Divining the Spectrum: A Creative Color Workshop

IMG_3625In my experience with hair, the best and most useful lessons come from creative experimentation. For any artist, this means carving out time and space in life to play with your medium, push the boundaries, try something you have always wanted to, get into the process without being too worried about the end results. This is what leads to creative breakthrough which is ultimately the most exciting and inspiring place to reach as an artist.

In the salon, this sort of inspiration is essential to doing great work and loving every minute of it, and it is also essential to building our businesses. Our clients want us to be excited and inspired to do their hair, because it shows in what we create in collaboration with each clients hair. Our clients experience a shift in their lives that is directly related to the work we do with them, and they become both a billboard for our unique craft and an expression of themselves, and  a walking testament to the power of great hair to inspire a fresh perspective.img_4528

With that said, I have been brewing up a new workshop which is meant to inspire creative experimentation with color, celebrating haircolor with intention and nuance and a deep look into the theory and magic of color formulation using direct pigment primary colors.

IMG_4094In collaboration with haircolorist Roxie Darling of Hairstory Studio, Edo Salon in San Francisco, Free Your Hair Education and Manic Panic Color, we are excited to announce a workshop in the SF Bay, coming in November.

Divining the Spectrum

Dive into creative color with Roxie Jane Hunt and Roxie Darling! We will be playing with the primary colors, pastels, muting and everything in between. This class is both demo and hands-on, we will be working on models and on wefts, mixing color and painting prismatic, inspired colors.

With this workshop, learn to color hair confidently with a blend of intuition, color theory knowledge and creativity and embrace full spectrum color application.

In this class we will be:

img_4124-Working with primary colors to blend custom shades. Learning the how’s and why’s of formulating color to achieve specific shades that communicate a message, and exploring the balance of saturation vs muting and how they tie into the emotional lives of our clients.

-Discussing the meaning of color on the psychological, spiritual and astrological planes.

-Toning with Intention: Learning about placement and simple skin tone evaluation, understanding the spectrum and how it effects different skin shades in different ways and learning how to make the CORRECT color balancing decision.

-Learning about Dust and Smoke: Taking your formulation to the next level of nuanced color.

-Working together with color application on models

-Learning about creating a practice or meditation with color that helps develop keener color sense and creative inspiration in our daily lives.IMG_2032


November 7th, Edo Salon San Francisco

Cost: $350

Bring: Yourselves, a journal, an open mind and a grounded body.

We will provide practice hair wefts, primary colors from Manic Panic, Hairstory New Wash for diluting color, brushes, and a rainbow of inspiration.

Reserve your spot by calling Edo today!  415-861-0131

xo, HTHG

Interview With Hairstory Colorist and Healer Roxie Darling.

As Hairstylists, it is our duty to help reach into a person and pull out a part of their soul which best represents them and allows them to express themselves, and hair is our medium for this divination. We have an opportunity to heal, to inspire, to help people know themselves better, to and to help people tell their stories. Roxie Darling, of NYC’s Hairstory Studio, knows this better than almost anyone.

RoxieHeadshot4 (1)I feel honored to share a profession and a name with Roxie Darling, as well as many common feelings and ideas surrounding people and their hair, and the Hair Industry. I have been following her work for several years now, and find constant inspiration in her organic and conceptual take of hair coloring. Also, we both wear random kind of tangled up necklaces and colorful vintage slips and have messy wild hair and I take that as a sign of Hair Stylist Sisterhood.

Interview with Colorist Roxie Darling

Roxie, You are known for bold and inspired hair color. Tell me about your process for conceptualizing a color scheme and tailoring it to a particular client.

My concepts for my for my most bold work usually originate from my mind. It comes from a perpetual need in my career to do work that makes me uncomfortable. Once I find something new, that frightens me, I know I’m on the right path. Then I’ll find the right person whose brave enough and open enough to work with me and create something I feel is wholly new. Then I’ll do variations on it, tweak it, propel the idea forward.

When it comes to applying a concept to a client, the most important things to consider are their skin tone, hair texture, and how they feel about maintenance.

5ShootGina(look2-shot4)EDITHow have you seen new color transform a persons life? How do you see hair color as an opportunity to heal?

There’s something very powerful about changing someone’s aesthetic identity. No matter how subtle a change, it effects their perception of themselves, as well as the world’s perception of them. Hair is one of the first things people notice about each other – with our hair we are project an idea of ourselves and stimulate reactions from others.

I have a friend, who was just on the brink of coming out as transgender at the time – male bodied who identified as female. At the time she had this beautiful dark chestnut hair, but craved this processed platinum inspired by the film Hedwig and the Angry Inch. When she saw herself with this beautiful blonde hair she began crying completely unbridled staring in the mirror. This moment acted as a catalyst for her to be who she wanted to be. That moment will stay with me the rest of my life, and when I question what I’m doing with my life to make the world better (which I do often) I come back to that moment: I am helping people get on to the next chapter. Hair can be integral to that.

What is the future of hair coloring/care going to look like?

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.14.38 PMIt’s all about New Wash. I don’t think anyone really understood shampoo’s underlying problem before New Wash. For the longest time people assumed their hair was one thing: frizzy, no body, unmanageable. That’s not your natural hair, it’s its reaction to detergent. When hair isn’t being mistreated and stripped it goes back to it’s optimal condition. When hair is in that optimal condition, with all it’s integrity I’m liberated as a colorist to push the limits with bleach and color. My color lives longer, and my clients’ hair is so much more resilient.

Shampoo is the cause of almost every single hair problem, New Wash has ended the chaos.

