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Have you seen that new distressed faux loc style with all the little butterfly wings?
“Butterfly locs the freshest faux loc technique to fly out the garden.” With this new method, you can add a lovely earthy and free-spirited feel to almost any hairstyle.
WHAT ARE THEY?
Butterfly locs are a messy boho version of an imitation dreadlock commonly referred to as a faux loc with a distressed unraveled look.
But fair warning, these locs are a little bit heavier than regular straight faux locs.
These lovely locs are closely wrapped the same way as goddess faux locs using the crochet method where wavy and curly hair is looped into a braid or knot and then loosely wrapped around a bundle of strands.
This gives the hair a distressed and unraveled stylish-looking butterfly wing effect when viewed from far away.
These locs are usually machine-made with synthetic fibers or sometimes hand-made when using more natural fibers like human and animal hair.
SOFT LOCS VS BUTTERFLY LOCS
Soft locs are very smooth, easy to shape or compress, and super soft. Butterfly locs can be rugged and kinky with a distressed look that utilizes loops added during the creation when wrapping. These two styles can be combined to create a soft butterfly loc styling.
HOW ARE THEY MADE?
Butterfly locs start with a section of straight hair that we will refer to as a base. The stylist begins to wrap a new strand of hair around the bottom, starting at the attachment point or “roots” and moving downwards towards the ends.
The strands are wrapped around the base loosely and distressed with loops, and knots added randomly. To finish off, seal the ends of your butterfly locs to help from unraveling.
BEST HAIR FOR THE DISTRESSED LOOK
Hair types that work best with butterfly locs are ones with natural kinky or wavy textures that have a lovely spring twist tangle-free feel to them.
A lot of braiding hair on the market will work just fine. A few of our personal favorites are:
LOC STYLES, LENGTHS, AND COLORS
The best part about butterfly locs is that this style is DISTRESSED. We can’t say this enough. With that said, you benefit from this in two ways.
- You have a lot more sizes and loc colors to choose from
- You can get more creative and worry less about the outcome
“The butterfly loc hairstyle is a distressed look.”
THE LOC LENGTH BATTLE
This means the hair ranges from ear lobe length to down past the mid-back to the waste.
Hair can be added to the base or wrapping hair to increase to a larger or more jumbo loc.
HOW TO INSTALL THEM?
Butterfly locs install the same way all other crochet faux locs do. The use of human hair rolled into cornrows, or a box braid base must attach the pre-looped locs properly.
- Grab a crochet needle or latch hook tool. This will be used to help wrap and tie the faux locs to your finished base.
- Depending on your choice base, Pass the crochet tool through the closest bundle of natural hair in the back to start.
- Use the loop at the root of all crochet faux locs and slip it over your tool’s hook.
- Pull the tool back through the entry point.
- Locate the loop and feed the other end of the butterfly locs crochet hair through the loop and pull.
- Double knot the loc with the same technique you just used and get ready to start again.
- Repeat these past few steps throughout your entire head to attach the rest of your butterfly faux locs and complete the styling.
VIDEO TUTORIAL: HOW TO INSTALL FAUX LOCS
5 WAYS TO SEAL YOUR LOCS
Getting those butterfly locs to hold appropriately is the key to rocking them.
These locs have a higher tendency to break free from standard sealing methods. Don’t look like a fool at the party, and set yourself up for success with these beautiful sealing techniques.
- A FLAT IRON PRESS
Nothing seals synthetic faux locs like a low heat flat iron or hair straightener. Please don’t hold it down too long for no smell cause once you see smoke; you went too far!
- HAIR GLUE (NOT GORILLA GLUE)
With 2021 already showing use how great glue can be at locking your hair into a hard turtle shell, the use of labeled hair glue can be an excellent option for an invisible seal that hold
- A BIC LIGHTER FLAME
We see the brand Bic mentioned a lot, and we will explain why. The flame on these lighters seems to be universally the same across the board. Other lighters are adjustable, and some you cant trust. When you need a simple flame to seal those locs, grab a Bic.
- RUBBER BANDS
This method leaves a visible rubber band at the tips of the locs. This method is a commitment-free way of sealing your ends from unraveling.
- GEL, WAX, OR BALM
This technique is not like the other knotless techniques. When you use a balm, wax, or gel, you will add this over a knotted tip to help smooth it down and hold the hair from slipping out.
The distressed locs crochet braids only get more distressed in time. This is good because it adds to the bohemian styling. The best part is besides a simple rinse and regular hair maintenance on your scalp, these locs don’t need much help unless they break free from their sealed tips.
REMOVING CROCHET LOCS
When faux locs are added with the crochet method, it makes the removal very easy. There are two rapid ways of doing this.
The first way is to locate the loop that attaches the faux locs to your natural hair. Then undo the knots and remove the hair.
If that doesn’t work, you will have to grab a pair of scissors and be the trimming method.
This method works great when you start by cutting the crochet hair in half. The makes them easier to manage and allows for less hassle. Finish the off by cutting the loop that holds the faux locs to the cornrows or box braids and unraveling the excess hair.
HOW MUCH DO THEY COST COST?
Synthetic butterfly locs should cost you under 270$ dollars for a full head of hair (6-8 packs). It’s when you need the help of a Loctician or hair specialist that you have to pay a bit more. Original butterfly locs installed on a full head can range from 300-450$.
DO I DIP BUTTERFLY LOCS?
It is easier to manage hair when it is dry. Hot water dipping butterfly locs is not an approved sealing method because the distressed locs tend to unravel easier than other faux loc stylings.
HOW LONG DO BUTTERFLY LOCS LAST?
Butterfly locs have more surface tensions and a greater chance of snagging on foreign objects like dust while you sleep. They also take longer to dry after a super good cleaning. Because of this, butterfly locs tend to get cleaned less and tend to unravel and frizz more frequently. If properly taken care of, it’s recommended they can last up to 5 weeks.
ARE BUTTERFLY LOCS GOOD FOR YOUR HAIR?
Butterfly locs are not damaging. Faux locs don’t damage your hair. They are a protective style that protects your hair from damage and allows average hair growth. That being said, butterfly locs and other distressed locs have more surface areas and carry more water when wet. Keep this in mind, as you will feel a little more hair tension after a shower or rinsing.
Having the right style this 2021 summer will make all the waves. Increase your appeal with a new look that no one has seen enough of! Make sure to comment below with all your wonderful butterfly creations!
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