Who is Alonzo Arnold?
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.
How IG Helped Him Build his Platform
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.
His Love for Bold Hold Lace glue: What is it?
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 slayed, 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.
Top Three Best Looks He's Done on Himself
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 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.
How Alonzo Gain his Followers?
Alonzo 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.
Follow Alonzo Arnold
Following Alonzo Arnold 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! Don't forget to leave a comment, especially if you already follow him!Continue reading
The Great Debate Which Side Are You On?
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 a side. Hopefully, we can convince you with our 5 top reasons why we think sew-ins are better than wigs.
Stability and Commitment
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 on why women have yet to make the switch to wigs is because they are so scared that it will blow off in the wind.
Of course, the rumors aren't valid since these hair pieces 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 on 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 thief's. 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 is 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.
Save Money In the Long Run
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 hair pieces 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 the 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 may be 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!
Amazing Hair Growth
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.
Reasons for Growth
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.
What Are Some Reasons That You Like Sew-ins?
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.
If you have a sew-in and swear by them, tell us all about it and let us know some of the reasons why you love extensions in the comments down below.Continue reading
I am back with another in-depth step by step tutorial. In this article, I will show you how to make some of the most fly wigs and then secure them properly.
I’m going to give you all the tea on how to construct a custom wig that fits, doesn’t give you a headache and is adjustable. These wigs will look so natural people will be asking how you grew your hair so fast!
Wig Making Mistakes
Before we get started on how to make a wig, let me tell you about a mistake I made. I can be impatient with things, and constructing a wig is one. I have a unit right now that is layered right, colored right, but doesn’t fit right! Although I was so excited to make it, the wig was too small.
Now I know how to make one correctly and I've stopped skipping steps when I’m in a rush. My point is to take your time and complete all the steps. If you start to get confused just stop and re-think what you are doing. You know what you have to do! It’s time to press play on your Bruno Mar’s playlist, and let's get started.
We’re in this together so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to comment below.
Measuring Your Head
Let's go over how to measure your head to make a proper fitting wig. Having a wig fit securely will be an important step in the wig making process.
- Spandex cap
- White pencil
- Measuring tape
Some spandex caps stretch and you don’t have to worry about sizing your head to ensure your wig fits.
I like to still get my measurements just in case I need to make a wig and need to have specific measurements. The last wig I made (you know the story I told you at the beginning of this article) is the last time I am going to make a wig too small for my head (no I don’t have a big ole’ head). I want to help you make the best wig ever so I am going to share with you how to measure your head to get the proper fit for your wig.
Make sure you have all the supplies listed above. To measure correctly make sure you style your hair in the way you will wear it when you are wearing your wigs. This means you will need to go ahead and create your foundation braids before you take your measurements.
If you slick your hair down with eco-style gel go ahead and style it this way to ensure you get the proper measurements. Put on your spandex cap on correctly and smooth out any buckling.
Your first measurement will be the circumference of your head. Take your measuring tape and wrap it around the perimeter of your head.
Write down the number where both ends of the measuring tape meet. Your leave out area of your spandex cap will not need to be a part of the measurements you take if you are planning to create a u-part wig.
For a u-part wig, you will need to measure the points where your leave out will be. The measuring tape ends won’t meet because you will have your own hair out which will leave a space in the spandex cap.
Use a white pencil to mark your spandex cap for the u-part wig and write down your measurements. The second measurement you will take is from the forehead to the nape of the head. For this measurement, you will take your measuring tape from the hairline straight back to the neck. Write down the measurement, so you don’t forget it.
The third measurement is from the top of your right ear, over the crown of your head and to the top of the left ear. Think of this measurement as the tape measurer creating a headband. You know what to do at this point, write the measurement down so you don’t forget it. These are the three most important measurements for you to take.
Congratulations! You just finished taking your measurements, and from this point forward we say “NO” to poor fitting wigs!
How to Make a Custom Sized Foam Head
This next task is so much fun so you will need to switch up your playlist for this one. Go ahead and press play on your Erykah Badu playlist and let's get it popping!
Are you stretching your spandex caps and pinning them on your foam heads to make sure it's the right size? No more of that now that I'm about to give you another hack to make your life so much easier!
Let's say you have a foam head and you want to make it the size of your head. Creating a custom sized head makes it easier for you to create your wigs. With this customized foam head, you just slip a spandex cap on and get to making your wig. Go ahead and grab up your supplies and let's get started.
