Great Lengths is the only extension company in the world that guarantees with documented support that all Great Lengths hair has met the following criteria:
Every strand has been donated willingly and with the full consent of the donor.
The donor has been treated with respect and care.
A fair and reasonable price is agreed for the hair and the money paid to the Temples to procure the hair is used solely for charitable endeavors, not for personal or individual profit.
A company representative procures the hair to cut out unreliable middlemen and ensure full and direct knowledge of the origin of the hair.
Exclusive in-house production process: Used from procurement of the hair to the wholesale selling of the extension to ensure full and documented traceability. Great Lengths International does not work through hair brokers. Great Lengths operates and employs our own sourcing staff and facilities in India so that we are always 100% sure of our hairs source.
Stamped & Branded
You can rest assured that when working with me & my business that you will get real Great Lengths hair. You would think that this would not have to be brought to your attention, however, with all of the consulting that I do; I hear or learn of a lot of different “stories”.
Great Lengths actually has gone the extra step, as they do with so much, and have hot stamped their name into their product. I was estatic when they started doing this, hear in The States.
How else can you be reassured?
Great Lengths has a salon directory, and not everyone gets to be on it. We have to meet their criteria.
PLATINUM SALON status is a special recognition for the frequency that The Loft Salon Studio provides Great Lengths hair extension. Also, too, if you are ever in doubt and need further questions about the business you find; then you can always call Great Lengths.
So, what do you do if you find that your own natural brows just are not as thick as you like?
Causes For Sparse Eyebrows
There are many reasons that can cause sparse brows:
Over plucking can lead to permanent hair loss
Being waxed to thin
Hair loss can just happen as we age
How can you fix your eyebrows?
Eyebrow extensions were used in the actual photo shown in this post.
Eyebrow extensions are individually applied extensions that replicate the look of natural hair.
The advantage of getting eyebrow extensions are that they can replace the hair that you may have lost or need to create the illusion of a real eyebrow!
Eyebrow extensions can be used to fix, create or thicken your brows. They are applied with a special adhesive that can be applied to the skin or to your existing brow hair.
Is it time to change your hair color? Looking for a hair salon in West Springfield?
Well, one of the easiest ways to change your hair color is to seek out professional help. One of the greatest benefits are the color choices, and there are many.
Not only that, but my salon was very active formerly educating for Redken as a hair color educator!
From Blonde To Red
Kerri is fortunate that she can actually wear any hair color. She was bored with her blonde hair, and wanted to also improve the health of her hair. For her “color story”, I used Essensity hair color by Schwarzkoph.
Eyebrows have been trending for some time now. Sleek Brows® Sculpting is a newer technique, here in the States, but originated in the UK.
The unique characteristics about this service is the 3-D sculpting gel. The gel will also sculpt or train your eyebrow hair, and keep your eyebrows looking very groomed with out the need of makeup.
The achieved high definition result is similar to permanent make-up except it’s 3-dimensional and non-invasive.
The look is tailor-made for each person and suitable for those who have naturally good eyebrows as well as those who suffer from partial or complete eyebrow loss. Treatment as intricate as ours is not available from any other company.
Are you tired of using powder and or pencil?
The pigment of the sculpting gel can be customized and can last up to 3 weeks.
Over the last 11 years, of consulting with clients; I have found that most of the time women wish their hair was thicker. When you come in for a consultation, you will be given options and those are at varying price points based on your hair needs and thickness.
Ask yourself….what do I need?
Hair extensions are not just for adding length.
Many times they are for just adding thickness, or to compliment a short hairstyle.
I have been providing hair extensions for 11 years, and it has been for all sorts of situations.
Do you need to “Fix A Poor Haircut”?
Several times, I have had to fix a poor haircut.When it comes to fixing a botched haircut, this solution is a great option to correct just a section.
Maybe you hair was layered too much on one side? Do be frustrated a day longer.
Do you need to add “Non-Chemical” Color?
Using hair extensions to add a splash of “hair color” has a dual purpose. The color will be colorfast & quick but the best benefit is that it will thicken your hair.
Our new, revolutionary 3D Brow Building will allow you to re-construct your eyebrows completely. Furthermore, you can create fullness and definition that cannot be achieved with regular eyebrow grooming.
The result is a waterproof and smudge-proof eyebrow, which is created by building on the client’s natural shape to create fuller, thicker, luscious brows that have perfect definition and lasts for approx. 2-3 weeks.
The achieved high definition result is similar to permanent make-up except it’s 3-dimensional and non-invasive.
