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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NiceHair is a hair loss prevention specialist website featuring tips, tricks and advice on

hair loss prevention, interviews, healthy eating, delicious recipes as well as beauty tips,

reviews and lists of effective examples of topical hair loss treatments. For more

information please visit nicehair.org and get in touch.

Choosing your hairstyle based on your face shape.

Hey babes. I thought this was in interesting read, from the standpoint of trying to figure out a hairstyle that will be most balancing for your face shape and features. Thank you to Philip James Salon for contributing this post:)

Choosing Your Hairstyle Based on Your Face Shape!2015hairstylesPJS(2)



For years, your preferred method of choosing a hairstyle has probably been by picking out images you like in a magazine or on Pinterest and asking your hairstylist to “make me look like that.” While this is a pretty quick and easy strategy when you head to the salon, it doesn’t necessarily take into consideration your unique features.

After all, certain haircuts are more flattering for certain face shapes; for example, the most flattering hairstyle for a square face is a very long cut, while a round face is favored by long hair that falls a few inches below the chin. Shoulder-length cuts are beautiful with an oval face, and someone with an oblong face should consider a long bob. Finally, a heart-shaped face can rock a short haircut that highlights the cheekbones or long waves to move the viewer’s eye down your face.

This hairstyle guide from Philip James Salon takes your individual features that make up your natural beauty and helps you determine the best hairstyle for your face shape- plus, it goes one step further by revealing what your facial characteristics say about you. It turns out that your face shape, eyes, forehead, lips, and natural hair color can all reflect different aspects of your personality.

For example, your eyes and your natural hair color are two of the most revealing parts of your face and reflect some of the most important parts of your personality- whether you’re brave, intelligent, creative, or community-oriented, your eyes and natural hair color will reflect it. Your forehead correlates with your character, and your lips are connected to your communication style.

When it comes to face shapes and personalities, someone with a round face is sensitive and caring, while someone with a square face tends to be strong and ambitious. Oval-faced people are calm and objective, and oblong-faced people are practical and methodical. Finally, someone with a heart-shaped face is philosophical and analytical.

With all this information at your fingertips, you’ve got everything you need to choose the best hairstyle for both your unique personality and your facial shape. Let 2015 be the year that your hair makes a statement about who you are!

xo, HTHG and Philip James Salon.

A Boy and His Dreads. And love for my wild-man.

IMG_3382When I first met Jonathan, he was sitting in front of me at an event, and I couldn’t stop looking at his lion-like golden dreads. 3 years later, when we ‘got together’ he had shaved his dreads, and grown his hair out. It was long and beautiful.Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.14.05 PM

After a few years together, I discovered his dreads in a Best Buy Bag in the closet. They were marvelous snakes of hair, ropes of red-gold, some of them almost 4 feet long. Usually, hair that has been cut off the head is a bit creepy. These unattached dreads were stunningly strange and beautiful.

When I fell in love with Jonathan, I fell in love with a wild man of the woods, who worked with his hands, raised his dogs like his sons, cooked incredible Sunday brunch, and looked great in a bathrobe. He will always be that wild woodsman to me, the one I fell in love with.

Together, we are raising 2 daughters now. He begrudgingly followed me to a life in the city, where the freeway hums ( we pretend it is ocean sounds) and our small back yard is our little farm. We dream of a life in the woods, somehow, teaching our kids to chop wood and keep the home fires safely burning. We will need to get creative to make that work. But it will happen, watch.

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.06.52 PMI used Jonny’s unattached dreads in a fashion show, once. Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.06.40 PMIt was sort of a cave-woman/Mad Max theme. They were really fun to work with.

I have been looking for ways to feature hair stories that represent more of a social statement/art form, and Jonny’s dread story seemed the perfect subject for a little Q and A, with a man who is so very dear to my heart.

Babes, I’d like to introduce you to Jonathan, my Jonner bear.


A Boy and His Dreads


How long did you have your dreads?

How long? uhhhhhhhhhhhh. I don’t really know now. Hang on. 16-18 years.

How did you start them?

I started them by just wearing a knit beanie hat all the time. I had long hair, shoulder length. After showering, my hair would clump up and I’d put my hat on. Eventually I had like 5 huge matted clumps. Gradually they start to define themselves by multiplying and off-shooting, some of them grew sprouts, and I would have to separate them when I needed to. I tried not to groom them very much at first. I washed my hair once a week and stopped using conditioner. The dryer my hair was, the quicker it dreaded.IMG_3377

What made you decide to let your hair dread?

