Earth Punk Hair

Hi Dears.

My daughter Marley gave me the gift of inspiration when she described her personal style as Earth Punk. She had been reading pages from her diary from when she was 6, and had described her style at the time as Girly and Fancy. She remarked at how those words just really don’t describe her anymore. I had a proud mom moment hearing her identify her sense of style with the Earth and Punk.

It got me thinking about the beauty of the unconventional, the undone, the natural state, the free-thinking, and the organic deconstruction of perfection which gives us a look into the process. Expressing ourselves. Experimenting. I’m talking, of course, about hair;)

Earth Punk, to me, is all of these things. The ‘Earth’ part is the regard for what we have naturally, and what we are given by the Earth around us. Our natural state, and the gifts of the elements which we are always surrounded by.

The ‘Punk’ is the DIY part of it, and the free-thinking/alternative seeking qualities…..The rejection of standards and mindfulness to aid in the creation of an authentic life, authentic style, authentic haircut. It is taking matters into our own hands, cutting our own hair, following our own path, and watching the beautiful process as it unfolds.  Mindfulness and DIY are cornerstone ideologies of Punk.

Today, I wanted to share some Earth Punk Hair, to inspire you all to appreciate your natural wild hairs, to think outside the box, and to notice how the Earth plays into your life. The weather outside, the plants you eat, the ground you walk on, the products you use in your daily life, the resources you consume.DSC039427U6A3323 DSC05161 DSC04862 DSC05223 IMG_4787 DSC04140 DSC06488 DSC05229 DSC05298 DSC04941 DSC04961 DSC05582 DSC05690

This weekend, take some time to be mindful of the small ways that you take care of yourselves, and think of some ways to give back to the earth, even if it is just by being grateful for what it provides. Smell a flower, pick up trash, get your hands dirty. Enjoy your hair in it’s wild, natural state. Experiment. Forage for flowers to adorn your crown. Give thanks to the plant that you pick from. Play around. Do some Dirty Girl Hairstyling.

Channel your inner Earth Punk.

Check out our shop if you are needing an overhaul of Mindfulness and Embrace the Natural in your hair care routine. We at HTHG believe that hair is a great place to start .

xo, HTHG

Fail-proof DIY haircut alert: Trim your own layers!

julesDIY haircuts can be disastrous. Many of us have horror stories about late night wine fueled baby-bangs that quickly became a colassal hack job snip by tiny snip, and required an emergency trip to see your stylist where you cried and groveled and begged for forgiveness…….Learn to trim your own layers with HTHG on Refinery29 today!

(Illustrated cover shot by R29)




Looking for a change in your hair style, routine, and outlook? Try DIY!

PicMonkey CollageHere is some recent testimonial from people who have gone DIY on their hair with HTHG cut and color video tutorials……

I have been overwhelmed with great feedback from people who are taking their hair and their families hair into their own hands. I am SO HAPPY to be able to share with people and help them empower themselves. Thank you all:)

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.12 PM” I love my hair after cutting it myself with HTHG’s choppy bangs video. I had a haircut that wasn’t working on me, come to find out all I needed was the right bangs and now I love it. Her video was funny, easy to follow, and I appreciated the DIY filming and production. She is a woman who has some great tricks to share and knows how o make it easy for a first time DIYer”-Tanya G, Pittsburg

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.43 PM“My DIY perfect layers and Ombre color looks perfect, and it didn’t cost me much at all. Now I know how to DIY it, I’m eager to try more HTHG videos.”-Genny T, Scottsdale

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.14.54 PM“My sister really wanted silver ends in her black hair, and we were afraid to trust anyone in our small town to do it right, so we DIYed it with HTHG’s Silver ends tutorial and it looks great!”


Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.59 PM“My husband went way up on the cool scale with HTHG’s Hipster hangover video. It was so easy, and it is his new go-to haircut. Thanks;)”

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.14.36 PM“I was so scared to take my son in for his first haircut, but his black curls were getting out of control. I found HTHG online and did the hairstyle for a wizard haircut on him and it turned out great. He looks precious, and he still has his curls. And it was my first time ever cutting hair!”-Jamie Williams, Texas

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.32 PMZooey bangs are my JAM! I do them on myself, and several friends too. What an easy trick!”-Emily C, Chicago

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.16.26 PM” I don’t know how I survived without The Shlob. It is the perfect haircut for my wavy, heavy hair. I even managed to texturize it myself and remove some bulk with the bulk removing video! And now my waves are almost curls!”-Valerie J, Northwest Arkansas

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 4.15.09 PM“I have foiled my own hair 3 times now with HTHG’s face framing foil video and it is so easy! It looks great every time, and I love that she took the time to link in the ins-and-outs of foiling for me before I bought the video. I felt very prepared to take the plunge, and it turned out great!”-Libby A, NYC


Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 5.05.30 PM” I was ‘stuck in hair, stuck in life’ until I got my HTHG custom consultation. It got me on the right track with a routine that worked with my hair type, and a focused hair goal to work towards. When my hair got long enough, I had my girlfriend give me the ‘hipster pixie chick‘ haircut and I am currently LOVING my hair.” -Dee P.  Pittsburg

Screen Shot 2013-03-29 at 5.05.44 PM” I have used HTHG’s ‘cut your husbands hair‘ video for several months now on my dude, as well as the ‘Hipster Pixie chic‘ on my sister. They both loved their haircuts! I have had so much fun trying out these tips and tricks and sharing them with friends” -Shannon D. Brooklyn, NY

” I do the ‘Perfect layers and ombre color‘ video on myself and at least half of my friends! We get together and drink wine and play with each other’s hair. Thanks so much for the inspiration! I love that I can afford to have great hair.” Phaedra C, Portland, OR

5 DIY haircuts to try today!

Ever thought about cutting your own hair? Have you tried it? It is really fun and liberating but it can also be intimidating and a flat out mess. Enter, the Ponytail Cut. The beauty of the ponytail cut is that it brings all the hair to one place for you to cut, keeping it neat and straight forward. And, depending on where the ponytail is on the head, you can created many different shapes and effects with the cut.

For a beginner hair DIY-er, definitely start with a ponytail cut. For more on Ponytail Cutting and Coloring for the beginner DIY-er, check out this category.…..

On that note, Lovely people, I present to you 5 DIY haircuts to try today.

A practical yet creative hair solution for the brave and bold. 5 strategically placed ponytails cut off to create 5 different awesome haircuts.

I started with my fantastically brave and excited model, Meleah. Her hair was unbelievably long, and she had been cutting it herself using HTHG’s perfect layers DIY haircut. Her hair is thick and straight, but these haircuts can be used on any hair type.

*The amount of hair cut off the ends of the ponytail determines the length that the cut will be. We removed about 3 inches with each ponytail cut. If you want the same effect but with shorter length, remove more from the ponytail.

Cutting off a ponytail is not as easy as just a snip! you will need a sharp pair of shears like these affordable, quality ones.If you plan on becoming the full time master of your own

cut and color, it is also worth having a CreaClip, which is the genius tool  kit for perfect DIY bangs and layers for the whole family.

You will want to familiarize yourself with the point cutting technique to remove the hair a little bit at a time to soften and blend the ends of the hair.

Here is a map of the head to refer to, before you get started.

Are you ready? Let’s break it down!

DIY haircut #1. Long Layers!


For this one, you will put the hair in a  ponytail, centered at the middle of the top  of the head. Make sure it is smooth and tight.

Looking in a mirror, hold the ponytail straight up! Cut across the ends. Let hair down and check out your blended, even, pretty long layers.

  DIY haircut #2. Long layers with a little boost in the back.


Perfect for those who have a flat back of the head and want a little boost. This haircut is great for adding a little extra shape and body to long hair.

Put the hair in a ponytail in the middle of the crown of the head, and cut across the ends to whatever length you want. Let the hair down and shake it out!

