Gypsy Locs

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Are you tired of wearing all the standard faux loc creations? Want to express yourself as wanderlust and adventurous this summer that will have everyone asking where have you been?

Spice up that holiday wishlist with a gypsy faux loc crochet hair creation that will have all the after-hour attention!

African queen with gypsy crochet faux locs on pastel purple background with text on her shirt and magnification of her hair strands.

WHAT ARE THEY?

Gypsy locs are not a specific crochet loc but rather a full head design that incorporates accessories and details to give an overall presence and feel of a gypsy vibe! With many options to achieve this look, we have put together a list to help point you in the right direction. 

WHAT YOU NEED TO PULL OFF A GYPSY LOC HAIRSTYLE

To accurately look like a gypsy style, you will need to use multiple accessories. Just using one product labeled gypsy will only give you raw stylings. It’s best to combine at least two or three listed accessories below with an excellent gypsy faux loc hair to achieve a more realistic look. 

Gypsy faux locs hair from back view with all the accessories and add-on to achieve a gypsy crochet faux loc hairstyle and look.

THE BEST CROCHET FAUX LOC HAIR FOR GYPSY LOCS

 To start the faux loc gypsy, reach for lightweight, kinky plaits, and nice and shiny. The more natural kinks with spring twists in the locs, the better the Egyptian vibe. Hairs like kanekalon, 

GREAT OPTIONS FOR HAIR INCLUDE:

DIVATRESS Brands Gypsy locs in any of their colors. 

FREETRESS Body Wave Gypsy brands locs are great as well

****Don’t be afraid to grab different shades to customize your look. 

Different shades and styles of ombre kinky and way faux loc crochet hair can be used to achieve a wonderful looking base on your gypsy faux loc style!

Gypsy loc base no accessories - crochet faux locs

THE PERFECT 2021 HAIR COLOR FOR FAUX GYPSY LOCS

The best colors to use are shiny and reflective, and they match your complexion and natural styling. Mix up multiple shades of the same hue and tone but avoid duller colors as this style needs to shine!

6 ESSENTIAL COLORS TO USE WITH GYPSY LOCS OFF OF CUSTOMER REVIEWS

Gypsy get their distinctive look from their hair colors.

  1. BLACK AND BROWN
  2. HONEY BROWN
  3. PLATINUM BLONDE
  4. BLACK
  5. BRAZILIAN BURGUNDY OR DARK RED
  6. PINK AND PURPLE PINK

A lot of trendier styles use an ombre effect on their color patterns. Ombre patterns are a fading technique that typically starts with a darker color at the top and fades to a lighter bleached color at the bottom. This effect can be done on many colors and works excellent when starting with black or brown hair colors. 

No matter what style, color, texture, or hair extension you choose, all of them attach the same easy and simple way with the use of a pre-looped tip!

Back of black womens head showing small sections of hair that are boxed in shape for attachment of gypsy crochet locs with ombre color schemes.

ASSECORIZE TO COMPLETE THE LOOK

Having the right gypsy hair will not give you the look and feel of a real gypsy loc creation. You will need the combination of multiple gypsy accessories to pull this off entirely. 

Here we have listed the best accessories when it comes to creating that original style.

  • Colored twine and yarn
  • Dreadlock beads in an array of colors, shapes, and sizes
  • Dread Cuffs(that also work great at hiding imperfections)
  • Plait coils made with copper, silver, and gold
  • A loose wavy tress hair extension
Dreadlock feathers gypsy faux locs - crochet faux locs

GRAB THE RIGHT TRESS

Tress is an old word for strands of curly hair that clump together. The unique design seen in gypsy locs the addition of tresses looped and knotted randomly around the locs. The hair strands can be added near the roots of existing locs or to underneath cornrows.

Adding hair to locs and cornrows is much easier when using a crochet tool or darning needle. These specialized tools allow you to attach the strands closer to the roots to look much more natural. The hair tresses are typically dyed the same color as the faux loc tips that are being added.

WHAT KIND OF HAIR DO YOU USE FOR GYPSY LOC HAIRSTYLES?

