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Don’t let your hair do Dry January

23 Jan
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Have you been doing Dry January? Let’s hope it doesn’t extend to your hair!

Dry hair is one of the consequences of all this cold weather and it doesn’t help with the Winter blues. You may think if you wear hair extensions that you don’t need to worry about your hair getting dry. In fact, if you wear 100% human hair extensions, like Remi Silky or Euro Weft from Dream Girl then you definitely do: Just like your natural hair, hair extensions can become dry in the cold.

Why, or how, does cold do this to our hair? You know the effect it has on your skin. The cold wind makes it chapped and cold. The freezing temperatures and moisture clings to your skin and your hair. It stretches the hair follicles causing them to split. A lack of warmth can also make hair frizzy.

That’s just one side of it. Going from freezing cold outdoors to air conditioned warmth and central heating inside means the air is just as dry in your house. Without that much needed warm moisture your hair becomes even drier.

Dry hair isn’t just frizzy. It can stretch and become more brittle. That’s really bad news for hair extensions. If hair extensions split then you lose the wear in them and have to replace them much more often. We know as well as you, you want your hair extensions to last as long as you possibly can.

So keep them looking fresh and shiny for longer by banishing the effect of dry and cold air on your hair. We know about keeping hair covered in the Summer to protect it from UV rays. Do the same in Winter. Cover your hair with a hat or scarf when you’re out and about to reduce damage from the cold. Be careful when you’re combing your hair. Especially with hair extensions use a wide toothed comb when your hair is damp. This will reduce any pulling or tugging on any knots and tangles (dry hair can get knotted much more easily). Going from extreme damages will damage your hair. You can reduce that by turning down the heat. If you blow dry your hair then don’t use the hottest setting. Never use hair straighteners on hair extensions; it’ll damage your hair too much and will mean they don’t last as long.

Treat your hair once a week to a deep conditioning mask. This will help restore moisture and keep your hair glossy and shiny. If you don’t want to use a mask then try a conditioner designed especially for hair extensions. Simply leave it on for an extra minute or so, paying particular attention to the ends of your hair.

And drink plenty of water! The best way to get moisture back into your body and skin is by drinking water. This will help your natural locks and not your hair extensions, obviously, but it’s a good habit and it means you’ll be ready to take on Spring.

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The best red carpet hairstyles this week

16 Jan

Awards season is officially under way and that means we can go back to obsessing about one of our first loves; red carpet style.

At Dream Girl we pore over pictures of stars and take inspiration from their hairstyles and make-up.

With the Golden Globes last week, the Critics’ Choice Awards and the Oscars and the Baftas approaching we have plenty to look out for.

We’ll keep you up to date on our favourite styles and show you how to recreate them throughout awards season. First, here are a few of our top hairstyles this week.

Jessica Chastain’s old school glamour

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Two red-headed stars opted for old school Hollywood style on the red carpet this week; Jessica Chastain and Amy Adams. There’s something incredibly chic about these over the shoulder styles with big, soft waves. It’s very feminine and can be styled in a more relaxed way with plenty of movement for a more modern take.

You’ll need longer locks for this so opt for Clip’N Go hair extensions to add length and volume. Make sure you choose extensions that closely match your own hair colour and can blend in seamlessly.

Hair needs to be sleek and shiny so use a shampoo that reduces any frizz and style with big volume curlers. You want plenty of volume at the roots. Create a side parting and then divide hair into 1.5 inch sections and fix into curlers. Use a little hairspray and leave hair for as long as you can; with curlers the longer you leave it, the longer the curls will last.

Once you uncurl use serum to smooth ends and lengths and use a little extra spray to set.

Emma Stone’s tousled waves

Rex

Rex

This is the ideal style when you know you have to look smart but you don’t want to look too “done”.

Emma’s hair is mid-length but this also works for those with longer styles. It’s a great way to add texture. Dry hair as normal and then divide hair into one inch section. Take each section and twist it around your finger and then pin in place. Use hairspray to fix. Leave hair for half an hour while you finish your make-up and then unpin. Brush through the sections with your fingers to divide the waves and then scrunch and fix with some hairspray.

Arrange hair in a slight side parting and you’re ready to go.

Felicity Jones sleek up-do

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Rex

Sometimes, instead of wearing hair loose you want an up-do that looks chic and elegant. We’ve seen a lot of messier styles dominating over the last year but this is sleeker and use a side parting to full effect.

