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A simple up-do for the weekend

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Autumn always makes us think of tousled locks, wavy, styles and rich chestnut browns and reds. As it is now officially Autumn, we feel inspired at the start of a new season. If you do too, why not try something new with your hair?

 

Take a little inspiration for this beautiful up-do (as seen on Taylor Swift among others). It’s classic, timeless with just enough of a 2016 twist.

You’ll need longer locks for this style so for those with hair extensions it’s easy to whip your hair back. If you have shorter hair that you lengthen with clip-on hair extensions you’ll need to wear them to try this.

Once that’s done part your hair slightly to the side. Take the first section at the front by the temple; it should be about an inch wide. Begin to twist the hair so it almost looks like a braid. Once you get to the nape of the neck take your pins and pin in place. The pins should be invisible so point them in towards the scalp to secure the twist.

Take the section on the other temple and repeat the process again. Once you reach the nape of the neck again pin the hair in place.

Check in the mirror turning your head to the left and the right making sure the twist is uniform, secure and even across the sides of the head.

You should now have a long ponytail lying down your back. Without disturbing the pins begin to twist the ponytail until it begins to coil round. Twist it into a bun at the centre of the head and tuck the ends under. Pin to secure. Pull out a few strands so it doesn’t look too “done”. 

Taylor wears a side parting and you could do the same with a great pair of earrings. A red lip will pop and adds to the impact of a classic style.

There you go, an easy way to embrace a new Autumn style.

 

A hot new hairstyle for long hair

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At Dream Girl we do love keeping an eye on the fashion runways to see what new trends we can spot. You’ll occasionally see something that looks so simple and so bang on trend you know you’re going to see it everywhere.

Braids are everywhere right now; it feeds in perfectly with that sense of luxe-everyday, of laid back style with thoughtful attention that is so of the moment. Whether long fishtail braids, relaxed over the shoulder braids, crowns, plaits or double braids, it’s a style we’re seeing everywhere.

But for many of us, getting the braid right is hard. We get that. It takes practice, especially doing the four strand braid you need to do for a fishtail.

So when we say this style on the runway at New York Fashion Week we were intrigued. It’s by stylist Jon Reyman and he called it “patterned hair”.

It’s easier to do than a braid and it has a great impact. More than anything it gives real wow-factor to your long locks. A half-up do is practical and stylish, ideal for day to night. Plus it looks way more intricate than it is. On the run way it was styled with long, straight hair. If you need longer locks, remember hair extensions add that much needed extra length.

How do you style it? Like a braid, start by styling hair as normal as you want to work on dry hair. Begin right at the forehead, the hair at the very front and take two one inch sections. Cross them over. Then take the next one inch section along and cross that over, one on each side. Unlike a braid, you’re doing this along the scalp line, rather than back towards the crown, so you’re braiding out, rather than in.

Keep taking one inch sections until your get to the ears. As you take each section cross it over with the last one. Complete until your get to the crown. It should almost look like the criss-cross effect you get on top of a pie. Pin the ends in place at the crown and use spray to keep it flat and smooth.

And that’s it. It’s a clean and edgy style that’s much easier to do than a braid, once you get the hang of it, and it adds a cool looking texture to your hair.

 

 

5 hairstyles to get you back to school

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It’s hard enough going back to school after a long summer holiday. Your hair shouldn’t be one more thing that makes you stressed.

So here are Dream Girl’s top five styles that are bang on trend and will help you get back into the school spirit. We’ve got a special back to school offer on this month at the bottom of this post.

If you need extra length or lift remember hair extensions offer both inches and volume. Choose from over 80 shades to find the right Dream Girl extensions to blend seamlessly with your natural locks.

Slicked back pony

Wet-look is a key look for autumn. It’s probably a bit much of the classroom, but you can nod to the style with a ponytail. Dry hair as normal. Use gel to comb hair neatly into a high or low ponytail. You need it to be as smooth as possible. Any fringe or wispy ends need to be smoothed down. Once the ponytail is secured, use serum and hairspray to add shine and finish.

A ponytail hair extension can add length if you need a longer pony.

Full curls

Curls are a definite trend for autumn, no matter how long or short your hair is. We have a range of hair extensions designed for Waves and Curls so you can try these if you need added length. For full waves don’t use curling tongs as this will damage you hair. Instead, opt for retro full waves by styling pin curls.

Use mousse on damp hair before you dry. Once dried, use one inch sections of hair, twist and pin to the scalp. Use a little hairspray. Leave for as long as you can, but at least half an hour. Uncurl. brush to loosen the curls into waves and scrunch and spray to finish.

Twisted pony

A twisted finish is the best way to update your pony. Start by combing dry hair back into a low ponytail a the nape of the neck. Pull the bobble down an inch or so. Divide the hair above the bobble and the ponytail in half, so you can fit your fingers through the gap. Take the ponytail and feed it through the gap, creating a twist. Repeat twice for a longer twist.

A little back comb will make the ponytail fuller. And you’re done!

A simple knot

Plaits and knots are big this season. It’s also a great way to keep you hair neat and tucked back. Start by putting your dry hair in a low ponytail. Secure. Plait the ponytail and leave a little loose at the ends, around an inch or so. Twist the plait around to make a bun, securing with pins as you go. Use the inch or so section to be the last bit of the bun, closest to your scalp. Secure with pins and spray to finish.

An old fashioned braid

Braids are bang on trend so a long braid will be a great way to make sure your hair is stylish and on trend. Start at the crown, diving hair into three sections. Work your way down to the bottom, ensuring the braid is tight at this stage. Tie with a bobble at the ends. Loosen slightly by pulling at the braid sections but keep it neat.

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Try Kim K’s wet look hair

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When we spotted Kim K’s wet look hair style at the MTV VMA’s we were excited. One of the more edgier styles of the past few years, it’s kind of failed to ignite. We’re not sure why, slicked back or ruffled, the way Kim wore it, it’s a cool style that adds real lift to an outfit.

 

Taylor Swift has worn it, as has Mollie King. We think you should try it to.

It might look like the easiest hairstyle in the world to recreate – what could be simpler than coming gel through your hair? – but in fact there are some rules to follow. Here’s Dream Girl’s guide. 

First, you don’t have to have long hair for this style to work but you do need body. If your hair is very fine then chances are it might look too flat. Instead what makes each of these hairstyles work is the body at the roots. This extra volume makes the style edgier and less drab (tip, you don’t want it to look like you simply haven’t washed your hair!). 

If you do need to add volume at the roots, Clip’N Go hair extensions are the easiest way to do it. Choose from over 80 shades to find a colour that closely matches your own natural shade. As well as adding length, clip on hair extensions will add much needed volume at the roots, ensuring this style doesn’t go limp.

Another way this hairstyle is really working is when there is plenty of texture. Mollie King, as well as Kim Kardashian, give a masterclass here with their style that almost looks like she’s stepped right out of the shower. It starts by blow-drying the style or using rollers to add plenty of volume at the roots. Hair is then slicked up, rather than down, with plenty of attention given to the ends to offer lots of shape.

If you’re wearing your hair slicked back then you also have to pay attention to the rest of your look. Having the hair away from the face means you can really draw attention to the eyes and make them pop. Taylor Swift uses a smoky eye effect to do that as did Rita Ora who debuted a much shorter slicked style at the BRITS this week. Nude lips and very dark eyes created almost a retro Hollywood glamour style, making you think of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich, goddesses of silver screen style.

The secret to this style is to make sure it doesn’t look like there’s too much product; a light gel that creates lift and control but without the wet effect is how this edgy look is being worn this spring.

Hair colour trends for Autumn 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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