Jan 16

Braided Chignon Tutorial

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Rubi Jones (hair stylist extraordinaire) was in town so I asked her to host a braid bar and teach us how to braid our hair. I met Rubi when I was living in Paris and she was always off in exotic locations doing hair for fashion week. She is really talented so I was excited to collaborate with her. We made these letterpress instructions for the night of the event. The talented Samantha Hahn did the illustrations and then we printed them on my letterpress (with a tiny bit of red neon ink at the bottom.) For those that couldn’t make it here is a step by step from Rubi on how to do a braided chignon. This is a great everyday hairstyle or for something a little fancier.

Step 1: Start with a deep side part and continue it all the way down to your neck. That will divide your hair into two sections.

Step 2: French braid one section, starting as close to your side part as you can and when you cant add more hair just finish off the braid like a normal braid. French braid the other side.

Step 3: Now you’re going to pin both braids together to create a low chignon. Cross them once and pin one braid and then pin the other.

Step 4: Once your hair feels secure, you’re going to pull your braid apart a little bit to add some texture. Starting at the beginning of your braids lightly tug on either side of the braid as you work your way to the end.

Here are some photos I pulled from instagram of the finished results.

images from: @ohhappyday /@maryinsf /@margaretgstewart /@rubijones


Jan 16

Braid Bar Recap

We had our first craft night of our new series sponsored by Bing. The idea behind craft nights is to get everyone together to hang out offline and to learn something new. Craft Nights are free, you just have to register for a spot. (The next two are being announced below.) My friend Rebecca Wright has been helping me plan them and she has done such a great job. For the first one Rubi Jones came and taught us how to do a Braided Chignon. Rubi helped us handpick her favorite hair+beauty products for this gift bag.

Rebecca screenprinted these totes “Happy” totes that Lisa Congdon hand lettered for us.

Rubi swears by these Spornette round brushes (see reasons here.) They are Italian crafted brushes made from wood and boar bristle. Spornette was so sweet to send over samples for all the attendees.

Samantha Hahn made these lovely illustrations with Rubi and then we letterpressed them. Rubi says these Muji bobby pins are super hard to find because hairstylists go in and buy them completely out. They are super sturdy and keep your hair in place all day. Malin + Goetz sent us some samples of: Grapefruit Face Cleanser, Vitamin E Face Moisturizer, Detox Face Mask, Moisturizing Shampoo, and Sage Styling Cream. And Paul designed these calendars with Bing which we letterpressed and then dip-dyed the paper in a light blue dye.

Fat & The Moon is a cool natural beauty company that makes the most beautiful products in small batches. They are amazing!

All the attendees got one of these awesome hugs and smooches pins from Bando. They make the best hair accessories ever so I was stoked they sent over some goodies for the attendees.

Thank you to everyone who came and to everyone who helped put it on and to all of our sponsors. It was so great to meet everyone in person! I’m really excited to announce the next two Craft Nights. I will put an announcement up and open registration with the details a week before the event. Remember, craft nights are free but it is $20 to hold your spot (that is 100% refunded the night of the event.)


Dec 21

Braid Bar Craft Night

I’m so excited to introduce our first craft night sponsored by Bing. For the very first craft night we aren’t actually gonna craft. We are going to learn to braid. Rubi Jones, the super talented hairdresser at She Let’s her Hair Down is going to teach us to braid hair. I’m so excited about this!! Find more details and register for this free workshop right here. (There is $20 deposit required that will be 100% refundable the night of the event.)

Oh Happy Day Braid Bar in San Francisco

Friday, December 28, 2012
SESSION A  6:00 – 7:30
SESSION B  7:30 – 9:00

photo by Rubi


Feb 24

Handle + Spout

Well hello there pretty hair things.

via Once Wed

Jan 21


I miss my long hair today. Short hair was fun for about two months. I’ve been growing it out for several months and it looks the exact same. This photo was taken four years ago by my friend Juliann Wheeler.