Are you thinking about getting goddess locs? We can tell you exactly what hair to use and anything else you need to know about goddess locs.
If you’re looking for a striking new look that will make heads turn and protect your hair underneath, we recommend goddess locs. They’re a variation of faux locs that don’t aim so much at authenticity but rather at look stunning with volume and dimension for days. You may instantly enjoy the carefree look and feel that locs provide without the long-term commitment. You also have the advantage of having your ‘locs’ look precisely how you want them to, unlike with natural locs that have a mind of their own.
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What Are Goddess Locs?
Goddess locs are a dramatic form of faux locs but made with softer, synthetic hair. Because the hair used is synthetic, it may be high-shine with silky-luster. Goddess locs are formed by first imprecisely sectioning and box braiding your natural hair. Loose, wavy hair is used for the braids for that signature look of loose curls at the end of each goddess loc. Then the entire braid is wrapped with braiding hair. This is a time-consuming process, but the finished product is well worth the effort.
Traditionally, goddess locs have a flawless appearance - with each loc being completely identical and smooth down the shaft. This is markedly different from its close cousin, the Bohemian faux locs. These are made to look messy, rough, and as authentic as possible.
What Hair to Use for Goddess Locs
The hair used for goddess locs has to have just the right luster and texture. It must be lightweight and able to wrap around natural hair without sliding off. Following are examples of the types of hair that can be used to create this look.
For the box braidsFor the box braids, use either:
For the loc wrap
To wrap each braid, use one of these:
- Freetress Equal Synthetic Cuban Hair Braids, or
- Vivica A. Fox Unprocessed 100% Natural Human Afro Kinky Curly Hair
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Human Hair vs. Synthetic Hair
When you choose the hair for your goddess locs, you will have to choose between synthetic hair and human hair. You may use whatever kind of hair you wish for the braid extensions on the inside of the locs because it won’t be seen, but the real choice is about the hair used for wrapping on the outside.
Here are the three main differences between human hair and synthetic hair:
You might think that synthetic hair would be able to mimic the sheen of natural hair, but it doesn’t. Human hair used to wrap the locs has an unmistakable sheen, while synthetic hair doesn’t reflect the light as well.
Human hair and synthetic hair feel different. This may seem obvious, but human hair is softer than synthetic. The initial soft feel of synthetic hair soon deteriorates over time, but human hair retains its softness.
As you might expect, human hair is more expensive than synthetic hair. Human hair results from actual people who grow, cut, and sell their hair, while synthetic hair is the product of high or low-quality, artificial ingredients.
For example, Yami Store’s jumbo synthetic braiding hair costs $10.99 for 3-24 inch bundles, while Hesperis Mongolian human hair costs $90 for just one 24 inch bundle. When you consider that you will need at least three bundles for any faux locs style, human hair can become a considerable expense. However, the trade-off in quality, sheen, and softness may be worth it to you.
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How to Maintain Goddess Locs
Once you’ve achieved your head of gorgeous goddess locs, you’ll want to keep it looking optimal for as long as possible. Here are a few tips for maintaining your goddess locs.
- Refresh your goddess locs regularly by spritzing them with a mixture of water and oil (any oil). Just don’t overdo it or make your locs too wet.
- Wear a silk or satin bonnet at night. This will protect your locs from picking up lint or dust from your bed linens, clothes, or anywhere else. The bonnet will also lock in moisture overnight.
- Hopefully, you began your goddess locs with clean, deep-conditioned, and moisturized hair. To maintain this now that your locs are installed, gently massage oil into your scalp regularly. This will prevent itchy scalp and promote blood circulation and hair growth.
- You may be tempted to shampoo your goddess locs, but it’s not a good idea. Goddess locs contain a lot of hair, and getting all of that soaking wet and scrubbing it might cause it to unravel or become untidy.
- So to clean it, focus on your scalp, not the hair. Rinse your scalp with a mixture of water and apple cider vinegar when you need to. Then pat it dry, being careful of your locs.
- Keep your goddess locs in for up to three months with proper care and maintenance.
The Final Word on Goddess Locs
Goddess locs are a bold and dramatic version of faux locs. They give the wearer a genuine sense of carefree beauty while being a real head-turner. It can be an expensive hairstyle, with the purchase of hair, plus the services of a faux loc professional to do your hair. Once you have the locs, you will need to take good care of them to ensure they (and you) look good until time to take them back out. If installed properly, you don’t have to worry about damage to your natural hair. In fact, this is a protective hairstyle that can help your hair grow and retain healthy moisture.
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