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February 25th, 2014

The Long Bob.

The Long Bob.

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 in December 2006. When Westlife’s cover of Bette Midler’s ‘The Rose’ was Number One.

It was time.

The road from long to shortish 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 everytime I’ve raised the topic over the last seven years.

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, 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 woman I know.

Renya understands that hair has to work with your life and lifestyle. Her genius is creating a cut/colour/style that is modern but maneagable – magic words for time- poor, impatient women like me.

So today was the day. There was to be no more talk.

It was time…

 The Before.

I look at this picture and I swear that my shirt is saying: “1999 called and wants its style back”.

I actually can’t look at this shot without cringing and yet it was only eight hours ago.

After looking at images of Lara Bingle windswept on the streets of NYC, we opted for a Long Bob. This cut is shorter at the back and longer at the front, which would allow me to still put it up (a must as a runner and a Mum) but still have a enough diversity to look like a true change.

The Process.

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”.

Commit:When you’re going short you need to be honest about your face shape. If you don’t have a long neck then maybe you can’t go as short as you might have liked. If your forehead is broad then you might need to chop in a fringe.  You need to follow through with your wardrobe and make-up too. Go the whole way, not half way – it’s a big part of the fun”.

The After.

This photo needs to come with emoticons of Beyonce dancing. At the Super Bowl.

I can’t remember feeling happier with a haircut.

Lighter, brighter…suddenly I feel like an active member of  2014.

I am never going to wait this long to switch things up. Ever again.

There’s a distinct difference between knowing what suits you and being caught in rut.

My hair had cemented me firmly in the later.

Did I mention that Renya is also the only woman I know who makes fairy floss hued hair look chic and magical.

Maybe that should be my next move?

What You Need.

This style of cut looks lovely sleek – think Gwyneth – but I wanted total change. So Renya added volume, crunch and texture to give me this tousled, lived-in finish.

Here’s how she did it.

1. Spritz back of crown and roots with sea salt spray. Wella Professional Sea Salt Spritz has great salon grunt. Don’t drench your hair – a mist is all you need.

2. Blow dry hair smooth. Don’t obsess because you’ll be using a wand. Focus on getting volume into the crown and roots.

3. Renya swears by the Cloud Nine Wand because it is goof-proof for at home curling and much easier than a tong. Starting about ten centimetres away from the part line, take random sections and curl them loosely. Renya also uses the tip of the wand to iron out the ends of uncurled sections to create a thatchy finish.

4. Spritz the entire head with a fine mist of salt spray and use your finger (working from the back and underneath) to tousle the style into place.

CLICK TO BUY: Cloud Nine Wand, $ 256.50; Wella Professionals Ocean Spritz Spray, $24 (call 1300 885 002)


To book a cut with Renya Xydis at Valonz Haircutters – call 02 9357 6063.




  • Kylie

    It looks sensational! Love love love.

  • Lana

    You look gorgeous ; )

  • Jane

    Wow, what a difference it makes. You seriously look younger Paula. Love it!

  • Gin & Tonic

    OMG snap again PJ. I’ve just had mine cut into a LOB too.
    I saw a picture of Miranda Kerr with really long hair and I looked at myself and thought…who am I kidding?
    …great minds and all that

  • Stefanie

    Looks great Paula. My hair looks like your before shot…. I’m due for a change and your new cut has convinced me to take the plunge x

  • Sally

    Love it. That’s a great look for you.

  • Stav

    Did this 2 weeks ago. The great thing about this cut is it takes 2 minutes to stick a curling wand through it and look like you have stepped out of a salon!

  • Corina

    Looks fantastic but I think that you should cut more off it! You could totally rock a shorter bob! x

  • SJM

    Love, love, love, love, love….did I mention I love it?! X

  • SJM

    Oh, also, I know this is a simple styling process but a vid the next time Renya styles you would be fab. It’s a fine line between tousled and curls :)

  • Tiff

    Geez I love your hair stories, am still doing the messy bun from a few months back! Not sure I could be quite as brave with the LOB though, looks so fab :)

  • Helen

    I’m doing the opposite at the moment – growing my hair out after wearing it bobbed for many years. It’s about the same length as yours and the best thing I’ve done is to give the straightener a miss most days. A good blow dry for volume and the occasional iron on the top layer only is much more modern, like your style. I think my days of flat hair are over.

  • anastasiaC

    l0oks great! Im tempted to chop m ine too!

  • Table_Tonic

    Oh my GOSH P I freaking love this on you. It’s the forever cut. Amen. xxx

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