Spirit Weaving the Crown

IMG_8985IMG_8340Hello dears. I hope you all are doing well! I just returned from the Spirit Weavers Gathering where I set up the Adornment Space with Stefani Padilla and Rebecca from Heartfire Henna as a sacred area for adornment through hair cuts, braiding, and henna.IMG_8674

I spent an entire day, dawn till dusk, decorating redwood trees with flower garlands and mandalas. Twas absolute heaven. Then spent 10 days within that beautiful sacred space, braiding hair and bonding with incredible women. IMG_9014-1IMG_8994

I also facilitated a Braid Workshop (Weaving the Crown) and Braid Circle which was incredibly fun and the women who came to learn blew my mind with how quickly they picked up braiding and how empowered they felt by learning the ancient craft.

I have so much I want to share about it, but I reckon all the jewels of memories and knowledge I learned and shared will be coming out slowly in posts to come. It was such an honor to offer my skills and have them be so lovingly received. Let’s just say this…..My heart exploded. Thank you all who were a part of it.

And I have many photos to share.

Interested in booking a Braid or Beehive bar or a Braid Workshop for a party or an event? Email me at howtohairgirl@gmail.com

More soon, HTHG

HTHG’s Empress Guide to 2016

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I am dubbing 2016 the Year of the Empress. The year of divining our inner power and letting it lead us forward, together!

Hi my friends! Happy New Year to all of you. I wanted to take some time to celebrate this new year with you, and share with you all the state of things are here at HTHG, for 2016 and the foreseeable future.

To begin with, I woke up on New Years Day with a sense of gratitude and wholeness and excitement for the future that I haven’t felt before, ever. I want to thank you all for your support thus far, for sticking with me as I navigate the world of blogging, styling, healing, creating, and small business ownership. IMG_9918

(Bamboo Braid Tutorial Here)

As you all know, HTHG is a multi-faceted labor of love, and one that I decided several months ago to fully commit to by quitting my day job and trusting the vision and the support of my readers…..That is you. So thank you SO VERY much for being here, from my deepest heart:)

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I have found such inspiration this year from nature, thanks @jacquieaiche for this photo. Eternally, my biggest muse is the beauty around us that grows from the earth. This years Free Your Hair Earth Collection was a wonderful exploration of hair and earth-based healing. 47BEF5D1-5A70-4145-ABAC-3827833F3823-1

 

Here is a quick little view of what life is like right now…..I am spending about 12 hours a week cutting hair out of my living room parlor salon, the Free Your Hair Salon. I have a lovely little clientele, a great-fit group of people who are a pleasure to work with. I am still taking new clients, but trying to keep it small and intimate and special.

I write whenever I can, take my camera out when I have the time and space for it, and try constantly to get to the roots of beauty and truth. Our girls, Marley and Selah are the apples of our eyes, the raucus, creative and vibrant thorns in our sides, and our inspiration for stewardship…..The older they get, the more we want to make this world better for them to take over when they step into their own power.

We spend time with family and friends as much as we can, and we bitch about how busy we are while constantly taking on more and more. This year, I took one month off of work in July, and 2 weeks in December. This time allowed me to step back, slow down, re-asses, and stress about not making any money. Ha!

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(Photo and hair by @caitlinfordhair)

My husband Jonny and I are excited to embark on a big co-creation project this year, biggest thing we have collaborated on since our baby girl Selah almost 5 years ago. We are going to build a small building behind our house…… A woodshop and a hair salon in the bottom floor, with an apartment/multi-use creative space on the top floor. This, as we jokingly call, the Hair B&B, will create the opportunity for us to make our livings in our own backyard which is what we both aspire to.

We hope to run the building on solar power and collected rainwater as much as possible, and to be able to build the little studio house of our own co-dreams. The kids will help, when we can bribe them into it, on the small jobs. Our goal is to have it be a project that allows us all to learn and grow together and to create something which will help sustain and support us all. I can’t wait to share the progress here at HTHG! and I also can’t wait to have some of you in my chair at the Hair B&B in the coming years:)Screen Shot 2016-01-04 at 1.44.04 PM

What I’m excited about this year at HTHG? Teaching a skillshare circle on Earth-based Hair care and Adornment at the Spiritweavers Gathering. I am majorly excited to share knowledge and connect with other creating women this year. I am also scared shitless to step into a teaching role. Always have been……And also always knew it was an inevitable step for me. Here is to taking on challenges! 2016 is the year!Desert Alchemy in collaboration between Totally Blown and How To Hair Girl are proud to announce Feed, Quench, and Build organic wild havested hair products.

I’m really looking forward to more creative collaborating with brands and artists that I love, like last years Totally Blown/ Free Your Hair Desert Alchemy Haircare line. 2016 at HTHG will be chalk full of guest artists and brands with good ethics and great products and tools. I can’t wait to introduce you!

join the movementGeneral Empowerment! Let’s not forget this touchstone value of HTHG…….This year, there are women all over the world who are embracing their natural body hair, as an expression of their freedom to choose to accept themselves as they are. in 2015, the FYP Movement hit the New York Times, after months and months of conversation in the public forum on the topic of body hair.

