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Fancy that! Dream Girl spies a new style at NYFW

12 Sep

Dream Girl has to be completely honest with you, we’ve spent a lot of time on Twitter this week looking at pictures of New York Fashion Week. London Fashion Week is just around the corner and we love looking at upcoming trends and styles and wishing we had a sizeable clothes budget to buy everything we like.

Reading Stylist Magazine’s Backstage Beauty Blog at NYFW we spotted a new trend, and it couldn’t be easier to recreate.

Stylist Magazine shares the bright style at Badgley Mischka

Stylist Magazine shares the bright style at Badgley Mischka

Dip dye has been a big hair trend over the last couple of years. Injecting a shock of colour into your daily style has proved a great way to update your look, if it’s pink, purple red or even just ombre. Our only problem with it is that a lot of people don’t like colouring their hair. Harsh chemicals and dyes dry your locks out and can cause split ends. You need regular trims. Plus you might hate the shade and have to wear a hat for, like, six weeks.

But this new style might be just what the hair doctor ordered. Over at Badgley Mischka, models were seen on the catwalk with a flick of colour woven within their locks. It means you just get a flash of the shade when hair is worn either up or down. It offers a colourful contrast and what a great way to brighten up a dull and dark winter?

And at Dream Girl we’ve got the perfect solution. We’ve got over 80 shades of hair extensions, including clip-on hair extensions. Among those shades are our Fancies. In ten shades the Fancies come in blue, purple, red, orange, yellow and green. You can choose from three lengths, 14″, 18″ and 20″ and order directly from our online store.

Wear hair long and sleek and just clip in a few of this bright locks and you’re bang on trend with the littlest of effort. How great will this look be if you have a woven up-do, or messy bun with a streak of colour worn through it?

We love this style, definitely our favourite pick from New York Fashion Week. Your move, London.

 

 

Runway ready DIY hairstyles

5 Sep

New York Fashion Week is almost upon us. It’s a chance for the great and the good of the fashion industry descend on one of the industry’s capitals. The styles on show won’t be for this autumn, although undoubtedly they’ll influence us. Instead this is Spring/Summer 2015.

We’ll post a round-up of the key hairstyles in next week’s blog.

In the meantime though we think it might be a good idea to all feel like we’re on our own personal runway for the next week. Here is Dream Girl’s guide for the simplest runway hairstyles that will make your long locks look ready for fashion…

Harper's Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar

The Topknot

A great style that helps to keep your long locks out of the way while looking bang on trend is a perennial favourite. The topknot is ideal on second day hair. There are a few different ways to achieve it. Either start with a high ponytail and then twist the pony around the bobble, pinning in place. Alternatively gather hair high on the crown, hold up the length straight into the air and twist. As you twist hair will gradually coil into a bun. Pin in place. You’ll need hairspray and the fringe can either be up or down.

If hair isn’t quite long enough to achieve a topknot then don’t worry, you can wear a Dream Girl ponytail hair extension to provide you with added length.

A chunky French braid

Rachel Zoe’s models wore these romantic and effortlessly stylish french braids on the runway this spring. You need uber long locks for these so if you haven’t already got extensions you’ll need them. Start with hair in a middle parting and run through a little wax to make it textured. To create a braid you start with a section of hair just below the crown. Divide into three segments and slowly plait your way down taking strands from the sides to flesh out and fatten the three segments as you go.

The stylist here has created two different segments when they’ve started. The top segment they have plaited and then woven into the braid as they create it. It gives this awesome texture and incredible shape.

Keep going until you reach the tips and fasten. You’ll need to pin different sections as braids can fall south after a while if they’re not tight – and it’s better if you style a braid slightly loosely.

Take out a few strands to give that wispy, feminine finish.

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Braided headband

What do you mean this isn’t your go-to hairstyle when you need a lift? The braided hairband is simply one of the hottest styles around and the fact it was a fixture on the runway in spring means we can still feel model-ready when we wear it.

Start the plait behind one ear. Plaint neatly and then simply twist the plait across your hairline. Pin in place.

Allow a few strands to wisp and fall out as this is a style that looks better the longer you wear it.

Happy styling!

