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De-bunking hair myths

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Beautiful brunette with long hair flyingWho hasn’t dreamed of thick, wavy, lustrous locks cascading down their back from time to time? Lotions, potions, and the odd old wives’ tale, all promise to nourish your follicles, leaving you with a beautiful and bountiful bonce.

Throughout the decades, generations have all had their own creative ideas behind making hair thicker, shinier, straighter, curlier (you get the idea) From raw eggs to beer baths, chances are at some point in your life you’ll have tried a unique method for getting the hair of your dreams, and chances are you ended up with dry and frazzled hair from applying neat lemon juice to your roots over the summer holidays.

At Dream Girl we’re not too sure about the hair myths. And a new study has backed us up! Here’s some of the myths that have been busted. 

Quicker, thicker hair –  We’re sorry to announce that shampoos promising thick hair do little more than coat each strand with product to add bulk, and over time, continuous use can lead to chemicals building up, leaving your hair dull and limp. But fear not, there are other things you can do to give your barnet a boost. Back-combing is a quick and cost-free way to give extra lift, but be mindful that your hair can be damaged through constant teasing. Hair extensions and pieces are another fantastic way to give the appearance of fuller hair, available in a vast array of colours and styles.

50 shades of grey – You may have heard that plucking a grey hair means that more will grow in its place, please be reassured that this just isn’t true. However, for most people, developing grey hair is inevitable, with blonde haired individuals prone to greying sooner than their brunette counterparts. Embrace and celebrate your grey strands, with shades of silver becoming ever popular in salons, and with tonal treatments available to add shine, you can really make a statement with your grey hair.

It’s Splitsville – Many shampoos and hair products boast amazing properties designed to repair your hair, but in truth, once it has split the only solution is to go for the chop. Taking good care of your hair with a quality conditioner, can help to prevent split-ends, but having a regular trim is the best way to banish fly-aways and guarantee smooth, shiny looking hair.

Your hair looks hot –  Leaving a salon with bouncy curls and extra height from a blow-dry is pretty much guaranteed to leave a big grin on any girl’s face. However, to avoid wiping that smile away, care must be taken when using heated styling tools. By avoiding intensive blasts of high heat and taking good care of your hair there’s no real reason to abandon your curly blow any time soon. Although while this is right for natural hair, we’d advise not to use heat on your hair extensions

By investing in quality products and avoiding damaging behaviours, you can make the most of your natural hair colour and texture, and if you want stunning hair in future, step away from the clothes iron and leave your hair in the hands of the professionals.

 

A brighter January for your hair

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winter-wonder1January is a dull month. Cold evenings, wintry weather; it’s as bad for your hair and skin as it is for your mood.

Cold, wintry weather makes skin red and dry, while making hair frizzy and more prone to snapping. You couldn’t feel further from a warm and festive glow if you tried.

But if you want to brighten up January, here’s a good place to start. You might not be able to afford a trip to a spa or to the beauty salon, but you can give your hair and skin a tonic in your own home.

Have a facial

You don’t need to visit a salon to get a facial. A rich moisturizing mask will do it for you. And while you can give one to your skin to replenish some much needed hydration, you can do the same to your hair. Simply use a hair masque or a rich conditioner and comb it through damp locks. Leave it on for ten minutes to help replace the oils the cold weather has stripped out.

Use a natural lotion

Skin often gets reddish and raw in the winter. It’s a combination of being dry and chapped. And if the same thing is happening to your skin, it’s happening to your hair as well. Natural ingredients will help replenish the oils that have been lost. Think coconut oil or hemp oil to help treat the hair and skin and bring it back to it’s glowing best.

Get a trim

Even if you wear hair extensions, split ends will make your hair look dank and dull. A regular trim every six weeks or so will help keep hair looking healthy and shiny. If the festive season has left your hair looking tired then a trim will help restore it to health.

Remember you get out what you put in

It can be tempting in the winter months to have treats to cheer ourselves up. However if you opt for plenty of water, fruit and vegetables, it will show in your skin and hair, helping restore colour and glow. Plenty of vitamins and minerals will restore you to strength and ensure you’ve got the energy you need for the colder months. It will also help you battle the post-festive bloat. Your hair is shiner and healthier when you eat well and reduce the toxins you’re putting in your body. Cut down on alcohol and refined sugar to give the body a chance to re-hydrate. This will bring much needed moisture back to your hair and skin.

 

 

How to have thick hair in 2017

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Is this the year you’re going to have thick hair? You no longer have to live with the hair you’re born with. Instead, you can choose to have the hair you deserve.

At Dream Girl, we know that a lot of people with fine hair just want it to be a little thicker, so it looks full of life and body.

