For years I have been nothing short of obsessed with Great Lengths hair extensions. I remember the first time I heard about them on the E channel and how they were described as the Bentley of hair extensions. I fell in love, with the volume and bouncy hair that you get from these extensions. There are so many celebrity fans of Great lengths, including Selena Gomez, Eva Longoria, Cheryl Cole and Heidi Klum. While I have always had good hair, I lacked volume and when I was sick last year, I made the decision that once I got the all clear, these extensions would be mine.
|Great lengths celebrities
The first step in getting Great Lengths is consultation.Your consultation not only allows your hairdresser to pick the colour of the hair to order, but also decided on what type of look you are going for and how much it will cost. Two weeks before I got my extensions ( you can pick a time closer to application) , I went to meet the hairdresser who sat me down and chatted about what look I wanted to achieve. For me it was all about the volume. I wanted big swishy hair, that would make you cry with envy and beauty. I had blonde in the ends of my hair, and while I dyed over it kept fading up. She promised me that this wouldn’t be a problem and to make the hair look natural and textured, she would put in 3 different colours in my hair, 2 browns and a caramel colour. I decided to go with 30cm extensions, as I am only 5 foot 1 and anything longer might make me look like a hobbit.
On the day of application I was so beyond excited, but at the same time a little bit nervous. This was a big change. I had never tried anything like this before. From the minute I stepped into the salon, I knew that I was doing the right thing. To begin, my hair was washed 3 times with the Great Lengths cleansing shampoo to remove any oils or residue products. My hair was dried off and the application process began. Great Lengths differ from all other hair extensions, not just because they use the best quality, ethically sources Indian hair, but because of the bond that is used. Great lengths extensions use keratin bonds to apply the hair. Keratin is the same substance that is found naturally in our hair. It is applied to the hair using hot and cold heat. The hot heat only touches the bond, while the cold heat touches your hair. This means that there is no heat at all being applied to your hair and therefore no damage. The bonds are absolutely tiny. You can’t see them in the hair unless you go search and even at that they are so well blended into the hair. Seriously you can’t notice them at all. You can’t feel them on the head either and due to the fact that they are not applied tightly to the scalp they don’t hurt one bit.
|Hair before and after application
The extensions last up to 6 months if you take care of them properly. For the first 48 hours you can’t wash your hair, so that the bonds have time to settle. After that you should try to wash your hair with the Great Lengths shampoo and conditioner, brush your hair at least twice a day with the special great lengths brush and make sure your hair is tied up going to bed so that the bonds don’t twist. Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t. These extensions actually take the hassle out of doing your hair. While your hair takes a little longer to dry, due to the volume, Great Lengths style so easily and they hold the style for days. If I wash my hair on Monday and put a loose curl into it with the wand, the curl will hold in the hair until Wednesday. You can lash your hair up in a pony and when you take it down, it still looks perfect!! I can’t do justice to how amazing this is. I keep catching my self looking in the mirror in awe and how well the hair looks two days after washing it!
When the hairdresser was finished applying all the hair and added a curl to my hair with the GHD, I was bowled over with how the hair looked. Lets be honest, I had been through a pretty bad year, and had felt that I looked like rubbish. When I looked in the mirror in the salon, I was so taken aback. The hair was absolutely gorgeous. Like I mean movie star gorgeous. I couldn’t get over that this was mine. I feel confident again and I haven’t felt like this is a very long time. I know it is only hair, but seriously, if your hair isn’t right, it can ruin your day. I wake up every morning afraid that I dreamt about it.
|Styling hair myself
Ok so let’s talk about price. The price of these extensions differ from person to person. The amount of hair each person needs differs and therefore the price differs. They aren’t as expensive as you think and while they do cost a few hundred euro, they are so worth it. I know I say that a lot, but honestly these are worth every single cent and when mine come out in 6 months I will without doubt be getting them in again. There are other extensions that are cheaper, but not only will they have to be reapplied after 3 months, but they can damage your hair. Great lengths last much longer, and will not do one bit of damage to you hair.
I adore my Great Lengths and will absolutely be getting them again and again and again