With products specifically designed to mask dirty hair—think dry shampoo and hair perfume—at our fingertips, not washing our hair has become super trendy. And while it’s okay to go a day or two without cleansing, skipping out on it altogether won’t exactly give us the healthy, beautiful hair we all lust after.
Many of us are guilty of stripping our strands of natural oils that help protect and nourish our hair. To avoid this, we suggests paying close attention to the scalp instead of the ends. Here are a few more things to consider when washing your hair.
1. Wash your hair often, but not too often
2. Use a shampoo that’s formulated with your hair type in mind
3. Rinse first you can try applying a hair rinse before shampooing. Hair rinses clarify the strands and scalp by removing excess oil, dirt, debris and product buildup.
4. Use half the amount you were taught to use
5. Don’t scrub
6. Use any leftover product on the rest of your hair
7. Follow up with a nourishing conditioner
8. Rinse with cold waterLast, but not least: rinse your conditioned strands in cold water. “The colder, the better! This will assure that your hair’s cuticle is closed, which will smooth your hair and provide an intense shine,
Hair extensions are a popular choice for many of our clients and we have seen some incredible, and beautiful, transformations over the years. We know this is only going to continue and are so excited about our hair extension sale!Book your bespoke consultation where your stylist will recommend the best method of extension for you and if you book your fitting before January 24th you'll be able to take advantage of the best hair extension sale of the year!
So as you can see with a saving of up to £246 this is a deal not to be missed!
Get on the phone and book in with Lauren or Kylie, we know appointments are going to go fast! 01604 756685!
Cold harsh winds, high central heating temperatures and rain really play havoc with your hair. Then on top of that you throw on synthetic hats and scarves that cause static and rub again the hair cuticles.
Here are 5 top tips on looking after your hair if you love a winter accessory.
1. Before wearing a hat, always make sure hair is 100% dry, otherwise it will go frizzy and static.
2. Part hair in the opposite direction then when you remove the hat you can flick the hair back into its usual direction and you’ll be left with your normal style...
3. Pull hair into a loose ponytail or braids. These look great under and control frizz.
5. If it is frizzy or flyaway a lightweight oil will soon help!
Did you know that you should be able to stretch your hair a third of its length when it's wet , and it should spring back to the original length. If it doesn't spring back or even worse it snaps then it's time for a conditioning treatment.
A regular condition that you use every time you wash your hair coats the outside of the hair so the hair reflects day light and creates shine!
A conditioning treatment has a smaller molecule which is positively charged helping to attract the treatment into the middle of the hair helping to rehydrate and strengthen.
With Christmas just around the corner, the party season will soon be here which means lots of work do's and parties are approaching. To help you prepare for the festivities that are in waiting, we’ve come up with some great ideas on fabulous ways to style your hair.
Deep side parting
This type of parting is ideal for all hair lengths because it gives you the flexibility to style your hair however you like. Whether you opt for a messy scrunch, big loose curls teamed with a sparkly clip to pin above the ear, or get the straightening irons out and sleek that fringe over your forehead, a deep side parting will look gorgeous.
Ponytails look great during party season and they can be as fun or as sophisticated as you want then. Sleek or curly, high or low, make sure you wrap and pin a thick strand of hair around the base of the ponytail to give it a little something extra.
We LOVE sexy sophisticated hair. Whether your stepping out in a tailored suit or your favourite LBD, sleek, poker straight hair is always a winner.
Top knots and low knots look great, and can be as messy or as sleek as you want them to be. If you’re going straight out from work to party, this style will work wonders as it will last all day and night. A fun way to style a knot is to curl your hair once it’s in a ponytail then section and pin it into the base of your pony. Team it with some bold earrings and you’ll be making a great statement!
We’re talking big, thick curls, winged eyeliner and bold red lips...need we say more?
Oh we love a braid. They’re sexy, fun and sophisticated all rolled into one. What’s even better is they work on all hair lengths....yes even on all you short haired beauties out there. Whether you opt for one around your crown, a small side French braid or a braided up do, your hair will look beautiful whatever type you go for.
Of course, we have to give curls their own mention! They’re such a popular option especially when there’s a party to go to, and with so many different types to go for, you are spoilt for choice with this look. Wavy, kinky, spiral, rollers, straighteners, tongs...this look is so versatile and popular, you really can’t go wrong!
When it comes to adding the all important final details to a wedding dress, choosing a veil is definitely one not to be overlooked because it can completely transform your look. However, with so many to choose from, it can become a tough decision to make.
Below is a selection of styles we have put together to get you started.
This is the shortest of veils that covers part of the face, with a length of 30-45cm from comb to face. Netting is a popular material choice for this type of veil.
A blusher veil is on that drapes down the back but also covers part, or all, of your face. It is usually pulled back over the head at the start, or during, the ceremony. Blushers can be applied to most veil styles.
As expected, this veil stops at shoulder length. This is ideal for a bride who wants something simple that she wont be fazed by.
Elbow veils are ideal if you want to emphasise the intricate detailing of your dress. If you have a backless dress, a bodice or sweetheart neckline, an elbow veil will team up beautifully.
Usually between 36-45" in length, the fingertip veil looks wonderful on all dresses and body shapes. It’s a win-win because everyone can look gorgeous in this style.