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5 hairstyles for autumn

29 Aug

There’s nothing we love more at Dream Girl than a changing season. It means we can delve into some of the newest hairstyles and see how we need to update our style.

So as summer begins to fade and autumn begins to creep up on us don’t be sad. Instead check out our tips for how to wear your hair this season.

  1. A long lob
Kim Kardashian, Elle

Kim Kardashian, Elle

This is a mid-length style that looks as though it’s shorter than it is. It’s the perfect way to refresh your hair if it’s long, but not too long. We love how Kim Kardashian wears it. Hair is layered in chunky waves that frame the face and look feminine and pretty. It’s easily achieved by twisting hair into one inch sections and pinning in place. You want the waves to be quite thick so sections can be the larger the better. Add a little spray and leave for at least half an hour. Ideal for day and night.

  1. Easy autumn waves

In summer we called them Mermaid waves but a beach style look sounds strange in autumn. Hair is tousled and natural looking and it’s a great way of adding texture to long hair. If you wear hair extensions you’ll know they give you added volume as well as length and that’s key to this look. Add mousse or texture spray to the roots to really maximise that volume at the roots. Part hair in a middle parting and again twist hair into small sections and pin to create waves.

Once you’ve left hair for a while unclip and gently comb with your fingers. Use hairspray to scrunch and add more texture to the curls.

  1. A slicked back look
Iggy Azalea, Elle

Iggy Azalea, Elle

Designers have loved this style for a few seasons but it hasn’t really made the jump into the mainstream yet. This could well be the season it happens. It’s an edgy look that was shown beautifully by Iggy Azalea at the VMAs. Fresh skin, neutral makeup and this slicked back look is the simplest way to look like you’ve made a huge fashion statement with very little effort. This could be the ideal mid-week look of autumn when you just want to roll out of bed and head straight to the office.

  1. Centre part it

Every season partings shift a little to the left or the right. This season it’s all about the centre parting. Amazing for those with awesome bone structure, for the rest of us it can risk your face looking a little drawn. Counteract that by making sure you’ve got plenty of lift and volume at the roots. This will help keep hair soft and light instead of flat. Add a little texture either in waves or with a little scrunching which will add even more volume. Having said that if you have gorgeous high cheekbones then wear hair straight, sleek and centre part it and look fabulous.

  1. Big voluminous up-dos

One of the big trends that’s expected to hit the high street this autumn is mod. Inspired by 60s style expect minis and peacock coats to fill the stores. Now that you’ve mastered your cat flick eyeliner this is the perfect time to show off your skill. The trend doesn’t stop there. It’s being felt in hairstyles with plenty of back coming and teasing. If you’re wearing a French twist – this season’s top bun – then backcomb at the crown to get added lift. Hair doesn’t need to look too done so don’t aim for every strand to be in the perfect place.

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How to restore holiday hair

22 Aug
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covenmagazine.com

Prepping for a holiday is great. Getting home? Not so much.

One of the worst things is that when you come back you can find your hair is dry and brittle. All that sun and swimming in the sea can damage your locks. I know you said you’d cover your hair everyday and wear a swimming cap but let’s face it, most people don’t.

When you’ve got hair extensions this is especially annoying. The life of your extensions is drastically reduced by damage, which is why prevention is better than cure.

However there are a few ways that you can restore the strength and elasticity back into your locks. Here is Dream Girl’s month-long guide for restoring your holiday hair.

Day 1

On the day you come back from holiday start by replacing your regular conditioner.Your hair will be dryer than normal so it needs some added moisturiser. Use something rich for the first week you’re back.

Think of it in the same way as your skin. You know that moisturizing every day will help to stop your skin from drying out while it’s tanned. Your hair is exactly the same.

Week 1

Make a post-holiday resolution to use a hair mask to revive and restore your hair once a week. Hair masques are intensive. You massage them into your roots, not just the ends and it restores hair from root to tip. It will make it shiner and more manageable.

Week 2

As hair begins to restore its shine head for a quick trim. Split ends and dry ends can damage the rest of your hair. They can be what makes hair knotty and difficult to comb. The last thing you want to do is pull and stretch hair, splitting and damaging it further. Get a short trim just to even the ends and rid yourself of the dead bits.

