Faux locs are imitation dreadlocks. Faux locs refer to many different types of loc extensions used in making a dreadlock styling. Faux locs are usually made with mixtures of Human hair, Natural Hair (Animal), and Synthetic braiding hair. Faux locs usually obtain their name based on the hair extension type used and the technique used to attach and loc up hair. Hairs can be dyed any hair color. Changing the loc color consistently takes away from the natural look and can strip the natural oils from the strands of your hair. The techniques for locking up faux locs differ especially when you venture out and begin trying all the different hair extension types. The hair type might be the same, but the process will certainly be different. It really just depends on what you buy.
LOC STYLESLet’s be honest faux locs look gorgeous. And styling them into various faux locs hairstyles gives your overall look an edge from the other women out there or wherever you go. Faux locs and the various faux locs hairstyles are so versatile. Whether you are experimenting with faux locs or gearing up for the summers, to have a few hairstyle ideas in your sleeves is surely going to come in handy for you. Here we have curated a list of the classiest and the chicest hairstyles that you can try if you have got faux locs on your mane. Styling instantly adds a touch of charm to your look. Having a hairstyle that is appropriate according to your face, that you are comfortable carrying around as well as a style that accentuates your facial features is very important. A good hair day surely does give you that extra boost of confidence so that you can conquer the world. Well, as it’s said – Life is short. You might as well live it with really great hair. And now for the drum roll, please… WE BRING YOU…
GYPSY CROCHET LOCSOne of the most common faux locs hairstyle opted for by every other woman is gypsy locs crochet locs. It’s so lightweight and gives your hair a soft texture and it’s perfect for everyday wear. Gypsy locs are done for giving your hair a softer human hair-like texture and feels really lightweight on your head.
CURLY CROCHET LOCSIf you are bored of your plain straight faux locs, you can give your faux locs hairstyle a twist by curling them. You curl either the whole or in sections or just the ends, whichever way you like. Make a statement wherever you go. Curly crochet locs gives you that gorgeous volume that is needed for a gorgeous looking mane.
CROCHET FAUX LOCS BUNThis faux locs hairstyle is just perfect for the summer when you are running errands. TOSS UP your locs into a faux locs bun and you are good to go. Pulling up your locs in a high-top bun is an effortless way to pull off a regal look. If you got long and thick locs then this is the style for you.
FAUX LOCS BRAIDSThere are a lot of ways to wear a braided look. You can either just braid all your locs into a single braid or you can do some sections and make a braid out of each one of them. Braid your locs and wear them in the shape of a headband and let the rest of your locs loose for a regal look. You can also add some highlighted hair in your braid to make it stand out even more.
FAUX LOCS BOBThis is perhaps one of the chicest faux locs hairstyle you could go for. It’s the perfect length and is great for those who want the dread look but don’t want them to be really long. Look runway-ready from the moment you wake up. The short and loose bouncy bob is a very trendy and flattering style.
BOHO LOCSIf you are one of those people whose statement style is bohemian and you love all pieces in a way style, this is the perfect faux locs hairstyle for you. It gives a really cool chic boho vibe to your overall look. Crochet boho locs are much rougher in texture. They have waves throughout the hairstyle.
FAUX LOCS BANGSBangs are a perfect way to shape your face. If you want to highlight those facial features this is your faux locs hairstyle to go to. Whether your faux bangs are heavy or wispy, long or cropped they not only model your hairstyle but also play an important role in shaping your face.
GODDESS LOCSPerfect, celebs approved, and one of the most gorgeous faux locs hairstyles. You can take a cue from Meagan Good as she has fashioned it several times over the years. Her goddess locs hairstyle choices have served us some major hair goals over the years. Here are a few others that we really like as well!
- Bobbi boss
- Mermaid locs
LOCSLocs refers to the grouping of hair strands in any matter or fashion. Faux locs can usually be installed in a few hours, while dreadlocks require months to loc up due to how slow they take to grow. It’d probably be a good idea to be prepared to retwist your hair regularly yourself or from a hairstylist to help tighten and lock the locs. There are many ways to create Loc. These locs can use any hair, with any texture, and of any color, you can make. When you group similar locs together, you can create literally begin creating a brand new hairstyle. If you look at some of the current offerings online, a lot of them look extremely similar but have completely different names! This is due to no true leader of education within the faux loc industry. But, since we are here, let’s go ahead a name a few loc styles:
- Freeform locs
- Dreadlocks (GASP! You don’t say)
- Faux Locs
- Nu Locs
- Loc Braids
GIRL, THAT’S EXPENSIVE!Back then and to this very day, if you wanted real hair… like, to purchase real human hair, you must be eating quite well and live on the good side of the hair tracks. Human hair is so expensive and the costs go up just as quickly as the lengths of the human hair get longer. Every 4oz bundle of human-hair could run you about $100-$200 USD. “Well, I’ll be… It’s Christina Mae Jenkins!”