Here are the steps you need to take to get the thick hair you’re dreaming of.

The first thing you need to think about is hair extensions. Whether you opt for sewn in, glued or clip on hair extensions that are more temporary, this will add volume to your natural locks. With over 80 shades to choose from, with Dream Girl you’re more likely to find a colour that closely matches your own. This means the hair extensions will blend in seamlessly and will look more like you natural hair. Use 100% human hair extensions for a completely natural look.

Once you’ve chosen your hair extensions you need to turn to your stylist. A good cut will help you make the most of your hair and make it look thicker. Opt for a blunter style and get plenty of shorter layers. This will give you hair body and shape while also making it look thicker.

You often think that a side parting will help hair look thicker, but with the right cut and style, you can wear a middle parting and hair will look volumised. It’s about creating invisible layers that will blend in once your hair is dried.

When you’re styling your hair, remember that while it might be tempting to add more product, in fact this will weigh down your hair. Go for as little product as you can – a pea size is enough – and scrunch into the roots. Tousled hair will add plenty of texture which helps make locks look fuller and thicker.

Having thick hair isn’t something you can just daydream about. It’s easy to achieve with the right help and the right cut. Have the hair you dream of in 2017.

 

The top hairstyles for 2017

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How are you going to wear your hair in 2017? New hair, new you?

Dream Girl gives a glimpse into the best styles for the new year so you can pick the ones you want to try.

The low pony

Keep it simple with one of the easiest style to recreate. The low ponytail is simple, elegant and let’s everyone focus on the main event, your gorgeous face. A ponytail hair extension from Dream Girl will help you add a ponytail if you need a little extra length. Add a twist or simply tie with a bow.

Crimping

With 2016’s obsession with both texture and a hint of 80s, it was possibly only a matter of time before crimping returned. The preserve of popstars has been spotted on the Paris runways so it’s best to learn how to do it now. To do without heat just plaint your damp hair into lots of little plaits. Tie them and go to bead. When you wake up in the morning undo each plait and brush through. And there you go, crimps!

Huge volume

Hair is going to be big in 2017 and we couldn’t be more delighted. Do plenty of backcombing, add hair extensions for added volume and make those curls loud and proud.

Added jewels

Spotted in spring 2016, but predicted to be a huge trend in 2017, hair jewels are vintage style and look incredible. They add a weird wonderful-ness to hair styling this year. If this is your only chance to wear a tiara to catch a bus in your whole life, then you might as well take it!

Ultra long hair

One of the key trends on the catwalk in autumn and winter 2016 was very long hair that is smooth and straight. The only way to really recreate this is with 100% human hair extensions, like Remi Silky. Match the hair extensions as closely as you can to your own natural hair colour and go as long as you like.

 

 

The best hairstyles of 2016

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Whenever we get to the end of the year we start to reflect on the twelve months that have just passed. And in hair terms, well, 2016 was a bit of a strange one.

Hair wasn’t too tidy, but wasn’t too scruffy. It didn’t only need to be long or short. Natural hair made a comeback but hair extensions were as popular as ever.

Dream Girl chooses our favourite styles of the past year.

Feathered ends

Ideal for anyone with long hair who wants to add a little texture. Last seen in the 90s but making a comeback via Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. These feathered ends added plenty of volume and bounce. If you wear hair extensions is best to ask your stylist to do this once you’ve had your hair extensions fitted. The best way to style them would be with a spritz of volumising spray and a huge round brush. Blow dry away from the face instead of towards it.

Beachy waves

Summer or winter, long hair or short, beachy waves were definitely one of the key looks for 2016. Easily recreated without heat using one inch sections of hair twisted and then pinned, before unfurling and adding spray. A great style that’s sure to stay around well into 2017.

Easy bedhead style

If hair was too glossy in 2016 it didn’t look quite right. Instead, bedhead was the most in demand style around. Dry shampoo, scrunching and combing hair with your fingers is the best way to recreate this style.

The return of the side parting

If there’s anything we learnt this year it’s that the easiest way to glam up a look is to change the parting. Middle was quite edgy, side added glamour. Tuck you hair behind your ear and use wax to add texture to the ends and you’re ready to go.

Mermaid hair

In 2016, when you wanted to go long you had to go super-long. Rihanna’s mermaid curls were super long and showed that this year was one obsessed with texture. Easily to get yourself with Dream Girl’s hair extensions in waves and curls. Choose from over 80 shades to get a colour that closely matches your own.

 

The top 5 Christmas hairstyles

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How are you going to wear your hair for the Christmas party season? Whether up or down, your hair is just as important as the perfect outfit.

