Raising The Bar

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Do you have a special occasion coming up you want to style your hair for? Maybe you’ve got a much-needed girl’s night out at planned or you’ve swiped right with a hottie on a dating app and he wants to take you out for a drink.
Well, why not take some of the pressure off getting ready for these events and let us introduce you to our new dry bar. Not to be confused with the type of bar that sells alcohol, the dry bar at Octopus hair is a special feature we have that gives you the opportunity to come into the salon and get your hair styled for just £10.
Yes, that’s right. £10!
To take advantage of our dry bar, all we ask from our clients is to arrive at the salon with pre-washed, clean, dry hair and then we will do the rest. Maybe you want to try a glam high bun, or like the idea of a French braid along your hairline; perhaps you’d rather go sleek and straight or have fun with some flirty curls, the choice is yours.
Autumn is marking the start of some great parties heading our way: Halloween, Guy Fawkes night and not to mention all the Christmas party invites we’ll all soon be putting into our diaries. So why not take advantage; get planning for these events now and book in to get that style you’ve always wanted to try.
You don’t even need a special occasion to book into the bar, you might just want to indulge in someone else doing your hair for a change. Whatever the reason, we can help, and at such a good price, why would you not want to?
Book into the bar today and let’s get styling those locks.


IMG 1060If you spend hours in the morning, or when you’re getting ready to go out, straightening your hair only to find you resemble Monica Gellar on holiday in Barbados the moment you step outside, then we feel your pain. Many of us are partial to a bit of frizz, and with the help of styling products and irons it can be easily managed, but for others, it can be more challenging and may in fact cause more harm than good.
The last thing anybody wants is to go to war with their locks, so if you are finding yourself caught up in the drama, let us take care of it. We have lots to offer, and dealing with your frizzy hair is something we can most certainly help with.
Kera-straight treatment is the solution to this problem. Designed to smooth out those stubborn kinks and curls whilst taming unruly frizz and adding intense moisture to dry and damaged hair, this semi-permanent treatment will make even those with poker straight hair envious.
Containing advanced protein technology, the treatment will revitalise your hair making it look and feel healthy, adding shine and leaving it so soft you’ll want everyone to feel it!
The great thing about this treatment is it’s suitable for all hair types and lasts for up to 3 months so is definitely worth the investment. Your hair will feel revitalised and save you so much time on styling you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it sooner.
Call the salon today to discuss in more detail or book a consultation with one of our stylists who will go through the treatment with you. You’re only one phone call away from taming your mane, and just think what you can do with all that time you’ll save from styling it every day…


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Autumn is well and truly here and we’re all feeling a little bit sad as we say goodbye to our favourite bikini’s and summer dresses in favour of our trusted winter warmers. However, not ones to let the weather ruin our fun, now is the ideal time to revamp the wardrobe and get some inspiration for a brand new in-season haircut, but before you do that, let’s consider a bit of TLC.
There’s no denying it, we would much rather be tanning ourselves on the beach enjoying an ice-cold cocktail instead of dreading the heating bills soon to come our way, but if your hair is feeling the effects of too much sun, chlorine and too many styling products, now is the perfect time to pamper those locks, and what better way to do it than with a hair mask.
Hair masks can be used on all types of hair. Yes really! Many people assume if yours is greasy or fine for example, then using a product like this will only make it greasier, but that isn’t true. It’s all about finding the right type for you, and when you do, it will be the ideal treatment to revitalise the look and feel of your hair.
Whether you have dry, brittle hair, are seeing more split ends than you would prefer or want to give your colour a bit of a lift, pampering your tresses is a treat you will thank yourself for indulging in. We all love the feeling a face mask gives us, so why not do the same for your hair too?
Like conditioner, masks provide a more intense treatment because they are higher concentrated to help restore moisture. How long you leave it on for depends on the type you are using. We have a great range to recommend in the salon so pop in and we’ll talk through the ones we think will be suitable for you.
We’re all over hair TLC so why not get involved too. Prices start at as little as £5, not bad for brand new conditioned hair! It’s time to end the summer with indulgence and start the Autumn as you mean to go on!


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Team Octopus have been going baby crazy lately what with Aimee recently having her first little bundle of joy, and it has definitely got us all feeling a little bit broody in the salon! It’s also got us thinking about some of our clients who are expecting, or have friends and family members currently cooking up their own little ones, and an important question was recently brought to the attention of Dana: is it safe to colour your hair when pregnant?

Surprisingly, there are a lot of different rumours floating around out there and it can be a bit confusing, especially if you are a mum-to-be. Even more so if you are still in your first twelve weeks and don’t want to tell anyone until you’ve had your first scan.

The first three months of pregnancy are always the most vulnerable for a woman and during this first trimester, your skin is more prone to absorbing ammonia if you do decide to colour your hair. The good news is, there are so many different products available, most of which contain low amounts, or even no traces of ammonia which make them safe enough to use, even at such an early stage of pregnancy.

