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What to do when you’re growing your hair

28 Jul

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When you get to that awkward, in between stage, what do you do?

When you’ve decided you want to change your hair, it’s hard. It might be growing out a style, wanting to get rid of your layers, or just wishing your hair was longer.

At least we don’t have to just rely on our own patience, which we know doesn’t exist when it comes to our hair.

You only need two inches of hair to wear hair extensions. Some people wear them because they want to have super long locks. Others might want to add volume to fine hair. But when you want your hair to grow a little quicker, hair extensions are the easiest way to help through the awkward transition phase.

At Dream Girl we know that it’s a foolproof way of getting the hair that you want, without having to wait. You can feel self conscious when you don’t hair the hair you want. Hair extensions let you style your hair the way you want to, whether it’s long, short or mid length.

For us, it’s all about choice. Hair extensions come in different lengths, from 12 inches to 18 inches, so even if you’ve got a short crop or bob style, you can still get mid-length hair. With over 80 shades to choose from, you can pick the exact right shade so your hair extensions blend seamlessly into your own natural locks.

It couldn’t be easier. If you opt for 100% human hair, like that in Euro Weft or Remi Silky you can select the shade and the length from Dream Girl’s online store. You can weave in your self or see a stylist. The extensions provide you with added length and you can ask your stylist to trim the extensions for you and style to suit you.

If you are growing out a fringe – yeah, pulling on the hair doesn’t make it grow any faster – then once you can sweep it to the side you can use clip-on hair extensions to mask the fringe growth and add thickness around the temples. It isn’t foolproof but it’s a good trick to hide the fringe as it gets to that awkward length. You can’t pin it back all the time. Dream Girl’s clip-on hair extensions make it easier for you to have long hair in seconds. 

Hair does grow back. Of course it does. But you don’t have to live with a style you don’t like. If you’re at that awkward stage of growing out why not explore Dream Girl’s shop and see if hair extension are right for you. You can even opt for clip-on hair extensions that can offer you a new style in minutes and you can wear them for a night out or just when you fancy a change.

 

 

The ponytail gets grown up

21 Jul

The ponytail has always been thought of as quite a girlish style. But this summer it’s getting a makeover and it’s far more grown up.

At Dream Girl we know not every woman is born with the hair they want for the style they desire. So if your ponytail needs a little extra help them use a ponytail hair extensions, clip or or tie it over your natural locks and add extra length or volume.

Here are our favourite ponytail styles

Ariana Grande

Her signature high ponytail is sleek and stylish, but girly enough to nod to the ponytail’s past. You’ll need extra length to really achieve this long style. Make sure their hair extension is the same colour as your natural locks (and with Dream Girl you’ve got over 80 shades to choose from).

Wear the ponytail as high as you can on the crown of your head. Keep the ponytail sleek. Take a section from under the ponytail and twist it around the bobble, so that it’s covered. Use serum to keep hair smooth.

Beyonce’s side pony

A hide side ponytail has probably not been seen much since the 80s. But Beyonce pulls it off. Do the exact same styling as above, just have the ponytail slightly off to the side.

Zendaya’s low pony

Perfect for those whose hair has plenty of texture, this style is sleek at the roots but is full on once you reach the tips. Smooth hair down into a middle parting and tie a ponytail at the nape of the neck. Style the ponytail hair extension with some back combing to achieve as much texture as possible before you fasten it.

Jessica Alba’s sleek low pony

A ponytail might not be your go to style if you’ve got a black tie or a glam event. Yet this style shows you can completely go for a sleek style that works great for a night out.

Part your hair into a deep side parting and smooth hair down with serum or spray. Tie hair into a ponytail just behind your ear. Keep the ponytail as sleek as you can, even if it’s not straight (it’s about looking styled and glossy, not about having one texture).

 

Here’s your summer hair quick fix

14 Jul

When it’s hot you don’t want to do much. We completely understand that. You need hair solutions that can be done speedily, that can still have the maximum impact, but with the minimum input needed.

