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.


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!!!


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.


Octopus October SM Posts 16With the festive season upon on us we wanted to let you know changes to our openng times.

If you havent booked your appointments in for Christmas yet, be quick as there's not many left..

We close at 5pm on Christmas Eve and Re-open on thursday 29th Decemebr at 9am.

We then close at 12.30pm on New Years Eve and Re-open at 9am on Tuesday 3rd January.

If you are still stuck for gift ideas for your loved ones then dont forget, we can personalise a gift package for you! 

We look forwrad to seeing you soon,

Dana x


Octopus November SM Posts 9If you’re considering a radical hair colour transformation, but are not sure what to do, why not dive in and go mermaid!
With such beautiful colours to choose from, Mermaid hair is the ideal choice if you want to stand out from the crowd and show off your personality. From blending colours to contrasting with bold opposites, the opportunities to create this look are endless. So whether you want a soft and delicate version of mermaid hair, or shades to give Joseph’s Technicolor Dreamcoat a run for its money, we can help!
Depending on the initial colour of your hair, we will need to do some bleaching prior to adding in your chosen colours. If you are lucky enough to be blessed with gorgeous platinum blonde locks then you are already halfway there (and probably already a real life mermaid!), but if not, don’t panic; we are colour experts, so we know what we’re doing!
For anyone new to bleaching, you are in safe hands. We won’t dry out your hair and we won’t break it either. We will, however, make sure it stays nourished and well conditioned, and we’ll have so much fun creating your look in the process that we may even treat you to a rendition or two of our favourite songs from The Little Mermaid!
The best thing about mermaid hair is that it’s fun and vibrant so you really can unleash your inner sparkle and shine with a multitude of colours! From pastels entwined with platinum blonde, lavender and teal, rocky grey and purple, romantic pink and peach to Aquamarine, turquoise and violet, the possibilities to create your mermaid look are endless.
Now is the ideal time to make a splash and turn heads with mer-mazing hair, so let the Octopus unleash the mermaid and get sea-inspired today.


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 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.
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.
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.