Gypsy Locs

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Gypsy locs are made using a unique technique, which calls for a mixture of long twisted locs and lengthy strands of wavy hair!

These can be described as a variation between faux locs and extra wavy hair

For extra transparency, it’s a combination of two different types of hair extensions, faux locs and “tress“.
This next topic is just for light reading and a bit of Gypsy history.

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 dreadlocks that are uneven and thickly wrapped with bright feathers, or twine.

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. Gypsy’s 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.

BUYING DIFFERENT LOC OPTIONS

Our favorite locs to create this masterpiece are those that closely resemble goddess locs or boho locs. These locs are unique because of their twisted distressed appearance with an open curly end. The loc tips are typically sealed with a water solvent glue and never melted together. The locs look best when uniformly shaped with the same lengths.

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.

There are many options for buying gypsy locs. Your first option is you can order your locs pre-made in crochet individuals. These come in an array of sizes, colors, and patterns. Your second option is to create the locs. You will need to order a couple of packs of coarse kinky hair. These can be wrapped around your natural hair to create the locs and add the desired texture. It is best to seal the tips with glue or solvent rather than heat seal these styles because of the open ends. If you need help with creating those open-ended curls, check out our blog on
goddess locs.

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

Many people use Mojo Locs, boholocs, Kanekalon locs, goddess faux locs, Butterfly Locs, and bohemian dreadlocks, and locs labeled Gypsy Loc works excellent for these hairstyles. It’s perfectly fine 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!

6 ESSENTIAL COLORS TO USE WITH GYPSY LOCS

Gypsy get their distinctive style from the hair colors. After checking our customer reviews, we have chosen these top colors for favorite gypsy, goddess and loc, and hair colors. A mixture of these colors is great is a necessity.

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

WHAT DOES TRESS MEAN?

Tress is an old word for strands of curly hair that clump together. 

THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWING THE DEFINITION

This word is somewhat very important to know, especially if you are conversing with other hair extension professionals.  It’s vital because it’s commonly used to help describe the unique design seen in the packs of gypsy locs.

TRESS DESIGN BREAKDOWN

  • Hair tresses are looped and knotted randomly around the locs.
  • These hair strands can be added near the roots of existing locs or attached into/underneath/around cornrows.
  • Hair tresses are typically dyed the same color as the faux loc tips that are being added.

DIY IN 5 SIMPLE STEPS

  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 begin by sectioning your hair the same way you would for box braids. This method requires creating your own faux locs.
  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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HYDRATION & MAINTENANCE TIPS

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.

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE

In the protective styled hair industry, the similarities from one faux loc to the next are pretty similar.  For this reason, specifically, we want to clarify these differences for you so there is no confusion.  Below you will find a few side-by-side comparisons.

Without further ado…

GYPSY VS BOHEMIAN VS GODDESS VS MERMAID

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. This gives gypsy locs a denser, more custom, and iconic look.

Bohemian (Boho) Locs styles typically have island colors that are uniform with open-ended curls. Bohemian hair extensions have similar hair structures in comparison to Goddess Locs, other than that, they vary tremendously because boho locs are not known for offering a uniform length and width.

Lastly, Gypsy vs Mermaid.

Simply put, unless you are the guru of faux loc extensions, you just wouldn’t be able to notice many differences.  In fact, these two loc styles are often mistaken for each other, mainly because they both add strands of tresses in-between the faux locs.

With that said, there are two differences worth mentioning:

  • uniformity in length
  • loc color options

Mermaid locs are much more uniform in appearance and they are typically only manufactured in colors that resemble a mermaids’ home (ocean).

For added clarity, these loc colors are usually teal, blue, green, with shades of light blonde.  

Styling Options

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.

TEXTURE

The locs of a gypsy are soft. Similar to human hair, these faux locs feel 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.

WILL GYPSY LOCS DAMAGE MY NATURAL HAIR?

No, Gypsy locs are considered a protective hairstyle, therefore, it will not damage your hair.
Furthermore, a protective hairstyle does not hinder your natural hair growth either!  However, with any new hair extension installation, there is a small risk.  This risk lies solely on the quality of the locs as well as the skill level of the Hairstylist or Loctician. The only damage we often see over-tightening of the hair.

CONCLUSION

Gypsy locs are another great faux loc styling. The freedom to express your self 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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