JOIN THE CULT

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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?

A MUST READ FOR COLOUR ADDICTS

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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

THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF COLOURING HAIR


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 hair dresser always checks before hand that a patch test has been done, and if not, get it booked in. If you’ve had a tattoo or any permanent make up since your last hair colour you will need to be skin tested beefier your next colour.
Why is patch testing so important?
Hair colours contain ingredients that can sometimes irritate the skin. The most common is a chemical called Paraphenylenediamine (PPD) which is found in many permanent and semi-perm hair eyes. 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 to 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. Your hairdresser will 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 01604 756685.

OCTOPUS TURNS 14

Something very special is happening at Octopus HQ this summer and it's setting the path for some even more exciting things in the pipeline, so much so, we’ve all been getting slightly emosh in the salon....but for good reasons!
This year, we are celebrating our 14th birthday! Can you believe it, we certainly can't , that’s for sure. Who knew all those years ago when we started as a hired chair in a beauty room of a gym, we would turn into a fully fledged salon in the centre of town with the most amazingly talented people styling the most incredible and loyal clients. It really is a dream come true.
We have seen lots of changes over the last 14 years including a rebrand, Octopus weddings, babies, and enough gossip that would give EL James a run for her money! Don't worry though, as always, what is said in the salon, stays in the salon...and that’s why it’s so sacred to us. We have heard the best news in there but also some of the worst. We have laughed, cried, and laughed some more. It’s been an absolute ball and we wouldn't want to change any of it because it’s made us who we are today.
It doesn’t even stop there. Come September, we will be welcoming new members to the team and we are so excited about it. The new generation of Octopus Hair are eagerly waiting in the wings to get their creative tentacles on you to transform your hair into a new kind of amazing!
From the bottom of our hearts, we really do appreciate and love every single person that has walked through our doors. Without you, the salon wouldn’t be where it is today. We are truly thankful to you all for your undivided loyalty, and most importantly, support and friendship. If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t be where we are today.
So join us as we raise a toast to the craziest 14 years and let’s hope the next 14 are just as magical.36199739 1909804742403332 4431815760188276736 o

WEDDING HAIR @ OCTOPUS

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There’s always something a little bit extra special and exciting when our clients ask us to do their hair for a special occasion. As well as giving us an excuse to find out all the gossip on said event, it also provides us with the ideal opportunity to get creative, try out new styles and of course, play with accessories!
We have previously styled hair for a variety of occasions including graduations, birthday parties, anniversaries and balls, but one that gets us really excited and literally jumping for Octopus joy, is when we hear the happy news that one of our clients is getting married!
Now there are many reasons why we like a good wedding. Obviously, we HAVE to know about the engagement! How did it happen? Who asked who? What’s the ring like? Where are you getting married? But, gossip aside (only for a few minutes, while we top up the fizz!) the most exciting part for us, is talking wedding hair.
Never have we understood more how important it is to have the right hair style at a wedding, and even more so, ensuring it stays intact for the day. With a sea of cameras and videos capturing it all, the last thing any bride wants is a hair disaster. ...and that's where we can help!
There are endless possibilities when it comes to wedding hair and we love nothing more than sitting down and discussing them with our brides-to-be. We have the expertise and craft to create beautiful hair so whatever your requirements, we have different packages available for you.
Like all weddings, preparation is key. That’s why it’s just as important for us to plan your hair as it is for you to plan your day. An initial consultation is essential so we can determine how many people we will be styling, the kind of looks you have in mind, discussions on hair lengths and of course the location we need to be at on the day.
Once we know the basics, the fun really can begin. An additional appointment will be made especially for you and your wedding party so we can get styling. Whether you are looking for simple curls under a veil or want a more technical up-do, it's important we do at least one practice run to make sure you are happy.
The final stage is the day itself. Whether you are coming into the salon, or you want us at your venue, we will be there in plenty of time and will even make sure to do final checks before you walk down the aisle.
We promise not to disappoint.If you are getting married in 2018 , or early next year, give Dana a call and we'll get you booked in.

THANK YOU AIMEE!

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If there’s one thing we love doing at Octopus Hair (apart from the obvious, of course) it’s shouting out about the amazing team that’s behind the success of the salon.
As you will have seen on social media, we recently celebrated our 14th birthday , and already we are ready to share with you another incredible milestone, which comes from our very own, Aimee.
Ten years ago this month, Aimee stepped inside the doors of our salon as an eager 17 year old with a passion to cut hair. Starting off as a trainee, alongside going to college, Aimee displayed all the credentials any salon owner would hope for in a new apprentice. Thankfully, for Dana, she saw the potential in Aimee, and was determined never to let her go!
Fast forward to now, Aimee has worked her way up to the role of Hair Director and is constantly thriving in all that she does. Not only acting as Dana's wing woman, she is also a rock to the team, providing support, advice and assistance when needed. We have had the pleasure in seeing her grow into an incredible woman who is now married with a beautiful baby too.
Just like Aimee, her clients are extremely loyal and come back time and time again to hear all about her life and what she’s been up to in and out of the salon.
Aimee, from all of us at Octopus Hair, we thank you for your continued devotion. We are so grateful for everything you do and it wouldn’t be the same in the salon without you. As an incredible asset to the team there’s only one thing left to do; let’s crack open the prosecco and toast to another amazing 10 years.
We love you Aimee!

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