Hair colour trends for Autumn 2016

26 Aug Refinery29

What colour should your hair be for this autumn? If you fancy a change we’ve got all the tips and trends so your style is bang up to date.

We’re using Dream Girl’s Colour Guide so you can find the exact right shade to match your autumn style.

5_perky-side-ponyChestnut Brown, DG Colour Code: 6

Chestnut Brown, a rich, reddish brown shade is always perfect for autumn. It perfectly reflects the earthier shades that come through as the trees start shedding their leaves. With the low light it helps those redder shades pop and become more vibrant.

A more beige blonde, DG Colour Code: 24

A changing blonde shade always reflects a changing season. At this time of year, blondes tend to get warmer. You want it light but keep it with a gentle, almost auburn, warmth to lift blondes. Light Honey Blonde is the ideal shade to bring your blonde up to date.

Bronde, DG Colour Code : P18-16-613

Updating last year’s ombre blend, this blonde and brown mix is perfect for a changing season. A deeper brown with caramel or lighter highlights on top brings much needed warmth and can help lift the last of that summer tan.

Go for a Dream Girl Combi choice of Caramel Brown, Dark Blonde and Lightest Blonde to add levels of colour.


Burnt orange, DG Colour Code: 30

A light auburn helps redheads bring their already autumnal shade up to date. It’s almost terracotta, or a burnt brownie orange, chestnut. But it’s paler and lighter so a much more subtle red.

Cinnamon and Copper, DG Code P4-33

A blend of two different shades can offer a seasonal shift with this slightly redder tone lifting dark browns. A Chocolate and a Rich Copper Red offers a brightness and a warmth to lift the darkness of the brown. Autumn is all about colour and light and this trend blends those seamlessly.

Shop Dream Girl’s over 80 shades online.


5 long hairstyles to get you through summer

19 Aug

At this, what we often call the sticky end of summer, it can be easy to want to tie long hair up all day and everyday. It’s hot, yes it can get sweaty and it’s humid.

Yet even in this height of summer you can make sure your hair looks light and airy. If you wear hair extensions to add length and volume here are some easy hairstyles to wear to keep you cool, dry and of course stylish.

These are Dream Girl’s top 5 summer hairstyles for long hair.

A one shoulder fishtail

Joan Smalls wears this over the shoulder fishtail braid, a perfect style for the warmest summer heat.

Style hair in a side parting and sweep all your hair over one shoulder. Backcomb a little above the ear to add volume.

Begin to braid alongside the cheekbone or alongside the ear. To style a fishtail braid you need to use four strands instead of the three you use in a traditional braid. Secure at the bottom and use a little spray to secure any loose strands.

Free form curls

Rihanna’s curls are ideal for the height of summer. Make sure you use a diffuser and curl definer product to make sure your curls are as rich as they can be.

Scrunch and style as you dry to make sure curls dry as full as you want them to. Work hair with a widetoothed comb as you dry and style, ensuring that volume is even.

Finish with spray to maintain volume and even a little shine spray to keep locks looks as healthy as this.


Full bodied curls


Who’s going to stop a little heat getting in the way of waves and curls?

These voluminous curls are the ideal companion to a summer outfit. The best thing is, you can style them without heat.

Simply use velcro curlers when your hair is dry. Use one inch hair sections and spray once you’ve got the curler in place.

Keep in curlers for at least half an hour before your unfurl. Spray to finish.


Kim K’s stylish low pony


A low pony is a great way to keep the heat off your neck in summer.

This adds a little edge to a simple style and makes all the difference.

Keep hair sleek as you tie it into a low ponytail and fasten. Use either a ribbon to wrap around the hair at 1cm intervals, or use a variety of different bands to secure along the length of the pony.



Beachy wavesBellaThorneHold

Bella Thorne’s beachy waves are just the right style for a beach, party or summer wedding.

To style without heat add waves using pin curls.

Comb into a centre parting and dry as normal. Take hair into one inch sections. Twist and then pin in place with a grip. Spray and keep in place for at least half an hour.

When you remove the pin, comb the waves with your fingers. Use serum or wax to define the ends and add texture before you spray to finish.