Many people use Mojo Locs, boholocs, Kanekalon locs, goddess faux locs, Butterfly Locs, bohemian dreadlocks, and locs labeled Gypsy Loc works excellent for these Hairstyles. It’s magnificent to use a mixture of different locs from other stylings to achieve this look. To save time installing, look for pre-looped braiding hair extensions. 

You will also need to purchase packs of distressed hair. This hair will be used to create the iconic gypsy locs look. Both hair types are required to develop the iconic gypsy loc look. When purchasing hair colors, try and stick with a common theme and not buy randomly. Faux locs with consistent color themes work out the best!

Black women with amazing features wearing green shirt on pink and black salon with thick crochet gypsy faux loc hair extensions freshly added and maintained.

Don’t let your stylist or loctitian confuse you. Finding the right hair for a gypsy loc look is easy and simple. Use your creativity and maybe even some of those faux locs that you have leftover from other styles can finally be put to some good use!

5 SIMPLE STEPS TO CREATE GYPSY LOCS

  1. This style is effortless and follows the same installation procedures as other faux locs. They can be made with many different crochet braids, crochet hair, and locs hair. When choosing hair, Think “Crochet goddess locs” combined with a “lace frontal.” Hair and locs with a natural waviness and tight kink are great for this styling.
  2. Before you begin, it is highly recommended to take a shower. Wash your head and scalp thoroughly. It’s essential to clean off any build-up of extra sebum. Make sure to get a deep wash and rinse with a “residue-free” shampoo. After the deep cleaning, lock in moisture with a good conditioner. Nourishment will help keep your hair hydrated and lasting longer.
  3. To start, begin will a full head of cornrows. Alternatively, You can start by sectioning your hair the same way you would for box braids. This method requires creating your own faux locs.
African model looking down with beautiful brown and black gypsy faux loc crochet hair

 4.Each loc needs to be individually looped around the cornrows and tightened. Start from the front and work to the back. Keep a uniform pattern of application for a more realistic look.

  5. Upon finishing looping the locs, add a mouse to help shape and refresh them. To add more customizability instead of crochet locs, try twisting your hairs into great plaits. When you DIY, it will always come out more unique.

  6. Once you have added faux locs evenly spaces, you can add your synthetic hair or human hair. The best method for adding the hair is to crochet them in-between the faux locs to give you the gypsy loc hairstyling. Again, this is better achieved with a crochet needle. The tresses should be randomly placed and attached as closest to the scalp as possible.

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KEEPING GYPSY LOCS HYDRATED

Moisture plays a big part in the life of your locs. To keep your hairstyle lifespan extended and healthy, you need to pay close attention to your hair needs. Many customers neglect their scalp and hair because they only look at their locs.

Inspect your cornrows daily. Look for dry areas, hair loss, breakage, and build-up. Adding nourishing oils like tea tree and peppermint might help moisturize your scalp (2). Always consult a dermatologist before applying products to your skin and seek medical attention if you notice any rashes or hair loss. 

Naturally, your scalp will produce oils to hydrate your hair. Faux locs don’t absorb hydration the same as your natural hair. To keep those locs looking hydrated, add a dab of styling moose. This will add volume, fluff those roots, and bring back that shine and glow!

Don’t neglect your scalp health. Just because you’re locs look tremendous and healthy doesn’t mean your head is sufficient. Always remember to review and inspect along with regular hair care periodically. 

WHAT IS A GYPSY

Simply put, a gypsy is a nomadic or free-spirited person(1). They are known for their colorful choices of clothing, hair, and unconventional ways of living. Their hair typically can be described as freeform dreadlocs that are uneven and thickly wrapped with bright feathers, accessories, or twine.

The Romanian travelers were once called gypsies as a short slang word for Egyptians because of their dark hair and common characteristics of the population from near by lands. 

Romanian gypsy egyptian faux loc history - crochet faux locs

The hair is always layered and never seems to have an even 21st-century cut. There are not many original gypsies here in the United States. Gypsys were more common in Romania in the early 1900s. They typically traveled around without homes or owned land. They made money doing manual labor and working in metal fabricating trades. 