Week 3

If you’ve now used a restorative hair mask three times and used a rich conditioner to bring back some moisture to your hair you’ll see it feels lighter and bouncier. Now is the time to start thinking longer term, about how you can keep your hair looking glossier all year round. Remember we’ve still got a chance of sun in the UK before the end of the summer. You don’t want all your good work to go to waste.

Look for a serum or oil that’s ideal for using on your hair regularly. This will help to lock in moisture, reducing the risk of hair drying out. It will keep hair both healthy and shiny.

Week 4

A month after your holiday it can be tempting to pretend that your skin and hair have returned to normal. If you’ve followed the restore programme then chances are you’ve undone a lot of the damage. But your hair can still dry out. Drink plenty of water as this helps to keep both mind and body hydrated. You don’t have to wash your hair everyday. This can often make hair greasier and can strip it of valuable oils. Remember to turn down the heat and never skimp on conditioner.

 

 

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Why everyone hates growing out their hair

15 Aug

bThat awkward in-between stage. It isn’t good, is it?

When you’ve decided you want longer hair, or that fringe you cut just isn’t cutting it you want the new style right away. It might be the length or it could be that you have layers that are growing out. No one likes that layered mullet you get when a shorter style is growing but the hair at the back is growing faster than the hair at the front! Alas hair takes a while to grow so maybe you should just be patient.

Or maybe not.

You only need two inches of hair to be able to wear hair extensions. Some wear them simply because they like having super long locks, or because their hair is fine and they want a little added volume. Others are looking to hide their style that’s growing out.

Plenty of celebrities turn to hair extensions when they’re waiting for a shorter style to grow out and they want a change, fast. It’s a foolproof way of allowing your hair to transition into a new style. The truth is we can feel a bit down and self-conscious when we don’t like our hairstyle. We can find it tricky to style our hair and it’s especially frustrating when hair is too short to tie back. You can feel like you’re just stuck in one style day in and day out.

At Dream Girl our idea is to offer as much choice as we can; every woman is different after all. Hair extensions come in different lengths from 12 inches to 18 inches so even if you’re looking for a mid-length to long style you can choose it. With over 80 shades on offer you can find one that closely matches your natural shade. This means the hair extensions will blend seamlessly into your own hair.

It couldn’t be easier. If you opt for 100% human hair, like that in Euro Weft or Remi Silky you can select the shade and the length from Dream Girl’s online store. You can weave in your self or see a stylist. The extensions provide you with added length and you can ask your stylist to trim the extensions for you and style to suit you.

If you are growing out a fringe – yeah, pulling on the hair doesn’t make it grow any faster – then once you can sweep it to the side you can use clip-on hair extensions to mask the fringe growth and add thickness around the temples. It isn’t foolproof but it’s a good trick to hide the fringe as it gets to that awkward length. You can’t pin it back all the time. Dream Girl’s clip-on hair extensions

Hair does grow back. Of course it does. But you don’t have to live with a style you don’t like. If you’re at that awkward stage of growing out why not explore Dream Girl’s shop and see if hair extension are right for you. You can even opt for clip-on hair extensions that can offer you a new style in minutes and you can wear them for a night out or just when you fancy a change.

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Easy-peasy work hairstyles

8 Aug

Maybe it’s the sunshine, or perhaps it’s because we can see people enjoying their summer holidays, but it’s tough dragging yourself out to work in the summer.

First thing in the morning it feels like it takes all your energy just to drink a cup of coffee, rather than decide how to wear your hair!

But fear not. Dream Girl has compiled a list of our favourite easy-peasy everyday work hairstyles. They’re ideal for straight, curly, long and medium length hair. Whether you wear hair extensions, or you wear clip-in hair extensions to give you a little extra length and thickness, these are styles that look great but are easy to recreate.

Buzzfeed

Buzzfeed

1. Wraparound pony

A ponytail is such an easy to style to do, even first thing in the morning. Add a little height at the crown by backcombing. for those with medium length hair who need some extra length use one of Dream Girl’s ponytail extensions. All you do is clip it onto your natural hair it does all the work. for an extra added style take a small section of hair underneath the pony. plait it and twist it around the root of the ponytail and secure with a pin.

