Best Of Beauty Blog Challenge – Great Lengths Hair extensions

Another week, another Best of Beauty Blog challenge. This week it is Number 1 princess product. I am coming at this from a different angle, since I have already blogged about my favourite high end beauty products, which are my Hourglass ambient light powders and my Clarisonic,  I know I am cheating a little, since this is something I haven’t gotten yet, but am getting in a few weeks, but I have decided to tell you about THE all time Princess treat. Something that I have longed for for years. Something that is really gonna give the ‘ooooh. factor. Great lengths hair extensions.

My hair before I got sick

Luscious locks are something I have strived for all my life. No matter how stylish your clothes are, or how flawless your makeup looks, if you are having a bad hair day it can ruin everything. As a result being sick for the last year or so my hair really suffered. Thankfully with the treatment I had I didn’t lose my hair , but I did lose volume and my hair became very brittle and broke. As a result I had to have about 9 inches cut off my hair, as I was told this would give it a chance to regain its healthy appearance . Now, thankfully, my hair is back to good condition, thanks to using a good shampoo and conditioner, but it still sadly lacks volume and length. It hangs, limp and sad looking and longs to get back to its former glory.

all chopped off

For so long I have looked at celebrities and models and wondered how they got their hair to look so full and healthy. I longed to be abled to swish my hair and feel a full Repunzel like mane cascade down my back. I want to be that girl who other girls have hair envy over. Well guess what? I can be, and this April I am taking the plunge into the wonderful and glamorous world of Great Lengths Hair extensions.

Great lengths started in London in the 1990s and is today the largest hair extensions company in the world. With clients like Hedi Klum, Eva Longoria and even Irish beauty bloggers like Suzanne Jackson, it is not hard to see how they have carved out the top spot in the hair extensions world. Great Lengths hair extensions not only add length, but they create volume to die for and they do it all without damaging your own hair. How can I resist them any longer? I need these in my life.

pictures taken from the Great Lengths Ireland Website

Great lengths use 100% natural hair. I had worried about getting hair extensions and where the hair would be sourced from, but Great lengths hair is 100% ethically sourced . The proceeds of the hair, that is gathered as a result of the Hindu ritual of “tonsuring”, is given back to the community from which the hair came.

So how are these extensions going to give me movie star hair? Firstly there is a serious amount of colours to choose from, that the hairdresser will be able to get a perfect match for my hair so that the extensions will blend in seamlessly with my own hair. Second off, there is no messy glue or heat involved. Instead they use a system where the hair is bonded to your hair by vibrations and cold fusion. All sounds very Star Trek to me, but the results are amazing and you wouldn’t notice where the extensions begin and your hair ends. This technique means that the extensions acts just like your own hair and is won’t damage your hair. In fact I have seen pictures were of girls hair after their extensions were taken out and the not only was the condition excellent but their hair had a chance to grow, while the extensions were on.

Great lengths take about 2 hours to put in and if you take care of your extensions properly and use Great lengths products to maintain your hair, you can get up to 5 months out of the extensions. I am purposely getting my Great Lengths applied at the end of April, so I will have flowing, glossy locks for the summer party season.  To have Great Lengths removed, you do need to go back to the salon and get them to do it, but I am hoping it will be a case of getting them redone rather than taken out for me.

There are loads of salons all over Ireland that offer the Great lengths service. The prices vary depending on how much length and volume you need or want.  I have been quoted around the €450 mark for what I want, some of you may gasp at the price, but lets be honest, if you are going to get something done, you might as well do it right and get the best there is to offer. I will be the girl that walks into a room swish her locks and leaving a trail of hair envy in my wake.  I have seen so many people with Great Lengths hair  extensions, and every single time I have lusted over them. I can’t wait to get them in a few weeks time and you can be sure I will blog about it when I do.

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  • Reply
    Robyn Morton
    March 6, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    You’re really selling them to me here. I need to get my birds nest back in good shape though. It hasn’t been touched since… August *cringes*

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    Eli Dumas
    March 6, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Great post and totally worth the investment, I couldn’t agree with you more. I’d love to have big, long and luscious hair but I have a case of bad genetics… 🙁 Maybe one day I’ll decide to get some extensions to see how it feels as I’ve never been able to grow my hair past my shoulders, it tends to break past there. See u next Thursday!

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    Nurse Fancy Pants
    March 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been thinking for ages about getting great lengths too, sounds so good!

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    Andreea YourBeauty
    March 6, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    Would love them too just for some extra thickness, your hair is so pretty in both pictures!

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    The Skinny Doll
    March 8, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    can’t WAIT to see them! Fab review! x

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    Samantha Johnston
    March 9, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    Would love to hear how you get on with these if you get them? I’m always unsure as I’d hate to weaken my hair so would love to hear your review as you’re always so honest x

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    Essence Hair Club
    December 19, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Looks amazing beautiful. I personally like the 2nd one..

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