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Vintage beauty hacks that work

24 Jul

marilynWhen we think of Hollywood stars like Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly we think of one thing;glamour. Stars with a timeless beauty and style that we wish we could emulate.

Well now that’s not as hard as it looks. This week we were fascinated by a piece in Femail about vintage beauty tips and how they could be updated. We did some digging of our own and found our top 4 vintage beauty hacks especially for hair and how they work for the modern woman.

Using perfume on your hairbrush

An old beauty hack designed to give you a waft of scent every time you flick your hair. While this sounds like a great idea could it do any damage? If you were using a lot of alcohol then you might dry out your hair and strip off natural oils. Even hair extensions that have been treated won’t respond well to being brushed with alcohol.

So it makes sense that if you’re going to do this use a natural oil perfume; like vanilla or a white musk. This natural oil should contain no alcohol and won’t damage your hair. OK, it’s only a tiny amount but who wants to take the risk?

Olive oil on your hair

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The story goes that Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth would use use a kitchen staple to keep her locks clean and shiny. When hair was washed she’d rub olive oil on the ends and wrap in a towel for 15 minutes before rinsing off.

This makes complete sense. As we all know the ends of our hair get dry and brittle. Not looking after the tips of hair extensions can be one of the main causes of them having a shorter lifespan. Oil can help to keep ends hydrated and prevent breakage which prevents split ends. It doesn’t have to be olive oil, any oil will work from Argan to Coconut.

Homemade rollers

The fashion in the fifties was for bouncy, curly hair around shoulder length. If your hair was straight, or too curly, you’d need to use rollers to add lift. The problem was heated rollers were expensive. Therefore women used a simple lifestyle hack to style their hair without the expense. You’d simply roll a section of hair around a scrap of fabric while it was damp then tie the ends together and sleep overnight.

The idea was probably better for hair than heated rollers as well. Heat damages hair like nothing else, risking brittle and dry locks that break easily. Even straighteners and modern curling irons can do damage to hair. The fabric hack is a great idea from that perspective but it doesn’t create uniform curls. Hair can become too frizzy and messy. However if you use pins and coil hair around, pinning sections in place then you’ll create more uniform waves and still not need any heat.

Beer shampoo

Every girl has tried this trick, or if she’s not tried it she’s heard about it. The idea is that beer gets your hair bouncy, shiny and healthy looking.

Actually, there’s science behind this. The malt and hops in beer are full to the brim with protein. That adds moisture to your hair that’s probably dehydrated. Vitamin B in the beer adds shine.
The only problem is the smell. Go back to hack number 1 and add a dash of natural perfume on your brush and it’ll cover the smell, or add a little of that coconut or Argan oil into the beer shampoo for a more pleasing scent.

What’s your hair secret?

17 Jul

Are you one of those women who is always changing their hair? Bright colour, long locks, short pixie styles, high ponytails; change your shoes, change your hairstyle?

gwen-stefani-orange-hair-photoGwen Stefani is exactly one of those women. The lead singer of No Doubt, judge on the US version of The Voice, designer, perfume maker and style icon is known for chopping and changing her locks. Whether it’s blonde, pink or even blue she will – and has – worn anything from tight buns, high ponytails, super-long, straight locks and tight curls.

She’s not the only one. Think of Nicki Minaj or Beyonce. Hair is seen as a continuation of your outfit and it doesn’t need to look the same way all the time.

OK, you might be thinking, that sounds fairly expensive. These are all hugely famous women with huge bank balances. How can we possibly compete with their spending budget?

It’s simple, choose a few key items and know where to look. At Dream Girl if you opt for clip-on hair extensions, with a range of fancies as well as your natural hair colour, a wig or two and a ponytail hair extension you too can experiment with your style.

Hair Extensions

Clip-on hair extensions allow you to change your style in minutes. Choose you length and your colour. If you use Dream Girl’s Colour Comparator you can choose a colour closely matching your own natural shade. This is the easiest way for you to add long locks and transform your style.

Alternatively opt for a shade from our range of fancies; bright colours like turquoise, red or orange so you can add a shock of colour and go for something with a higher impact.

Wig

A wig is the fastest way to change your style. Perhaps you have long hair and want to try something short, or you’ve got shorter locks (too short for hair extensions which need two inches of growth) and you want a longer look. Explore Dream Girl’s Chic Collection to find the style and shape of wig you like.

Whether blonde, brunette or black all you need with a wig is a skull cap to ensure your hair underneath is smooth and flat. Once you fit your wig you can work with your hair stylist to trim and style the wig to suit your face shape and get the hair the way you want it.

Ponytail Hair Extension

Gwen Stefani wears high ponytails that leave the long pony either sitting on the shoulder or falling down the back. It’s the perfect summer style as it’s cheerful and bouncy.

