Styling Hair In The Heat!

Octopus Hair Blow Dry PostHands 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.

The Most Powerful Haircut At The Minute!

shagIf 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This unisex look originally made its first appearance in the 70’s on celebs including Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart and Jane Fonda, and has since made several comebacks including when Jennifer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

Tiger Eye Hair colour

Cory Hoffman Tiger Eye Hair Color 3There’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.

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.

You're Gonna Hear Me R.A.W!

Banner2Looking 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.