The Great Lengths Process

How to set up the initial consultation:

  1. I think you should start with a little research. Look up different types of extensions and compare costs. Write down any questions you may have. At no point during any consultation should you ever feel rushed, intimidated, or pushed into buying something you do not want.
  2. Call Doris and tell her that you are ready to find out more about Great Lengths extensions. Schedule a free consultation. Pick a morning or afternoon when you have 20 minutes to spend getting to know Doris and letting her get to know you and your hair.
  3. Style your hair normally when you go to the consultation. If you want to change your hair color, tell her during the consultation.
  4. Think about long you want your hair to be. Doris can show you where different lengths will fall and help you pick the right length to suit your face and your lifestyle.

The night (or morning) before your appointment:

  1. Wash your hair thoroughly. There is a special residue-removing shampoo made by Great Lengths available for sale in the salon, but any shampoo that removes residue should work just fine. IMPORTANT: Do NOT use conditioner of any kind -- including the leave-in kind. Conditioner will keep the Great Lengths bond from gripping your hair strands properly.
  2. When you get to the salon, Doris will brush out your hair and check your hair's current condition. If your hair needs washing because you just couldn't make it without mousse (it happens!), then she can wash your hair using a special shampoo to remove all traces of residue that might prevent the bonds from adhering properly.
  3. The color of the extensions should be an exact match. If there is a difference, then Doris can put highlights in your hair to help it all blend together. This can only be done before or about a week after the extensions are installed. The best time to let Doris know you want highlights is before she starts attaching your extensions.

During the process:

  1. Let Doris spoil you! Relax and have a cold beverage and maybe some chocolate. Watch the wide-screen TV reflected in the mirror. If you have any requests for your favorite shows while your hair is being done, let Doris know. She also has movies and you can bring your own DVDs.
  2. The first time you have a whole head of extensions done, it can take four or more hours, depending on the thickness of your hair.
  3. Maintenance visits (in which Doris removes grown-out extensions and attaches new ones) can take about an hour and a half, depending on how much work you need done.
  4. The entire process starts when you are caped and sitting in the chair. Doris clips the top of your hair out of the way to expose the back and sides where your extensions will be attached.
  5. Then, she takes a small lock of your hair and clips a small plastic circle around it to protect your hair ans scalp. Then, she holds the extension onto your hair and presses the protein bond with the Great Lengths attaching tool. This device is only warm enough to melt the bond, not hot enough to burn your hair. After only a second or two, she rolls the bond between their fingers to wrap it securely around the lock of your hair. Then, she removes the plastic circle and moves on to the next lock of hair.
  6. When it is time to remove a grown-out extension, Doris applies a bond-removing solution and the extension is removed without damaging your hair. Your hair is never pulled any harder than you pull it yourself when you brush it or clip it back.
  7. After all the bonds are attached, you get to see yourself with long hair! And then, just as if you grew the hair yourself, Doris trims and styles it into a flattering long-hair style for you.

How to maintain your Great Lengths extensions:

  1. IMPORTANT: Don't wash your hair until 2 days (48 hours) after your extensions are attached.
  2. When you sleep at night, either loosely braid your hair, pull it back, or put it up on top of your head with a soft scrunchie.
  3. Brush your hair every day. Use a brush with stiff enough bristles to make it through the hair.
  4. When you wash your hair, don't pile it up on top of your head and scrub it around like they do in shampoo commercials! This causes tangling and tugging at tangles can shorten the life of your extensions - and your real hair. Instead, squeeze the shampoo gently through your hair a section at a time and rinse thoroughly.
  5. WARNING: Don't use strong dandruff shampoo on the bonds! It can weaken the bonds and make them slip before their time. There are other anti-dandruff products (Neutrogena has a spray one) that can be used to spot-treat your scalp if necessary.