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Hairstyles for second day hair

21 Apr

We all know we’re not meant to shampoo our hair every day.

As sensitive and restorative as a shampoo and conditioner might promise to be, the daily ritual the washing, drying and styling can cause real damage to our locks. It can strip hair of its natural oils, which keep it healthy and moisturised. It can leave hair dry and lank, more brittle and prone to breakage.

This is especially important if we wear hair extensions as well. Even 100% human hair extensions have a lifespan and they’re treated to look as natural, healthy and glossy as can be, but if we don’t look after them they won’t grow back.

So while we’re happy not to shampoo our hair daily it does leave us with another concern; what to do with our hair on the second day. For some, this isn’t a huge problem. Yes, we regret to inform you that some people have hair that looks even better then day after they washed it. There are even some people who can go several days at a time without washing their hair. Which, frankly, just makes us beyond jealous.

For those of us who have to think about what we need to do when our hair is verging on oily, here are a few hairstyles to have in your arsenal. Remember, oily hair can actually hold its shape better than freshly washed hair, so these styles might work even better than normal.

Go for a braid …

Whether a french braid or braided bun, second day hair is ideal for experimenting with a plait. Go for smaller braids if you need hair to be securely packed. Don’t pull hair too tight as if you are wearing hair extensions you might damage them. Go for a single braid by dividing locks into three sections and plaiting together. Or, go for the twin braid, where you divide hair into two and then create two braids. Tie them together at the ends or leave them separate.

Tuck and roll …

One of our favourite second day styles, largely because you can do it in minutes, you can do this with a headband or freestyle. Fit the headband first and leave hair long at the back. Take sections of hair and twist until your reach the nape of the neck. Gather both sides into a bun and twist and pin in place.

A super high pony …

Add a little extra volume to your ponytail by back combing the crown. Gather hair onto the crown, as high as you can go, so that the pony falls around your shoulders. Tie in place. For a little extra shape use curlers to add texture and shape to the ponytail itself.

 

 

 

 

10 steps to the perfect hair extensions

14 Apr

If you’re thinking that this season is the perfect opportunity to get new hair extensions then listen up. At Dream Girl, we know a thing or two about getting fuller and longer hair using 100% human hair extensions.

But before you jump in, it’s worth stopping to plan. Understanding what you need, and getting the right hair extensions for you will help you end up with the hair you want.

Here are our tips …

You might think you’re being savvy by spending money, but it’s always best to get the very best you can afford. That means the salon you choose too. A salon that specialises in hair extensions won’t mind about showing you pictures of previous happy clients, so you know what you’re getting.

Hair extensions aren’t just about length. OK, celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Nikki Minaj might have been spotted wearing super long hair extensions, but actually, most people who wear hair extensions want thicker hair with more volume, not longer hair.

Think long term. Talk to your stylist about a method that makes it easier for you to get the longest possible life out of your hair extensions.

The better the quality of the hair, the longer they’ll last. 100% human hair extensions with the cuticles still intact, like Dream Girl’s Remi Silky hair extensions, look and feel like natural hair and look glossy for longer.

Don’t assume you’ll still be able to style your hair the same after hair extensions. Your own hair grows back, extensions don’t. Do you research and invest in the right products.

Hair extensions can help protect your natural hair too. Want to go a different colour? Use hair extensions rather than dye.

Your stylist can help you learn how to wear hair extensions long term and how to protect your locks. It’s about maintenance.

Hair extensions can help with up-dos, by making ponytails look fuller and buns larger. You might not need a full head of hair extensions if you’re wanting an up-do for a special occasion like a wedding.

If you don’t want permanent hair extensions think about clip ons. The versatility of being able to change your style in minutes is great.

It’s about making the most of your style. Try it, see if you like it and make it work for you.

 

 

 

Ways to update your braids in 2017

7 Apr

The holy grail is always a hairstyle that’s practical, easy to do and stylish. In every respect the braid just fits. If you’ve got long hair it looks even better. A braid is the best way to keep your hair out of your way, while making it look both elegant and chic.

Styles always change, though, and braids, like every hairstyle, are going to evolve as seasons go by. In 2017, as hairstyles are a little bit more relaxed and laid back, braids follow suit.

Here’s Dream Girl’s guide for braids this spring and summer. If your hair isn’t long enough for these styles, or needs a little boost, why not try clip on hair extensions, or a ponytail hair extension to add both length and volume. A few tweaks and you’ll be back on trend.

