Hair Tips

How do I maintain my Hair Colour after leaving the salon?

Having your hair coloured in the salon is in most cases a great experience. Walking out with a great new look, feeling like you are ready to take on the world. As hairdressers, we love making our clients feel like this. After investing the time and money into your beautiful hair, you want to make sure you look after your investment over the next few weeks. In this post, I will go over some suggestions on how to do this successfully.


Whether you have had just had your hair highlighted or have had an amazing new colour put through, you want this to last. The best way to maintain your colour is through a structured regime with quality products.

The first thing to consider is the condition of your hair. Simply put, the better the condition of your hair the longer your hair colour will last. The best way to make sure your hair is in the optimum condition is through in-salon treatments. You would have read my posts on the Olaplex treatment in the past and this product has really revolutionised the in-salon treatment. The ability for this treatment to repair pretty much any damaged hair is amazing. Olaplex can be used as a treatment prior, during and after your colour service. I would also recommend a visit to your stylist in between colour services for a stand-alone Olaplex treatment, especially if you have your hair highlighted. With all our Olaplex services you will receive a take-home Olaplex No 3 treatment valued at $49.95.


We also have a great range of Kerastase and Schwarzkopf treatments, which are personalised for your hair type. This is a great way to leave your hair looking and feeling amazing and to have that post-salon feeling all the time.


When it comes to using home hair-care products, your stylist is the best person to speak to. Choosing the correct product for your hair type is essential to get the best results. Below is a list of products that can help you maintain the best tone in your colour.

Schwarzkopf Igora Expert Mousse

This is an easy-to-use colour mousse, which not only tones your hair but also leaves it feeling moisturised. It has built-in conditioning agents that allow you to use it once a week as a colour refresher, toner and treatment. Schwarzkopf Igora Expert Mousse comes in a range of shades for toning and colour refreshing so that your home hair-care is suited specifically to your colour and style.



Schwarzkopf BC Silver Shampoo

This is a sulphate-free silver shampoo that is very gentle on the hair and with regular use keeps your highlighted hair looking true to tone. With all the elements our hair is exposed to, like the sun, chlorinated water and other hair products, your hair can change tone very easily. Using Schwarzkopf BC Silver Shampoo keeps highlighted hair looking fantastic and keeps those pesky yellow or brassy tones from coming back into your beautiful blonde. It is also great for naturally white or light hair that can have a tendency to throw that unwanted yellow tone.



Schwarzkopf Blonde Me Range

The Schwarzkopf Blonde Me Range is formulated purely for blondes. It includes a comprehensive range of products that care for your blonde hair at home, including a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in moisturiser spray and treatment, all with cool or warm tonal additives in them. Bonus, the entire range is sulphate free, which is good for your health and good for your hair. If you have highlighted hair or are naturally blonde, this is range is a must for you.



Kerastase Reflection Chromatique Range

The Kerastase Chromatique Range is specifically for coloured hair. The formulation protects the hair from the sun with its UV protectant and other external elements like copper, calcium and chlorine that are found in our water. It leaves coloured hair with amazing shine and really protects the hair from colour fade. The Kerastase Reflection Chomatique Range includes products to suit both thick and thin hair also with colour additives to keep your colour looking fresh and bright, with that salon-fresh tone we know you love.


With any of the products or product ranges mentioned above, please make sure you consult your expertly trained stylist at Hair by Phd when choosing which to purchase. It is very important that we prescribe the right product for you and your hair specifically, so you can continue to have amazing hair after leaving the salon.


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April 3, 2018 0 comment
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My Five Tips For Healthy Hair This Summer

The holidays are over! How many of you feel like you haven’t even been on one. Back to routine like the holidays never even happened. I remember prior to having children and before our kids went to school, we always took our holidays in February. No crowds, great weather and half the price. They were good times and maybe some of you are in a position to be on holidays now. It’s a great position to be in. I loved being in Sydney in January, good weather, no traffic and lots to do. Sydney is a great place when it’s not packed to the rafters.

Summer holidays can take its toll on the condition of your hair. The sun, salt or chlorinated water can have very harsh effects on your hair. Your hair can become de-hydrated; the effects of the sun can strip your colour away and make it very brittle. It is very important to take good care of your hair during summer and below is my five tips to keeping your hair looking and feeling great.