We’re not usually ones for turning people away, but when it comes to pregnancy, we don’t want to take any risks, however we will do our upmost to look after you. There are plenty of treatments to indulge in at the salon whilst pregnant, and with your hormones in overdrive, you may find a relaxing shampoo and conditioning treatment will make your hair look and feel just as amazing as what a colour would.

If you do have any concerns about this, give the salon a call and we will be happy to put you at ease. It will also make for a great excuse to talk all things baby related!


Octopus August SM Posts 15This weekend saw the return of the X Factor back on our TV screens which has well and truly marked the start of Autumn, and we absolutely loved checking out the hair styles on show and it seems there is a definite theme already appearing, not just from the judges, but also from this year’s hopefuls. Here is the low down on this weekend’s favourites:
Nicole Scherzinger
Scherzy was rocking some sexy hair styles and we were loving them all! The glamourous Pussycat Doll screamed sex appeal with two variations of slicked back hair including a high pony tail with loose curls, and a scraped back, off-the-face, long look. She also gave us serious hair envy with her long, loose wavy tresses teamed with three French plaits at the front of her head which were joined up into a top knot. A style we think is going to a real winner this season.
Sharon Osbourne 
Sharon was on point with her short, cropped red hair. We recently raved about how amazing red hair is, and Sharon was no stranger to the look; she had it all going on. Her cherry red, short look, cut into the nape of her neck with added body on top and a side fringe had everything right about it. The style is classy, sexy and couldn’t be more on trend if she tried.
Alesha Dixon
Stepping in on Sunday night was Alesha Dixon, who took a leaf out of her fellow judge’s book and was also about the slicked back pony tail with loose waves. This look never fails, even amongst the judges! She also styled gorgeous straight, glossy hair, neatly tucked behind the ear which oozed maximum sophistication.
Rwanda Shaw
The Poundland worker belted out You’ve got the Love by Florence and the Machine and we absolutely had the love for her long-braided hair, swept off her face and tied in a half up/half down look. So cool and so stylish; let’s hope we see more in the next round.
This Sinitta look-a-like had no shame stripping down to a jewelled bikini as she sang Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. The Brazilian personal trainer was sporting a mane of wild thick dark brown tight curls, teased with a touch of light brown at the ends. We loved it!
Grace Davies
Amazing Grace! We were loving everything about this girl. Not only did she blow us all away with her own song Roots, but the 20-year-old screamed style with her funky striped trousers, bardot top, trainers and flirty bob. Grace showed us all how to style thick, short hair in the right way. Curled, messy, wavy and bouncy, this bob is a real crowd pleaser and we have a feeling her hair styles are only going to get even more exciting.
Georgina Panton
With a slicked back hair wrapped neatly into a thick bun, this girl not only owned her hairstyle but owned her rendition of Love on the brain by Rihanna too. Simple and stylish, this girl looks set to go far.
Nicole Caldwell
We loved Nicole’s hair for the simplicity of it. This rock chick belted out Purple Rain by Price and styled out a look that was cool and relatable. With her long hair tied back into a low ponytail and her layers falling around the front of her face, she had a natural flair that we’re all going to copy.
Shanaya Atkinson-Jones
Say something I’m giving up on you by A Great Big World may have been the song she belted out in her audition, but there is absolutely no way we would want to give up on her hair style. What an epic head of hair she was styling out. Her mass of thick hair and tight curls are everything the judges said about her audition: beautiful and perfect. Octopus predicts Shanaya and her locks are going to be making quite the journey through to the live shows!


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It was all systems curly during Saturday night’s Strictly Come Dancing launch show this weekend when we saw this year’s celebrity intake being paired up with their professional dance partners, and we were absolutely loving it.
As you can imagine, we were in a flurry of excitement when each celebrity graced the stage because it gave us the perfect opportunity to check out what we can expect from this season’s show, and it didn’t disappoint in the slightest. All those sexy dresses, envious heels and copious amounts of glitter alone was enough to send us Octopus girls into a frenzy, and that’s even before we get onto the hair!
Topping up the prosecco and putting our feet up, we sat back and waited in anticipation as celebs including Mollie King, Ruth Langsford, Gemma Atkinson, Susan Calman, Charlotte Hawkins, Chizzy Akodolu, Debbie McGee and Alexandra Burke grace the stage, and we’d be lying if we said we didn’t have hair envy.
And it was all about the curls!
Loose curls, tight curls, beach waves, springy curls, spirals, tongs, wands and straighteners, there was a plethora of different types being styled out by the dancing beauties. They all looked stunning and each screamed sexy and fun, and the best thing is they can all be so easily replicated by anyone. These celebs were showing us that it doesn’t matter whether you have long hair or short, anyone can pull off curly hair.
It was a great opening show and something we are talking about in the salon already. The curls have got us inspired and we’re ready and waiting to put our own curling skills to good use.

This Thursday sees the launch of our new 'DRY BAR'. If you fancy vamping up your hair for a night out, but strapped on time and cash this is perfect for you! Arrive to the salon with your hair washed and dried and we'll do the rest...salon finished hair for just £10! Let’s get partying with those curls. Call octopus now on 01604 756685!