Blorange Is The New Black

IMG 1608We all love admiring the beauty of a sunset and the way the combination of yellow, red and orange tones highlight the sky, but have you ever considered taking those colours and incorporating them into your hair?

Well consider no more as we are excited to introduce you to: blorange.

Dubbed as the new rose gold, blorange is a combination of red and orange tones used on blonde hair to create beautifully warm, mesmerising shade effects including blood orange and peach – perfect for mimicking that gorgeous sunset we all love.

Already taking 2017 by storm, Georgia May Jagger was the first to set the trend after sending the internet into a frenzy at the beginning of the year when she updated her Instagram account with a photograph of herself showing off this new hair colour. What followed next was a plethora of celebrities following suit including Gigi Hadid, Hayley Baldwin and Troian Bellisario, and it hasn’t stopped since.

Whether you want to go all out and opt for a full head of sunset colour or prefer the subtle approach such as ombre, scattered colour or dipped ends, blorange can be as intense or as
understated as you want. It’s suitable for everyone, and it doesn’t end there.

Since its take-off, blorange has evolved from blonde hair to brown and black too, creating a more intense, rocky edge to its original look, which means anyone can get on board
and take advantage of this new shade. Depending on your hair colour and skin
tone will depend on the intensity of the tones used by your stylist.

Blorange is fruity, flirty and fun. It’s the shade of the moment, so don’t miss out on experimenting with these gorgeous colours. What are you waiting for? Get on board and get on trend today!

Are You Stuck In A Hair Rut?

Octopus March 2017 SM Posts 03 17Do you ever wake up in the morning and think “I really wish my hair looked different?” and then spend hours trawling through magazines for inspiration and trying different ways to style your hair only to go back to the trusty “safe” look you are always familiar with?
Perhaps those Facebook memories that pop up on your timeline have given you the realisation that your hair looks exactly the same 5 years ago as it does today and has prompted you to do some serious re-evaluation of your current look.
Maybe you need a cut that is going to make you look more sophisticated, modern or even brush a few years off you. Maybe you want to rebel against your current style and try something all out different and give not only yourself a shock, but your friends and family too?
Well now is the time to answer that lingering morning conflict you are having with yourself and step into our salon so we can create a brand new look, just for YOU!
Don’t worry, we won’t go crazy and do a 2007 Britney Spears and shave off all your hair! No, it’s 2017, we’re past that. Instead, it’s time to re-evaluate. It’s about looking in that mirror and loving your hair. Infact, it’s now time be the person that, when others see you, ask themselves that illusive question!
Our team of stylists are always on the lookout for people eager to try something new. After all, we’re hairdressers, and there’s nothing we love more than giving our clients a BIG Octopus confidence boost with a brand new look.
So if you have woken up this morning feeling like this, give us a call and let’s get consulting on options to get heads turning and give you that amazing look you so thoroughly deserve.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HAIRSPRAY

Octopus September SM Posts 7Hairspray: It’s a staple product we all have at home and in our handbags, and a product many of us use on a daily basis, but when was the last time you stopped to really look at the type of spray you are using, and how do you know if it’s the right type for your hair?
With so many available to choose from, it can become overwhelming when standing in a shop trying to decide, and you’ll be surprised at how many people are in fact, not only using the wrong type, but also using it in the wrong way.
Take hair curling, for example. Many of our clients tell us they spend time spraying their hair after each curl, thinking it will help them stay in longer, only to find it has the opposite result and drops out as quickly as it’s curled.
So what is it about hairspray, and why are so many people getting it wrong when it comes to choosing the right one? The science behind hairspray is that is isn’t down to the amount we put on our hair, but the weight of the molecular structure of hairspray that impacts the way it holds our hair together.
Hairspray contains molecules called polymers, which are the bond that helps to keep our hair in place. Depending on the type of hairspray you are buying (eg water based, firm hold, flexible hold) depends on the type of polymers used.
In addition to this, our hair type will then determine how well the spray will hold. Everyone’s hair is different, and even the texture changes frequently, for example how often we wash it, so what might be ideal for you on one day, may not have the same effect on another. The same being from person-to-person.
It doesn’t need to be complicated though, it’s about understanding your hair, and that’s where we can help. If you would like some advice on what is right for you, come into the salon and speak to our stylists and we’ll give you some tips on choosing the right hairspray for you.

