Insecure For What?: 6 Bold Natural Styles of Issa Rae

Insecure For What?: 6 Bold Natural Styles of Issa Rae
Killin' It Like Issa We all know when it comes to slaying natural hair looks, Issa Rae is the queen. She gives us different styles for every look. Who says natural hair can't slay a red carpet? It is incredible the way she pulls off every look with elegance and class and looks just as good as the woman next to her. Continue reading

Get The Look: Textured Waves For Stunning Hairstyles!

Get The Look: Textured Waves For Stunning Hairstyles!

Having beautiful waves are a popular trend to get your hair looking voluminous and give it some personality! There are so many different types of waves and methods to help you get excellent results. The great thing about getting these looks is that you can find a way that works for you.

If you want to learn about different types of waves, then keep reading! I am about to give you all the information to produce the right look for you and have your hair looking stunning.

5 Different Types Of Waves

The great thing about deciding to rock waves is that it is possible with any hair. Whether it is your natural hair, human hair, or heat-friendly synthetic hair you can get the look! If you are getting a little bored with your straight hair look or maybe want to make your hair more exciting and switch it up a bit, there are a lot of different wave styles you can choose.

Here are different types of waves and how to get the look. I have also included the no-heat alternative to those trying to avoid excess heat damage. Find the style that best suits you!

Types Of Waves

Old Hollywood Waves

Hollywood waves are a very classy sleek look that can be worn to go to any formal event and will have you looking flawless. This look is great because it is very polished and elegant which makes it different from the other wave styles I'll be sharing.

This look will have jaws dropping. It is also very retro! Who wouldn't you want to give it a try? Although it may look complicated to attain, it is straightforward if you follow these steps.

How To Get The Look

Before you begin curling your hair, you need to straighten your hair to achieve a polished look. Usually, people create this look with a deep side part, but the middle part can work as well. You will then use a curling iron or curling wand and start taking sections of hair and curling it. Depending on how tight you want the curls to choose large or small sections of hair. For tighter curls use smaller sections and for larger curls use larger sections.

The trick to getting this look is to curl each strand in the same direction to create a finger wave effect. Creating uniform curls is a crucial step to get the waves to look smooth once you finish curling.

After curling, it is important to slowly brush out your hair to get a more wavy look instead of curly. Use either hairspray or pomade to set the look, and that's it! It is effortless to achieve as long as you take your time to get the curls in the right direction. A great tip to have your waves popping is to bobby pin each layer, spray it with hairspray, and keep it like that for a few hours to define your waves.


finger wave

Heat-free Method

Do not worry my heat free lovers you can still rock this look too! If your hair is not already straight there are several straightening methods that you can use. There are various straightening shampoos, conditioners, and hair masques that help prevent your hair from curling up. There are also several techniques, such as stretching your hair with hair ties, that help get your hair straight enough to produce this look.

To create this look, the easiest method to get waves is to use rollers in your hair. You may want to apply some hair oil before you put the rollers to help define the waves once you take them out of the rollers. Once that is done, you can finish the rest of the steps by brushing out your hair and setting it to get this vintage style.

An important thing to note is that it may not look like everything you hoped for the first time you try it, but you will get better with practice! Just be patient and work with your hair and you will produce the results you so desire.

Beach Waves

Beach waves are fantastic because they just scream summer! It's a charming and carefree style to rock to the beach or even a relaxing day by the pool.

This style of waves differs from many types of wave patterns because they start halfway down your hair making it a unique look to try if you have never tried it before.

How To Get The Look

The great thing about this look is that there are several simple methods to get it done that work well for different hair types! If your hair is curly or more thick and coarse, the easiest way to achieve this look is to attempt it right after you wash your hair. While your hair is still wet, create two buns at the nape of your neck and let them air dry.

Once your hair is dry, remove the buns and you'll have quick and easy beach waves! If you have more fine or straight hair, you can achieve this look by using a curling iron or wand to curl the bottom half of your hair. You can then just use a simple brush to make it look disheveled.

different hair types

curling iron or wand

No Heat Method

Luckily for my curly-haired girl's heat is not necessarily needed for this look. The two buns method works great because it stretches out your hair at the top to give it a straighter look while the bottom half of your hair remains nice and wavy.

