London braid boss Liah is changing the mobile hairdressing experience
Londoners are flocking to mobile hairdresser Liah to get in on the latest braid styles and enjoy her ‘at-home salon experience’
With apps like Treatwell making home beauty services the norm, more of us are ditching salon pampering for the comfort of our home.
“I feel clients are more at ease in their own homes and are generally more up for talking and having a laugh,” says Liah who travels all over London to tend to her clients’ hair. 25 year-old Liah, who goes by the Insta handle @signedbyliah, has used her experience of working in luxury salons like Daniel Hersheson, Lucinda Ellery and Selfridges Braid Bar to transform the perception of mobile hairdressing.
“My concept of being a mobile hairstylist is designed to allow clients to have the flexibility and pleasurable experience they would expect from a salon. Nowadays, people can have what they want, when they want it and where; it just made sense to fit my craft around our modernised lifestyle. It’s a huge advantage for mothers, people who would prefer to work from home or even just for the inconvenience of going out on a rainy day.”
When it comes to hair, there’s nothing Liah can’t do. She has a set menu for sew in, ponytail, faux locs, single braids or twists, feed in braids and children. Thankfully, the prices aren’t eye-watering either. With a price point based on time, Liah charges £55 for a three-hour, four part vixen weave – not bad, eh? But what she has become famous for are her Instagrammable braid looks: ‘‘The most in-demand hairstyle at the moment is the braided bohemian ponytail. The look consists of braids going up into a high ponytail with curly pieces of hair going through it. Knotless have also been a go-to of late”.
Professionalism at its peak
With so many braid styles trending, Liah’s personal favourite is stitch braids. “It’s a new technique of the simple canerow,” she says. “It looks clean, fresh and lasts longer as you use products to smooth the hair, which helps hold the style in place.”
Onto the subject of maintenance products, she adds: “Foaming mousse is a great product that helps to keep the hair looking fresh for longer. I always advise my clients to use it before wrapping their hair at night, so that in the morning when the headscarf is removed, the hairstyle is neat again.”
As a mobile hairdresser working outside the confines of a salon, Liah still continues to exercise due care and attention. “I really listen to my clients and understand what they want - even if we end up with a compromise. They’re always happy because they feel they’ve been heard which is important.”
With this fresh approach alongside juggling editorial shoots, session work with Puma and styling celebrities like Br3yna, it’s no wonder everyone is vying to be ‘signedbyliah’.