Before you make that major hair change……

Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 7.41.57 PM Uninspired by your own hair and lusting after those cute messy bobs you keep seeing around? We’ve all been there, right? Stuck in hair — and stuck in life. When your hair doesn’t feel right, nothing seems to go well. Something tells you that it’s time for a major change……

Read more thoughts on when to make that major hair change on R29.

(photo courtesy of Refinery29)

xoxo, HTHG

Protect Your Hair This Winter!

winter dry hairHey babes. This here article was submitted by Cosmetology & Spa Academy. Their mission is to get more people enrolled in beauty school, which I 100% stand behind. Beauty School is a great way to get yourself trained up for an incredibly fun and  inspiring career in a recession-proof industry where you get to be social and creative and a scientist all at the same time;)

Located in Illinois, CSA is a beauty school with over 30 years of experience in the cosmetology, esthetics and beauty industry.

Today, they share with us their tips for protecting you hair in the winter months.

Protecting Your Hair in the Winter Months

The winter months can really put a strain on beautiful hair. The inclement

weather causes serious damage to our sensitive follicles. Of primary concern is

the dry air of winter. It dries out hair, zapping it of moisture and softness. Just

about everyone will testify to the fact that their locks aren’t the same during the


Dry hair feels coarse and it doesn’t have that lovely texture or sheen that we’ve

come accustomed to. By modifying your hair care regimen you’ll be able to

retain the moisture that is essential to your soft hair. Let’s take a look at some

ways to prevent dry hair during the winter months.

Apply A Deep Conditioner

One change that you can make is to incorporate a deep conditioner into your

hair care routine. Don’t merely utilize a deep conditioner for the winter months.

Use it year round and you’ll notice that your hair feels much softer and has

more elasticity.

Deep conditioners contain a special mixture of oils and other unique

ingredients that coat your hair.  They also penetrate deeply into the follicles.

Once you apply the deep conditioner, you’ll notice a big difference in your hair.

If you adopt this alteration, don’t give up your usual shampooing routine. The

deep conditioner should be used to complement your shampoo, not to replace


Don’t Skip The Moisturizer

A quality moisturizer nourishes and hydrates hair follicles. It doesn’t merely

run along the surface of the follicles. It actually delves deeply into the hair

shafts to infuse much needed moisture into your dry winter hair. Be sure to pick

up a moisturizer that is water based. If you opt for a moisturizer without water

such as an oil-based moisturizer, it’ll merely function as a sealant.

Oil isn’t enough all by itself because it operates to seal moisture within the hair

follicles. It doesn’t actually provide the actual moisture. Aside from water, your

moisturizer should also contain emollients, humectants and occlusive

components. For some people, moisturizers that are heavy in butters and oils

will be ideal. It all depends on the unique characteristics of your hair. If you

have thick hair strands and a full head of long hair, a light moisturizer likely

won’t be enough. To learn more about the characteristics of hair, consider

enrolling in a cosmetology program.

Style Matters

The style that you choose and the manner in which you create it will impact the

quality of your hair. If you don’t need definition and are content with a full

look, you can actually use your moisturizer as your styling product. Those who

want a highly defined hairstyle will need a styling product that offers a

significant hold. It should be a gel or a cream-gel.  Beware that gels and cream-

gels are not all created equally. Be sure to pick a styling product with oils,

butters and humectant.

Apply your gel over your moisturizer and you won’t have to worry about

whether your styling product contains an overabundance of glycerin

and humectants. As long as it is added after the moisturizer, you’ll have nice

and soft hair during the wintertime.

Wash Your Hair Less Often

Don’t wash your hair every single day during the winter months. It’s

unnecessary. Doing so dries out your follicles and zaps them of their oils. Also,

don’t leave the house with wet hair when it is cold outside. Moist hair exposed

to cold temperatures becomes extremely brittle. Instead of rushing through your

morning routine and exposing your wet hair to the elements, wake up earlier

and build in more time to prepare yourself for those nasty temperatures.

Give yourself time to apply a nourishing hair oil after you’ve shampooed your

hair. It’ll make your hair soft and give it a shiny appearance.

Shampoo Combing Followed By Oil

Another strategy to consider is combing dry shampoo from the roots of your

follicles to an inch or so down. It will pick up product that has accumulated in

your follicles that may be responsible for dryness. Cap off the technique by

applying oil to the ends of your hair. Those with especially thick hair will need

more oil than those with thin hair.

Trim Your Hair Regularly

A regular haircut will keep your hair in optimal condition. Get your locks cut at

least once every two months, even if it is a minimal trim of the ends. This will

prevent split ends and general dryness.

Utilize A Humidifier

Those who are highly concerned with preventing dry hair should pick up a

humidifier. It is fairly cheap and will boost the moisture level of your home or a

specific room. Use it on a daily basis to increase your hair’s moisture. You can also

get yourself a Q-Redew!

Protect Your Hair

Don’t expose your hair to the wrath of the cold air. Always wear a hood or a hat

when the temperatures dip. Consider a satin lined hood or take up do-it-

yourself style project and line your hats with your own satin material.