For those with straighter hair, if you do not want to use heat, you can also use the two buns method. Another efficient way to get this look is to braid the bottom half of your hair. It is best to wet your hair and wait for it to dry to get more defined waves. And it's as simple as that!

Messy Waves

If you are looking for a very relaxed and casual look, messy waves are perfect for you! This effortless look is great because there is no right or wrong way to achieve it! Messy waves are great for a lazy day or if you want to do some quick shopping. The best part is it is effortless to produce.

How To Get The Look

Unlike the old Hollywood waves, you don't want your waves to look uniform. You purposefully want to use a curling iron and curl your hair in random directions so that your hair does not look too neat.

After curling each strand, you want to make sure that you tug the hair a little just to make sure it isn't too curly. Once you are finished curling tease and fluff your hair up to get the messy look. A great tip to consider when trying this hairstyle is to not curl your hair all the way to your ends so that it looks more spontaneous.

Messy Waves

Messy Waves Hairstyle

No Heat Method

The no-heat method for this style is very straightforward. The simplest way to get messy waves is to get your hair a little wet and cornrow it. More than two cornrows are not necessary to produce beautiful waves. However, you can put more than two cornrows into your hair if you prefer tighter waves.

Once your hair is dry, you can then take them out. If you cannot cornrow, putting buns in your hair can produce excellent results as well. The most important part is to tease your hair to create the messy look and you're ready to go!

Wet Waves

This recent trend has become all the rage with celebrities. It is a great look because you can wear it casually and rock this look on the red carpet as well as we have seen a lot of celebrities, such as Kim K, pull of fabulously. The great thing about this look is that it works great in the summer due to al the heat and humidity! It does not frizz and needs no heat to create it which is a huge plus.

How To Get The Look

The key to understanding this look is knowing how to keep your hair looking wet even when it is dry. The first step is to dampen your hair with water. It is not necessary to make your hair too watery but just damp enough, so it is easy to style and get the look.

Once it is moist, to get them wet and wavy look, you want to add a lot of hair product such as mousse or eco styler gel and scrunch up your hair with your hands. A great tip for people with straight hair is to clip the hair up, and hairspray it. Keep it in for a few hours then let it down to keep the waves intact. It isn't necessary to have waves you can still slay with a straight wet hair look!

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Wet Waves

Finger Waves

To all my girls with short hair, this is the perfect look for you! It is so simple to create and requires no heat, just a lot of gel and mousse. This look is super sleek and perfect for any occasion. `

How To Get The Look

For this look, you will need hair gel or mousse to keep your hair down and style your waves. This look is super quick and easy. You will need to create a deep side part and gel the sides and back of your hair down. Using either a small comb or styling brush, you then need to develop swoops to get the wavy look and brush the back of your hair down.

Creating waves in the back is optional but not necessary because the primary focus will be the front of your hair and those beautiful swoops! Once you finish gelling and styling, you want to set your hair for a couple of hours by wrapping it with a scarf to get it together. It is as simple as that, and you are ready to go!

Finger Waves

Finger Waves Hairstyle

More Wave Styles Without Using Heat

There are so many ways to create simple waves in your hair without much effort. There are several methods you can use to produce perfect waves without having to use heat on your hair. You just have to get creative! I am about to give you a few more simple ways to get your waves on fleek.

Rollers and Flexi rods - Using rollers and Flexi rods is a standard way to get waves in your hair. You can achieve casual and formal styles. There are so many types of roller sizes that give many different curl patterns that are perfect for getting different waves looks every time.

Twists and Braids - Twisting or braiding your hair will also give you wave results. It may be harder to get a polished look, however. A great tip is to use this method when your hair is wet to get high definition.

Ribbon curlers - Using these are also a great way to get waves while your hair is wet.

Pins - You can pin up strands of your hair while it is wet and create a natural-looking wave pattern once it is dry.

