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Chile, I want to be Alonzo Arnold's friend.
I want to be his friend so bad that I'm growing my hair out so he can do it. Yes, it's sad, but I want to be in his presence for one day a couple of hours and hope that I can make an appearance on his Instagram page!
I'm sure we are all familiar with his work either from YouTube on Instagram, but Instagram made him who he is TODAY! Doing interviews with magazines, making appearances on reality television, and showing his skills at Bronner Brothers you have no choice but to know who Alonzo Arnold is! If you're not aware of who is or what he has done so far, I'm going to give you the tea. By the end of this article, you will be googling his name.
Alonzo Arnold was born and raised in East Atlanta and is the youngest of three children. Alonzo became interested in hair when he used to go to the salon with his sister. At this time Alonzo was working at a restaurant and started doing hair part-time. Alonzo wasn't financially pleased with his full-time job, so he decided to make a change and become an entrepreneur by doing hair full time.
He spent his last 150 dollars on tools and products not knowing that success was just around the corner. In 2012 Alonzo decided to take that leap of faith and go full force with becoming a hair stylist.
Alonzo is the founder of Hype Hair brand and is in the process of creating a product line.
I came across Alonzo's YouTube page some years ago. On YouTube, the videos were very brief and straight to the point.
In the description, there would be information on who's hair the client used, but I already knew it was his. Alonzo would do a comb through to show how natural his installs were and how the curls bounced. On Instagram, he was an entirely different person.
Instagram is where his followers were introduced to his alter ego, Alana. Alana comes to LIFE once the wig "melts" on the skin and the makeup is flawless. Whether the hair is straight, curled, short, or long, Alana has brought all the attention to Alonzo's Instagram! The wigs on Instagram are more than just wigs at least to me they are.
A couple of weeks ago Alonzo introduced his viewers to the different shades of lace for his new line of wigs. By having different color lace, this gives women the opportunity to wear his unit with confidence and to get the same results he does.
Alonzo also has short videos showing his viewers how they too, can achieve the look.
Bold Hold Lace glue is an adhesive that used to give your wig a natural look that you desire.
Depending on how many coats applied you're also able to get your hair wet! Girl The Hair Diagram, the creator, has put together a product that we've all been waiting for an adhesive that works. We can go on vacation and get in the water are you serious? I'm sure this is one of the reasons why Alonzo loves this product.
Alonzo has used this product on many of his celebrity clients, such as Porsha. Now we all know that Porsha keeps her hair laid and slew, but when I saw her in a blonde unit I just knew Alonzo had something to do with it.
First, she started off with an ombre look with two streaks in the front. I'm guessing that was her way of getting comfortable with the color. Then she had a blonde wig on which by the way looked fabulous on her!
I love that Alonzo encourages his clients to change it up a bit, but when it comes to making some changes on himself, he never disappoints.
First, let me say that every wig Alonzo has worn so far I loved but if I have to choose the top three, they would be the long platinum wig, the jet black middle part, and the blond bob with a side part.
Platinum hair, in general, does something to the soul. It makes you feel like a different person, and when Alonzo puts that wig on, he turns into Alana. Alana gets her face beat to the gods put on the most elegant clothes and has a night out in the town honey. I can't imagine how much time he spent on coloring the hair and tinting the lace to make sure the lace matches his skin perfectly.
The long jet black wig is the OG. You can never go wrong with having a wig that goes with everything. For example, the OG unit is a simple look, but you can wear it anywhere! Out with the girls, working, or just hanging out with the family if you're a simple chic this is the look for you.
Did you know that the short blonde wig
is Alonzo's favorite look? Alonzo cuts his bob chin length, and not everyone can rock that style. The side part makes the hairstyle. Your face looks a lot softer, and it gives you confidence. Confidence is what Alonzo has.
He wears his hair, shows his viewers that just because you wear wigs doesn't mean it has to look like a wig.
Alonzo's personality is like nothing I've ever seen.
On his Instagram page, he does small skits if himself wearing a terrible wig. He makes fun of those people that wear synthetic wigs. It's funny to me, but others may think he's mean. I enjoy Alonzo because he is REAL. He says what's on his mind no matter how others may feel about him. He's not a follower, and he stays in his lane.
