Sandton Great Lengths

GL Elaine Hair Extensions

There are some myths about Great Lengths care and maintenance.

Myth Busting: Hair Extensions Maintenance

Hair Extension Myth 1: Hair extension colour fades when you wash them

False – This is not the case with Great Lengths hair extensions. Our unique colouring process gently removes and deposits the colour molecules over a long period of time, which gives Great Lengths hair its wonderful rich tones and colour-fade resilience.

However, be mindful that this is still human hair and will react in the same way as your natural hair if you use a colour stripping shampoo or stay out in the sun.

Hair Extension Myth 2: You have to use a special shampoo when washing your hair

False – You can continue to use your normal shampoo and conditioner. However, we do recommend our specially designed aftercare range, or paraben-free products to keep hair in the best possible condition.

Hair Extension Myth 3: You can’t blow-dry your hair

False – Each individual bond is very durable and will not melt under the heat of a hairdryer. If you’re wearing GL Apps then we recommend that you don’t direct the heat at the tape to ensure they remain secure.
Girl blow drying hair
Hair Extension Myth 4: You can’t towel dry your hair

False – You can still towel-dry your hair. We just recommend that you don’t use a rubbing motion as this may cause undue stress. Instead, use a blotting action to remove excess moisture.

Hair Extension Myth 5: If you don’t give your hair a break from extensions then it can start to fall out

False – As long as you have regular maintenance checks, look after your extensions and ensure you get your extensions removed at the recommended time, there should be no damage to your natural hair.

Dark Hair Pony Tail

Is special care necessary after having my extensions applied?

Extensions may be treated as regular hair but long hair always needs special attention. Great Lengths offers quality products and special brushes.

Should the extensions be straightened?
You can use a hair straightener but the bonds should never come in contact with the tool. In case of dry ends we suggest you use Great Lengths Hairfluid and Great Lengths hair care products that you will find available in Elaine’s Sandton based salon.

Apple vinegar makes hair shine: can I use it?
Great Lengths does not guarantee for these types of treatments. We have a wide range of products for hair care; seek advice in one of our partner Great Lengths salons.

Can I run my fingers through my hair?
Yes, you should run your fingers through the bonds to keep them separated.

How many times should I have my extensions checked?
It is necessary to have your extensions checked at least once every month in order for Elaine hair extensionist in Sandton to cut the natural hairs that have fallen out but are entrapped between the scalp and the bonding avoiding them to tangle.

What shampoo should I use?
You should use one of Great Lengths shampoos which have been specially developed for use with our extensions. Other shampoos may not maintain the quality of your extensions.

Long thick hair – a symbol of beauty (© Great Lengths Sandton)

How should I care for my hair during shampooing?
Use little pressure while shampooing. Always brush the strands with a Great Lengths brush and without pulling. Start drying from the roots and then the bonds. Make sure the bonds fully dry.

Do I need to be careful while brushing my hair?
Yes. This is why Great Lengths has created a special brush.

A recent trichology report by Iain Sallit MIT (Consultant Trichologist) revealed that Great Lengths hair extensions have very little effect on healthy hair when applied by an expert stylist. If you are concerned, ask Elaine who is based in Sandton Hobart Grove who will be your stylist.