Are wigs part of your beauty routine?

12 Aug shaywig

From Shay Mitchell to Kim Kardashian, we’re used to celebs experimenting with different hairstyles. In the last week, both stars have debuted shorter and fresher styles on their social media. Shay showed off a lob with a choppy, textured finish, while Kim showed off a shorter, blunt edged hairdo.

We love to change and we love to experiment, but are we missing a trick that these celebs have up their sleeves? Both have revealed their new style was in fact a wig. Even before she was pictured at an event with seemingly chopped locks, Kim told her followed on Snapchat that she was wearing a wig, as she lifted the lid on her beauty routine. Shay’s stylist, meanwhile, said the shorter style she’d showcased was, too, a wig.

What’s incredible is how natural they look. In Dream Girl’s Chic Collection, you can wear a wig, either in human hair pieces or with curls, layered, waves or straight as well as in a variety of lengths. Made with a lace cap, these help to create a natural finish and enable the hair to fall naturally at the roots, meaning it’s harder to tell whether it’s a wig or your natural locks.

Kim says she wore the wig because she’s tempted to cut several inches from her locks and this is a great reason to experiment. OK, hair grows back, but if you’re unsure as to whether you’ll suit a shorter hairstyle, or want to wear it temporarily, rather than permanently, a wig is the perfect way to test the water.

Similarly, you can opt for a high impact shift, like Shay, where you wow your friends with a new style that only lasts the night. Just because it’s a wig, it doesn’t mean you can style it to suit you. Shay’s stylist could well have added the texture and shape to suit her face and style. The best thing to do is to work closely with your stylist so that they can help you develop a hairstyle while wearing the wig that makes the most of your features and individual style.

Wigs are growing in popularity and are ideal for those who want to change up their style without committing to the chop.

Shop Dream Girl’s Chic Collection here

Embrace the natural

5 Aug ITA_0119_452x678

We spend a lot of time giving people advice on how their hair should be. Protect it, smooth it, texture it. When we say “we” we mean the beauty industry. Hair has to look a certain way, feel a certain way.

At Dream Girl, we believe every woman is individual and her hair should be worn however she wants to wear it. Hair extensions, weaves or wigs, they’re all just about accentuating the natural beauty that’s already there.

So here’s our guide to how to make the most out of your own hair, no matter its length, texture or volume.

Frizz isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It can help you build volume, but you have to tackle the dryness first. If frizzy hair is caused by your hair being dry then you could have an increase in breakages. Use a curl enhancing cream to help tackle any damage to ends. It means your hair will be fuller rather than wispy frizzy.

Frizzy or curly hair doesn’t mean you can’t wear hair extensions. Dream Girl has a range with different tightness of curls, depending on what you need, with French Jerry Curls offering the very tightest curls, ideal for plaiting or braiding or just adding length and volume.

For those with fine hair frizz, use a wide toothed comb everyday to keep strands separate. You can accentuate the waves by styling pin curls, just one inch sections of hair twisted and pinned. Use a little spray and leave for half an hour then unfurl. It’ll help build shape into the kinks.

Super thick hair can still be worn long. Hair extensions comes in a variety of different lengths so you can add length. Opt for a hair extension with a loose wave, as very thick hair often has plenty of texture. A wavy hair extension will blend in more seamlessly with your natural locks.

If you’re braiding your afro and find it difficult to control, use a little styling cream on your fingers as your plait. It’ll coat you and your hair as well as helping you to keep the rows neat.

Always work with your natural texture, rather than against it.

For those with fine hair, don’t bemoan what you see as flatness. It’s much easier to cut texture into fine hair. Plus you can opt for a much shorter style and then use clip on hair extensions to add length whenever you feel like it.


Be kinder to your hair

29 Jul

In the hot summer months we can do more damage to our hair than we think. Whether it’s natural hair we’re talking about, or hair extensions, the principle is the same; there could be things we’re doing on a daily basis that cause damage.

