What are faux locs?
Faux locs are basically commitment-free dreads. A fun alternative to braids or wearing your natural hair out, they’re perfect for anyone who wants a low maintenance way of switching up their look without damaging their hair.
'Faux Locs are a good protective style, as the hair used to create the faux locs completely covers your natural hair,' explains expert afro hair stylist Charlotte Mensah. 'It's a great style for women who are transitioning from relaxed to natural hair, and it’s a way to get dread locs without having to make a permanent decision.'
In short, the hair that’s loc’d is actually extensions rather than hair from your own head, so they’re perfect for those who love the look of dread locs, but don’t fancy backcombing their hair to the point of no return.
'They’re low maintenance and another option on the list of protective styles - not everyone wants braids,' adds professional stylist Afi Emily Attipoe, the brain behind the above pastel faux locs of dreams.
Faux locs are one of the few protective hairstyles that are different from the rest.
Unlike braids which look best when they’re freshly done, faux locs are the complete opposite.
With faux locs, the longer you keep them installed the more beautiful they tend to look.
In this article, we’ll take a look at everything you need to know about faux locs.
We’ll cover questions such as how to install faux locs, the price, different types of installation methods including crochet faux Locs, long , short and goddess faux locs.
How do faux locs work?
'There are two popular ways for achieving faux locs,' explains Afi. 'For a more natural look the hair is braided and then a coarse type of extension is wrapped around the braid, or they can be achieved by crocheting them onto corn rows.'
The first (and most common) method that Afi mentions involves styling the hair into box braids, which are then wrapped in either yarn, kanekalon hair or marley hair to create the look of dread locs. This method also enables you to add a considerable amount of length to your own hair, meaning you can become an Afro Rapunzel without the hassle of weaves or wigs.
The crochet method is a lot quicker, but it also doesn’t look as realistic once finished. The time saving factor is due to the fact that pre-formed locs are crocheted into your own cornrowed hair, cutting back on the time that’s spent braiding and twisting in the first method. Both ways work well, so it’s completely down to personal preference when it comes to which you choose.
How long do faux locs take to have done?
Cancel your weekend plans and stock up on snacks, because installing faux locs is no mean feat. 'It can take from 4 to 9 hours as the wrapping technique takes quite a while,'says Afi.
Again, how long it takes is dependent on the technique you choose, as well as the length and thickness of the locs, so take this into consideration when deciding on your style
How to take care of your faux locs
For first-timers, faux locs may seem like an intimidating style to look after, but the good news is that they’re actually one of the most low-maintenance styles that you can have.
'Maintaining faux locs is relatively easy,' says Mensah, 'it’s important to keep your scalp moisturised with oils. Faux locs can be gently washed once a week and naturally air dried, however due to the weight of the hair you may want to speed up the drying process by going under a hooded dryer.'
I recommend Charlotte’s own Manketti Oilto help keep your scalp nourished, as well as the Vernon Francois Scalp Nourishment Braids and Locs Spray.
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