How To Control Frizz In Faux Locs?


A white girl with frizzy faux locs needing lots of help.

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Faux locs is the most popular choice of protective hairstyles among everyone these days. Everyone is rocking it from the Kardashians to Rihanna to Zendaya.  Faux locs have been rated as one of the hottest trends for years running and we’re beyond excited to share exactly what you need to know and do to prevent, maintain, and control frizzy faux locs.


All-natural human hair is made up of a tough protein called keratin. In the center of the hair is the medulla. Around the medulla is the cortex. The cortex holds hair’s structural shape. Around the cortex is a protective outer layer of “fish scales” called cuticles.

These cuticles lay flat and are nourished by natural and added oils. Cuticles are your hair’s natural defense from damage.

When the cuticle becomes dry they begin to point out and become brittle. The cuticles no longer laying flat lose their ability to protect the cortex. As the cortex becomes damaged your hair starts to lose its proper shape. If the damage continues you will have breakage or you will begin to get curly hair. This is why hair then starts becoming an “afro.”

An inside scientific look at hair follicles
An inside scientific look at hair follicles


Bad hair day? Does your hair just not lay flat and hold its smooth hair look shape?

Hair is covered with little small “fish scales.” These are called cuticles. Hair extensions like kanekalon hair are made from synthetic hair. Synthetic fiber doesn’t have cuticles and is usually made out of polymers. Some loc extensions use Virgin hair. Virgin hair is human hair that is usually treated to keep the cuticles down, and Remy’s hair is also human hair and is not treated, with all cuticles still intact. Remy hair is easy to damage but has the most natural and realistic look/feel.

Hair with healthy cuticles examined under a microscope should lay flat and smooth. When there isn’t proper hair care or you are braiding hair too much, the cuticles become bent and point outward. This is the start of frizz. The real damage begins when the cortex of the hair is partially exposed. This happens when too many cuticles become raised on a strand of hair and begin to flake off.

When the cortex gets damaged your locs start becoming “frizzy.” The cortex holds the shape of your own hair. Once the cortex is damaged you will lose your straight hair and begin to see kinks.

There are many ways to damage the cuticle and expose the layers of the cortex. This is why some hairstylists apply special shea butter and lotions when having to begin box braids or crochet braids with customer’s hair.

Damaged cuticles have more surface area. When it’s humid outside, damaged cuticles can hold larger water molecules. This will cause your hair to swell and appear very frizzy.

You can also damage your own hair with hot water. Too much hot water strips away natural oils in the hair and damages the cuticles.


With the passing time faux locs tend to get a little frizzy.

Now, a little frizz looks okay.

It gives them a more natural kinky look.

This can be a highly desired Marley and distressed look. But if this frizz is not maintained it is going to start gaining momentum and can soon become uncontrollable and make your locs unmanageable.

Today we are going to tell you about how you can maintain your faux locs by keeping the frizz at bay.

Three women with frizz.
Three hair types, beautiful in their own way… still all get real frizzy tho.

Here are our top five tips that you should follow to control the frizz in your faux locs:

  1. Switch your cotton pillowcase with a silk pillowcase. See if you can get a Mulberry silk pillowcase. It works best for all kinds of hair types. Cotton pillowcases absorb moisture and cause friction which ultimately leads to frizz. A silky surface will prevent friction and avoid frizz from your locs.
  2. Over styling, your locs will also cause a lot of frizz. A little styling is fine. You need it, we know! But overdoing anything always has its disadvantages. The more and more you play with them, the more frizz it is going to cause.
  3. Don’t use too heavy products on your locs. Heavy products like hair mousse, thick oils, moisturizers are going to cause buildups on your scalp which is ultimately going to lead to frizziness and stickiness.
  4. Cleanse your scalp regularly. Just because you got your natural hair covered doesn’t mean that you don’t need to cleanse your scalp and locs anymore. DO REGULARLY CLEANSE YOUR SCALP with shampooing and afterward apply a light oil or conditioner to nourish your locs. There are also natural home remedies like apple cider vinegar that also work well with cleaning your scalp.
  5. If the frizz is getting out of control you can also trim it, or burn it away carefully and then seal your locs. They will look fresh and good as new. After burning away the ends of your faux locs, remember to cold blow-dry your faux locs for an even look. If you are not the kind of person who likes to put fire around your locs, you can also try dipping your locs in hot boiling water. Mind it, the results won’t be as good as burning the frizz but might help you for some time. And to be honest, a little frizz looks fine. More and more women are embracing their natural hair texture these days.
    Now, if even all these tips don’t help, you can always invest in some good lock sprays and gel to tame that frizz.  If you can’t tame it, don’t fake it... rock the frizz for as long or maybe perhaps, for as short as possible.

Crochet faux locs

If you’re on the go or running errands you can just spray the lock spray all over your head and tame those flyaways. If you’re heading out for an event or if you have got time on your hand that you can take some hair gel, rub it on your palm and seal the frizz in your faux locs individually. If the frizz is around your roots then you can even twist it slightly and seal it with the gel for the time being. It will probably look very natural and you will be good to go.

Faux locs might be prone to frizz, but trust us by taking the right care of your locs you can prevent all the frizz and can keep them looking sleek. You should know that compared to other hairstyles, they are still pretty low maintenance. Now you know how you can make them less frizzy and stay stylish.


Depending on what level of frizz damage you have occurred, determines how serious the treatment.  Nonetheless, here are a few ways on how to get rid of frizz, and fast!

  • Start fresh, Cut the ends of your hair.
    • Cut the ends of your hair
    • Take out the Faux locs, entirely… and get some freshies crocheted in
    • Stop with the heat!  I know it feels good sometimes but, chill
      • Before blow-drying apply heat protection
      • Use sprays for thinner hair
      • Use creams for thicker hair
      • Turn down the Hot Water in your shower (the agony)
    • Stop touching your hair all the time!
    • Over styling… big No-No.  You kill your hair a little more at every new style. “Respect Your Hair” – Bob Marley. You strip your cuticles of natural oils, JS.
    • The more you move your hair and lock it up, the more damage to the cortex.
    • Use more nourishing products… There are many studies on how certain oils help keep hair moisturized better and longer
    • Use Conditioners that contains proteins, amino acids, and coconut oil.
    • You need products that will replenish and moisturize while closing the cuticles with much-needed oils.

Frizzy faux locs


Frizzy is more about aesthetics than health. Some people like frizzy hairy. Hairstyles like the Marley twist and Senegalese twist use kinky, rough, nappy hair. Most hair is going to get frizzy. Especially if you live in don’t take care of your hair or live in places with a lot of heat. Frizz isn’t always bad. Hair is dead cells. Once your hair gets dry and thin enough it will split or break. If your hair is growing long and has the desired look and feel, there’s nothing wrong with keeping the updo.

The only time frizz is bad is when you start noticing a lot of split ends, hair loss, dry/itchy scalp, and loss of color.

Faux locs

Faux locs might be prone to frizz, but trust us by taking the right care of your locs you can prevent all the frizz and can keep them looking sleek. You should know that compared to other hairstyles, they are still pretty low maintenance. Now you know how you can make them less frizzy and stay stylish.

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