The classic French braid

There’s a reason why this style won’t go anywhere, it’s a classic and always looks great, whether you wear it during the day or at night. If you’ve never tried a French braid before, here’s how to do it; start with a section of hair at the crown. Divide into three strands and hold them in both hands. What you’re doing next is feeding the three strands across each other. The strand on the left hand side has to pass over two strands, then the strand on the far right has to pass over two strands. Keep thickening each strand as you go and keep working down to the end.

The braid should be even, and create a plait from the crown down to the tips of your hair. It might take a little practice. To update for 2017, once the braid is finished pull at the edges of the braids a little to loosen and leave it looking for relaxed.

Make it into a fishtail

If you’ve mastered the French braid and want something more challenging, go for the Fishtail. Instead of three strands, the Fishtail is done with four or more strands. This style takes a little practice but the principle is the same. Take the furthest strand on the left and turn over the next two strands, then repeat on the left and so on and so on.

To make it a little more 2017 do the same as you did with the French braid, pull at the edges of the braid to loosen it a little and make it look more laid back.

Twist it into a bun

The messy bun has very much had a moment in the past few years. You can update it for this year by starting with a simple plait. You can either do it on the crown or lower by the nape on the neck. It adds some great texture to your bun. Once the plait is complete twist it around and pin the ends underneath the bun itself. Use kirby grips to secure the bun.

 

 

What’s your colour?

31 Mar

Colour is definitely having a moment this spring and summer. On the catwalks we’ve seen bright shades on models from head to toe.

Even hair is getting in on the act. Hair extensions have been used to add bright shocks of colour as strands and sections. It makes a big impact but it’s low on maintenance. With clip on hair extensions in a bright shade you can style your hair as normal and then just clip in the bang on trend colour.

If it isn’t just a few strands of shade you’re interested in, then we’ve got the lowdown on the hottest summer colours. If you don’t fancy dyeing your hair then why not try a wig? Make it much easier to change your style in seconds, and you can choose a longer or shorter length while you’re at it. Try Dream Girl’s Chic Collection and you’ll find something in one of these awesome colours.

Blorange, Sunset Blonde

It’s been called a lot of things but essentially this is a mix between a red head and a blonde shade. It can run the whole gamut from very pale to full on shade. Instead of reaching for the bleach bottle, try hair extensions in a similar shade, like strawberry blonde or honey blonde. Just add a little reddish tone to your natural shade.

Super Bleached Blonde

If you’ve had blonde hair for a while and fancy taking it up a notch you’re in good company. Kristen Stewart and Cara Delevingne have been spotted with this icy blonde. Bleaching your natural hair this much will make it very dry, so hair extensions in the iciest blonde you can find will let you try the style without damaging your locks.

Redder than red

Don’t go a little red, go uber red! Make it bright and high impact in this vibrant red shade. Dream Girl has a red in our Fancies range of hair extensions that will help you create the look you’re going for. Turn heads this summer.

Hair colour this summer is bold and it’s bright. If you’ve fancied a change but have worried about it being too much now is the time to try it out.

Is having super long hair worth it?

24 Mar

If there’s one thing we know about at Dream Girl towers, it’s long hair. So, we are more than delighted to see extra-long hair extensions showing up on catwalks and red carpets in 2017. Hey, Nicki Minaj even worse hair extensions down to her ankles this month!

Whether it’s sleek and straight, or full, thick with plenty of texture, or natural hair to its fullest and most gorgeous, long hair is the stuff of dreams: from the fairy tale princesses of our childhoods to modern day dragon taming warrior queens, there can’t be many girls who haven’t imagined how amazing it would be to have the longest of long hair.

But, with long hair comes great responsibility, and there are a few things you should bear in mind before you commit to waist length hair extensions. (SPOILER ALERT: You’ll still totally get them done)

You’ve made up your mind and you go for it. Lengths of gorgeous silky natural hair extensions are waiting to transform you into the glamour goddess you’ve always known was there, in just a few hours. That’s right, your chosen look can take several hours to achieve. Sitting in the salon as the extralong extensions are bonded to your hair, you may want to drift off, or read that magazine cover to cover for the fourth time. You’re literally in this for the long haul, so you persevere, it will all be worth it in the end. You can go for clip-on hair extensions, if you haven’t got the time, but if you’re going super-long, you want to go super-luxurious as well, am I right?

