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Time to treat your hair

17 Feb tigerhair

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Straight hair, don’t care! Celebrate the straight

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download-8One of the hottest hair trends of 2017 is straight hair. Direct from the catwalk to your salon at home, sleek and sophisticated straight locks look amazing, and can be yours almost instantly with silky smooth hair extensions of any length.

From long haired 1970s Cher to the princess of poker-straight, Jennifer Aniston, straight hair brings a timeless look, with minimal fuss. Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande and Gigi Hadid are all working the next the next generation of super sleek styling.

Blending in with your natural hair colour, finding the right extensions, like Dream Girl’s Remi Silky, for example, will give the appearance of thicker, longer, and straighter hair right away, giving you a long-lasting A-List look.

But it’s not just about wearing hair extensions and then doing nothing else. Adopting the right hair care techniques will help to prolong the condition of your extensions and have you feeling fabulous for weeks as you strut your straight hair everywhere you go. Avoid over-washing and over-brushing to keep your extensions looking great, and on trend, for longer.

Whether your extensions are made with human hair or high quality synthetic hairs, heat treatment is best avoided to prevent drying and damage. 

If you’re already blessed with beautiful long hair, remember using heat is the quickest way to add stress and strain to your lovely locks.

Follow Dream Girl’s tips to nourish, protect and prepare your hair for a stop and stare, straight hair look:

Use a nourishing conditioner to add moisture to your hair. This will help to prevent excessive damage during drying, and smooth the hair shaft helping to boost shine. Don’t forget, to follow up your hair washing routine with a quick spritz of heat protection spray, adding an extra protective barrier for your hair.

Avoid a lank, lifeless look by adding a root boosting product to give a little volume. Again, avoid intensive heat to minimise damage to your hair, using a soft bristled round brush. Blow dry your hair so that it is straight, and then lightly go over the hair in small sections.

A straight hair style works best with a defined centre or side parting, best achieved with a pointed-tailed comb. Take your style to the next level and slick back your straight hair with a styling gel or serum for a striking night time look, or add a delicate headband for cute daytime fashion.

Taking good care of your hair, and your hair extensions, will mean you’ll have red carpet worthy, frizz free shiny straight locks to see you through one of the key trends of 2017.

Fringe fest – The Do’s and Don’t’s of face framers

3 Feb Rex Features

Fringes. The big hair dilemma. A fringe is an instant pick me up for a style that’s lost its sparkle. But, making the decision to opt for a maximum impact cut versus the need for a regular trim, and the potential crisis of an unexpected downpour, gives you a lot to think about before you decide to go for the chop.

At Dream Girl we keep an eye on the latest trends and this season fringes are everywhere. But whether you’ve got hair extensions, or you just fancy a bit of a change it’s an easy way to add texture and to have a much needed refresh of your style.

Here are the questions you should ask yourself and the best styles to suit your face.

Will it suit me?

No matter your face shape or the texture of your hair, the perfect fringe is out there, ready to transform your look. So, let us help you to make up your mind as we guide you through our fringe-based facts, to find the fringe that will suit you best:

To be blunt – For ladies with thick, straight hair a blunt cut could be just what you’re searching for. A blunt fringe gives you a statement look, and perfectly complements hair of any length. Treat your inner rock chick to a blunt fringe and long hair extensions for an achingly cool style. If you’ve got a slightly rounder face, it’s probably best to avoid this look, as the cut softens the line of the jaw leaving a fuller face effect. If you’ve got hair extensions adding volume, you can add a slighter blunter cut fringe for full effect. 

Small and sweet – For women with a rounder jawline, a micro-fringe may be the solution. Channel some uber-cool, Scandi-chic with a short and choppy micro fringe. Like an edgy pixie, this look is the right mix of striking and cute, and the cut helps to create cheekbones and angles that no amount of contouring could achieve. Micro-fringes work best with shorter hairstyles, and could be a suitable alternative to consider if you’re taking a short break from extensions but still want a ‘stand out from the crowd’ look.  If you’ve be blessed with a smaller-than-average forehead, a micro fringe will look amazing on you. Girls with larger foreheads, you may want to consider a more flattering option.

Making waves – Ladies with curly hair have stayed away from fringes for too long, worrying about flyaway frizz and uncontrollable locks, but now it’s your time to be bold. With beautiful natural texture and volume, tamed by modern styling methods, celebrate your curls with a full fringe. Go for a dry cut to avoid curl shrinkage when wet, and enjoy your beautiful fringe (maybe for the first time in your life.)  

A-list style – From Alexa Chung to Emma Stone, a shaggy fringe is the key look for celebs all over the globe, as it creates an easy to wear style that looks great day or night. And the best part is, shaggy fringes suit every face shape. Ideal for straight to wavy hair, shaggy fringes work well with short to long length hairstyles, really making the most of your hair extensions. The shaggy fringe also works a treat for girls who have an unruly cow’s lick that just won’t cooperate with a blow-dry. The perfect all-rounder, a shaggy fringe may just be the hairstyle you’re looking for.  

So, there you go, a fringe to suit every person. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the decision to go for one sooner.

Fringe top tip: Don’t try this at home. Cutting your own fringe runs the risk of spontaneous hysterical crying and prolonged periods of hat-wearing.

A 60 second hairstyle

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When it’s all too easy to press the snooze button for an extra ten minutes in bed in the morning, you’ll need a go to hairstyle that’s quick and practical, but still looks fantastic and fashionable when you finally arrive at school or work.

At Dream Girl we know while you may want to look like a glamour puss every day, in fact life just gets in the way. So like the outfit you have in the wardrobe that’s your go-to style when you’re too busy to get anything else sorted, you need a hairstyles that’s the same.

Whilst the top-knot has been the top-dog of a casual hair styles in recent years, its sister, the half bun, is hot on its heels as this years must do up-do. It looks great on any length of hair, but it’s with longer locks that this style really comes into its own. For those wearing hair extensions, whether sewn, glued or clip-on, this hairstyle is simple and easy to do, but it looks bang on trend. 

Reminiscent of popular looks in the early 90s, this classic style receives an update with some added volume.

In under 60 seconds, you can achieve a fun, on-trend look fast. Here’s how:

Step 1: Using a comb, separate your hair into two sections. Twist and clip the upper section of hair away from the lower section. If you’re wearing clip-on hair extensions, remember you might need to use a mirror to show the back of your head and make sure all the clips are flat and covered where applicable. 

Step 2: Gently backcomb a small area of the lower section where the bun will sit. This will add extra lift around the crown.

Step 3: Unclip the upper section and again gently backcomb underneath. Gather the upper section into a small ponytail and secure with a hair elastic, and then gently the base of the tail also.

Step 4: Twist the ponytail along its length and then wrap around until it forms a neat bun shape. Secure with hairpins.

Step 5: Gently pull at the secured bun to loosen the style and add some extra volume and texture.

Step 6: Hold in place with some hairspray

This stylish but cute hairstyle, is perfect for any age, and it will look just as good as when you’re leaving the gym following a workout, as when you’re entering the bar ready for a great night out. Add it to your list of favourite hairstyles when you’ve not got much time but you want to your hair to look great! 

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

13 Jan yourhairstyles.com

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.

 

 

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