There are so many more hair hacks such as using scarves and socks to get your hair wavy without using heat. Creativity is key to creating an effortless but cute style every time.

Which one will you rock next?

Wave Styles

hair hacks

There are so many ways to spice up your hair by adding a little curl to it. Keep in mind that these looks are possible for natural hair and all wigs and weaves as long as the hair works with heat.

What is excellent about waves is that there are so many simple methods to get them into your hair. If you need assistance there are resources such as videos and people, that can help you create the perfect look.

Which one caught your eye? There are so many hairstyles that are great for your next event. Do not be afraid to try new methods and go through trial and error to get your ideal wave look!

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The 40" Long Hair Craze Everyone is Loving

The 40" Long Hair Craze Everyone is Loving

40 Inch Bundles are Hot Right Now!

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair…

That is what we should be saying to female celebrities such as Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. nowadays. The two rappers are both known for their bold hair looks. We catch them playing around with color all the time. Now they have taken their hair to new lengths, literally, by sporting tresses 40 inches and even longer.

40" hair has become a trend now, and we have these two ladies to thank. Many are taking notes and following the extremely long hair trend.

I remember when 18-inch hair was considered to be long. For prom, I remember rocking an 18 inch sew in with an invisible part. I felt like Rapunzel, nowadays that won’t even cut it.

Virgin hair came out, and I started hearing about lengths as long as 20 inches, then 30 inches came along which were a huge shocker to me. I never imagined that people would request anything past that. The longer the hair, the pricier. These lengths can go past your waist depending on your height.

Now customers are requesting bundles of 40 inches and sometimes even longer to achieve the hair look that their favorite celebrities rock.

Long hair trend.

Long hair look

Celebrity Hair

These long hairstyles are reminiscent of Cher's hair back in the 70s; long black tresses but taken to new heights. We’ve seen many rock long dark straight hair with a middle part as a look. Naomi Campbell and Kim Kardashian usually rock this as their signature look yet artists like Nicki and Cardi take it to new heights. Even Rihanna has been seen rocking long tresses with fabulous fashion looks.

Straight Hairstyles

Long hairstyles

Nicki Minaj & Cardi B.

It is no secret to us that Nicki Minaj is a fan of the long hair trend and the ringleader behind it. We first saw her rocking an astonishing 60-inch weave earlier this year at Paris Fashion Week. Her daring hair and outfit combos were the topics of discussion all fashion week.

 60-inch Weave Hairstyles

She took the long hair trend a step further in the new music video “Motorsport”. She rocked long pink braids showing that the long hair trend is not limited to weaves and ponytails.

Long pink braids

And of course with Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj being the trendsetters that they are others are following suit. The two rappers are not only influential in music but hair as well. They frequently change up their hairstyles and their fans, and followers take notice.

Cardi B. posted numerous videos on her Instagram strutting her long tresses. Her long tresses rocked back and forth in a hypnotizing motion.

Nicki Minaj posted a video on social media rocking extremely long tresses telling us how bad girls go to Prague… “you can’t even spell Prague.” Her Prague video went viral as fans alike reposted it.

It gained, even more, popularity when people from all over the world recreated the video with their catch on it. Fans went as far as recreating her long hair look.

Long tresses

Long Hair Look

Influencers Wearing Long Hair

With millions following the two on social media, the trend spread…

Different influencers started rocking the long hair trend as well and showing their followers how to do so. Thus the long hair craze has been evangelized and spread. I guess you can hashtag #longhairdontcare.

Where to Find 40" Hair Extensions

Since the style is still somewhat, new long bundles can be hard to find, especially quality bundles.

That is why we here at Private Label Extensions offer quality bundles in super long lengths.

Our Vietnamese Straight hair extensions are available in a variety of lengths up to 40 inches!

The great thing about Vietnamese hair is that it is thick, so you don’t have to worry about having a thin, lifeless look. The hair can be colored so if you want to switch it up and add some color like Cardi B. and Nicki Minaj you can too. The hair comes in a natural 1B color and can be dyed with ease all the way up to a #613 blonde.

Get The Look

Long hair is now incorporated in ponytails, sew-ins, and wigs. The good thing is that you recreate this look either by creating a wig or getting a sew-in.

