Balayage in Sydney… and everywhere else

As a stylist you see a lot of fashions come and go. Louise and I where talking about the up coming training sessions we have for our Parramatta and Carlingford salons. Damien Rayner one of Sydney’s top colourists will again be doing some creative colour training with all our team. So Louise and I where discussing the influence that Balayage has had on our industry and whether we thought the trend was ever going to go out of fashion.


March 21, 2016 0 comment
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Have You Tried Olaplex Yet?

I was going to do a post on the hair at the Oscars but the hair, like last year, was so un-inspirational I thought I would give it a miss. The majority of the celebrities looked like they were just going out to dinner on a Saturday night with friends. For such a massive Hollywood function the hair generally was very disappointing.

Instead I would like to do a post on the hottest hair product on the market at the moment, this would have to be Olaplex. I did a couple of posts on this product last year (which you can read here and here), and just had to do another one to share with you what an awesome product this is.

March 15, 2016 0 comment
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The Dangers of DIY Hairdressing

Having a chat with some of the team at Hair by Phd and discussing how many colour corrections (fix ups) we have been doing in the salon lately. The amount of people that continue to do DIY hairdressing is nuts. Yes it’s cheap, that’s about the only real advantage. Some of you who whack a colour on at home might disagree with me, that’s ok. What I’m really talking about are the people who try to do more technically advanced colouring like bleaching hair and more complicated highlighting (DIY Balayage), is where the trouble starts.

Is it worth the saving you would make when you could potentially do some real damage not only to your hair but your skin as well? Some of the chemicals used to colour hair, if not used properly can lead damage to your hair and to serious injury to your skin. Sadly there are hairdressers out there that are not properly trained who do damage to their clients hair and skin.

At Hair by Phd we are constantly looking at all the best techniques and options to offer to our clients. We work with some of Australia’s best colourists; use the best products to offer our clients the best colour experience possible.

He is an example of a colour correction we did recently. Candice was recommended to our salon to help solve her blues. Please do not try this sort of colouring at home, this was done by trained professionals and took approximately 6 hours to complete. The result speaks for itself.

Beautiful Blonde

Beautiful Blonde




Before our makover

Before our makover

Candice had blonde hair prior to going blue. After putting blue in her hair, she decided blue wasn’t her thing. Using an Olaplex treatment before and after the colour service we where able to strip the blue and achieve a gorgeous blonde while actually improving the condition of her hair.

If you have any colour requests or colour corrections you would like to have a chat about, pop in and see one of our stylists. We would love to look after you.

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Sarkis the Hairstylist

February 10, 2016 0 comment
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People are constantly having a whinge about Gen Y’s and in a lot of case their whinging is justified. But you know what, which generation didn’t have it’s own issues. I sometimes think that people don’t have anything better to do but to whinge. If they spent that energy on doing something productive they would be amazed what they could achieve.

November 6, 2015 0 comment
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Olaplex – Beware of Imitations
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A beautiful soft peachy pink, possible thanks to Olaplex.

As I mentioned in my August post What is Olaplex? Every now and then a product comes on the market that has a massive impact on the Hair industry. When this happens everyone wants to get on the bandwagon and get a piece of the action.

This is where imitations come into the game. Now I’m not saying that any of these imitations are no good, they can actually be just as good if not better. There are however the ones that say their product can do what the original can do but doesn’t live up to that promise.

October 2, 2015 1 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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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.


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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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Celebrity Hair Transformations 2015


On Sunday night I was celebrating my wife Briony’s birthday with all her family. My sister in-law Jane turned around to me and said how awesome her hair felt after having that new treatment in her hair last week. Jane had come in to have her highlights done the week before and I spoke to her about the Olaplex treatment. She likes to wear her hair quite light and can suffer from a little dryness and breakage.

August 20, 2015 0 comment
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Every now and then there comes a product in the hairdressing industry that really changes the industry and the way we do things as hairdressers dramatically. Some that come to mind are GHD irons, and Keratin Smoothing Treatments.

The next big thing in the hairdressing industry I think is going to be Olaplex. What is Olaplex I hear you ask? Olaplex is an additive we can put into our colour formulations or treat your hair with that allow us as hairdressers to stretch the boundaries in colouring hair. It basically allows us to colour hair as an example from very dark to very light without damaging the hair.

August 13, 2015 3 comments
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