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We have seen some incredible hair colour transformations take place in our salon over the years and we are constantly being surprised at the wonderful results they bring. However, every now and then, even as colour experts, we are taken aback when we see new trends coming through, and that is what's happening to us right now.
Only a few weeks ago we were astonishing our clients with vibrant pinks and purples and now we have something new on the scene, that is the complete opposite, and might actually take you a little bit by surprise too: mushroom!
Yes, you heard right – mushroom hair colour is a thing and its happening right now in our salon! Now don't fret, we are talking colour here, not some weird fungi potion that's hitting the shelves, and when we say colour think Portobello mushroom and then we'll definitely be on the same page. That’s right, think rich, earthy and neutral; a colour combo that is proving so beautiful, you're not going to want to wait any longer to try it yourself!
Mushroom shades work really well for everyone, in particular if you’re blonde or brunette because they provide the right balance of light and dark. Starting with an ash brown base, a combination of lowlights and highlights are then used to create the finished look. It’s the ideal opportunity for blondes to try out darker shades and brunettes to play with lighter colours and if your sporting a few grey hairs, don’t worry, mushroom brown will fix that, no problem!
Are you intrigued? Want to find out more about mushroom colour? Book in for a consultation today with one of our colour experts and we'll look at transforming your hair to this beautiful, yet surprising shade.


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With 2019 just around the corner, now is the ideal time to be thinking about those new years resolutions, so why not make your hair a priority. We all know January can be a dull month so why not brighten it up with a brand new vibrant hair colour, such as, purple or pink!
Both of these colours are taking the hair world by storm right now and are proving to be the ideal choice if you want something daring, bold and outright trendy. Both are available at the salon as part of our So Colour Cult range and what’s great is we can make them as pale or as vibrant as you want.
Maybe you want to go all out with a full head of purple and like the idea of adding a few strands of pink in with it, or vice versa. Perhaps you prefer the idea of incorporating one of these shades alongside your current hair colour to add a new dimension to your current look. Whatever you fancy, we can do it. Both work well on their own, combined or with other colours, and look amazing so whatever you decide to do, you can guarantee the finished look will be fabulous!
Although only available in the UK as a semi permanent colour, don't let that put you off. The So Colour Cult range lasts much longer than other semi permanent colours which means we can do so much more with it.
If you like the idea of a new you in the new year, give us a call and let us be the ones to help you achieve it. Our colourists are ready and eagerly waiting to transform your hair so pick up the phone and let’s get those purple and pinks trending! We've already done some incredible transformations and we know it’s only going to continue so get on board today!

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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!


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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?


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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


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The festive season is officially here and we are already having so much fun in the salon styling hair and getting our wonderful clients party ready! It’s also a great opportunity to try out new hair colouring techniques, one of which is proving a popular choice because of the lovely way colour is displayed, and we all know how important it is to have your hair on point throughout Christmas!
Ribboning is a great new way to colour hair and is ideal if you are looking for contrast the shades and tone of your locks. The technique involves starting with a base of dark colour and then using a lighter shade that is then painted on in strands, with the end result looking like strips of ribbon throughout your hair. It works on all hair colours but is most effective when your base colour is all one shade.
The trick of ribboning is that is shows the beauty of subtle hair colouring that can be emphasised depending on how you style it. For example you will find ribbon colouring is more prominent after curling as these strands will be more obvious, however that’s not to say you won’t notice it on straight hair; you just have the opportunity to dress your hair up or down and show off your colour in a variety of ways.
It looks like ribboning is going to continue well into 2019 so if you are eager to give it a go, we won’t only be doing this for Christmas. Maybe you’re already considering a new colour for the new year? If this is the case then why not start it with a brand new ribbon look. It’s the ideal way to kick start January and what’s more it’s bang on trend so you’ll be leading the way for hair colour!