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Perfect is over!

22 May
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Who wants to be perfect? It was too much like hard work anyway and, after all, every one is different.

Perfectly coiffed curls, waves of the same prescribed kink and length, slicked back styles to ensure there’s not a strand out of place. Yesterday’s look, we’re delighted to say. And not a moment too soon.

We’ve already written about styles this summer that are slightly “undone” not too perfect and much more relaxed and laid back. Well it seems as though this isn’t just a handful of hairstyles but a key look for the next season. Don’t look too perfect.

So in honour of being “undone” we’ve written a Dream Girl guide for taking your styling back a step or two;

1. Volume is still important but this isn’t blow dried beehive volume; it’s about adding thickness at the roots. Hair extensions can add bulk and depth.

2. Learn the art of the scrunch. It helps you to make the most of your roots and add shape. Spray hairspray and dry shampoo and scrunch hair when it needs a refresh during the day.

3. If you’re wearing hair loose then the wave is your best friend. Dream Girl has a range especially for Waves and Curls but use pins to twist and secure sections of hair before unfurling for a heat-free wave.

4. Undone hair doesn’t mean ignoring an up-do. Style as normal but pull and tease strands so the up-do isn’t too perfect without a flyaway strand.

5. Embrace natural hair. Afros are full and proud this season so less teasing and twisting to “control” hair and more letting it do it’s thing.

6. Don’t brush hair under to create that turn at the bottom. Blunt finishes are key. Instead use fingers to separate ends.

7. For a messy bun use a pony-tail hair extension to add length but only loosely wrap it around the root of the pony. Ballerina buns are out.

8. Hair still needs to be shiny and glossy so don’t think not having to look perfect means you can get away with lanky locks; you can’t!

9. Use your fingers to separate strands and create more volume while you blow dry.

10. Hold products are vital for a messy style to stay all day so invest in a mousse and hairspray instead of oils. Think light hold, not slick shine.

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We love Lea Michele’s new braid

15 May

This summer the braid is back, but it’s a fresh new style.

We could spend ages explaining to you how it should look but instead we’ll just show you this picture of Lea Michele because she has it bang on.

Lea Michele at The Fox network Event

Lea Michele at The Fox network Event

It’s slightly messy, slightly unkempt but just as shiny and lush as it needs to be.

We love this look. It’s perky and stylish, works for day through to night and it shows of healthy, thick locks. What more could you want?

Here’s how to recreate this style.

First you want hair to be as luscious and shiny as possible. Keep your natural hair in tip top condition by drinking plenty of water and using the right conditioner to protect your hair.

If you don’t have the long locks required for this style you might need to use a Dream Girl ponytail hair extension. These either clip or fasten over your own hair adding length and volume.

You want to choose a shade that closely matches your own natural hair colour.

Next tie your hair into a high ponytail on the crown. Don’t worry about making it look too sleek. Instead it can be slightly ruffled as this is the style.

If you’re using a ponytail hair extension add it now.

Plait the hair thickly into a braid and fasten at the ends.

Pull slight strands of hair from the plait. The easiest way to do this is to take sections of the braid on either side and pull them slightly apart. This creates a finished style that has that bedhead “undone” look.

And that’s it. It really is that easy. Either wear with a fringe or have your bangs out in front like Lea Michele here. Use some hairspray to finish and just keep flyaway locks in place.

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Are you caring for your hair extensions?

8 May
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Hair is ripe for change. We love to chop and change our hairstyles, whether it’s using sew in hair extensions, clips ons or ponytail extensions. It means we can go from mid length to wavy, super long, thick pony or tight curls. You really can change your hair to suit your mood.

Yet wearing hair extensions doesn’t mean you can stop caring for your hair. The better you care for your hair extensions, the longer they will last. You ideally want extensions to blend seamlessly into your natural hair and if they start to get frizzy, with split ends then it means they need a bit more loving care.

This is what you need to be doing every week;

1. Keep an eye on them. You have to take care of hair extensions and if you have natural hair you’re used to having to manage it daily and the same goes for a weave. You can’t put it in and simply forget about it. If your high quality hair extensions are made of human hair you need to be caring for them in the same way you do your own. Specially formulated shampoos designed for hair extensions help to add moisture and nourish hair to prevent dryness.