Once your hairstylist releases you from the salon chair, the first thing you might notice is a slight change to your centre of gravity. Having hair extensions on this scale, adds extra weight to your scalp, resulting in pulling of your natural hair. This dragging can contribute to increased tension and can give you headaches, but oh, look at how your hair swooshes along your back. Nothing’s going to stop you now.

As hair extension specialists, we always recommend a thorough hair care routine to keep your new hair in great condition. With extra-long locks there’s only one thing for it, and that’s to brush. As you flick, shake and toss your hair around over the course of a day, your extensions are prone to tangles. Getting into the good habit of brushing frequently will help to keep knots to a minimum, and when it comes to brushing extensions too much is never enough.

When you first pictured yourself with long, long hair, chances are you also thought of intricate braids and pretty, bo-ho festival styles that would make the A-List green with envy. But don’t be surprised when all you can muster is a simple plait or double braid to keep your strands in check, styling all that extra hair is hard work. Avoid over washing your extensions, stay away from heat styling, and treat yourself to a conditioning treatment. And, don’t forget to brush…

So, even after the mind (and bum) numbing application, the brushing, the dragging headache inducing weight, the brushing, the knots, the brushing, countless zip trappings, the brushing, all that will matter in the end is that you look fabulous, turning heads wherever you go.

So, yeh, super long hair extensions are so worth it.

Big, blonde and beautiful hair

17 Mar

blondeahirOne of the hottest trends for 2017 will have you setting new hair goals with plenty of blonde ambition. Blonde is the key hair colour to work with this year, and with a range of light shades at Dream Girl you’ll be able to achieve every look from sun-kissed beach babe to glamourous bombshell quickly and effortlessly.

Using Dream Girl products, you can gain an immediate all over golden glow, voluminous Barbarella champagne strands or sophisticated, subtle highlights, by incorporating natural looking hair extensions and hair pieces into your style. Explore our tips for finding the perfect way to capture this essential 2017 look:

Find the right shade of blonde for you. From arresting platinum locks to the ashen gold of a 1950s starlet, blonde hair has a timeless appeal, but selecting the perfect tone for your look can accentuate everything from your skin colouring to your eyes. Opt for warm, buttery colours to avoid a washed-out appearance if your natural skin tone is pale, and if you’re looking for an edgy look, near-white platinum hair can have a striking effect if you have darker toned skin.

For brunettes, the switch to blonde can sometimes be challenge, but it’s not impossible. Look to Khloe Kardashian, as the queen of the tonal transition for inspiration. Starting with her trademark brunette look, by gradually introducing subtle caramel and golden ombre highlights, she has transformed into a stunning, natural looking blonde.  If you’re looking for an instant blonde statement without expensive trips to a professional salon, consider a Dream Girl wig. All the glamour without the long-term commitment.

If you’re not ready to go full on flaxen just yet, a beautiful balayage may be just the compromise you’re looking for. Balayage combines an ombre-like approach with gentle highlights, giving you sun-kissed strands, without the stress of managing unruly root growth.  Suitable for all hair colours and skin tones, a blonde balayage that complements your colouring, will have you looking flawless, whilst achieving one of the must have looks of 2017.

If you choose to make the move towards lighter hair, looking after your natural hair becomes even more important. Lightening your hair can cause damage through the bleaching effect, and although many modern colourists use kinder hair dyes, hair care still remains a priority for fairer follicles.  Pamper your hair with an intensive treatment, use moisturising and nourishing conditioners specially designed for treated blonde hair to prevent breakage. Use styling products with added UV protection, wearing your hair in a cute up-do or covering your hair with an on-trend fedora will also help to protect blonde locks from the damaging effects of the sun.

This year boost your blonde or break up your brunette to achieve a sensational 2017 catwalk style. Lighten and brighten your look, because, as you know blondes do have more fun (oh no, I can’t believe it, I made it all the way to the end without using that cliché. I regret that last sentence #sorrynotsorry)

Be bright and bold this spring

10 Mar

gigi-hadid-kendall-jenner-neon-highlights-at-verscae-show-ftr-2Spring 2017 is the season for neon. With fashion week catwalks illuminated by electrifying citrus hues of red, orange and yellow and over-sized acid florals, the neon trend is making a fierce fashion statement.

But these head turning shades aren’t just restricted to your wardrobe; why let your clothes have all the fun?

