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) 

Since I wasn’t blessed with thick, voluminous hair, I am always on the quest for products that will help me fake it from Shampoos and Mousses to Micro-ring extensions and heated rollers. My most recent discovery has been Beauty Works Clip-in Extensions. This isn’t the first time I’ve worn extensions and have even had Micro-rings as well as clip-in extensions but since having my hair lightened I haven’t found the perfect colour match. 

I don’t think hair extensions really differ that much from brand-to-brand as long as you get a good quality set (as some of the cheap ones can be awful!). Beauty Works use 100% real human remy hair, they have even won awards and the hair is exactly what you would expect. As my hair is currently balyage I have some ombre pieces in my hair along with some lighter blonde wefts. They came ready to clip-in which means no need to sew on your clips and once I got mine cut into a little I feel in love with them. They add a great amount of volume whilst still looking natural, real and without being too heavy. I’ve been able to curl them and straighten them and have received lots of comments about how nice my hair looks without a single person suspecting them to be extensions.
I personally think the key to getting hair extensions to look natural and as real as possible is to get them cut professionally which almost any hairdresser will be happy to do. I also like to keep the length not a million miles away from natural hair as I think anything more than 6 inches longer than my real hair starts to look a little faker and harder to disguise. Obviously a great colour match is also essential.
I’m really happy with the quality and colour of my new extensions. Can’t wait to get even more wear out of them and would recommend Beauty Works if you too are looking into extensions. Extensions really aren’t as scary as people thing and they can really help you achieve the look you want!
Beauty Works extensions are available online here 

I have been getting a lot of questions on Twitter about my hair extensions after my original post (here). Mid February I had my Micro Ring hair extensions re-fitted at Vixen and Blush after having had them in for 3 months. As you hair grows you need to have them refitted to avoid the rings being visible and it’s also a great time for a bit of a refresh. It’s nice to get your hair washes with no extensions in and have the extensions trimmed.

My removal took about 30 minutes or so although my hair was a little sticky under the rings. It also looks like you lose a fair bit of hair during this process but it is usually normal shedding that has been trapped in the ring over the three months and I actually expected a little more. We did notice that my rings hadn’t fallen down the hair as straight as they should have but after having a look through my hair and asking my friend to do the same we didn’t think there was any damage as this is always my main worry. It is such a big difference (a shocking difference) between my real hair and my hair with extensions as it is so much finer!

My hair was then washed and blow dried before they remade each individual extension re-using the hair I had in before, they do this as it has been flattened by the rings and it wouldn’t sit as well. They then install the extensions as they had done the first time around using new rings before blending the extensions with your real hair again.

I’m happy to report that even having used the hair now for 4.5months they still look very shinny and I still love them. Sadly I will be removing them in the next few weeks (major sad face) simply because as a beauty blogger there is so much I want to try and I feel that they do restrict me a little but I am sure I will go back to them at some point.

Check out the video below to see the final results…

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I’ve wanted hair extensions my whole life, they’re a bit of an investment but what I was most concerned about is the fact they could potentially ruin my hair in the long run. I have never really wanted very long hair but instead was looking for a little extra volume although a bit of length would be a plus. I’ve tried clip-ins which I do think are great but they don’t recommend you wear them daily and it seems a little strange to have very long hair one day and short the next.

I asked everyone I knew that had tried some sort of hair extensions and spent hours on Google but I was never given a concrete answer and everyone was telling me different things. Would it ruin my hair? Was I really choosing the best option? It seemed that everyone favourited what they used and were shocked that you would even consider something else.

In the end I came to the conclusion that they all have their pro’s and con’s, at the end of the day you are attaching something to your hair for a prolonged amount of time which could cause some damage but I was always told that as long as you were careful enough they could cause no damage at all.

I was then recommend to try Vixen and Blush a small salon that does just hair extensions, I’d seen some of their previous work which looked great and very natural so I went for it (with a little more Googling, naturally.)

I went for a free consultation a few weeks before at their salon in Vauxhall, we discussed which hair would work best for me, what sort of length I wanted, what I wanted the end result to be like and most importantly they made sure my hair could handle the weight. What surprised me the most on this day was the amount of rules (but more on that later).

I went in for my three hour session a few weeks later and had about a 3/4 head installed (I feel like I should be talking about a kitchen or a computer software.) I took my laptop but the girls there are all so lovely the time really flew by. They custom blend each section of hair to match (or be slightly different if you wish) your own colour, they then apply them with a tiny hoop and use a plier to flatten the hoop and secure them in place. They then cut into the extensions to the length I wanted and blended them in with my natural hair so that it all looked real. They used Russian hair on me and used slightly smaller hoops towards the top of my head as my hair is a little thinner. I tend to run my hands through the top of my hair so we also decided that they wouldn’t really work all the way up to the top.

