Did you know, approximately 2% of the world’s population have naturally red hair? That’s about 140 million people whose parents were both blessed with the MC1R gene, which means for the rest of us, it’s all about finding the right shade for our skin tone to pull of such a striking look.
So, what is it about red hair that creates such a talking point and how important is it to ensure we get the colour right first time?
Red hair is eye catching. It’s rich in colour, comes in a variety of shades and can give you a transformation like no other. It’s guaranteed to dramatically alter your look, turn heads and give you quite the confidence boost.
Choosing the right shade of red is crucial. Depending on what your current hair colour is will determine the type of red you can expect to achieve, but you also need to consider your skin tone to help balance it out. If you have fair to warm skin, you’ll be wise to choose colours such as strawberry blonde, copper and auburn. Think Lana Del Rey, Isla Fisher, Nicole Kidman and Emma Stone.
For sun kissed to darker skin, you can opt for richer tones such as ruby, burgundy or red velvet. Celebs including Lindsey Lohan, Rihanna, Missy Elliot and Cheryl Cole are just some examples of where these colours work well.
Adding red to already light/blonde hair isn’t as difficult compared to hair that is darker in colour because it will take a lot easier. That’s not to say it can’t be done if you have brunette or black hair; it just means a bit more work will be needed to ensure the colour will last. A lightening process will usually have to be done first for the colour to then be put on your hair, but that’s something our stylists will be able to assess and discuss with you.
The condition of your hair will also need to be factored in too. If yours is dry or damaged, the colour may struggle to hold, so it will be wise to consider some conditioning treatments beforehand, but again, this is something our stylists can assess and advise.
It may sound like there is a lot to consider when choosing red hair, but it isn’t as difficult as you may think. We are always happy to talk through ideas with you before you make the final decision so if you are contemplating a brand-new look, get in touch with us and let’s get that transformation started!
Calling all wannabe hairdressers…we want you!
If you’re someone who loves all things hair, knows how to make people feel good about themselves, can hold a good conversation, and has an interest in fashion then look no further.
We are currently extending our tentacles and recruiting for Octo-prentices to join our salon!
As an octo-prentice aka Octopus apprentice (did you see what we did there?) you will join our team on a permanent basis and complete a training programme to give you all the necessary skills to become fully qualified hairdresser in our salon.
One day a week will require training with an external provider, and for the rest you will be salon based, putting what you are learning into practice, shadowing our stylists and getting the experience necessary to set you up for the start of your hairdressing career.
You'll become part of a salon where hard work always gets rewarded and be given the opportunity to discover your potential. This is an ideal opportunity for someone who wants to benefit from both working in a salon and getting the required training needed to excel in the world of hairdressing.
We take training seriously; we are a fully supportive team who strive to give people the opportunity to be the best at what they do. We are passionate about our salon and the services we offer our clients.
Without blowing our own trumpet too much, if there is one thing you can rely on at Octopus, it’s the amazing team who work so hard both individually and together to deliver incredible results, and it’s only going to get better with you on board!
If you would like more information about our apprenticeships, or to find out how to apply, call the salon today and ask to speak to Dana.
Hands up if you’ve been enjoying all the sunshine lately? We’re absolutely loving it, but we have been hearing a few waves of concern from our clients in the salon, who all seem to be having the same problem: styling hair in this heat.
Well worry no more, because we have the solution. Rather than going for a full-on blow dry and style when you visit to the salon, why not swap it for a simple hair up do instead?
Our stylists will blast dry your hair first and rather than battling with added heat from straighteners or curling tongs, your hair will be styled easily enough so you can replicate it in your own time.
If you reach for your nearest invisibobble the moment you start to feel the interference of heat (and dare we say it, sweat) under your hair, then buns and top knots are perfect to work with when you have damp hair. Whether you like a loose, messy bun or one with a French braid to add a bit more glamour to your style, these never fail. Team one with a metal wire combed Alice band and you have glamour to go. The possibilities are endless.
Then of course, we can’t forget the classic braid. A full-on French plait will look sophisticated and keep you cool, or maybe you would prefer a braided or twisted crown instead. Either way, you will look both feminine and stylish. Even side plaits or a simple ponytail are great choices, and it’s so easy to work with damp hair, you’ll wonder why you never thought of doing it before!
There are so many options to choose from and we can work with all different hair lengths. The best thing is you can opt for this at no extra cost. That’s right, this simple swap is the same price as a cut and finish so give it a go the next time you are with us.