2. Don’t neglect your roots. If you have sew in hair extensions you’ll have around 20 rows from the nape of the neck to the hairline to ensure hair lies as flat as possible and doesn’t stick up or out. You need to ensure those roots are protected and cared for as well as ends. Hair needs to be at least 1.5 inches to have hair extensions fitted so those roots are your own hair. Make sure extensions aren’t sewn in too tightly as this will damage root follicles. If moisturising conditioner can’t reach your roots then use a moisturising hair spray created using conditioner and water and spray directly onto roots when washing your hair.

3. Hair extension’s don’t last forever. Your natural hair is continuously replenished. Even if hair extensions are made from 100% human hair the hair is cut so it won’t last indefinitely. Hair extensions last a couple of months but you’ll get used to the signs of wear and tear if you wear them regularly. It’s important for your own hair that you don’t wear hair extensions for too long; not only can they look tired but as your natural hair grows back it can get knotted.

If you’re wearing hair extensions follow our guide to ensure healthy and beautiful locks that are natural looking and blend seamlessly with your own hair.

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Prom hairstyles you should definitely try

1 May

You’ve picked the perfect dress, the shoes you can dance (and walk) in and the date of your prom is getting nearer and nearer. Don’t let your hair be the one thing you forget!

Formal dos like a prom can often leave us heading for the traditional hairstyles; the faux curls, bobby pins, French twists and bridesmaid style tiaras. Isn’t it all just a bit, tired?

This year, Dream Girl wants to inspire a new look for the prom, whatever style of hair you have.

Wear it loose

Whatever your hair type you don’t have to wear an up-do. Think Blake Lively or Solange Knowles for inspiration of how to rock your own hair. If you want a weave or hair extensions to add thickness, volume and length for added WOW! then we can help.

updomessybunStart with Dream Girl’s Colour Comparator to pick the right shade. You want hair to blend in seamlessly. If it’s only a one night hairstyle we’d recommend clip-on hair extensions that will have your hair ready in minutes. We offer Remi Clip Ons and Euro Hair Clips ons.

For natural hair we have a wide range of extensions from French Deep Curls to Yaki and Euro Bulk depending on the texture of your hair and how relaxed it is.

A long and loose style will help you stand out from the crowd if everyone else is relying on an up-do.

If you really want to wear your hair up, though, we have some ideas.

If your hair is curly

For curly styles a messy bun will offer just the right amount of glamour with a laid back style that doesn’t look too sculptured. Twist hair at either side below your ears and tie the resulting ponytails with a band. Twist different sections of hair and pin in place, taking care to ensure it isn’t too neat.

The Pompadour

lupitaLupita Nyong’o rocked this look last summer and it’s a classic. It’s a vintage inspired look that adds a modern twist to your prom style. Reduce flyway hair with moisturiser or serum. Pin up at the back to style hair towards the top of the head using a criss cross style. Take one side and create a large roll from roots to tip. Take the remaining loose hair and fold over the remaining section, pinning in pace to secure.

A pouffie pompadour will make you feel like a rock star

Add an accessory

If you want a little hair decoration don’t turn to the tiara but opt for something more contemporary. Feathers or a jewelled hair accessory that simply slots in along your up-do will make you feel like you have had an injection of glamour, but in a modern way.

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How to get Selena Gomez’s beach waves

24 Apr
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There are plenty of pictures of our favourite celebrities cutting their hair for spring this year. Yet sometimes you see a longer style that’s just so right it makes you wonder why you’d ever want to get rid of your locks.

Selena Gomez was snapped with the kind of beach waves we dream of having everyday. Thick, wavy hair, rich in colour looking healthy and shiny this is the hair we want for this season and right through until summer.

The good news is that Dream Girl the ingredients for you to recreate this style. Whether you’re a brunette like Gomez or a blonde it’s easy to style yourself.

What makes this style truly eye-catching is that Selena Gomez has seriously thick and long locks. Whether it’s all her own hair or she’s had a little help we don’t know but you can boost your natural locks. Use clip-on or longer lasting hair extensions to add both volume and length.

