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A simple up-do for the weekend

23 Sep

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.

 

Hair colour trends for Autumn 2016

26 Aug

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

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

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

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

A more beige blonde, DG Colour Code: 24

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

Bronde, DG Colour Code : P18-16-613

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

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

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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.

 

Five hair habits you need to break

31 Jul
blisshairanddayspa.com

blisshairanddayspa.com

Everyone wants to be healthier. We want to regularly drink 8 glasses a water to keep ourselves hydrated, we aim (we do, honestly) to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables every day. But we fall into bad habits. We all do. And nowhere more than with our hair.

When it comes to hair we often think that because it grows back we’ll always get a second chance. Yet that’s not necessarily the case. Our hair is very much a reflection of what you put in, you get out. Our bad habits can even extend to how we look after our hair extensions. Whether clip ons, weaves, sew ins or wigs, 100% human hair needs to be looked after because if you don’t it ends up the same way as your own hair does if you mistreat it; split ends, dry, brittle and no shine.

What are the bad habits you need to break. Here we list them and tell you exactly why they’re bad for your locks, whether you wear hair extensions or it’s all natural.

1. Straighteners

Heat is bad for your hair. There’s a protective band around each strand of hair, even on 100% human hair extensions, which is what gives it that shine and bounce. The problem with straighteners is that they gradually rub off that coat and expose the delicate strand underneath. You might think you’re making your hair straighter and taking care of it by using a heat protecting spray but actually you could be making it direr, brittle and frizzier. At Dream Girl we always say never use hair straighteners on hair extensions; you’ve made an investment and why would you want to shorten the life of a product you’ve bought. But if you shouldn’t use them on hair extensions, why would you then use them on your natural hair?

2. Too much brushing

There’s an old saying that you should brush your hair 100 times a day until your hear the “squeak”. The reality couldn’t further from the truth. Brushing is actually fairly stressful for hair. All you need to do is de-tangle it. Pulling and brushing strips hair of natural oils making it dry and brittle. You could be reducing your hair’s natural shine by brushing it too much. It’s the same with hair extensions. Ever brushed so much hair becomes static? That means you’ve created too much kinetic energy in your hair and you could make it frizzier.

3. Too much shampoo

We wash our hair too often. The truth is hair doesn’t need to be washed every day with shampoo and conditioner. The grease we have on our hair is a build up of natural oils, but you’re getting yourself into a vicious cycle when you shampoo too often. You’re stripping back oils and then your body needs to restore them. You can stimulate over production as your body is trying to keep up with the shampoo-ing. Instead, wash your hair every few days rather than every day. Use a dry shampoo on your fringe if it needs a quick refresh but after a couple of weeks your hair will reduce the amount of oil it’s producing. If you wear hair extensions always use a suitable shampoo and conditioner designed especially for processed hair as normal shampoo might be too harsh and do permanent damage.

4. Towel-drying

We know; you shouldn’t use a hair dryer and now you shouldn’t towel-dry? How are you meant to dry your hair. It’s all about being gentle. Vigorous towel drying will pull and yank on your hair follicles and cuticles which will in turn damage it from root to tip. You also don’t want to comb or brush hair while it’s too wet. Instead, use your towel to squeeze out the excess water but don’t rub the hair or the scalp. Comb while it’s still damp and then dry. If you use a dryer then make sure it’s on a cool setting. No heat!

5. Not drinking enough water

This is where a healthy lifestyle and healthy hair come together. Drinking plenty of water and eating a diet that’s rich in vitamins and nutrients will result in healthy and shiny hair. If you’re regularly dehydrated or you’re not getting the vitamins you need your hair will be dry, lank and dull.

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How to get Selena Gomez’s beach waves

24 Apr
instyle.co.uk

instyle.co.uk

There are plenty of pictures of our favourite celebrities cutting their hair for spring this year. Yet sometimes you see a longer style that’s just so right it makes you wonder why you’d ever want to get rid of your locks.

Selena Gomez was snapped with the kind of beach waves we dream of having everyday. Thick, wavy hair, rich in colour looking healthy and shiny this is the hair we want for this season and right through until summer.

The good news is that Dream Girl the ingredients for you to recreate this style. Whether you’re a brunette like Gomez or a blonde it’s easy to style yourself.

What makes this style truly eye-catching is that Selena Gomez has seriously thick and long locks. Whether it’s all her own hair or she’s had a little help we don’t know but you can boost your natural locks. Use clip-on or longer lasting hair extensions to add both volume and length.

The first thing you want to do is take a look at Dream Girl’s range for Waves and Curls. From gentle beach waves to French Jerry Curls this is our range of hair extensions designed for all those without super straight hair; and we know there are plenty of you!