THE WOMAN WHO MADE LOCS POSSIBLEIn 1951, a wonderful, amazing, brilliant, strong, courageous, and intelligent woman named Christina Mae Thomas, who later married and took on the name Christina Jenkins, flipped her hair (I hope so at least) and went on to single-handedly change the name of the entire hair extension game, forever. She invented and patented the first hair weave sew-in! While you may be wondering that her wonderful invention is closer to box braids, rather than locs… this lady, in our hearts and mind, gets all the credit because she invented the METHOD. Thank you, Christina Jenkins. We owe you, big time!
THE HISTORYThe term Loc comes from “Dreadlock.” Dreadlocks and Dreading your hair is as old as time. Many believe the loc-wearers originated with the Jamaicans or Egyptians, but the history dates back to ancient Greece 3600 b.c. In Greece, long ago, sculptures from the archaic period even show men with dreadlocks and wearing headbands. Spartan hoplites wore formal locs as part of their battle dress. Spartan magistrates wore their hair long and braided natural hairstyles, an Archaic Greek tradition steadily abandoned in other Greek kingdoms. The Hindus used dreadlocks for religious purposes. Are dreadlocks used to symbolize religion and show power, such as Africa’s warriors with their Bantu knots? If long hair is left unkempt long enough, it will start to lock up on its own. It is believed Ancient Greece first styled their locked hair into dreadlocks. Bob popularized the style in the 1960s and 70s In the United States, and the rest is history.
MOST POPULAR FAUX LOC COLORSWe did our own research study to find out the most popular and most search faux loc colors online. Below, we will list the winners from most popular to least as well as the number of times it gets searched across all online search engines on a monthly basis (For United States Only).
- Iced-latte Faux Locs
- Ombre faux locs
- Burgundy Faux Locs
- Red Faux Locs
- Blonde Faux Locs
- Black Faux Locs
- Brown Faux Locs (autumn colors)
HOW LONG CAN LOCS LAST?3 – 6 Months with regular Hair appointments. It’s not about how long “can” you keep your loc styles, but rather how long “should” you keep them. Part of having a loc hairstyle is hair care and maintenance because directly, it’s almost a daily routine. You have to upkeep your hair care periodically to keep the locs tight. You will also learn that you can’t maintain your hair too intensely. You can potentially damage your hair by too much tightening or washing. Faux locs are protective style and are typically not meant to be permanent. Faux locs are “imitation locs” and usually entail adding hair to your natural head to achieve a unique loc style. We don’t recommend keeping faux locs for more than 6-8 months. Even routinely using a clarifying shampoo to cleanse your hair, you still might not want to exceed an eight-month faux loc hairstyle.
ARE DREADS AND LOCS THE SAME?Yes & No. You see, Locs is a general term referring to a grouping of hairs or stranding in any form or fashion. Dreads or dreadlocks, on the other hand, have a WAY more significant meaning to them and are also specific in style; rope-like shaped cylinders of hair. We highly recommend reading more about its pretty profound meaning and the history behind it. Dreadlocks are created from various techniques like backcombing, two-strand twists, rolling, braiding, and crocheting hair.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU MAINTAIN LOCSLocticians lock up your hair in many ways depending on the technique, material, and maintenance. Loc extensions, like Faux Locs, are protective hairstyles because they protect the hair’s tips while styling. Faux locs are typically crocheted into cornrows, unlike box braids. Crocheting allows new growth on the loc journey. Average hair growth will continue as long as your scalp is healthy and clean. Locs need regular maintenance, and so do your natural hair and scalp. Some hair extensions need a traditional palm rolling or a retwist, while other styles will need a total redo of the updo. As your own hair grows and you perform different activities, you will acquire build up. Build-up can come from sebum, dirt, dust, lint, and many other contaminants. If you do not correctly manage the build-up, your pores will begin to clog, and hair will not receive rehydration to keep its shape and feel. This will lead to breakage. As hair becomes brittle and dry, it will start to frizz. Frizz will cause your hair not to be as versatile and kinkier. Dry cuticles cause frizz, and when you’re in humidity, frizz traps water in the air causing the hair to swell. If you notice frizz, grab some nourishing conditioner.