The first thing you want to do is take a look at Dream Girl’s range for Waves and Curls. From gentle beach waves to French Jerry Curls this is our range of hair extensions designed for all those without super straight hair; and we know there are plenty of you!

Pick the style of waves from Body to Italian Body as the wave and curl gets deeper and more defined. Next choose your colour. You want a shade that closely matches your own so that hair extensions blend seamlessly into your own locks. It doesn’t matter what colour your hair is; go from brunettes to blondes, reds or even funkies for a shock of colour. We’ve over 80 shades to choose from so you’ll find the exact right colour for you.

Once you’ve chosen your colour choose the right length. Going from 12″ to 18″ you can opt for mid length to super-long. Selena Gomez’s hair here is really long, sitting underneath the breastbone. Remember you can have your hair extensions fitted and then go to your stylist if they need to be trimmed or styled so that they are the perfect length for you.

Remember, never use heat to create waves or curls. Heat, like curlers or straighteners, is the fastest way to damage your locks. It’ll dry it out and can cause split ends. If you damage your natural hair you know it will grow back. If you use heat on your hair extensions then the damage will be permanent and you’re reducing the length of time they’ll look healthy and glossy for.

Remember to take care of your hair extensions every day. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner designed especially for extensions and you’ll keep them in shape for longer.

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Blonde versus brunette

17 Apr

We always like to lighten our hair for spring and it got us thinking; are you blond or brunette?

Light Caramel

Light Caramel

It’s the season where we like to change our hair, perhaps add a few lighter and warmer tones. Yet there are things to think about before you take the plunge. There are alternatives to reaching for the bleach bottle. You can change your hair colour in ways that won’t damage your locks.

The old adage is that blondes have more fun and it’s easy to find out. First, you have to think about what suits you.

Skin colour is no barrier to the colour of hair you want. Even if you have dark skin tones you can opt for a lighter shade, or highlights. What you want is warmth. Choose a shade that’s too white blonde and it’ll make you look washed out and tired. However choose something like Honey Blonde, Light Caramel or SnowWhiteeven Medium Brown and it’ll add warmth while lightening your hair.

If you have paler skin and you want to be blonde you can experiment with the much lighter shades, Snow White, even or Light Golden Blonde to brighten your hair. If you have olive skin tones you can still go for lighter shades but opt for those warmer ones again, Light Caramel or Dark Blonde that will add a lighter look while suiting your skin tone.

The good thing is you don’t have to dye your hair. Using hair extensions, especially clip ons, you can easily add shades and a fresh colour to your hair. Use Dream Girl’s Colour Guide to find the exact right shade you want. You can then DarkBrownhead to the online shop and use the right colour code to find the hair extensions you’re looking for.

You might already have blonde hair but that doesn’t mean you can’t go lighter for spring. You can take a look at some of Dream Girl’s combos which bring two complimenting shades together; like Light Honey Blonde and Lightest Blonde to add contrast.

What if you’re a brunette and you have absolutely no intention of going blonde

for spring? Well, your raven locks can add a healthy looking shine and a rich shade to the spring palette.

Ranging from Medium Ash Brown right through to Jet Black, we offer a wide

Ash Blonde and Bleached Blonde

Ash Blonde and Bleached Blonde

range of shades to add depth and warmth to brunette locks. Dark Brown will add contrast to even the darkest shades while those with lighter brown hair could choose a warmer Chestnut brown for lowlights.

Brunettes go great with reds. For those who want a much bolder spring style an Auburn or a Red will offer a vibrant season update.

Changing your hair with the season doesn’t mean turning to a bottle of hair dye. Hair extensions can help you change your colour without damaging your hair. With over 80 shades, a Colour Guide and a Colour Comparator, Dream Girl can help you find the exact right colour to update your look and put a real spring in your step.

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Rich girl hair is Spring’s biggest trend

10 Apr
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There’s an old beauty adage that says the style that takes the longest to achieve is the one that looks like you’ve done nothing.

Here at Dream Girl we can’t be the only ones who’ve agonised for far longer than we’d care to admit in front of the mirror trying to achieve that, slightly tousled, “hey, I woke up like this look”.

