Free Your Hairoscope: Capricorn

coverFriends old and new, after years of thinking, planning and dreaming on a Hair Horoscope, I am finally launching our monthly Free Your Hair HAIROSCOPE.

I never did land on a very fixed vision of what this Hairoscope would look like……And so I decided to just go for it, write from what I know and love, collaborate with artists and healers that I love, and offer this series as an ever-changing and morphing guide for Hair-Centered Radical Self Care, Ritual and Beauty in honor and tribute to each sign as they enter into their place in the Sun Rotation.

With this Hairoscope, we hope to inspire each sign of the zodiac to take some extra time on their birthday month to really love on and care for themselves. Every month, we will pull a card to share from The Moon Deck to inspire your monthly self-care ritual. With the sage advice of The Moon Deck, we will adapt our monthly mantras to bless and honor our own hair. We invite you to share these monthly Hairoscopes with your friends who are of that month’s astrological sign and help them take some time for self love!


img_6721-1For this series, I worked with artist Madison McClain to create our women of the horoscope, and with intuitive writer and healer Aarona Ganesan, co-creator of The Moon Deck, which is the Tarot Deck I use daily to inspire my own personal self-care rituals.

This month, we honor the Capricorn.

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Moon Deck Ritual:

(Words and Rituals adapted from the Moon Deck Guidebook, changed slightly to speak specifically to our hair.)

 

Hair Brush Mantra:

Every relationship is a lesson in love, challenging us to go deeper into the infinite realm of intimacy. Connection is in our nature and vital to our health. Above any outside relationship, however, when we drop into a loving romance with ourselves we heal the blocks to true intimacy and can share more deeply with one another. 

Every woman has gone through something that has changed her in some way. Barriers to intimacy may be rooted to distant or recent experiences. Wherever you are on this path, this card asks you to remain open. Trust that you can forge rich loving connections with others, intimacy comes in many forms. Adjust your perspective. Walk as a loved woman. Embrace your most intimate romance-the one you have with yourself. Lean into your own heart and feel the warm embers of your love. 

Here is Your Hair Mantra for this month.

Love and Intimacy flow into my life (and hair! ) effortlessly.

Take 5 minutes today to brush this mantra into your hair, repeating it to yourself with every stroke. Be in a comfortable, calm place without distraction. Close your eyes and breath, centering your body as you brush. If you are not a regular hair brusher, here is why we think you should try it, and here is where to get yourself a beautiful hair brush to work into your hair care ritual. 7u6a0145

Rose Blessing:

Roses have been cherished for centuries for their sensual nature. They evoke the spirit of love and uplift the mood. Find fresh or dried roses that have no toxic sprays of chemical pesticides for this ritual. Fill them with prayers of love.

-Infuse rose petals in hot distilled water (approx. 1 part petals to 2 parts water.) Steep several hours or overnight for more fragrant potency.

-Rose Bath: Add both steeped roses and rose water to a hot bath or a beautiful basin. Soak and scrub your face/body/hands/feet/scalp and hair to nourish your skin and spirit. Welcome love and intimacy as you visualize flowers blossoming in your heart center and petals surrounding your crown.

Hair Advice:

Take stock of the times that you have been made to feel less than great about your hair. Which of these stories have become the stories that you tell yourself to be true?

A hairdresser once told me that my hair was really thin. It became my belief that I had thin hair, and that it was a bad thing. A boy in middle school said my hair made me look like a man. I have spent most of my life convinced that my hair is mannish and it has made it hard for me to understand and embrace my own feminine side, let alone my own masculine side. My kids say I have clown hair. I am embracing my inner clown:)

A great first step to building love and intimacy with our own hair and our own selves is remembering these stories and then letting them go, or reframing them into positivity.

Capricorn, retell these stories and rewrite your own truths about your hair. Write a love letter to your hair and all of it’s quirks, remembering that no two heads of hair in this entire world are exactly the same. If you are stuck in a hair rut ( hand eternally raised. ) Vow to try something different in this new year.

Cap Challenge: Dear Caps, we honor your need for simplicity and streamlined organization…..We understand that lightening your load of clutter is necessary for that radical forward thinking which keeps you ignited. This month, we challenge you to take some time to go through your bathroom shelves and cabinets and take a good look at your product and self-care tool load. Check expiration dates, ingredient lists, and shake down whether each bottle and brush and tool feels worthy of living on your alter of self care.

