The Best Hair Extensions in the Gold Coast: The Guide

Finding the best hair extensions in the Gold Coast can seem overwhelming with the hundreds of salons to choose from up and down the coast. In addition, hair extensions are not only an investment, your hair is your crowning glory and you only want the best for your hair (and wallet). Here’s five ways to determine if a Gold Coast salon is the right fit for you.

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How to shop for hair extensions

You should measure up the quality of the product and expertise of the stylist in order to come to a price that is fair and right. There’s no hard and fast rule on what should be considered a good price, but here are some tips to help you shop wisely for hair extensions: Use what you know: The better the quality the product, the more experienced the stylist, the larger the investment. Look for Google reviews on the product and read what others have to say. Look out for products where reviewers have stated they suffered matting, breakage, or the product was generally poor quality. Do the same for the salon you’re thinking about visiting. Find out if they have happy customers and what their customers’ reviews had to say specifically about their experience with hair extensions at that Gold Coast salon.

Great Lengths is a premium hair extension brand which means the softest, most durable, lowest maintenance, but longest lasting hair extension on the market. An investment in the quality of our hair therefore, is at the high end, costing anywhere from $800 – $1600. The price will fluctuate between each customer on account of the length they want, as well as the amount of bonds they need for a small head/fine hair or a large head/ thick hair. All this said, they are months of damage-free beautiful hair. It’s impossible to properly quote a price over the phone with your salon, however, if you go in for a consultation you will be given a quote on the day.

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Ali showing off her newly added Great Lengths Hair Extensions by Maykala at Elite Hair Extensions Gold Coast.

What to look for in a hair extension salon

At its core, a hair extension salon is simply a salon that sells hair extensions. But the people behind the salons play a large role in determining how good a salon is for you. The first thing you’ll want to determine is: does this stylist have proper training in applying hair extensions? How much experience do they have and have they any accolades or awards for their extensions? Have you looked at their Instagram feed to see their hair extensions? Search terms like “gold coast hair extensions” to find have a look at their work. Does the colour blend naturally and are they cut to conceal the extensions? Another consideration is how long you plan to keep your extensions. Great Lengths hair extensions last anywhere from three to five months or more and this means you will form a relationship with the salon that applies them. Your hair is going to be in their hands and though you only need the appointments to apply and remove them, you’ll want to feel that you can trust this salon with any questions or concerns you might have during the time they are on.

What are the right questions to ask?

When finding a new salon, ask yourself these questions: Is the salon aesthetically pleasing? Are they friendly? Do they have clients who are loyal to them and have had years of positive experiences? Are they knowledgeable? Where are they located? Is there free parking? What are their hours of operation? What are their prices? Are they professional? What kind of care do you take with your hair? Do you have your hair professionally cleaned and conditioned? Do you ask for discounts, special deals and gifts? Get to know the hair care professional in your salon.

If you are seriously considering Great Lengths, the best course of action is to book a free consultation. There, you can ask your specific questions about hair extensions and get a quote. The more you know, the better prepared you are to make the investment with the right hair extension and stylist.

What else should I know?

Establishing a great relationship with your stylist is a priority in a salon, so make sure you are both on the same page from the beginning. If you’ve had a bad experience in the past, this may be a red flag. A great salon will let you know when you need to book an appointment or need a maintenance touch-up while you’re on the road.

Finally, unfortunately, it has come to our attention that some salons in the Gold Coast have falsely claimed to have Great Lengths hair extensions, or claimed that they have the same quality/source hair extensions. If you’d like to ensure that you are truly getting our trusted hair extensions, please call our head office and we can verify they are indeed a stockist. We will be able to verify their account and location on the Gold Coast for you.

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@karissasparke before and after transformation by @elitehairextensionsgoldcoast


If you’ve found your forever beauty gem, these tips will make you love that salon you call home. Shopping for hair extensions and finding a salon in your area may be difficult, but with a little online sleuthing and a consultation with your salon you’ll know exactly what you’ll be paying and what your investment is valued at.