Q. How far in advance do I need an appointment?

A. In most cases an appointment can be made within 3 days.

Q. What service do I like to do the most?

A. I enjoy custom designing the perfect color and cut for my clients.

Q. Do you cut men’s hair?

A. Men make up 20% of my client base. Tea Tree and Mitch are two product lines that I use to create style for my guys.

Q. What hair color do I use?

A. I am a National Educator for Paul Mitchell and I use Paul Mitchell hair color.

Q. Will hair extensions ruin/damage my hair?

A. No, definitely not, as long as Great Lengths hair extensions are treated properly. How to treat and take care of your hair will be discussed at the time your extensions are put in. It is up to the client to take care of their extensions.

Q. How long do hair extensions last?

A. 3-5 months, depends on the thickness. Please know that one naturally loses 3 to 4 extensions per month, in general.

Q. Can I reuse the hair again?

A. No

Q. Can I go swimming with my extensions?

A. Not everyday, if you happen to be in a pool, and have your head under water, that will be fine. However, avoid having the extensions in a pool regularly, chlorine is bad for your hair in general. Have your hair up in a bun to avoid the water.

If you will be swimming, have your hair in a very tight braid with conditioner in order to avoid tangles later.

Q. Can I wear my hair in a ponytail wet?

A.  No, please dry the bonds first before putting in a ponytail. The moisture may create slipping of the bonds. Exercising is okay in a ponytail, however immediately shampoo your hair after your workout, or at least dry the bonds

Q. Can I use my regular hair styling products?

A. On your own hair, yes! But not on the extension BONDS. avoid almost all products on the bonds, especially wax, silicone, or glycerin etc… You may however use those products on the mid shaft to the ends of the hair, just not the bonds.

Q. Can I wash my hair everyday?

A. Yes, especially if you hair is on the oily to silky smooth side. Then you MUST, ESPECIALLY IN THE BACK NAPE AREA WASH TWICE and avoid conditioner on the roots and bonded area

Q. I will be travelling somewhere very hot, will it ruin my hair?

A. That’s a tricky one! You HAVE TO WEAR A HAT! Ideally, avoid putting in extensions before you go. There is no guarantee, depending on how hot the weather is, avoid the sun as much as possible, heat can start loosening the bonds which can create shedding. Each case is different, however many of my clients have had no problems.

Q. Can I use flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers?

A. Yes, just not on the BONDS! Remember heat is how I applied the extensions, and heat will definitely release them. Be very careful with hot tools, especially in the back where you can not see well. Even if you touch the bonds ever so slightly, in time, they will loosen, release, or start shedding, so be extra careful in the back.

Q. Can I take out hair extensions myself

A. No, you must have them taken out professionally otherwise you can damage your hair. Great Lengths are not taken out with heat. We use a special gel remover and instrument.

Q. Will you travel to my wedding location?

A. Yes! With a modest travel fee local travel is possible.

Q. When should I book my hair and make-up trials before the wedding?

A. Booking your hair and makeup team and doing a trial months ahead of your wedding date is purely a personal decision, but how do you know when to do your hair and makeup trials for your wedding?

Here are a few tips to guide you:

1. You want to “test” the makeup artist and hairstylist before you secure the contract.

Some brides feel comfortable booking hair and makeup over the phone and doing their trials 2 months before their wedding. However some women want to be sure their hair and makeup team is someone they will like both esthetically and personally. If you want to be sure you “click” with someone and are nervous that you may not like what they do, have your hair and makeup trials soon after you get your dress.

2. You aren’t sure what you want for hair and makeup

Working with an experienced hair and makeup team can take into account your face shape, hair texture and wedding dress all to create the perfect wedding day look. In that case, doing hair and makeup trials months before the big day can allow you to try a few styles on to see which one you feel the most beautiful and comfortable in.

3. You know you are super picky or have little quirks about your looks

We all are a little quirky about something when it comes to our personal style and appearance.  If you know you tend to be super picky about your hair or makeup (or both), then let your makeup artist or hairstylist know! Makeup and hairstylists are there to help you be the best version of yourself and keeping the lines of communication open is key. Makeup can easily be taken off. Hairstyles can be changed. Finding an artist & stylist who will listen to you and happily makes changes is really the number one thing to look for when looking for hair and makeup team.  If you know you’re picky, find a gentle soul to guide you to put your mind at ease, and do your trials 6 months or more in advance.

4. You know you need help with skin or hair issues

If you are having issues with your skin or hair, doing hair and makeup consultations as far in advance as possible is suggested.

Skin: If you are having bad breakouts, or generally just hate how your skin looks, consulting with your makeup artist and esthetician as far in advance as possible will give you the time to make any changes to clear up any issues.  However, if you have pretty good skin overall, you can do your trials 6-8 weeks before the wedding day.

Hair: Are you growing out your hair? Do you have fine hair and want to try hair extensions? How about your hair color? All of these factors are important when working with your hairstylist. If you are thinking to grow your hair or you want to cut it all off, doing hair consultations far in advance is important as well.

If you want to make big changes before your wedding day, do it as far in advance so if you end up changing something and not liking it, you have time to let it grow out.

And last but not least,

5.  As a bride, you have to do what is comfortable for you. When determining when to do your hair and makeup trials, be sure to find a hair and makeup team you trust-someone that has your best interest at heart.