Jealous of your favorite celeb's magnificent mane? Could be good genes, but more likely it's a hairpiece. (So in case you've ever wondered, that's how stars change styles constantly or go from short to long overnight.) And because today's fakes look and feel better than ever, they're easy to wear in real life, too.
"If you have fine hair, an added piece provides actual thickness, so hair looks fuller immediately," says Velasco. (He prefers pieces made from human hair, because you can wash and style them just as you would your own hair.) Long, fancy extensions start around $300; to get a boost for much less, try Do-Dads ($59, dodads.tv), small sections of real hair attached to two combs – you interlock them at your crown for instant fullness and height. Even easier: synthetic pieces in specific styles (like a chignon or ponytail) that you fasten on with an attached clip.
Simple to use and surprisingly realistic, they're perfect for special occasions and they take just seconds. (When our picky-picky beauty editor clipped on a ponytail to see if it was really that easy, she was amazed at how good the piece looked and wore it out that night.) Try HairUWear Put on Pieces ($19 to $79 depending on style and length, wigs.com).
Originally published on November 21, 2007