Winter is here!

We’re officially half way through the year, and I don’t know about you but I’m embracing all that winter in Melbourne stands for, especially hiding under doonas and hanging out by the heater.

Anna has returned to the salon after enjoying eight, glorious weeks in New York. She’s returned an engaged woman too. Congrats Anna! She is now back on the floor of Babar Hair working four days a week. Here are her hours:

Tuesday: 10 – 6 image1 (1)
Wednesday: 10 – 8
Thursday: 10 – 8
Saturday: 9 – 5

Chris is now back in the salon too, having been off work for a couple of weeks due to her pesky appendix. She is now enjoying life sans-appendix (what is that organ even useful for anyway?) and is working part time hours until her full powers of awesome return. In the meantime, the rest of the Babar crew can help out with any urgent hair needs. On the bright side, her forced convalescence gave her a chance to dye to her hair turquoise – check it out!

Because we love supporting Australian innovation, we now stock a new,  home grown product range called ELEVEN Australia.  This affordable range is made for people who want a simple solution to hair care without the huge price tag and we just love it. We’re also now stocking Olaplex – a revolutionary restructuring treatment. If you feel your hair needs some help, we suggest you try Olaplex. It’s the bomb!

image5 I know you’ve all been dying to hear about my weight loss journey.  Following a new diet has paid off and I’m pretty damn slim these days!  While I may not look that much different, don’t let looks deceive you,  that’s just my new fluffy winter coat growing in!!

Things are pretty busy at Babar and although we try to accommodate  walk-ins as much as possible, making a booking in advance is the best  way to ensure you don’t miss out. So, if you want to spice up your winter  look with a new hair colour or cut (or if you just want to see  me for a cuddle), then call the salon on (03) 9078 1373.


Until next time,

Betty xo


Babar Hair is ready for Autumn

So, how did it get to be March already? After a super busy lead up to Christmas, everyone at Babar ended up havingunnamed three, glorious weeks off and now we’re all back on deck and hitting our stride….except Anna. Anna found herself in the grim predicament of having a seven week holiday in New York. Here’s a photo we snapped before she jetted off, as you can see she was very sad to leave us! Don’t worry, she’ll be back in early May but no doubt will still be in a New York State of Mind.

In more grim news, I’m officially on a diet. While I like to think of myself as more of a phat cat than a fat cat, my vet thinks I need to lose weight, so no more treats for me. I tried to convince them that I’m just fluffy but they weren’t having any of that. My owner Chris is being very supportive of my weight loss journey and has even bought me a harness so I can go for accompanied walks. Frankly I would prefer to be chillin’ in the sun in the front window of the shop, or on my new favourite spot, the record player.

babar image bettyIt appears that I’m not the only thing expanding around here, with Chris’ nifty dad putting in another basin to cater for the growing list of clients that keep rolling in our doors. With another chair added late last year, and now a new basin, we’ve got more space to accommodate you all.

In case you hadn’t noticed, autumn is here and what a great season to switch things up with your hair. If you want to breathe new life into your look, then speak to us about trying a new colour or cut to suit autumn’s mellow, cosy vibe. Call us on (03) 9078 1373 to make an appointment.



Until next time,

Betty x


Happy Holidays!

Wow! We can hardly believe 2014 is nearly over! And what a year it’s been. This time last year Babar Hair was the sole domain of Chris and now we’ve got numerous staff members, an extra chair and a lot more beer to pop in the fridge for you guys. Cheers to you for choosing Babar Hair, your support means a lot to us!

The last few months have been a super busy period for us, so we’ve welcomed another new member to the team. We’re delighted that Anna is now working with us on a part–time basis. Having worked with Chris before in both London and Melbourne, her skills come highly recommended!

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Due to demand, we’ve extended our trading hours to 9am-9pm during the week – that’s how dedicated we are to the cause of creating fabulous hair for you all.

We’re also opening on Mondays and Sundays right up until Christmas Eve, so give us a call to snap up one of these appointments as they won’t last long and you deserve to glide into the festive season with brilliant hair.

The Holiday Break

December has shaped up to be our busiest month yet, so we’re going to take a well-earned break. Yay! As such, the salon will be closed from December 25th – January 6th.