Once it was in done and styled they went over the do’s and don’t. The main ones were; don’t flip your head upside down (especially the beginning as the hair is quite tight), don’t tie it in a high/tight ponytale, sleep with it tied up, no conditioner in the roots, keep roots clean and no salt sprays. For me the biggest shock was no turning your head upside down and no high ponytales as this means I couldn’t put my hair in a turban after the bath and no more messy buns.

Before and After
The first few days were okay, I wasn’t overly happy leaving the salon but that was simply because they dry your natural hair really flat. Once I got to do it all myself I was really happy as I was able to add the volume. I was told they are really tight and painful but I would say they just feel a little strange at first and you can feel a slight pulling however I didn’t even have any troubles sleeping at all.

I reached about the end of week two and I was ready to get rid of them, it was a really busy week and I was just struggling with the change in drying time which had basically doubled but now two months in I am so glad I didn’t. After that I got use to them, it doesn’t take quite as long to dry as I know what I am doing and I’m so use to them I am worried about getting them out!

Since getting them I am always on the look out to see who else has them and I always ask about them. These are by far the best I have seen (and I have seen some awful ones!) as they are really neatly applied, with even pressure on the hair and the rings are also smaller than most others I have seen.

I am so glad I went to Vixen & Blush and wouldn’t go anywhere else for Micro rings, I feel that because they only do extensions that is where their expertise and passion lies. They know exactly what they are doing and seem very happy to correct any problems you may have (sometimes you may need a ring removed after the first week because it’s too visible/uncomfortable)

So the big question would I get them again?
In short, yes. I absolutely love them and have been getting lots of compliments on my hair and no one has ever suspected it to be fake. They last about three months which means I will be getting mine out in February and I actually think I’ll miss them. I think I will remove them for a few months just to have short hair for a little bit. I’d highly recommend Vixen & Blush and although it may be a little out of the way (currently in Vauxhall but opening in Shoreditch soon) it really is worth making the effort to get there. If you’re still not completely sure I’d at least book in for a consolation with the lovely girls.

For more info/prices check out the Vixen and Blush Website and Twitter page. I have also included a video I though you might find interesting but let me know if you have any questions below.

Would you consider/have you had hair extensions?
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Sadly I was not blessed with great hair. My hair is very thin and usually quite short, although my hair does grow quickly any real length just weighs it down. I know lots of my friends wear clip in hair extensions and I just had to try them out for myself and had been wearing some ones bought from a afro hair shop a while back. I then got an email from Imogen from  Foxy Locks emailed me and asked if I would like to try a some I just had to say yes!

I had heard very good things about these extensions both from some friends at University and online, I had also watched all of Imogen’s YouTube videos various times to see how best to look after my previous extensions.

I think the main downside to these extensions is that you order them online this makes choosing the right colour for you a little difficult but after watching Imogen’s Video on all the various colours I chose colour 4-chocolate brown and was sent the Deluxe ones. On the website the Deluxe ones (160g) are recommended for people with thicker hair but I really liked the sound f this one as it would add more volume then the normal 120g set.

Sorry about the not so great picture!

When they arrived I was happy to see that the extensions were exactly the same right colour for my hair! They come with 10 different sized strips of extensions, all with the clips ready attached, are very silky, thick and very long! I tried them on straight away and clipped in all 10, the length was incredible!

As you can tell from the image about they didn’t blend very well as my hair is much shorter then the hair extensions so I got some layers cut into them. I would really recommend that you do the same even if your hair is of a similar length as it makes them far more flattering. Most salons will cut them, I just took mine in with me and they put them in, cut them and even curled them!

Even the hairdressers commented on the quality of the hair and just how good of a match the colour was. The packet says that they are 100% Remy Human Hair which I have heard is the best kind you can get. The fact they are human hair means you can also dye them and use heat. I would also say that the clips are really good quality, they are a little harder to open and close but due to this and the little rubber bit means that they are very unlikely to fall out of your hair.

 The main downside to this extensions in my opinion are that they are only available in 20inch, personally I would be happy with something around 16inch (or even shorter) so having to pay £74 and then having to cut quite a bit off seems a little wasteful.
The Final Result

I think these extensions are really good. they look and feel as if they were my own hair. They add a great amount of length and volume but I do think it is really important to get them cut a little. For me personally these are still a little too long and I will be getting them cut a little more as long hair simply doesn’t suit me!

I would highly recommend these, they are fantastic quality and really worth investing in! Even though I have very little hair they really work for me, so far I think I would repurchase these and would recommend to a friend!

I will write an update in a few months when I have worn them a little more to see how they are in the long run.

If you are interested in hair extensions here are a few of my favourite Foxy Locks videos which I found very helpful:
Perfect shade
How to clip in
How to wash and care

Foxy Locks extensions are available here

This was quite a long post but hope it was useful, let me know if you have any questions!
Sabrina X

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