Besides his realness, it's all about the HAIR. I enjoy following the journey. One day I want to become an entrepreneur and to become one I have to be consistent which is what Alonzo does. He has a wig line, hair extensions, and works with celebrities.
I feel that Alonzo is a very humble person and is grateful for what he has. Hard work does pay off.
Following Alonzo, Arnold's journey has been an excellent experience for me.
Why? Because I love the hair industry. I love being creative, and on Alonzo's Instagram page that's what he does. He sees a vision and creates it. So I'm going to start saving my coins so I can take a class or purchase a wig. You should do the same!
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Well, it's simple and clear to see that they both would have their advantages and disadvantages. But one great thing is that if you're a woman who hates being bothered with the idea of doing your hair every day, then extensions will always be a great option.
Sew-ins do a lot more than what the eye can see; they keep you looking beautiful and can be a tremendous seasonal protective style to give your natural hair a break. We hate to say it, but we have found some pretty big reasons why getting a weave in is a little better than buying wigs. If you are on the fence about purchasing a hairpiece or if you have been thinking about getting some bundles or a sew-in this blog post will be beneficial.
You'll learn about how long the commitment is when having someone install your hair extensions, and we'll figure out if Sew-ins help your hair grow more or just as much as wigs do. Of course, at the end of the day it will come down to your preference, and what works better with your lifestyle. I mean who wouldn't love the idea of changing their lookup instantly without growing your hair or cutting it off?
It is time to give your hair a break and pick aside. Hopefully, we can convince you with our 5 top reasons why we think sew-ins are better than wigs.
When you get a sew-in, you commit anywhere between one to three months before you would have to reinstall.
With wigs, you would have to reapply your hair every morning, and that can get annoying for a woman who is always on the go. Sometimes you want to wake up and already look bomb, not wait a couple of minutes to throw on your hair to do so.
Sew-ins are great for a long weekend road trip and even better if on vacation. You can take a quick hop in the pool and not worry about your wig floating away from you. If we want to be confident in our looks, then we have to trust that our hairstyles have some stability. The number one reason why women have yet to make the switch to wigs is that they are so scared that it will blow off in the wind.
Of course, the rumors aren't valid since these hairpieces usually come with an adjustable strap or combs. The main point is that we are more likely to commit to something that is more secure and definite than something that we can snatch on and off.
In summary, if you are someone who doesn't care for switching their look up then sew-ins are a dream for you and no one can convince you otherwise.
Since we briefly went over how much we love a secure hairstyle, we think it would be best to discuss the second reason why people love sew-ins a lot more than wigs.
No one wants a false sense of security in their life. That's like buying an alarm system that doesn't work or installing cameras in a store thinking that it will scare away any thieves. Wigs are a false sense of security, yes you can have someone sew them on, but if that's the case, you might as well get a sew-in.
The number one advantage of buying a wig is the convenience and flexibility of being able to take them on and off as you go throughout your weeks and months. You will take away all the convenience by sewing it down don't you think?
Don't get me wrong now, and I love wigs they give you the chance to switch up your look in the most natural ways. But one thing I can't stand it when I get my hairpiece to lay a certain way, and the next time I wear it, I can't get it to the look the way I love again.
I'm the type of person that if it looks good, I want it to keep looking nice even the next day, and sometimes wigs don't give you that absolute surety. So, If you are someone who likes the idea of having your hair lay the same way every day, then sew-ins are a big plus for you.
We take advantage of our sense of security but sewing those bundles down might be what you need to lower that anxiety and stress levels ladies.
If you take the time to invest in good quality bundles, you could have hair extensions that last up to 2 years making it more convenient and cost-effective to have a sew-in.
Wigs have short life expectancy even the best of the best quality ones can still look messy over a certain amount of time. The average woman will go through and buy at least ten hairpieces a year; I know this is true because I own about 20 wigs right now and we are not even halfway through 2018.
