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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.

SCHWARZKOPF BC ADD-ON

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

 

KERASTASE LAIT ADD-ON

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

 

KERASTASE MASQUE ADD-ON

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

KERASTASE CHRONOLOGIST ADD-ON

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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50 Years of Hair by Phd

Pictured above Dad with John Harris (left) his longest serving client from Strathfield 1965 and Lance Harkus (right) one of dads first clients in Parramatta 1968

I have a story to share about a young migrant who came to Australia in 1960 from his home country of Lebanon. I have  heard this story countless times in my life and as much as I have heard it before and rolled my eyes when my father starts again, it truly is a story I am very proud of. Read on to see how Hair by Phd started and how it has grown to be a family business that really has contributed to this great country of ours.

I’m sure there are many success stories like this out there; unfortunately, I don’t think they get told enough, we tend to only focus on the bad ones.

Peter was a 20-year-old young man in 1960 when he chose to come to Australia for a better life. His knowledge of the English language was not great; he borrowed the money to make the 3-week journey by sea. He chose Australia because his older brother had met an Australian soldier in Lebanon who had brought him to this beautiful country. Peter came from a family of eleven children, they were poor and life was tough. He was lucky enough to have an uncle who trained him to be a barber. Back in those days, you would have to pay someone to teach you the trade until you could start earning money for the business. His uncle did this for free.

So Peter packed his bags and embarked on a three-week boat journey to join his brother in the land of opportunity. All he had was his bag, scissors, comb and a debt for his ticket over here.

Peter 1968

Not long after landing, Peter got a job working as a barber in Sydney’s CBD. He applied his trade and learnt to speak the language. He did this for around five years and through hard work and endless hours travelling around to friend’s places to cut their hair and play cards on the weekends, he paid his debt and saved enough money to open a small barbershop in Strathfield. It was now 1965 and this is where Peter’s Salon started.

Peter’s Salon 1968

In 1968 he was forced to close Strathfield because the lease was up and on the 2 September 1968 he opened a salon in Phillip St, Parramatta. He had to borrow money from the bank for this one and as a token of his appreciation to the bank manager who lent him the money, he was the first client in Phillip St, and yes it was a freebie! (Building customer relations from day one). 1968 was a massive year for Peter, he got married to Georgette in January and they were expecting their first born in November.

Peter’s brother Tony (Tannous) 1968

The salon soon grew to three team members and in 1970 Peter employed his first apprentice, Greg Bartley. 1970 was a special year for my parents, I was born and they haven’t looked back since LOL! Greg was with Peter for many years and has since gone on to be a very successful salon owner in his own right. He and I have become great friends and share a lot in common, including drinking too much red wine.

Tony Cass in the 70’s went on to buy Peter’s Wentworthville salon and be a very successful salon owner. Still a very dear friend to our family

The early 70’s became very tough for the barbering business, as fashions changed, inspired mainly by The Beatles. Men started growing their hair longer and getting their hair cut less often and this really hurt business for Peter. Trying to work out what to do next before he went broke was tough, so he decided to employ a ladies hairdresser. This made Peter’s Salon, Peter’s Unisex Salon – one of the first unisex salons in Parramatta.

Last day of Peter’s Unisex Salon, before we changed the name to Peter’s Hair Designers. Peter having his cut by Greg Bartley 1986

 

By the late 70’s, early 80’s, Peter had 3 salons – Parramatta, Bankstown and Wentworthville. Peter had created all this from hard work, the help of great people and an awesome wife. Georgette, although not actually working in the salons, was at home bringing up four children on her own, as well as being a major support for Peter.

1986 Peter’s Hair Designers is double the size and ready for business.

Don’t you love the 80’s. Peter’s Hair Designers in the late 80’s.

I joined the team fulltime in 1985 and in 1986 we doubled the size of the Parramatta salon and business was booming. Peter’s Unisex Salons changed its name to Peter’s Hair Designer’s and the new era started. My first venture into salon ownership was in 1990 when Peter and I opened Peter’s Hair Designer’s in Hurstville. I ran that for seven years and 1997 I decided it was time to spread my wings, closed the salon and went overseas for a few months.

