Mariam Rod doesn't just live her jetsetter life for the camera. She was born between countries and cultures and feels as much at home on a Sydney beach as she does in an Emirates skyscraper. The Australian-raised, Dubai-based influencer with Persian and Kurdish roots showcases her aspirational lifestyle and enviable physique for over 700K followers. From couture gowns at glamorous balls and chic evening wear at brand events, to premium sportswear in casual selfies, her designer looks are always topped off with a mane of perfectly coiffed hair.
Mariam Rod on hair trends and product faves
Which current hair trend do you like best?
I had really long hair and I chopped it off just recently, so I'm really loving this short, blunt bob that sits above the shoulders. I've grown it out a little bit, but I think I might go back to it.
Would you go for an extreme hairstyle like the buzzcut?
I've thought about it a lot and when I was young, I really wanted to shave the sides of my head, but my mum would probably murder me if I did that.
How do you like to wear your hair in daily life?
Just out, really natural. Soft waves, a lot of movement. It should look effortless.
What's your favorite glamorous hairstyle?
Lots of volume. I love big curls, small curls, or a Farrah Fawcett blowout.
Name three hair or beauty products you always carry in your travel bag.
I never travel without dry shampoo. A long flight can leave your hair flat and oily, so dry shampoo is a perfect way of giving you that fresh out-the-shower feeling. I also always carry a hydrating face mask. I especially love the under-eye gel masks. And lastly, I never go anywhere without lipstick. It makes you look fresh and alive with very little effort.
Mariam Rod shares her hair secrets, disasters and plans for her 70s
What was your biggest hair faux pas?
I tried to go platinum blonde once and it didn't go too well. It looked like my head was on fire. I actually went to a salon and they told me I would have to come multiple times to achieve the right color, but I insisted they do it in one go.
What's your ultimate hair secret?
I would actually say not to wash it too much. You need natural oils to nourish your hair and washing just strips them out, so I use dry shampoo to extend the time between washes. I try to only wash my hair every 5-7 days.
What hairstyle will you wear when you're 70?
Usually, as people get older, their hair gets shorter, but I want to have really long white hair, down to my lower back. That would be so cool.
Mariam Rod, a confident Leo and member of the Beyhive
If you could be someone else for a day, whose life would you want to live?
[Thinks a long time, then shouts:] Beyoncé! Obviously! Come on now, why would I even have to think about that.
What do you like most about yourself and what's your ultimate confidence booster?
I guess I'm quite lucky in that sense. Both of my parents are athletes, so I don't really have to put in that much effort to stay slim. My favorite part of my body is probably my stomach. But at the end of the day, it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin. It doesn't matter if you're size 16 or size 6. Confidence is everything when it comes to body image. The way you walk, the way you hold your head high, all make such a difference.
Which hairstyle is 100% you?
I'd say anything with volume. It can be straight, it can be curly, as long as it has a lot of 'oomph' at the crown. I'm a Leo and we like to wear our mane, like a lion. I really identify with my star sign. I feel like such a Leo.
Mariam Rod's style and lifestyle faves
Heels or flats?
Selfie or photo studio?
I would say neither. I like pictures taken outdoors, in nature, with natural lighting, by a professional photographer. That has changed over the years. If you had asked me maybe two years ago, I would have definitely said selfies. I guess when your confidence goes up and you know how to work the camera, you enjoy professional photoshoots more. In the beginning, I liked taking selfies more, because I knew my best angles and if I didn't like a photo, I could delete it.
Beach or city?
Definitely beach and heat. I've thought about moving to London, but I hate the cold. I love blue skies, the beach and water.
Are you a typical Dubai fashionista?
I'm not your typical anything. I sort of mixed everything to create what I am today. If I go to Iran, I'm very Australian, in Australia I'm very Iranian, in Dubai nobody knows what I am. We have such a diverse range of cultures in one place, so you can just be whatever you want to be.