Yeah, I get the chance to be versatile and switch my lookup Monday through Sunday, but at what cost? Synthetic pieces average around thirty to fifty dollars, and lace front wigs can start from the low hundreds and skyrocket from there. So, is it worth it to invest in something that you will probably throw to the side later to buy another wig?
For some reason when you purchase bundles, you are better at taking care of them when its time to uninstall them we give them a gentle wash and blow-dry and put them right back in. If you save enough to get excellent quality extensions, you can change the color up as you please and with ease.
No more buying different color wigs or different lengths, you can get the look you want and save some extra coins in your pocket at the same time.
Sew-ins are just as convenient as wigs if not more.
The reasons we love wigs are because we can wear them throughout the day and can take them out at night, but in the morning, you must repeat the process all over again.
When you have a sew-in, you can wake up and go, who wouldn't love that feeling? No more waking up early to brush out or gel up your curls, no more having to search for that hairpiece when you are ready to dip on out of the house. I know that the second I have someone install my bundles, I feel overall more put together.
All I have to do is put on a little bit of makeup, and I can conquer my daily chores without a problem. There will be no such thing as a bad hair day, especially if you take the time to tie your hair down at night your extensions will always come out looking ready to go.
So, at the end of the day wigs maybe a little more convenient because you have more direct contact with your scalp and natural roots. But on the other side sew-ins can give you the convenience and confidence of being able to wake up and start the day without having to re-curl, straighten, or place on a wig.
If you think this reason is good enough to rush out and grab some bomb hair extensions, we would not be mad at you girl!
Now for the moment, we have all been waiting for, will your hair grow more if it's in a wig or a sew-in?
Well, of course, there are tons of circumstantial things that can cause hair growth like a healthy diet, vitamins, genetics, and the list go on. But there is a crucial difference, when you wear a wig you have easier access to your hair, yes. But at the same time, you always want to put your hands in your curls.
For your locks to indeed grow you want to wash them occasionally and leave your hands out of them as much as possible. So, now you probably are thinking that sewing down your wig will lessen the chance that you will mess with your natural hair.
But the problem with these pieces is that the cap is usually full coverage except for the small area of lace. So, if you were to sew down the wig to your hair, then your braids would have no room to breathe. If there is not enough air getting to your scalp, this leaves room for dirt, dandruff, and sweat buildup, when this happens it leaves the door open for hair loss and breakage to enter, and nobody wants that.
When you wear wigs, you have a habit of just placing your curls in a low bun, slapping on a cap, and placing on the hair but no growth will come from doing that.
The reasons sew-ins help your hair grow longer is because, one, you are natural tresses is in cornrows or braids.
Second, your twists underneath the sew-in can breathe since there are spaces and gaps between the hair, it is still straightforward to wash and treat your scalp while wearing a weave and that contributes to the reason why you will experience tremendous growth.
Another plus is that you do not have easy access to your hair, so it will grow freely without you adding extra heat or coming into contact with harsh outside chemicals. The ends that are the driest part of your hair you can now tuck it away and out of sight under your weave, this allows it to retain moisture throughout your hairstyle.
Since the extension is on the cornrow base, it's like having one protective style on top of another. Now, you can protect your natural hair from the use of color, so if you like going for a lighter shade, it is now possible. No more lousy bleaching techniques since your good quality weave can handle several dye jobs.
At the end of the day as long as you continue to practice proper hair care methods like cleansing the scalp and applying oils to your roots every time you take your sew-in out you will see the fantastic growth that you will not even believe.
Well, now you can see the top 5 reasons why sew-ins have a little bit more of an upper hand than wigs.
It will come down to your preferences if wigs work better for your overall busy and fast pace lifestyle then, by all means, go ahead and try them. Sew-ins are for my women who want a little more stability in their lives.
You want to feel like the hair you have in can last for a long time, and that's why extensions are perfect for you. You won't have to worry about re-installing your wig in every day because your weave is secure. If you purchase the right bundles, you could keep the hairstyle fresh, try infinite styling options, and try out multiple hair colors in the process.
Please do not get lazy and opt for a cheaper less reliable weave, this could lead to a lousy sew-in and ultimately messing up your hair and leave negative thoughts on buying extensions in the future. If you want affordable and great looking hair, then be sure to check out our bundles at Private Label Extensions.