However if you’ve not got long hair your might find this a difficult style to recreate. What a ponytail extension does is clip over your natural hair and provide that extra length. Choose an extensions that matches your own natural shade so that it will blend in seamlessly. Either choose a tie or a clip style. Tie back your own hair, using spray or pins for sections that might need a little help. Then simply clip the hair extension over your natural hair.

Watch that hair interview with Gwen Stefani on E Online here.

Fight the summer frizz

10 Jul

frizzSummer is here and you know what that means? Right, humidity. Your hair is frizzy, dry and quite frankly you just want to wear a scarf and have done.

Fear not. Here is Dream Girl’s guide to summer hair and fighting that frizz!

1. Don’t wash your hair everyday

If you’ve an afro chances are you don’t wash your hair daily anyway, cos you don’t need to. But if you do wash your hair daily then stop. As much as you might have a shampoo that promises to put natural oils back in your hair chances are it doesn’t. Go a day between washes and use dry shampoo on any fringes that need it. It will help you protect hair and keep it moisturised.

2. Don’t over brush

You know when you brush hair too much and it gets static? That’s not good. Hair can get frizzier and brittle when you over brush. Instead to de-tangle use your finger with a little bit of hair oil on them to separate ends.

3. Don’t towel rub too much

Again the added friction of towel drying can damage your hair, making it more prone to frizziness. Instead comb with your fingers and let hair dry as naturally as you can. Squeeze excess moisture out of the ends of hair but don’t rub.

4. Keep hair moisturised

Whether it’s hair oil, butter, conditioner, hair masks you name it try it! Everyone’s hair is different so you might need to try a few different products that will help keep your own hair soft and supple. If you wear hair extensions use a product specifically formulated for those to help keep them protected.

5. Embrace the frizz

There are some days when you can’t fight it so you know what we advise? Embrace it! Embrace the added volume and use hairspray to create a big puffed do. Smooth down the top and secure with a pin or add a few twists but allow the frizziness to run free. After all, it’s summer. Anyone who says they aren’t battling frizz is lying!

We LOVE Brandy’s afro

3 Jul

brandy-98_336x397_68How perfect was Brandy’s hair at the BET Awards?

We’ve been looking at it all week and all we can say is WOW! We know that Brandy likes to change up her hair, going from long locks with waves and braids but this afro is just pouff perfect.

So how can you get your hair to look like that? If you have a weave or hair extensions it’s just as easy to follow these style tips to recreate the style yourself.

First it’s about an upward stretch and what AnnisaLiMara describes in her wash-n-go tutorial. When hair is wet comb it, add a deep cleanse stage to de-tangle. Wash the hair mask off and then use either gel or butter to comb through hair to help it keep its shape once you start styling. Black hair can get dry so if you add plenty of moistening products to prevent breakage. It also to helps keep hair soft.

To stretch you have to think about shape. The majority of volume is up at the top by the crown, not as much on the sides or at the back so focus stretching right on the top of the head. Section hair into one at the front, at the sides and top.

Finger coil sections once you’ve added a little hair oil to define your afro a little bit more. Take the section at the front and tie in a little pony. Then take a brush and start to brush and section hair on the crown once you’ve finger coiled. Clip the hair at the back down.

Use a diffuser to help you stretch your hair and help it to dry. Pull while you’re drying gently to help stretch and add lift and volume. After diffusing use an afro comb to stretch hair up at the crown. Add a little lift and the back and sides but you want it to look at its biggest right at the crown.

Hair should be full of bounce, fluffy and soft. This style can stay in place for up to a week and you can run a little extra butter or oil through it to keep the ends healthy and soft.

The Faux Bob

26 Jun
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Kim Kardashain rocked a bob! hollywoodlife.com

Want to keep your long hair but also experiment with a bob? Fake it! 

We’ve seen plenty of celebrities showcase their new shorter locks. It’s no wonder you want to try it but you might not want to cut off all those lovely long strands.

Yet the truth is a bob hairstyle takes a lot of work. It’s not quite long enough to tie back so you have to style your hair every day. That’s great if your hair is smooth and thick (and you have plenty of time every morning) but let’s be honest, a lot of us don’t. Yes we love it when our hair is lush but sometimes we want to twist it into an up-do or shake our hair into a low maintenance style.

A bob doesn’t give you that freedom.

So how can you try this in vogue style without resorting to scissors?

It’s easy, fake it. 

If you’re wearing your Dream Girl hair extensions you know you’ve got lovely long, thick and healthy hair.

This is how to create a Faux Bob. 

Start by taking a section of hair at the back of the head reaching up to the crown. Back comb it gently adding lift so simply focus on the roots. Continue to the sides until all your hair around the crown is backcombed. It shouldn’t be too overt, it should be natural, just with added volume.