If you need a little extra length then hair extensions can help. Choose 100% human hair extensions and select one of Dream Girl’s 80+ shades to find the perfect colour that will blend seamlessly with your natural locks.

The trick to a great Christmas hairstyle is that it has to be easy. It has to look great but also be simple and easy to style, especially if it’s your office do and you haven’t got lots of time.

And these aren’t just for parties, these styles will work for the whole Christmas season.

Keep it long and straight

If you keep hair as simple, but high impact, then go for this look. Ideal for long locks, part hair down the middle. Keep it straight and glossy. If you need a little extra length then hair extensions are the perfect partner. Use serum to keep hair smooth and make the ends as soft as you can with just a little wax or smoothing serum.

Half up, half down

The half-do has changed a lot over the years. The current trend is more than a little nod to the sixties beehive style, but without too much lift. Style hair as normal and part down the middle. Add a little texture to the hair, either by creating pin curls with no heat, or by twisting sections of hair with a little wax. Take a section of hair from the crown and back-comb for lift. Take the sections from the side of the head and pin at the back. Spray to secure.

Jewelled hair

Hair accessories are going to be big for 2017 so get a head start. A jewelled hairband is the perfect finishing touch for a Christmas party outfit. You can just have your hair in a ponytail, or a bun and just use the headband to add a little sparkle. Hair brooches have the same effect and are a simple way to add the wow factor.

A braided up-do

Braids are still one of our favourite hairstyles, but add a little variety this year. Instead of twisting up all your hair, do just a half do. Create two braids from the front of the hairline and continue to the back, securing just under the crown.

Big waves

What could be easier than sitting around for the day with your hair pinned up, ready to be unfurled for the night ahead? Create waves without heat by taking hair into sections. Twist each section and pin in place. Use a little spray to secure and then leave for as long as you can. Then just unpin, comb with your fingers, spray and you’re ready to go.

 

 

Easy hairstyles for thick hair

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When many women get hair extensions it’s because they want their hair to be longer and fuller. Thick hair, however, can pose it’s own challenges when it comes to styling. Although we love wearing our hair loose, sometimes you need an up-do.

If you’re new to hair extensions and wondering how to deal with your new thick hair, Dream Girl is here to help. We’ve chosen three hair styles we think are perfect for thick hair, with or without hair extensions.

Braid it up

A braid is one of the easiest ways to style your new thick hair and to keep it out of the way. This is especially good in hot weather but it also ideal if you want an up-do that looks fancy but is in fact really easy to do.

Start by sectioning your hair into about four different sections, two at the sides and two at the back. Plait each section and secure at the tips.

Start with a braid at the side and twist around so that it covers the nape of the neck. Then take one at the back and twist so it covers the back of the head and the crown. Check in a mirror to see if there are any gaps and then use the second plait at the back to do the same, but cover the places you missed with the other plait. Then, take the last plait on the side and style across the front of the hairline. Pin each in place and spray to secure.

The classic chignon

The french style bun is an easy style to master, even if it looks quite intricate. Just think of it as a twisted bun.

Take small sections of hair, twist them and pin them at the nape of the neck. Keep going until all your hair is pinned back. Next, take the long section of hair at the back and divide into two. Take one section and twist it around. Tuck the ends under and pin it in place. Take the second section and do the same. Use a little spray to secure and all the pins are in place.

A messy bun

A really simple style for your thick hair that will look great, day or night.

Start by sectioning your hair. Take the top half and tie back at the crown, like a half up-do. Twist the ends of the half pony into a small bun and pin in place.

Next take the bottom half. Take two larger sections out of the side of the hair, covering the ears. Take the back section, twist it and create a second bun on top of the bun. Pin in place. Take out a few strands to create a slightly messy, wispy feel and spray.

 

Things you know if you’ve got long hair

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Whether you got your hair throw patience and you’ve grown it, or you wear hair extensions, the struggle is often every real when you’ve got long hair.

We all have daydreams about how we want life to be, how we want to look and what we expect our hair to look like when we look in the mirror. And yes, sometimes this happens.

However, sometimes it doesn’t. So for all those who have long hair and love it, let’s just remember that sometimes it can take a lot more work that people think.