The secret here is serum to reduce frizz. Use a deep conditioning shampoo when you wash hair to keep it smooth. Comb into a deep side parting while damp and then dry as normal. Comb flat. For an up-do either opt for a bun or twist. Ensure your side parting remains smooth and flat. Once you’ve pinned your twist or bun in place use serum to add shine to the front section. Make sure hair is as smooth as it can be and this will be a high impact look.

Match with a smoky eye for full effect.

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10 tips for fine hair

9 Jan

For those with fine or flyaway hair we often turn to hair extensions to add volume more than length. We want thicker hair that looks vibrant and has plenty of movement from root to tip. Fine hair might be manageable and can hold its shape but it can also look lifeless.

To boost fine hair extensions can be the ideal solution. But to add even more volume we have a few tips that can help you make the most of your locks.

  1. If you want to make hair look thicker use waves and curls to add texture. Dream Girl has a range of waves and curls hair extensions that will add bounce and shape to your hair.
  2. A fringe might seem like a good way to revamp your style but even if you wear hair extensions this can be a problem. You fine fringe will seem quite wispy and might not be the blunt shape you were after. Instead opt for a side swept style to have a longer fringe that covers part of the forehead.
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    Rex Features

    Good fringes that work really well on fine hair are those with slightly longer sections on the sides, like feathering. You can wear hair extensions or a hairpiece to add volume to the roots and use a fringe and side sections to add a more romantic style, like Alexa Chung.

  4. If you’re opting for waves then part in the middle. It will emphasize the texture of the waves and make your hair look thicker.
  5. A deep side parting is not only totally on trend it will also make you look as though you hair more hair. Simply style hair as normal and ten part from the back and side. Leave hair to look slightly messy. Ultimate grunge look for fashionistas.
  6. If you like to wear your hair straight then opt for a blunter cut to make hair look thick. Blunt styles are a keytrend for Spring/Summer 2015.
  7. If you’re wearing hair extensions but want hair to look as thick as possible as your stylist to create “hidden layers” These will shape your hair around your face and will give it plenty of movement.
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    A half-up do is your friend if you have fine hair. Mix it up and add a hairpiece to add extra volume at the crown. Push hair up slightly to create a Bardot effect, like Rachel McAdams.

  9. Fine hair can take plenty of styling and is workable in different styles but remember to think about the ends. If you’re adding texture or waves then do so at the mid-lengths but not at the ends, leave them straighter. This will create an optical illusion where your hair has more texture but looks longer and thicker.
  10. An up-do can always make your hair look thicker. Plenty of backcombing along with some cleverly placed Clip’N Go hair extensions can add extra volume at the crown and sides for a high-impact style.

Dream Girl’s hair stars of 2014 – Part 2

31 Dec

Over Christmas and New Year while our online store is closed we’re taking the chance to reflect on the last year. Last week we shared the first part of our Top 10 best celebrity hairstyles of 2014. Now we share our top 5.

Emma Watson

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Rex Features

Up or down, Emma Watson’s wavy style has grown into a feminine and sleek finish, just like her. Having grown up in the spotlight, the star has often used her hair to tell a story – think about when she cut in that pixie crop when Harry Potter finished. Yet right now her hair is gloriously just right. Mid-length with plenty of volume and gentle waves Emma Watson knows that hair is the perfect finish to any outfit, up or loose.

Kim Kardashian

Kim’s signature look is sexy, wavy dark locks and it’s a beautiful style. Bags of shine, a rich and deep colour it’s an easy look to recreate. Hair extensions can offer added volume and length while big curlers can add more lift at the roots and a little curl.

Jennifer Lawrence

The Mockingbird Star has spent much of this year growing out a pixie crop and has confessed she got a little help. When she appeared on TV with a bob in autumn, Lawrence admitted she had a little help from hair extensions. It’s the ideal way to deal with an awkward style grow-out. It also shows you don’t have to settle for a hairstyle you don’t like! Jennifer Lawrence is confident and beautiful and her hairstyle shows that she feels it right to her tips.

Kim Kardashian, Elle

Kim Kardashian, Elle

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj chops and changes her hair as often as she does her outfits and that’s why she’s on our list. At Dream Girl we believe in having the freedom to change your style whatever your mood. Inject a little colour, wear a wig to go long and experiment with a new style. Take inspiration from Nicki Minaj and just go for it!