Rich Girl Hair might sound like your worst nightmare, hair-wise. Who has the energy (or good genes for that matter) to look as effortless as Solange Knowles or Cara Delevingne when they leave the house? Who’s got the money to spend on making hair look as though you’ve done nothing with it?

The truth is as crazy as it sounds, Rich Girl Hair is actually fairly intuitive. If you take take of your hair with regular masks, trims and stay hydrated to keep it healthy chances are you’re not far off. Rich Girl Hair is, ultimately, hair that looks taken care of.

Yet if your hair is unruly or frizzy you might think this style is going too much of a challenge. It needn’t be.

Here’s Dream Girl’s guide to Rich Girl Hair:

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First you want to work with a strong foundation. You might be opting for hair extension to add length or volume but first make your natural hair as strong as you can. There are three key ingredients to take care of your locks; water, conditioner and trimming. Drink plenty of water and not only will it help to keep your skin clear but it’ll keep hair strong and shiny. Dehydrated bodies have dry and brittle hair. Condition your hair and make sure you’re using a product that suits your hair and its specific needs. Trim every six weeks. Ends get split and brittle and this will damage your hair from tip to root.

Next choose the right hair extensions for your if you need added length and volume. Dream Girl uses 100% human hair extensions that will blend seamlessly with your natural hair. With over 80 shades to choose from it’s easy to pick a colour that matches your own.

Dream Girl stocks different kind of hair extensions based on the texture of your hair. Super straight options come in Euro Weft and Remi Weft. Meanwhile for those with deep curls or waves French Deep Curls and French Jerry Curls come in a range of colours and lengths. Super and Bulk Yaki offer a thicker texture.

The slightly undone style needs to have a few kinks. Do this without heat as it’ll damage your hair extensions and shorten their lifespan, which is the last thing you want. The simplest way is to twist hair into a  bun while you’re getting ready. Once you’re ready to leave undo the bun and use a little serum to smooth the ends and hairspray to keep the shape. For those with curly hair achieve the look by reducing frizz but ensuring hair isn’t too perfect. Scrunch and spray to define shape.

There you have it. An easy way to achieve this season’s most sought after style.

Let your natural hair shine

3 Apr
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We all want something different from our hair and everyone’s hair comes with its own challenges. Natural hair is often seen as something we need to tame and control when in in fact that couldn’t be further from the truth.

At Dream Girl we believe in making every woman feels as beautiful as she can, that’s why we create products that enhance beauty, rather than define it. Our hair extensions come in many shapes and sizes from long and straight to deep curls. With over 80 different shades it’s easy to find what you’re looking for, whatever your style is.

From high puffs to fab ‘fros natural hair is more visible than it has been. There hasn’t been the same kind of variety on offer, not the same flexibility in beauty styling. That’s changing and for Dream Girl it’s all about offering the same kind of flexibility and creativity when it comes to hair styling, no matter what kind of hair you have or hairstyle you want.

Via Dream Girl’s online store you can buy 13 different kinds of hair extensions, that includes traditional styles like Euro Weft and Remi Silky but it also includes Yaki, French Deep Curls, French Jerry Curls, Super and Bulk Yaki. Whether you want to wear your hair long and add thickness or volume, or you want straighter hair for braids, Dream Girl’s range is all about adding choice.

European hair is often finer, thinner and adding volume and length is about making hair appear thicker. Strand by strand natural hair is thicker and can be coarser in terms of texture. Frizziness, tangles, teasing; natural hair faces far more diverse challenges and so needs different solutions and styles to choose from.

But at the end of the day what every woman wants is to look natural. We want to embrace our curls while enjoying a longer length if we feel like it. We want to wear a short style some days and clip in hair extensions on a weekend. We don’t want to have to relax our hair but instead wear our hair puffed up or slightly frizzy or even a full ‘fro if that’s how we feel.

Hair extensions should be a tool to help us get there, not a way of defining how we all style our hair. Hair should be happy and healthy, extensions should help locks look real and beautiful. extensions should blend with any texture and experimenting with colour should be something open to everyone.

Beauty is never one size fits all, and that’s why Dream Girl’s hair extension aren’t either.