The next step is to create the bob itself. What you’re doing is creating an inverted bun. Gather your hair as if you’re tying it in a low ponytail at the nape of the neck. Twist until your reach the ends and then roll it up and fold underneath your hair. Do this in front of a mirror; you’ll want to keep hair fairly loose to get the bob effect. Use grips to pin in place and secure any loose strands. It should be smooth at the back. If you have layers at the front it will add to that bob feel and add shape and texture.

Use spray to secure into place and there you have it, it’s a great style for summer keeping the hair off your neck, while looking bang on trend!

Half-up hair-dos, a summer saviour

19 Jun

Half-up dos have had a bad press in the past. We’ve seen all the prom, bridesmaid styles with too much poof and curls and not enough edge. That could be why women sometimes shy away from the style.

Not this season though. This summer the half-up do is making a play to be our go to style for the warm months. Could the half-up do replace the ponytail?

On the face of it, you can see where the appeal comes from, especially if you have long, or wavy hair that you like to wear loose but want to keep of your face. If you have a weave or afro you know that a half-up do can help keep your hair away from your face while still have the fullness and bounce of your awesome natural hair.

At Dream Girl we’ve picked a few celebs to let you find some inspiration and pick the right hairstyle for you.

Kate Middleton

27fe4ad0f62f6556a9dd9c37ec3b73ceA classic style is ideal if you have very thick and long hair.

First, style your hair into gentle waves. To do this without heat which will damage your hair extensions we suggest creating pin curls. Twist one inch sections of hair into small buns, pin and spray. Leave for around half an hour.

Next start teasing the hair from behind the ears and up to the crown. Smoothe the hair using a tiny drop of serum but be careful not to flatten any of the teased hair. Beginning at the top of the ears, trace fingers along the scalp until you reach the crown. Twist the piece of hair into a bun and pin in place, tucking any ends underneath.

Leave the ends loose with your waves.

Beyonce

downloadThe little half-up pompadour is a great way to make this style work for a night-time look.

Beyonce wears it with straightened hair but in fact it works better with a full ‘fro. Once you’ve styled your hair as normal, as above start with the finger on top of the ear and work back to the crown to separate the hair into two sections.

The top section, twist it and then push forward to create a little lift on the front. Secure with pins to help it stay in place.

Zoella

Guys like Jake Gyllenhaal and Leo di Caprio aren’t the only ones who can rock this little half up bun. Zoella shows how you can wear it as a perfect daytime or night-time style, even adding a few accessories to make it perfect.

zoella-hair-4-500x750Keep hair long and loose to start with. You don’t need to control it too much.

You want the bun to sit as near the crown of your head as you can, like a top bun. Start by teasing the hair at the crown for extra lift. Next, take the hair from the temples and gather to the top of the head, leaving a long section below falling down your back.

Take the top section and twist it into a bun on the top of your head, pinning the ends underneath.

Wrap a small scarf or scrap of fabric around the bun if you like for an extra summer accessory.

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Inspiration for festival hair

12 Jun
Rex Features

Rex Features

Festival season is upon us again and that means it’s time for one of our favourite hair-spiration moments.

It can be a challenge, figuring out what to do with your hair at a music festival. OK, there are bigger problems in the world but we’re talking hair and we want it to look right. We want cool, but not too cool. easy to manage, not too complicated and able to fight the frizz.

Let’s face it, festivals are often hot and humid. These are rarely two ingredients that you throw into the mix for “effortless” hairstyles. Instead what you can end up with is a frizzy, sweaty, straggly mess. This is not a look anyone is looking to achieve this summer.

So here is Dream Girl’s advice.

1. If in doubt, braid it

Seriously. Do not waste time on products if you know your hair is just going to turn into a frizzy state you will a) hate and b) find it hard to manage. An up-do is an out of sight halfway house that provides you with a sleek and stylish finish without having to worry about what your hair is doing. A twisted up-do or braid is ideal for natural hair and long hair is you want it controllable.

2. Don’t stick with one braid, go for several

If you think your hair doesn’t need to be up, but you want a half up-do then embrace the semi-braid. Add a few plaits into your long style. This will give you a hippy vibe but it will also let you take some of the hair off your face so that it gets less greasy and lank and stays cool and loose.

3. Add a shock of colour

Flashes of colour are bang on trend for this summer. Dream Girl’s clip on hair extensions are ideal to add that bright strip of colour to your look. We have a range called fancies which come in blue, red, plum and even turquoise to add a spark of colour, perfect for festivals.

4. Must haves to carry

Dry shampoo should be one of the first things you pack. It will help reduce grease and will help hair look coiffed. Hair oil is ideal for dry ends. One of the problems in heat is that hair gets dry and stretched. Oil on the tips will help to keep the follicles moisturized and reduce split ends.