Pick the style of waves from Body to Italian Body as the wave and curl gets deeper and more defined. Next choose your colour. You want a shade that closely matches your own so that hair extensions blend seamlessly into your own locks. It doesn’t matter what colour your hair is; go from brunettes to blondes, reds or even funkies for a shock of colour. We’ve over 80 shades to choose from so you’ll find the exact right colour for you.

Once you’ve chosen your colour choose the right length. Going from 12″ to 18″ you can opt for mid length to super-long. Selena Gomez’s hair here is really long, sitting underneath the breastbone. Remember you can have your hair extensions fitted and then go to your stylist if they need to be trimmed or styled so that they are the perfect length for you.

Remember, never use heat to create waves or curls. Heat, like curlers or straighteners, is the fastest way to damage your locks. It’ll dry it out and can cause split ends. If you damage your natural hair you know it will grow back. If you use heat on your hair extensions then the damage will be permanent and you’re reducing the length of time they’ll look healthy and glossy for.

Remember to take care of your hair extensions every day. Use a gentle shampoo and conditioner designed especially for extensions and you’ll keep them in shape for longer.

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Rita Ora’s “origami” style

19 Sep
Rex Features

Rex Features

You know how it is, you dress and style yourself depending on your mood. It’s the truth; we go for a wavy, relaxed hairstyle when we’re feeling feminine and floaty; we’ll opt for a no nonsense up-do when we mean business.

So what about when you want to make a huge impact?

Well, maybe go for Rita Ora’s ‘origami’ hair. This is the ultimate top knot and it was spotted on the singer at London Fashion Week.

Check out all the people taking pictures in the background. This is a hairstyle designed to make a maximum stir.

So how to recreate it? The faux fringe here it cut really short. Chances are if you don’t want to commit to that you can wear a wig or a hairpiece to cover your own hair. Ask your stylist to fit it for you and trim the fringe how you want it. Dream Girl’s Chic Collection comes in a range of shades included blonde, dark brunettes, browns and combos.

You can also style the fringe as part of the hairstyle itself, but it takes a little work. It’s what Rita’s stylist has done so follow our steps to recreate it for yourself.

Preparation is key in this style. You’ll need wax and hairspray to comb and style your hair so it’s straight and manageable. If your hair isn’t quite long enough then use a Dream Girl Ponytail Extension that clips or ties over your natural hair and adds length.

Comb hair into a very high ponytail right on the crown of the head. Ensure there are not strands left and that hair is tied quite tightly in place. Secure with a transparent bobble. Use hairspray to smooth down hair.

Next turn to the ponytail. Comb and use hairspray to stiffen slightly and comb again. Fold the ponytail in half front ways. The length of hair should fall over the front of your head, like a fringe.

Check hair in the mirror. Ensure the “bun” is a uniform shape and there’s a good gap in the centre.

Tie with a bobble around the base of the bun to fix in place. Spray the “bun” with more hairspray.

Now you can work the fringe. The ponytail ends are sitting on your forehead. You need to smooth the edges down so it looks like a natural fringe. Using , yes more hairspray, fix hair in place and comb it flat. You might need to trim a few ends to ensure there aren’t huge differences between strands.

And you’re ready to go. Rita goes for heavy lined eyes and a very dark berry lip to finish the high-impact look.

All you need now is to master the attitude to go with it!

How to beat bad hair days

18 May


What do Adele, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have in common?

Well, apart from their fantastic voices and the amazing music they make, obviously.

It is that, over the last year, they have been three women happy to talk about how they rely on wigs to boost their natural beauty.

This week a feature in The Guardian talked about how wigs have gone mainstream and how they can be the must-have beauty item if you are prone to bad hair days.

Dream Girl’s Chic Collection offers a perfect example of how you can mask your natural hair with a stylish and glossy alternative.

Your natural hair might be dry, or frizzy. It might style perfectly everyday, except for the day you’ve got a big night out with the girls planned or you’re invited to a summer wedding. Teasing, crimping, curling, styling; there is nothing more frustrating than hair that just won’t behave itself.

Investing in a wig from Dream Girl’s Chic Collection could help make those bad days a little easier.

The most popular wig on our online shop right now is Kisna. It is a dark-haired bob with a fringe and layered curls. You can choose from a variety of styles, lengths and shades to match your natural colouring and style. Every wig in the Chic Collection is made from premium quality hair meaning the style is glossy and natural looking.