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Wearing wigs is easily the ultimate way to protect your hair and give you a sexy hairstyle.
We tend to fall prey to using wigs as only a means of a beautiful look but in the process forgetting to take care of our natural hair underneath. There are so many horrible ramifications of not treating your roots when you are wearing a protective hairstyle.
A recent study shows that African American women are more likely to have hair loss than any other race because they leave sew-ins in too long or don't treat their hair under their wigs. I own about 12 wigs myself and the collection is continuously growing as months go on.
This hairstyle is helping my natural tresses flourish and indeed become great; it was not always that way of course. It takes some self-discipline and some excellent tips to make keeping your natural hair healthy less tedious and more enjoyable.
If we want to slow down the effects of hair loss for a woman these tips and tricks will dramatically change the way you view and take care of your hair. I promise you, by using a few extra moments out of your daily and weekly routine, you too will be able to enjoy the benefits of wearing this hairstyle and keeping your hair healthy.
Now, let's jump right into this list of 7 ways to maintain your hair underneath your wig.
Okay, washing your hair may seem like common sense, but hey I had to put this on the list to stress the importance of this tip.
Keeping your scalp clean is a great way to make sure your hair follicles are healthy, active, and more susceptible to grow. Wearing a wig all day will cover up your scalp, this leaves room for sweat and dirt to build up at a much faster rate.
With dandruff and other unhealthy oils building up on top of your hair, this can cause your hair to have an odd smell and tangle causing breakage. Shampooing and conditioning your hair will be your best friend throughout the process of wearing wigs. Even if you just do a simple co-wash without using shampoo, it will help clean your scalp.
Dead skin and sweat start to build up within the first five days of having your hair braided or out, so it would be best to try to wash your hair at least once a week to get all the dirt out of your hair.
Remember that too much of anything isn't right, so try not to wash your hair excessively, because in the process you can remove away all of the right oils and nutrients that our hair secrets. You do not want dry or brittle tresses so keep the full-blown wash day to once every seven to fourteen days.
A conditioner is an excellent alternative to maintaining the healthy nutrients inside of your hair follicles, so if you have cornrows in during the process of wearing your wigs, you can opt for an exceptional leave-in conditioning spray.
All these tips will help maintain that beautiful, healthy hair underneath that wig!
Moisturizing your hair is vital to keeping it in a healthy state. Most people who wear wigs will try to wear a cap over their hair.
First, this adds a protective layer from any outside elements. What others probably don't know is that wig caps can suck out all of the moisture and luster that is in your hair. Dry hair is the easiest to become damaged and is more likely to break off while wearing your wigs.
So, whenever you have downtime or just getting off work; you want to make sure to take the tracks off immediately for relief. Add moisture by spraying your hair or cornrows with a mixture of leave-in conditioner and water. When you put the mix on your scalp make sure you pat into the hair and let roots air dry. You want your actual hair to be damp and not wet, you do not want to place a wig on dampening hair this will cause mildew like smell that nobody wants.
If you're one of the people who doesn't do much to their underneath other than placing it into a low bun and placing a wig cap over it, then moisturizing your hair down to the root will be a little more comfortable than if you have cornrows on your head.
Make sure to divide your hair into four sections, coat the sections with olive oil or vitamin e oil. Next, use a water-based leave-in product to the different parts of your hair and let soak, once your hair absorbs all of the added nutrients your natural tresses will look glossy and shiny.
This tip has to be one of the most important ones in helping maintain that hair under your scalp.
Braiding down your hair is a ubiquitous way that people wear it before placing a wig on top. When you do this the correct way, any style will lay flatter and look neater.
This method is the best when it comes down to protecting your lovely strand, and also you will have easier access to your scalp when it comes time to cleaning or conditioning. You should have your hair cornrowed underneath if you don't want your wig looking lumpy or bumpy in specific areas.
If you're going to save yourself some time and stress try doing flat twists, it's a lot easier and less complicated, and the smaller they are the flatter the wig will lay as well.