Upon my return in 1998, Louise my sister had started her apprenticeship and was making a mark in the industry. A truly talented hairdresser, the salon grew to new heights. In the early 2000’s we refitted the Parramatta salon and changed the name to what it’s known as today – Hair by Phd.

Back in my younger days in the late 80’s with dad

Dad and my sister Louise mid 2000’s

Currently, we have 3 salons – Parramatta, who I partner with my sister Louise, Carlingford and Camden, who I partner with Bec and Lemai respectively. Both Bec and Lemai worked at our Parramatta salon for many years. I am taking the approach of growing Hair by Phd with our people and so far this approach is working well.

Mum and dad with the Parramatta Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson who came to the salon to congratulate Peter on 50 Years

People are what our business is all about, the love for the industry, our team and our clients.  This is a lesson I learned early on from Peter – he would refer to his clients as friends and his team like family. He has trained hundreds of stylists through the apprenticeship program and many of them have gone on to be great hairdressers and salon owners.

Celebrating 50 years with dad and his most loyal clients

50 year Birthday cake

He has left a lasting legacy and contributed to this country by employing people and teaching them life skills, making people look great and making them feel good about themselves, and of course, lending a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen to through good times and bad.

Mum and Dad celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in January this year

There have been many ups and many downs along the way but to achieve 50 years in the one industry is an enormous feat. I have learnt a lot from my father and we all continue to be inspired by what he has achieved.

We will not stop here, I look forward together with a new generation of great stylists to keep contributing to our communities and making sure dad’s legacy lives on.

September 14, 2018 0 comment
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French Styling Photoshoot by Hair by Phd + Oh It’s Perfect!

The team from Hair by Phd were invited to collaborate on a stunning French-Inspired photoshoot recently, working with some of the best in the business in Sydney.

The photoshoot touches on a French revival style that is totally on trend as the seasons shift. From fashion to food to beautiful hair, we are all being inspired to be a little more French in our day to day lives. Oui Oui!

Paritcularly on the hair side, we are seeing a rise in requests for big, beautiful bangs as this trend circles round again to be back in fashion.

Soft curls like these are infinitely wearable, from the office to a night out. Beautiful highlights and balayage colour keep the hair looking lush even with a simple style like this.

The ponytail is getting a makeover to be anything but basic. Big and full, styled with strong bangs and add a touch of personality with a ribbon, a la Parisian style.

We are seeing a rise in center parts again as bangs become popular and we move away from the side part that has dominated hair for the past decade. A few face framing pieces soften the look and refresh it.

Keep your accessories unique and interesting to compliment this French style. Simple hair and classic fashions often need a lift, and accessories are the quickest way to do that.

If you’re looking for a French Makeover in your hair, whether its in your cut, colour or style, the team from Hair by Phd would love to help you live out your Parisian dream! Speak to any of our stylists in salon today to refresh your look and give you that effortless glamour that is so typical of French women. Book your appointment online at www.hairbyphd.com.au and we look forward to welcoming you into our salons.

Styling : @ohitsperfect
Balloons : @pinkmixparties
Venue : @langhamsydney
Acrylic Signage : @glisteningoccasions_
Floral : @events_florist
Sparkling Wine : @chandonaus
Eiffel Tower & Cookie Cake : @dessertinc_
Cake Pops : @the.sugar.co
Macron: @dous_dolce
Meringues : @mybellameringues
Mouse Cake : @littlechouxbox
Make Up : @lianneclaire_makeup_hair
Hair : @schwarzkopfproanz / @hair_by_phd
Clothing : @antheacrawford
Shoes : @aliasmae
Accessories : @tommyundone .

 

May 3, 2018 0 comment
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MOTHER’S DAY 2018

I read in a newspaper article the other day that a certain Australian business was not allowing their staff to use the term Mum and Dad. Why? I hear you ask, I think it might have something to do with political correctness. “What a load of crap” I say. I find this very offensive, and would like to know how being a mum or dad can be offensive. As a dad I think it is one of the most amazing gifts I have ever been given. As for mums, well,  my experience with mums is one of absolute delight.