Since then, we have watched the conversation shift towards normalization and acceptance, to something of the past that isn’t very interesting anymore. This, and the fact that armpit hair is all of the sudden appearing everywhere from the cast of GIRLS to mainstream magazines and ad campaigns the world over, make me think that our job championing body hair and personal choice with the FYP movement, is done.

What will the be the next empowerment movement to come out of HTHG? Only time will tell, but I can promise you it will be bigger, and better organized the next time around. And YOU will be a part of it with me, won’t you please?

IMG_7545Mandala making, my main meditation. I can’t escape it. It brings me more peace than anything else in the entire world.

7U6A8852Oh! Wait What? It’s the Free Your Hair Brush!!!!!!! Mixed Bristle, Beech wood base…….The perfect brush for moving oil through the hair from roots to ends, the mechanical cleansing device and sacred tool of self-care……Coming Soon!!!!!!

IMG_99532016 Empress Guide to Companies I Love

Before I say goodbye, here is a quick link shout out to brands, artists and companies who I have had the pleasure to stumble upon and connect with this year who I really love want to help support, because they have helped me to channel my inner empress by creating a life that feels true and authentic and powerful.

These companies are forging positive change, encouraging greater health and consciousness, and encouraging eternal creativity……Check them, and a big thanks to all of them:)

Hair

Free Your Hair Earth Collection

La Tierra Segrada

Hairstory Studio

Manic Panic

Tinge Pastels

BeBiotin

Hairprint

Salons

Vain

Coven

Mayapple

Hairstory Studio

Seagull

Edo

 Beauty

Naked Eye Beauty

Sound Botanical’s

Ozark Herbal Creations

Owls Botanicals

Local Rose

Body

Sunpotion

HostDefense

ZenBunni

Poppy and Someday

Healthforce Superfoods

Ometepe Coffee ( Cuppow Lids!)

Baird Farm Maple Syrup

Honey from Beaverslide Drygoods

Azure Standard

Adornment/Artists and Designers

Nikki Jacoby

Rainbow Kimono

Mala beads from Soul Garden Acupuncture

Ceremonial Headwraps

Totally Blown

Adina Mills

Maplexo

Lykke Wullf

Dina’s Great Finds

Darwin and Delilah Handmade Children’s Clothes

Tools/ Life

Hemmer Knives
Fermenting Crock

The Foxfire Book
Healing Wise

Adrien Miller Ceramics
L’Equipe Food Dehydrator

Vitamix Blender

Champion Juicer

Plants/Seeds from Raintree Nursery

Yarn from Beaverslide Dry Goods

Soul/Spirit

NuEssence Incense

Olive & Pine Smudgestix

Book a reading with MyEnthios

Attend the Spirit Weavers Gathering

In Southern California? Attend a mind-expanding class with Active Culture Family. Any class.

Get a massage! If you are in Seattle, check out Carlie Williams. Northwest Arkansas, check out Jesse Lynn at The Fern Healing Center.

Ready to start that small business? Book a consult with Girl Friday Seattle’s Jenny MacLeod.

Read The Fifth Sacred Thing

Woven Art by Tehya Shea

For Fun

Go to Bandittown. Just do it.

Get your photo taken by the gentlemen at Revival Tintype.

Book a photo session with yours truly, (Filth & Beauty.)

Check out Jaime Wyatt and the Bang Bangs. Buy an album!

Here is to 2016, wishing you the BEST and the BRIGHTEST year yet.

xo, HTHG

 

Spiritweavers Gathering, Embrace of the Feminine Heart

Hello Dears.

7U6A7132Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a sacred gathering of women in the California Redwoods. It was the best thing I have ever done for myself. It was a gathering curated and created by Daughterofthesun’s Amy Woodruff, and it was called the Spiritweavers Gathering.7U6A7205

I have been following Daughterofthesun on Instagram for several years now, constantly inspired by the visual journey of her authentic and colorful life, which she seemingly lives with absolute gratitude and love. When she announced the Spiritweavers Gathering, a communal skillshare in the woods featuring many of my favorite artists and craftswomen, I felt instantly called.

Against my own practical, rational mind, I followed my heart and said YES to the opportunity to buy my ticket to the SpiritWeavers Gathering. I have to thank Nikki Jacoby and BeTheFair’s Brette Howard for encouraging me. We walked an unknown, mystical magnetic path, knowing deep down that we needed and deserved this time together, communing with creative and visionary women in nature. 7U6A7277

Here is what I learned, and I will try an keep it concise.

-Our inner voice is our best guide, and much of what we do in our daily life distracts us from listening to it. It is important to do what we can to tune in to it. Without following our inner voice, we spin our wheels without purpose. It is there all the time! Listen to your hearts, babes.

-As women, having time with other women in a safe and supported environment is incredibly healing and rejuvenating.

-Being in nature is essential to getting grounded, and connecting with the elements.

-Being in connection with the elements helps us access deep intuitive wisdom, boundless energy, and endless inspiration.

