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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.

The best hairstyles for this month

8 Sep

The chill in the air first thing in the morning can mean only one thing, autumn is on its way.

A new season means a new style, though and at Dream Girl we’ve been looking at the best styles to get you through the most stylish season of the year, and how you can recreate them.

The wave

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Glossy waves are a key look for autumn. It’s soft and gentle. Hair needs to be in tip top condition, so use a hair mask or moisturising conditioner to fix any of the damage from the summer. Get a trim to get rid of any split ends to help make hair as healthy as possible. You can use Dream Girl’s Waves and Curls hair extensions  – using 100% human hair – if you need to add a little length. Side part and style hair so it’s smooth but with gentle waves, using either a bristle brush or with pin curls.

A high volume ponytail

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Ponytails have had an update this season and it’s a great style to add into your range of looks. This high volume style is big on impact. You can use a ponytail hair extension to add extra length to the ponytail itself, or use clip on hair extensions to add volume at the roots. Start with a side parting and do a little backcombing to add extra lift at the crown. To secure, pull hair into a ponytail and then push upwards towards the crowd for more lift. Spray and pin in place.

Long layers

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Longer hair is definitely having a moment in 2017. Hair extensions can help add extra length, and with Dream Girl you can choose from over 80 shades to find the exact right colour to blend into your locks. The easiest way to update your long style for autumn is by adding long layers. It’ll help make your hair look full, and shorter layers will frame the face and made hair look thicker.

Add a fringe

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If you’ve been rocking a long haired look for the whole summer and want an easy way to change it up for autumn, this is how to do it. And there are plenty of different fringes to try, depending on your face shape or bone structure. A blunt fringe will look edgier, a soft fringe with wisps is ideal for fine hair, a longer fringe to the brows will emphasise cheekbones while a shorter fringe will draw attention to the eyes. Work with your stylist to find the best style for you.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

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.

Hairstyles for second day hair

21 Apr

We all know we’re not meant to shampoo our hair every day.

As sensitive and restorative as a shampoo and conditioner might promise to be, the daily ritual the washing, drying and styling can cause real damage to our locks. It can strip hair of its natural oils, which keep it healthy and moisturised. It can leave hair dry and lank, more brittle and prone to breakage.

This is especially important if we wear hair extensions as well. Even 100% human hair extensions have a lifespan and they’re treated to look as natural, healthy and glossy as can be, but if we don’t look after them they won’t grow back.

So while we’re happy not to shampoo our hair daily it does leave us with another concern; what to do with our hair on the second day. For some, this isn’t a huge problem. Yes, we regret to inform you that some people have hair that looks even better then day after they washed it. There are even some people who can go several days at a time without washing their hair. Which, frankly, just makes us beyond jealous.

For those of us who have to think about what we need to do when our hair is verging on oily, here are a few hairstyles to have in your arsenal. Remember, oily hair can actually hold its shape better than freshly washed hair, so these styles might work even better than normal.

Go for a braid …

Whether a french braid or braided bun, second day hair is ideal for experimenting with a plait. Go for smaller braids if you need hair to be securely packed. Don’t pull hair too tight as if you are wearing hair extensions you might damage them. Go for a single braid by dividing locks into three sections and plaiting together. Or, go for the twin braid, where you divide hair into two and then create two braids. Tie them together at the ends or leave them separate.

Tuck and roll …

One of our favourite second day styles, largely because you can do it in minutes, you can do this with a headband or freestyle. Fit the headband first and leave hair long at the back. Take sections of hair and twist until your reach the nape of the neck. Gather both sides into a bun and twist and pin in place.

A super high pony …

Add a little extra volume to your ponytail by back combing the crown. Gather hair onto the crown, as high as you can go, so that the pony falls around your shoulders. Tie in place. For a little extra shape use curlers to add texture and shape to the ponytail itself.

 

 

 

 

Ways to update your braids in 2017

7 Apr

The holy grail is always a hairstyle that’s practical, easy to do and stylish. In every respect the braid just fits. If you’ve got long hair it looks even better. A braid is the best way to keep your hair out of your way, while making it look both elegant and chic.

Styles always change, though, and braids, like every hairstyle, are going to evolve as seasons go by. In 2017, as hairstyles are a little bit more relaxed and laid back, braids follow suit.