Not quite a train, but enough to make an impact. The floor veil, often also described as a waltz, is walking length and gently grazes the floor behind you.
The chapel usually measures between 70-90" and lies just a bit longer than the wedding dress itself. It is perfect if you want to elaborate your look and still create an impact. Lace chapels are a popular choice and look stunning, especially if you have a more formal style dress.
Named Cathedral because they were traditionally worn for Church/Cathedral weddings, these veils will give your guests train envy! They make a real statement, filling the width of the Church isle behind the beautiful bride. There’s no doubt about it, this veil will turn heads!
A final note...
Once you have decided on the style you want, consider next, how it will work with your hair. You may want to take your veil with you on the days you’re booked in for your consultation and hair trial, but it isn’t essential. It is, however, important to let your hairdresser know what kind of veil you are going for as this could impact the style you are looking for. Either way, a good hairdresser will work with you to ensure you are looking and feeling your very best on the day.
As stylists, there’s nothing more we love than creating beautiful hair for our clients, and one of the things we pride ourselves on, is delivering the style and colour you want. That’s why, from the moment you walk into the salon and we say hello, our focus will be on you.
It’s so important to listen and understand what our clients want and that’s why we ensure a hair consultation is included in every appointment. Our stylists are trained to ask the right questions and we’re also the best listeners so will be able to answer yours and offer advice and suggestions if you need it. That way, when it’s time for you to leave, you will be walking out with not only the look you were hoping for when you walked in, but also with a big, happy Octopus smile on your face too!
The time spent sitting with you and talking through ideas, looks and colours is invaluable, not just for you, but for us, which is why we don’t take it for granted. It’s an essential part of your appointment that we love. After all, there’s nothing better than getting excited with our clients about hair, especially when you want to try something new!
So the next time you come and visit us, make the most of your consultation. Don’t be worried about asking the wrong questions, there will be no judgement, only professional, constructive advice. Feel free to bring in pictures or photos if it helps, or take some time to browse through our magazines if you need a little in-salon inspiration. This will then give you the opportunity to sit back and relax with a cuppa while and indulge in some much deserved time out while get to work our magic on you!
INTRODUCING SILENT HAIRCUTS!!!So last week I read an article ( you may have read it too as we shared it on social media asking what you thought) about a salon in London who had introduced silent haircuts.
It was so interesting reading your responses!
In a nutshell the idea was to give people the chance to come into the salon and not have to worry about making "chit chat".
So...as of today you too can now book a silent service at Octopus Hair.
Of course there will be some talking, we'll need to go through your consultation with you, check you are comfortable or need anything, but apart from that you can just sit and relax without the worry of small talk!
You wont have to feel guilty, or awkward...you can simple sit and do nothing, or work, read..whatever you want, we promise it wont involve the weather or holidays!
If this sounds like something up your street then all you have to do is ask for a silent haircut, blow-dry,colour...basically whatever service you'd like just put the word silent infront.
If you're already booked in simple call us and let us know you'd like a new silent service or e-mail us and let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org
When it comes to styling hair for your wedding, you’ll be surprised at the number of people who tell us they’re going to grow their locks before the big day because they associate brides with long hair. We’ve even had people tell us they would opt for extensions so they can get the look they want.
Yes, long hair is beautiful and you can do a lot with it, but let’s give some attention to all you beautiful brides-to-be who have short hair. There are some wonderful options for you to choose from and we are going to show you just a sample of ways you can dress your hair on your big day.
If you have a pixie cut consider yourself lucky! Not many people can pull of this hairstyle so even if you decide not to do anything with it, you can guarantee you will still look striking because it’s already such a bold style.
If, however you want to add a little something extra, a beautiful side head piece or a delicate vine are both contrasting options that will create a dazzling and eye catching look.
Depending on how thick your hair is, curling the top, or adding volume will take your pixie cut to a new level. You could even add a braid along the crown of your head or French plait at the side for added texture.
Curls and braids are a great way to add emphasis to bobbed hair. Depending on the thickness will depend on the type of curl you will achieve, but even the finest of bobbed hair will produce a wonderful wave.
Back combing for additional lift, especially if you opt for a half up/half down style and team it with a hair comb or flowers, will look gorgeous. Likewise, a choppy bob with added colour will emphasise the cut.
Don’t be fooled into thinking you can’t have an up-do with a bob either. Both high and low buns are perfectly achievable and with some curly wisps of hair to shape the front of the face, you will look beautiful.
If you have a long bob (lob) you can experiment with different types of curls. Brushed out soft waves for vintage Hollywood glamour, gorgeous sun kissed beach curls or loose, voluminous curls are only some of the many options to choose from.
A plait wrapped around the back of your hair or along your crown will set off your lob, and is ideal if you want to add some small accessories or flowers alongside it. Team it with a curled, low bun and you’ll have a gorgeous feminine style that will be admired by everyone.
Styling your lob to one side will emphasise high cheek bones and is perfect if your dress has a lot of back detail or a high neck. On the other hand, a simple centre parting with straight hair will look as beautiful and eye-catching.
The next time you question whether short hair can be wedding ready, remember there is style and look out there for everyone and what’s more, we love to be able to help achieve it.