Meet Mane Message Designer, Olivia Hayward Posted on 31 Aug 02:00 , 0 comments

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From glittery hair ties to vintage barrettes, hair accessories are having their moment. And for good reason: With one cute piece you get a glam new hairdo without all the fuss of a trim, color, or cut. In fact, we're obsessed with this effortless trend. It's no surprise that when we stumbled upon Mane Message, an accessory company that specializes in handmade elastic hair ties, wire headbands, bobby pins, and vintage French barrettes, we were beyond excited.

Founded in 2009 by then college student Olivia Hayward, Mane Message first started out as a creative outlet. Olivia would make accessories, photograph them and post them onto her Etsy Shop. However once her small hair tie endeavor took off and became her main source of income, she knew she was on to something. For the rest of college, she ran her company out of her teeny tiny dorm room at Pitzer College. It was there; she also learned the importance of self-motivation, drive, time-management and how passionate she was about her work.

Currently, Olivia runs Mane Message out of her home in Berkeley, California. She is inspired by current fashion trends, bright-saturated colors, pop culture as well as the San Francisco Area. Her brand can be found at stores like Paper Source and has been featured in magazines such as Us Weekly, Shape, Elle, Refinery 29, and Teen Vogue to name a few.

Although Mane Message has grown in size, it's core goal of transforming everyday essentials into things of meaning and beauty has not. Through Mane Message, Olivia encourages women to ditch their run-of-the-mill drug store hair elastics and hair clips for handmade objects of substance. Shop her collection here.

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Find out more about this cool girl and accessory designer below. She gives us the 411 on her make-up bag essentials, her personal style, and the best advice she's ever received.

My style in 3 words…Colorful, Funky and Feminine

My nicknames are…There’s a handful of people who call me Liv, but for the most part I’m just Olivia

My drugstore must-have is…This is hard for me! I have a serious drugstore beauty product addition. My top 3 products are: L’Oreal Butterfly Mascara, Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation and Dove Beauty Bars.

My last purchase was…A big ol’ cup of coffee

My top 3 make-up bag essentials are…Oil blotting sheets, lip balm and eye shadow primer

My beauty secret is…Skincare is vital!

I smell like…Currently rocking Indigo by Nest   

My de-stress trick is…Real Housewives

My secret talent is…Baking sourdough bread from scratch

My first celebrity crush was…John Mayer

 My guilty pleasure is…Trashy reality television

Right now, I’m obsessed with…The podcast Bitch Sesh. It’s a Real Housewives breakdown show by Casey Wilson and Danielle Schneider.

My favorite website is…Jezebel or Etsy

My favorite TV show is…Oh goodness! How do I pick? Mad Men will always have a special place in my heart.

When I have some free time, I…Walk my dog Ramona around the neighborhood

For breakfast, I always have…Eggs, toast and coffee

My favorite restaurant is…Kirala in Berkeley, California. The sushi is amazing.

My ultimate travel destination is…So many places, but I’d love to eat my way through Italy.

In my career, I am most proud of…Building a business that challenges me and allows me to be creative on a daily basis

The best advice I’ve ever received is…“Make it Work” by Tim Gunn

As a designer, I’ve learned…It’s hard work! You have to constantly be thinking about what’s next.

My goal in life is…Happiness!