Hair Romance - Christina Butcher - Braid[2]LO_141027-23 copyHere is my interview with Christina Butcher.

What inspired you to write this book? I love working online and this book is a way of taking that experience offline. I wanted to created a resource that felt like you were browsing on Pinterest but that you can check even when you didn’t have wi-fi.

Where did you start when writing this book? The first thing was a table of contents. My publisher wanted to include 80 hairstyles in the book and I had to make sure I knew that many looks! Turns out I knew more and we included 82 tutorials in the book.

What was the best thing about writing this book? Finishing it! Lol! It was a massive achievement as I was still blogging every day while I wrote it. It was also really fun to have my photo tutorials illustrated for the book which gives the book a really different feel from my blog.

What’s the hardest part of your job? Time management. I love coming up with ideas but I can be a perfectionist and I struggle to manage my time so that I can finish my ideas the way I envisioned them.

What was the most interesting thing you discovered when writing this book? I surprised myself with the number of ponytails and braids I know. I also had to reach out to my readers for support when I urgently needed to take some extra photos for the book. I was so grateful to my readers for turning up at very short notice and letting me do their hair.

What was one of the best things that happened because of this book? I’m currently in the US and that wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t written the book. It’s been so well received here and I’ve loved the photos and instagrams from readers who are trying the styles. That’s my favourite part.

What are your favourite products? My beauty cabinet it bigger than most, but I believe in the power of a good hairdryer (and a diffuser for curly girls like me). I’m obsessed with styling powder too. It adds instant volume but also is amazing for adding texture to braids.

Who do you look to for inspiring hair styles? I look for new trends at Fashion Week and in editorials and I try to translate them into achievable styles you can wear every day. I also love the geometry of hairstyles and work with different shapes and textures.

What is something that most people might be surprised to know about you? I don’t like to spend a lot of time getting ready. Although I work in beauty, I like to keep it simple and I love tricks that make it look like you spent ages but it only took 5 minutes.

What are you working on next? I’m working on a DIY Bridal Beauty ebook with makeup artist Sara-May from MakeUpUtopia It’s coming out very soon!

Read my review of ‘Hair Romance’ here.

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