Walk us through your personal hair routine (styling, products etc.)

I wash my hair and scalp with New Wash maybe every 4 days. My skin and hair was always very dry before New Wash, but now it retains moisture and looks much healthier. Sometimes I’ll simply wash from the mid-shaft to the ends so my hair will smell great but I can keep the grit I love near the root.

Then I add a lot of Hair Balm which I call Hair Crack, and spray Undressed before and after my hair dries. For the next few days I run my hands through it, mold it how I like, and keep adding the products which never get crunchy.

Could you describe for us your hair MO in a sentence?

It’s as simple as: I like doing hair color and I’m good at it; when you love something and you’re good at it, that’s probably what you should be doing.

As a stylist, what direction would you like to see the industry move?

Towards simplicity and good intentions.

Shannon Snow 14 03 25 (look 2 shot 2)Appeal to the hair DIYers- what is your favorite trick/bit of advice for at-home styling and care?

Deposit some of your direct dye in your New Wash to keep your color vibrant. Stay away from heat-styling which will fade your hair, and use Hair Balm all the time.

What is the color of your aura?

If I had to say it’s a pinky gold – sometimes more orange, other times more red, and sometimes with a dark purple tone when I’m feeling down.

Tell us your Dream collaboration.

Working with anyone whose open and present.

If you could take 3 products on a hair tour of outer space what would they be?

New Wash, Hair Balm, Undressed.

Speaking to a product minimalist what is your advice for the absolute best all round routine for great hair in 3 products or less?

New Wash + Hair Balm.

Follow Roxie on Instagram here, and click here for the Hairstory blog and archive of stories on hair. If you are in NYC and need some new hair inspo, look for a Hairstory Color Casting Call and get in line for dream hair color from Roxie Darling.

Take Roxie’s suggestion and try the Hairstory Product line? Check it out here if you are a client, and here if you want to work with the line as a stylist, and make sure to tell them How-to Hair Girl sent you.

xo, Roxie and Roxie

Hairstory Studio, and A New Way to Wash Hair

When I started blogging almost 5 years ago, I was constantly searching for inspiration to help me feel encouraged and excited about working within an Industry that I had very mixed feelings about. At the time, I felt very restricted as a free woman in a consumerist-hijacked industry that seemed in many ways to have lost it’s way.

Hairstory10One night, 3 years ago, while suffering the sulfite slump of too much red wine with my Thanksgiving dinner, I discovered Hairstory Studio on Instagram when a NYC Hair blogger who I love tagged them in a photo of her hair and a bottle of Non-Shampoo magic called Purely Perfect. I seized the moment, and clicked over to @Hairstorystudio, and found a dynamic creative place with a mission of expression, empowerment, creativity, and hair. It was love at first sight, and our kindred hair spirits joined via the interwebs.

5ShootGina(Look1Shot4)Edit (2)Appropriately deemed The Warhol Factory of Hair, Hairstory Studio is a small experimental Studio in NYC which was spearheaded by former Bumble and Bumble founder Micheal Gordon. The Studio is a team of stylists and colorists, photographers and producers who are working together to help people tell their stories through their hair, while innovating haircare with a product line that is flipping Hair Industry belief systems on their head by demonstrating that when it comes to styling and hair care products, Less is More.

The Purely Perfect which I mentioned before quickly became a cult favorite hair care product for New York hairstylists who understood the hair carnage of the shampoo/conditioner system. The concept of ditching shampoo was spreading fast, and Purely Perfect was the antidote within the Industry……It was an ingeniously formulated product which used natural, gently cleansing ingredients to help balance and refresh the hair without stripping it, allowing days and days of that perfect effortless lived-in hair that we all want.

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 12.14.38 PMPurely Perfect was recently re-branded into New Wash, and launched alongside 3 other products, all gentle, sulfate free and formulated for all hair types. Each product is tailored for a certain effect, and people are LOVING THIS STUFF.

Tired of seeing hair product companies producing imagery saturated with retouching, hair-extensions, and showcasing altogether unrealistic beauty standards, we turned the focus of our content onto real people with real hair. Propelled by the Hairstory product line, the belief that less is more, and the creative mind that is Michael Gordon’s, Hairstory has become synonymous with thinking outside the box. Each month, we are fortunate to welcome a handful of people from all walks of life into our studio for fresh cuts, color, and portraits. We are happy to share with our audience not only their images, but their personal stories as well, proving our case that everyone has a Hairstory – and that beauty certainly is not skin-deep.

(Very Free Your Hair, am I right?)

I am so excited to introduce you babes to this company, because it means so much to me to have found a company within the Hair Industry who is doing their part to change the paradigm and create more conscious hairstyling and care products for stylists and clients……..I’m also excited because my hair is IN LOVE with my bottle of creamy New Wash and I cannot wait for you to try it too, especially if your hair is suffering the dryness of forced air heat and cold weather!

Buy Hairstory Haircare From HTHG!

I’m thrilled to announce that HTHG is now selling Hairstory Hair Care Products from the blog, and to salon clients! All you have to do is click the above link to their shop and tell them How-to Hair Girl referred you, and your products will be shipped to your door!

If you are an independent Hairstylist, they have a great system set up to support you working with the line and selling it to clients, so be sure to check it out and list HTHG as your referral.

Also, bonus……I am really excited to introduce you next week to Hairstory’s Colorist Roxie Darling, who is an artist, a color healer, and a badass all wrapped up in one lovely package…..Come and read her words on hair color, healing, and her favorite hair styling tips!

Stay tuned!

xo, HTHG