Get your measurements, your styrofoam head, and your clear packaging tape (get it from the Dollar Tree for just a buck). Draw a line around the circumference of your styrofoam head. This line will serve as a marker for your tape when you start applying it.
Grab your clear packing tape and begin to wrap it around the circumference of the styrofoam head. The tape, when wrapped around the head, will look like a headband. Make sure you stop after a few times of wrapping the tape and take your measurement. The circumference of the taped styrofoam head will match the circumference measurement you have for your head.
Use the packaging tape to fill in the rest of the foam head because you want to get your foam head’s forehead to nape measurement to match your forehead to nape measurement. Play close attention to NOT overlap any of the tapes on the circumference of the foam head because this can cause your wig to be too big.
There you go! You are ready to start making your wig! Make sure you share this article out if this a tip you want to share with your friends. Tag us in the photo as well so we can see, Instagram @privatelabelextensions! We would appreciate it.
How to Bleach Your Knots
The next important step in creating any wig is to bleach the knots on your frontal. When using a frontal to create a wig make sure to bleach knots to make it look realistic. You want your frontal to look realistic and as natural as possible.
- BW2 bleach
- 20 developer
- Applicator brush
- Organix coconut shampoo and conditioner
- Mix the bleach and your developer until it is thick. The mix should resemble cake frosting consistency. You don’t want it runny because you are bleaching the knots and not the hair. If you aren’t careful, you may color the roots, and that's not what you want!
- Comb the hair to remove any tangles in the frontal.
- Flip your frontal over with the lace facing up. Place a cloth underneath the lace edge to catch any bleaching product that may drip through the exposed lace which has no hair and lightly apply your bleaching product on it. Avoid pressing the product into the lace. Instead, use a dabbing motion.
- Bleach the entire lace even though you’re going to trim it. This ensures your lace is all one even color. Let the bleaching product sit for around 30-40 minutes. Keep a close eye on it to make sure it lightens to the desired color you’re looking for.
- Once it has processed for the right amount of time, rinse the product out of your frontal, condition it with your Organix coconut conditioner, shampoo with your favorite shampoo and condition one more time. You should condition the frontal twice because you just used bleach on the hair and it needs extra tender love and care because it is harsh on the hair.
- After you condition and shampoo the frontal blow dry your frontal or let it air dry.
- Continue to style the rest of your unit just how you want!
3 Wigs You Can Make With Ease
Now that you have all the important basics to making a wig lets get to making them! I am including three different versions so that you can chose whether all or one is best for you. So lets get into the first wig.
How To Make A Full Wig With Extensions (no frontal or closure)
For the first wig, I recommend you use my favorite Private Label Extensions Brazilian Kinky Curly Hair. Here is what you will need to make this wig:
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- Three bundles of Brazilian Kinky Curly Hair
- Styrofoam head
- Plastic shopping bag
- Wrap a plastic bag around your foam head and place your spandex cap on top of the plastic bag inside out. CAUTION! The glue gun and glue is hot so be careful. Glue some of your extensions around the perimeter of the cap.
- Flip the cap back over and glue the extensions in a circular motion. As you complete the wig, you will have a bare space at the mid-crown of the foam head. If you want your wig to be fuller, go back in and add more hair. I love big hair so you know I'm adding more to mine.
- As you get to the center area, cut your extensions to fit in the space still applying in a circular pattern. As space gets smaller cut your extensions smaller and place them piece by piece in a circular motion. Make sure your wefts are pointing inward toward the center of the wig. It’s easy to get impatient but don't! This will be so worth it!
- Keep gluing in small pieces until you have covered the cap completely. If you see any white glue just use regular hair glue to cover it or if it gets on any of the extensions gently pull it out of them.
- Pull the bag off the foam head and then remove it from the inside of your wig. You will have to peel it off, but it should come off easily.
- Shampoo and condition your wig. Allow it to air dry, and you are ready for your date, work, or a night out with the girls.
How To Make A Wig With A Frontal and Extensions
For my ladies who love rocking frontals this wig is just for you! I'm going to give you all the instructions for making a wig with a frontal. Here is what you will need:
- Wig combs
- Nylon Sewing thread
- Frontal (18”-20”)
- Styrofoam Head
- Brazilian Body Wave Bundles (20”/22”/24”)
- Real Fit Spandex Cap
- Bleach your knots on your frontal using the instructions above.
- Place your spandex cap on your styrofoam head sized for your head.
