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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.

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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 glamourmagazine.co.uk

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.

The guide to natural hair

17 Jun

There’s a growing trend for natural hair. For those with afro locks, it’s about embracing and celebrating their style. The move away from chemical treatments is, of course, much better for your hair and it’ll become glossier, much healthier as it grows without treatments.

At Dream Girl, we know that every woman has the right to looks as beautiful as she feels. It’s about about the rich diversity. That’s why we don’t just stock straight hair extensions, we’ve got waves and curls, from body waves to French Jerry Curls, with short tight curls to gentle waves for every texture of hair. You can choose from browns, blondes, reds, funkies and combos, whatever style you’re going for.

For those who have said no to the chemical treatment, and are embracing their afro hair, even if they’re using hair extensions for length or not, their natural hair will need different treatment than before.

Here are our top tips.

Conditioning is vital. Whatever your hair type, conditioning is important but with natural hair you need a regular deep conditioning treatment to prevent breakage. Leave in conditioners are ideal

In fact, breakage is a big thing and you need a strategy to help minimise it. Afro hair is flat and it has a twist, which creates the curl. Where it twists the width of the hair strand changes, making it the weak point where it can break.

Tangling will mean you need to brush it more which can cause even more breakage, which is why a lot of women with afros will wear scarves, or tie hair in plaits when they go to bed.

Wash your hair once a week. Use a non sulfate shampoo as this will reduce how dry your hair can get.

You may not need to use a hair dryer. Letting hair dry natural helps to keep it more tangle free but also it reduces heat. Heat is bad for hair and you want to use it as little as possible, especially if you use hair extensions.

Use a wide toothed comb or a paddle brush when you’re looking after your locks. It’ll help untangle without pulling a stretching, which will damage hair even more.

Regular trims keep hair healthy. If you wear hair extensions there’s no reason why you can’t work with your stylist to integrate this trims into your regular hair care regime.

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Super straight hair

10 Jun lily

While we love having tousled and curly locks, sometimes you want your hair to be poker straight. At Dream Girl, we’re all about giving the natural a little nudge; hair extensions help add length and volume, no matter what texture your hair is.

However, a lot of the ways we try to achieve straight hair are simply damaging our locks. Straighteners, blow drys, tongs, all strip the natural oil from hair when styling. This causes frizziness and split ends. Yeah, the product you’re using to reduce frizziness is actually causing it! It’s especially bad on hair extensions. The heat strips the oil used to treat hair extensions but it isn’t going to naturally come back. Heat is an expensive habit.

Hair extensions like Remi Silky or Euro Weft come in super straight styles. This poker straight looks, which comes in different lengths, can help give you the straight look you want, without chemical or heat treatments.

There are other ways to straighten your hair out without using heat. You can brush your wet hair gently until it dries, pulling and smoothing as you go. An old method for reducing frizz id to wrap your hair in a silk scarf overnight. If you part hair and secure with bobby pins, like comb over and let it air dry with a silk scarf it’ll dry straight and with reduced frizz.

No heat rollers can help straighten hair too. Large rollers, like the size of a can of pop, can be rolled into section of wet hair. Secure in place and let hair dry completely. Moisture can help a curl or wave bounce back so it’s important to let them dry completely.

If your hair is super curly or wavy then poker straight hair probably isn’t going to happen. Is this a bad thing? Nope, you can embrace your own hair texture and look fabulous while doing it.

This tricks, however, might help to straighten it a little and relax some of the curls in a more natural way. Going from curly to tousled feels straight for some while wavy to poker straight is achievable for others. It’s all about working with your natural texture, and Dream Girl can help enhance that.

How to tackle frizzy hair

3 Jun Beautiful brunette with long hair flying

One of the things that comes with summer is humidity. And all that extra moisture in the air can mean only one thing; frizz.

Some hair types don’t get frizz. But humidity can cause all sorts of issues, from hair that expands in volume, to losing control and being flyaway, to getting lank and limp. None of these are exactly hair goals, are they?

Instead, we at Dream Girl thought we’d give you a guide to dealing with frizzy hair for the summer months.

