Faux locs have been around for a while, but they seem to be especially popular now. Been considering having one installed myself, just scared it will cause a lot of hair breakage, despite the fact that it’s supposed to be a protective hairstyle.
I searched for ways to style it, just in case I eventually have it done (wouldn’t want to be stuck with just one look), and I decided to share some of the styles I came across.
So here’s some useful tips in the management of the locs:
- For manageable locs, opt for shorter lengths.
- The material used in making the locs determines how heavy it will be. Yarn is the lightest and does not weigh the hair down so much, human hair is more flexible but it is more dense, while synthetic is the most flexible and the heaviest.
- Moisturize regularly, wash and condition at least bi-weekly and if you’re concerned about your natural hair curling up out of your protective style when moisturized, you can use a bit of gel to smooth over the outside of your braids and tie them down with a scarf.
- Massage your scalp daily using a light oil such as coconut oil. This keeps your scalp moisturized, clean, and even promotes hair growth! It also helps ease the pain the first few days of having the locs done.
- Take the locs down in a timely fashion, and detangle each section using a mix of conditioner, water, and oil to work through any tangles, especially to de-gunk the roots.