Let us educate you more about the color BLACK from a scientific and artistic perspective as we dive deep into what separates this fundamental shade apart from all other hues in faux locs.
Picking the right hairstyle color can be difficult and time-consuming. Faux locs are finally gaining the proper acceptance and approval in the hairstyle community, and many styles and colors of imitation dreadlocks have emerged. Before you begin looking for your favorite hairstyles, let’s get some brief information that includes what they are, how to install them, what brands and colors are available, and how to keep up with the maintenance.
Faux locs are fibers grouped in palm rolled, crochet, braided, or twisted plaits to look and feel like real dreadlocks.
With more faux loc styles being created every month, the types can vary in colors, lengths, and braid patterns. Many locs come pre-made and pre-styled while only needing to be looped around cornrows or through box braids. Let’s dive right in about the different application styles used.
CORNROW CROCHET METHOD
Crocheting locs in through your cornrows is the easiest method of attachment. The best crochets faux locs come pre-looped and already made into dreads. This method will require a latch hook or crochet tool so make sure to have one readily available before starting.
Each style is started with a full head of cornrows that are tightly flat twisted against the scalp. The faux loc is then looped around your natural hair evenly. This method is repeated down each row of cornrows. Most styles can require up to ten packs of pre-looped hair. This method is the easiest for beginners and produces wonderful loc masterpieces.
BOX BRAID METHOD
Braiding hair does require a little bit of skill and technique. This style still uses pre looped hair but can be made with other loc variations as well.
To begin, start with the separation of uniformly sized sections of hair that are braided outwards from the scalp. The best braid length to aim for is at least 3 inches with a maximum of 10 inches.
Once your natural hair is fully braided, the locs are looped through each individual section, at the roots, one by one. The braided hair is then interlaced through the faux loc by untwisting the dread partially, and then wrapping them around the braids completely to tuck them away. To finish off the look, grab the braids and crochet the tips through the fake locs to completely hide the natural hair.
WRAP OR TWIST METHOD
Over the years we have seen many locticians have the most difficulty with perfecting this method of attaching faux locs, but it is needed because it yields the most appealing and original design. This technique is used in many variations of styles like goddess faux locs, passion twist, and boho locs. The best part is, your natural hair can be used to achieve these looks by simply wrapping them with a curly hair dread strand completely, and then twisted together to create a long hair faux locs styling.
If your hair is shorter, you will need to add hair extensions before starting because these styles require longer lengths. You then grab the faux locs and begin tightly wrapping the hair extensions from root to tips.
As you wrap the hair use heat to help tighten the twisted hair all the way down to the ends. Finish the wrap method two inches from the tips leaving an open curly end like the famous goddess and bohemian creation. To seal the wrapped hair, you can use a small Bic lighter, hair safe sealing glue, or use your favorite knotless sealing method instead.
FULL LACE WIG
This method of adding locs to your hair is typically used for costumes or less permanent events. This doesn’t require much skill and only requires you to lay your hair flat against the scalp with a hair net or cornrows. To learn more about adding a full lace wig, check out our excellent article on dreadlock wigs.
Now that you know the technique, you will need some help with what hair brands to choose and what’s the best black color to rock!
BEST BLACK CROCHET HAIR
Faux locs can be made with many different kinds of fiber strands. Marley hair, Kanekalon, Freetress, Nu Locs, and Crochet Faux Locs are the best brands used.
These locs have the best human hair characteristics with just the right amount of kinky textures with bright black hair color to impress all your friends.
Some locs are a combination of different fiber types used to create the highest quality look.
Many unique strands are used to give fake dreads their wonderful look and elegant style. Fibers are small cylindrical strands that are typically longer in length and dramatically shorter in width.
Trendy and popular threads chosen are the ones with the most natural and healthy-looking human hair characteristics. Human hair can be the most expensive fiber used in faux locs because of the high demand for fibers, but very low supply available.
Hair that is naturally growing and mainly consists of cellulose or proteins is human hair and is perfect for use in faux locs. Virgin human hair is hair that hasn’t been died, burned, or damaged with the cuticles still intact. Virgin hair is the most expensive and sought-after fiber of choice.