  1. Heat makes it worse. We spend a lot of time banging on about the damage heat causes, not just to your natural hair but to hair extensions. Dryness, stretch and split ends are just some of the symptoms on your hair of using heating and styling products that strip hair of its natural oils. If you want to reduce the frizz, turn down the heat when you’re styling. You’ll only exacerbate the effects of the damage if it’s humid.
  2. You don’t need to shampoo as often. This might seem counter-intuitive along with frustrating. You’re sweaty, there’s dirt and moisture in the air, you want to rinse that off. But shampoo can strip hair of its natural oils, especially if it contains sulfates, which is a major contribution to frizz. Rinsing, without shampooing, will keep hair clean without drying it out. If you’re wearing hair extensions you should always use a shampoo to suit them, that won’t damage the extensions and remove the protective treatment keeping them healthy and glossy.
  3. Use a regular conditioning treatment. Most people don’t need to use conditioner everyday. This can tie you into a cycle where hair gets lank so you wash it, making it lanker and greasier, so you wash it. Cut out the conditioner can mean you have to wash hair less often. A weekly deep conditioning treatment will help to treat hair and keep it moisturised, so it doesn’t dry out and frizz.
  4. Learn how to tame flyaway tips. If you have a few beady bits of flyaway, use this simple trick; keep an old toothpaste and spray hairspray on it. Once you’ve styled your hair as normal, use the toothbrush on the flyaway strands to smooth them down. Also, use the right brush. When your hair is wet use a wide toothed comb and softer bristles to brush it, instead of yanking and pulling. Gently does it to reduce frizz. Any stretch will cause hair to frizz.
  5. Embrace your diffuser. Those with straight hair don’t need to worry but if you have waves and curls then a diffuser is the perfect tool to shape those locks. Separating curls and keeping them defined, a diffuser will help wavy and curly hair dry more evenly, avoiding that stretch and pull technique of hair drying that contributes to frizz.

Three styles for summer

27 May 5_perky-side-pony

We believe in preparation. How do you want your hair to look this summer? Start thinking now and get it right. Here are our top three favourite styles for summer 2016.

Crowd braid

Plaits have been everywhere this spring and they’re the perfect ingredient for a summer hairstyle. A half up-do sprinkles a little magic into this style. It also has the practical element of keeping long hair away from your face on warm days.

Start the braid almost at the nape of the neck underneath the ear. Plait and tie. Twist the braid across like a headband, pinning it back where you started to gather the rest of your hair in a loose tie back. Simple for those with longer locks.

Messy topknot

This is a summer perennial and it’s easy to see why. Stylish, practical and perfect for straight, wavy or curly hair it’s simple to achieve in minutes.

Twist hair into a high ponytail on the crown of the head. Don’t worry about a few strands falling out here and there. Wrap the tail of the pony into a loose bun. For those with very thick hair you’ll need to pin as you go. For those with finer hair, you twist, tuck and pin. If your hair is fine, clip on hair extensions will add fullness, as will a ponytail hair extension.

Pull out a few strands for that “just done” finish.

Voluminous low pony

Low ponytails are definitely in vogue this summer. A voluminous do will stop it looking drab and it’ll add plenty of texture and lift. Add mousse and thickening spray to damp hair before drying. Tie hair into a gentle side pony, just to the edge of the nape of the neck.

Take a section of hair from under the ponytail and twist over the tie. Pin in place underneath. Let the pony fall over your shoulder while your fringe and other strands frame your face.

 

Fancy that! Rainbow colours for summer

20 May alberti02

Whether it’s pastel colours, or rainbow shades, there’s a definite trend right now for brightly coloured hairdos.

We’ve seen rainbow locks that use every colour under the sun, gradiated through your hair. We’ve even seen one style that dyed and coloured hair to look like a galaxy sky, with stars and planets dotted through it. Intense!

It might sound like a great idea, and if you’ve got time (and your boss or teachers won’t mind!) then go for it. But, for most of us, these are the kind of styles we can wish we’d try, but aren’t really going to be able to wear ourselves. Let’s not even think how much it costs to have your hair dyed to match space.

That doesn’t mean you should shy away from colour, though. Summertime is the perfect time to experiment with different shades and to bring a fresh look for your hairdo. Bright colours can do exactly that. And why not do it in a way that allows you to enjoy the bright hues without doing any permanent damage to your hair, like hair dye can.

Dream Girl’s range of Funkies offer you bright, eye-catching shades in hair extensions. No matter what length or texture your hair, you can buy in the Funkies range. We’ve got them in European Weft, Remi Weft, Yaki, Body and different curls including French Jerry Curls and Italian Body. We’ve even got Funkies in Clip Ons in both Remi and synthetic, so you can simply fasten bright shades into your natural style.

In blue, burgundy, plum, purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, turquoise and green, you can opt for a bright style either by going for a whole head cover, or using them as chunks of bright shade throughout your locks. You don’t even have to go for one single colour, you could mix and match to opt for a rainbow effect of your own.

Coming in five different lengths; 12″, 14″, 16″, 18″ and 20″ you can choose how long you want your locks to be. You can even get them fitted by a stylist who can then trim and style your new extensions so that fit better with your natural hair.

Why not try streaks, or go for a shock of bright colour for the summer time. It’s the easiest way to add colour without damaging your hair.

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