On any given day, Jessica Martinez may have long braids, wild waves or a hot pink bob.

That's one of the benefits of being the company trainer at Wigs.com. Her clothes are on one side of her closet, while her 30 hairpieces -- from hair wraps to a fall, and everything in between -- are on the other.

"I'm like a kid in a candy store," said Martinez. Martinez, whose natural curls fall to her shoulders, knows first hand how hair pieces, extensions and wigs can be used to instantly give curlyheads a different look. Whether you desire straight hair, highlights or a long curly ponytail, there's a product for you.

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Hairpieces once were considered something only for old ladies or people with medical conditions. But with new technology and a wide variety of options, they have gone mainstream.

"What's old is new again," said Karen Barrett, manager of Wigs Unlimited in Beaverton, Oregon, which has been selling wigs since the 1970s. "Things have come full circle in this business."

Barrett said the customers she sees now are much younger. They buy up the clip-on ponytails and extensions.

"Let's face it. If you want want fun, long hair to go out clubbing, you can't grow it in a week," she said.

There's a wig or hairpiece for every need and every budget. A hair wrap -- hair on a ponytail holder -- can run $20, while a fall of human hair can cost upward of $250. They are available in a wide variety of colors and textures -- from kinky to bone straight, from platinum blonde to midnight black.

Curlyheads can especially benefit from these products because they instantly create a different look they want without the damage often associated with chemical straightening. And often, the chemical process may not provide the desired results or flexibility.

"These provide a way to have the straight hair you want very easily without damaging your hair and you have the flexibility of having it curly if you want it curly,' Martinez said.

For some, a hair wrap may be the answer. The added hair can provide length and fullness quickly and easily. The claw clips and drawstring attachments also are easy to use.The claw clips -- available in short, medium and long lengths -- can be attached to hair that has been gelled back and twisted up.

"It takes five mintues to do it, and you've got a totally different look,' Barrett said. 'You don't have to straighten your hair at all.'

Three-quarter inch caps and falls are wigs that cover almost the complete head for a completely different look -- from a smooth, classic bob to waist-length ringlets. Then there are clip-in extensions -- sections of hair that can be added to add thickness, change the texture of the hair, change the color, add highlights or add length. In many cases they are human hair and can be dyed to match a person's hair. They also can be curled, flatironed, permed, blowdried, shampooed and colored like natural hair.

Unlike semi-permanent extensions, which are attached to the hair professionally and stay in for roughly three months, the clip-in extensions can be removed instantaneously.

"What makes them really versatile is you just clip them in yourself and you can change your style literally everyday by ordering different colors, textures and different lengths," said Bevla Reeves, owner of Hair Conspiracy, which does made-to-order clip-in extensions. "You're not stuck with them. You can take them out every night."







Hair extensions are popular with all ages and ethnicities, said Michelle Allen, who sells extensions to customers from Scandinavia to Latin America through her company Nature Girl.















"I don't want people to know it's an extension," Christo said. 'I want them to think it's their natural hair. It makes the client happy and it makes us happy.'

The extensions are connected at the roots. The highlights can be combed and blowdried, as long as the client stays away from their roots. All clients are given a lesson in how to work for their new extensions and how to care for them.


Styling tips for wigs and hair pieces from Jessica Martinez