Excellence in organic hair

The Team

We have a talented and experienced team of hair stylists. Find out who’s who.

Claire Gilbraith – Owner and Director

IMG_6981Claire grew up in Malvern, Worcestershire and started hairdressing when she was fifteen, becoming an apprentice when she left school and went on to work in a few salons around the town. She gained knowledge, experience and confidence working with well established brands such as L’Oreal and Wella.

In 2003 she moved to New Zealand where she was inspired by the talented stylists that she met and worked with. She continued to develop her hairdressing skills through extended courses, advanced colouring workshops and classes in innovative cutting techniques with top New Zealand hairdresser, David Shields.

She also took part in regional and national photographic competitions, which she loved.

Eventually Claire opened her own salon in New Zealand offering hair, beauty and nail treatments. The business was a great success and grew quickly to a team of six.

Then, one day at work Claire fell ill and was rushed to hospital with suspected anaphylactic shock. The diagnosis was that it was likely that she’d had an allergic reaction to one of the hair products she used in the salon.

Claire was devastated and began making arrangements to sell her business. With no idea what she was going to do next she stumbled across the answer, in the form of a small organic salon.

She went to stay with the product supplier and worked with her in the salon and the warehouse learning all she could about organic products. The results were inspiring and she discovered  a way to continue her passion for hairdressing working with organic products.

Now Claire can work safely and be confident that she is offering her clients a more natural, healthy experience without compromising on performance.

In 2011 Claire returned to England and her home town of Malvern to open pHd Malvern. The following year she was in the top 20 in the UK Photographic Stylist of the Year competition.

Meanwhile, the business is growing from strength to strength whilst Claire gets to continue to do the job she loves.



Yaz Woodcock – Salon Manager/Senior Designer

NewsLetterSummer1602Yaz has always lived in Malvern. She started hairdressing straight after leaving school about five years ago, and joined pHd to specialise in organic hairdressing early 2012. Yaz was amazed by how kind the organic products were, without sacrificing performance, in fact she argues that they are even better than mainstream non-organic products. “I will never switch back to chemical products!”

Yaz loves doing updos for weddings and proms and particularly enjoys wedding day styling.

She’s so passionate about the organic products that Yaz has even joined suppliers on trips to Poland and Paris to demonstrate the colours they use at pHd and teach fellow salons how to achieve top quality results by ditching the chemicals and embracing organic products.

As if all this wasn’t enough, she’s constantly striving to improve and widen her skills, taking courses in hair and make-up and ensuring that she keeps up to date with all the latest industry trends.



Chloe Maybanks – Apprentice

pHd Apprentice, Chloe, smiles at the cameraChloe is an apprentice at pHd and started her training course on the 1st September 2015. She was eager to start working straight away after finishing school in May 2015 and joined us on Saturdays, before starting to work with us full-time.

A bubbly people person Chloe has an active social and family life and her affable and confident personality shows through whilst working with clients.

From a very young age Chloe has dreamed of working in hairdressing and is extremely excited to be able to not only learn about hairdressing but also about the benefits of the organic hair and beauty products and colours used in our salon.

Chloe is undertaking on-site training in hairdressing and we involve her in all aspects of the day-to-day running of the Malvern salon. Over time she will be more and more hands-on with clients as she learns to cut, colour and style hair to the high standards we know our customers have come to expect from us.

In the short time that Chloe has been at pHd she has already developed in leaps and bounds. Gaining experience in washing and blow drying hair and applying root colour. She’s eager to begin building up her client base as her skill-set grows and improves.

After qualifying as a stylist Chloe intends to expand her repertoire further, specialising in hair extensions and occasion hair whilst continuing to build on her cutting, colouring and styling skills. One day perhaps she may even manage her own salon!

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