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Surviving a Bad Hair Day

Experts share their tips for taming hair that's out of control.

Hair Styling: Quick Tips continued...

Moreover, dry shampoos are the secret weapon for many women with fine or limp hair. Even if your tresses are clean, a quick spray at the roots with dry shampoo and you've got instant lift and volume.

Hair Extensions: What You Should Know

If, no matter how you try, bad hair days just seem to multiply, then you might be the perfect candidate for the newest generation of hair helpers: extensions, clip-on pony tails, and even full wigs. No longer just the props of Vegas show girls or little old ladies, today everyone from pop stars to supermodels are turning bad hair days good with synthetic hair pieces.

Hair extensions can give you that "Hollywood look," says specialist Dayna Gamba of Shag Salon in South Boston

There are two different types of hair extensions, permanent and clip-on. The permanent are either sewn or bonded to your natural hair and last up to five months.

"Permanent extensions are a great way to add fullness, length, or even highlights to your hair," says Gamba. This red-carpet look doesn't come cheap though, says Gamba. The cost for that full head of hair runs as high as $2,000.

Less expensive -- and some say easier to wear -- are the new clip-on extensions. Costing as little as $50, they use tiny, nearly invisible clips to attach to your real hair in seconds. You layer them, building volume, until you arrive at the look you like.

For an even quicker fix, try a clip on ponytail or bun. Pull your own hair back and pin in place, and clip on a brand new look! Costing between $25 and $100, they can add instant glamour and pizzazz -- and they stay put. You can dance the night away!

Finally, when it comes to truly instant glamour, don't overlook the power of a wig. It can also offer you an instant change of color, style, or length. Now if you're thinking hot, heavy, mannequin-fake hair, guess again. Today's synthetic wigs are whisper-light, many are capless, and most are heat-set into a permanent style that requires nothing more than popping it out of the box, giving it a quick shake and "voila" -- it's an instant great hair day!

With additional reporting by Carol Sorgen.

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