Mother’s Day at Hair by Phd 2019

Mothers come in all shapes and sizes, not a one size fits all. Mothers are unique, one of kind individuals that all share one thing, love. When we think of Mothers Day, we at Hair by Phd want to celebrate all that it is to be a mother. The bond between mother and child is unique. Yes they all aren’t perfect, but there is always a certain level of emotive connection when we talk about mother – whether its good, bad or indifferent.

In Australia, there are over 6 millions mums and countless more mother figures that we celebrate on this special day. Mums are amazing aren’t they? Who else would do your washing, cook you that favourite meal, be the shoulder that you can cry on, pick you up when you are down and still fuss over you long after you have left home, living on your own, or even having become a parent yourself. I can’t but think how much Mothers give up for that title – they give up their  figure, their waistline, their sleep, their space, their peace and quiet. Bottom line is they’d even give their lives.

In our Phd team, we have babies being born everywhere. I’m sure that I will need to get the water going to our salons tested! Sarah from our Parramatta salon recently became a mum, welcoming her beautiful baby boy in February (pictured below right), while Hope from Parramatta is due in May and our Director from the Carlingford salon, Rebecca, is due in September.

To celebrate all the Mums in our lives, here’s the Hair By Phd Mothers Day Offer.


Hair By Phd Special Mothers Day Offer

Schwarzkopf Professional has just launched a new range of specialised hair treatments called Fibre Clinix that transforms your hair from dull to amazing!

What you get in this offer is

A personalised treatment prescribed for your hair with a soothing head massage Valued at $25.00

Schwarzkopf BC prescribed Shampoo and Conditioner to take home Valued at $57.90

Total Value $82.90 – Mother’s Day Offer Price $59.95. You save $22.95

 This is a great gift for all those Mums in our lives or just spoil yourself!

These are available as a gift voucher to give to Mum on Mother’s Day.

Offer ends Saturday 11 May 2019.

We also have many other great gift Ideas –

Any of these can be purchased at our online store.

In the week leading up to Mother’s Day the bubbly will be flowing at all our salons with a small gift for all our Mums.

Be in the draw to win a bottle of Moet French Champagne! Post a picture of you and your Mum on Instagram or Facebook

Use the hash tag #hairbyphdmums and tag @hair_by_phd and the best hairstyle photo as judged by our team will win the bottle of Moet!

Finally, from all of us here at Hair by Phd have a Happy Mother’s Day celebrating all the Mums in your life.




April 24, 2019 0 comment
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Christmas at Hair by Phd 2018

Yep! It’s that time of the year again; Briony and I were watching a program last night on Christmas in England. It was about some celebrities and their take on an English Christmas. They are a funny lot the English I tell you. We had a good laugh and then Briony said that Christmas is a very stressful time of year. It does seem crazy that we all go nuts for this one day.

For some it’s about the religious aspect, others about the presents and some just enjoy the parties. For me it’s catching up with family and friends and just taking time out, eating good food and sharing great wines.

Whatever Christmas means to you, looking and feeling great about you is where Hair by Phd comes in. We have some great Christmas packages and gift ideas this Christmas. Whether it’s about spoiling yourself or spoiling someone you love a Hair by Phd Christmas package is a great way to go. Giving the gift of beautiful hair is what we do best.

Check out the packages below or chat to your Hair by Phd stylist about what will work for you. I must say the giving part of Christmas is the one I love most. Let Hair by Phd take a little of the stress away this Christmas.


Add on to any full colour service package

Schwarzkopf BC Take home Shampoo, Conditioner and Treatment/leave-in. Value $83.85

Schwarzkopf BC prescription treatment with soothing head massage. Value $35

$10 Gift voucher to use on your next visit. Value $10

Total Value. $128.85

Christmas Price: $55.90

You save $72.95



Add on to any full colour service package

Kerastase Take home Bain, Lait and leave-in Thermique. Valued at $134

Kerastase prescription Ritual with soothing head massage. Valued at $45

$10 Gift voucher to use on your next visit. Valued at $10

Total Value. $189

Christmas Price: $134

You save $55



Add on to any full colour service package

Kerastase Take home Bain, Masque and leave-in Thermique. Value $148

Kerastase prescription Ritual with soothing head massage. Value $45

$10 Gift voucher to use on your next visit. Value $10

Total Value: $203

Christmas Price: $148

You save $55


Add on to any full colour service package

Kerastase Take home Bain, Masque and Candle Value $149.95

Kerastase prescription Ritual with soothing head massage. Value $45

$10 Gift voucher to use on your next visit. Value $10

Second service in two weeks, A Chronologist Caviar Exfoliating Treatment and Blow-dry. Value $141.50

Total Value: $346.45

Christmas Price: $291.45

You save $55

*For this Christmas, we are offering an Add-on Package to any full price colour service. No senior’s discount applies to any of these packages.