As we grow and change, often we outgrow existing routines….We learn to be more choosy and intentional with our belongings, with things we allow into our lives. Keep only what serves you in health and love. Keep only what allows you to honor yourself as you are today…..Get rid of all that suggests that you need to strive to be someone or something different. Begin to build that Self Care Alter with conscious, loving care. img_6711

Thanks for being with us today!

Please check out The Moon Deck for more musings. Capricorns, may we suggest you get your own deck as a birthday gift to yourself and make a vow to love yourself and your hair more in this coming year.

What would you like to see woven into our monthly Hairoscope? I would love to hear your feedback! We are excited to watch this series grow and change with your input.

xo, HTHG and The Moon Deck

 

 

Tribe de Mama Sacred Self Care Brushing Ritual

7U6A7353Hello mamas! This post is for all of us who are mothers to children, pets, and/or ourselves. Even papas can be mamas, so this is for you too.

This year has been all about healing through re-connection. Coming out of the dark and into the light. Keeping our shadows close as we walk in the sun, honoring all sides of ourselves and loving the parts of us that we keep hidden and beginning to let those parts out of hiding. Remembering that our path can only be navigated with true clarity when dark and light are both at work.

Self-Care during transitional times in life becomes more important as we grow older and experience bigger life changes. We begin to understand the importance of staying present, and trusting ourselves. We learn to stop abusing ourselves with critical words aimed at our own hearts, and learn to love and accept ourselves as a mother should, whether we had a loving mother or not.

We start to gravitate towards the people and the experiences that allow us to express and accept love, and we find the tools that help us invoke and manifest that love. We learn that mindfulness, meditation, ritual, and ceremony are one and the same, and can be infused into even the smallest tasks in life.

7U6A7383Prayer is the same as manifestation, and to experience it’s potency we can use equal parts gratitude, hope, love and imagination. To access these 4 celestial commodities, we begin by cultivating a deeper connection to everything and everyone around us, including ourselves.

We learn that by offering, we receive. And all paths lead back to the source, the mama, the mother in all of us that loves us into being and teaches us to care for ourselves. Sacred self-care, radical self love.

As mamas, let’s love ourselves first.


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Hair Brushing Ritual

 

Here is my favorite ritual for self-care. You can do it on your own, or with your children or a friend.

You just need a HAIRBRUSH, and your FAVORITE ESSENTIAL OIL, and a quiet 5 minutes.


By cultivating this practice, allow the healing and eye-opening power of Sacred Self-Care to seep into your life, one brush stroke at a time.

  • Find a quiet, peaceful place
  • Sit down, take a deep breath. Breathe for a minute, inhaling fresh, cleansing breaths, and exhaling stagnancy. Breath in the new and out the old.
  • Set an intention for your brushing session…..What do you want to manifest into your life? And what are you ready to let go of?
  • Apply your favorite essential oil or Crown Chakra Oil to your fingertips….Just a few drops. Breath in the scent and let it envelop you for the moment. Spend a few moments massaging it into your scalp, beginning with the temples and working towards the top and back of the head.
  • 7U6A7288Begin to brush your hair, first gently de-tangling the ends, then working your way through to the scalp. Close your eyes, and breath.
  • Hold you body in alignment. Sit bones tucked under, pelvis tilted ever-so-slightly forwards, shoulders open, head resting softly on your neck. Strength without tightness in your core. Keep breathing.
  • As you brush, imagine what you are letting go of. Begin by brushing any negative feelings that you have felt or that have been imposed on you regarding your hair. Brush out anyone who ever told you that you didn’t have good hair. Brush out anyone who ever made you feel like you weren’t good enough in general. Brush out criticism that you impose on yourself throughout the day. As you hair softens with each brush stroke, the tone with which you speak to your own self softens.

7U6A7501 (1)We are also mothers to ourselves, let’s not forget how important it is to care for ourselves and speak to ourselves with love. Loving words and nurturing care build healthy children, bountiful gardens, and centered, strong mamas.

