Have you been thinking about doing a protective style? What about doing a style that doesn’t require going to a salon? What about a crochet style such as faux locs? If you’re looking for a protective style that you can do yourself then I highly recommend you consider the trending faux loc look as your next style. Truth is, the faux locs trend has been popular in the black hair industry for quite a while. So if you’re considering the look, what’s right for you? Below you will find unique methods for crochet faux locs.
To determine which is the best technique for you consider the amount of time that it took to install and how many packs were purchased. I’m sure one of these techniques will be the best technique for you.
Now I love protective styles, and I have dabbled with braids and havana twists over the years. However, although people would compliment me on my hair in these styles, people never mistook them for my own hair. In contrast, the method hair used to put them in (see below) was so intricate that I regularly had people asking me if it was my own hair – even people with beautiful real dreads themselves!
Even back when I wore my hair in weave, I always stuck to using hair that was the same colour as my natural hair, as I much prefer the natural look over anything too eccentric when it comes to extensions. Therefore, I was really happy that others agreed that the locs looked incredibly natural, and as it grew out and got more frizzy around the edges, the authenticity of the look grew. Frizz is definitely not something you would want when you’ve just had neat braids put in! Therefore faux locs have the potential to have much more longevity than other styles with extensions.
- Added length = versatility of styles
I decided to protect my new, healthier hair throughout winter by using the LOC method while keeping my hair covered underneath head scarfs and turbans.
By Spring, I knew I wanted something different without compromising the health I had maintained in my protective styles. Therefore faux locs seemed like the perfect solution – covered hair that gave me the length that I had been missing!
The added length meant that I could style my hair in all of the long haired styles that I had been craving since giving up my straighteners and weave, and the thickness of the locs allowed each style to be as dramatic and as large as I wanted it to be. Check out my ‘faux locs styles’ in the video below, for example!
Please don’t revoke my feminist card, as I know this sounds superficial and stupid! However I genuinely noticed a positive difference in the way men approached me and spoke to me. Men that spoke to me on the street were more inclined to refer to me as ’empress’ or ‘queen’ rather than the ‘babez’ you will often hear echoing around the streets of London.
However, although there were various positives to having my hair in this style, there were also numerous negatives which I think it is important to share with you. The first, and most inhibiting being…
7 bags of hair – I mean, it goes without saying. However, when I first left Ama after having them put in, I told myself that I would get used to them after a few days – just like I would when I first had braids put in or a new weave. However, in all of the years I have had my hair braided, the maximum amount of bags of hair I would use was 4, and 9 was simply too much weight for my neck to handle.
So much weight in fact, that I actually suffered from neck and back pain while wearing faux locs. As I have a previous back injury from work incident , the added tension on my neck and upper back made my whole back stiffen up, resulting in my me looking like a tin man. Even my students commented on how robotically I was moving, especially as I had to turn my whole body around to look in someone’s direction, rather than simply being able to turn my neck.
It may all seem melodramatic, but I can only describe it as constantly carrying a weight on top of your head – just like our sisters in Africa. My respect for them is never ending, as not only do they carry a large amount of weight on their head each and every day, but some walk miles at a time with all that extra weight on their shoulders!
I, on the other hand, was a lot less mobile with my locs. I’m ashamed to say that due to the added weight on my head, and my inability to put it in a style where it wouldn’t get in the way (when it was down) or wouldn’t make me feel like I was about to topple over (in a headwrap), I avoided exercise while having my locs in. Now, ordinarily, I go to the gym 4 or 5 times a week, however in the whole 6 weeks of having my hair in locs I went 3 times. Three. Along with the gym I also play netball once a week, but again, due to the weight and the stiffness in my neck, not only was running incredibly painful, but even looking up to aim for the hoop was a strain on my neck. Typing this actually makes me see how ridiculous it is that I put myself through this, all for the sake of beauty, but we live and we learn.
Would you ever get Faux Locs again?
MAYBE but different style
When I reflect on my faux locs experience I feel like they have helped me learn a lot about myself as a person. Superficially, I know that I love the look and that my hair grew a lot in the style. But I also feel I have grown as a person. I would have never described myself as a shallow person, however, clearly I placed my aesthetic beauty over my overall health and well being. I now look back on my faux loc experience and laugh, as my actions seem so far fetched from my normal outlook on life.
If you are considering getting faux locs, please consider their length, thickness and weight. Your hair and health is way more important than any amount of likes on the gram.
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