Renya Xydis is creative director and owner of Sydney’s premier hairdressing salons; Valonz, Renya Xydis City, Miss Frou Frou and most recently, Salon X by Renya Xydis. Hair Director for both Australian and New York fashion weeks, Renya has created hairstyles for stellar designers including Sass and Bide, Willow Kirrily Johnston and Collette Dinnigan. Renya has also worked alongside Eugene Souleiman at Paris Fashion Week on shows such as Kenzo, Stella McCartney, Valentino, Dolce & Gabbana and Chloe. Spending her time when back in Sydney at her beloved salons and working with celebrity clientele and recognised as one of Australia’s internationally renowned hairstylists, SydneySocial101 caught up with Renya about her amazing job, her favourite hair trends and the products she cannot live without.

Which styling and haircare products can you not live without?

There are two products that I absolutely cannot live without and are a part of my everyday routine!  The Cloud Nine Waving Wand is a must-try. Just a quick once over in the morning and it styles my hair, adding movement and volume. Wella Ocean Spritz is an amazing product that add texture to the hair, a great tip that will help your hairstyle last!

What does your job title involve?

I am an Editorial Hairstylist & the owner of three Sydney bases salons, Salon X, Valonz and Renya Xydis City Salon. I am mostly stationed at the Valonz salon in Paddington.

I often work with celebrities on advertising campaigns, red carpet appearances, and press junkets both locally and internationally. Along with this I also worked multiple photo shoots with fashion designers and make-up artists throughout the year.

I am also involved with Fashion Week both locally and internationally, collaborating with designers to create amazing runway hair. This is one of the busiest times of the year for me, having worked across both Sydney’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, and New York Fashion week this year.

How do you build a great relationship with your hairdresser?

It definitely helps to be loyal with your hairdresser. If you are happy with the results then why change! Keeping this relationship is beneficial when trusting their decisions about how you should style, colour and cut your hair.

Anything of note happening in Sydney right now that’s influencing local trends?

I have noticed women are moving towards shorter haircuts with concave and blunt style cuts just below the collar bone. There are also a lot of pastel hair colours popping out thanks to celebrities such as Nicole Richie and Kelly Osborne and personally it is my favourite!

How do you prepare your hair for a night out?

Definitely would be getting a blow dry at Valonz – it’s a treat for me!

What is one hair trend you hate at the moment?

I really dislike the ‘wet look’ that is on all the runways and has started trickling into street style. I feel this gives the hair no volume, and makes it look oily. If you want a sleek look, it is better to style your hair with a straightener to get the same effect – just less greasy.

What’s next for you?  

I really enjoy collaborating with fashion designers, discovering new styles and techniques that fit the vision of their collections. I recently created looks for Di$count Univer$e for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week which I really enjoyed, it took me out of my comfort zone as I wanted to create unique hairstyles just like their clothing. Definitely would love to continue this during fashion weeks and also outside of that with campaigns and photo shoots.

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