Lasting colour is without a doubt what everyone wants when they come to our salon and we are really excited to share a new product from our R.A.W range that is helping to do just that.
Biolage R.A.W. Colour Care Acidic Milk Rinse is used on hair from roots to ends, in between the shampoo and conditioning process following a colour treatment, to rebalance the pH levels of your hair. This in turn softens and smooth’s hair to keep it feeling strong and looking beautiful.
Infused with coconut and oak milk, this rinse is everything your hair needs to stay healthy, and as part of the R.A.W family, it's vegan, lactose and dairy free so you can feel confident that what is being used on your hair is doing such good things for you.
We have only recently started using the milk rinse in the salon, but already the Octopus team have fallen in love with this product and we are hearing great things back from clients telling us their hair is looking and feeling so good, even weeks after their initial appointment. It's definitely getting the thumbs up and we couldn’t be happier.
We always encourage our clients to look after their hair and are passionate about sharing the best ways to do this. The Biolage milk rinse is no exception. It’s another product from R.A.W that we fully believe in so the next time you are in the salon, make sure to give it a go, but don’t worry if you forget, we can’t stop talking about it so will definitely mention it to you!
If the cooler weather we are now getting is making you realise the end of summer is upon us and you’re finding yourself feeling a little bit blue as we start to wave goodbye to the sunshine; don’t worry! We have something very exciting, and very cool, coming into the salon which is sure to brighten up your life just as much as the sun has been doing over the last few months.
Matrix SoColour is a new colour system we are welcoming with open arms into Octopus Hair and we want you to get on board with us. If you’re a fan of bold, intense and vibrant colours, Matrix SoColour will be perfect for you.
There's a fantastic colour range to choose from including starfish coral, sparkling rose, stone washed denim, neon yellow, mermaid teal, disco silver, bubble gum pink, sweet mint and lavender macaroon...and it doesn't stop there. You really are going to be spoilt for choice!
Each colour is also available as semi, demi and permanent too which means you are in control when it comes to deciding how long you want it to last. They all have long-wearing results and are perfect at covering up grey hair! It’s also the first colour range to offer a Cera-Oil conditioning complex which stays in your hair for up to 30 washes. That means your colour will remain dynamic and strong for longer.
Don’t let the end of summer make you feel cold. Join the #SoColourCult today and step into an array of colours that are guaranteed to turn heads and make you feel fabulous! We are so excited about this new colour range and eager to get experimenting so why not be daring and try something new with us. We're ready, are you?
When it comes to colouring hair, preparation is key. Whether we have a new client in the salon, or one of our regulars coming back, it is essential your stylist always checks before hand that a patch test has been done, and if not, get it booked in.
We're updating our policy and to ensure your safety comes first we'll be asking everyone who has their hair coloured with us regularly to come in for a 'random' patch test. This is something we'll ask you to do annually, if you haven't had one in the last year please call by the salon, it takes 2 seconds and is totally free!
Why is patch testing so important?
Hair colours can contain ingredients that irritate the skin. The most common is a chemical called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which is found in many permanent and semi-perm hair colours. PPD is known to irritate the skin so it’s important to carry out a patch test first before adding it straight to your hair.
How we do a patch test
If you are a new client, we always ask for a patch test to be carried out at least 48 hours before your scheduled appointment. Regular clients can have more flexibility but your hair colourist will let you know when you are due for another one.
The patch test involves putting a small amount of dye behind your ear or on your inner elbow and leaving it to dry. If you develop any irritation or feel unwell after the dye has been added, we will strongly advise against getting a colour added and will look at other options with you instead.
What types of reaction am I likely to get?
Common reactions to PPD usually result in skin irritations on the neck, scalp, ears and forehead or swelling to the face or eyelids. More severe reactions have been recorded such as anaphylactic shock, or death. While these sound scary, they are also extremely rare, but it’s important to know why you should have a patch test and why it should be kept up to date by your hair dresser. We have a duty of care to all of our clients and so this is an essential part of our job.
Reactions usually occur within 48 hours, although some may occur immediately. If you are having mild symptoms, the best thing to do is wash your hair and scalp thoroughly with a mild shampoo to remove the dye.
If you get more severe symptoms, such as itchy skin, swelling, nausea or vomiting, ring 999 immediately.
After patch testing
Providing there have been no reactions to your patch test, you can turn up for your appointment as booked. We'll ask you more questions before proceeding with the colour, but this is very common. We have a responsibility to check you have had no reactions and all is ok before continuing.
Talk to us
If anything mentioned in this blog concerns you, please talk to us. We're not intending to scare, but want to highlight something important. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have so pop in and see us or give us a call on 01604756685