It may be styling, the shampoo we use or even how we brush but it can cause dry hair, split ends or breakages. For healthy, glossy it takes a number of different ingredients. If your hair extensions are 100% human hair, the same principles apply as you want to keep them looking glossy for longer.

Here are Dream Girl’s tips to help you to be kinder to your hair.

  1. Washing with water is vital. You don’t have to wash your hair everyday, but giving it a good lather and shampoo helps to remove the dirt and build up of pollutants every day life dump on your locks. Dry shampoo, for example, is great for a pick me up, but it isn’t an alternative to washing. You need to remove the buildup as it will strip your hair of natural oil. It can also damage your scalp, which can affect hair growth.
  2. Use the right shampoo. While we’re on washing, what shampoo do you use? Anything with sulfates is likely to be harsher on hair and strip natural oils. This is OK for your own hair which dries back, but it’s a real issue for hair extensions. The treatments and oils on extensions can’t be replenished. Use a gentle shampoo and one specifically designed for hair extensions if you wear them.
  3. Turn down the heat. We can’t say this enough. Heat damages your hair so badly. Hair is like wax to when you use heat to style it you’re softening and moulding the strands. This can lead to shrinkage and splitting, which is what causes split ends. Hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs all damage your hair. Reduce the heat or turn it off completely for healthier looking locks.
  4. Don’t rub your hair too vigorously when you dry. Towel drying is important to remove the excess water from your hair, but don’t rub it too frenetically. You can damage the cuticles and rots of you hair and hair extensions which can make hair frizzier, less smooth and less controllable. Instead, use a towel to blot your hair gently, never rub.
  5. Protect your hair in the sun like you do your skin. Would you really go outside without sunblock in hot heat? So why are you leaving your hair to the elements? Using hair products that help protect hair from UV and the damaging effects of the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. The sun can burn and strip your hair.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated. When you’re thirsty you know your skin gets tight and dry. Your hair is the same. It needs moisture and fluid to keep looking shiny and healthy. If your hair is especially dry in the summer use a regular hair mask to keep it looking glossy.

These are our top hair tips. Remember, the summer can be just as dangerous for hair as the cruel winter can be. Keep it well fed, watered and covered to make sure the sun never damages your locks.

How to get long, curly hair

22 Jul beyonce1

This week, Elle and Google published results about America’s most wanted hairstyles. Looking at what women put into search engines helped them to see what kind of styles are the most in demand.

The most wanted hairstyle for long hair was Beyonce’s loose waves. It’s not hard to see why. The long, carefree styled locks ooze healthy hair, shine and plenty of body.

Beyonce’s beachy waves are also achievable for many different kinds of hair. So many styles only suit one hair type. This is not one of them.

For those who want those long locks then Dream Girl can help. First, look at our Waves and Curls range which offers a range of different curls, depending on your own natural texture. This will add both length and volume.

You can also choose the texture of the hair extensions you choose when it comes to the waves and curls as well, whether it’s a Remi style or thicker strands.

When it comes to colour you want these extensions to blend in seamlessly with your own style, so use the Colour Comparator to find the exact shade you need. With over 80 colours it’s easier to find the right one.

It’s better to achieve waves and curls without using heat, as this will damage your locks. So this range of hair extensions will prove much better in helping you get the look.

To keep the style all day long make sure you’re using a shine spray and hairspray to keep yourself and your hair looking healthy.

However you want to style your hair, remember you don’t have to live with the hair you’re born with. Explore Dream Girl’s online shop for more.

The finest festival hairstyles

15 Jul b

We’re right in the middle of festival season. Latitude, Creamfields, Blue Dot, Reading; it’s all still to come. So how to style your hair. Dream Girl has some ideas .

Festival style is kind of boho, think really low maintenance. It’s simple easy to do styles that can last a couple of days and will keep hair off the face. 