  • Brush out old energy, old habits, negativity, restlessnessBe here for the moment, enjoying this beautiful demonstration of self care on our sacred crowns, and our sixth sense, our hair barometer to the world around us.
  • Brush your hair from all directions, Inviting with gratitude in through your crown the winds of change and rebirth, the fresh air of the East, the sensuous, emotional and creative waters of the West, where the sun sets with anything we are ready to put to rest, the fires of the South that ignite our passion for life, and the earth element of the North which grounds us, roots growing through the ground so that we may safely explore the cosmos without loosing our footing.
  • Flip your head upside down and let your blood flow to your scalp, bringing vitality and circulation. Brush your hair upside down and imagine your cells dividing faster with the friction of the brush and the blood flowing to your hair follicles. New Growth, New Life.
  • Now sit upright again, hair big and wild. Eyes closed. Brush resting on your lap. Keep breathing. Wait a moment and stay present with all of the feelings and sensations of your body.
  • Invite your mind to be still and quiet as you focus your energy on your breath and the sensations of your physical body.
  • Open your eyes. Pick up your brush, and begin to remove the hairs from it, pulling out as many as you can all at once, thanking your brush, your sacred self care tool, for helping you channel this invocation. All these hairs that you have removed represent everything you brushed out of your hair, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Offer them to the ground, (garden?) or to the fire (burn them) , or to the water (river?)  or to the air (feed them to the breeze) Say goodbye to them and open yourself to new growth, to the manifestations of your visions and hard work, and to love.

*This ritual is especially potent on the Full Moon and the New Moon.


7U6A7557Please visit Tribe de Mama for more musings on Mama Life, and visit the Tribe de Mama Instagram for our Free Your Hair Brush/ TDM special promo-code for a discount on your beautiful hand finished, mixed-bristle hairbrush. #freeyourhairbrush

Thank you to the Mama featured in this post, Marriah Berquist, and her magical daughters baby Ocean and big sis Pilot (Queen of DIY haircuts.)

xo, HTHG

Mother’s Day Musings and a Hair Ritual Offering

Hi babes. This week is dedicated to the mamas, whether you are one or you have one or you know one or you want to be one or you don’t want to be one, mamas deserve to be honored for more than just a day every year. Here at HTHG, we are celebrating the whole week:). I have a special post about transformation coming up on Mother’s Day, but until then, here are some musings from the past few weeks.IMG_5483

Firstly, a special mandala for the mamas, made with grasses and plants from the seashore.IMG_5419

I took a family trip to the Olympic Peninsula a few weeks back, and saw this great fence at a little hippie art studio at an Eco Village in Pt. Townsend. I called it my Color Inspiration for the week:)IMG_5393

I did some Macrame Braiding on this lovely Color Printed hair, to create an Alien Faux-bob. Check out our video on Instagram under the hashtag #macramebraid for a quick how-to.IMG_5582IMG_5580

Our new gallery of ColorPrint Wearable Art Hair Pieces is now stocked. Check it out and find your power hair clip-in.IMG_5518

My favorite Poppies are blooming at my neighbors house, just in time for Mother’s Day.IMG_5554

I had the pleasure of doing some hair color inspired by those very poppies. Thanks to my friends and hair clients who let me do art in their hair:)IMG_5294

One more Macrame Braid shot. I promise I am almost done with this Macrame Braid phase! And now that I have promised that, I realize making braid promises is never a good idea. The Macrame Braids have only just begun:)

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Lastly, a Hair Brushing Ritual that is a lovely part of my self-care routine, and I want to share it with you.

This Hair Ritual can be done any time, but is especially potent on the Full Moon. I grabbed the ritual post from my Instagram on last months full moon.

Full Moon Hair Ritual✨???✨ The full Moon is a beautiful time to take a few minutes to let go of the old and make way for new, setting new intentions for the future. Self-Care rituals are a nice way to cultivate this practice. Here is one of my go-to rituals for the Full Moon✨✨✨ gather your hair brush and your favorite essential oils, (I love vetiver and frankincense oil for the full moon) find a quiet dark place to sit outside. Light a candle, and imagine you are growing roots down into the ground, connecting you to the earth. Imagine a circle of energy that surrounds you above and below, holding you safe and protected. Put a drop of oil on your brush, and begin to brush your hair, slowly and with care and intention, tuning into the feeling of it, the scent, and the sounds around you. As you brush your hair, think about what you want to let go of in your life✨✨✨✨Take some time…….Now stop brushing for a moment, and clear the hairs out of your brush, roll them between your hands, and let them go, into the breeze. (You can also bury them in the ground or burn them or throw them into moving water. Something elemental that allows you to let go of them or offer them to the earth) Say goodby to the things you are ready to part with, and make energetic room for new growth✨✨✨✨take some more time.✨✨✨✨Start to brush again, this time thinking about what you want to bring in, manifest, give to others, serve your world, summon and create. Go to bed with sweet hair and sweet dreams.
Take some time for you and your hair❤️ #HTHG #freeyourhairbrush #sacredtools #radicalselfcare if you need a special brush, click through the link in my profile and get yours✨???✨Please tag a friend or two and help us spread the hair love! Please check out @latierrasagradahair and @localrose for more on the subject of thoughtful self-care rituals❤️ #spiritweaversgathering #Tribedemama #nobasicwitch @nobasicwitch beautiful Mala by @soulgardenacupuncture