Taylor Swift

A champion for girls with fine hair (and girls everywhere!) Taylor Swift has fun with her hair. That’s right; hair is fun! Go for a retro style with vintage rolls, girly waves or go sleek and straight. Whatever you feel and whatever style you want to go for just do it!

Dream Girl is back open on Tuesday 6 January 2015

Dream Girl’s hair stars of 2014 – Part 1

24 Dec

We’ve had some great styles to swoon over in 2014. From Beyonce’s long locks to Nicky Minaj’s flashes of colour and love of wigs our hair has been long, short and everywhere in between.

So who has won 2014 in terms of hair?

Over Christmas and New Year, at Dream Girl we thought we’d run down the best styles of the year to offer you a little inspiration for the festive season. See you in 2015!

Beyonce

beyonce-2014OK, so there was that super short fringe that nodded to a rockabilly style this year that we felt didn’t work. But then we spotted this shot of Beyonce at a charity gig earlier this eyar and we remembered why she’s one of our style icons. Minimal make up, soft waves and her natural beauty just shines through. Beyonce proves the rule that when it comes to beauty be yourself and your natural style shines through.

Kendall Jenner

Hair was kept simple and slick this year and no-one shows it to better effect than Kendall Jenner. Her sultry and smoky eye pops because your hair is straight and sleek. Hair is shiny and super healthy with a middle parting, Serum helps to keep it smooth. A great style that is minimum effort but maximum impact.

Gwyneth Paltrow

In spring 2014 a lot of celebs went for short cropped styles. By autumn many were wearing hair extensions

Our hair crush Blake Lively, beautyhigh.com

Our hair crush Blake Lively, beautyhigh.com

while they grew them out. But for some it was about embracing a soft, medium length style that oozed health and beauty. Gwyneth Paltrow summed this up for us at Dream Girl this year. Sitting just below the shoulder these gentle waves and styled with plenty of volume at the roots. The lengths at the front are slightly longer than those at the back which adds a little lift for those with fine hair.

Blake Lively

You can’t beat a little Blake Lively. Long, luscious, soft and gentle waves Blake’s simply one of our hair gurus. We’d kill for just one day with her stylist. This style is all about the volume. Invest in big hair rollers so if your long locks are boosted with hair extensions to add volume you can have a little more plus curls at the tips.

Katie Holmes

When you want a simple no-fuss up-do, Katie Holmes is your go-to girl for inspiration. This bun is just the right side of messy. It’s stylish and not too “done”. A perfect style from day to night.

Have a great Christmas and a happy new year from everyone at Dream Girl!

 

Planned your party look yet?

19 Dec
Braids wil be big again in 2015! Harper's Bazaar

Braids wil be big again in 2015! Harper’s Bazaar

Christmas is the most glamorous time of the year. A little glitz here, some sparkle there as the party invitations start arriving we start planning our look.

This party season will you go for a sleek, styled up-do or glossy waves? How about slicked back hair with a long ponytail hair extension, or a bang on trend braid? Whatever hairstyle you go for remember to check out Dream Girl’s blog for tips, styling ideas and how-to guides to recreate the most fashionable of festive hairstyles.

So whether you’re looking for Remi Silky Hair Extensions to add volume and length to your natural style, whether you want a Ponytail Hair Extension to create a braid, bun or longer pony, Clip In Hair extensions for a fast style fix now is the time to do it.

Alexa Chung's slightly messy style is on trend

Alexa Chung’s slightly messy style is on trend

How are we going to wear our hair for 2015? And what styles can you adopt now to make sure your party look in 2014 is all about next season’s styles?

If the catwalks are anything to go by messy hair is going to a “thing” this spring. We probably won’t go for the full half done ponytail but it’ll be a good way to nod to the style with a little Kate Moss esque scrunched messy, long styles. Simply use mousse to scrunch through straight hair and keep it from being too sleek.

Braids aren’t going anywhere in 2015 but they are changing. Instead of running the braid down your back wear it over your shoulder, like a side ponytail. Dress it up with a scarf braided through the plait or style three braids and tie them together at the ends. Make it fun and playful.

Waves are low-fi in 2015 and it’s all about letting your hair dry naturally. We’ve been banging on about the dangers of heat on hair for ages so this is good news. Just use a little mousse to add lift and then let hair dry on its own.

We’re seeing bold colours on show for lips next spring, reds and plums so keep hair as simple as possible to let the lips pop.

Today, Friday 19 December is the last day you can order from Dream Girl before Christmas so do that today. We’ll be back on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

Have a happy, healthy and most importantly a stylish Christmas and new year!