The fake undercut

We’ve seen plenty of stars go for a buzzed undercut in the past couple of years. It takes real guts though (and for those who work in an office it probably isn’t practical. Instead, do a Lea Michele and fake it. Simply create a deep side parting and then braid using little strands from roots to tip. Keep going until you reach under the ear and pin in place. Easy peasy

Braid your fringe

So, here’s a secret about festivals. Unless you’re armed with a gallon of dry shampoo, your fringe will look awful. Just dreadful, all the time. It’s sweaty, dirty and a fringe never responds well to that. Twist and braid it out of the way to add a little texture while also keeping it off your face. Start with a deep side parting and braid hair across the front hairline. Secure with a band once you reach the height of your cheekbone. Tucks the ends underneath the hair and fix with a grip.

A classic, messy chignon

A chignon can look a little too neat for a festival. But if you want to embrace that boho “I woke up like this, honest” hairstyle then try this. Tie hair back into a ponytail. Not too high, just below the crown. Backcomb the ponytail to add a little volume. Grab yourself some pins and fix the ends of the ponytail back towards the base. A simple trick, Twist sections around your finger, scrunch down and pin. Pull out strands to frame the face and keep it relaxed. 

Side plait


When you have long hair you just want to keep it off your face at big events. The side plait is an easy way to style your hair and it looks great. Even if you have hair extensions it’s a simple style and the longer your hair, the better it looks! Begin the plait a little above the nape of the neck; not quite as high as a braid but underneath the crown. Continue the plait right down to the tips and secure with a band. Allow the fringe and a few stray strands to line the face.

The classic boho waves

For long wavy hair you can get a boost in length from Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls range of hair extensions. To tease curls without heat simply use pins and  hairspray before you go to sleep. In one inch sections twist hair around the finger and then pin in place with a grip. Once all the hair is twisted back spray to help it fix. Wake up in the morning, uncurl and gently separate the waves. Beachy, festival waves without using heat.


Your Summer Makeover

8 Jul

It’s around this time of the summer we feel like a change. Sometimes something huge, other times a major transformation. We’ve got itchy feet and soon the season will shift so we want to be ready.

A good hair makeover can do you the power of good. It might be length, colour, volume, texture. It’s what’s inside that counts, of course, but a change to your hair, well, it can make a change to your head.

If you’re feeling like you want to try something new here’s Dream Girl’s suggestions for style transformations.

A major colour change

Colour is probably the simplest way to change your hair. But if you don’t want to reach for the bottle of dye then worry not. Hair dye can damage your natural hair but there are ways to change the colour of your hair without doing any damage to lock that can cause split ends and dryness.

Hair extensions using different colour combinations can help you change the colour of your hair quickly and easily. Dream Girl’s hair extensions come in over 80 shades with a range of colour combos depending on what you fancy. You can use clip on hair extensions to cover your natural locks with a new shade, or choose extensions that will contrast or add a lift.

Super long locks

You only need two inches of growth to get hair extensions. So however long, or short, your hair is you can use hair extensions to add a little extra length.

Dream Girl’s hair extensions come in four different lengths, 14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″. So you can go from short to just below the shoulder if you want an on trend bob or take your mid length locks super long by just adding a few extensions.

If you use 100% human hair, like European Weft, Remi Weft or Yaki you can choose a colour or shade that closely resembles your natural hair. This means your hair extensions will blend in seamlessly with your own hair, creating a more natural finish. The higher quality the hair extensions, the more naturally they’ll fall. Use glue, sewn in or clip ons for a style to suit you.

A new texture

Going from straight to curly hair, curly to straight or adding a wave can dramatically change your look.

It depends on how tight you want your curls to be, your loose the wave or straight you want your locks to be. Dream Girl has Body, Italian Body, French Deep Curls and French Jerry Curls. Going from S shaped curls to tight spiral curls you can pick a texture to suit your hair or the style you want.

The different textures are also available in over 80 shades, so you can either pick it to blend in with your own hair naturally, or you can choose a different shade for contrast or a real new style.

Shop Dream Girl in our online store.

The best braids for summer

1 Jul

Braids always seem like the perfect summer hairstyle. It’s an easy way to keep your hair off your face when it’s hot. It’s the ideal style to look chic and cool at a summer wedding. It’s also an easy day to night style that doesn’t need much looking after.

Here are our tips for the best braided styles.

