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The top 5 ‘busy morning’ hairstyles

13 Oct

We all have those mornings where we seem to have less time than usual. Maybe we’re moving slower, maybe we pressed snooze one too many times. Whatever the reason, these are the mornings you need to get prepared for, because while you know you’ve had to get ready in a rush, you don’t want everyone else to know!

Hair extensions can help you to add length and volume, but they can also help you to quickly achieve a stylish hairdo on those mornings when you’ve only got five minutes to fix your hair.

We’ve picked 5 hairstyles and found 5 hair extension solutions for when you’ve only got minutes to get ready.

The sleek side pony

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All you need is a ponytail hair extension and you can achieve this style quickly and easily. Start with dry hair and backcomb hair at the crown to add a little lift. Take a pea sized amount of serum or gel and gently comb through the hair to smooth the top, taking care not to remove any of the volume at the crown. Gather the length and tie in a low pony at the nape of the neck, making sure it’s tidy and smooth. Then move the pony slowly to the side, to behind the ear. Fix the ponytail extension over your natural locks and wear over the shoulder. Spray and smooth any stray strands.

The top knot

We know how easy this style is when you need to get ready quickly. But a ponytail hair extension, or clip on hair extensions, can add a little more volume to your top knot. Gather hair onto the crown and fasten. Tie the ponytail extension or clip on extensions. Then start to twist hair. Start by rolling around your fore finger and keep going until you reach the tips. Pin in place and spray to secure.

Textured pony

A simple way to update your plain and boring ponytail is to add a little texture. Use clip on hair extension to add a little volume. Start by backcombing at the crown. Instead of pulling hair into a ponytail in one go, do it in section. This helps to add texture and it means you don’t lose any volume. Tie the ponytail high. Back comb the pony itself as well and add a little serum to the ends.

The plaited bun

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Run your fingers through your dry hair to comb, without loosing any weight. If you have fine hair, clip on hair extensions will add a little volume here. Plait hair starting at the nape of the neck and fasten at the ends. Twist the plait loosely and pin in place, hiding the ends under the bun at the nape of the neck.

The half plait

Exactly the same as above but for a little extra length. Instead of starting your plait at the nape of the neck, start halfway down the hair. Instead of plaiting loosely, plait tightly here and then fasten at the ends with a contrast bobble. Use hair to frame the face and perfect that “what, this old style?” expression.

Slicked back hair is back

6 Oct

It’s back. The style that first had a moment a couple of years ago has been spotted on the runways at Paris Fashion Week. The slicked back look is edgy and, importantly, it’s easy to recreate.

When it first appeared, the slicked back look was a breath of fresh air. In a red carpet world with messy bobs and beachy waves, the slicked back style stood out. It puts all the focus on your face and bone structure and it makes you stand out from the crowd.

It’s both sleek and chic, and a couple of years later when we have more of a stripped back style, it makes sense the trend has come back. It’s bold, and with the current beauty trend for colour and focusing on the eyes and cheekbones, it makes sense.

However it isn’t for everyone. It might work on all hair types but it doesn’t suit every face shape. If your face is heart or square shaped it might draw attention to the angles. But if that’s the look you’re going for, then never let us be the ones to dissuade you from a style.

So here’s how to recreate it.

Start with damp hair and some texturising spray. When you’re styling, remember you want as much volume as you can at the roots. It’s slicked back, but it isn’t flat. So if your hair is fine you might want to add clip and go hair extensions so you can add a little extra lift.

Focus your attention to the crown to get some lift, either with a soft bristled brush or by back-combing. You can keep it smooth along the sides and the back. Comb a little dry oil or serum to add the wet-look finish.

Keep the top of your hair volumised by using pins in the sides of your hair. Just pin them back and the attention turns to the volume at the crown.

Back-comb at the front and the back to maintain lift and use a comb to smooth the hair over so you can manage the height you have. Use a gel or paste to keep the lift in place and to add texture. Finish with a strong hairspray to set.

And you’re good to go. Make your eyes pop or go for a brightly coloured lipstick for the hottest style of the season.

Our love affair with wigs

25 Aug

When you look at celebs like Kylie Jenner or Nicki Minaj and wonder how they constantly change their style we’ll let you into a secret – wigs.

This isn’t a new love affair. In fact stars of the big screen (and small screen) have always relied on wigs to keep their style up to date. It means you can transform your look in minutes, go from long to short or try a completely different colour, and do it in seconds.

The technology behind wigs has become so amazing over the past few years that it’s actually becoming harder and harder to spot a wig when you see one. Lace fronts help the wig blend in naturally so it looks just like your own hair. Plus a human hair wig is sewn so that the hair falls naturally, with a natural parting, so it’s even harder to spot!

Younger stars are much more open about wearing wigs. Kylie Jenner has talked about not wanting to dye her hair constantly, and also about the pressure of having to change her style constantly. She relies on wigs because it reduces the strain on her natural tresses. Stars like her being open about wearing wigs has gone a long way to reducing the stigma of wearing a wig.

A wig isn’t, of course, just for woman who want to change their hairstyle. Women who’ve lost their hair, whether through illness, stress or treatment, know how much it can damage your confidence. A wig is the ideal way to cover any bald patches, or to give your confidence the boost it needs.

When you’re choosing a wig it’s always worth doing you research first. What style do you want? What colour do you want it, what length? You can talk to your stylist and they’ll help you find the right match. Remember, when you fit the wig for the first time ask your stylist if they’ll do any trimming and work to make it frame your face perfectly. Just like with any hairstyle, your wig has to compliment your face and style.

When you’re caring for your wig, make sure you use products that are sulfate free. That goes for hair extensions as well, as you want to ensure you’re using a product that isn’t going to strip the hair. Keep it combed and neat and make sure you’re storing your wigs carefully so they don’t get tangled or knotted while you’re not wearing them.

Dream Girl’s Chic Collection lets you try a new style everyday. Available in lots of different lengths, textures and colours, from Light Blond to Sunset Brown, you’ll be able to find the perfect shade and style for you.

Explore the Chic Collection here.

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.

 

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

3 Feb

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 brighter January for your hair

13 Jan

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.

 

 

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