Hi- I hope you’re having a fabulous February, the start of spring is less than a month away which has me very excited! 

Today I want to talk about my Great Length Hair Extensions as they got a lot of love on Instagram and I really wanted to share some in-depth information about them however before we get started I thought we’d touch on my previous hair extension experience. 

In the past I have used Clip-ins, I think clip-ins are fab if you’re looking for a quick, more affordable option but the truth is that you shouldn’t wear them too often and they can be a pain to put in and take out, therefore they weren’t right for me. I have also had Micro-rings which although I loved the effect I found were quite hard to maintain and required more work that I was willing to commit. Which is why I though I would give tape in extensions a try… 

On the 10th January 2020 I got my first (and current) set of Great Length Tape-in Hair Extensions (GL Tapes). Great Length also do Individual Bond extensions which I may try in the future but I was temped by the tape-ins as they’re quicker to apply and more affordable. I had mine put in my the fabulous Hadley Yates Hair in Hersheson, Harvey Nichols London. 

The reason I wanted hair extensions wasn’t for length but for thickness. I have fine hair and I don’t think there is much I can do about it other than add extensions, I wanted just a nice little boast, mainly so that the ends didn’t look too straggly in photos but I do think that I may get a little length in the future as they’re perfect to add length too!

As I mentioned I had mine applied in Hersheson, Harvey Nichols (London) by Hadley Yates– the day before I had a quick consolation to talk about the colour, length and effect I wanted. I knew I didn’t want length but I wanted more thickness and also to add a bit of excitement to my colour as it was starting to look a little flat. The extensions arrive so quickly that the next morning I was able to go in get them installed. 

Installation is pain-free, quick and easy- I got a wash and blow dry before Hadley applied the extensions. As the name suggests the extensions are applied using tape, and they sandwich your natural hair. Initially they’re put in a little longer and then cut so that they look natural. As I have colour in my hair and the ends are lighter than the roots I had to get a few different colours put in but the whole process took little over an hour, I was surprised by just how quick it was! 

I left feeling super happy with my hair, the volume round the front was really great and exactly what I wanted! I did have about a half day were they were a little uncomfortable but nothing other than that. I am able to curl them and wash them just like I would my normal hair but I have been using the Great Lengths Shampoo and Conditioner which I’ve really been liking. As I got them just for volume I don’t have a whole head, there are actually only about 10 GL Tape Sandwiches. They’re lightweight and basically invisible which means they don’t add an extra hour onto my hair drying time and no one has really noticed them. They also hold a curl much better than my natural hair which means I have been washing and styling my hair far less. 

I got a lot of questions about tying my hair up,  at the beginning I can only really do a low pony but I love a low pony and it always looks chic so thats not an issue at all! 

I have to be completely honest in this post as say that although I’m loving the extensions I am going to ask Hadley to put the in just slightly lower on my head. As I have very fine hair I did fine that on a couple of days towards the end the extensions right at the top of my head were noticeable by me, although I didn’t ever have anyone else not them. I think as with anything its a bit of a learning process to see what works for me and simply due to the balayage of my hair and the fineness I think slightly lower would work better.

Another important issue for me was how the hair was actually sourced, Great Lengths ethically source the human hair from a Hindu Temple in Tirumula, India- where people voluntarily donated their hair as an offering and a way of showing thanks. Great Lengths then pay a fair price for the hair and the money goes back into the community to fund education and medical aid. The hair is then purifies and colour treated in Italy. On top of that when the hair is finally removed it will be donated to Little Princess Trust Charity to make wigs for children who have lost theirs. 

The big question I get (and I understand why) is how much does it cost? And the truth is I don’t really have an exact answer as it varies on the amount of hair you get, the length of the hair and the location you’re getting it installed but prices start from £250. They are reusable, up to three times depending on how well you look after them and you are paying for a premium product with a premium finish. Everyone I know that has had GL Tapes has been happy with their and they always look natural and beautiful. 

Overall, super happy with the extensions! I’m getting them re-installed later this week and I’m hoping to have them in for a little while. I would also love to try Individual bonds, especially as my hair is so fine and I think they may work even better on my hair- when/if I do I’ll definitely report back.

Check out my Instagram for more on my reapplication of the extensions later this week.

Have you tried hair extensions?

(Hair extensions and application gifted by Great Lengths) 

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So I thought today I’d tell you about two treatments I had done recently.

The first I’ve had done before but Toni & Guy done such a good job that I thought we’d talk about it a little. I wanted something a little different for winter but went in without much of a plan. I went in to see An who is a colourist and stylist at Toni & Guy North Audley Street. We decided to go a little darker but keep a hint of the balayage towards the tips and just tidy the shape up a little. I wasn’t too happy with my previous cut and colour (which I had done elsewhere) but I love the current colour and shape. An also applied Olaplex, which if you haven’t tried, I honestly think it’s amazing and a must for coloured hair!

It’s also worth noting that they have a Fashion Fix Menu in-salon which is perfect for all your festive hair needs. You can choose from 24 key Blow Dry styles to statement up-do’s, all done within 30minutes.

Onto Nouveau Lashes LVL treatment…

I’ve had Nouveau Lash Extensions before and I liked them but felt that they were a little too much work for me but LVL, that I can get behind! It’s a semi-permanent treatment which straightens your natural lashes at the root (lifting them up, similar to curling your lashes with a lash curler), making them look longer and thicker. They also tint the lashes which creates a mascara-style look.