2. The hair bow

This is such a cute hairstyle. It’s simple but highly effective as it keeps hair off your face and looks way more difficult than it actually is. Style your hair as normal and shake loose. Take around an inch sections from your temples and pull them back behind your head. Cross them and then tie in a bow and pull tightly. Secure the bow with pins hiding them underneath the bow itself. Easy!

3. An over-the-shoulder ponytail

The thing about having long hair which is great is that you can wear it over one should and it looks awesome! Start with the hair on the left hand side of your head just behind your ear. Twist it around almost like a braid until your reach the other side of your head just below your other ear. secure with a bobble in a ponytail and let hair drape over your shoulder.

Pinterest

Pinterest

4. The fishtail bun

Tie your hair up into a high ponytail on the crown of your head. Take the ponytail and braid it into a fish tail plait. Then simply wrap the braid around the base of the ponytail. Secure it with pins. Takes less than five minutes!

5. The Quiff Pompadour

It sounds like a cocktail but it’s actually an easy and fancy half-up-do. You need plenty of volume that’s evenly spaced across the top of the head, rather than peaked at the front. Start by drawing a line across your head with your forefingers at your temples and keep going until your fingers meet at the back of your head. Clip this section of hair up. Come the underneath section and let it hang loose. Take the upper section and begin backcombing. Start at the crown and work across to the fringe and the front. First, pin the top section, leaving a few inches at the front. Then take the front section, pin and push forward slightly. Pin and use hairspray to fasten.

 

How long is your beauty routine?

1 Aug
Rex

Rex

This week, supermodel Miranda Kerr spilled her beauty secrets. She revealed it takes her just 15 minutes to get ready in the morning.

Here at Dream Girl we know that people are time poor. But we also know that 15 minutes isn’t really that much time.

So how far does Miranda Kerr’s super speedy routine work, and what should we adopt?

Dream Girl rates it….

Waking up

Miranda says she drinks a glass of warm water with the juice of half a lemon each morning. Keeping yourself hydrated is important; it doesn’t just benefit your insides keeping your gut healthy but your outsides too. Hair is shinier and healthier when it’s hydrated and skin is clearer and brighter.

Dream Girl rating – Win! This is a definite that you should add to your own routine

Pre shower

Daily body brushing is part of Miranda’s pre-shower routine and she brushes her body from top to toe. There is a benefit to daily body brushing. It helps rid you of dead skin cells and is said to help lymphatic drainage as well as detoxification. How true that is, though, is up to you. We do know that body brushing keeps your skin smoother though.

Dream Girl rating – Win! Soft skin has to be a plus and brushing your skin is better for you than exfoliation which can rob your skin of valuable nutrients. However don’t be too worried if you miss a daily brush.

Mist and moisturise

Once she gets out of the shower, Miranda says she towel dries before misting her face. She applies body lotion and then a day and night cream to her face, neck and décolletage. She uses a hydrating daily moisturiser packed with natural ingredients and oil.

Dream Girl rating – Win! What you use on your skin and hair is incredibly important. If you have hair extensions you should use a gentle shampoo and conditioner that won’t strip the chemically treated locks. Without this they will be duller and less shiny plus they’ll have a shorter life. Your skin is the same. It’s always a balance between cleansing hair and skin while not stripping it of the natural oils it needs to protect it and look healthy. While we’re not convinced by mist daily moisturisation for both hair and skin is vital.

On hair

Miranda washes her hair in the evening so that it dries overnight and all she does in the morning is style it. She prefers elegant and polished simple up-dos like a low braid or high topknot.

Dream Girl rating – For hair health it’s a Win! For practicality it’s a No! Not using heat and allowing hair to dry naturally is much better for it than using a hair dryer and resorting to daily styling. When you wear hair extensions heat can damage and add stress to the hair causing both frizz and split. So washing the hair in the evening and letting it dry is good.

However how practical is this? Hands up anyone who’s gone to bed with wet hair and it’s dried normally for the next day? It doesn’t. You get bumps, weird bed-head and a wet pillow. So yes, it’s a great idea but perhaps not for us!

Makeup

With just a little foundation Miranda says she just applies a little mascara, grooms her eyebrows and lip balm. She uses a little red if she wants to make an impact on her lips.

