5 things you need to know about faux locs

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? Take it from me, a natural-hair cosmetologist who started with permanent faux locs three years ago, there’s definitely a recipe for success. But first consider the facts.

1. Locs can be Temporary OR Permanent

Faux locs come in a semi-permanent form in which natural hair is wrapped with yarn, synthetic or human hair. This temporary system lasts up to three months and is often called a protective style because it doesn’t require you to alter the chemical or physical state of your natural hair. The permanent form of faux locs is just as it sounds— permanent. So don’t enter into this venture lightly. For this style, human hair is wrapped around your natural hair or actual human hair locs are attached to your roots. That’s right, dreadlocks from another person’s head are attached to yours. Our natural hair can be re-twisted and turns into a loc as the hair grows.

2. Choose the Right Texture

Since you have human hair, synthetic and yarn fiber as options, be sure your stylist evaluates the strength of your natural hair. Yarn is the most lightweight and will not pull the hair down as much. Human hair is more dense and allows a bit more flexibility. Synthetic, which is the most popular, comes in numerous textures and offers the most flexibility, but is heavy. Be sure, if you opt for a large size faux synthetic loc, you leave perimeter hair strands out to alleviate hairline stress.

3. Pick Color Wisely

Faux locs are the ultimate protective style because they literally “loc you in” for a period of time. With that said, pick your color wisely! Warm brown and red tones are great for fall and often come blended with a dark brown or black. Going darker means it will blend well with your natural color and be less shocking of a transition .

4. Commit to a Manageable Length

The longer the loc, the heavier the load. Regardless of fiber, be careful when choosing the diameter and length of your faux locs. For ones like Ciara, go for a diameter of a dime or nickel and a length of just below shoulder length.

5. Maintain Positive Hair Care

The term protective style doesn’t mean neglected style. Hair care and maintenance is a must for faux locs! You should oil your scalp daily, wash and condition at least bi-weekly, and take a daily vitamin. You’ll be surprised to see the luxurious glow your hair has after its faux locs transformation!

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There are 2 must-have items for taking care of your lovely faux locs, we highly recommend Loc Butter by Carol’s Daughter as well as Black Vanilla Hair Sheen.

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Janet Collection-Faux Locs crochet hair review

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.

The positives

  • Realistic looking dreads

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.

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  • 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!

 


  • More respect from men

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.

Negatives

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…

  • Back and Neck Pain

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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With love,

Merline

Crochet Senegalese Twist review

You may not know this but crochet twists are one of the most popular protective styles right now.  If you spend any time on social media, you’ve probably seen many women (young and mature) wearing this style.  Why? Because crochet twists look just like senegalese or rope twists but you no longer have to sit for 6 or 7 hours to get them installed! Plus, this style puts less tension on your natural hair than individually installed twists or braids. You see why I’m such a fan of this style? In this article I’m going to give my review of Mega Senegalese Twist Hair.

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I was so excited when many creators like Outre  provied crochet braids.  The hair currently comes in bundle of 90 braids which in my opinion is cheaper to buy: one length, 18” and   15 colors available. The small twists are more like “mini twists” and the large twists aren’t really large, but actually medium sized.  Now, to be completely transparent, I love to see people rocking bold colors and inches for days, but I’m actually pretty conservative in real life, LOL! For my installation I used 2 packs of 90 braids which fits in my hair very well. Make sure your cornow well.

For the first time, I did my hair by myself which I save a lot of money. Thanks to all my beauties, hairdressers on Youtube for their amazing tutorial.

The installation process was REALLY easy. Here’s how it is done :

  1.  Start with freshly washed hair that had been detangled and  blow dried
  2.  Cornrow my natural hair, straight back  into about 10 braids and then sewed the ends of my hair down (so that the ends of my braids weren’t sticking out)
  3. Next, take each crochet twist and crocheted them into my hair with a crochet needle
  4. After installing all of the hair, she sealed the ends of the braids by dipping them in hot water. This just helps to ensure the twists don’t come apart.  However, you would probably be fine if you didn’t seal the ends
  5. Voila, installation complete!  it typically takes anywhere fro 1.5-2 hours to install crochet twists.

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My Thoughts on  Senegalese Twist Hair:

It’s been 3 weeks since the install and I have to say, I’m really glad I gave it a try!  I have received a LOT of compliments on my hair and it’s great to not have to worry about styling my hair every day.

One common question I get asked  is if they are heavy.  To be completely honest, I think it depends on what you are used to.  For me, the twists themselves feel really lightweight, however when I pull them up in a ponytail on top of my head, they are obviously heavier.  My neck doesn’t hurt or anything but I notice the weight. The fewer bags of hair you use, the lighter it will feel too. 

The hair itself looks great.  It has a nice luster to it, but isn’t “shiny.” One of the things I love about it is that it doesn’t frizz up easily.  The only thing that you will notice is that the areas that you play in or touch more often may have a few frizzes but I just take small scissors and cut off the fly-aways.

Now, let me tell you my FAVOURITE thing about this style. A few hour ago I decided to untwist all of my twists. I have always wanted to have big curly hair and I thought this would be the perfect chance. It probably took me an 30 minutes to an hour while watching TV.  As you can see below, I LOVE the look.  I can’t decide which is my favorite- the twists or the untwists! It’s wonderful to be able to get 2 looks out of this style! Untwisting the hair is perfect for when your hair gets a little older because it’s easy to hide the roots of your hair that have begun to grow out.

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Untwist and Twisted