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Welcome back you beautiful bunch!


If you follow me on Instagram (@lanaskyecaven) then you're bound to be aware that I recently had my hair done! No, it wasn't just a bouncy blow dry or a trim, this time I went all out. 

I've only ever had colour on my hair once before, mainly because my mam has always told me to embrace my natural colour, but I fancied a change.

'Evoke Creative Hair' is located on 9 Kings Walk in the very heart of Nottingham.


I knew I was in safe hands the minute I walked through the door. 

Within seconds I was offered a drink of my choosing and seated in an extremely comfy chair (believe me, this is so important when you know you're going to be in the same spot for hours on end).

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I had a consultation with Senior Stylist Ling before any products touched my head. This for me was so reassuring, I can't think of anything worse than a hairdresser diving in without properly understanding what their customer wants. 


Not long after this, I was introduced to Director Seno and Technician Jamila. All three of these amazing people spent over 5 hours of their day working on and perfecting my hair. Hats off to them!


This was the result...

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I promise you I'm not just saying it. I am well and truly obsessed with my new hair do.



One thing a lot of people don't know about 'Evoke', is that they're also home to premium Menswear label '&Blanc Fashion'. 

Their ethos is simple - to promote fresh and exciting independent fashion brands, whilst providing customers with a retail experience they will never forget. They achieve this through their unique combination of fashion clothing, hair styling and coffee.


'Evoke' and '&Blanc' see bridging the gap between hair styling and fashion as their key drive and mission. After being in their space for multiple hours, I've realised that it really does work. 

The staff are friendly and polite from the outset. This in itself makes a massive difference.

If you live in or are perhaps visiting Nottingham - I implore you to pop in, even if its just to have a look around their store which is located downstairs. As for the hair side of things, if you're thinking about getting anything done then I couldn't recommend 'Evoke' enough!


Visit their websites below to find out more about them:


Love, Lana Skye x 


Photo Credit: Lana Skye, & Blanc Fashion, Evoke Creative Hair. 

Coachella 2016 Hair Trends

This years Coachella provided us with some serious hair inspiration, and we are loving the rainbow hair and 90's double bun.

First of all, the double bun! Many of our favourite celebs were rocking the double bun this year taking inspiration from a very 90's Gwen Stafani. We have three different styles to talk about, relaxed and messy, elegant and pretty and bold and daring! First off we have Kendall Jenner's brunette buns which were a relaxed, easy going look very achievable and wearable to any festivals you may be attending this year. We also saw style blogger Chiara Ferragni giving us some half up, half down double buns, perfect for both long and short hair if you want something a little more feminine.

Finally we adored Katy Perry's candy floss pink buns which were slick, smooth and tidy. If you're wanting to go bold this summer then that is definitely the look for you! You can achieve any of these three looks this festival season all you will need is a brush, some hair ties and some Schwarzkopf Silhouette hairspray to hold everything in place!

Tip: You can add glitter to your roots if you want a little something special to your look.


Lastly we saw some amazing rainbow braids from Kylie Jenner. Following on from our love of Irene Kim's rainbow hair we think after seeing Kylie's bold braids the multicoloured style will be all the rage this season!


I never thought I’d dye my hair an ‘unnatural’ colour again after the dramas of being a teenager and experimenting with every hair colour under the sun. Each one looking worse than the last time I might add. But, I’m a grown up now and I can go to proper salons and get proper hairdressers to sort my hair out and I’ve realised that this is 100% the best way to go. I’ll never home-dye my hair again, it’s just not worth the stress, the mess and the disappointing results.

was invited down to Evoke Creative Hair in Nottingham to have a little colour spruce up and I was really excited. I wanted a change from my ombre dip dye that I’ve been rocking for almost a year. I originally planned to still keep the ombre but go for a grey dip dye. But, we decided to go the whole way and go grey all over with a few surprise snippets of under colour. I chose purple, blue and turquoise – mermaid colours.

he salon is really really cool, there’s a men’s clothing store tucked away in the basement near the hair wash basins and it’s realy industrial and cool. I did get a little bit lonely after only looking at myself in a mirror for about 6 hours but when I was able to sit upstairs and get my hair cut after my colour was done I could really appreciate how cool the salon is. It’s also a barbers and I think it’s more popular for this than for girls’ hair but I’ll definitely be going back when my roots come through and getting a touch up and maybe even another colour. The beauty with grey hair is my hair will fade to a light blonde and then I can add whatever pastel shade I fancy on top! What’s next? I won’t lie to you, I’ll probably indulge my inner 14 year old and go for pink hair because I think I’ve always secretly wanted it!

’d massively recommend Evoke for stripping out colour and taking you from brown to grey in one sitting. They know exactly what they’re doing and my hair’s still in great condition. We used a lower strength of bleach and did two applications to make sure my hair still stayed healthy and it sure still is as healthy as it was when I walked in. It’s probably in better condition and it’s definitely looks 100% better.