Remy’s hair is also valuable and is considered to be hair that has been dyed but still has the cuticles intact. Because human hair has to be grown, there has been high use of manufactured fibers incorporated in faux locs instead.
Fibers that have been manufactured and not grown naturally are synthetic. These fibers can be created out of copolymers whose chemical composition and structure are significantly modified during the manufacturing process. The composition is repeated in a long chain as they are extruded through a spinning heated cylinder with small holes.
This can be made very cheap and rapidly while still having many characteristics of natural human hair fibers.
Now that you know the strands that are used, let’s explore more about how those colors are chosen and what gives black such an amazing look.
IS BLACK EVEN A COLOR?
Black is the absence of light. Technically most colors are spectral reflections created when sunlight bounces off an object in a specific wavelength that produces a sensation and feeling on the eye (2).
The black we see typically used is a pigment of the darkest paint we can make or find. When you print something in black or white, you use a pigment mixture of 60% Cyan, 40% magenta, 40% Yellow, and 100% Black. Instead of black, it’s a mixture that creates an even darker appearing pigment than 100% black paint.
You will see a lot of color variations of black used. These all will produce their custom contraption of dark pigment mixtures.
WHY IS CROCHET FAUX LOC BLACK THE BEST BLACK?
Our selection process for all of our products dives deep into the color pigmentation used to color every strand. We personally select and customize our own blend of high-quality black fibers to create the most elegant locs with the deepest color of black to help contrast with any style.
4 POPULAR BLACK PIGMENTS
- NIGHT SHADOW
- DARK CHOCOLATE
- BLACKENED PEARL
When these pigments are properly blended, they can create an incredibly dark and aesthetic color appearance! But they will need to be maintained to keep their wonderous reflection of light properly,
MAINTAIN BLACK FAUX LOCS CROCHET INDIVIDUALS
The best way to maintain your faux locs is to wash them regularly and keep good scalp health. To do this you want to always start by cleaning your scalp and working your way down the ends. Many brands are safe to be rinsed and are durable to withstand shower water. If needed try using a shower cap or rubber bands to hold locs together.
Use a nice warm shower rinse to break up any build up near the roots or stuck inside the cornrows. This can help reduce the smell and oiliness that is collected over time.
The most build-up is created from sebum at the roots. It can be easily washed away with a dreadlock shampoo. These are products that are dread safe and are specifically made to target regular build-up in tough to reach areas.
HOW LONG CAN I KEEP MY BLACK FAUX LOCS UPDO?
Depending on how faux locs are maintained can drastically determine how long they can be kept in. Remember, it’s not about how long you can keep them but rather how long “should you keep them”.
IS MY DARK FAUX LOCS HAIRSTYLE GOING TO BE HEAVY?
Typically the color isn’t going to change the weight, but factors like the length, size, thickness, and hair will determine if your locs will be heavy. You definitely will feel lighter after removing those jumbo dreadlocks after weeks of rocking them.
ARE BLACK FAUX LOCS EXSPENSIVE?
Black fibers are typically the same price as other colors except when used in ombre or balayage shading techniques. Because of the technique and complexity of shading, these color combinations usually take longer.
SHOULD I CONDITION MY BLACK SYNTHETIC HAIR?
If your faux locs are made of yarn or synthetic fibers, you will not condition your fake locs since these fibers don’t absorb the chemicals in conditioners as human hair does.
CAN I ADD MOUSSE TO MY DREADLOCK EXTENSIONS?
As long as the mousse doesn’t contain alcohol or other damaging chemicals, they should be sufficient to add to your twist hair to add shine and a superior bouncy volume.
HOW LONG LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO CROCHET BRAIDS HAIR INTO CORNROWS?
For all you DIY’ers adding pre-braided hair using a crochet method, it is pretty quick and can be done as fast as an hour and a half.
Black can be an excellent choice for any faux loc creation. With the proper hair care, the styles will continue to impress regularly. Make sure to leave us an excellent comment about all your favorite black faux locs protective hairstyles.
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