If you need a beautiful brush for your styling and sacred self-care needs, here is the Free Your Hair Brush and this week we are offering free shipping on them in honor of Mother’s Day, so consider one for yourself and one for the mama in your life.

As always, babes, big gratitude to you for being here. Please share this post if you like it, it might be just the inspiration that someone needs:)

xo, HTHG

 

Soulful Words with La Tierra Segrada’s Stefani Padilla: Hair Healer

Friends, I am very honored to introduce you to a special lady, a hair healing sister named Stefani Padilla. Stefani is the creator of a line of hair healing medicines called La Tierra Sagrada which she makes out of her Topanga Canyon Studio in LA in between hair healing ceremonies with clients.Screen Shot 2016-01-11 at 12.57.43 PM

(photo by Chris Keller)

Stefani, and her soulful approach to hair, has really helped inspire my journey deeper into the realms of hair and healing, with both style and deep reflection on the meaning of hair, of it’s importance in our lives and it’s potential to help us heal and connect deeper to ourselves.

I originally met Stefani at the Spiritweavers Gathering last year, but had heard about her from a Vogue article which introduced her as a Hair Shaman, and naturally I had to know more. I reached out after the gathering, and she very graciously agreed to sharing words with us here at How-to Hair Girl!

Words on Hair and Life with Stefani Padilla

 

Would you tell us a bit about your journey through life, where you came from, where you have lived, different incarnations of yourself over the years?

Ah, yes, the JOURNEY… What a beautiful one it has been! It all began in Arizona, where I was born and spent the first 18 years of life. After high school, I moved to Southern California for some time. At age 22, I ended up in New York, which I called home for 7 years. I moved to LA 3 years ago, where I currently reside.

 

How has your life journey inspired your career into hairstyling?

 

Everything we do and the steps along our path are reflections of our evolution. My journey has led me to some of some of the most exotic, dream-like, profound places, and the people along this journey have been such beautiful mirrors. I have found myself in some of the craziest situations being a “hairstylist”. The funny thing is I never did hair for “hairs sake”, there was always a deeper intention to have a deeper connection with every soul I encountered along my journey. That alone is what inspired me, that alone is what kept me doing what I do. It’s a creative way to allow others to feel comfortable when opening up, and being vulnerable. It really is such a gift!

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(photo Kacie Tomita)

What brought you to creation of La Tierra Sagrada? What is the intention and inspiration behind it?

(photo from  La Tierra Sagrada)

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The creation of La Tierra Sagrada was inspired by means of bridging the plant and the human world. I wanted to create a deeper experience for humans to connect to the energy of medicinal plants. The crown is the most receptive part of the human body.

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 11.49.55 AMBy applying the hair medicine on the crown, you’re opening to receive the consciousness, healing, and transformative vibration from the plants used. I use the essence of ayahausca vine, which I grow, and care for myself. In recent years, this vine has become over farmed and over indulged in by people all over the world. Keeping this powerful plant protected is part of my intention as well. The plant brings healing and protection to us, so it is important we return the energy in the process.

( Photo Ayahuasca Foundation. )

Tell us about your personal hair routine?

 

The whole concept of the line is to create a ritual when using the products. I create the products with prayer and ritual, injecting the consciousness of healing. When applied on the hair with the same ritual consciousness, one can only receive that healing energy. I often encourage people to use the Treatment and do a hair ritual once a week, and the night of the new moon every month-This is when it is highly activating. I do the Treatment once a week and every New and Full moon.

If I let my hair go natural- its pretty wild and wavy so I throw in a ton of salt spray to make is bigger. When I need some extra moisture- I always throw the jojoba oil on the ends.

 

Tell us about the ritual of hair cutting and what it means to you, and how it is performed.