- Flip the edge of your cap over onto to the top of the cap. The edge is the thicker portion of the cap that usually rests on your forehead. I like to pre-thread my needles first. It helps to keep me going so when I do need to re-thread any needles I can use that time as my break.
- Okay, it’s time to get to sewing! Take your frontal and place it on your capped styrofoam head. If you want to verify your measurements first, you can put the cap on your head and mark the top of your ears with a white pencil. Once you place it on your head, it will be easy for you to put your frontal in the correct place and pin it in place on each side. Make sure the front of your frontal is flush with the edge of the cap. The baby hairs should not be on the cap but in front of the cap.
- Once you pin it correctly, gather all of the hair and tie it up and away so you can see your lace when you when you sew it to the cap. At the ear area, make sure you leave a little lace on the sides to sew your frontal. You want to avoid damaging the lace where the hair is so this helps to secure your frontal without tearing it.
- Stitch the corner of the frontal and continue sewing using the loop and pull method sewing away from you. In this method, you will take your needle through the frontal, and the cap leaves and bring the needle and thread through the loop to secure your extension. Sew both sides down. Making sure your stitches are close together to prevent buckling.
- Now we’re going to go ahead and sew the back of the frontal down. Here, you will pull your cap a little to remove any buckling you see as you are sewing the frontal. This sewing technique is perfect for a great fitting wig so take your time and don’t get frustrated! As you are sewing, your thread should follow your needle. Remember to keep your stitches close and tight and keep stitching away from you.
- After entirely sewing your frontal down, begin sewing your extensions in the back. Making a knot at the end of the weft and then take your needle and thread through the weft. Take the needle and thread through the cap and make a knot.
- Now start sewing in your extensions by taking the thread around the weft and through the cap. It's like creating an enclosure for the wefts. Do not take the needle through the weft but around the weft and through the cap.
- As you get to the lace of the frontal, take the needle and thread through the lace make a knot and continue sewing in your extensions going around the weft and through the cap. Your corners are your anchors. If you run out of thread while you are sewing in your extensions, knot it and cut off the excess.
- Go ahead and knot your thread and sew through the weft and the cap with your first stitch and knot it. Then take it around the weft and through the cap and knot it. Creating the knots anchors the weft again as well as the thread to provide a solid foundation for the extensions. After your first stitch, however, you can continue with your regular stitch.
- As you get to the top of your head and back crown area, space your wefts out to reduce bulkiness in the top. Once you get to the top, you are going to sew your weft and frontal together. You can either cut out the extra part of the spandex cap (and install a strap in the back of the wig) or leave it in. Honestly, my wigs always feel more secure with the cap attached on the inside. It's up to you, but I do not want to see any videos of your wig falling off your head because you didn't' secure it correctly!
- Add a strap (you can get the black elastic band from Walmart or JoAnn's) sew one end of the strap behind the ear tabs. Sew it in, so it's secure but not too tight.
I would say "now wasn't that easy," but I know it wasn't. You did that, and I am proud of you! Make sure you share your wig on Instagram and tag us @privatelabelextensions!
How To Create A 360 Frontal Wig
A 360 frontal wig is everything! Can you say "ponytails, updos, and buns on fleek"? I am so excited about this wig so let's get into it! I'm going to let you choose your playlist this time so make sure it's upbeat and fun!
- Styrofoam head
- Spandex cap
- T pins
- 20” bundles (3) Grab your PLE bundles and frontal here
- 360 frontal
- To get started bleach the frontal first.
- After you have dried it, section the frontal and clip the hair to keep it up and out of the way. Put the frontal on and adjust it to make sure the fit it correct or place it on your customized styrofoam head and adjust as needed.
- Pin your frontal to the styrofoam head and cut off the excess lace. As you sew it down, overlap any excess inches to make the frontal the right circumference. Sew down the frontal securely.
- Sew in single wefts, using the fold-over sew in method, starting at the back of the head. To double up your wefts (which I suggest for the center of the head only) just pin down your weft, grab your second weft and start sewing both of them together through the weft and cap. As you get closer to the frontal anchor your stitches onto the lace to make it all one smooth unit.
- Knot your extensions twice at the end to make sure your extensions are secure and won't become loose as you wear it. I suggest you leave the cap in for a snug fit.
You have everything you need to slay your wigs and look good while you're doing it! Make sure you order your Private Label Extensions so you can be cute by next weekend!
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