You can get the look using 4-5 bundles of our 40-inch Vietnamese straight hair and closure. The longer the hair, the more bundles you will need to create a full look. That is why we highly recommend using 4-5 bundles of hair if you want a full look.

Depending on how you want your hair to layer you may be able to stagger lengths. Bundles from 32 inches to 40 inches are your best bet.

Our longest straight textured closure is our Brazilian silky straight which goes up to 18 inches. A closure will give you a stable part, and our closures are also known for lasting long.

If you would like a flexible part, then use one of our frontals. A frontal will allow you to switch your part from middle to side.

If you would like to put your hair up in a ponytail, then use our 360 frontal. This will allow you to rock your hair in a ponytail. Another way you can get a ponytail is by putting your natural hair up in a bun and then attaching the long extensions to your hair as a ponytail. Cardi B. rocked a long ponytail look here:Bundles of hair


Long hair can be a lot to handle and maintain. If you want to make maintenance easier, I recommend making a wig. A wig will allow you to take off the hair when you go to bed so you won’t have to deal with wrapping your extensions at night.

You will also be able to brush your hair off your head. This will make it easier for you to brush the hair all the way down since the hair is so long.

Speaking of brushing, make sure to invest in a quality hairbrush. Correctly, you should be using a hair extension brush. This will help keep your hair silky straight and smooth.

Due to the hair being so long you want to make sure that you are taking time to brush your hair.

Are 60 Inch Hair Extensions Next?

The request for 60" weave is starting to increase.

Just sourcing these lengths is a challenge and Private Label Extensions has some of the best at doing this. The best chance of finding hair of this length is from temples in India.

Are 60" hair extensions even a good idea?

Being able to manage hair of this length would for sure be a challenge.

60" = 5 Feet

This would be as tall as some of our clients. For a sew-in, we would not recommend it. As a wig with the ability to just throw it on for a hot night out? Maybe!

Ready for 40" Bundles?

Are you daring enough to sport the long hair trend?

If so how long will you go? I know I will be rocking this hair again during the winter, what about you?

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7 Days of Hair and Outfit Inspiration

7 Days of Hair and Outfit Inspiration

Are you in need of a serious look rehab? Life is already stressful enough without trying to figure out what clothes you're going to put on, or how you're going to style your hair. It's also easy to get stuck in the same routine when it comes down to your look.

Trends are always changing, and hair comes in so many different colors, lengths, and styles. How does one choose? Well, I'm here to make life a little bit easier for you. I challenge you to this list of seven days of hair and outfit inspiration. I will be taking you on Monday all the way to Sunday, with seven awesome looks you can recreate. Sit back, relax, and let's get creative!

Monday Hair

Monday's are rough. Let's make them a little smoother with a nice simple hair look. Go for a high ponytail; it is sure to lift any bad mood that you're in. Not only have several celebrities been seen rocking this hairdo', but it's also super easy to accomplish. If you want to try out this high ponytail here are some things you will need.

High ponytail


  • Braiding hair or 12 inches or longer extensions
  • Gel
  • Brush
  • Bobby Pins
  • Head Scarf
Start by prepping your hair, a nice co-wash and conditioning should do the trick (Tip: Wet hair is easier to slick back into a bun).

    Now you want to brush your natural hair up into a top bun using Eco-Styler gel or any other kind of gel. Then, lay down your baby hairs and wrap a scarf around your head, this helps maintain the hair in the up-bun position. After about 15 minutes you can remove the head wrap.

    Lastly, wrap your extension tracks or braiding hair around your bun, and secure with bobby pins. (Tip: use a hair texture that is close to yours, this gives it a more natural look)

    Grab a piece of extra hair from the extension or braiding hair to wrap around the top of the ponytail, this helps to hide the wefts. Congratulations, you have successfully created the perfect high-end ponytail.

    Monday Outfit

    Now, your Monday look should set the tone for how you want to feel. You want to keep it chill, but still cute. Start your week off with a nice crop top hoodie. Cropped hoodies look perfect with skirts, ripped jeans, or your favorite pair of leggings.

