Are you looking for a protective hairstyle that is gorgeous and edgy? Dreadlocks are usually a permanent hairstyle choice, but you can protect your hair or just switch up your look with temporary versions of dreadlocks, better known as faux locs. Faux locs are a way of having the look without the long-term commitment. We'll discuss two popular types here, soft locs and faux locs.
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What Are they
Soft locs are soft in texture - hence the name. They are made when natural crochet locs are installed individually, and then the hair is wrapped around it. These are generally designed to be worn very long - 30 to 36 inches (hip length). In the past, faux locs were stiff, tight, and appeared obviously unnatural. Soft locs are a way to give faux locs a more natural look and feel and make them more pleasant to wear. Their movement is more realistic from day one, and they're tension-free.
Faux locs are extensions (not your natural hair) that are then loc'd. This is accomplished by one of two possible methods. The first method takes your own braided hair and wraps it in hair extensions. The second method is to cornrow your natural hair and install crochet locs onto the cornrows with a crochet hook. The second method is the fastest, taking only 4 to 5 hours. Although it's quicker, this method doesn't look as natural as the wrapping method.
To earn its name, soft locs use afro kinky hair (distressed) to wrap around the roots of each crochet loc. You may also experiment with other kinds of hair to create a natural, tension-free, soft look. Here are a few you can try:
- Crochet Faux Locs
- Water Wave Passion Twist Hair
- Kinky Wrapping Hair or Afro Kinky Hair
- Human Hair Blend/100% human hair
Faux locs usually use Marley hair or some other type of synthetic hair. Synthetic hair is inexpensive, and one of the reasons faux locs are the popular choice. Marley hair is the favorite because it has the closest look and texture to natural locs. You're free to choose a different kind, but make sure that it is a coarse texture, so it closely resembles locs.
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There are three ways that you can do your soft locs:
- Wrapping the roots with distressed, afro kinky hair.
- Wrap the locs at your root with the faux loc itself.
- Wrap loc down to the tips
Now we'll look at each of these ways in more detail:
- Wrapping the roots with distressed, afro kinky hair: This option means wrapping the crocheted loc at the root with distressed hair. This gives it a natural, authentic look and feel. You don't have to wrap the entire loc, just at and near the roots.
- Wrap the locs at your root with the faux loc: The next option is to take the crochet loc and wrap it around the base itself. This gives your locs a faux loc look while still being soft.
Pro tip: Unravel the loc and wrap the hair tightly around the base of the loc. Don't wrap it too tightly - find a balance between too tight and too loose.
- Wrap loc down to the tips: This last option is to wrap the crochet loc down the entire length of the shaft. This process gives the locs a distressed, authentic look.
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Installing faux locs can be done by one of a few methods:
- The first method takes your own braided hair and holding it firmly with one hand; use the other hand to wrap the loc extension around it until it reaches the length you want. This can be a lengthy process. So if time is a concern, this may not be the method for you.
- As mentioned earlier, another method for installing faux locs is to cornrow your hair and install the locs onto the cornrows with a latching hook. This is the fast method. The disadvantage is that your styling options are limited because of the parts and the cornrows' pattern.
- A third method for installing faux locs will look the most authentic. It begins with braiding or twisting your own hair, then crocheting the faux loc around each braid or twist. Your braid will end up being hidden on the inside of the crocheted faux loc.
The length of soft locs depends on the length of crocheted loc that you purchased. If you buy 30 inch locs, they can't be shorted. You will have 30-inch soft locs. When choosing a length, keep in mind the strength and density of your hair.
Faux LocsWith faux locs, you can adjust the length to be as long or as short as you'd like. The length of your own hair doesn't even limit you. For instance, if you use the cornrow method, no matter how long your hair is, you can still have a cute, short bob in faux locs. Your hair is bound in the cornrows, so don't affect the length of your faux locs.
Flexibility and Tension
With soft locs, you should have tension-free, flexible locs immediately. There should be little to no tension on your roots, and you should be able to put your new locs up in a bun without any problem.
With faux locs, expect them to be stiff at first with some tension on your roots. Even if they are dipped in hot water to increase flexibility, they may take a few days before they 'feel' okay. Such hairstyles like up-dos may have to wait.
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How much do they cost?
The cost will depend on the hair used, the length of time in the chair, and where you live. But generally, expect to pay around $300.
Due to the use of synthetic hair, faux locs are usually significantly less expensive than soft locs. Expect to pay between $150 to $300, depending on where in the country you live.Do you want vegan, organic, residue-free products for your locs? We specialize in high-quality products you’ll love! Visit Lion Locs.