18 Jul 2014

Great Lengths Hair Extensions | My Experience & Opinion

It's Friday, Friday... gotta get down on Friday! .... LOL
Welcome to the weekend love-bugs!

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter then you clearly know by now that these long, luscious locks don't come naturally to me. Yes, for the past 2 years or so, I've spent my time sitting in the hairdressers every couple of months for hours on end getting little strands of hair glued to my own... sounds appealing doesn't it? Haha. Honestly, I think there may only be 1 post on this blog where you're able to get a glimpse of my actual hair (good luck finding that. Haha).

Anyhoos, this week the time had come for my old extensions to come out and for my new ones to get glued in. Considering I get asked so often about my extensions; where I get them done, how much they cost, how long they last, what I think of them .... yada yada yada, I thought that now was as good a time as any to scribble up a blog post and let you in on my opinion of the infamous 'Great Lengths' Extensions!

First of all... here's my little pea head after I got them taken out!

As you can see, my hair is quite thin. It had grown a good bit since I'd got my Great Lengths in first, but obviously I had to get a quick trim to get rid of the tail ends. It's now nice and healthy again.

So let's get down to bidness...

How long do they take to apply?
I was in the hairdressers at 9am this morning & was finished at 3pm - I know, that sounds outrageous, but my hairdresser is heavily pregnant - I'm talkin' 5/6 weeks to go - and had to take frequent breaks. I didn't mind though because I always get my hair done with the same person and I trust her with the wellbeing of my fro! The also went out and got lunch for me, so I can't complain. Food in my belly = happy Grace.

Do they blend well with your own hair?
As you can see from the pictures below, hells yes. I get 4 different tones in my hair so that the colour of the extensions blend in with my own balayaged hair. I get the full head of extensions, which consists of 150 strands. This covers about one-third of the head but blends perfectly! An added bonus is the fact that the texture of the Great Lengths extensions is actually the same as my own hair - this wasn't the case with the extensions I wore before!

Do they last long?
Mmmmhmmm, of course they do! I think most people get about 5 months out of their extensions! Unlike other individually bonded extensions that I'd had before, only 1 of the Great Lengths strands fell out in the time that I'd had them in! I'm convinced that this is something to do with the bond itself! Super strong and durable as long as you treat them with a bitta TLC!

Here are the extensions up close! The bonds are pretty much invisible, which makes it great when you're tying your hair up! They also lie really flat to your head so you don't get that weird bumpy thing happening where it looks like you've got things stuck to your scalp! Haha. Obviously this is super zoomed in, so you never actually see the difference between the extension and your own hair, it simply looks like highlights / balayage!

Are they easy to maintain?
So easy! You get a little leaflet that tells you the ins and outs of how to take care of them! There are special shampoos and hairbrushes that you use to help maintain the quality of the bond so that you don't start shedding random strands of hair when you're walking down the street! Haha. Also, they're very easy to style!

How much are they?
This is the one question I hate getting asked... it's also the one downside to these extensions!
Unfortunately mine cost a small fortune and this will be the last time that I'll be able to afford to get them done, no matter how much I love them! I can never answer this question straight because depending on what you're looking for from them (aka. length & thickness), the price is going to vary! The best thing to do would be to go search for the nearest salon that applies them and ask for a consultation! To give you an idea, I think prices start at €700 and go upwards from there, again depending on what is right for your own hair and what you want!

Lastly... are they worth it?
If you are as self conscious about your hair as I am & are willing to shell out the money on Great Lengths, I would say it's worth your while. There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that you'll love them! This is my second lot of these extensions & unfortunately I just can't justify getting them re-done after Christmas, only for the reason that I've got other things that I need to spend my money on! My hair is growing quite quickly with these extensions in too, so by the time Christmas comes around I'm hoping to have a bit more length in my own hair! Again though, if you have the money & you're willing to spend it on them, you will definitely fall in love with them!

Have you ever tried out Great Lengths Extensions?
Do you wear extensions yourself?

Let me know in the comments!!

XO, G.

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