At Dream Girl, we’re all about helping you to be your gorgeous and glamorous best. So if you’ve spent too many mornings in front of your mirror, stuck for hair-inspiration on another warm summer’s day, here’s our advice.

A simple twist

Having long and beautiful hair might be one of your favourite things, but there are times in the hot summer months when you need to tie it back. Even if you wear hair extensions, you might find your scalp and neck can get hot and sweaty when the weather is muggy.

A simple twist is the best way to do it. Just gather your hair at the nape of your neck like you’re going to style a ponytail. Then begin to twist until you get to the ends. Tuck them underneath and pin your hair in place.

The best thing about this style is that if you wear it in place all day, uncurl it in the evening and you have beautiful summer waves.

Switch up your parting

When you need a change and want to freshen up your look, there’s nothing simpler than to try a new parting. Go from side to middle, or swap sides and it’ll change how your face looks.

You can even change your makeup to go with it. If you’ve got a side swept look, focus on the lips as it’ll draw the eyes down and elongate your face. A middle parting is the perfect excuse to focus on the eyes. Try a liquid eyeliner for a long sweep to put all the attention on your peepers.

A braided headband

The perfect style for those long lazy nights, or party days at a festival. You can easily weave it into your every day style as well.

Braid your own locks, starting with a section just behind your ear and pin it in place around an inch from your hairline.

If you haven’t quite for the locks to cover it, use a ponytail hair extension. Clip in place or tie underneath your own locks to hide the join, braid it and then pin in place across your own natural hair.

Slick it back

Creating an edgy style, but one we’re seeing more and more, the slicked back style is perfect for a hot summer day. Hair extensions will help to add a little extra length or volume if you need it. These style can look slicked, but not flat! Use gel or serum, combing it through your hair so you look like you’re straight off the catwalk.

 

Summer hair without the heat

7 Jul

No one wants to pack their hair irons or curlers when they go on holiday. They do enough damage to your hair in the winter. But in the summer, when the sun dries hair out, it’s a shortcut to split ends and frizzy locks.

Yet even while you’re lazing away on sunny days, you can still have your dream hair. Whatever you length, texture or style, if you use hair extensions or your natural locks, here are Dream Girl’s tips for ensuring your summer hair is immune from the heat.

When it’s hot you want to keep your hair off your face and neck. The easiest and most stylish way to do this is to twist it up. While hair is still damp, towel dry and add mousse for a little extra control. Either braid or twist hair back from the face, turning it towards the scalp. Twist and pin in a bun at the nape of the neck. Stylish and cool!

A topknot will help you look bang on trend as well as keeping hair out of your way. For naturally curly hair, use bobby pins to pin hair into a knot. if you struggle to make them stick, spray the pins with hairspray before you use them on your hair.

A slicked back wet look can help you look like you’re batting away the summer heat. Lift your roots with your fingers, a little mousse and hairspray. Comb a cream or wax through your hair. A serum will also work for added sheen.

If you’re planning a night out, but your locks feel just to heavy to run free, why not try a polished style. Low buns and low pony tails are bang on trend this year. Add a cream or balm to smooth hair down before combing into a low ponytail. A ponytail hair extension can add more volume here. Twist, wrap and pin the pony into a sleek bun. Comb any stray hair and use a serum to keep them under control.

For a naturally wavy style, volume is your friend. Hair extensions can add both lift as well as length. Make sure hair is super nourished and conditioned before letting your hair dry naturally, letting all that natural shape and movement stay in place.

 

Give it some plait-titude

30 Jun

The sun is shining and summer is here, and that means wedding/holiday/festival season is in full swing, and you’ll want your hair to be more Instagram-able than ever.

The versatile nature of Dream Girl hair extensions means that you can switch your style to suit the occasion, and achieve spectacular selfies whatever your mood.