The team will be taking time off at different points throughout the holiday season, but Babar Hair will reopen on Wednesday January 7th, so be sure to book an appointment now if you’ll need a cut or colour in the New Year.

Until then, thank you so much for entrusting us with your tresses this year! We hope to see your face again in 2015, and beyond.

Stay fabulous, Betty x



Babar Hair Turns One!

Hello sunshine!

After a long, cold winter we are happy to see the back of Melbourne’s rainy days and bitterly cold mornings. Oh yes, we are pretty pumped that spring is here and I’ve already begun my daily campaign of replenishing my Vitamin D levels by settling into the shopfront window to catch the rays that shine in during the day (it’s a hard job but some feline has got to do it).

Babar (and Betty) celebrate birthdays

October is also a month to celebrate with some double birthday action going downlater on in the month. It’s officially been one year since the birth of Babar Hair (hurrah) and we can’t quite believe we’ve been trading for a year. It’s also my fourth birthday, which I intend to spend lazing about in the front window or hopefully receiving an avalanche of cuddles from Babar Hair clients.

A few new additions

The past few months have been rather hectic, so we’ve extended the salon bench and added another cutting chair and a third basin (thanks to the wicked skills of Papa Googs)! This means that we can accommodate more people in the salon without things getting too squishy. Also,

Papa Googs making magic happen

Papa Googs making magic happen

friend and former work colleague Andrew has joined the team and while he’s not too keen on me, he loves giving his clients the hair of their dreams, and that’s what matters (I suppose).

Silly season

It appears that everyone’s come down with a touch of ‘Spring Fever’ with some brilliant, new cuts and fresh, vibrant colours walking out the door. Since it is spring racing and wedding season, it’s getting busier and busier, so please book yourself in well ahead if you’re getting ready for an event. Same goes for Christmas time. If you want to launch a personal shock and awe campaign on your co-workers at this year’s work Christmas party, then you’ll need next-level hair, which the Babar Team would love to help you with.

You can make a booking by calling us on (03) 9078 1373

Until next time,

Betty the salon cat xx

Me... being fabulous

Me… being fabulous as usual

The Birth of Babar!

Hiya, my name is Betty and I’m here to keep you updated on all the gossip, scandals, triumphs and fun times that go down at Melbourne’s Babar Hair.

After finding a cute little space on Nicholson Street in Carlton North, we opened the salon back in October last year, but because my owner Chris is super busy changing people’s lives one strand at a time, I’ll be the one updating you with all the happenings at Babar Hair via this nifty blog.   unnamed (3)

Nowadays, nothing delights me more than sitting in the front window of Babar Hair in Carlton, watching the number 96 tram roll on by. Sometimes, some lovely clients let me sit in their laps while they wait for their hair colour to ‘cook’ under that magical, twirling, heated device that my owner won’t let me play with, and secretly, I’m a little freaked out by.

I’m often amazed at how our clients glide out of our salon on a golden cloud of awesomeness, ready to take on the world with that unique brand of confidence that can only come from rocking a beyond-fabulous new hair cut or colour.

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, Babar Hair isn’t like most other salons. You won’t find any naff Taft hairspray lurking on the shelves, nor will you be subjected to spiral perms or other crimes against hair (unless of course, you want to be).

What you will find is a sunny, warm salon owned and run by someone who is seriously dedicated to the cause of creating next level hair for all clients, of all genders, and ages.

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But wait there’s more! You’ll also find a vintage 1970’s record player (a treasured family heirloom), comfy couch, and gumball machine jam-packed with complimentary candy. If that’s not enough, you’ll also find a curated selection of magazines to rifle through, from glossy luxury titles full of things you could never afford to trashy weeklies high on the ‘guilty pleasure’ factor, we have all your reading needs well and truly covered!

We’ve also got wifi, an espresso coffee machine which cranks out café-quality lattes and some sneaky beer and wine which proves to be the perfect accompaniment to Friday night appointments (or Tuesday lunchtime if you’re that way inclined).

I know what you’re thinking: is this hair heaven? Well, we like to think it is but you should find out yourself and make an appointment. We’d love to see you.

And don’t forget to watch this space to see what’s going down at Babar, I’ll be updating snapshots of hair triumphs, fun times and other shenanigans.

Until then, stay amazing.

Betty, the Salon Cat xx