The celebrity hair secret

12 Dec
Nicki Minaj often wears wigs

Nicki Minaj often wears wigs

Do you know how celebrities change their hairstyles from day to day? Their secret is wigs!

If you look at pictures of celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Beyonce and supermodel Naomi Campbell you’ll often notice their styles will change drastically from one day to the next. They’ll be spotted with long hair on stage then at an event with short hair the very next day. But scissors aren’t involved as you’ll then see them a few days later and hey presto – not only will their long locks be back but they’ll have a new streak of colour.

Like trying a new lip colour or experimenting with a new nail varnish, wigs offer versatility and a chance to chop and change your style as quick as you like. Dream Girl’s Chic Collection offers a range of lace and elastic wigs that fit snugly over your natural hair and can help you transform your style in seconds. It’s perfect for the festive season when you’ve got plenty of glamorous nights to prepare for.

First you have to choose whether you want a wig made from 100% human hair or synthetic. Human hair looks more natural as it falls gently and keeps its style for longer. A synthetic wig will be less expensive and will look very natural, ideal for a one off occasion.

You need to choose the hairstyle or look you want to go for, it might be a short pixie crop or a longer length. You can also choose from a wide range of colours so you can select a style that closely matches your own colour or opt for a wig that’s in a bright or different shade for maximum impact.

Next you need to fit your wig. You can either do this at home or you might want to see a stylist and they can do it for you. You need to start by flattening your own natural hair. Any bums will affect how the hair on the wig sits and you want it to have as smooth a base as possible.

Comb your natural hair back and tie it. Use a wig cap as this with flatten your hair down. It will also help to keep the wig in place. Begin with the wig at the forehead and continue to fit to the nape of the neck. Arrange the hair strands so they’re falling correctly and you’re ready to go!

If you want your wig to stay in good shape then make sure you gently comb it without harsh over brushing. Over-brush your natural hair and it will break but grow back. That doesn’t happen with a wig. Use a stand to ensure the wig keeps its shape and doesn’t become distorted. Wash in warm water and use gentle products to clean any dirt and grease from your locks. Allow hair to dry completely before you make any attempt to style it. This isn’t your natural hair, you will damage the wig if you use heat while it;s wet.

Whether you want an afro, a bob or super long style a wig allows you to change your look in seconds. You can order directly from Dream Girl’s online store. Remember our shop closes down from Friday 19 December until Monday 5 January.

100 years of hairstyles

5 Dec

Our favourite video of the week is one that shows how much our hairstyles have changed in 100 years. The minute film depicts the Edwardian style of 1910 through the the 20s bob, 60s beehive, back-combed 80s and right up to our relaxed style of today.

There’s a feeling in the Dream Girl office that we might be using this films as inspiration for our party season style!

Women’s hairstyles have changed a huge amount and it shows how the position and power of women has shifted. In the 1910s with little political sway women’s hair was severe as style was dictated by the (male) social norms. The 20s chop reflects women taking control and then hairstyles become more relaxed and chilled as women decide what they want to do with their hair, rather than get told by someone else.

At Dream Girl we love dressing up and dressing down, chopping and changing our hair and we use hair extensions, hairpieces and wigs to do just that. It adds to your choice and lets you experiment with your own style.

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We love the 20s faux bob. It’s easy to recreate as well. If you have long hair thanks to hair extensions or natural growth then just add plenty of volume to the roots with big curlers. Spray and then uncurl. Backcomb the ends to reduce length and then twist and curl hair under, pinning it in place. The heart shaped lip colour and just a flick of mascara finishes the 20s look.

70shairThe 70s flyaway look is also easy to reproduce yourself. This looks perfect with longer locks so for those with medium length hair use Clip’N Go Hair extensions. They easily clip over your natural hair adding instant volume and length. Use those big curlers again to add volume in the roots. Spray and leave for half an hour. Simply uncurl and separate strands with your fingers. Hair should be styled away from the face provide a billowing cushion of hair. Match with a natural finish and go for wide legged trousers to complete the look.

2010shairBut it’s the modern look of today that we do really love. Experimenting with retro styles is great but the look of the 2010s is relaxed, carefree and effortless beauty. Longer locks are ideal and hair extensions can help you do just that. For those simple curls don’t use heat as it will damage your hair. Instead once you’ve dried your hair separate into one inch sections. Twist each section around your forefinger and then pin in place. Once you’ve pinned up all your hair spray and then finish your makeup.