To fit a wig simply tie back natural hair and pin down to ensure it is as flat as possible. You want to match the nape of the wig to the nape of your neck. Hold this section first and tip your head forward slightly. Slide the wig from the back to the front ensuring it fits comfortably in the same way you might a swimming cap. Check in the mirror to ensure the wig sits properly and is comfortable. A wig can be trimmed by a stylist to change the style to suit you. You can also style the hair to keep it looking sleek and neat.

The popularity in wigs might have come from superstars but it is the ideal investment for anyone who wants to chop and change their style and enhance their natural beauty.

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How to create a natural look

4 May

We may say we’ve got blonde hair, brown hair or red hair, but in truth our hair is usually made up of loads of different shades.

Take a section of your hair right now and hold it up to the light.

Even the darkest chocolate brown will have flecks of auburn maybe, deeper shades of brown and perhaps even blonde.

The range of shades in your hair gives it a natural depth and it’s often the element that Hair Extensions forget about, making them look fake rather than blending in naturally to your own hair.

Hair Extensions, you see, just enhance your natural beauty, so add volume or length, but blend seamlessly with your own hair. If they are one block colour, this won’t happen. It also makes it harder to match to your natural shade.

In Dream Girl’s latest You Tube video you can watch model Jemma getting Hair Extensions glued to her own hair. Beginning at the nape of the neck the extensions are cut to fit the shape of her scalp and are then attached to her own hair. The extensions are secured with glue and then blow dried to help them stay in place. Jemma’s hair is then blow dried to add even more volume, ready for her photoshoot.

As you’ll see when you watch the film, Jemma has lovely long blonde hair. But there are a range of colours in there from lighter to darker blonde, as well as some flashes of brown. The Hair Extensions Dream Girl fitted to her hair needed to add a bit of wow factor to her look so the stylist opted for extensions that blend together different colours.

If you use Dream Girl’s Colour Comparator you will see that you can choose 100% Human Hair Extensions which offer several shades, like Light Honey Blonde and Lightest Blonde or Caramel Blonde, Dark Blonde and Lightest Blonde. Hair looks more natural and creates a more stylish and beautiful finish.

Watch the film here for tips on how to style and wear your own Dream Girl Hair Extensions.

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How to – Treat Hair extensions

7 Oct

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Let’s be honest, hair extensions are good fun. You can transform your short pixie crop into long luscious locks in minutes; turn yourself from a brunette to a brilliant blonde or experiment with funky pinks, reds and even blues.

For confident women who like to play with their look and style, hair extensions are a perfect way to make you feel glamorous.

But with every other product that becomes part of your beauty routine, you want to know where it comes from. Ethics, as well as knowing how a quality item is produced, are of vital importance to both the consumer and to salon who may install your extensions for you.

 Dream Girl works hard with our suppliers to make sure each and every hair extension we stock and sell is of the highest quality.

So have you ever wondered how hair extensions are made to look so natural and beautiful?

The most popular type of hair extensions, both Clip’N Go and those sewn in are made from 100%  human hair.

The highest quality and most expensive is Remy Hair. This comes from India and is 100% natural human hair. It is sourced ethically and Dream Girl works closely with its suppliers to ensure this. Remy hair still has the cuticle layer, right at the top of the hair strand. The reason for this is how it helps to control the flow of your hair.

The most natural look is when hair falls in the same direction along a natural parting. Keeping the cuticle in the hair helps this process because if each cuticle layer of the hair is laid in the same direction, the hair will fall and settle more natural when made into a hair extension. The cuticle layer also makes sure hair doesn’t become tangled, makes it shiner and healthier and means the hair extensions can last longer.

Asian hair is at once fine and strong, which is why it is so popular for hair extensions. It means it’s easier for the consumer to style and use every day, without worrying about damage.

The hair is sewn together ensuring it can either be added to the head via stitching, that is sewn in in sections by stylist, or turned into Clip’N Go hair extensions which can be clipped to existing hair easily.

Each hair extensions is cleansed and processed before being sold to the consumer. This ensures it is as healthy as possible. Dream Girl works with a supplier in China who cleans the hair and then makes the hair extensions. This is where expertise becomes so important. Great care is taken to ensure each strand is sewn in the same direction, protecting the root and cuticle layer to make sure there is a better finished product.

From there the hair is packaged and sent to the UK, where it is sold to salons and consumers across the country.

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How to create an Up-Do with Hair Extensions

8 Jul

Sarah Jessica Parker high updo bun hairstyle chanel party The beauty of hair extensions is that it gives you the freedom to change your hairstyle as often as you change your shoes. If your hair is fine and flyaway, a few Clip’N Go Hair Extensions or a more long term solution with Euro Weft or Remy Silky with hair extensions either sewn in or glued to your hair, you can transform your look into a thick, full-bodied and volumised style.