 

In many cultures, hair is considered sacred. Native Americans associate the hair with wisdom and power. In eastern culture the hair is an amazing gift of nature that can help raise the creative life force within, which increases vitality, intuition and tranquility. When we cut the hair, we essentially are cutting away an extension of the self. I believe it is important be aware of the consciousness behind why we are cutting. I try and inform the importance of creating an offering to the Earth with freshly cut hair.. It is important to give that part of you back to where it came from.
What has working with people and their hair taught you about higher consciousness?

I think the most efficient way I can respond to this question is: I have been on a life long journey to connect with a higher consciousness. My personal evolution has helped me to connect deeply with my higher self. Through my own considerable expansion of awareness I can only BE more of this higher consciousness. Through sharing my experiences and vibrating the energy with those those around me, including those whose heads I touch (heal), I could only wish that they get shaken enough to connect with their own higher consciousness.

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(photo Kacie Tomita)

As hairstylists, we are in a position to heal others. How would you like to see our industry move in a direction to support that gift? What can we do as hairstylists to keep this as a central part of our path?

 

We are crown healers- this area of healing revolves around the others receptivity and vulnerability, it’s important that they feel safe and supported. Listening is one of the greatest skills. Being compassionate and understanding helps radiate joy and happiness. Its is important, not only as “hairstylists’, but as humans, to do the work ourselves. Know how to protect ourselves, draw boundaries, cleanse the energy, and do a daily practice to help ground, so that we can be that pure Light reflection to whomever is in front of us.

 

Who/what inspires you to create?

 

Nature, friends, the desire comes from seeking. Everything inspires me! I love Los Angeles. I get inspired daily by nature, the ocean, music, books, meditation, art… I’m so inspired by EVERY magnificent being surrounding me at this moment in my life. I’m truly blessed.

 

Please take us on a little walk through your day, living in Topanga Canyon.

 

Being in the canyon doesn’t really change the routine of day to day life, however, it does make for a beautiful back drop. Being in nature, and seeing nothing but trees swaying in the wind and the stillness of the canyon watching over me, is peaceful and grounding. Exactly what I need before braving the flow of Los Angeles.Daily: I wake up early to do my morning Sadhana. This practice entails a cold shower followed by a series of kriyas, mantras and a deep meditation. I then go about my morning routines, which includes a connection with living tea, a tune in with my teacher on Rama TV, and emails!

The studio is attached to the house-it can be perceived differently daily- some days a blessing and some days a curse..I can’t not work, especially when there is always work to be done! Every product is hand made in Laurel Canyon. I share my living and work space with my dearest friend, Kari Jansen of Poppy and Someday. (Check out Kari’s wonderful collection of wildcrafted herbal body-care tinctures and healing remedies! )

Collaborating with friends is what motivates and inspires me most. I usually do a drop in with Kari before I go into production mode. I use medicinal and ceremonial plants, so in honor of the plants, I open the space to create the products with ceremony and prayer. I clear the space and myself with palo santo. I then create, and infuse the products with blessings. I then package them up and send them out! The rest of the day includes a whirlwind of events, but all that feed my soul and the souls around me……

Stefani, we all take a moment to salute you and send you love and thanks for sharing your healing gifts with the world. All of our mutual intentions for communing here at HTHG on the topic of hair are broadened by your words, and we are greatful for your unique and beautiful perspective:)

I am really excited to announce that Stefani and I will be holding a  Hair Healing and Adornment area at this years Spiritweavers Gathering, and we look forward to combining our experiences with hair to create a sacred space to style, heal, trim, and teach.

xo, HTHG, and Stefani Padilla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tribe de Mama Guestpost: Earth Medicine for your Hair and Skin

witchHello dears. I wanted to take a minute to share a post I wrote for Tribe de Mama, a wonderful conscious mothering magazine that I read and really love.

The post is about a lovely ritual to treat the hair and skin, inspired by the Nomadic Saamii tribes of Northern Europe who used the elements of the earth to heal and treat, combining generational plant wisdom and potent spirituality to craft their rituals.

I am really enjoying researching and learning about different self-care rituals from different cultures. I feel really strongly about the importance of self care, (especially for mamas!)  and creating our own self-care rituals with intention and mindfulness, giving heed to the healing powers of our natural world. I want our daughters to witness my journey and internalize the gift of caring for and honoring themselves.

I hope you enjoy this post:) I sure enjoyed writing it and performing it with my girls.

If you are a mama searching for a place to belong among other conscious mamas, I invite you to follow @tribedemama on Instagram, and subscribe to the mag.

xo, HTHG