Hair extensions are a big investment. Not only can they be a costly venture, but they can take an investment of time and effort too! Getting the right set of extensions to suit your needs is also key! I have been getting Gold Fever Hair extensions for the past 3.5 years now and I haven’t looked back. To sum it up, I quite simply adore them! I love how natural they look, how tiny the bonds are, how they hold a style so well and just look so lovely and full.
That being said it is all well and good for me to rave about them having had a few sets, but people can be nervous when getting their first set, so I thought I would put it to the readers of The Beautiful Truth and see what questions they wanted answered when it came to Gold Fever extensions.
1. On average how much do they cost?
This was by far and away the most asked questions and to be honest I don’t have a definitive answer for you. The cost of a set of Gold Fever extensions all depends on the length of the hair, how many packets you get and where you go. I go to Shush Hair in Rush co Dublin. Rachel charges €165 a packet. This includes application and cutting etc. Personally I can’t recommend Rachel enough. She’s incredible at what she does and it very competitively priced.
2. Do they damage your hair?
Definitely not. The bonds are applied using a very safe method for your hair. The bonds are very light weight and don’t drag on the hair at all! I find that my natural hair is almost protected when I wear my extensions. The reason for this being the bond almost cocoons the hair and it means there isn’t as much direct heat hitting your own hair.
3. Do you get your hair dyed to match the extensions?
The Gold Fever range has lots of different shades that can be mixed to match up with your own natural shade. I’ve had a few different shades of brown and brown/blonde over the years. You can dye your hair up to match a particular shade if you want but you don’t need to. I often apply blonde extensions into my hair rather than using bleach on my natural hair.
4. Can you go to a regular salon to get your hair dyed once you have your extensions in?
Absolutely. Rachel’s salon where I get my extensions applied is a good hour from my house and due to greys, I have to get my hair coloured every 5 weeks, so it isn’t practical to drive out to Rush all the time. Instead I go to my regular salon for my colour. If your hairdresser is unsure, maybe have a chat with whoever applied your extensions and see if they can advice you. There are salons that won’t touch extensions that they haven’t applied, so it is worth checking first.
5. I’d love extensions for volume rather than length. Can you get a fringe cut into them?
Once your extensions are applied they can be cut like normal hair. The only thing you don’t want to do is get them thinned out like you might with your own hair. I did this once and lost a lot of the weight!
6. How do they cope if you have greys that need regular masking?
I have a hard time with grey hair! I get my hair coloured or get masking done as normal even with my extensions.
7. When should you first get the put in if you are getting married?
That all depends on yourself. I took a break in the lead up to my wedding so that my timings would be right. I then got them reapplied about a month before, so that I had them in for my bridal trial. They will add extra volume to your hair and length if you want to, so you can do a lot more with your hair for you wedding. I highly recommend them for brides, especially if you’re thinking about wearing your hair down.
8. Do you need to give your hair a break?
No. They aren’t causing any damage to your hair, so you can keep rolling over if you want. Rachel advises me to get them taken out and my colour done on one day and then come back a few days later and get my new set applied. I always feel bald when I don’t have them in! The picture above shows my hair directly after having a set removed. The only time I’ve taken a long break was when I had a baby, as I knew my natural hair would shed a lot post baby and when before I got married.
9. Are the easy to manage ?
Yes and no. The only reason I say they aren’t easy to manage is they just need extra care. For example, you need to use a sulphate free shampoo to preserve the bond. You also need to make sure that you’re brushing them throughly. They take longer to blow dry too, as there is more hair. That being said, they hold a style better. You can do way more with you hair and any extra time I spend having to dry them is so worth it for the end result.
10. What brush do you use?
I’ve a few that I like to use. I love the tangle teaser with the handle. I find it really gets in to the root of the hair and doesn’t hurt. The handle is great, as it means you have a good grip while brushing your hair. You can buy it on Look Fantastic for €14.95 here. The Chatome by Frankie brush for extensions is another that I really like. I find it just glides though the knots. I got that brush for €18.95 on Beaut Essential here.
11. Are they uncomfortable or do they feel heavy on your head?
Not in the slightest. I can hardly feel them. The bond is so light weight you wouldn’t even know that they are there. There is more hair so that might naturally feel a little heavier but nothing noticeable. I think the size of the bond really makes Gold Fever stand out. You can’t see them in the hair even when it is tied up.
12. Can you wash your hair everyday?
Yes, but you won’t want to or need to. A few people asked how they would fair if you were working out everyday. It’s a while since I worked out regularly but I use to just tie them up in a knot on my head and then wash them every second day. If you’re like me and don’t work out regularly, I find I don’t need to wash them as often. I can get 3/4 days out of my hair. But again I use a good shampoo which absolutely helps.
13. Can you get them if your hair is very fine?
I think this would be something that you would discuss during a consultation, but as far as I know because the bond is so small they are suitable for fine hair.
14. How do Gold Fever compare to Great Lengths ?
I debated if I should put this question in but as I have had both, I thought, I might as well share my experience with the two. Personally I find the bonds to be very similar. I don’t know the difference from a hairdressers point of view, but as far as how they feel, the bond feels the same.
The difference for me is in the hair quality from length to tip. I find that with Gold Fever, the hair has the same thickness from length to tip but with Great Length it tapers a little. They are both excellent hair extensions but personally I prefer Gold Fever as I feel the hair is thicker.
15. Do Gold Fever get matted?
There is no doubt about it, you need to take care of your extensions. You need to use the right shampoo and brush your hair out every single time you wash it. This alone will help with any matting. I find that I don’t get any matting at all until about the 4 or 5 month mark. The only reason I get matting is natural hair shed. I spend about 1 or 2 evenings during the week on the couch with a brush and throughly brush through the bonds to undo any matting. I also just pull any bonds apart that are beginning to matt. I’ve never had bad matting though, as I do look after my hair.
16. How long do they last?
This all depends on how fast your hair grows and how well you take care of your hair. If you use the right shampoos and brushes and take care of your hair you can get between 4 and 6 months out of them. I personally get about 5.5 to 6 months out of mine The only reason I ever really need to get them out, is my hair has grown so much that the bond has grown down a lot and is easier to see when tied up. The pictures above show my hair at 5.5 months.