Experimenting with a new hairstyle


Last week I had the pleasure of having my hair done at a top London salon (for the second time!). We've all been given the opportunity to have our tresses trimmed by Richard Ward, whose salon is just up the road from the QVC studios.

Having my hair cut in luxury

You may know Richard – you'll have seen him on GMTV as he's their resident hairdresser and often appears on air. He's also been the subject of several celebrity features for magazines. (In fact, my photographer husband, Alan Olley, did the pictures for a Hello! shoot, which showed Richard and his wife in their stylish Fulham home.)

I usually go to a modern salon in my local village, which I've always been very happy with. But when you're treated to outrageously comfortable massaging chairs while your hair is washed, you begin to realise how the other half live!

My new longer length

I first went to Richard in November, and he felt it was time for a change. But my hair was fairly short so there wasn't much he could do by cutting, so he advised me to try growing it. He wants me to lose the short layers. I'm not convinced it will suit me – I've always had my hair short on top so that I can stick it up with a bit of gel to give it some height – but I'm willing to try.

It will also depend on how long it takes me to make myself look presentable in the morning. With time at a premium before The Morning Show, I've already been spotted in our production meeting modelling large curlers!

Anyway, I expect I'll have it all cut off before long, but in the meantime, you'll be seeing me with longer locks. I'd better check out the QVC website for our new GHD range of styling tools to help me look my best!

Take care,



  1. Kath January 28, 2009 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    I did notice on the morning show with Debbie last week your hair looked a less curly and in fact it did look much longer.
    Thought you’d gone for a new image, but then later in the day it was curly again and has been since.
    Try to stick at it Kathy if you can and not give in to a shorter cut for the time being.
    Just to see if you like the change, though it can be really hard till you get past a certain stage.
    Due to illness I lost all my hair and when it grew it was so curly I hated it.
    Thought I’d never get my straight curled under bob back.
    It’ been a mircle though, it took time to grow it longer, all one length with no layers but the straight bob is back now just as it was.
    Hope that helps you Kathy
    Kath x

  2. Carla A Rossi January 28, 2009 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Kathy,
    I was interested to read that you have had a change of hairdresser of late because over the last month or so I have noticed a subtle change in not only your hair and make-up but also in the way you dress. I have very short hair (Pipa-ish) and tend to prefer shorter styles myself BUT the slight change in length really suits you, as does the colour which appears to be a little darker. I feel a bit cheeky writing in and passing commnent in this way, but, as your comments matched up with what I had been thinking I thought that I would give it a try! You always look fresh and pretty but even more so since the new year.
    Warm regards

  3. Linda Watkins January 31, 2009 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Kathy you look fab with long or short hair, just go with what you feel comfortable with, you do not need to change unless you want to!

  4. sarah webb February 3, 2009 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Kathy,DO try to keeep the new style-the “spiky” look is so dated and it looks much better longer-Richard Ward knows his stuff!

  5. Vix Mcgowan February 3, 2009 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy! I saw you on TV before I read your blog and I thought how nice your hair was looking. X

  6. ali February 11, 2009 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy I have never posted anything but when browsing the blogs had to reply to this one. I noticed your hair when you presented the Morning Show with Debbie and thought WOW you looked great and it really updated your style but I too have noticed the ‘old’ looking creeping back in. My comment is ‘stick with it’, I too was stuck in a bit of a hair rut and as this year is my 40th decided ‘time for a change’. Did all the things you have done (except see Richard Ward lucky you), I battled through that inbetween stage and now my hair is great, even if I say so myself. I actually find it easier to manage with more length. Anyway thats my thoughts, just had to write cause you are one of my favourite presenters, you always are down-to-earth and ‘normal’, and that is a compliment!

  7. Kathy Tayler February 11, 2009 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Thanks, Linda, Carla and Kath.
    It’s good that you’ve noticed a difference, and even better that you’ve taken the time to comment. Thank you! There are some days when I really feel like cutting all my hair off, but other days it goes well and I can see how lovely it would be to have a different look. I’ve had a similar style for years now, so, I’ll stick with it for a while longer. The next project is to lose weight – that might take a little longer!!
    Kathy x

  8. kath February 14, 2009 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Thank you for taking time to respond I’m pleased to hear your trying to stick with it,to grow your hair.
    Snap on the next project, losing weight and getting fitter
    My pilates machine is at the ready.
    Kath x

  9. Claudia Sylvester February 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    As you are probably aware i have a hair crisis most weeks/days. I too loved Richard Wards salon but even he couldn’t put my mind at rest with the ‘shall i chop it off, shan’t I? that i mull around each week. Your hair however looks splendid and I don’t think you should chop it off EVER, I always think you look lovely and I couldn’t help commenting on your blog. Not only does your hair look lovely but you are too !! By the way when shall we have the dinner date?…

  10. Maureen Cope February 21, 2009 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, the new hair style looks really good so dont be tempted to chop it off give it a chance to grow out ! By the way, is your birthday March 23rd? If so you share it with my husband (who thinks you are lovely ) and my daughter. Love from Mo