Remove all the pins and comb with your fingers to separate the waves. Scrunch and spray to fix in place. You could opt for Dream Girl’s range of Waves and Curls if you’ve already got wavy or curly hair. Then pose for your best selfie face and you’re good to go.

At Dream Girl we love that women can explore their own style and have the freedom to wear their hair however they like. This season embrace your own style and wear your hair how you want to wear it.

Watch the full film here.

How to rock medium length hair

28 Nov

Hair extensions don’t mean super long hair – with lengths starting at 14 inches you can opt for a medium length hairstyle like Keira Knightley, Alexa Chung and Taylor Swift.

alexa chung

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Medium length hair is having a moment. Sitting just below the shoulders it’s versatile and easy to wear. You can still style an updo and mix it up with a fringe for texture but it’s light enough to have plenty of volume.

Don’t think, though, if you’re looking to hair extensions that a medium length hairstyle it out of the question. At Dream Girl, hair extensions lengths start at 14 inches meaning you can have  a medium length style that’s ideal for you if you’re growing out a short cut. You only need two inches of growth to wear hair extensions so a style to just below the shoulders can ensure you don’t need that awkward growing out stage to knock your confidence, plus you can have a style that’s bang on trend.

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There are plenty of ways to wear a medium length hairstyle as well. Go for Keira Knightley’s style and wear it with a middle parting and opt for a super sleek style. Ends should be blunt cut and use a serum and de-frizz before style to ensure hair has a smooth finish. Or mix it up like Alexa Chung who opts for a shaggy style with plenty of texture. You can add waves without heat by twisting hair into one inch sections and pinning in place. Use a little hairspray and allow to set for half an hour. Unpin and separate sections with your fingers. Scrunch and spray to fix the style in place. Taylor Swift wears her medium length hairstyle with a side fringe.

Remember, a medium length style can work light a long bob but it’s refreshingly low maintenance. Head to Dream Girl’s online store and select hair extensions. You can choose to go for Remi Silky or Euro Weft, weaving 100% human hair extensions depending on your budget. With over 80 shades on offer you can find a colour that closely matches your own natural shade. This is so important if you are growing out a shorter style; you’ll find that your natural hair can be tricky to control as it’s growing out. You’ll want to mask it as much as you can and hair extensions the same colour will help with that.

Changes styles doesn’t have to be a long process, or one that needs plenty of management. The range of lengths on offer for hair extensions means you can opt for a medium length instead of super long and style it out.

We’ve still got limited edition special offers on selected ranges of hair extensions over in our online store. Shop there now.

Slick it back

21 Nov
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Could wet look style be the simplest day to night style for this year’s Christmas do?

Every year we think we’re going to manage to get from desk to dance floor and somehow turn into a supermodel on route. Pro-tip, it doesn’t quite work out like that. Inevitably some email or other pings into our inbox exactly when we’d planned to hotfoot it into the bathroom and transform ourselves. Or, instead, we simply haven’t got the tools to hand to dedicate our usual crimping, primping and backcombing in the shared toilets in the office (let’s be honest, who really wants to show all their beauty secrets to their colleagues? It sort of ruins the illusion).

This year, however, we think we might have cracked it. Whether we have super-long hair or mid length locks then we think the super-slick wet look might be the one that makes us look just the right amount of high-fashion and edgy.

The danger with the wet-look, obviously, is that it can look as though you’ve simply decided to let your hair dry au naturel. Put the extra work in, however and you can recreate this style that’s been spotted on everyone from Kendall Jenner to Rita Ora and suits you whether you have a centre parting, side-parting or tie it back into a  ponytail.

Add a hair piece

You want you hair to look lifted and voluminous at the roots for this look to work when your hair is loose. This can be achieved either through backcombing or by using a hairpiece. Simply clip on at the crown and comb over your own hair to cover. With 100% human hair and with a variety of shades helping you choose the one closest to your own colour this adds volume at the crown. Hair can then be slicked and styled creative an edgy look.

Wear a long pony

The slicked back look doesn’t have to focus solely on loose hair. You can slick back your locks and wear a high ponytail. If your hair is a little shorter and you want a long pony buy one of Dream Girl’s ponytail extensions. These either tie or clip over your natural hair and can be matched as closely as possible to your own hair colour.

Don’t forget, for a limited period only there are offers on Dream Girl hair extensions in our online store. Head over to our store to find out more.

 

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