November 14, 2018 0 comment
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Cloud Nine Styling Irons Training

Last week the team at Hair by Phd Parramatta and Carlingford underwent some styling training with the amazing Teneile Robinson. Teneile is the Creative Director for Cloud Nine Australia and this is the third time we have been lucky enough to have her do a training session with our team.

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May 18, 2016 0 comment
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Schools Out – Formal Season 2015

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.Screen shot 2015-09-07 at 9.20.10 PM

It’s nearly party time where the boys and girls get dolled up and enjoy their end of school celebrations. Formal season is big news in the hair and makeup industry, and its a chance for us all to contribute to the celebrations of our graduating students.

September 17, 2015 1 comment
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Often you read about all the top hair salons in Sydney being exclusively in the City and surrounding suburbs. A lot of the time this is true, however even if I do say so myself, our staff at Hair by Phd do our best to provide an excellent standard in hairdressing for all our clients. A standard that rivals the city salons.

May 19, 2015 1 comment
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“I love my mummy because she reads to me and lies down next to me. She is also a very good coach and is very kind.”

This is the answer I got from my six year old Sam when I asked him what he loves about mummy. Charlie his twin brother says that

“She is good at netball; she is kind to me and very loving.”

What does your Mum mean to you?

Every year at this time of the year we are reminded about what our mums mean to us. I would have to say that mums play a massive roll in all our lives. They should be rewarded everyday as I wrote in my post last year. Should everyday be Mother’s Day? You can read that post by clicking here.

Let’s celebrate our mums this Mother’s Day and make a real fuss over them. At Hair by Phd we are going to do exactly that. The sparkling wine will be flowing for the whole week leading up to Mother’s Day and thanks to the girls at Nailtech Training and Supplies we will be giving everyone in the salon a complimentary soothing hand massage and/or manicure.

You can also spoil mum with the gift of beautiful hair. That’s right our famous Mother’s Day Gift Vouchers are on offer again!


Here’s how it works,

  • Buy a $100 voucher and get a $50 voucher for FREE
  • Buy a $150 voucher and get a $75 voucher for FREE
  • Buy a $200 voucher and get a $100 voucher for FREE

The vouchers can be used on any full priced hairdressing services at Hair by Phd and the free vouchers are valid until 4 July 2015.

So if you want to really spoil mum this Mother’s Day or maybe just spoil yourself grab one of our gift vouchers. You can call into the salon, phone or email us to organise yours.

Be quick, as we will only have 47 vouchers available with this offer!

Parramatta Salon: (02) 9635 4721

Email: info@hairbyphd.com.au

Carlingford Salon: (02) 9872 7222

Email: carligford@hairbyphd.com.au

Can’t get to us in time? We will post the vouchers out to you FREE!

The team are really looking forward to spoiling all our beautiful mums this Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the beautiful mums out there!


Sarkis the Hairstylist

P.S. I hope you enjoyed my ‘Champion Mums of Today” post last week. The feedback and comments are very much appreciated. I think I accumulated a few brownie points with that post. I saw Briony crying when she was reading it. If you missed out on it you can read it by clicking here.

May 3, 2015 0 comment
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Champion Mums of Today

This time last year approaching Mother’s Day I wrote about our wonderful mums over 50 and the wonderful influence they have over us. You can read that post again, just click here.


I would love to share with you the story of one of the most amazing mums in my life. That’s my wife Briony. Briony is definitely a new age mum. When I first met her she had just made the squad for the Sydney Swifts Netball team, now known as the NSW Swifts. She was an amazing netballer and very committed and passionate about the sport. She had a very successful career with the Swifts winning two National titles in the five years she played with them.

April 25, 2015 1 comment
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So this is Christmas…

HPHD-CHRISTMAS So this is Christmas. The time of year when we get together with our loved ones. Good times, good food and the gift of giving.

