How to Take Down Soft Locs
Do you ever want the look and feel of dreadlocks but don’t want to commit to the time and permanence of them? Or are you looking for a fresh look for a season or a special occasion? Wherever you fall in those questions, faux locs are a great option for you. You get the look and feel of dreadlocks instantly, with even more variations, but without the permanence. One of those variations of faux locs is called soft locs.
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What Are Soft Locs
Soft locs are a variation of faux locs that are soft to the touch. Their softness is a significant accomplishment for faux locs because they used to be all stiff and appeared unnatural. But soft locs achieve this softness because of the hair and method used to create the style.
To make soft locs, you braid your hair in the desired sized sections right to the ends. Then take wavy hair and once you anchor it to the base of your braid, wrap it around your natural braid to bring about the length, volume, and beauty of soft locs.
Do Soft Locs Damage Your Hair?
Soft locs, like all faux locs, are intended to be a protective style with the added advantage that it looks fantastic. But if not installed correctly, any protective style can damage your hair.
Here are a few possible issues:
- The added weight of extra hair on the head can pull on your roots and maybe cause neck and back pain too.
- Excessive tension may cause continued stress on your scalp leading to weakened hair and roots.
- The tension is especially damaging to your edges because hair is thinner at the edges and susceptible to breakage.
- Soft locs that are left in too long mean that your hair is suffering from the above for a prolonged period.
- Even if you remove your soft locs in a timely fashion, redoing them too often without a rest for your natural hair may lead to damage.
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How to Maintain Soft Locs
The trick to not incurring any of the damage mentioned above is to maintain your soft locs properly.
Here are the tips to taking better care of them and avoiding any damage:
Don’t Treat Soft Locs Like Real Locs
It’s tempting, but don’t treat your soft locs (or any faux locs) like they’re the real thing - they aren’t. So don’t do things like re-twist the new growth the way you would with natural locs. This will cause your hair to loc - for real. And may also cause other damage that will remain unnoticeable until you take down the soft locs.
Moisturize and Hydrate Your Hair
Don’t neglect your own hair in this process. Remember to use oils to gently massage your scalp, leave-in conditioners to moisturize your roots, and rosewater for hydration. This will help to strengthen your roots and new growth against the constant tug of the soft locs.
Clean it - Don’t Wash it
Yes, you have to keep your hair and the soft locs clean, but that doesn’t mean you need to shampoo. Strictly speaking, your hair doesn’t need it until you take the soft locs out. To keep your scalp clean, you can rinse your scalp with an apple cider vinegar and water mixture every couple of weeks.
If you must shampoo, consider a sulfate-free shampoo. Be gentle and rinse thoroughly, so no soap is left in the locs.
Protect Your Locs At Night
Wear silk or satin on your hair at night to avoid drying out or the picking up of dust or lint from your bed lines. Covering your locs at night will also keep your natural hair moist and hydrated longer, as well as keep the locs tidier.
How to Take Down Soft Locs - 3 Methods
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for, how to take down soft locs. If you’ve maintained them well, they’ll be easier to remove, and you’ll be happy with the look and feel of your own hair. Here are three methods for removal.
The kinder, gentler method is to almost excessively moisturize your hair throughout the process of removal. The soft locs are easy to remove, and it keeps your own hair from breaking or becoming tangled.
- Create a mixture of conditioner and water in a spray bottle.
- Snip the end of the soft loc you’re removing.
- Gently unwrap the hair from around your hair.
- Spritz your hair with your mixture to soften your hair and prevent tangles.
- Add a little oil to your hair as you go to prevent it from drying out before you’ve removed all of the soft locs.
This method was found on YouTube with natural hair influencer Adaisha Miriam who shows a quick way to remove soft locs.
- Begin close to the root of the soft loc and find your own braid, then get a good grip.
- If you can’t get a good grip, unravel the wrapping hair enough to reach your own hair.
- When you feel your own hair, pull it gently out of the wrapped hair.
- With your braid out of the way, hold onto the top part of the wrapping hair and cut it off with scissors. Be very careful not to cut your own hair.
- Now that the loc has been cut off, gently remove any remaining hair from the base of your braid.
If you would rather not cut off the bit of wrapping hair in step 4, you can leave it attached and carefully unbraid your own hair, which will free the wrapping hair at the root.
This method is also perfect for preserving the wrapping hair to be reused in a second installation.
This method is probably the most straightforward.
- Cut the end of each soft loc.
- As you pull on your own hair, gently unravel the wrapping hair until your own hair is free.
- This may take a little longer than the first two methods, but it can be employed without damaging your hair.
- You may or may not want to detangle and moisturize as you go or wait until all of your hair is out.
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The Final Word on Soft Locs
Soft locs are a beautiful way to protect your hair and look fabulous at the same time. As long as you moisturize your hair well before the soft locs are installed, you won’t have any unpleasant surprises when you remove them.
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