Irene Kim: Our Rainbow Haired Muse

Irene Kim: Our Rainbow Haired Muse

Model and social media IT-girl, Irene Kim is our latest hair inspiration here at Evoke Creative Hair. Her "rainbow hair" is something that's always captured the hearts of street style photographers across the globe. The contrast of the bright colours against her jet black hair truly make a bold statement. 

Born in Seattle, but currently living & working in Seoul as a TV personality and model; Kim says her hair has "become my second skin. People in Korea are so used to my hair being rainbow that it's how they recognise me." Styled and coloured by Korean hair stylist, Sunwoo Kim, who aims for the perfect combination of ombré and gradation.

But despite her love for vibrant hair colour, Kim believes the best beauty trick is "less is more." All you need is "some light foundation, brows and a lip tint." And, let's be honest, will hair like hers, you wouldn't need heavy make-up or a bold outfit to leave an impression.



Here at the Evoke salon, we want to prepare you for the summer, so if you dare to go bold. Head into store for a free consultation, and the latest "rainbow hair."




Last week, we were fortunate enough to have a visit from Eliane Fernandes who's known for her online presence as fashion blogger, BlogDaelli. 

Eliane decided to tackle the "Granny Hair" trend. It's the unlikely hair tend of the year, but over the past few months, it's been inescapable. Silver hair hues are taking social media, with bloggers and celebrities embracing the grey that we've always seemed to loathe. Hair stylists are noticing a rise in requests for this modern hair trend, and it's safe to say, the results are always amazing. Furthermore, not only has this trend taken over women's hair, it's also been adapted by many male celebrities too. George Clooney, for example, has always been known to rock the 'Silver Stallion' look, and has never let his age get in the way of his looks. Other celebrities such as BigBang's T.O.P and model Lucky Blue Smith have also proven that whiter hair can look amazing.

It has the ability to suit almost every hair style or length and the hues can be adopted to best suit your skin tone; ranging from dark grey to striking silver.



We were incredibly happy that Eliane was pleased with her transformation, and thankful for all her kind words regarding our salon.



Treatments used:

Standard Wash + Cut, Hair Colouring and Olaplex Treatment.


To find out more about what we offer, check out our Services and Prices pages, or head into store for a free consultation.


    Digital Perm: How It Works

    What is a digital perm?

    A digital perm is a new technique of creating a shiny and bouncy wave to your hair.
    As a new trend-setting hairstyling treatment, the digital perm uses temperature controlled rods that are all powered by a machine with a digital display(hence the name).

    The biggest difference between other perms techniques and the digital perm is the shape and texture of the wave created.
    A normal perm is known for creating very tight curls which were very popular in the 1980s and makes the waves more prominent when the hair is wet.

    A digital perm creates the wave as if you have used a curling iron and makes the wave more prominent when the hair is dry against a normal perm.
    Digital perms also thermally recondition the hair which is a similar process to a straightening perm. Your hair will often feel softer, smoother and shinier after digital perm treatment if you don't have any other chemical process.



    Q, Will a digital perm damage my hair?

    Digital Perm would damage your hair to some extent which depends on the current condition of your hair. Digital Perm inolves chemical treatments and the heating process, through it's gentle thermal reconditions your hair; leaving it smooth and shiny.


    Q, How long does the process take?

    It normally takes approximately 3 hours, depending on your hair condition, length and density. Your hair may have to be cut beforehand so that Digital Perm would create nicer and cleaner waves.


    Q, How long does the wave/curls last?

    It also depends on the condition of your hair and the style you want to achieve.

    If the hair condition is good then it normally would last around 3-6 months.


    Q, Does a digital perm work on bleached hair?

    By using a solution for highly damaged hair, it is possible to do a Digital Perm on bleached hair but the results will not be as nice as unbleached hair. You may find the texture to be quite rough.


    Q, Is it suitable for short hair?

    Digital Perm is normally suitable for medium to long hair. If there is not enough length, the digital perm will not to able to create big waves.


    Q, Does a digital perm give extra the volume from the roots?

    Digital Perm gives little volume to the root of the hair. It cannot be applied too close to your scalp for safety reasons, due it it's use of heated rods. 

    Q. Can I have permanent colour and Digital Perm done at the same time?

    We don't recommend applying both at the same time. However, semi-permanent colour is applicable and permanent colour can be applied only for the root touch-up. It doesn't give much damage to you hair in this way.

    Q. How often can I have digital permdone?

    It depends on your hair condition Digital Perm normally lasts for 3-6 months.

    Q.How long do I have to wait before shampooing?

    You need to wait 48 hours to neutralise your hair. If your hair gets wet, you should dry your hair immediately.



    Here at Evoke Creative, we are very pleased to welcome a new barber to our store, Daniel.