The mums in our lives make us all better people. How can one take offence to this institution just does not make sense to me. The relationship I have with my mother has given me an understanding of how to parent my children. It is totally unconditional. The relationship my children have with their mum and their grandmother’s is the making of them. To see the unconditional love that Briony has with our children is the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced.

Briony as well as being an amazing mother to our four boys has had some great achievements in the past twelve months. She has been appointed the Head Coach of the NSW Swifts netball team. The Swifts are the team she played for 14 years ago. She is very excited about this new challenge and has inherited a great bunch of girls to coach. Her experience as a mum I believe is helping her manage the demands of the team from an emotional sense as well as from a technical or netball point of view.

Working with a team myself who are predominately female has its challenges emotionally, however it has many rewards as well. Mentoring a team is a great responsibility and is a great way to really influence people’s lives in a great way. This skill of nurturing is one that comes from being a mum and being loved by a mum.

I am truly blessed to have a great relationship with the mums in my life including my mother in-law. She will find that line amusing. I also understand that many people have not or have lost their mum. I can’t imagine what that would be like.

I asked my mum once after having my first child Sebastian, and not understanding how you could possibly love anyone else as much as my first born “ How do you share your love with multiple children?” Her answer to me was “the more you have the more you love them all.”

It is hard for me to comprehend how we can ban people from using the term Mum and Dad, and I think this Mother’s Day we should be loud and proud of celebrating all MUMS!

Hair by Phd will be celebrating Mother’s Day with the gift of beautiful hair. The bubbles will be flowing in all three locations to celebrate our mums the week leading up to Mother’s Day. Spoil mum with a Hair by Phd Gift voucher this Mother’s Day and we will give you up to a $100 gift voucher for FREE. 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

*This offer is only available for purchase until the 13th of May. Free vouchers expire on 6 July 2018. Not available to use with any other offer and can only be used on full priced hair services. One free voucher per person.

Be quick there are only 27 vouchers on offer per salon! Spoil mum or just spoil yourself with this great offer.

Call or email now to get yours!

Parramatta 9635 4721 info@hairbyphd.com.au

Carlingford 9872 7222 carlingford@hairbyphd.com.au

Camden 4622 1260 camden@hairbyphd.com.au

April 17, 2018 0 comment
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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.

 

Watch out for our Hair by Phd online shop coming soon!

April 3, 2018 0 comment
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HAIR BY PHD REAL BRIDES – Melissa

There really is nothing more beautiful than a bride on her wedding day. The glow of the moment, the hours of prep that go into the wedding day, it all comes together in a stunning package that is The Bride.

Melissa approached our team at Hair by Phd Bridal to create a very simple, clean look for her and her three beautiful bridesmaids for her wedding in September. With bold brunette locks on all the girls, she wanted to choose a series of styles that would suit them all and be elegant and easy to wear on the day. Something special and different to how the girls would normally do their hair, and we were more than happy to oblige.

November 1, 2017 0 comment
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Hair by Phd Colour Training with Damien Rayner

As mentioned in my last post I recently caught up with the amazing colourist Damien Rayner. Damien was voted one of the top 15 colourists in 2012 by Harper’s Bazaar and we have been lucky enough to have Damien as an educator in our salon since 2010.

August 10, 2017 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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Kerastase Has Stood the Test of Time

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It was way back in 1990 when I bought my first salon in Hurstville, that I was introduced to a product called Kerastase. Kerastase products have been around since 1964 and really are the pinnacle of all hair products. They stand for quality, luxury and beautiful hair.

February 27, 2017 0 comment
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My 5 Favourite Curly Hair Looks
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When I started hairdressing back in the mid 80’s all we did all day every day was perm hair. Big curly hair was all the rage. Into the mid 90’s and 2000’s all we did was iron the hell out of hair to get it as straight as possible. Ceramic irons, Japanese Permanent Straightening and then a little later Keratin straightening became very popular.

October 7, 2016 0 comment
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