For those with shorter hair or with very fine hair your locks might need a lift for a braid. Dream Girl’s hair extensions come in over 80 shades, so you can choose from the length or the colour to help it blend seamlessly into your natural hair. We even do a range of waves and curls so that you can add length to even the deepest curly locks.

1. Mermaid Braid

Think Blake Lively. Divide your braid into four rather than three to achieve this thicker braid. Wear hair over the shoulder and begin braiding from behind the ear to achieve a more laidback style. Pull out strands of hair to frame the face. Hair doesn’t need to look too “done” with this style.

2. Side Braid

A great way to add a twist on a classic. For natural curls style as normal, then add this side braid above the ear. Take sections into the braid as you go and stop once you reach the back. Pin down to secure into place. For those with straight hair, start braiding at the crown and work with hair over your shoulder so the braid doesn’t look misshapen as you wear it on the side.

3. Half up-do Braid

Tricky once you begin but simple when you get in the swing. Upgrade your fishtail braid by adding sections from the side to create a modern half up-do. Take hair from the top of the head to start and use smaller sections to create the fishtail. Once you get to the ears, take two sections and twist them before weaving into the braid to create this finish.

4. Twist

Is this the easiest hairstyle to do when you’ve got five minutes and need to fly out the door? When is a braid not a braid? When it’s a twist. Twist hair up at the back and side and use the ends to create this faux fringe that adds height and texture. Divide hair into sections to start and then weave them to the crown, twisting as you go. Pin and spray to secure. Works incredibly with natural hair. For long locks keep twisting to create a bun to wear as an up do.

5. Braided Headband

A braided classic that we still adore. Use a simple side plait and then twist and pin across the front of the head to create a braided headband. The thicker the hair, the better it looks. Take a few strands out here and there to make sure hair doesn’t look too done. Secure with bobby pins.

How to get thick hair

24 Jun

Whatever it’s texture, thick hair is something a lot of us want. Some are born with it, others have to fake it.

You no longer have to accept the hair you’re born with. And if thick hair is something you want, then Dream Girl is here to help. Here’s our guide.

  1. Hair extensions don’t just offer added length, they provide volume too. Remi Silky or Euro Weft 100% human hair extensions will blend in seamlessly with your natural locks. With over 80 shades to choose from, with Dream Girl you can pick the colour that most closely resembles your natural shade. We even have waves and curls designed for different textures. Sewn or glued in, hair extensions come in four different lengths meaning you can simply make your hair look thicker, however long you need it to be.
  2. Haircare is vital. It used to be that hair science was very much one size fits all. We know that isn’t the case now. Choosing the right shampoo for your hair type will help to maximise its volume and make it appear thicker, even if it isn’t. If you have fine hair, for example, you need a shampoo that won’t weigh it down with product and chemicals. Something light will help it remain bouncy and full of volume. Don;t always use conditioner if you don’t need it and you may not need to clean your hair everyday. It’s about understanding what your natural hair is like and needs and then giving it just that.
  3. Get a good cut. Stylists know better than anyone that it’s often your hairstyle itself that can make your hair look flat and fine. Layers or feathering can frame the face and make hair appear fuller and thicker, while blunt ends can do the same. Meanwhile, longer styles for fine hair can pull your locks down at the roots, making it look flatter, while a shorter style can make it appear thick. Working with your stylist to work out the best hairstyle to suit your hair type and face shape is vital.
  4. Highlights and Lowlights. Colour can add depth and lift. It can suggest shape and movement making hair appear thicker. A soft hand and approach is best, you want subtle changes, so that colour and tone fall as naturally as possible. Hair extensions can help for those who don’t want to colour their hair. You can opt for slightly darker or lighter shades to create a contrast that adds the illusion of volume. Or talk to your stylist.
  5. Know the tricks of the trade. Root lifting products, rollers and back combing can help to add much needed lift at the roots. Don’t over do it; no one’s looking for an 80s power style here. But a little subtle activity can make the world of difference. A mousse or spray is ideal on damp hair. Rollers can help to build in volume as your style and dry. While backcombing underneath the top layer of hair is ideal at the crown to add a little extra volume.

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