Octopus October SM Posts 8So, you’ve arrived at Octopus Hair for your next appointment and are getting comfortable whilst enjoying a latte and biscoff (yes, we like to spoil you!) when you are about to discuss your next set of foil requirements with your stylist....
But wait! Have you considered Balayage?
Balayage is a French hair technique where we sweep colour straight onto the surface of your hair at the root, moving down to the ends for a sun-kissed natural look. There’s no need to use foils which means it is a much softer colour process and gives beautiful results, leaving your hair looking more natural. It also means the re-growth is less noticeable too so you can in fact, stretch out your salon visits a little bit longer, not that we want that to happen - we’ll miss you too much!
Where highlights are created with rows of foil for a more obvious colour, Balayage is more flexible because it can be applied sparingly throughout your hair which creates that natural look. The great thing about Balayage is it’s suitable for most hair lengths and can be adapted to all colours. Our experts will tailor the colour to the shading of your skin tone so that your best features are emphasised meaning everyone can benefit from this technique!
Balayage looks good all year round too. Whether you have just got back from two weeks in the sun and want to maintain that summer glow, or want to spruce up your colour during the winter months when you’re feeling cold and gloomy; having naturally warm, coloured hair will make you look and feel good whatever the season.
What are you waiting for? If you want one of our Balayage buffs to work their magic on you and be the envy of your friends, book an appointment today!


Octopus July SM Posts FInal 9We’ve recently shared our love for grey hair colour and the endless possibilities you can create by adding it to your own hair, but what about incorporating another colour alongside it? One that is proving really popular is pink, and we can completely understand why. 

Grey and pink work because they are soft colours that blend well together. Whether you are opting for a subtle look with pastel pink, or a something more obvious with fuscia, the effect these colours combined, are proving that stepping out of our comfort zone and experimenting with different colours other than the obvious blonde or brunette, is fun and exciting. 

Don’t worry, we’re not against the obvious, but when we get an opportunity to experiment with something different and new, we’re going to jump at the chance to have fun with it - after all, it’s what us colour experts do! 

Although pink has been around for a few years, it’s showing no sign of going anywhere, so now is the perfect opportunity to brave it and try something different. Kelly Osbourne, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding are just a few celebs who have taken the plunge and tried it. Even the pop singer, Pink, has been combining her signature hair colour with silver and grey for an effect that looks feminine but still keeping in line with her rocky edge. 

Colours are so versatile and can create an incredible difference to your hair so whatever the look you are going for, we have the skill and knowledge to ensure the colour is right for you. If we have tempted you to take the plunge and try a grey/pink combo, pop into the salon and have a chat with us or pick up the phone and book in for a consultation!


Octopus September SM Posts 4It’s easy to feel envious when you see images of models with beautifully thick hair, or your favourite celebrity showing off luscious volumising locks at a glamourous event, but rather than getting caught up in a cycle of copious amounts of back combing, mousse and spray in an attempt to recreate the look, there is a hidden trick which many of them use, and that simple is, hair extensions.

As we age, our hair follicles become weaker; team that with the effects of the environment and stresses and strains of everyday living, our hair can end up looking like it needs a good lift. If you are lucky enough to be graced with beautifully thick locks, we salute you! If, on the other hand, your hair is looking flat and limp, why not consider enhancing the look with hair extensions to rejuvenate your locks and give them the volume it is lacking.

Fine hair can sometimes be a challenge to style and we hear so often in the salon, stories from our clients about their struggle to do anything with it, and how they wish their hair looked and felt so much thicker – just like those images of celebrities they are drooling over! Whilst we are always on hand to listen and give advice for styling fine hair, having extensions is a great solution to add that extra volume which so many people are dreaming of.

By adding in strands of real Fabulong Hair throughout your own, we can discreetly create a look to give you not just added volume, but added confidence too, and most importantly, ensuring it remains natural looking.

Extensions don’t just have to be about length, adding in thickness can transform the look and style of your hair as much as it does having it long. It’s all about creating the look you want and the versatility of extensions allow us to do that.