-Ritual is a beautiful way to worship whatever god or goddess or energy or nothing that you want.

-We are all gifted with unique wisdom, and it is important that we share our gifts with each other.

-We are incredibly fortunate to have everything that we need to survive.

-Having sisters, blood or chosen, is incredibly important. 7U6A8031

 

 

I find my mind reeling with so many things to say. I think I will stop here before I get really cosmic on you. The point is, wow. This experience really impacted me, inspired me, uplifted me, and put me on a more clear path in life. And I am so, so grateful.7U6A8089

On that tip, you will notice some changes here at HTHG as I process and fine-tune my message to you all. Please do feel free to let me know what you think, you know I so appreciate your questions and feedback:)

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I learned to dye silk using natural pigments. We dyed scraps with boiled fennel, blackberries, oak balls, and horsetail. 7U6A7179More on that here!

I learned to infuse honey for beauty and remedy. Thanks to Janelle Campbell, I now have the knowledge to infuse with confidence, as well as 2 of my own small infusions. 7U6A7419

Here is a quick DIY…

Add any medicinal or flavorful herbs or flowers into a jar, and pour honey over them. Cover, and set in a warm place to infuse for 2 weeks, making sure you flip the jar over every few days to mix. If you use fresh herbs, your honey will have a shelf life of 4-6 months, dry herb infusions will last literally for thousands of years.

I made an infusion with calendula, rose, horsetail and lavender to use on my skin as a mask, or mix with water and use as a spray toner or hair conditioner.

I made another one with orange peel, cayanne, and turkey tail mushrooms for a digestive immune booster and tonic for boosting circulation. I will use it by eating a spoonful when I need it.

Check this post out on medicinal herbs for beauty🙂

More on honey infusions here.

7U6A7183Marysia Miernowska from the Gaia School of Healing taught us about the language of medicinal plants using the Wise Woman Tradition. I Highly recommend, if you are interested in the subject, the book Healing Wise (Wise Woman Herbal Series) by Susun Weed.

Brette, Nikki and I took a business 101 course for conscious creators from a thoughtful and savvy entrepenuer named Britt Neubacher who owns Tend Living, a water-wise creative garden/landscaping company in San Diego. In a group of 20 women, we discussed the trials, the blessings, and the frustrations of building conscious businesses.

I learned about wild fermentation from master fermentors Mori Natura and Nastasha McGuirk. The class was really interesting and informative, and also very affirming as I realized that I have been over-thinking my fermented krauts for years now. I have been over-salting and overfussing. Turns out, you can safely ferment literally anything. The key is, you have to use filtered or distilled water, and not too much salt (must be sea salt.)

We foraged wild greens like sorrel, baby pine needles, mugwort, dandelion, and nettles and mixed them with cabbage, carrots, and salt for a perfect fermented tonic kraut. We also sampled homemade fermented krauts, cheeses, breads and kefirs. When I got home, I ordered Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods by Sandor Katz to keep me inspired and educated on journey deeper into fermented foods.

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I did some hair, of course;) Felt very called to return next year as a skillsharer and teach braiding and holistic DIY haircare. See you there:)?

Lastly, I had the pleasure of connecting with 5 incredible creative women and their really exciting brands.7U6A8131

April Rose of Rainbow Kimono and Sara Harris of Totally Blown stole my heart, and I returned home with a beautiful ceramic moon phase neck piece and a killer massively distressed crop T shirt which had been totally blown away by a shotgun shell. Read more on these two visionaries in the links above. 7U6A7927 7U6A7918

Bunni and her Daughter Alchemy of Zen Bunni Chocolates were a pleasure to meet. Alchemy is 4 years old, and she let me do her hair on a sunny afternoon by the river. Bunni was kind enough to gift me 5 chocolate bars which were enough to make me fall in love with them, their chocolate, and the story of their tiny rabbit hole biodynamic chocolate shop in Venice, California. Screen Shot 2015-05-24 at 3.50.39 PM

Photo by Brette Howard.

I have been taking my Sunpotion Prash on the daily, a spoonful at a time. I feel the lifeforce barreling through me in a way that I have never felt before. I tend to be a cold, damp person and I have been feeling quite a bit of inner heat from it. And it tastes so heavenly. The herbal mix of honey and ghee melt down my throat like fire caramel. I do yoga as it melts in my mouth and it is a total sensory explosion. Check this great company of transformational foods and supplements if you feel the need to help get your energy flowing in the right direction. IMG_4920

I also finally got to meet my insta-friend and favorite natural beauty brand Naked Eye Beauty’s Jen Zillioto in person, which was so awesome, and she was just as lovely and down to earth as I thought she would be. Big shout out to her and her lovingly-naturally-crafted line of skin, hair, and makeup products.

In a nutshell, thanks to vision of Daughterofthesun, the dream building of the Spiritweaver sisters, and the generosity of all the women who came to share and learn, my chakras are open, my roots are deep, and my mind is Totally Blown. Can’t wait for next year. And I wish every one of you sisters who are here today abundant opportunity to root down and commune with your fellow woman. We all deserve it.

xoxo, HTHG