On behalf of the team at Hair by Phd I would like to take the time to say a special thank you to all our clients for your support over the past year. It has been and will continue to be a pleasure to serve you all. You are what make our days worthwhile and we enjoy every part of what we do because of you.

As a special thank you we have an amazing Christmas Gift Voucher Offer for you to spoil someone you love, introduce someone to our salon or for that matter just spoil yourself.

Click HERE to view our newsletter, to see how you can get up to a $100 gift voucher FREE, when you purchase a Hair by Phd Gift voucher this Christmas.

Be quick these are very limited.

Hope you all have a safe Christmas and may 2015 bring you good health and happiness.


Sarkis The Hairstylist

December 19, 2014 0 comment
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Often I get asked by a client who is moving out of town, “how am I going to find a new hairdresser?” People both male and female can become very attached to their stylist and the thought of trying to find a new one can be very daunting. Below are my 5 tips on how to find a new stylist.

1. Ask a stranger or friend whose hair you admire. There is nothing more flattering than telling someone how much you like their hair. When my clients tell me that they have received many compliments on their hair, their face lights up. Don’t be shy to ask; generally if you like what they are wearing the chances are their stylist could be the one for you. This is always the first tip I give my clients. Recommendations from people you know work well too.

2. Make an appointment for a Shampoo and Blow-dry first. When you have made a decision to try a new salon I would call the salon and make an appointment to have a blow-dry or just a consultation with a stylist of your choice. This will give you an opportunity to meet your potential future stylist and check out the salon. Take particular note of the phone call and how professionally you are treated during the call. Research* shows that females take around 10 seconds to make their mind up whether they like someone on meeting them, I have seen this in action and it is fun to watch. Go with your gut and first impression. This visit will make or break your future stylist.

3. Presentation of the hairdresser. ‘You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.’ This phrase is used a lot in the hairdressing world. If the hairdresser that is about to look after you is presented badly and has bad hair….. RUN! Chances are if he or she is to lazy to make an effort to present well, then the chance of making you look good I would say is very slim. ‘What you wear is what you sell!’

4. The Consultation. Does the stylist take an interest in you and your hair? To me this is the one area we at Hair by Phd work very hard on when we train our stylists. The key to any good communication is listening. The hairdresser should get as much info about you as possible; your past experiences, personality, likes, dislikes, time you allocate styling your hair daily, products you use and products your stylist is going to use on you, face shape, colour tone of your skin, body shape, current style and potential style. When the hairdresser discusses your hairstyle or colour ask to see pictures. I find a picture alleviates confusion and allows me to have a visual of what the client is looking for. Short hair to me might mean a cropped style; to my client it might mean a shoulder length bob. Pictures are a great tool.

5. The Salon. Cleanliness is a must see. Check to see if you are going to be seated on a hairy chair and work station. People don’t like other people’s dirt. Look for hairy brushes, dirty basin areas and the general organisation of the salon. A switched on salon will have all this under control. Have a look to see if they have a website and how up to date and professional it looks. The way you are greeted and treated from the time you walk in to the time you leave. The head massage, this is an area we focus on heavily with our shampoo experts, because we know how much most clients enjoy this part of the service. What products do they use? Are they quality reputable brands or cheap bulk stuff? See if they have any reference to regular training on their website or newsletter? A salon that trains regularly will generally keep you excited with the latest and greatest in hair.

6. An Impressive send off. Are you invited back? Does your stylist recommend how long between visits and offer to make you a follow up appointment. Even if you do not make an appointment it shows that the stylist genuinely cares about having you as a client. If you are not happy with your hair, don’t be hesitant about asking your stylist to make any adjustments with your hair. How they handle this situation will go a long way to helping you make your mind up about him/her. I know as an owner of a salon and a stylist I would rather try to fix any issue a client had rather than them not saying anything or worse, not coming back at all.

“So how do you find a new Hair Salon/Stylist? Well leave some comments on what you think about this post and let me know if you would like to hear more. I’ll reply with a post answering your question.”

Hope this helps!

Check out the Hair by Phd website on www.hairbyphd.com.au

Sarkis Akle.

*Reference- How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds Or Less! By Nicolas Boothman. (A Great Read)


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January 10, 2012 3 comments
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