Sometimes some girls think hair extensions mean you have to wear your hair loose and flowing all the time. Yes, hair extensions look great loose, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be used to recreate a stunning up-do perfect for weddings, formal occasions or proms, or even just when you want to style your hair a little differently.

Here is a guide for how to recreate three up-dos using hair extensions.

The French Bun

It’s a classic look that can be transformed to look casual or formal, depending on what kind of evening you have planned.

Hair can be worn either in a side parting, middle parting or brushed back, depending on your preference. Comb hair back as though styling into a low ponytail. From the nape of the neck, gently twist hair upwards, overlapping the twist with hair from above. Keep going until you reach the end and tuck into the folded hair. Fix gently with grips from the nape up the neck up to the crown. For a more formal style ensure any loose hair at the sides, fringe or layers, is secured to give a clean look. For something a little more casual, allow layers to frame the face.

The Ballet Dancer

SJP made this bun her own in SATC and it’s easy to recreate yourself with a synthetic hair piece or ponytail you can fasten or clip into your own hair.

Simply tie your hair back, securing into a bun. Clip the hair accessory over your own hair. Take sections of the ponytail and wrap around fixing with grips as you go. The aim is to have a voluminous bun, defying gravity. It looks best if your fringe or any side partings are secured with either clips or hairspray.

It’s best if the clip on ponytail matches your natural hair colour as closely as possible. It also offers variety as the hair extension can be used to create a bouncing pony tail

The Half Up-Do

One of our favourite hairstyles at Dream Girl the half-up do provides instant style and glamour as well as length. Clip’N Go Hair Extensions come into their own with this style as the clips are easy to conceal and they add instant volume and fullness.

Blow dry hair normally, paying particular attention to the roots to add volume. Clip on hair extensions on the crown of the hair first. This will add volume initially when you tie the hair back. Start with you thumbs over the ears and separate hair into a hair ponytail. The hair extensions will have added a fuller look at the roots. Secure either with clips or a hair bobble.

If you look at yourself side on in the mirror you’ll see there is a line around your hair, from the side of the ponytail to the hair that is still falling loose. You can use this line to cover any hair extensions you clip in to add added length and volume to the style.

The Half Up-Do looks particularly glam with waves and curls for a style that works in the day and at night.

Tips to remember

If you’ve had hair extensions added to short hair (your hairs has to be minimum an inch long to have hair extensions) and are worried about people seeing the join then the hairband is your friend. You can use a wide band or ribbon to tie around your head providing a funky style or accessory.

To add volume to the roots, tip your head upside down and direct the hairdryer towards the roots. Want to secure the style for longer? Use a cool setting once you’ve finished styling your hair. It will help it keep its shape.

How to look after your hair extensions

1 Jul

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There’s nothing like the feeling of new hair extensions.  DreamGirl loves the feeling of luscious hair feeling thick and volumised.

But just like your natural hair, hair extensions need looking after to keep them looking as fresh as they did on day one. And hot weather or being on holiday and swimming in salty or chlorine water can leave your hair extensions dry and in need of a little TLC.

Here are some tips on how to keep your extensions, whether sewn in or Clip’N Go, in great shape.

Keep tangle free: Just like your natural hair it can look weighed down or lank when not kept tangle free. Comb carefully with a natural bristled brush. If you use Clip’N Go Hair Extensions comb before and after application. You should make sure your hair extensions are detangled before you wash them.

Wash regularly: Whether synthetic or made of human hair your extensions need to be washed to keep them free of the dirt and sweat you pick up when out and about. Traffic fumes, dirt and grime, it all weighs your hair down and can damage the roots and tips. To wash don’t soak the hair as if it’s dry this can leave it more tangled and you could risk damaging the cuticles or ends by making hair too knotted. Instead rinse carefully, beginning at the roots and working down to the tip.

Use the right products: Some hair products can be too harsh for hair extensions. Human hair extensions are treated before being manufactured and the chemicals and detergents used in regular shampoo can strip away the hair’s natural oil making your extensions lose their shine and look lank. Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for hair extensions. Shampoo carefully, using only a pea-sized amount and gently massage into the hair. Rinse carefully before applying conditioner working into the tips before using sparingly on the roots.

For Clip’N Go Hair Extensions you can detach before gentle washing.

Style on a low heat: High temperatures can damage hair. It’s best to leave hair extensions to dry naturally, combing gently after washing. You can blow-dry but keep on a low setting.

Regular upkeep will make sure you keep your hair extensions looking as good as new every time you wear them.

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