Take your inspiration from supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid who worked neon-rainbow hair extensions whilst strutting their stuff at Milan Fashion Week this month. Be bold and bright, lifting your neon to the next level with some straight up sassy and colourful shades. It couldn’t be easier with Dream Girl’s Fancies range. Simply clip neon tonal extensions into your own hair for an electrifying splash of colour that is instantly on trend and tons of fun.

Whether you opt for thinner extensions for a subtle highlight effect or go all out with fuller slashes of colour, you can be certain that your style will look fabulous, adding a striking twist to a glamorous look (WARNING: Beware of jealous unicorns).

Dress your hair with your favourite colours, and give your hairstyle an instant makeover. Clip in the perfect shade for a quick and easy update and you’re ready to hit the town (There’s quite a few colours to choose from with Dream Girl, from yellow to turquoise). And, if your school or workplace is a little more conservative, removing them is just as simple, but remember all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.

Select an extension shade to complement your outfit, but you’ll find that when neon is involved, it’s the brighter the better. Neon hair works with everything, contrasting spectacularly against an all-black wardrobe, or, if you’re feeling brave, a riotous clash of vivid colours would certainly get you noticed.

Working with all hair lengths, premium quality hair extensions in modern tones add a hint of catwalk chic for those looking for a temporary change that’s full of impact. For longer hairstyles, opt for a poker straight look or go for full bouncy volume, allowing your extensions to shine through, giving you a unique and fresh hairstyle that will look just as good on a shopping date with friends as when you’re hitting the dancefloor in your favourite club.

Shorter hair can rock slices of colour too, cutting hair extensions to length and working them into your current style for some added lift and a flash of rainbow.  

Switch up your image to suit your mood. Swap your hair colours, and combine with the right make-up effects, to achieve the style that reflects your personality. Coordinate your neon locks with heavy, dark eye makeup and on point contouring for an edgy look, reminiscent of 90s grunge. Or crank up the cute factor with matching shades of nail varnish and ‘I just woke up like this’ subtle makeup, with dewy eyes and rosy cheeks.

As the latest hair trends go, it would be hard to find a look as stand-out, fun and affordable as this one. Stress free styling for Spring; embrace, experiment and enjoy your new neon hair and all the fun it will bring.

The best looks for Spring

3 Mar

There’s nothing like a new season for revamping your style. When it comes to hair, inspired by the fashion shows or the red carpets of award ceremonies, we can see new trends in their full glory.

At Dream Girl we love to look on trend, and we know the products you need to get the look you want. Here’s our rundown of the best styles to be hot to trot for Spring 2017.

Super long hair

Get your Remi Silky hair extensions at the ready because you’ll need them to achieve this style.  Spotted everywhere from Kim Kardashian to Ariana Grande, this long, shiny locks scream luxury. 100% human hair extensions will not only look natural, they’ll have that lustre of quality and shine you need. Choose from over 80 shades and find the exact right colour for your natural locks.

Plenty of texture

If there’s a phrase to sum up one of the key styles for this season it’s “Be true to yourself”. Embracing your natural texture is a key trend this Spring. Whether it’s straight, wavy or curly if you need help with either volume or length, hair extensions can help. Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls range lets you choose the exact right texture to match your hair. Keep curls soft and well defined with a shampoo and conditioner that moisturises.

The Lob

It’s back this Spring. The long bob rests on the shoulders and will help those with shorter locks stand out. If you don’t want to cut your hair, remember our Chic Collection offers a range of wigs in a variety of lengths, so you can experiment with new styles without ever reaching for the scissors.

An eye grazing fringe

Fringes are always the perfect way to update your style, and each season has its own different take. This Spring, fringes are longer, almost in the eyes, and they’re barely there. It’s an effortless way to update your look, and easy to sweep to the side or brush back when you need to hide it.

 

Wear a wig and be proud

24 Feb

From Gigi Hadid to the Queen Bey herself, it seems that everyone from Hollywood to Shoreditch is experimenting with one of the hottest and most versatile hair trends of 2017. Wigs.

Entering the mainstream, wigs have earned their place in the spotlight as the key fashion accessory for this year, with A-list models and celebrities confidently and unapologetically showcasing their finest hairpieces at high profile events and awards ceremonies. At Dream Girl, we know our Chic Collection, with its wide range of different styles and lengths is increasingly popular with women who want to change their look in an instant. 