  11. Kathy Tayler February 23, 2009 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claudia
    What has it come to, that we have to talk to each other on our blogs when we work in the same place and live only a few miles from each other? How sad!!
    Thanks for your support about my hair – I’m sticking with it for the moment. And as for dinner, I’ll text you when I’ve figured out when Olley is in the country to join us!
    See you soon…
    Kathy x

  12. Kathy Tayler February 23, 2009 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mo.
    Yes – my birthday is 23rd March – I’ll be 49 next month.
    How lovely for your husband and daughter to share their special days. I bet you’ve had some special family celebrations together. Having said that, I’m quite glad that all my family’s birthdays are spread out (February, June, August and September) as it gives me a chance to recover from the effort and expense before the next one hits me!
    I like my spring birthday, but it’s always so close to Mother’s Day that the children have to make me two cards in quick succession, this year they’re Sunday and Monday next to each other. My husband Olley will be away for both days but Billy has assured me that he will bring me breakfast in bed on the Sunday, bless him!
    Olley has the same – his birthday is 19th June, so it’s always close to Father’s Day.
    Happy Birthday to your husband and daughter for the 23rd!
    Kathy x

  13. Kathy Tayler February 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Vix and Sarah
    Thanks for your comments – it’s great to hear that you think it’s worth the effort to grow my hair. Ali, you seem to know exactly how I’m feeling, but to think that it gets easier makes it easier to stick with it. Sarah, you’re right – the spiky look is dated. I never thought of it like that, but your words have given me new resolve! Thanks!!
    Kathy x

  14. Margaret March 5, 2009 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy , must say your hair is looking great but then again you are so pretty any style would suit you.Can you believe Ive just had mine chopped off after years of having long hair it was down to my waist now its a short bob, cant believe how light my head feels and washing and styling is so easy , think I should have done it years ago.My birthday is in the Spring to April 1st .Happy Birthday when it arrives. Margaret.

  15. Mary Newman March 5, 2009 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kathy, I noticed your new hairstyle and loved it.
    I didn’t like it when you used gel to lift it.
    You look like the young Kathy again. Please try to stick to it . You look gorgeous as always.
    Love Maryx

  16. Lisa Nash March 6, 2009 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    I just want to say; “Please don’t go back to short hair”!!
    Your hair is really suiting you longer, and I personally think it makes you look years younger.
    It suits you so much Kathy – keep going !
    Lots of Love,
    Lisa. xx

  17. Susan Winn March 13, 2009 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Your hair looks great longer Kathy, it really suits you and goes with you lovely vibrant personality.
    I remember you from the GMTV days. How on earth did you manage to get up so early?!.
    Sue Winn

  18. Kathy Tayler March 24, 2009 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret.
    Thanks for your comments – funny…just as I’m growing my hair you’ve had yours all cut off! I think it does us all good to have a change occasionally, there’s no doubt that I was stuck in a rut with my hair. I don’t think I’ll ever get mine to waist-length though.
    Happy Birthday for next week – I hope you have a great day.
    Kathy x

  19. Kathy Tayler March 24, 2009 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sue.
    Thanks for your remarks about my hair – I’m finally beginning to like it as it becomes a proper style. It seems to go slightly differently every time I do it, but I suppose that doesn’t really matter.
    My TVam days in the very early slot were much less than some presenter – they lasted less that a year – but getting up at 3am wasn’t much fun. At least I was married, so I wasn’t trying to have a busy social ‘single girl’ life – not much chance of that with those hours. Some people managed by having two ‘sleeps’ – one early afternoon and then going to bed normal time for a shorter night sleep. That didn’t really suit me -it seemed such a waste of a day. Also, that groggy just woken up feeling would spoil the rest of the day for me.
    When I moved to the AfterNine sofa I didn’t need to get to the studios until 7am – later than I arrive at QVC for the Morning Show now. That allowed Olley and me to move away from London to the green fields of Buckinghamshire. In those days I was really spoilt and had a lovely driver called Fred, provided by TVam, who arrived at 6am to drive me to work – I could snooze or read the papers on the way. No such luxury now – but at least I’m driving into London before the traffic gets too bad.
    Take care
    Kathy x

  20. Kathy Tayler March 24, 2009 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary and lisa
    Thanks so much – with comments like yours about looking younger, how could i possibly revert back to the ‘chop it off and stick it up with gel’ look. Very dated, I now agree.
    Thanks for your compliments – and keep on watching the Morning Show!
    Kathy x

  21. Mandy April 1, 2009 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    I have also noticed you look different – both the hair and the make up seem to have changed and it really suits you. You also look a lot thinner, so I was assuming you did start listening to Paul (I saw your hour with him last year when you asked people to convince you to use it). I am in the process of growing my hair again, I change between long and short every so many years, and thtas in between phase is annoying to say the least!

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