It was time. Really, seriously, time.
My hair was beginning to look like a curtain and, if I’m honest, my last real haircut – one that qualifies as more than a trim – was in December 2006, when Westlife’s cover of Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’ was the number one song.
It was time.
The road from long to short-ish is never smooth. I’ve bored people senseless with my list of pros and cons – “Should I? Shouldn’t I?”
Nobody has been more patient than the woman I entrusted to the job – the amazing Renya Xydis. She deserves an Oscar for feigning genuine interest every time I’ve raised the topic over the last seven years. (Look, even my sister has hung up on me.)
Renya is Australia’s uber stylist. She’s the woman behind Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman and Miranda Kerr, and she’s regularly working with some of the biggest designers and magazines in the world. She’s also a mother of two, an incredible business woman – running three super successful salons – and one of the warmest, kindest women I know.
Renya understands hair has to work with your life and lifestyle. Her genius is creating a cut/colour/style that is modern but manageable – magic words for time-poor, impatient women like me.
There was to be no more talk. It was time…
I look at this picture now and I swear my shirt is saying: “1999 called and wants its style back”. I actually can’t look at this without cringing and yet it was taken only eight hours before the chop.
After looking at images of Lara Bingle windswept on the streets of NYC, we opted for a long bob. It's a cut that's shorter at the back and longer at the front, which would allow me to still pull it back (a must as a runner and a Mum) but still have a enough diversity to look like a true change.
I asked Renya for her top tips on making the decision to change your hair.
Colour: “When clients want to make a change I encourage them to play with their colour first – to see if that gets the quest for something different out of their system. Colour is quicker to change back if you decide that perhaps they didn’t want a change after all”.
Research: “When you’re sure, treat the project like a job and collect a bunch of references that you can work through with your stylist. Remember that you will never look like the person in the picture but the more visual cues you have for your stylist the better then end result will be. Pinterest is a fantastic resource – type in hairstyles and go crazy”.