Businesswoman, social media guru, cancer survivor, and mother-of-two, there’s not much Roxy Jacenko can’t conquer. InStyle Australia caught up with the 37-year-old to find out how she balances her crazy schedule, and what’s next for Roxy and her family…
InStyle: Sorry to hear about your recent cancer scare, following the upsetting news, it’s amazing that you’ll be dying your hair pink next month! Tell us more about that decision…
RJ: I was approached by Toni&Guy to consider an ambassador role a few months ago, after hearing about their charitable initiatives beyond great hair it was a no brainer for me. I am super excited to do it, Aaron one of their talented colourists will be taking me from blonde to fairy floss pink on October 23!
I want to bring as much attention to the disease as possible, I know I was so blasé when it came to self-examination even with cancer in my family so awareness is so important as cancer does not discriminate as well as this, the more money we can raise the sooner we will be closer to finding a cure.
InStyle: Congratulations on being named the new Australian ambassador for Toni&Guy. How did that come about?
RJ: I have ALWAYS been quite experimental with my hair, long, short, extensions for days, colours you name it, so when the team at Toni&Guy approached me I jumped at it – not only is it a global brand but they have the leaders in the business when it comes to colour and styling.
InStyle: Your blonde hair is part of your signature – how much dedication goes into maintaining your hair?
RJ: As any ‘natural’ blonde will tell you it’s a full time job, even with the best in the business! I am in the salon chair every four weeks without fail – I have three rows of wefts (hair extensions) so they require lifting and tightening every six weeks.
I need to spend more time doing treatments to maintain the condition of my hair, something that we have just started putting into practise – bleach isn’t kind if you don’t look after your hair between colours and with heat and styling.
InStyle: Let’s talk products, are you a fan of hair treatments?
RJ: Because I have always been so time poor, until I started seeing the team at Toni&Guy I never put any treatments in my hair, now, with every blowdry in salon I have a protein treatment which the offer at the basin and really strengthens and protects the hair. On the weekends (normally Sundays) I like to put in the leave in Label M Therapy Rejuvenating Mask it’s a miracle worker.
InStyle: What’s your everyday hair regimen look like?
RJ: Fortunately being a blonde my hair holds really well, add 3 wefts into it and you can get a good 3 days out of a blowdry. I find that if I have my hair tonged post a blowdry and then finish off with some Label M Dry Shampoo it lasts perfectly. I don’t use a brush very often as whilst it looks like I have a lot of hair, its quite thin so I avoid brushing it, instead running my hands through to ‘mess it up’ for the beachy but polished look.
InStyle: You always look so polished while you workout, especially after f45 when it’s impossible to look *that* good, what’s your secret?
RJ: I am training 3 days a week at the moment and doing Pilates once a week – my sessions are very resistance/weights based which means I don’t sweat that much, in fact, I have a full face of make up on and a hair do as post gym I head straight to work – I don’t have time to go home, shower/change! I nag Ben Lucas my trainer to have the space like a meat locker so I don’t get too hot! Cant be going to work like a sweaty frizz ball!
InStyle: Which activewear brands are you wearing right now?
RJ: I have a few favorites at the moment, whilst prints and colours/styling is important, the more I have got into gym the more I appreciate the technology and fabric of the gym gear – there is nothing worse than training in gear that’s more suited to leisurewear than a weights session!
Brands of the moment for my gym kit are; Nimble Activewear, Lorna Jane, Jaggad – all great Australian brands. I love to shop for my activewear online at Stylerunner and Mode Sportif they have an amazing range of local and international brands.
InStyle: Your fans really connect with your Instagram, is there anything you wouldn’t post?
RJ: I am so appreciative of the support I am shown on Instagram, it's made my annual seminars around Australia on PR and Small Business possible and opportunities like the Ambassadorial role for Toni&Guy possible – I like to make my Instagram a real look at my life, not just the good bits, but life as it is, warts and all. I think that’s why my followers are connected – they like the fact that I am happy to share real life, not just the glam / sparkly world that people who aren’t in PR think it is!
InStyle: You’re in the middle planning a wedding, how’s it going? What can you tell us?
RJ: No wedding yet! I am happy with the incredible ring for now which was made by my long time friend, Nicholas Haywood.
InStyle: Have you found a dress?
RJ: No, no dress – but it would have to be a Giambattista Valli one – like that huge pink tulle one – OMG that was next level!!!! No one knows me as subtle!
InStyle: Any plans to have expand your family?
RJ: For now, no, I mean never say never. I didn’t think I would ever have children as I was focused on my career, I am so glad I did, Hunter and Pixie are my world and the only reason I got through the past 12-months of Oliver’s prison sentence and my subsequent breast cancer diagnosis some 3 weeks after his incarceration. Pix and Hunty are my best friends – life is good now, and we are all just finding our groove again so I am in no rush to change anything.