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

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


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. 


  1. I think a good wig works wonders. All you have to do is spray some sheen and comb out and youre done. I will always choose wigs over extensions.
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  2. Jessi Larson says:

    I had hair extensions once and I hated them. They were the hair lock ones where they clip the extension to your hair using a metal ring that pinches your hair with the hair extension. They pulled on my hair and some of them started to fall out. The worst part was not being able to brush my hair though. I think they best way to get full shiny hair is to have a healthy diet, use good chemical free hair products, and rinse your hair in cold water. Doesn’t make for a nice shower but it keeps the cuticle from opening up which can make your hair look frizzy. Temporary hair extensions are nice to have for parties and special events but even those can be hard on your hair too.

  3. Hi Melissa
    I have never used extensions, till now. Some of my friends have them, and use them often, for work and going out. They really add to your hair quality and look excellent. I’m going to search out some extensions that may suit me, and give them a shot. Although I do agree with some previous commenters, that underneath such extensions, we need to keep what we’ve got naturally, as healthy as we can.
    Thanks for writing about it.

  4. Thanks for article. It was quite interesting.
    Can you tell about the range of prices, please?
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  5. Anthony Fellows says:

    Great post. Hair extensions really are such a great way to add volumes (and length obviously!) to hair. They get a big press for hair extentionists that don\’t put them in properly and cause damage to the scalp…..if you do want to get extensions, always question your hairdresser very carefully and establish that they fit them safely….in a way that enhances your hair.

  6. Hey Melissa,
    Nice post and Thanks for sharing this important post. Every one wants to look like Hollywood icons and this post will really helps us for getting this look and I think hair extension is good way for getting look. I really enjoyed this post while reading.
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  8. Holly B says:

    I’ve always wondered how those women always have such long, luxurious hair. I’ve never thought about trying extensions, but I’m thinking about checking into it, but I’m afraid that to get a really high quality product, it is probably too expensive. Worth looking into I guess..

  9. I always say this: Other than diamonds, one thing that most women crave for is long and beautiful hair. Hair extensions are good but temporary. You can try vitamin supplements.
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  10. I’ve had long hair for most of my life, but I’m thinking about going short. But I think that I would miss my long hair! (Also, I had a wongo dream where I cut my hair and I was sad). Hair extensions might be the answer to long + short. You said it: I won’t let my hair’s limitations hold me back!

  11. Long hair is always a dream for me. But the problem is if you have long hairs, you must struggle to control your hair loss. Because proper care is needed for long hairs. However, unlike the hollywood stars, we don’t have enough money to go for a luxurious beauty shop and we also can’t spend our weekly salary just only for hairs.
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  12. hair really need a high care its like baby’s you need to take care of them all the time. same with hair if you wanna long and strong hair the kay is taking care and use natural stuff. anyway thank you for your post

  13. Thanks for the post, of course celebs are not born with fabulous hair, it takes hours to have an effortless cool hair day, but don’t forget that hair is one piece of the puzzle, it goes wonderfully with an effortless cool apparel, a lovely accessory, a light mist of perfume and get the party started!
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  14. Mickel tutor says:

    I found this article very interessting and helpfull.
    I agree that hair extentions are just temporaty. we just struggle with our hair. it’s a big fight.
    Hope we can get the hair we want

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