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The Year that was 2018

In 2018, Hair by Phd celebrated it’s 50th birthday. This was only one of the many amazing achievements that happened this year. Hair by Phd continues to grow with our Camden and Carlingford salons welcoming some new team members into the salon’s family, while Parramatta also saw new team members joining this year.

The Hair by Phd family is growing outside of the salon too! Selma from our Carlingford salon welcomed her first child, Layla, into the world earlier in the year and now we are happy to announce that Sarah and Hope from our Parramatta salon are expecting too. You could say there’s something in the water at Hair by Phd. Congratulations to all 3 of them. Also, a big congratulations to Bec, our Director at Carlingford, and Hope, from Parramatta, who both tied the knot during the year.

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

In September, we had a visit from the Parramatta Lord Mayor, Andrew Wilson, to congratulate Peter and Georgette on 50-years of success. This is something not many people in business have achieved and for an individual who arrived in Australia with very little understanding of English, it is an amazing accomplishment. Peter’s mantra of treating every client who enters our doors with respect, lives on strongly today within all our salons. I believe it has been the key to the group’s success. You can read more about the 50-year story here.

This year, our Camden salon turned one and continues to grow and make its mark on the community. Lead by our amazing stylist, Lemai, the team is growing and developing nicely. Camden is a great town and I really enjoy my weekly visits their working with the team.

The team finished off the year at the beautiful Rockpool Bar and Grill for our Christmas party. This was a well-deserved night for all the girls for their contribution in making Hair by Phd what it is today. There were 21 beautifully dressed ladies and I at the dinner (Lucky me). Check out some of the images in this post as well as on all our social media platforms.

As a lot of you are aware Briony, my wife, is the head coach of the NSW Swifts and I would like to welcome three girls from the squad as our Hair by Phd Ambassadors. Paige Hadley (Carlingford), Sophie Garbin (Parramatta) and Sophie Halpin (Camden). The girls will be in the salons on a regular basis, so keep an eye out for them. We will organise a meet and great with the girls during 2019.

 

Also, in 2019, we have some exciting initiatives coming up. Stay tuned for our big Olaplex promotion we are holding in January. We will also introduce Seamless1 extensions to our range of services in the near future.

We are running different salon hours across our three locations through the Christmas and New Year period, so please see below our Christmas Trading Hours.

SALON CHRISTMAS HOURS

Parramatta

December 2018
Saturday 15th 8am – 5pm
Sunday 16th Closed
Monday 17th 9am – 5.30pm
Tuesday 18th 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 19th 9am – 9pm
Thursday 20th 8.30am – 9pm
Friday 21st 8.30am – 6pm
Saturday 22nd 8am – 6pm
Sunday 23rd Closed
Monday 24th Closed
Tuesday 25th Closed
Wednesday 26th Closed
Thursday 27th 9am – 5.30pm
Friday 28th 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday 29th 8am – 2pm
Sunday 30th Closed
Monday 31st Closed
January 2019
Tuesday 1st Closed
Wednesday 2nd 9am – 5.30pm
Back to normal trading hours

Carlingford

December 2018
Saturday 15th 8am – 5pm
Sunday 16th Closed
Monday 17th Closed
Tuesday 18th 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 19th 9am – 9pm
Thursday 20th 9am – 8pm
Friday 21st 9am – 6pm
Saturday 22nd 8am – 5pm
Sunday 23rd Closed
Monday 24th 9am – 4pm
Tuesday 25th Closed
Wednesday 26th Closed
Thursday 27th Closed
Friday 28th Closed
Saturday 29th Closed
Sunday 30th Closed
Monday 31st Closed
January 2019
Tuesday 1st Closed
Wednesday 2nd 9am – 9pm
Back to normal trading hours

Camden

December 2018
Saturday 15th Dec 8am – 6pm
Sunday 16th Closed
Monday 17th Closed
Tuesday 18th 9am – 6pm
Wednesday 19th 9am – 9pm
Thursday 20th 9am – 9pm
Friday 21st 9am – 6pm
Saturday 22nd 8am – 6pm
Sunday 23rd Closed
Monday 24th 9am – 4pm
Tuesday 25th Closed
Wednesday 26th Closed
Thursday 27th Closed
Friday 28th Closed
Saturday 29th Closed
Sunday 30th Closed
Monday 31st Closed
January 2019
Tuesday 1st Closed
Wednesday 2nd 9am – 9pm
Back to normal trading hours

I hope 2018 has been wonderful for you, and may 2019 bring you all heath, happiness and good times. On behalf of Louise, Bec, Lemai and myself, we would like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. See you in 2019.

December 10, 2018 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.

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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Hair by Phd – The Year That Was 2017

Wow! What a year? It has certainly flown by! Funny how you feel like you are just getting over last Christmas and before you know it the party season lead up is on your doorstep again. It’s been a very big year for Hair by Phd. At the start we introduced our amazing new Opulence Membership Program, Hair by Phd Bridal and in June we opened Hair by Phd three in Camden. Lemai is doing an amazing job establishing herself in Camden and we have been lucky enough to be joined by Damien Rayner, one of Australia’s top colourists.

December 1, 2017 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 CONVERSATION ABOUT BALAYAGE

 

I recently sat down and had a chat with colourist extraordinaire Damien Rayner. We are organising to have Damien in our salon very shortly to do some more colour training with the team and the subject of Balayage came up. I’ve been hairdressing for over 30 years now and Balayage would have to be the longest lasting colour look in that time.

July 12, 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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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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GET A HAIRCUT AND HELP SAVE THE PLANET

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You may be surprised to learn that the Australian hairdressing industry sends 1,500 tons of recyclable aluminium (that we use for foils, bleaching etc) back to landfill each year. That’s one and a half million kilos, about 715 cars, or 4 jumbo jets!

Unfortunately aluminium doesn’t degrade easily, it actually contaminates the soil for 500 years. Add to this the waste of plastics, colour tubes, cut hair and more, and you soon see that beauty at any price is no longer an option.

September 6, 2016 0 comment
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