Whether you long for bold all-over braids or subtle plaits in a sophisticated look, you can achieve the extra length and volume needed for standout hair with flair, with the right products from Dream Girl.  

Your super long extensions from Dream Girl will look exquisite, and you’ll want to keep them that way when you’re dancing to the headline act in a field or bronzing it up around the pool.

Braids, plaits and cornrows have been all over the catwalks and red carpets of Summer 2017, and are the perfect quick fix for easy high street style or a stunning stop and stare look at any event.   Zoe Kravitz and Beyonce have been spotted looking super chic wearing super long braids, and Cara Delevigne’s cute, chunky side plaits have given us all hair envy.

And the great news is, that fishtail plaits not only look amazing, the humble braid actually serves a purpose in maintaining your hair extensions and keeping them in check. It’s a double win.

Holidays

Going on holiday could pose a lot of problems for a girl with hair extensions, with all that sun and sea. Try a loose braid for the beach or around the pool to protect your extensions from getting wet, prevent tangling, fight the frizz, and keep cool. For an on-trend evening look, transform sleek, straight extensions with chunky box braids for 90s influenced style.

Before you travel, you might want to try low maintenance, all-over braids. Use longer length extensions for daring, Solange inspired, Rapunzel braids for a contemporary look, that can take you from day to night with ease.

Festivals

During a whole weekend that combines a warm tent with a muddy field, you and your hair can be left feeling a little lacklustre. Give your hair the boost it needs, and you’ll be rocking your extensions with confidence from the second you arrive, to the moment you join the traffic jam to head home. Work your first day fresh wavy festival locks with jewelled accessories, and maintain the style stakes even when you’re on third day hair, by weaving a plaited hairband, and pinning it up to disguise oily roots.   

Weddings

Look to Lilly Collins as inspiration for hair that oozes irresistible romantic glamour. Pair a tousled updo with loose, chunky braids and thin plaits to achieve an elegant, dreamy and classic look, that will be perfect for the wedding photos.

Bedtime

Look after your hair extensions with a low loose braid, to help keep you comfortable and prevents night time tangling. Make sure your hair is dry each night before your head hits the pillow, to maintain the condition of your locks.

Braids are a great solution to look after your extensions, or to provide a style update that enhances your extensions to achieve jaw-dropping status.

The best festival hair for 2017

23 Jun

You might be on your way to Glastonbury as we speak. Or, you might have a festival planned in for the rest of the summer. Festival style is a big deal and at Dream Girl we want to make it as easy as possible for you to create your perfect look.

At a festival you want to look great, but you also want to be low maintenance. You can get away with a boho style and something that will last a  few days and keep the hair off your face while you’re dancing or singing your heart out.

Fake an undercut

Hands up who’s brave enough to do a Miley and razor an undercut?  Yeah, thought so. Fake it with an easy style. 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. 

Tie back your fringe

It can get hot and sweaty at festivals. The last thing you want is your fringe sticking to your forehead. Keep it feminine and stylish by using a braid to tidy it away. 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.

The messy chignon

You don’t want to look too coiffed at a festival. This style is just perfect for that “what this old thing” laid back style. First tie hair back into a ponytail. Not too high, just below the crown. Backcomb the ponytail to add a little volume. Grab yourself some kirby grips and fix the ends of the ponytail back towards the base. A simple trick, Twist sections around your finger, scrunch down and pin.

Side swept plait

For long hair you might want to sweep it off your face. The side braid is an easy style to wear and looks great too. It’s also a great look for those with long hair or hair extensions. Simply sweep hair over one shoulder. 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.

Boho waves

For long wavy hair you can get an extra boost in length from Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls range of hair extensions. To tease curls without heat simply use kirby grips and some 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.

 

Letting your natural beauty shine

16 Jun

Every woman wants something different from her hair. And, let’s be honest, everyone’s hair comes with its own challenges. When we have natural hair, we often think it’s something we need to tame and control. That’s not true.