  1. Visit your stylist!

    After being away in the sun and the surf the best thing you can do is get your hair trimmed. A good trim will help seal those split ends and bring some life back to hair. While you are there ask your stylist about an intensive moisture treatment to really rehydrate your hair. At Hair by Phd we have some great options when it comes to rehydration with either our Schwarzkopf and Kerastase ranges.

  2. Cover Up!

    Like your skin your hair will benefit from less exposure to the sun and the elements. A hat, scarf or if you do a lot of swimming in a pool a swim cap are the way to go.

  3. Home Hair Care Products!

    A quality Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment and leave-in moisturiser is a must. Ask your stylist about what they can recommend for your hair type. At Hair by Phd we can even literally put your hair and scalp under a microscope and give you the best products from our Kerastase range that will re-vitalise your hair personalised just for you.

  4. Keep using hot tools to a minimum!

    I know this is hard to go without your styling tools, but it a great time of year to let your hair hang free. Apply a good moisturiser by softly scrunching it into your hair to give that loose beachy look. You can also tie it up into a loose updo. In summer your hair takes a lot less time to dry and you can use this to your advantage.

  5. Wash your hair straight after being in the surf!

    Using your quality products the regime should be shampoo, condition and treat. Do this as soon as you can after exposing your hair to the elements. If you can’t do a treatment straight away, your leave-in moisturiser is a must.


So whether you’re on holidays enjoying the sun and the surf up or down our beautiful coastline or in Sydney enjoying the pool and our wonderful beaches care for your hair. I hope the tips above are helpful. If you have any questions ask your Hair by Phd stylist for advice.

2018 is a big year for Hair by Phd, in September we turn 50 years young. Watch out for the celebrations.

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February 5, 2018 0 comment
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A Mother’s Love is one that does not stop giving

My mum once told me that you don’t start growing old until you lose your mum. I am very blessed to still have my mum and could never imagine life without her.  I saw an interview with Kelly Rowland on 60 Minutes on the weekend, she spoke about losing her mum recently and the devastating effect it had on her. A bond between mother and child is definitely like no other.

May 3, 2017 0 comment
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Autumn is a great time for a Hair Change!

After a long hot summer it’s been a nice change to get some cooler weather. I drove down to Thredbo over the Easter break and for those of you who have never been to the snowy’s in winter or any other time of the year it is a must do.

April 26, 2017 0 comment
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Schools Out – Why choosing a career in hairdressing might be for you!

It’s nearly that time of the year again. Most year 12 students have had their trials and I would say the stress of the HSC is firmly on the shoulders of all students and parents.

I wrote an article last year on the joys of being a hairdresser, talking about how it is not that bad to be doing a trade like hairdressing. So many trades’ people go on to start their own businesses and do very well in life. Hairdressing has been very good to me in more ways than one. It is an extremely rewarding profession that allows you to be creative, meet loads of wonderful people and really make a great difference to people’s lives’.

Some of our team meeting the ever wonderful Gai Waterhouse last week!

Some of our team meeting the ever wonderful Gai Waterhouse last week!















I had one of those experiences last week when a gentlemen named Colin had been coming to the salon for over 40 years, he was won of my dad’s first clients in Parramatta. Colin is well into his 90’s now and it has become very hard for him to drive to Parramatta to get his haircut. I was cutting Colin’s hair and he became very emotional and proceeded to tell me that this will be his last visit to the salon. He mentioned that it’s more than just coming to get his haircut that it is visiting friends. “Your dad has been very good to me and my wife for many years. I consider him one of my closet friends.” He said very emotionally. Moments like these make what we do worthwhile and the beauty of our job is that we get instant gratification from our work. We can really make a positive difference to people’s lives.

I had a young lady who came in for a job interview recently. She was applying for a first year apprentice role. She was a bright, intelligent girl and was studying Psychology at university. She mentioned to me that she didn’t mind uni but wasn’t really happy and that she wanted to do what made her really happy. I asked her why she didn’t do hairdressing straight out of school? She replied that her careers advisor told her not too. Hairdressing was too hard and it was a go nowhere job. I must say I was taken back. I get very frustrated with this sort of advice. To try and stop someone from doing what they love is so wrong.