DIY haircut #3. Long layers with pretty face framing.


This one is great for girls who like having a little something around the face. It creates perfectly uniform layers throughout the hair, but softens the face with shorter blended face framing layers.

Brush the hair straight forwards and put it in a ponytail right at the front of the top of the head, almost at the hairline.

Cut the ends off the ponytail. Let it down and marvel at your swinging layered haircut that accentuates your best features!

DIY haircut #4. Perfectly impractical asymmetrical layers.


This is the haircut for the hipster fashionista who wants to keep her length but still make a bold statement. May I suggest this haircut with some color faded dip dye and a deep side part?

Make a ponytail at the front of the top of the head, off center. Like 3 inches above the ear (Parietal ridge) on the side that you part on. Cut the ends off. Let your hair down and check out your awesome layer-y asymmetrical part, with heavy face framing, and a shy side. It almost looks undercut but it’s not.

Killer hair cut. My personal favorite from this series.

DIY haircut #5. Mid-length layered bob.


The Shlob, if you will. But a longer version of it. This haircut involves 2 ponytail cuts.

Make a ponytail right at the nape.

Cut it off to the length that the ends will barely rest on your neck.

Let it down, and cut the dropout off the bottom to straignten up the line.

Now put all the hair in a ponytail at the center of the crown. Cut the ends off. This will add layers and tons of texture an movement to the bob.

This haircut happens to look amazing with bangs too. If you are feeling inspired, try Zooey bangs or asymmetrical choppys.

I double doggy dare you to try one of these. You really can’t mess em up if you follow the directions, and they look totally salon-quality.

While we are on the subject of DIY hair…..

Screen Shot 2013-11-24 at 7.36.33 PMI use DIY haircut #3 regularly. I also use this DIY color technique to ombre my ends and this one to highlight around my face.

For more DIY hair cutting techniques and coloring techniques, check out the HTHG video shop.



For your everything guide to DIY hair coloring, check this post!

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.14.38 PMIf you are in the market for a genius new system of haircare designed by hairstylists with a less-is-more vibe, check out the Hairstory Studio Haircare line, starring New-Wash magic cleansing cream. My hair has literally never looked of felt better. I use it once a week and my hair is never greasy, and always healthy! They have a line of 4 simple products for all hair types to help you master happy healthy hair without a fight. Check their shop out here, and make sure you mention that How-to Hair Girl referred you when you go to make your purchase.

If you are a DIY hair-cutter who is  curious about DIY home-hair coloring, I highly recommend using DIY hair color by Madison Reed, which Resorcinol-Free.

If you purchase a Madison Reed Radiant Color Kit, you will receive not only the colors of hair colors your choice, but also the necessary tools to apply it. The entire line is designed for the DIY hair colorer! And if you need to tone in between coloring, be sure to check out their Color Reviving Gloss to refresh and revive your hair.

Also, I recommend a shopping stop at Beauty Store Depot for all your DIY hair cutting and coloring tools to fill your toolkit!

Have fun with your hair!

xo, HTHG

DIY friday! Princess buttercup: the topsy-twisted half crown

This pretty hairstyle works on hair that is nape length or longer, and on all hair types. It involves a topsy tail technique, which can be done without using an actual ‘topsy tail”

It basically means that you make a ponytail, then reach through the top of the base of the ponytail and grab the end, and pull it through, so it twists both sides. May I suggest that you adorn this pretty half-crown hairstyle with a dainty flower crown?

First, you will divide the hair into 4 vertical sections, and secure them with small elastics into ponytails. Then, you will topsy tail all 4 ponytails. Then, beginning on one side, take the outside ponytail and half of the one next to it and twist it into a messy little bun, then pin it to secure.

Then, taking the last half of your second ponytail and the first half of the third, twist and pin another bun.

Now, take the last half of the third ponytail and the whole 4th ponytail, twist, and pin into a bun.

Pin in any loose pieces, and voila! a dynamic and beautiful twisted style. Add flowers to give it a bridal touch!


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