s favourite breakfast food makes the perfect ingredient for

healthy hair. Plenty of protein, biotin and B vitamins.

9. Avocado – make your salads a whole lot more delicious and satisfying while

giving hair health a boost. Avocadoes contain plenty of B vitamins, Vitamin E and

lots of healthy fats that help to keep hair glossy.

10. Dairy foods – milk and cheese are a fabulous source of protein, particularly for

those who don’t eat meat or fish. On top of that, they’re a good source of

calcium, another factor contributing to hair health.

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