Gypsy gets its name from slang and is considered a derogatory exonym(word created for a place, people, or language used by foreigners). The term gets its roots from Egyptian, where Romanians were thought to come from when they first entered England. 

GYPSY VS BOHEMIAN

Gypsy styles are often used hand and foot with the word bohemian and boho stylings.

Bohemian styles typically have island colors that are uniform with open curly ends. Similar to goddess locs, they use the same hair but with different lengths. Bohemian locs, also called boho locs and are commonly not uniformly shaped or sized.

Gypsy locs look very similar to boho locs and goddess locs. The main difference is that added lace front hair is either crocheted or braided between the already installed faux locs and the excessive use of accessories and twine. This gives gypsy locs a denser, more custom, and iconic look.

GYPSY LOCS VS MERMAID LOCS

When you strip both these styles down to their fundamental attributes, it’s easy to see why these styles are often mistaken for one another

Mermaid locs are the mixture of regular faux locs and an added loose wavy hair tress that often wraps around the locs and splits to create fishtail-looking locs. This is likely where they get the name mermaid loc since they are a hybrid, just like actual mermaids. 

Faux gypsy locs can also have loose wavy tresses but often with less quantity and with thinner hairpieces. These are often accompanied by twine and other accessories. 

Don’t stop at ordinary when it comes to gypsy locs. Grab these new and beautiful golden necklace head jewelry pieces to really stand out in a crowd!

Seven different gold head necklace chain jewelry in gold for crochet gypsy faux locs hair

THERE ARE MANY WAYS IN WHICH YOU CAN STYLIZE YOUR GYPSY LOCS.

You can either let your hair down for those insta-worthy pictures, part them sideways for a softer and chicer look or bun it up if you want. You can also go for some extra glam by adding some accessories or dyed hair in your locs.

GYPSY LOCS ARE DONE FOR GIVING YOUR HAIR A SOFTER HUMAN HAIR LIKE TEXTURE.

And feels lightweight on your head. That means no headache, neck pain, or whatsoever. They are thick, free-flowing, and perfect for everyday wear. They give your locs a voluminous look and are finger-friendly as well. The length of your locs in this style should be either shoulder length or up to the waist.

FAQ

HOW LONG DOES CROCHET GYPSY LOCS TAKE?

2 – 4 HOURS ON AVERAGE FOR CROCHET INDIVIDUAL LOCS

Typically our stylist starts the timer after the client’s head has been fully cornrowed or braided. The faux locs crochet already come pre-rolled, and your only crocheting the locs into box braids or cornrows. Because of this, you don’t need much time at all to complete this. You can choose any hair length you want before you order. Just remember to check the hair material. We do recommend a shiny synthetic fiber for this hair styling.

HOW LONG DO GYPSY LOCS LAST?

UP TO 3 MONTHS

Depending on the hair you use and your regular hair care routine. Normally, locs or lace front wigs are treated with products to help keep them looking fresh. Typically the first part of the gypsy loc creation that gets messed is the loose strands of hair. To stop these hairs from tangling up and creating a disaster, remember to sleep with protection like a satin bonnet.

DOES GYPSY LOCS HURT YOUR NATURAL HAIR?

Gypsy Locs are a protective style and don’t damage any hair type. Typically you would cornrow or box braid your hair and crochet the gypsy locs in the natural hair with a tool. The same is for afro hair and curly hair.

The protective style allows your hair to grow and be maintained. If your scalp becomes dry, try using a moisturizing conditioner. 

Often the only damage we see is from the stylist upon installation and during retwists. Over tightening of the hair

DO GYPSY FAUX LOCS SMELL?

No, gypsy locs naturally have a fresh hair scent with no smell. After time if locs are brought into environments with smoke or perfumes, they will likely hold on to these smells and need a light rinsing. 

CONCLUSION

Gypsy locs are another great faux loc styling. The freedom to express yourself with gypsy locs is endless. This fantastic creation and technique will help you achieve the most excellent and iconic look! Leave us a comment with your favorite Gypsy faux locs hair color creations!

SOURCES

  1. “Gypsy.” Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster, www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gypsy.
  2. “Tea Tree Oil.” National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, www.nccih.nih.gov/health/tea-tree-oi

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