The look is tailor-made for each person and suitable for those who have naturally good eyebrows as well as those who suffer from partial or complete eyebrow loss.
Treatment as intricate as ours is not available from any other company.
Should you not be chosen this time, we would like to add you to our potential “model role call’ , in the future.
Realistic expectations about eyelash extensions begins with being educated about many things.
About your hair growth
Today’s ads in magazines
A Little Bit Of Science
Providing eyelash extensions and receiving them require being educate about the “how, what & why” of “expectations”.
One of the most popular questions is how long will or should they last?
Did you know that your natural eyelash hair sheds? Yes!…it does.
Professionally, I feel this little bit of science will help set up your expectations to be realistic when it comes to getting eyelash extensions for the first time or answering questions about “durability or longevity” after wearing them for a while.
My eyelashes will shed?
Yes, and here is why:
You natural hair for your eyelashes and hair on your head, goes through a life cycle of growth. The cycles are anagen, catagen, and telogen.
What does this mean exactly and how does this affect the longevity of your eyelash extensions service?
Your extensions will be applied to one human hair or attachment site.
(The photo shown give you a close view of a what a classic eyelash extension application looks like. Your natural lash hair actually grows in rows.)
Each one of those “attachment sites” are at a different cycle of life. Everyone’s shed rate or growth rate will be different.
Are My Extensions “PERMANENT” ?
No. They are semi-permanent.
They are going to require maintenance at home and regular visits called either “fills” or “re-lashing” appointments to keep them looking fresh.
How Long Can My Extensions Be?
This is another popular question.
There are safety limits, as your extensionist, that will be predetermined by the natural length of your lash hair.
The artificial extensions come in a whole variety of lengths, thick, curvatures and colors! The customization of your service is endless.
Will My Extensions Always Look The Same?
The “same” is an objective perspective. Given that the natural canvas, your own lash hair, will always be going through its life cycle of growth and shedding….it really is challenging to give a definite answer to this question.
Your own natural lash hair does not stop growing when extensions are applied. If you eyelash hair grows it will be necessary to put a longer extension on it or them.
The look of your design may change over time, and this is perfectly normal.
The purpose of the “fill” appointments is to re-plenish the extensions that have shed with the lash hair that is was attached to.
A fill appointment requires that you have 50% of your extensions left when you come in.
What if I lose extensions days after getting a fill?
This is still “normal” and can happen.
Tips At Home:
Tip: Do your best to sleep on your back.
Why this is so important is that it can take up to 24 hours for the adhesive to completely cure.
Sleep on your stomach with you face more in the pillow? This is the worst for your extensions.
Be kind to your extensionsist because they cannot wake you up when you are at home to correct your head position.
First 24 hour RULE: DO NOT GET EXTENSIONS WET. No water, steam or excessive sweat can come on contact with the extensions for the first 24 hours during the curing time of the adhesive. This rule applies to each treatment.
Showering: Avoid direct water pressure on your face. It is ok to get your extensions wet, and you can even go swimming but take care of cleansing your face when you are in the shower.
Using a little common sense will save you stressing out about your extensions, and help with the longevity. For complete aftercare directions be sure to ask at your consultation or at our lash extension appointment.
Your aftercare will play a huge role with the longevity. You will need to take care of them just how you are instructed.
NO Crying: WITHIN first 24 hours If you are going to be attending an event that you may become emotional, be sure to schedule you appointment accordingly. You need to keep your extensions dry for the first 48 hours.
During & At Your Salon Appointment
You can expect to have all aspects explained to you and subsequently you will be reminding on the “how to” care of your extensions.
This type of luxury service is a “semi-permanent” cosmetic procedure that is extremely precise. Your natural lash hair is isolated with tweezers and the extensions are applied with surgical grade adhesive very close to your eyes.
How will you be prepped for your service?
Tip: It is best not to drink a lot of liquids before your extension service because once your treatment begins you will not be able to get up to use the restroom.
You will first have a extremely thorough consultation.
Your design and expectations will be discussed.
The necessary aftercare products & care will be gone over
Treatment Room Experience:
You will be relaxed and fully reclined on a massage table
Your lower eyelashes will be secured out of the way with soothing under eye gel patches.
Quiet music with be playing
Your natural lash hair will be prepped by being cleansed & primed
Your relaxation will now begin.
Can I talk during my treatment?
It is advised that you do not, and the reason being is that your facial area needs to remain still because of how precise this procedure is. It is extremely important that the focus remains on the extension service itself.
Is is ok or will I fall asleep?
It is very common that my clients fall asleep, however if you can just go to that “quiet/happy” place that happens before deep sleep, that will be the most helpful.