Dream Girl rating – Win! Less is definitely more when it comes to makeup. Emphasise your natural beauty and frame your features with just a little colour.

Ok, so we’re not all blessed with Miranda Kerr’s bone structure but a hair and beauty routine is about making ourselves look fresh, beautiful and it’s good that we’re all different.

On the whole we think Miranda Kerr’s fast and speedy routine hits all the right bases. Prevention is definitely better than cure and staying hydrated is the best way to keep hair and skin healthy. Moisturising from head to toe keeps you healthy and prevents damage. We’ll be adopting her less is more approach to beauty and reducing the time we spend styling our hair daily. Looking great just got a little easier!

10 ways to protect your hair in summer

25 Jul

bWe all know the damage heat can cause to your hair. But we often equate the risk with hairdryers and straighteners rather than thinking about the sun. Even those of us who lather on sunblock everyday can forget that the same UV rays can damage our hair.

In the height of summer we can often find hair is dry and brittle. It can get frizzier thanks to the humidity and because it needs some moisturiser. When you wear hair extensions made using 100% human hair this can be especially frustrating because the damage to your hair extensions can shorten their lifespan.

So to make your hair extensions last longer and to keep hair shiny, healthy and full of life through the whole of the summer follow Dream Girl’s advice.

1. Use a serum or texturing spray on damp hair to protect it and add shape

Instead of using styling products when hair is dry using them while wet will help lock moisture into the hair, preventing it from getting dry. Ends need particular attention as dry hair can lead to split ends which can only be trimmed instead of repaired.

2. Use braids to achieve curls

Curling tongs can damage already dry hair and simply make hair brittle and split. Instead if you want to create curls or nurture waves use braids. Begin with damp hair and use tight braids for curls and bigger plaits for waves. Allow hair to dry naturally or overnight and once you undo the plaits you hair will be glossy and wavy.

3. Use a stay-in conditioner at the end of the day

Many of us only use a conditioner in the morning when we wash our hair. But in the summer your hair might need a double dose. Comb through a sty-in conditioner before you go to bed to add moisture to hair that’s been in the sunshine through the day.

4. When it’s sunny cover your hair

The same advice for your skin follows to your hair. In super strong sunlight the only sure fire way to protect your hair from damaging UV rays is to wear a hat or a scarf. Your scalp can burn just as easily so you might need to add a little sunscreen to your parting. If you don’t want to wear a hat comb through some leave-in conditioner through your hair and wear it slicked back.

5. Spend extra time wearing hair masks and treatments

Your hair needs a little extra help in the heat so spend an extra hour or so wearing a hair mask or using a special moisturising treatment to restore and rejuvenate your locks during the week.

6. Don’t over-shampoo

Shampoo is like soap on your skin; use too much of it and it strips away the nutrients and proteins your hair needs to keep it looking shiny. You only need a pea-sized amount, even on long hair. And don’t skip conditioner in the summer. Your ends really need it.

7. Drink plenty of water

Of course the easiest way to hydrate your hair is the way you hydrate your body. Drink plenty of water when it’s hot. When you start to feel thirsty and have a dry throat it’s because you’re dehydrated and not taking in enough fluids.

8. Regular trims keep hair healthy

Even the most committed hair lover can get split ends and will find the ends of hair getting dry. The simplest way to keep hair healthy through the summer is to go for regular trims. Every two to three months is all you need, even on longer hair, to keep it glossy and healthy.

9. If you’re going swimming, cover up

Chlorine is so damaging for hair and it’s impossible to replenish locks damaged by chemicals. If hair has been chemically treated, as hair extensions have been, then invest in a swimming cap to protect locks while you go for a swim in the pool.

10. Comb gently

While you’re wearing your hair masks, brushing through leave-in conditioner and looking after your hair every day, go gently. Wild brushing and tugging will stretch hair and cause it to break and split. Instead buy a wide toothed comb. Start at the ends and work up to the roots gently.

Remember you can stay in touch with Dream Girl on Facebook and Twitter through the week for hairstyle tips and ideas.

Three ponytail ideas for the summer

18 Jul

It’s the classic style for summer and the ponytail has had a revamp this season. Take inspiration from the catwalk, keep cool and stylish with your long locks as we hit the height of summer. Or just play with a simple and easy updo. Your hair, your choice!