For too long wigs have been viewed as something to endure; tolerated by patients who’d lost their hair through treatment, and by those affected by thinning hair or conditions affecting hair growth, to disguise hair loss. Wigs have often been a source of embarrassment and physical discomfort for wearers. But, with celebrities donning new hairpieces week in week out, the humble wig is experiencing a new lease of life, combining the functional and the fashionable, to achieve a stunning glamourpuss look.  

Gone are the days of scratchy hair pieces and plastic strands that wouldn’t look out of place on a doll. With advances in application methods and artificial hair technology, wigs are here to stay. Or not. That’s the beauty of this must have trend. Swap. Replace. Update. Changing your style or colour has never been so much fun or instantaneous.

With a beautifully styled wig, no longer do you need to commit to a new haircut or colour in the long term. Avoid the regret and time spent growing out an unflattering style or additional treatments to repair a dye gone wrong. Switch up your style whenever you want, for that Instagram perfect appearance.

Take a cute and striking pixie cut one day, to long, tumbling curls the next. Saving time getting ready and preventing damage to your natural hair from styling, high quality wigs are the solution to your bad hair days. The only limitation is your own inhibitions.

By embracing the wig trend, wearers who may have previously been self-conscious and aware of their wig are also empowered, helping to remove the stigma associated with their use. Although wigs have enjoyed their position as a status symbol throughout history, with everyone from Cleopatra to Marie Antoinette to Edie Sedgwick wearing the fashionable style of their time, modern day wig wearers are typically not as confident as the A-list from yesteryear.  Adopting a wig and owning it may just inspire someone who feels anything less than confident in theirs to feel a little more comfortable that they can ‘work it’ too.

Available in every style, length and colour you are sure to find one or two (or three or…) individual styles that will suit you, giving you a variety of equally striking looks for any occasion. If you’re looking for a gorgeous, minimum fuss, ready to wear style that  will have maximum impact, a wig is the answer for you.

Mix up your 2017 looks with a selection of wigs to complement your outfit, your mood or the occasion, and help to move wigs out of the shadows and into the spotlight once again.

Time to treat your hair

17 Feb

tigerhair2With Spring around the corner, it’s time to cast off that cute bobble hat and give your hair some much needed tender loving care. Throughout the winter months your hair endures stresses and strains leaving it vulnerable to damage and sadly looking less than fabulous as the seasons roll around. Whilst your hair extensions have been working hard to maintain the glamour stakes this February, you don’t want to ruin your overall look with fly away natural hair creating a halo of frizz up top.

From wet, windy weather and freezing temperatures to hairdryers and central heating, your hair has been subjected to some pretty harsh conditions this Winter, losing moisture and leaving you prone to breakage. Follow Dream Girl’s top treatment tips for maximum hair hydration, to leave you with shiny, smooth strands this Spring:

Washing your hair too frequently can weaken it, stripping your locks of natural oils and leaving it looking a bit dull and lifeless (Over washing also isn’t great news if your extensions are applied with glue). But you can make the most of each wash by using a shampoo specifically designed to restore and repair your hair. Look for a shampoo formulated to gently cleanse, resurface and strengthen your tresses, to kick-start your journey to hair heaven.

Get great hair gains with a nutrient loaded conditioner. We all know that protein is good for our bodies, and your hair isn’t any different. Select a conditioner packed with proteins derived from grains like quinoa and barley, to help nourish your hair as well as adding much needed moisture. Conditioners containing essential oils like lavender, known for its healing properties, will add shine as well as smelling fantastic.

When the weather outside is wet and wild, and a boxset binge in your PJs is too tempting, treat yourself to some pampering with an intensive conditioning hair treatment. Stick on your favourite TV programme and leave the treatment to work its magic, moisturising your hair more deeply and leaving it you with enviable shine and a silky finish. Now, how’s that for multi-tasking?

After a soothing wash and a thorough conditioning, add another layer of protection to your locks with a high-quality serum or styling cream. Even more moisture for your thirsty hair, your hair can’t get enough.  Creams and serums will gently coat each strand, smoothing them and helping to build tolerance for styling, limiting the harsh effects from heat and brushing.

When it comes to styling, prep your hair with a quick, final spritz of heat protection spray and use your styling tools on a low heat setting. Avoid using tight fitting elastic hair-ties to minimise breakage if you’re wearing your hair up, and you’re good to go.

Banish the winter frizz, treat your hair to some luxury ‘me time’ and give yourself a head start on great hair for the Spring 2017 season. When the sun finally comes out, you’ll be the one doing all the shining.   

 

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