Protection will guard your hair from dry air, snow, wind gusts and rain. If you

are concerned about hat hair, wrap your locks in a silk scarf before putting on

your hat or beanie. It’ll hold your hair’s shape. But more importantly, it’ll guard

your hair from the damage that is created when the hat rubs against your

follicles. Also, don’t forget to protect your hair at night when you are sleeping.

Androgyny and hair. And Chloe Sevigny.

Non-traditional gender based style moves have grabbed and held our attention for decades. Annie Lennox and Grace Jones exuded confidence with their gender-bending cropped hairstyles and masculine tailoring. Tilda Swinton has confused and delighted our sense of traditional gender-based style preferences over and over again. David Bowie in the Labyrinth blew our minds……

More from my favorite androgynous hairstyles of today, on Refinery29. Check it!IMG_2516IMG_2515IMG_2514


IMG_2520IMG_2519IMG_2518Can I just say “shwing” for Chloe Sevigny and her style and her hair and her everything. Let’s celebrate this woman for the rest of time.

Tea and Braids: Tradition for family

The other night, we had tea and braids night at my house. It was an excuse to quietly bond with my kids before bedtime. It doesn’t happen often that we get to hang out together, quietly doing projects. Key word quietly. My daughters know how to use their voices.

7U6A5746The girls love Sleepytime tea and Wildflower Honey, collected by our cousins in the Montana Rockies. It feels like a special ritual, and it helps calm them. I am in love with my ceramic mug by my favorite potter, Adrien Miller. 7U6A5751

I have been teaching Marley to sew, a skill that I have collected in tidbits from both my parents, and both my grandmothers. My mom and her mom were very dedicated to following patterns. My dad and his mom were quite bold when it came to winging it and sewing by hand.

I consider my rudimentary sewing skills to be some of the most treasured practical skills that I have. Marley can now thread a needle, knot the thread, make stitches, and tie off the stitches at the end. I recently tried to throw away a tattered old pair of her underwear that had holes, but she insisted on mending them instead. She now proudly wears them, and I proudly pretend I am Caroline Wilder, raising pioneer children. Next stop, making balloons out of pig-bladders to play with. Simple pleasures!

Also, Marley mended a gaping hole in one of her favorite blankets, then tore out the stitches, deciding she liked it much better with the hole.


7U6A57577U6A5781While she sewed, I brushed and braided her hair, which is like fine spiders silk but as dense and pale as pound cake. In the back ground, an uninterested fairy with droopy wings pretended to be the princess of the puppies.7U6A5766

7U6A5777For fun, I wrapped Marley’s dutch braid into a bun and pinned it with my incredible long steel 2 prong pins that I am obsessed with. I get them from an online shop called Mennonite Maidens. You should seriously check these chicks out.

Do you have daughters or long haired sons? Tea and Braids is a lovely evening-time bonding tradition for children and their parents. My girls love having braids in their hair, and then mermaid-y waves for the days following.

xo, HTHG

Stuck in a hair loop, Halloween, and constructive feedback.

For Halloween this year, Marley was a vampire witch, and Selah was a ballerina. I was thankful for our big costume trunk, and all the times it has covered our asses IMG_2206 when we needed a costume in a pinch.

Our costume chest is so full of random things passed down from friends, from my closet, from grand parents, clothing swaps you name it. It is a lovingly curated collection of perfectly shabby and colorful IMG_2210sparkly tattered randomness.

So between that, and Marley’s ingenious skills with colored construction paper, tape and safety scissors, we had our Halloween bases covered this year.

IMG_2204Jonny did makeup, ( He nailed it!) and we took the kids trick or treating in the pouring rain, along with my dad who was dressed as ‘backwards man’ for the 32nd year in a row! We are creatures of habit, some of us.

On another note, I already told you that I shlobbed my hair, right? Well, I did. I cut the back of my hair up into a bob, and have been chopping at it constantly since, stuck in a loop and trying to cut my way out.

This is especially alarming to my poor dear Jonny, who had believed my staunch promise from a few years back that I was ‘growing out my hair, until it covers my boobs. And THEN we can get married.’ I guess what I forgot to mention that there is nothing like a minor hair transformation when you are feeling stale and nothing trumps that. I certainly can’t blame him for feeling disaIMG_2237ppointed. But in this case, it had nothing to do with my commitment level to him. Love ya, J. You drive me cray cray but you are my cray J.

I had a conversation the other day with Marley who is 7 about feedback and how important it is. It was within the context of her report card, which she interpreted as criticism and I explained to her was actually a great look at what you are excelling at, and the places you can do better.

I have been trying to give her “feedback” that is constructive, to demonstrate the importance of not taking it personally when someone believes in you, that you can do a better job.

She found me in the bathroom last week, brow furrowed, trimming furiously at my hair. She said to me “Mom! stop cutting your hair. Seriously. You look fine. That is my feedback to you.”

Guess she was listening. XOXO, HTHG



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