Pretty as a picture

Yes, we can manage a pony and a bun, but what else can we do with our hair that’s DIY-able and looks uh-may-zing? A new book by a Brighton hairdresser is on hand to help!

Get comfy – it’s time for Layered Online’s Book Club. Packed with DIY hair looks captured in beautiful illustrations, Love That Hair (Octopus/Ilex Books) is a brilliant tome by Brighton hairdresser, Hayley Mallinder. By day, you’ll find her snipping and styling at the city’s Simon Webster Hair salon, and it was her skills behind the chair that opened up a new career path as an author. She was approached by the publisher, a regular client impressed by Hayley’s repertoire of styling ideas and inspiration, who introduced her to illustrator Emma Leonard to kick off this cute collab.

The brief? To create ‘a diverse collection of looks that could be practiced at home and recreated on your own hair or on your friends’. And that’s exactly what you get, across 32 looks with easy-to-follow instructions by Hayley and spot-on recommendations on accessories and hair products you’ll need in your bathroom.

That careful edit of 32 looks were inspired by what Hayley saw around the streets of Brighton, and perfected with hours of practice on models in-salon at Simon Webster Hair. Each look was photographed and then broken down into key stages, which were then interpreted by fashion illustrator Emma. What we really love are the steps, as Hayley doesn’t get too technical – it’s all written from the view of a non-hairdresser to make sure everything is fuss-free but full-on fabulous.


If you were lucky enough to be a guest at Simon Webster Hair’s Big Hair Do party in September (spot the bubble braid here) you’ll have spotted Hayley layering up looks from the book. And at £9.99, it’s a great idea for a long-haired loved one’s stocking this Christmas. If you’re in Brighton, pop into the salon on Gardner Street to grab one (say hi to Hayley!) or snap one up on Amazon… and don’t forget to show us the results on Instagram in the New Year!

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