One of our apprentices getting some training from Damien Rayner

















I get that as parents we want our kids to do well in life and not have to struggle, but some kids are just not cut out for uni. So often you see kids go to uni because it is expected of them and end up dropping out leaving them in limbo. Wouldn’t it be better if they were doing something they actually enjoy and are passionate about?

We spend a lot of our waking hours at work, and for a very long time, so why not encourage our children to do what they love and really want to do. We are loosing potentially very good trades people through the system of educating them the wrong way. So I believe if your child wants to do a trade let them go for it. Trades are really want make the country tick.

(Don’t get me wrong there are also a lot of kids out there who should go to uni. The ones that really want to should be encouraged; I just believe it’s not for everyone).

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Sarkis The Hairstylist


September 9, 2015 3 comments
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The Truth About Cures for Hair Loss

I am going to use the word cure here very cautiously here. If there was a cure for hair loss, believe me we would all know about it.

There are a lot of scams out there when it comes to selling hair loss cures. I get asked a lot about thinning hair especially from male clients and the scammers out there prey on peoples vanity.

scalp showing hair loss

April 13, 2015 0 comment
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Image Sourced from Wikipedia Commons

Image Sourced from Wikipedia Commons

One of the best things about living in Australia is our summer. We are blessed with beautiful beaches, parks and bushlands to explore. We are known for our outdoor lifestyle and envied by a lot of people around the world.

Yesterday I spent the day with my family and friends at the beautiful Clovelly Beach. People watching is a very interesting past time and in my case I always find myself looking at hair styles and all the interesting looks people wear, even at the beach. We truly live in an eclectic society, which makes for very interesting people watching and I believe makes Sydney a fantastic place to live in.

Summer does have its drawbacks, mainly on our skin and hair. We all have heard the continuous message of slip, slop, slap for protecting your skin. Although not life threatening, your hair needs to be protected as well. To maintain your beautiful locks you should think about what you do to protect it from the harsh rays of the sun and the elements like salt water, chlorine and wind.

These days there are lots of products on the market to help you do this. Below are my tips on how you can look after your hair in the summer.

  1. Cover up. Like your skin prevention is the best cure. Hats, hats, and more hats.
  2. Hair again is like your skin and tends to dry out when there is a lack of moisture. In-salon conditioning treatments are the best way to replace moisture for dehydrated hair. We have a range of these treatments at Hair by Phd to suit all hair types. We also give you a soothing head massage just for good measure.Screen Shot 2015-01-19 at 4.01.18 pm
  3. Sunscreen for your hair. By far in my opinion the best hair care range when it comes to UV protection for your hair is Soleil by Kerastase. Aqua Seal is the signature product in the range. This works exactly like a sunscreen and also protects your hair from chlorine and other elements, which may damage your hair. It also protects your colour from fading. Used in conjunction with the shampoo and masque you have your total summer hair care solution. All these products have built in UV filters for your ultimate protection. Ask your stylist next time you are at Hair by Phd to show you this fab range of sun care products.
  4. Regular Salon Visits. Having your hair trimmed regularly is one of the best ways to keep your hair in good shape. This stops your hair from splitting, keeping your hair looking fab. It also allows your stylist to monitor the condition of your hair and recommend the right care.

Enjoy the great Aussie summer and I hope these tips will be helpful in caring for your hair. If you have any questions regarding the above or any other issue you might have with your hair, call into Hair by Phd and let one of our highly trained experts look after you.

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If you have any great ideas for looking after your hair this summer, leave a comment below. We would love to hear from you!


Sarkis the Hairstylist.

P.S. Starting the week of the 1st of March Hair by Phd will have a change of trading hours. We will now be opening Tuesday to Saturday. The new trading hours are listed below. The reason for this is so when you do come into our salon we are all on board to be able to service you better. This will also allow our team to have 2 days off in a row. We are always looking at ways to service our clients better. Any feedback you would like to give us is always welcome. You send your feedback directly to me on

Trading Hours as of 1 March 2015

  • Sunday – Monday Closed
  • Tuesday – 9am to 5.30pm
  • Wednesday – 9am to 8pm
  • Thursday – 8.30am to 9pm
  • Friday – 8.30am to 5.30pm
  • Saturday – 8am to 4pm

Hair by Phd always at your Service!

