Life & Style

Muse by Hardy

The Islington-based hair salon celebrates a decade in business

Photography courtesy of Erin Brooks

On Maitland Road in Islington sits one of Newcastle’s most well-known hair salons that is known for ticking almost everyone’s boxes – Muse by Hardy.

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Director of Muse by Hardy – Claire Hardy

To celebrate this milestone, we caught up with Claire to hear all about the Muse by Hardy journey and find out exactly what is the muse effect.

“My business journey is much like many others. It started with a dream and a drive to bring it to life. Loving my craft is one thing, but I have always dreamed of having my own creative space where I can not only make clients feel happy but also build a team who feel supported, motivated, and fulfilled.”

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Originally known as Hardy’s on Hunter, Claire Hardy’s hair salon has been constantly growing over the years with the biggest change happening in January 2020 when the business underwent a complete rebrand and Muse by Hardy as we know it today was brought to life.

The renovated space on Maitland Road has been bringing its fresh and colourful vibes to Islington ever since and 2024 has seen the business flourish with new renovations, an expanded team, and a celebration to remember.

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Working with Adrian of After Dark Design, the interior is what Claire describes as,

“A beautiful, soft, feminine environment. Adding to the aesthetic we already had, but modernising the space with Adrian’s tasteful design. It’s a calm and beautiful creative space for my staff to feel at home and for clients to relax.”

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Additionally, the Muse by Hardy team has not only retained their original team of Claire Hardy, Erin Davidson, and Rose Sterjovski, the group has expanded with three more staff joining the lineup; Zoe Hearn, Lily Hancock, and Hannah Drew. 

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“We are all highly trained and skilled in colour, cutting, curls and extensions. Above all, we are colour experts, dedicated to the health of your hair. We work collaboratively as a close team together so you know you’re always in talented hands.”

Whether it’s blonde, balayage, earthy auburn tones, or anything and everything in between; this group of colour specialists has your back (or your head of hair to be specific).

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Celebrating their big milestone birthday this year, has us thinking what exactly can we expect from Muse by Hardy over the next ten years?

“We will continue to give our clients a five-star experience, maximising hair health whilst achieving their individual hair goals. Our team will continue to grow and learn and have fun doing it.”

So, why make a visit to Muse by Hardy? The team all have extensive knowledge about hair and have a huge focus on colours. Working with some of the world’s best products from KEUNE, an experience at Muse by Hardy is one unlike any other.

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Pair together this knowledge, experience, and quality of products with the team’s bubbly personalities, plus the inviting interiors and relaxed but fun atmosphere; you’ve got Muse by Hardy.

On that note – when are you booking in?

Muse by Hardy

26 Maitland Road, Islington, NSW, 2296

Today - 1000 – 2000