Great hair: How to achieve that Hollywood look without spending a fortune

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Melissa Crossman
Melissa Crossman lives in Indianapolis with her two dogs. She enjoys cooking and volunteering in her community.
Melissa Crossman
Melissa Crossman
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hair_dry_shampooHave you always dreamed of having a long, lush hair, a la Kim Kardashian or Jennifer Lopez? It’s not as easy as it looks – especially if your hair is short or fine. But celebrities aren’t just born with fabulous hair; many of them rely on hair extensions to create those looks you see at red carpet awards shows.

Today’s hair extensions are nothing like the gnarly, painful weaves of yesteryear that created bumpy patches, bald spots or ratty looking manes. So don’t be afraid to experiment with extensions to create a glamorous look.

Kick it up a notch

Say you have a big date coming up or a swanky party to attend. Of course, you want to achieve that voluminous, shiny red carpet look, but your hair just isn’t having it. That’s when you turn to hair extensions!

Modern extensions made from real human hair can be used to add a little volume to your hair, or you can add up to two feet of length if you’re going for an elaborate up-do. You can also add fringed bangs, highlights or a few pops of unexpected color like pink or purple.

In a word, extensions made from natural hair look, act and feel real. They can be cut, styled and even colored, so you don’t have to worry about that weird, two-layered shelf look.

Easy application

In the past,

many extensions were applied at a salon, using harsh glue that could damage hair and leave visible bumps. They had to be cut out, leaving ugly, frizzy stubble. But modern extensions are easy to apply at home, without all that pain and suffering.

You can simply clip-in the extensions beneath the top layer of your hair – and they’re easy to remove, too. Store them in a plastic bag when not in use, hand-washing them periodically in cool water.

Semi-permanent styles

If you love your glossy, thick hair so much that you can’t bear to part with it, you can choose semi-permanent extensions. This type of extension is attached using a flexible, double-sided tape that lasts for up to six weeks.

When you’re ready to remove the extensions, simply apply a citrus-based hair tape remover that safely takes off the tape without damaging your own hair. No cutting – or stubble – necessary!

Styling tips

Styling your sexy new hair is easy. You can use almost all of your normal hair styling products, such as hair spray, gel and mousse. You can even blow your extensions dry and style them with hot curling irons. Just make sure to test any products on a hidden section of hair before you use them.

Don’t let your own hair’s limitations hold you back; if you want to rock some Beyoncé barrel curls, Eva Longoria locks or just a sleek simple style, hair extensions can help you. And because you can create your own looks at home, you don’t need a superstar’s salary to achieve that Hollywood appearance.