    He has years of experience within the industry and we are sofortunate to have in working within our store.

    As of right now, we are offering gents cuts with Daniel at just £15 for a limited time only.

    So, get booking your latest trim now whilst you can.

    Colour Envy: Kylie Jenner

    Colour Envy: Kylie Jenner

    Social media it-girl, Kylie Jenner is a main source of our hair inspiration here at Evoke Creative. She's been green, blue, had long beach waves, and rocked a messy lob. Whatever she does, it works; and it works well. So, we've compiled a list of our personal favourite Kylie Jenner looks, and how to achieve them.



    The Best of Both Worlds

    The 'bronde' look has been favoured by many celebrities, including Jennifer Lopez and it's the perfect way to brighten up brunette hair for the summer. 

    In bronde hair, strands of blonde and brunette hair mingle and flow together. Added highlights in two or more shades which sit close to the natural hair coloir. Brunettes can achieve the bronde hair by adding slightly lighter strands of hair. Depending on the starting hair colours, blondes achieve the sun-kissed brunette look by colouring strands of the hair darker. Golden blonde and light brown are colour options, but, this will depend on your natural hair colour.

    This type of look works all all hair types and hair lengths, and is available right here in our salon through our Balayage treatment. Fabulous hand painted highlights to create a natural glow throughout your hair. 



    glam grey

    Thought going grey was a nightmare? Think again. Many women look great with grey hair, many men are seen to be stylish with grey hair.

    The grey hair trend has proved very popular over the last few months, with many celebrities adopting this look. The likes of Kylie Jenner, Rihanna & Kate Moss have all followed in this trend, and designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier, Chanel and many more have all used grey-haired models for their catwalks.



    Out of the Blue

    For those who are feeling slightly more adventurous with their hair, the aqua hair is a perfect way to go, and a personal favourite of mine.

    Distressed and muted tones of aqua, blue, neon green and navy bring a colourful edge to darker hairstyles. Tones vary from singular to a mismatch of hues, worked in from the roots to the tips or left as an ombré effect. Roots are visible throughout for a grunge-inspired finish and styles are generally unkempt and flyaway. 




    how to achieve these looks


     At Evoke Creative Hair, we have a wide range of coloured dyes to help you achieve whatever colour you desire. Furthermore, to keep your hair strong & healthy after colouring, we offer the Olaplex treatment.

    Olaplex redefines coloured hair, making your hair stronger and looking healthier. The new BOND multiplier that dramatically reduces breakage due to chemicals.

    Book a FREE Consultation to find out more.

    So, What Exactly Is Balayage And Why Do We Love It?

    We've spoken to Jack Howard, international colourist based at Paul Edmonds, to get some professional insight on this booming hair trend.


    Q, What is balayage? 

    Balayage is a French word meaning to sweep or to paint. It allows for a sun-kissed natural looking hair colour - similar to what nature gives us as children - with softer, less noticeable regrowth lines. The principal idea being less is more when creating soft, natural looks. 


    Q, How is it applied? 

    Balayage is applied on the surface and not saturated through the section until the very tips, otherwise you would have a streak of colour that isn’t vey soft at all. It can also be called a freehand technique because no foil or meche are used to create the highlights.


    Q, What sets it apart from traditional hair colouring? 

    It’s totally bespoke to you! A good balayage expert will be able to place the colour to suit your skin tone so it’ll look amazing and really light up your features. 



    Q, What's making it so popular recently? 

    It’s a skilled technique that hasn’t been widely taught in the UK until recently. Now it’s becoming better known because all the models and A-listers are wearing it. Clients are seeing it on the catwalks and red carpets and want to get that finish rather than the uniform highlights that foils give.



    Q, Does it require a lot of maintenance? 

    Very little. It grows out beautifully and more naturally so you don’t get an obvious regrowth line and and can wear it for longer between appointments. All you really need to do is protect it as you would any other colour: use a colour protecting shampoo and conditioner, regular treatments and heat protection when styling.


    Q, Is it suitable for all hair types/lengths? 

    It works on both light and dark hair, so anyone really. Both Rihanna and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley are great examples of balayage poster girls. I’m currently doing a technique called ‘bronde’ popular amongst celebs such as Jessica Alba and Olivia Palermo. It's the perfect combination of brown and blonde tones, bronde is perfect for darker haired clients who want to try out a lighter colour, it can be warm neutral or cool. The choice is really between you and your colourist. Balayage pretty much works for all lengths except very short cropped hair.

    Q, What makes it timeless? 

    It's low maintenance, looks more bespoke, more natural, and is a modern technique that’s much more flattering. Healthy hair is attractive hair and that’ll never go out of fashion. Balayage gives a gorgeous healthy finish that looks nature-enhanced, glossy and expensive. It can be natural or strong, whatever you want, it’s all about the application technique.