PURPLE HAIR

IMG 1324If you’ve decided to do something different to your hair this year, but are still not sure what that is; look no further! The shade set to take 2017 by storm is none other than the colour purple.
With so many different varieties to choose from, we just can’t get enough of it in the salon, and being so versatile, it can compliment all hair colours. Before deciding on what shade to go for though, it’s important to choose one that compliments your skin tone, but don’t worry, that’s where we can help!
Perhaps you want to go all out with vibrant, bold purple, or maybe you would prefer something softer such as lilac, lavender or violet; whatever your preference, we can help create a new look for you. Pastels are also proving popular for both our young and old clients because they provide an opportunity to brave a new colour in a more subtle way, but still create enough impact to get heads turning whilst keeping your style on trend.
There are so many ways you can add purple to your hair. Block colour, ombre and highlights are just a few possibilities, all of which can be incorporated into your style, regardless of the length of your hair. Long hair allows for more intensity, especially if mixing alongside other colours, and can create a rich look if mixed with dark brown and black hair, but short hair can still create an edgy, yet sexy look especially amongst blonde and cherry reds.
The best thing about purple is it is already proving to be season friendly, so whether you decide to brave it now, or wait a few months and go for it in the summer, it’s up to you. Purple is here to stay, so why not take the plunge and give it a go! The possibilities really are endless.

WE LIKE TO PARTY


Octopus September SM Posts 1‘Tis the season to be jolly and if you’re anything like us, that means party, party, party! Before you crack open that bottle of Prosecco you’ve been chilling and dig out your favourite little black dress, you need to think about styling your hair. Below are some of our favourites to give you some inspiration:
Long and Sleek
Plug in those irons and get ready to be the envy of girls everywhere with long and sleek hair. This style not only screams sophisticated, but sexy too, and with a touch of serum to finish off the look, your hair will shine and stand out.
Up Do
Whether you’ve been invited to a formal sit-down dinner party, or want to add some chic with a top bun, an up-do will make a big impact and last all night. It’s a great option if you’re planning to add some emphasis with a statement necklace or set of sparkling earrings.
Curls
Curls are a classic party look. They suit all hair lengths and the best thing about them is the many different types to choose from. Straightening irons, wands or rollers all create beautiful curls. From tight “Annie” ringlets to soft waves we can create the look you want.
Short and sweet
You don’t have to have long hair to create a glam party look. Pixie crops with a long side sweeping fringe, slicked back short hair or a volumised bob are just some of the many styles to rock a Christmas party.
Plaits
We LOVE a braid! These can be incorporated whichever way you like. From a French plait along the front of your hairline or one wrapped around a bun to a beautiful twisted crown braid, these are the perfect way to let your hair stand out.
Accessories
Last but by no means least; don’t forget your hair accessories. This time is all about the glitz and sparkle and whatever hairstyle you decide to go for this season, accessories can always be incorporated. From a simple hair band, glittery hair slides and clips to funky bobby pins, accessories are the finishing touch to beautiful party hair.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT SHAMPOO FOR YOU!

Octopus August SM Posts 2One of the many topics of conversation that frequents the salon amongst our clients and stylists is shampoo. So often we are asked for advice on the best one to buy and whether to go for a professional brand or one from a local supermarket.
We’ve all been there: standing in front of a row of beautifully coloured bottles trying to decide whether to go for the one that gives lasting colour, the one that promises best results or is safe to use every day or the one that is the cheapest (because let’s face it, we’ve all had weeks where we’ve had to stretch the pennies).
So other than getting into a flap about it and reaching for a bottle of wine rather than a bottle of shampoo, let us give you a few tips to make it easier for you.
The first thing to look for is the Ph level which determines the acid and alkaline balance of the product. Always look for those ranging as close to 5.5 as this is considered neutral, therefore safe to use on your hair and scalp.
Professional shampoos fall into this neutral bracket, but it is important to note that any displaying higher Ph levels will be more alkaline, and will therefore be more harsh on your hair, something you don’t want especially if you have recently had new colour applied.
You should then scan the bottle to read the general make up of ingredients. Professional shampoos are made up of 20% water and the rest products, whereas shop ones are the opposite, with roughly 80% water. This means professional shampoos are more concentrated so will last much longer!
Shop bought also has a tendency to have low grade silicon added to it which doesn't wash out easily. Your hair may be left feeling lovely and soft, but when colour is applied it won't take as well and will dull and fade very quickly afterwards. A nightmare for vibrant reds and folk who want to be a cool ice blonde!
So the next time you are in need of some shampoo, remember these tips and consider opting for professional products – your hair will thank you!!!

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