There’s nothing we love more than a cheeky upgrade, but when was the last time you thought about reinvigorating your hair colour? Well think no more as we introduce to you Tiger Eye hair - the latest Balayage trend already taking salons by storm.
Now don’t panic, we’re not about to turn you into Tony the Tiger, although you may feel ‘GR-R-REAT!’ and want to unleash your inner wild side after opting for this trend! No, Tiger Eye hair is on a much more sophisticated level as we will now explain.
Taken from the infamous Tiger Eye Rock, a semi-precious quartz stone that aids harmony and balance and helps you to release fear and anxiety, Tiger Eye hair mimics the stone’s colours of blondes, browns and caramels to create beautifully warm tones throughout your hair. What’s more, these colours can be emphasised with different styling methods such as curling or straightening.
Using the same hand technique as Balayage, the Tiger Eye colour starts with a deep rich chocolate root colour with soft warm caramels, gold and copper running throughout, keeping the ends of your hair the lightest. It is mostly suitable for anyone with a warm complexion, but the colour tones can be easily adapted for those with a more cooler complexion.
To get the full effect of Tiger Eye hair, don’t be afraid to let your stylist loose on painting stripes onto your locks. Much like the stone, you can expect to see thick areas of colour, which will bring with it a beautifully dramatic look.
We understand when it comes to colouring, some people aren’t massive fans of stripes so if you would prefer something more subtle, that’s ok too. Remember though, this is another paint-on technique so compared to foils, the thickness of colour will have a very different effect.
Why not give it a go today; contact the salon to arrange a consultation with your stylist.
Looking after our clients is the number one focus at Octopus HQ, and we’re really excited to be taking our care programme one step further with the introduction of a brand-new range from Matrix, called Biolage R.A.W.
Biolage R.A.W is Real, Authentic and Wholesome. It is a natural range of hair products, free of sulphates and silicones, leaving your hair perfectly clean, silky and smooth. It’s the ideal combination if you are looking for a greener, eco-friendly hair system.
Like everything in life, it’s important to be mindful with the decisions we make. We are all striving to be healthier and make cleaner choices, so why stop at the products we use on our hair? The R.A.W collection has all the non-essential ingredients removed and ranges from 70 – 100% natural origin. It doesn’t sacrifice on quality so your hair will look and feel as you would expect from any quality hair care range. Each formula is up to 99% biodegradable and every bottle is made with 100% recycled packaging so from the inside out, R.A.W is doing something good.
There are 4 areas of care in the R.A.W range:
Nourish: Transforms dry, dull hair into healthy-looking soft locks with ingredients including coconut oil, honey and quinoa husk, and kaolin clay.
Recover: Restores shine using ingredients like yucca, goji berry, coriander oil and kaolin clay.
Replenish: A custom oil blend that creates smoother, softer, shinier hair. Suitable for all hair types.
Uplift: Purifies flat, fine hair without harsh stripping using ingredients like black sesame, grapefruit, kiwi and kaolin clay.
Each area provides a selection of feel-good, look-good and do-good hair products that leave your hair feeling amazing with professional results. So, here’s to the beginning of some great new changes at Octopus hair; we’re already in love with this new range and we can’t wait for you to try it too.
R.A.W is available in the salon now.
If you’re looking for a hair style that’s on trend and doesn’t take too much to maintain, especially when the weather is so hot, then look no further because the shag haircut is the one for you!
This unisex look originally made its first appearance in the 70’s on celebs including Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Jane Fonda, and has since made several comebacks including when Jennifer Aniston infamously introduced “The Rachel” do in the mid 90’s. Now, as we move through 2017, we are seeing yet another revival thanks to the likes of Taylor Swift, Alexa Cheung and Kaley Cuoco who are showing the world that hair can be retro, stylish and cool all at the same time.
The shag do is the ideal style if you like your hair to look a little bit rough round the edges, and the best thing is it’s suited to all face shapes, hair lengths and ages. Veterans of this look include Meg Ryan, Chrissie Hynde and Debbie Harry, and they’re still rocking the style today, proving this is one that won’t be disappearing any time soon.
Shag haircuts in 2017 are still easily identified with plenty of layers around the crown and feathering at the top and sides, but the look today is more modern, with a sharper cut and shape, but still easy enough to maintain. Depending upon the length and thickness of your hair as well as your face shape, will determine the number of layers and the type of finish created for this look.
Short shaggy styles are great if you have thin or flat hair as they can rejuvenate your look and add body; medium shag styles provide the opportunity to create a rocky, messy look and long shag haircuts allow for all-over layers that will turn heads. There’s a style for everyone, so why not unleash that inner rock god and go crazy with shag hair today