Sometimes, when we go into a REM sleep it can cause our body’s or head to jerk. This will make it extremely difficult to be able to facilitate the procedure and will cause repetitive head repositioning to provide the services.
Why will my head need to be moved during my service?
When you extensions are applied, the application will be applied to your lashes on one side or one lash and then the next application site will next being on the other eye. The step of going back and forth on each eye, will ensure that the adhesive dries in that isolated area.
Realistic expectations about eyelash extensions are that you can expect that once you get eyelash extensions that you may never want to go back to your natural lashes.
You can expect to become quickly accustomed to how much the extensions will enhance the look of your eyes or the length of your lashes.
You may quickly forget what your natural lashes looked like, and will definitely be more conscious when they shed.
Also realize that if you are going to get eyelash extensions it is so important to not compare your lashes to those that you see in the magazines, etc. Many times the photographs are enhanced with Photo Shop or if not with that, then the companies will choose a model that has enough natural lash hair for three villages.
Your dietary habits or if there are any changes in medications that your are on can potentially affect your service. You will need to communicate this to your lash stylist.
Having a fun relationship with your lash extensionist is key. (Bella Lash has a great ‘Lash Etiquette’ article)
This service is very artistic in nature and with your natural lash canvas constantly growing & shedding the “look” you want may be an ongoing experience.
Trust your lash extensionist. Experienced ones are hard to find.
Next, Shampooed and Foiled new blonded with deeper lowlights
Finally….Great Lengths design included 3 different colors to marry her chemical hair color seamlessly to her hair extensions.
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Thank you for your time,
Ann Marie Walts
Stand back for the ARTIST at work! Ann Marie provides individualized, customized RESULTS that matter, Every time I leave The Loft I am transformed and SMILING. She is a master of her craft(s), which is totally to my benefit! And she loves what she does ,so she rocks it – every time! I would highly recommend this experience for extensions (lashes and hair), color, cuts nails and toes, but only for those people who know they deserve and expect a higher level of service and experience.
Eyelash extensions have been gaining momentum for about 10 years now, but what is a bit unsettling is the need for “eyelash extension corrections”.
Are Eyelashes Safe?
Normally, the answer this popular question is yes. However, the answer is a BIG NO…when you get a poor application like the “before” photograph shown.
What is wrong with the before photo? Picture speak 1,000’s words.
What I can share with you is that way too adhesive/eyelash glue was used. This can or will cause irritation. Additionally, her natural lashes were stuck together.
If she was not mindful, and sought out an immediate removal then this poor application could of severely damaged her own natural lash hair.
Avoid a “sticky situation”
Insights From A Client
Beauty treatments are meant to be fun, relaxing and enhancing. My client was on vacation and had went to a “really good salon”.
Eyelash extensions is all about precision, and a professionally applied extensions should never be a rushed service.
Unfortunately, my clients first experience was not an Xtreme experience but an “extremely disappointing” experience.
Tips & Indicators of Experience
One professional tip that I can share with you would be to look on a eyelash directory for a certified lash stylist, in your area or go the distance if you find one.
Go to the website that you find
Look and see how much information that is listed
Does it answer many of your questions without having to call?
Look for ACTUAL PHOTOGRAPHS!!! This tip I cannot stress enough.
Just because a site has beautiful stock photographs and a reputable brand does not mean that you can expect to get a eyelash design that will look something like the stock photography.
Are they posting up to date photos?
Check that websites frequent posts on their:
Google Plus page
The Loft Salon Studio Ann Marie Walts
2012 Advanced Certified in Design & Color Theory
2015 Advanced Certified in Volumation
Lash Stylist Of The Month Click Here To Read About Me 2301 Westfield Street
West Springfield, MA 01089 Will Travel By Appointment Salon Phone: (413) 734-6204
Not all “lash stylists”, I say that loosely….are educated or certified.
Professionally, I sought out the extra education with Xtreme Lashes to seek separate certifications.
Tweezers, Glue & Your Eyes
Once a trend hits the “main stream” many times everyone want to get their hands on either providing the service or receiving the service, however it is important to be mindful that if such a complicated and detailed service is too cheap or your are not expected to get a consultation first…….then I would suggest looking for business that reflects that this is a service that they do specialize in and not simply offer.
Need a correction or a beautiful set of eyelash extensions.
Eyelash extensions & customization are what makes me get so excited about providing eyelash extensions!
Getting eyelash extensions is a very detail oriented and precise service. It is not a “cookie cutter”…one size fits all, either.