    If you can't buy a cropped hoodie, you can always find an old one lying around, and go scissor crazy. Hopefully, you've been inspired, and now you are ready to conquer your Monday.

    Cropped hoodies

    Tuesday Hair

    Tuesday, also known as Monday part two! It's the perfect time to experiment with something new, but not too out of the norm.

    Let's go for the unique space buns hairstyle. This look is super edgy and even looks good with some of your hair left out in the back. I will walk you through this excellent galactic hair look. Here is what you will need:

     Buns hairstyle


    • Braiding Hair or 12 inches or longer extensions
    • Gel
    • 2 scrunchies
    • Brush
    • Bobby pins

    To accomplish this look first part your hair straight down the middle. Once that is done add gel, and brush up both sections of your hair into two buns.

    If you want some of your hair left out in the back, only put the front half of your hair into two mini buns. Proceed to lay down edges and wrap hair with a headscarf. Once your hair has been wrapped down for at least 15 minutes go on to adding your extensions.

    You are going to wrap the extensions or braiding hair around each of your hair buns. Make sure to secure with bobby pins for a longer-lasting look.

    Tuesday Outfit

    Since your space buns are out of this world, why not have an outfit to match. Try color blocking. Mix two bold colors that still complement one another. The brighter, the better. Blue and Yellow can be a great combo when paired together nicely. Spice up your day with a little extra color; this is sure to get you through your Tuesday.

    Bold colors outfit

    Wednesday Hair

    Yay! It's hump day that means the weekend is fast approaching. Let's mix up your hairdo with a nice half wig. A new trend that has been taking storm is half wigs; they give you the advantage of having most of your real hair left out.

    These wigs are perfect if you are not quite ready to commit to sew-ins. So, since we are rocking half wigs, let's try a half up/half down hairstyle for Wednesday. Here's what you will need.


    • Half Wig
    • Gel
    • Bobby Pins
    • Scrunchie

    Start by making a horizontal part in the middle of your hair from ear to ear. Gel and tie up the top half of your hair and make it into a mini bun or leave out as a ponytail You can add extra hair if needed. With the back half of your hair smooth back into a low bun. You want this bun to be very sleek, so the half wig will not be bulky.

    Take your half wig with clips and insert it at the top of your back bun. You can secure the half wig with extra bobby pins if necessary. You can leave a little of your hair out to blend naturally with the half wig. Now your look is complete with the perfect half up/half down hairstyle.

    half up/half down hairstyle

    Wednesday Outfit

    Hump day is all about conquering the rest of the days to come, so why not try something new. A perfect outfit would be a denim on denim look, also known as a Canadian tuxedo.

    Find your favorite pair of denim jeans, and complement it with a nice denim shirt or jacket. The denim on denim look is daring, and not nearly enough people try it. Trust me, with this look you will have everyone wanting to be your friend this Wednesday.

    Perfect Denim Outfit

    Canadian tuxedo outfit

    Thursday Hair

    Thursdays have always been my favorite day since it is so close to Friday. A messy pineapple bun would be the perfect hairstyle to accomplish on this day. Messy buns can sometimes be hard to do. You want to make sure its not to crazy or it could look like a bird's nest on top of your head. I have some great tips on how to accomplish the perfect messy bun. Here is what you'll need.

    Messy pineapple bun


    • 12" inch or longer curly clip-ins
    • Gel
    • Loose Scrunchie/ Hair tie

    Find several places throughout your hair to place the clip-ins, any spot is good if it can be covered up by your natural hair.

    For a more voluminous look, pick and tease out your hair with a comb making the curls bigger and bouncier. Grab some Eco-Styler gel, and lay a generous amount on to your hair. Now once the hair has been properly laid grab a scrunchie and place your hair into a loose ponytail.

    Lay baby hairs down, and wrap your scarf around your head for about 15 minutes to maintain smooth edges. You have now successfully created the perfect messy pineapple bun.