At Dream Girl, we believe in helping every woman feel as beautiful as she can. That’s why all of our products are about enhancing natural beauty, rather than defining what beauty is supposed to be. Our hair extensions come in as many different shapes and sizes as women want. It’s all about choice. From sleek and long to deep curls, with over 80 shades to choose from, you can easily find exactly the texture, look, length and style you’re looking for.

From high puffs to fab ‘fros natural hair is more visible than it has been. There hasn’t been the same kind of variety on offer, nor the same flexibility in beauty styling. That’s changing and for Dream Girl it’s all about offering the same kind of flexibility and creativity when it comes to hair styling, no matter what kind of hair you have. 

We offer over 13 different kinds of hair extensions. So you’ll find traditional styles like Euro Weft and Remi Silky, but you can also find styles like Yaki, French Deep Curls, French Jerry Curls, Super and Bulk Yaki hair extensions. You might want to wear your hair long, you might want more volume. You might want to make your hair longer for braids. Our range of hair extensions is all about choice for you.

European hair is often finer, thinner and adding volume and length is about making hair appear thicker. Strand by strand natural hair is thicker and can be coarser in terms of texture. Frizziness, tangles, teasing; natural hair faces far more diverse challenges and so needs different solutions and styles to choose from.

But at the end of the day what every woman wants is to look natural. We want to embrace our curls while enjoying a longer length if we feel like it. We want to wear a short style some days and clip in hair extensions on a weekend. We don’t want to have to relax our hair but instead wear our hair puffed up or slightly frizzy or even a full ‘fro if that’s how we feel.

Hair extensions should be a tool to help us get there, not a way of defining how we all style our hair. Hair should be happy and healthy, extensions should help locks look real and beautiful. extensions should blend with any texture and experimenting with colour should be something open to everyone.

Beauty is never one size fits all, and that’s why Dream Girl’s hair extension aren’t either.

 

How to get super-long hair

9 Jun

If you’ve flicked through a celeb magazine in the last few weeks, something will have jumped out at you. Super-long hair is a real trend right now.

This time last year, celebs we cropping their hair into lobs and bobs. Now it’s getting longer and longer.

Stars like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj haven’t just gone long, though. They’ve gone super-long. Their hair grazes their bum – and in Nicki’s case her ankles! – as they go for an extreme style.

OK, at Dream Girl, we’re the first to admit that a hairstyle that reaches your ankles possibly isn’t the most practical style if you’re going to have to run for a bus.

But there’s something really eye-catching and feminine about having hair that’s stretches right down your back.

How to get it? Well of course you’re not going to be able to grow two feet of hair in just a few days. The easiest way to do it is with hair extensions. Remi Silky, our 100% human hair extensions offers the most natural look and finish for long hair.

You can choose from over 80 different colours, as well as different textures from waves to curls, to find the exact right style for you.

Just because you have long hair, you don’t have to wear it down. Ariana Grande wears her super-long hair in a high ponytail, and it’s a style that offers just the right amount of glam.

Gigi Hadid and Jessica Alba both wear their long locks in a low plait, leaving long strands for the front to frame the face.

But it’s the long and straight style that looks so striking. Hair extensions have to be really shiny to have the maximum impact. Because this look is all about luxury. It’s all about emphasising how long you can spend getting the perfect, super shiny, super-long straight hair. This isn’t a practical style, it’s not a hairstyle to wear at the gym. It’s a style that’s all about glamour, red carpets, about knowing how your crowing glory is making you stand out.

Shop at Dream Girl to find the right hair extensions to create your own super-long style.

Your holiday hair guide

2 Jun

If you’ve got summer holidays coming up and you’re planning a stretch on the beach, you’ll be thinking about your perfect holiday hair. You know what we mean; sunkissed locks, scrunched waves, carefree styles that are laid back and relaxed.

At Dream Girl we always want to help you get the hair you’re dreaming of, so here’s our guide for how to get the perfect holiday hair.