Once you see how fine and delicate that the Xtreme Lashes® eyelash extensions are, you will quickly see and understand that it is extremely important to find a lash stylist that is proficient in providing this semi-permanent cosmetic procedure.
How long can I be extended?
Your own natural lashes will be analyzed and measure. Xtreme Lashes has built sophisticated Lash Calculator that will determine the customized eyelash extension parameters, for your design.
Eyelash Extensions can be worn safely, and with proper care you can look forward to your “re-lash/maintenance” appointments to ensure that your extensions stay very full looking.
Once you experience wearing eyelash extensions, you will not need to wear mascara, because that is the point of getting extensions. Additionally, not having to apply and continually removing your eye makeup will reduce stressing your delicate eye area.
Mascara has its limitations and the mascara ads only promise what you can truly get by getting Xtreme Lashes.®
Hair color for long hair takes time. Corrective hair color for long hair needs to be done with care. If you are contemplating changing your hair color, it is important to work with a hair colorist that has a strong background in hair color.
Maybe you are reading this and have long hair? If you hair is long naturally, without hair extensions, that is awesome! I completely understand how long that it has taken for your hair to be as long, as it may be.
Few Facts About Long Hair
On average, hair has the ability to grow about 1/2 inches a month and or 6 inches a year. As the hair gets long or longer, the porosity (condition/health) of the length can change from simply being older, and the damage from heat styling products.
Long hair needs to be handled with attention and care when you choose to get it colored. The new growth (hair at the scalp) will automatically respond differently to hair color, than your mid shaft and ends.
There is much more that goes into coloring longer hair than you might think. Your professional customized hair color will have really even results because we have hair color chemicals that, simply, are not available at the drugstores.
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Life has its own agenda, and sometimes how we think things ‘would of, could of or should be’ just do not go as planned.
Over the last few years, I have several women who were going through the divorce process, reach out to me to make a changed to their hair.
Divorce is not a topic that I have gone through first hand, however I have helped a good friend prior. As it is not the same, I have a glimpse of the challenges. In her case, she was blind sided by her husband through a text. Next she had asked me to give her a ride to the lawyers. I thought I was going to have to wait in the waiting room? However, what happened next….I was not prepared for and my friend asked that I go “inside the office” with her.
Time stopped that day. It seemed like everything was going in slow motion. Her my friend sat there, and a lawyer was going through their “routine consultation”, and my friend’s life was about to change.
The thoughts that kept going through my mind were many. How could this happen, and after 20 years? This cannot be real. Is this really real?
As we entered the lawyers office, the lawyer introduced themselves and address myself first; to ask if I was getting divorced?
That in itself was a bit awkward, in the fact that I had not expected to go “inside” to my friends appointment, but there I was…married but experienced first hand a “divorce consultation”.
Hair Is Emotional
In particular, over the last couple of years; I have several women that have reached out to my salon to make improvements or a change to their hair because they were getting a divorce. The most common thread amongst the ladies that I have worked with is that they wanted to either “do something for themselves” or needed a new look/makeover.
How we feel about our hair is a very personal.
Life changes are emotional.
I am not an expert on divorce, but I am an expert when it comes to makeovers and my business offers private appointments.
If you find that you need to change your hair, need a private pampering environment and want to feel good about your hair again, please give me a call.
Hair is emotional. I am not a therapist…..I am good for a laugh ( if you like twisted humor), but I certainly can do wonders with your hair.
Being a bride to be is such a magical and romantic time. So much planning has to begin now.
Wedding Reception Venue
It is never too early to start thinking about what you want to do to your hair. You want to ensure that your look will be “picture perfect”.
Getting ready for your wedding day is going to provide you with a lifetime of memories, and the less stress filled the better.
Your photographer is a hairstylist?
Can you imagine being able to find a professional wedding photographer that can capture the emotions of your big day, and make your hair look fabulous?
Finding a professional photographer and a hairstylist are among the most important items on your bridal list.
Hairstyling and photography can go “hand in hand:, when it come to making your “wedding look” be perfect. Your photographs are going to be in your album for a very long time.
Both professional fields are extremely artistic, and so very important for your wedding day.
I am both. A Professional Photographer & Professional Makeover Artist/Hairstylist.
I have shot weddings and have also been a “BTS” (Behind the scenes) photographer at Fashion Week.
The Loft Salon Studio, in West Springfield, Mass- knows exactly what is involved with capturing the emotions of your wedding, through photographs. As well as providing bridal hairstyles that will complete your bridal look.
(In 1994~ Sewing : I made my entire bridal parties gowns, and mine)