If you are considering investing in hair extensions, give the salon a call today and arrange a consultation so we can discuss how to help you.  


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When styling your hair, do you ever wish you had more of it?

Maybe you wish it was thicker or longer, or that you could create even a simple style, such as a ponytail, with more volume and body? If this is you, then perhaps it’s time to consider having hair extensions.

We want to give you an introduction into the hair extensions we use, and more importantly, why, to give you an opportunity to familiarise yourself with the product before you make the bid decision to invest in your new look.

We are proud to use high quality, Fabulong hair extensions in our salon.

These extensions are 100% virgin human hair, processed through a system called ‘cuticle alignment’ which means every strand of hair is facing the same direction, preventing it from tangling.

This in turn makes the hair easy for you to manage and maintain, something which is extremely important when committing yourself to extensions.

That’s not all!  There’s more to Fabulong hair extensions that we love too.

As colour experts, we put colour and shine at the forefront of our clients’ needs, and with such a versatile range of coloured hair available, and their science of maintaining the shine and luster, we can continue our expertise with assurance knowing we are delivering the hair you want with a product that won’t damage your natural hair. Isn’t that fabulous!

We have qualified stylists trained specifically in hair extensions who can discuss the possibilities available to help enhance your style with extensions. If you would like to find out more, or are interested in booking an appointment, call the salon today on 01604 756685 to arrange a consultation Click the Button

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Blunt hairstyles are still very much in the limelight this year with celebs such as Taylor Swift, Emma Stone and Rihanna all showing off some serious hair envy.
Creating the look for yourself can, however, be somewhat trying especially if you have thick hair as you can potentially run the risk of looking more like an extra from The Lego Movie than a style icon!
All is not lost though.When it comes to perfecting the right blunt cut for you, we can help by using a method called collapsed layers - a cutting technique that removes volume and weight from underneath your hair rather than thinning it out with layers on top - preventing that helmet head from surfacing!

There are a variety of ways to collapse layers from your hair. For example, using reversible blending scissors to thin out layers from the nape of your neck to allow your hair to neatly sit closer to the neckline, to the more extreme where hidden panels of your hair are shaved to allow it sit flatly against your head. Don’t panic; it doesn’t have to be as extreme as that, it will all depend on your hairline, the type of look you want, and the discussion you have with your stylist on creating the best cut for you.
Now is the perfect time to be brave and take the plunge with a style that is current and on trend so why wouldn’t you want to take the risk? If you are admiring these styles and wondering if you can pull off the look, come into the salon and talk to us. We can evaluate your hair type and discuss the options available to help you create the look you want and leave you walking out of our doors looking as sharp as the cut we give you!



Octopus August SM Posts 15Grey is on trend, and no we’re not talking Christian (although we won’t deny, he is a bit of dish!) It’s the unlikely colour people are going for and telling the world that being grey isn’t about getting old, but in fact, is a move that’s proving daring and beautiful. It’s also got the Octopus team rather excited in the salon because it’s giving us another great reason to experiment with colour!


Since designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Gareth Pugh and Chanel were seen using silver-haired models in their recent catwalk shows, celebs including Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Adam Lambert and Jade Thirwall from Little Mix, are turning to the colour that is being dubbed  “Granny hair” and stepping out in head-turning shades of Grey.


So why is the colour that we’ve always been so afraid of, or eager to cover up, now the one to be showing off? Grey is a head turner. It’s not one you expect people to be choosing, and the dynamic it brings to your hair style is creating an exciting buzz we are very quickly falling in love with. It’s edgy, classy, sexy and bold so if there’s ever a time to experiment with the colour, it’s now!


There are many different ways to incorporate a grey hue into your hair. Whether you want light, dark, silver blue, ombre, gothic grey (black and silver), purple grey balayage, pink and grey or all out ice queen, the opportunities are endless.

Both men and women are embracing grey and the look it can bring to their style. In its own right, grey is a beautiful colour, so it’s no wonder we are now seeing it being used more in salons. You no longer have to be of a certain age to achieve this look so what are you waiting for? Get on board with the grey phenomena today!