    If you want to try this with a wig, make sure it is a 360-lace frontal wig. Try to apply hair mousse instead of gel, this gives the lace frontal a more natural sleek look, without it being clumpy from the gel. After that proceed with putting your wig into a loose ponytail.

    Thursday Outfit

    Now that you have mastered the perfect messy bun a preppy outfit would complete this look. Since it is, the fall season I would go for an A-line skirt with a loose collard top to match. A plaid shirt or dress would also compliment your messy bun well.

    To pull this look off try adding some knee-high socks or penny loafers, this will scream preppy chic. Try to own this Nancy Drew/Audrey Hepburn look. Leave your friends clueless about how you conquered such an awesome outfit this Thursday.

    Nancy Drew/Audrey Hepburn look

    Preppy outfit

    Friday Hair

    It's Friday, Friday. Friday is finally here and why not celebrate getting over the long week with a long bone straight hairstyle. This hairstyle is super simple, and you will only need a few things.

    Long bone straight hairstyle


    • 18 inch" or longer clip-ins or wig
    • Flat Iron

      Now if you're using clip-in extensions make sure to place about four of them throughout your hair, make sure your natural hair is covering the tracks. If you want to go for an even bolder look, try adding highlights. Highlights are perfect for testing out new colors on your skin tone.

      If your hair just isn't getting quite straight enough set your flat iron to at least 350 degrees and proceed to flat iron the hair thoroughly. You can also try this bone straight hairstyle by using a lace frontal wig; you can make, or buy a 24-inch or longer one, and straighten it to your liking.

      If you do decide on wearing a wig not much is needed. Make sure your natural hair is braided down to the back, or a wig cap is placed on your head to ensure the wig lays flat.

      Friday Outfit

      On Fridays, I like to go all out, so if you want to be the center of attention go for a monochromatic look. For most of you who aren't familiar with the word, monochromatic means merely the same colors.

      Celebrities like Rihanna and Gigi Hadid love rocking all of one color. So, start off small with black jeans, a black shirt, and a black leather jacket. You can even pair red on red, white on white, and so on and so forth. Take a walk on the wild side and paint the city with your impressive wardrobe.

      Monochromatic look

      Saturday Hair

      Saturday is the official start of the weekend. You better find some time to go out, mingle, and grab a drink with a few friends! If you do plan on going to a club or a bar I have the perfect hairstyle for you! Try a blunt cut bob. For those who don't want to cut their real hair, it would be a nice idea to purchase a 10-inch wig or longer.

      You can cut the wig to any desired bob length; this will be perfect for those of you who love a short hairstyle, but not quite ready to fully commit to one. The bolder the color, the better, so try to go for a jet black or platinum blonde hair color.

      Blunt cuts are a fiery style sure to catch anyone's attention when you step out.

      Blunt cut hairstyles

      Blunt cuts

      Saturday Outfit

      You can't have a great night out without showing a little skin. Try pairing a deep V-neck top with any skirt, denim jeans, or leggings.

      A low cut top will scream Saturday night sexy vibes. You don't have to break the bank either to attain this style. Many celebs are bringing back the V-neck look, so head out to your local mall and scoop up a few now!

      V-neck look

      Sunday Hair

      *Sigh. A great Sunday, and finally the end of a marvelous week. Sundays are for you to unwind and relax; your hair should make that same statement. Go for a natural puff today, whether it be an afro or a kinky twist out. Show Sunday that you are at peace and will not let anything get in your way.

      You can do a twist out on your natural hair or add tight curly clip ins to intensify the look. The puffier, the better. For longer-lasting curls add hairspray.

      Kinky twist out

      Sunday Outfit

      If your day is going to be comfortable, your outfit might as well be too. Go for a loose, flowy dress. It can be solid colors or paisley patterns.

      Make sure to accessorize! Jewelry can take any simple look up a notch. Whether you are going out to brunch with family members, or just having a lazy Sunday, this hair and outfit combination is sure to place a perfect end to a great week.

      I encourage you all to step out of your comfort zone this week. If you can't do all of these hair and outfit inspirations, at least try one. Tell us which duo inspired you the most?

       Flowy dress outfit

      Comfortable flowy dress

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