January 20, 2015 1 comment
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Secret Tips and Tricks For the Best Looking Curly Hair
Beautiful Natural Curls

Beautiful Natural Curls

Is curly hair in fashion? You bet it is. It’s not like the good old days where we were winding perms all day and the bigger the hair the better. Curly hair can look amazing and the curly hair looks of today are very versatile and wide ranging; from the fro to beautiful soft sexy curls.

In this post I will share with you some trade secrets about how to get your curly hair looking fab. Using the right products, styling tools and techniques on how to dry naturally curly hair to get the best result possible.

Naturally curly hair is normally naturally dry and lacking moisture. People with curly hair always struggle with frizz and hair dehydration. Using the right hair care products are important to maintain and style curly hair. Below are my tips and tricks for fabulous curly hair.

Curls that are very much in fashion today. Created with a styling iron.

Curls that are very much in fashion today. Created with a styling iron.

Secret Tips and Tricks

  1. Never ever put a brush or comb near dry curly hair. (Afros excluded here) This is a sure way to create frizz. However you should give your hair a good brush just prior to shampooing your hair to distribute the natural oils through the hair this will also make your hair easier to detangle when conditioning.
  2. Moisturise. As I said earlier most naturally curly hair is also naturally dry. It is very important to use good quality leave in moisturisers in your hair. This will hydrate your hair, control frizz and leave your curls looking more defined. Kerastase make a great product Oleo-Curl Crème. It nourishes, protects and defines the hair. Also Elixir Ultime by Kerastase is a great leave in oil. It is made up of four essential oils that leaves your hair feeling supple and promotes shine.
  3. Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s hard to go past the Kerastase Oleo Curl shampoo and masque (conditioner). It is designed for curly hair to nourish and soften. It smells awesome too. There are lots of curly hair products on the market just make sure you are using something that is going to add moisture. Remember to detangle your hair in the shower with conditioner in your hair.
  4. Styling curly hair can be frustrating if you are not getting the results you crave. Here are some tips for styling. 1. Hands off- try not to touch your hair when you are styling it. This will only promote the frizz. 2. Towel dry gently, using a micro fibre towel. Micro fibre towels create less friction which leads to less frizz. Do not dry heavily just dry your hair so it is not dripping.  3. If by the time you get to styling your hair it has dried off in areas, wet the hair again with a water spray. It is important that the hair is wet evenly. 4. Apply moisturiser and styling product to damp hair. The best curly hair product I have used is Osis Curl Me Soft. It defines the curl without being crunchie. Nothing worse than having crunchie 80’s frizz. ‘Gee we used to go through some mousse and hairspray in those days.’ 5. Use a diffuser to dry your hair. Think heat rather than air when drying curly hair. For more body tip your head upside down to dry. Again try not to touch your hair, let the natural curls take shape.
  5. There are all sorts of styling tools available to create curls; you can use a wand to define your curls after drying your hair or to create different shaped curls. Cloud 9 make a great range of styling irons. If you would like to have a test drive of a styling iron, Hair by Phd is having ‘A Girls Night Out’ where the team from Cloud 9 and Hair by Phd will be demonstrating all the Cloud 9 irons. Click here for more details on A Girls Night Out.
  6. Have regular trims. It is important that your hair is cut into shape. The correct shape will give you a style that will last.
  7. The dirtier your curly hair is the better it will sit. It sounds gross but it is true ask anyone with naturally curly hair? Depending on your lifestyle washing your hair 1-2 times a week is sufficient. Your curls will be more defined the longer you leave it.
Short Curly Hair Styled With Irons

Short Curly Hair Styled With Irons

Hope this has helped you with managing your curls. If you would like anymore info about the above please call in to the salon and talk to one of our stylists. They would love to help. If you have any great curly hair tips please feel free to post a comment below. Love to hear from you.

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July 15, 2014 1 comment
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