5. Don’t forget to accessorize

This summer hair accessories are a big deal. Think feathers and hairbands as well as flower crowns to add a little colour to your crowning glory.

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Summer’s Top 5 hairstyles

5 Jun

It looks like summer might have finally arrived with the weather warming up.

So here are Dream Girl’s Top 5 hairstyles to get you through the warmer months. Whether you wear hair extensions or have long locks of your own, these styles will help you stay cool as well as being bang on trend all season.

A Topknot

There’s nothing like keeping your hair off the back of your neck when it’s warm so when it’s long wrap it up in a top bun to keep it our of your face and help you stay cool. Simply tie hair into a high ponytail above the crown of your head. Split hair into two sections. Take one section and twist it round the ponytail, pinning in place. Take the second section and twist that round as well, using bobby pins to secure it. Twist and tease out a few strands so it doesn’t look too “done”. Finish with a little spray and you’re ready to go!

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Roll and Twist!

This is a retro style that will keep you cool, both looks and temperature-wise! Start by combing hair into a side-parting. Begin on one side and begin twisting hair just by the temple. Use bobby pins to secure as you go. Once you get to the nape of the neck twist hair into a bun and roll it under. Pin to secure. Repeat and do the same with the other side, ensuring hair is smooth. Twist the hair at the nape of the neck over the existing bun and roll both underneath before pinning both in place.

An easy Fishtail Braid

A fishtail can look intricate but there’s an easy cheat. Instead of dividing your hair into three for a traditional plait, instead divide it into four. Plait by taking the section on the farthest left and crossing it over the next three sections. Take the farthest section on the right and cross it over the other three sections. And so on. Tie hair with a band at the tips and tease out a few loose strands. If you want your fishtail to be slightly messy just pull at a few sections along the plait.

Audrina Partidge showcases the messy side bun

Audrina Partidge showcases the messy side bun

The messy bun

With long hair you can often wake up with it looking too messy to wear loose. Embrace that by brushing hair over one shoulder. Finger comb it gently and then begin to twist. Start at the bottom and let hair naturally coil up into a bun. Pin the ends and secure in place. Use spray to fix.

A high pony

The ponytail is a classic summer style. Start by backcombing hair at the crown to add as much lift as you can. Then gather hair into a high ponytail right up on the crown, so even longer locks just brush your shoulders. Take a small section of hair from the bottom and twist it to cover the root of the ponytail and add more lift. backcomb the pony for added volume.

 

Change doesn’t have to be forever

29 May

Emma-Stone-2A hairstyle isn’t something that has to stay the same. Instead it’s all about change. And one of the key trends for summer 2015 seems to be just that; whether it’s Katy Perry going green or Katie Cuoco thinking pink celebrities this season are embracing new styles, new colours and new length.

One of the hottest looks this season is the bob. Whether wavy, shoulder length or just on the chin stars like Rachel McAdams and Emma Stone have shown just how versatile this style can be.

At Dream Girl we’re all for change and we believe it’s your hair and your rules. We’re just here to make it easier. Change doesn’t have to be permanent and our range of hair extensions, weaves and wigs can ensure that you experiment with a style but know it’s only for the night.

Here are our tips for wearing the season’s top looks without making a long term commitment.

Wavy bob

You might not want to go for the chop so instead why not wear a wig to try out the season’s hottest look? Dream Girl’s Chic Collection offers a range of different style meaning you can try a shorter do without cutting your natural locks.

A lace wig in a short, chin length bob hairstyle will fit over your natural hair. Use a skull cap or net to cover and smooth your natural locks to ensure as flat a surface as possible. Fit the wig snugly and securely and have a new hairstyle in minutes.

Dip-dyed locks

With celebs brightening up their hairstyles ready for summer we’re expecting to see plenty more shades on the beach this year.

Yet dyeing your hair can do it real damage. Bleach and even natural dyes can strip hair of nutrients making it dull, lacklustre  and brittle.

To avoid that use clip-on hair extensions to add a bright hue without reaching for the dye bottle.

Dream Girl’s hair extensions can come in a range of colours we call Fancies which cover the most vibrant shades from plum to turquoise. Simply clip the hair extension in and you have a shock of new colour that’s bang on trend.

Beach waves

The thing about all those luscious long wavy styles you see is that often heat has been used to achieve the look.

Using curlers or straighteners on your own hair, never mind hair extensions, will damage it. Hair is like wax, heat styles it by softening the hair and then once it cools it keeps its shape. That bending and melting, though, can leave hair broken and brittle. Split ends are bad for natural hair but they’re worse for hair extensions. Using heat on hair extensions dramatically shortens their lifespan.

Instead if you want natural waves try hair extensions from Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls range. From tight curls to gentle waves it’s the easiest way to create a long lasting look without doing damage to your hair.

 

Perfect is over!

22 May
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Getty Images

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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