  1. There is no limit to what you hair can get trapped in. Jumpers, seatbelts, doors, cupboards. You forget you’ve got this other, foot long appendage to your body and, yeah, it gets caught in things. You have to be aware, especially when you’re doing up zips.
  2. When people talk about losing their hair you chuckle darkly. On average, we lose 120 hair a days. But when each of those hair is super long it feels like an awful lot more than that. You’re completely expecting to catch yourself at a strange angle and to see a bald spot on some days.
  3. Naturally long hair, or hair extensions to add length and volume, are a hairstyle in itself. There are days when you can just leave the house with your hair as is, and it looks awesome.
  4. Having said that, it can take your an hour to brush your hair. especially when you’ve washed it. You start at the tips and half an hour later you’re only just reaching the roots in one section. You once started to add up all the time you’ve taken brushing your hair, but you just got freaked out and vowed never to do it again.
  5. See also drying your hair. People say you should let it dry naturally and you think that’d be great, if you had four to five hours to get ready in the morning.
  6. The first time your sat on/lay on your hair your freaked out. But you also kind of like it. It means you have your own scarf, all the time.
  7. When you wear an updo you get a bit freaked out over how heavy your hair is all in one place. It also takes a super-long time to style and looks much bigger than you were expecting.
  8. You can, however, do the best messy buns because you have so much hair to work with.
  9. You are equally proud and equally envious of the fact that you’ll be at the hairdressers much longer than everyone else. You’ll see women with short hair arrive, get cut, blown and pay while you’re sitting in the same seat. But it’s nice to get a whole afternoon to yourself.
  10. Bending down to tie laces or pick up something on the floor when you’ve got long hair is a hazard.

Embrace change for 2017

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It couldn’t be easier to transform your look. As we get closer to the new year, we’re looking at new styles and new ways to style our hair.

If you need added volume or length, then hair extensions can help. Even you want to try out a drastically shorter do, but don’t want to reach for the scissors, Dream Girl’s Chic Collection can change your style in minutes.

Here, we look ahead to the top four styles for 2017 and suggest how you can get them.

A long fringe

The easiest way to update your long locks is to cut a fringe. But next year, fringes are slightly longer than they have been this year. GO for a fringe that skims the eyes, that you can part easily. It’ll blend into your natural locks, or hair extensions, but it will refresh your look.

Keep it natural

Embrace your natural hair and its texture. Or, make it look as though you are. It’s about keeping things simple and not worrying too much about exact styling. If you’ve got curly hair, then Dream Girl’s waves and curls hair extensions can add length, matching the texture of your own hair.

You can still talk to your stylist when you’re adding hair extensions to talk about how you’re styling your hair, and how much time you want to spend styling it.

The shoulder length lob

This mid-length style has been hugely popular this year and it isn’t going anywhere. Remember, hair extensions start at 14″, so if you need added volume it need not be for super-long locks. To update this style for 2017, talk to your stylist about adding layers for some texture.

Long, glossy hair

For those with long hair the emphasis is on shine for 2017. Keep it all one length but keep it glossy. Wear 100% human hair extensions, like Remi Silky, to blend the hair seamlessly with your own locks. You can choose from over 80 shades so you’ll find the exact right colour to match.

 

Tiger Hair, 2017’s hottest hair trend

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We always keep an eye our for hair trends at Dream Girl and how they’ll affect what we want to do with our locks in the months ahead. The way we want to wear our hair always changes, be it cut, style and finish.

Think of what we do with colour. Stripy, chunky highlights used to be something we’d love to offer that sense of depth in our hair. This year, however, styles have gone slightly more understated. Balayage highlights was perfect for summer, natural looking, as though you’d just spend the week at the beach and your hair got natural sun kissed.

It’s actually a really practical style. There’s little consideration of roots, you don’t have to worry too much about hair growing out. It’s a high impact style that makes a huge difference to your look, but in fact it’s fairly low maintenance.

And even if you wear hair extensions it’s something easy to sort. You can weave different coloured locks into your natural hair adding volume and a depth of colour. It needs to be close enough to blend in seamlessly, but it’s about adding that range of shade.

For 2017 we’re looking at something that’s the updated version of that. we can see it all over Instagram right now. Tiger Hair takes this softly blended technique, offering real depth to rich browns and chestnuts.

Tiger Hair uses lots of different colours, from warm golds through to coppers, chocolate and blondes to add a really natural looking, but also deeply coloured style.

How do you achieve it? Well, it’s designed to emulate the semi-precious stone it’s named after, that’s filled with lots of different colours and patterns, rather than the clearly demarcated stripes of the big cat.

So instead of thinking stripy dye, think about how you can blend shades of colour in. It’s about adding warmth and an extra dimension to colour.

Working with your stylist you can choose the right colour to suit yours. If you wear hair extensions you need to talk to your stylist about the impact it can have and how you may be able to use different colours to create the same effect.

And the best thing about it is that it suits everyone. No matter your skin colour you can lighten or darken your locks to create this warmth. It’s very autumnal and very seasonal.

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