Spring Style has definitely sprung

27 Mar

The weather is certainly hotting up. One of the things we love about spring is that you can start to experiment with new looks for the new season.

So how are you going to update your look? At Dream Girl we’ve scoured for our favourite trends and given you an idea of how you can wear them, to make sure you’re bang on trend for the new season’s style.

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Messy undone Lob

The Lob is a long bob, essentially and it’s where hair sits just below the shoulders. You might think that a shorter do would have nothing to do with hair extensions, and if your hair is long it won’t. But if your hair is short then it will. You can wear hair extensions with just two inches of growth. You can get added length and volume and then work with your stylist to develop a hairstyle that suits you.

Wearing your mid-length style slightly messy and undone is one that works whatever your length of hair. Achieve the look but dividing dry hair into one inch sections and then twist and pin in place. Use hairspray and leave for up to half an hour. Once you unpin hair will fall into rough waves and curls. Simply scrunch with spray and you’re done….. or undone.

A set wave

While waves can look decidedly messy this spring you can also go bang on trend by making them go the other way. A sculptured wave looks great with an up-do. It provides a textured fringe like this we’ve spotted on January Jones. Dream Girl has hair extensions in our Waves and Curls range that will give you a structured and styled wave to achieve this look.

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Natural, loose, waves

For several years, natural hair has relied on a set style of regulated curls. Not so this season. If you’ve boosted your style with our hair extensions designed especially for curly dos then explore this look seen on Solange Knowles. Loose waves provide a bit more freedom and movement. A middle parting adds maximum shape and impact. A great hairstyle to celebrate natural hair.

Deep side parts

With all those waves how are you going to stand out from the crowd? With a sleek and straight do, of course. Wear Euro Weft or Remi Silky hair extensions and you’ll know you get an uber straight and sleek finish that adds both length and volume to your own locks. Mix it up by styling a deep side parting which adds a bang on trend textured style. Make ends look as blunt as possible with a little serum.

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Five tips for spring cleaning your hair and beauty

20 Mar

dreamgirlhairpicAs spring is officially here we turn our attention to the new season.

There’s a reason it’s tradition to have a big clean at this time of year; winter has finally left us and the days are longer, weather warmer and the long stretch to summer starts here.

Yet the spring clean shouldn’t be simply focused on our bedrooms, living rooms or clutter cupboard. Instead, we can take the principle of “out with the old, in with the new” to extend to every corner of our lives, especially our hair and beauty regimes.

Let’s face it, we’ve each probably got hair habits and beauty products that not only outlive the last winter but possibly several Christmases.

So our spring resolution at Dream Girl is to follow these five hair and beauty tips to head into the new season feeling lighter;

  1. Have a beauty audit

Got an old mascara that’s been in your makeup bag longer than you’d care to admit? What about that hair serum that’s seen better days? You might want beauty products to last forever but the truth is they have a relatively short shelf life. A mascara that’s over three months old could damage your eyes while old foundations and eye shadows could cause you skin complaints. Tip your make up bag upside out and throw away everything that’s over a year old.

  1. Wash all your hair brushes and makeup brushes

It makes complete sense when you think about it; imagine all the grease and dirt that gets no your hair brush. Your make up brushes, if you don’t rinse them regularly, can be full of bacteria that you’re spreading on your skin every day. Gross, eh? You should clean your brushes once a week. Just soak them in warm soapy water and then dry them thoroughly.

  1. Give everything a once over

How are your hair extensions looking? Need a trim, a little touch up? What about your glue or thread? A good workman is only as good as his or her tools so make sure everything is in working order. Catch up on all those little jobs that you’ve been putting off.

  1. Get a hair trim

You’ll often find that people will cut their hair or give it a good trim in the spring. The longer you leave it between stylist visits, the more damage you can do to your hair. Whether you wear hair extensions or not, split ends can make hair look dull and lifeless. A regular trim will cut away those dead ends and leave hair looking lighter and shinier.

  1. Treat your hair

OK, so if one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to take better care of your hair and you’ve let it slide, then take spring as an excuse to revisit the new habit. A deep and nourishing conditioner and hair mask will give your hair a new lease of life. This will help you feel prepared for the new season and rid yourself of all the damage wrought by the cold winter months.

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