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Here’s your summer hair quick fix

14 Jul

When it’s hot you don’t want to do much. We completely understand that. You need hair solutions that can be done speedily, that can still have the maximum impact, but with the minimum input needed.

At Dream Girl, we’re all about helping you to be your gorgeous and glamorous best. So if you’ve spent too many mornings in front of your mirror, stuck for hair-inspiration on another warm summer’s day, here’s our advice.

A simple twist

Having long and beautiful hair might be one of your favourite things, but there are times in the hot summer months when you need to tie it back. Even if you wear hair extensions, you might find your scalp and neck can get hot and sweaty when the weather is muggy.

A simple twist is the best way to do it. Just gather your hair at the nape of your neck like you’re going to style a ponytail. Then begin to twist until you get to the ends. Tuck them underneath and pin your hair in place.

The best thing about this style is that if you wear it in place all day, uncurl it in the evening and you have beautiful summer waves.

Switch up your parting

When you need a change and want to freshen up your look, there’s nothing simpler than to try a new parting. Go from side to middle, or swap sides and it’ll change how your face looks.

You can even change your makeup to go with it. If you’ve got a side swept look, focus on the lips as it’ll draw the eyes down and elongate your face. A middle parting is the perfect excuse to focus on the eyes. Try a liquid eyeliner for a long sweep to put all the attention on your peepers.

A braided headband

The perfect style for those long lazy nights, or party days at a festival. You can easily weave it into your every day style as well.

Braid your own locks, starting with a section just behind your ear and pin it in place around an inch from your hairline.

If you haven’t quite for the locks to cover it, use a ponytail hair extension. Clip in place or tie underneath your own locks to hide the join, braid it and then pin in place across your own natural hair.

Slick it back

Creating an edgy style, but one we’re seeing more and more, the slicked back style is perfect for a hot summer day. Hair extensions will help to add a little extra length or volume if you need it. These style can look slicked, but not flat! Use gel or serum, combing it through your hair so you look like you’re straight off the catwalk.

 

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.

 

Your holiday hair guide

2 Jun

If you’ve got summer holidays coming up and you’re planning a stretch on the beach, you’ll be thinking about your perfect holiday hair. You know what we mean; sunkissed locks, scrunched waves, carefree styles that are laid back and relaxed.

At Dream Girl we always want to help you get the hair you’re dreaming of, so here’s our guide for how to get the perfect holiday hair.

Protect

You’d never lie out in the sun without putting some kind of protection on your skin, so why do it with your hair? Just like your skin, hair can be burnt in the sun. UV rays can degrade it, damaging the oils and nutrients that keep it healthy. Locks can be left dry, brittle and prone to breakage. Obviously, if you have hair extensions this is bad news. If your hair is coloured, the sun can fade your colour and bleach it, giving you a strange red hue.

The best solution is to wear a hat when you’re in the sun. You can also use a dedicated hair spray that will offer SPF. Or, use a little liquid sun lotion and drop it into a water container with a spray nozzle. Fill with water and use this to spray on to your locks as you head to the beach.

Avoid heat

You might want beachy waves while you’re away but use non-heat solutions to get those curls. You should never use heated products like curlers or straighteners on hair extensions, but in the sun it’s even worse. The heat will damage already dry hair and will do even more damage. Locks will be more likely to break and you’ll get split ends. It’ll only get worse in humidity as hair will become frizzy and unmanageable.

Instead, use techniques like pin curls, where you twist and pin a section of hair for half and hour. Or braid your hair while it’s damp so that it will have a gentle wave once it has dried.

 

Nourishing

When you’re at home, you don’t want to use too much shampoo as it can strip your hair and remove essential vitamins and nutrients keeping it healthy. However, when you’re on holiday your hair will be filled with chlorine from the pool and sand from the beach. You’ll need to shampoo once you get back to your room everyday. But you don’t want to strip it too much. So make sure you buy a shampoo that’s designed for regular use. Avoid sulphates and go for natural products that are more likely to be used frequently.

To nourish your hair opt for a hair mask, something creamy that’ll replace all the moisturiser that’s been sunbathed out. Your hair will thank you and you can go back to having the beachy hair you’re dreaming of.

Be kinder to your hair

29 Jul
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In the hot summer months we can do more damage to our hair than we think. Whether it’s natural hair we’re talking about, or hair extensions, the principle is the same; there could be things we’re doing on a daily basis that cause damage.

It may be styling, the shampoo we use or even how we brush but it can cause dry hair, split ends or breakages. For healthy, glossy it takes a number of different ingredients. If your hair extensions are 100% human hair, the same principles apply as you want to keep them looking glossy for longer.

Here are Dream Girl’s tips to help you to be kinder to your hair.

  1. Washing with water is vital. You don’t have to wash your hair everyday, but giving it a good lather and shampoo helps to remove the dirt and build up of pollutants every day life dump on your locks. Dry shampoo, for example, is great for a pick me up, but it isn’t an alternative to washing. You need to remove the buildup as it will strip your hair of natural oil. It can also damage your scalp, which can affect hair growth.
  2. Use the right shampoo. While we’re on washing, what shampoo do you use? Anything with sulfates is likely to be harsher on hair and strip natural oils. This is OK for your own hair which dries back, but it’s a real issue for hair extensions. The treatments and oils on extensions can’t be replenished. Use a gentle shampoo and one specifically designed for hair extensions if you wear them.
  3. Turn down the heat. We can’t say this enough. Heat damages your hair so badly. Hair is like wax to when you use heat to style it you’re softening and moulding the strands. This can lead to shrinkage and splitting, which is what causes split ends. Hair dryers, straighteners and curling tongs all damage your hair. Reduce the heat or turn it off completely for healthier looking locks.
  4. Don’t rub your hair too vigorously when you dry. Towel drying is important to remove the excess water from your hair, but don’t rub it too frenetically. You can damage the cuticles and rots of you hair and hair extensions which can make hair frizzier, less smooth and less controllable. Instead, use a towel to blot your hair gently, never rub.
  5. Protect your hair in the sun like you do your skin. Would you really go outside without sunblock in hot heat? So why are you leaving your hair to the elements? Using hair products that help protect hair from UV and the damaging effects of the sun is just as important as protecting your skin. The sun can burn and strip your hair.
  6. Keep yourself hydrated. When you’re thirsty you know your skin gets tight and dry. Your hair is the same. It needs moisture and fluid to keep looking shiny and healthy. If your hair is especially dry in the summer use a regular hair mask to keep it looking glossy.

These are our top hair tips. Remember, the summer can be just as dangerous for hair as the cruel winter can be. Keep it well fed, watered and covered to make sure the sun never damages your locks.

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