I went in for my treatment on Harley Street and was made to feel super comfortable. The beautician and I spoke through the treatment and decided to start with the medium size curl as some of my lashes are quite straight and they’re quite long so could end up printing onto my brow bone. It’s ever so slightly uncomfortable but pain-free and only took 45minutes which is much quicker than lash extensions.

The reason why I prefer it to lash extensions is because it requires less maintenance and only needs to be topped up every six or so weeks, the treatment is shorter and you’re free to use whatever products you want on your lashes after. Plus, I like that no one can say they’re fake as they’re completely real just enhanced. If you want the super thick effect lash extensions give you then these aren’t for you but if you want enhanced lashes that don’t require too much work I can’t recommend LVL enough! I’ll write a bit of an update after I’ve tried it a few more times to share my thoughts about how it wears and the effect on my lashes.

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I have been getting a few questions about my current hair colour as a lot of you noticed on Instagram that it’s quite a lot blonder. Plus, I’ve been dying to tell you all about Olaplex which is basically my favourite hair secret!

Once upon a time I thought I would never lighten my hair and instead would darken it as I thought it suited me more. Since Ombre and Balayage has been very popular recently I have been giving it a go myself and I really love it. I probably would never dye my entire hair blonde, as I find that the darker bits still really suit my colouring but I really do think blondes have more fun and would recommend giving balayage a go if you have been thinking about it.

The question I have been getting the most is if it has damaged my hair. I really don’t think lightening and bleaching your hair is the best thing you can do for your hair but I have recently discovered Olaplex and it has completely changed my hair, I can’t recommend it enough!

Olaplex is an in-salon treatment which helps to rebuild damaged hair bonds which have broken through chemical processes such as colouring, perming or even through the use of hair tools. Since starting to use Olaplex I find my hair doesn’t look as dry or damaged as it previously did and really help the hairs all over appearance. If you lighten your hair then I really think it’s a must and I can’t wait to have it done again as it does have to be topped up to maintain the same look as your hair is exposed to heated tools. Even whilst on holiday where I put my hair through a lot I think my colour stayed looking good without getting too dry or changing shade.

Back to the colour, I had my hair done at Blue Tit in Dalston, if you’re London based there is a sprinkling of Blue Tit Salons around and I had a great experience there. I’ve always wanted to be this colour but found hair stylist were always a little nervous to go this light but Kamila was amazing and got me to the exact colour I wanted. The technique she used was actually Flamboyage and I am in love with the all over effect!

I’ve never been happier with my hair colour so a huge thanks to Olaplex and Blue Tit!

To find you local salon which offers Olaplex click here and to find your local Blue Tit Salon click here.

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fudge shampoo fudge pro oilI like to start the new year off the way I would like to go on, so typically I have a clear out (as I want to be more organised), fake tan (because I would love to be tanned all year round) and sort out my hair as I would love nice hair in 2016.

This year Fudge Professional was nice enough to help and hooked me up with a bit of a hair refresh as my hair was really in need of some TLC. They didn’t change too much but my hair was starting to look dry and unloved as it hadn’t been coloured in quite a while and the colour that was still in it had faded. The colourist added some high and low-lights, to add an expensive, sunkissed look to my hair which I love and which fits perfectly with the current blonde/brunette (bronde) trend which is about and I love it! I did get a little bit of a trim too, as my hair is so fine that any unnecessary ends can really make it look flat and lifeless.

Since the cut and colour I’ve been using some of the Fudge Professional range and loving it! I’ve used quite a lot from the Fudge Urban range before but this is the first time using the professional products and I love them just as much as love the Urban. The Colour Lock shampoo and conditioner are not only keeping my hair colour looking great but my hair feels amazing too but my favourite hair product of the month has to be Light Hed-ed Hair oil. It adds moisture and hydrates my hair without weighing it down and I must admit I am pretty addicted to this stuff already!

Not predicting a huge hair change in 2016, probably just more of the same…

At the end of last month I booked to get my hair fully dyed dark, I scheduled it for a months time and decided that I’d be ready then to face autumn and winter with darker hair. However, I was wrong!

When I got to Gro Hampstead, Serafina and I agreed that instead of going dark all over she’d instead darken my roots and blend it with my lighter ends. I’ve been getting my hair cut & coloured with Serafina at Gro Hampstead for the past year and would highly recommend her if you’re London based and looking for a hairdresser. We’ve changed it a fair bit over the last year from Balayage to dark brown and back again but she always gives me exactly what I ask for and I always leave really happy.

My hair now is a little darker on the top which I love but Serafina also used a darker and warmer toner on the ends too, it’s a little more autumnal but I’m so happy to still have the gradation in colour. The cut is really anything different but she kindly curled it too with a medium tong which I think works particularly well with any sort of balayage/ombre.

I was so worried about going dark and really though I would miss the lighter but I’m so happy with the current shade that I haven’t missed it at all. I’ve booked to go a little darker again but I’m so in love with this shade that I’m not too sure I will…

If you are looking for a London hairdresser Serafina is amazing and based in Hampstead but I’ve heard generally great things from lots of my friends about Gro London as a whole and they’re quite reasonably priced too.

Will you be going darker for the colder months?