This mix of two standard styles is selling off the shelf in ready-to-install kits. Mermaid locs are the new 2021 trend that has everyone ready to go back outside and enjoy nature.
We bring you this article in response to the thousands of hair enthusiasts who want to know what they are, what’s the difference, how to install them, where you can buy them, and so much more.
What Are They?
The simple answer to the question of “what are mermaid locs?” we answer with “the hybrid of two forms of crochet hair extensions.”
Mermaid Locs is a unique styling of faux locs because of the extra strands of hair added to the cornrows or box braids.
The hair strands need to have the same loop pre-made on the end of crochet faux locs to be attached the same way or wrapped into the crochet faux locs with one end being glued to seal it from unwrapping.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GODDESS LOCS AND MERMAID LOCS?
The clear difference between any goddess faux locs style and mermaid locs is the addition of wavy hair strands. These strands are not in the form of a loc and look just like regular human hair tresses.
Other variations of the mermaid locs can use curly hair or kinky hair instead of wavy hair as long as the hair is not braided or dreaded.
Goddess locs are faux locs with an open-ended curly tip. From a distance, this can look similar to mermaid locs.
Goddess locs can be used in the creation of mermaid locs. This is a stylish way mermaid locs are made, and popular kits come with goddess locs as the base extension.
Mermaid locs combine the crochet braid locs hair with crochet hair. Think “Crochet goddess locs” meets “full lace frontal.” It might seem very hard, but step by step, it’s effortless and straightforward to achieve.
CAN I APPLY THEM TO MYSELF?
If you are comfortable doing faux locs or other crochet braid hairstyles on your hair, this should be no different. The addition of extra hair does take a little spare time to install but not more than 30 minutes.
Innovations like the pre-loop make for easy installation of crochet strands and tresses.
HOW TO INSTALL MERMAID LOCS
Mermaid locs follow the same installation technique as other faux locs styles.
Start with the same bases you would typically use, like cornrow or box braid.
Go ahead and install the crochet faux locs of your choice, and if you need help with those, check out our installing faux locs guide article.
Once the faux locs are adequately installed, go ahead and grab your first bundle of pre-looped wavy hair strands and insert the crochet needle through the base the same way you would for regular locs.
Slip the hair loop over the crochet latch hook and pull back through the entry point.
Fold the hair and feed it through the loop and pull tight for a holding knot. If the hair doesn’t seem to be holding well, go ahead and double-not that bad boy for a tighter hold.
Repeat this process throughout your head in between all the other crochet faux locs you have already installed.
For Some added help, follow along with these beautiful mermaid loc video tutorials:
SECRET TRICK TO CHANGE FAUX LOCS INTO MERMAID LOCS
Mermaid locs are a hybrid of wavy hair strands and a faux loc base attached to sections of your natural hair. To transform regular faux locs into a new fleek 2021 creation, grab your favorite weave or hair extensions and individually tie them in between the roots of your fake locs. Use a double not and a holding gell to keep the hair clumped together. This is a secret way of saving money while still affording those brand new looks.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM DIFFERENTLY?
Mermaid locs are still made with the same high-quality synthetic hair and human hair as faux locs. Because these hairs are not dreaded in plaits, they dry a little quicker than locs. Typically, they can be rinsed and cleaned with dreadlock shampoo the same way you would wash other imitation dreadlock styles.
HOW TO MAINTAIN MERMAID LOCS?
Mermaid locs require little hair maintenance as the main focus is to cleanse your scalp, pores, and natural hairs. Faux locs crochet hair doesn’t require regular washings as the attachment technique makes them less likely to absorb sebum and oils that naturally produce on your scalp.
Instead, this sebum builds up in your hair base that is tightly wrapped. Washing your hair can differ if you’re a black woman or a white male, so it’s best to consult a hair specialist or dermatologist for advice on hair care routines with your specific faux locs design.
There are many options of crochet faux locs hair to help you fully customize your personal look.
LOOK & FEEL
Mermaids locs have a soft wave feel to them that resembles a-kind kinks and b-kind kinks, which are lightweight strands that go great with textured faux locs like a goddess and bohemian styles.
The best mermaid locs have the same length and color tones as the logs they are paired with. Having contrasting colors is a cool styling, but we like when everything is analogous and very similar in shades.
WHERE TO BUY FAUX MERMAID LOCS
Because mermaid locs are a mixture of faux locs and wavy hair strands, they typically come in pre-made kits with hair jewels for accessorizing, including everything you need to install. Some common brands of crochet mermaid locs are:
Bronde Boho Mermaid Locs
Janet Collection Nala Tress
(Remember, support respectful brands and avoid ordering off amazon from shady vendors and out of country imposters)
Mermaid locs create revolutionary texture compilations of soft lightweight hair.
WHAT TYPE OF HAIR IS USED TO CREATE THE MERMAID LOOK?
Mermaid Locs are typically synthetic fiber and human hair mixes, twisted into locs for styling. You want light and wavy hair. This can be hair-like kanekalon, Marley, and freetress water wave.
The dread part of mermaid locs is interchangeable as well. Some common styles use goddess faux locs, bohemian dreadlocks, and boho locs. Alternatively, we have seen a recent rise in the use of passion twist and sisterlocs instead of a faux loc. These are still installed the same way as other braiding hair extensions but are not shaped like the regular dread logs.
HOW LONG CAN IT TAKE TO CROCHET MERMAID LOCS IN A FULL HEAD?
2 – 4 hours on average. 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; remember to check the hair material. we do recommend a shiny synthetic fiber for this hair styling
HOW LONG DO MERMAID LOCS LAST?
Up to 2 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 them last longer. We recommend sleeping in a bonnet at night to protect your hair and keep it from getting curly ends. So keep the mermaid locs on your wish list if you want to keep the hair braids year-round.
HOW MANY PACKS OF MERMAID LOCS WILL I NEED?
Typically a pack comes with a mixture of 6 -8 individual crochet faux locs and six bundles of hair strands. Since a full head will require at least 50 strands, you are looking at needing 8-10 packs of mermaid locs to complete a full head.
WILL MIXING BOTH TYPES OF HAIR EXTENSIONS HURT MY NATURAL HAIR?
Mermaid locs are a protective style and won’t damage any hair type. Typically you would cornrow or box braid your hair and crochet the mermaid 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.
HOW DO I HIDE THE CROCHET LOOP KNOT?
With the use of Marley’s hair or other kinky hair strands, you can wrap the knot to create a nice log that hides and smoothes out the attachment method for a more natural look.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON HAIR COLORS?
After checking our customer reviews, we have chosen these sultry combinations to help you customize your faux locs creation; bronde (brown and blonde mixture), Brazilian burgundy, ombre, black, blue with a green mix, heritage red, and Dorset cream. With these awesome combinations, you should be able to find something that fits you right and gives you that mermaid vibe.
DO MERMAID LOCS TANGLE?
Yes, It’s a safe practice to routinely separate the strands from the locs to help keep the style from locking together.
After reading this, we know you will be ready and anxious to go ahead and get your hands on some mermaid locs. Remember to follow our guide and don’t forget us when you make it to the big leagues and new york fashion shows.
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