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR LOCS AT NIGHT?
- Switch pillowcase with a silk pillowcase. This reduces lint and static electricity. Silk is softer and won’t pull on your hair as much while you sleep.
- If you are styling your faux locs, this will cause a lot of unwanted loc frizz. Also, cheap hair bought on Amazon tends to not hold its shape and texture for long. Try to take it easy on the product you use to cleanse your scalp regularly. The wrong crochet faux loc products, as well as too much of the right product, might also have a negative impact on your locs. Remember, natural is always better… this includes the products you put in it.
CAN I GET MY FAUX LOCS WET?Yes. Faux locs are made with natural and synthetic hair. Both of these can get wet. What usually can’t get wet is the products you put in your hair to style it. One type of hair might use a loc gel, while another uses a hydrophobic wax. The wax, of course, is made to get wet, while the gel might wash out. Before getting your hair wet, you might want to put your hair in a water cap. Water caps will hold your hair all together while still allowing water and shampoo to get to your hair. This is very useful when taking a shower to cleanse your scalp. Longer faux locs might need to be twisted up before covered by a shower cap. If you have short hair or a style that doesn’t require much styling or hair product, you might not need a shower cap. It depends on how your locs look after your shower. Something to remember, your hair holds water. The more hair you have, the more water it could soak up and keep. This can create a lot of tension on your scalp and may lead to breakage. Make sure to support and dry your hair after every shower properly to keep soft faux locs.
SHOULD I WASH MY FAUX LOCS?You need to understand why we wash our heads and hair. We clean to remove build-up and cleanse the scalp. We then moisturize and condition to add to the hair. If you tend to wash faux locs often, you might be stripping the lubricating, natural oils, or perhaps even the loc maintenance products that you’ve been using for added style or a specific look. You don’t want to wash this out unless you have a product to add back in. This is seen a lot in synthetic hairs used to make goddess locs faux locs. If you style your hair with faux locs meant to last a couple of months, you will want to regularly wash your scalp and hair. You will need to have touch up appointments as well. Crochet faux locs are interlocked together for a tighter and firmer hold. Other protective stylings aren’t held together as well as crochet and box braids. Look for residue-free products!
HOW DO YOU CURL HUMAN HAIR?When it comes to human hair, there are three main types:
- Virgin hair
- Remy Hair
- Regular natural hair
- Human hair is safe to hot iron curl.
- Brush first, remove knots and tangles. Hair is much easier to curl without snags and tangled hair.
- Second, add some heat protection. Repeated heat treatment can damage the cuticle of the hair.
- Begin to curl your brushed hair around the curling iron. It’s advised to curl the hair in the clockwise direction on your face’s right side and a counter-clockwise direction on the left side. Do not use rubber bands as they might burn with contact with iron.
- Hair spray and gels work great with human hair and get permanent hairstyling with a perm.
CAN I GET A PERM FOR MY FAUX LOCS?Perms use select curling chemicals that lather up over all the strands of hairs. These chemicals absorb deep into the hair’s structure and change its composition. Chemicals are then being absorbed and dried into the hair. We do NOT recommend getting a perm for your faux locs, especially if they are synthetic.
WHAT DOES PRE-LOOPED HAIR MEAN?A lot of trending braiding hair extensions come with pre-looped. A pre-loop is a loop on one end of the hair to help with the crochet or braiding, and it also allows the stylist to DIY. QUICK TIP! Mambo or Marley hair does a great job at hiding the pre-loop attachment to cornrows or box braids. You often don’t see pre-loops in lace frontal or full lace wigs because the method used to attach the hair is different.
HOW TO TAKE OUT FAUX LOCS (DIY TUTORIAL)
- Lather head in leave-in conditioner for at least 30 minutes before beginning the twist out process.
- Start on one side and get ready to sit for a long time.
- Cut out the hair extension pieces. Most Faux loc styles only attach to the bottom 3 inches of your hair within the small braids. Just make sure you don’t cut off your real hair; it’s all we’re saying.
- Begin to unravel your locs and plant to work on each loc (one by one) and repeat this step until every single loc is gone.
- Lather up locs braids to help untwist out hair. If you are beginning another faux locs styling, you can retwist braids and even add new hair extensions. We recommend a nice shampooing first.
- Address and large areas that need a little extra work.