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 12.56.44 PMThere was a skateboarder named Mark ‘gator’ Regowski who had dreads and I was totally drawn to it. Ultimately, I think it would have been HR from Bad Brains. Having dreads allowed me to bridge the gap between punk rock and reggae.Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 12.58.03 PM

The punk and reggae scene was coming together in a cool way in Kansas City in the 80’s. There were a lot of overlaps in venues and philosophies. We were bucking the system, through music, philosophy, imagery and fashion. I was very open at the time, to new things. I really identified with both punk and reggae and I wanted to be a part of it.Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 1.01.19 PM

In my mind, I was a typical teenager, just totally anti-establishment and my mom said I couldn’t get dreads. She had asked a rasta if a white boy could get dreads and he said no, which was all the more reason to do it. I wore a pin for a long time that said ‘the world is not ready for white people with dreadlocks.’ I wore it with a Sinclair gas station jacket, chucks, and a Pizza Hut cap and black jeans.Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.44.35 PM (He laughs)

Having dreads was a sort of right of passage for me. I felt I had to run the social gauntlet. I had a lot of white guilt, growing up in Kansas City in the 80’s. Kansas City was, and still is a very racially divided town. At the time, for me, it was all about Native rights and apartheid in South Africa. I empathized with the downtrodden and I wanted to be closer to it and understand it.

Did you ever get mistaken for a hippie?

Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 1.03.07 PMMost people want to lump you into a category. Being long haired and generally uncategorizable in the American south, I got pegged a hippie. I was vehemently not a hippie. I was just a man living in the woods…….


Did you do anything to maintain your dreads over the years?

At one point this lady who lived in Jamaica told me I needed a creme rinse, and so I started occasionally using conditioner after that. I sometimes used coconut oil in my hair, mixed with tea tree oil. But like I said, I didn’t do much in the way of grooming. I didn’t have running water for many years, and I worked outside in the sun. My dreads never were stinky, though. Turns out, our hair doesn’t need much washing. They did freeze once, though. They stuck to the window.

I would recommend avoiding pond water in the dreads at all cost. Nasty hippo dreads.

Give us a picture of what your life was like while you had dreads? Where did you live? What did you do? What was your dream for the future?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 12.59.16 PMI wanted to live close to nature, away from the city. I never thought I would cut my hair, I thought I would homestead and be a roots man forever. ( laughs again. I still fully consider him a roots man. That is why I married him.)  There was a lot of social stigma to being a white guy with dreads, though. Black people didn’t get it, and white people didn’t either. In Mexico, I had to say ‘Bob Marley! No bin Laden!’ )  Living in the south with dreads was probably the most socially subversive thing I could have done. I was hard to fit in, in the public eye. Cops loved to fuck with me. That was the conscious choice I made . I do feel like I inspired some people with them, though.Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 12.59.55 PM

How did you generally wear your dreads?

At first, I just wore them in a beret or a knit hat. Baseball hats were out because I really couldn’t fit in them. As my dreads got longer, I eventually had to wear them in a big rasta tam. Someone asked me once on a canoe trip if that was my lunch up there in my hat. I had to wear a baseball hat for a job I had, and I couldn’t buckle it so I just had dreads flowing out the back. People asked why they hired a guy with ropes in his hat.

Later, I would tie it up in a beehive…….Summers were so hot, I had to get them off of me. It made for an extremely strong neck!

Did chicks dig your dreads?

It seems like chicks with dreads liked my dreads. It really put most people who didn’t know me off in a big way. Hippies seemed to be into me, though.

Did your dreads have any surprising practical uses?

Pillow. Helmet. Eye pillow. Head warmer. Rope. Weapon. Sponge. Social avoidance.

What made you decide to cut them?

Anyone who’s hair is past their waist, probably considers cutting their hair, no matter who they are. The heat in the south…..One day, I had it tied up in a beehive and I was cutting a roof rafter tail from on top of the rafter, leaning over a circular saw, and my beehive came untied and fell on top of the saw. I let it wind down to a stop, praying my dreads didn’t get sucked up in it. It scared the shit out of me. Also, I was looking to redefine myself. There is nothing more liberating than changing your hair.

I knew people who burned their dreads, made sculptures out of them, floated them down the river when they cut their dreads.

What did you do with yours once they were cut off of you?

7U6A2105I kept em. I always thought I would make a sculpture, or sew them into a hat so I could still rock em. I don’t know why I saved them. I should probably get rid of them, huh? (No! lets make a chandelier out of them!)

How did you feel once they were gone?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.00.43 PMWell I shaved my beard and cut my dreads at the same time. Shaved it all. Ironically, I went to a salon called ‘The Lions Mane.’ I felt light, liberated, invisible, young.

Do you miss your dreads?

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 1.00.15 PMNot really. One of the best joys of not having dreads is being able to brush your hair and scalp. I’m lucky I didn’t end up with stretch marks and bald spots. I don’t miss the fact that I almost got to the point of damaging my own scalp with my dreads. When I see white kids with dreadlocks all groomed up, trendy clean cut city kids, It makes me glad I don’t have dreads anymore.

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Do you feel like you still carry some of the legacy of your dreads in your general swagger?

I still have my same ‘fuck it’ attitude. Having dreads from 16-32 was pretty formative. Having them forced me into a reality that I still live in, for sure. My friend Lynn call it ‘fringe-dwelling.’ I am still there.

Jonny, thanks for sharing your words on your hair journey. I find it extremely interesting and meaningful.

xoxo, HTHG





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