Here are three pony hairstyles that have caught Dream Girl’s eye.

1. The no hairband pony

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allure.com

Spotted on the couture catwalk at Valentino this clever hairstyle is cutting edge but also perfect if you have no hairband handy. If you already have long hair, thanks to hair extensions or a natural look then gather hair at the nape of the neck. If you want an extra long pony you can try one of Dream Girl’s ponytail hair extensions which you can match to your natural colour.

Take a section of hair from underneath your ponytail and twist around the hair as you would a hair band. Pin the section in place underneath the pony at the nape of your neck.

2. The side pony

This was a big style a couple of years ago but you can bring it bang up to date with this twist. Gather hair into a pony to the side of the head. Take a small section of the ponytail and wrap it around the base, continuing until you reach around the middle of the ponytail. Fasten the end with a see-through elastic hair band and use a few pins pointing towards the head to secure hair in place.

To continue the boho feel ensure a few strands of hair frame the face so the style doesn’t look too “done”. This is a loose and relaxed style that’s just ideal for hot summer days.

3. Full of body

allure.com

allure.com

A voluminous ponytail is bouncy and the perfect compliment to a summer’s day. It’s easy to achieve. Start by back-combing hair at the crown and then adding a little curl. At Dream Girl’s we’d always recommend that you don’t use heat on hair extensions as it can damage your locks. Instead, take hair into one inch sections, twist and pin. This will add a kink and a curl without relying on heat. Use a little hairspray and leave the hair pinned for at last half an hour.

Uncurl and comb hair gently with your fingers. Backcomb a little again at the crown and gather hair into a ponytail at the crown, leaving your fringe or the front sections of hair. Fix with a hair band. Take a section of hair from underneath and twist it around the band to cover it, pinning in place.

Next, backcomb your fringe or the front section of your hair. Pin back and use hairspray to fix.

Remember you can stay in touch with Dream Girl on Facebook and Twitter through the week for hairstyle tips and ideas.

 

Go long!

11 Jul

Hair extensions allow you to add both length and volume to your natural locks. It’s all about enhancing your own style and beauty.

But what to do when you’ve got long hair, but you’re not sure what to do with it?

Long hair can take just as much styling as short hair. Plus there are plenty of different styles and looks to go for.

So what to choose? Dream Girl has picked it’s top four celebrity long hairstyles that you can try yourself. Get a little hair-spiration.

Rex Features

Rex Features

Emily Rossum

The thing about long hair is that it is easy to go full glam. Emma Rossum here goes for a deep side parting and styles hair in gentle waves. Use a large rolled brush to achieve this, or wear hair in a coiled up-do in the day and unfurl for the evening. We always advise you style without using heat as this can damage hair extensions. Wear hair over one shoulder and then match with a red lip and flicked eyeliner.

Eva Longoria

Rex Features

Rex Features

This Eva style shows that you can use long locks to create and eye-catching up-do that’s sleek and stylish. This fishtail braid is bang on trend but it’s also intricate enough to be dressy for a do. Start by styling hair into a deep side parting. Begin with the braid at the back of the head. For a fishtail you need to divide hair into four sections and crossover instead of three. Sections will be smaller giving that coiled finish. Once you’ve reached the tips use a fine comb to gently pull out a few strands so hair doesn’t look too “done”. Wear over one shoulder and style with smoky eyes and nude lips for a “WOW” finish.

Rex Features

Rex Features

Jessica Biel

A simple look can often be the most effective. Jessica Biel wears her hair in a natural middle parting and keeps it sleek and straight. The secret here is to have shiny and glossy looks that looks as healthy as can be. You can use a serum and hair extension appropriate shampoo and conditioner that won’t dry or damage locks to help with this. Avoid using heat as that will damage your locks and will leave hair looking frizzy.

Rihanna

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marieclaire.co.uk

Natural hair is big, beautiful and shiny and Rihanna shows here how a low-maintenance style can be uber-effective. Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls range includes different shape and size curls so you’ll find something that blends in seamlessly with your own natural locks. Keep frizz to a minimum using a serum and a wide toothed comb. Scrunch curls and use a little hairspray to keep in place. Let your natural beauty shine through!

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