Protect

You’d never lie out in the sun without putting some kind of protection on your skin, so why do it with your hair? Just like your skin, hair can be burnt in the sun. UV rays can degrade it, damaging the oils and nutrients that keep it healthy. Locks can be left dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Obviously, if you have hair extensions this is bad news. If your hair is coloured, the sun can fade your colour and bleach it, giving you a strange red hue.

The best solution is to wear a hat when you’re in the sun. You can also use a dedicated hair spray that will offer SPF. Or, use a little liquid sun lotion and drop it into a water container with a spray nozzle. Fill with water and use this to spray on to your locks as you head to the beach.

Avoid heat

You might want beachy waves while you’re away but use non-heat solutions to get those curls. You should never use heated products like curlers or straighteners on hair extensions, but in the sun it’s even worse. The heat will damage already dry hair and will do even more damage. Locks will be more likely to break and you’ll get split ends. It’ll only get worse in humidity as hair will become frizzy and unmanageable.

Instead, use techniques like pin curls, where you twist and pin a section of hair for half and hour. Or braid your hair while it’s damp so that it will have a gentle wave once it has dried.

 

Nourishing

When you’re at home, you don’t want to use too much shampoo as it can strip your hair and remove essential vitamins and nutrients keeping it healthy. However, when you’re on holiday your hair will be filled with chlorine from the pool and sand from the beach. You’ll need to shampoo once you get back to your room everyday. But you don’t want to strip it too much. So make sure you buy a shampoo that’s designed for regular use. Avoid sulphates and go for natural products that are more likely to be used frequently.

To nourish your hair opt for a hair mask, something creamy that’ll replace all the moisturiser that’s been sunbathed out. Your hair will thank you and you can go back to having the beachy hair you’re dreaming of.

The perfect wedding hair

26 May

As we firmly step into wedding season, there will be many brides thinking about the dress, the jewellery and the music for their first dance.

While you can find plenty of inspiration for those wedding styles, one of the things a lot of women struggle with is how to wear their hair.

It’s because a lot of “traditional” bridal hairstyles just don’t feel like us. These pictures are going to last a lifetime, we don’t want a stiff and formal hairstyle staring back at us for eternity.

You want to be elegant, stylish but also on trend.

The first thing to do is to look for inspiration. Check out Instagram and Pinterest as well as magazines and fashion blogs for hairstyles you like. Create a mood board with all your favourite styles and ideas, helping you craft the look you want.

The next step is to take it to your stylist. They’ll be able to sit and talk about what style will best suit your face shape and your outfit.

This is when you prepare for your trial session. Hair extensions can help you achieve your perfect style. You might have shorter hair that needs a little extra length, whether you want an up-do or have it styled long.

Your hair might be fine and you need a little extra volume. Hair extensions can help make your hair look thicker.

At Dream Girl, we’ve got hair extensions to match any natural hair, be it wavy, curly, or straight. With over 80 shades to choose from you’ll find the exact right hair extensions that will blend seamlessly into your natural locks.

With your stylist you’ll be able to try a few different options with hairstyles, taking lots of pictures so you know how it’ll look and choose the style you like the best.

Here’s the styles that are popular this wedding season…

The classic chignon

A perennial favourite, the chignon is styled this year as a low bun at the nape of the neck. Accessories bring it up to date, with a side parting making it very 2017.

Natural finish

Bridal hairstyles have often been quite stiff and formal and this season there’s a desire to look more relaxed with a low key hairstyle. Making hair look glossy and healthy, adding length and volume with plenty of texture lets your natural beauty shine through.

Half up-do

Gentle flowing locks, complimented by a veil, these styles feed into that more relaxed vibe. It’s a simple style with plenty of wow-factor that works perfectly with hair accessories as well.

Always remember your wedding day is a chance to feel comfortable in your own style. Your wedding hairstyle, much like your dress, needs to work for the whole day, so it’s important to have a style that is easy to maintain and will take you from day to night.

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