Yes, braiding your hair down has a ton of benefits, the best one of all has to be that it gives you a chance to detangle your hair before you start the cornrowing process.
If your real hair is a long length, then that means it is more susceptible to being tangled up, going through the necessary steps of twisting your hair underneath will stop it from becoming tangled, matted, and hard to manage. Maybe your wig is still laying down bumpy, try placing a wig cap over the braids for a smoother finishing look.
If you are someone like me who is a long-time member of the wig game, then you know that this style can be addicting, and you will probably never want to style your real hair again.
What they don't tell you when you have this style is that you have to treat your real hair as if you are wearing it out every day, that means getting your ends trimmed whenever you usually would. Split ends are a real thing, unfortunately, and even though our hair is twisted up and wrapped under our wigs the tips of our strands need to be cut to prevent any further damage while wearing our protective hairstyle.
If you are someone whose hair grows extremely fast, then you'll probably want to trim your hair once every four to six weeks. In some instances, cutting your hair can help it grow a little faster.
By getting rid of those annoying unhealthy split ends your hair will break off less and have less flyaway, in return helping your natural tresses thicker and healthier than ever. Trimming your hair is not just for damaged split ends, but it can also help with frizzy, unmanageable strands, and if your mane lacks shape or movement.
Please do not over cut your hair or you will not see in any growth keep the cuts to about once every 1 to 1 and a half months.
If you like braiding your hair or just pulling it back into a ponytail, you need to make sure that there is a barrier between your natural hair and your wig.
Wearing a silk liner is a lot better than cotton or nylon wig caps because it won't suck out any moisture from your mane. The silk liner also has a lot of stretches and more comfortable than wearing an itchy cotton wig cap.
This step is just one in making sure that you maintain that healthy hair under your wigs.
If you buy a wig there is a small chance that it may be too big or small, if it is too tight, then this can lead to hair loss and your edges or napes to break off.
I would suggest buying one with adjustable straps this will give the style a gentle suction on your head if you are new to buying wigs. If the piece comes with combs, try your best not to use them, if you place them on your scalp it can become very irritating and also pull out your hair.
Wigs come in all different types of designs; the best one is monofilament, this gives off a more natural look. The mesh material used on the cap makes it seem as if real hair is growing from your scalp.
If you purchase a wig with monofilament design all throughout then, you will be able to part the hair in different ways giving you a more versatile look.
Lace front wigs are also very popular, but if you do not wear them correctly, it can cause your edges to pull out. This type of style gives the appearance of a natural hairline; this gives the person wearing it a chance to pull the hair out of their face giving them more looks and less of the illusion of wearing a wig.
If you know someone who can measure your head and create a custom size wig for you, this will save you tons of time, and give you the chance to treat that hair the best you can.
The main reason women love wearing wigs is that it makes it that much easier to take on and off throughout the day.
Taking your hair off that head is equivalent to taking your bra off after a long day (ladies you know what I'm talking about it). With all of that said you have to make sure you let your hair breathe any chance you get.
Of course, you are probably bound to take your wig off once you are settled in at the end of the day, but it is more important to go a few days where you don't wear it at all. If it's a long weekend or you just don't want to go out, try to wear your natural hair out for a while.
Our scalp and hair need as much air and oxygen it can get to flourish!
For our hair to grow and remain healthy, we can't keep it hidden and tucked away for the most part throughout our day. The longer your hair is left without air, a sour smell can develop and cause unwanted dandruff to appear as well.
The main reason you have to let your hair breathe is that it will relieve tension from your edges, temple, and nape. If your wig is always pulling on your hair, it can move the hairline back.
So, to help maintain that mane, give it a chance to breathe every once in a while.
No matter how beautiful and convenient wigs are, we have to try our hardest not to forget to take care of our hair underneath.
There are many different style wigs out on the market now so, make sure to research the correct ones to by for your head size. What is most important is that wigs are a protective hairstyle, meaning the sole purpose is for your hair to look a lot better than it once did after taking the style out.
So, be sure to wash, condition, and merely take care of those beautiful curls, it's the least we can do. I hope these tips were beneficial and that you are one step closer to protecting your hair under your wig.
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