Here’s Dream Girl’s guide for braids this spring and summer. If your hair isn’t long enough for these styles, or needs a little boost, why not try clip on hair extensions, or a ponytail hair extension to add both length and volume. A few tweaks and you’ll be back on trend.

The classic French braid

There’s a reason why this style won’t go anywhere, it’s a classic and always looks great, whether you wear it during the day or at night. If you’ve never tried a French braid before, here’s how to do it; start with a section of hair at the crown. Divide into three strands and hold them in both hands. What you’re doing next is feeding the three strands across each other. The strand on the left hand side has to pass over two strands, then the strand on the far right has to pass over two strands. Keep thickening each strand as you go and keep working down to the end.

The braid should be even, and create a plait from the crown down to the tips of your hair. It might take a little practice. To update for 2017, once the braid is finished pull at the edges of the braids a little to loosen and leave it looking for relaxed.

Make it into a fishtail

If you’ve mastered the French braid and want something more challenging, go for the Fishtail. Instead of three strands, the Fishtail is done with four or more strands. This style takes a little practice but the principle is the same. Take the furthest strand on the left and turn over the next two strands, then repeat on the left and so on and so on.

To make it a little more 2017 do the same as you did with the French braid, pull at the edges of the braid to loosen it a little and make it look more laid back.

Twist it into a bun

The messy bun has very much had a moment in the past few years. You can update it for this year by starting with a simple plait. You can either do it on the crown or lower by the nape on the neck. It adds some great texture to your bun. Once the plait is complete twist it around and pin the ends underneath the bun itself. Use kirby grips to secure the bun.

 

 

Be bright and bold this spring

10 Mar

gigi-hadid-kendall-jenner-neon-highlights-at-verscae-show-ftr-2Spring 2017 is the season for neon. With fashion week catwalks illuminated by electrifying citrus hues of red, orange and yellow and over-sized acid florals, the neon trend is making a fierce fashion statement.

But these head turning shades aren’t just restricted to your wardrobe; why let your clothes have all the fun?

Take your inspiration from supermodels Bella and Gigi Hadid who worked neon-rainbow hair extensions whilst strutting their stuff at Milan Fashion Week this month. Be bold and bright, lifting your neon to the next level with some straight up sassy and colourful shades. It couldn’t be easier with Dream Girl’s Fancies range. Simply clip neon tonal extensions into your own hair for an electrifying splash of colour that is instantly on trend and tons of fun.

Whether you opt for thinner extensions for a subtle highlight effect or go all out with fuller slashes of colour, you can be certain that your style will look fabulous, adding a striking twist to a glamorous look (WARNING: Beware of jealous unicorns).

Dress your hair with your favourite colours, and give your hairstyle an instant makeover. Clip in the perfect shade for a quick and easy update and you’re ready to hit the town (There’s quite a few colours to choose from with Dream Girl, from yellow to turquoise). And, if your school or workplace is a little more conservative, removing them is just as simple, but remember all work and no play makes Jill a dull girl.

Select an extension shade to complement your outfit, but you’ll find that when neon is involved, it’s the brighter the better. Neon hair works with everything, contrasting spectacularly against an all-black wardrobe, or, if you’re feeling brave, a riotous clash of vivid colours would certainly get you noticed.

Working with all hair lengths, premium quality hair extensions in modern tones add a hint of catwalk chic for those looking for a temporary change that’s full of impact. For longer hairstyles, opt for a poker straight look or go for full bouncy volume, allowing your extensions to shine through, giving you a unique and fresh hairstyle that will look just as good on a shopping date with friends as when you’re hitting the dancefloor in your favourite club.

Shorter hair can rock slices of colour too, cutting hair extensions to length and working them into your current style for some added lift and a flash of rainbow.  

Switch up your image to suit your mood. Swap your hair colours, and combine with the right make-up effects, to achieve the style that reflects your personality. Coordinate your neon locks with heavy, dark eye makeup and on point contouring for an edgy look, reminiscent of 90s grunge. Or crank up the cute factor with matching shades of nail varnish and ‘I just woke up like this’ subtle makeup, with dewy eyes and rosy cheeks.

As the latest hair trends go, it would be hard to find a look as stand-out, fun and affordable as this one. Stress free styling for Spring; embrace, experiment and enjoy your new neon hair and all the fun it will bring.

Straight hair, don’t care! Celebrate the straight

10 Feb

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.

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