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Dreadlocking your real hair takes time and commitment, so naturally many people would be hesitant to try this long-term hairstyle. Luckily, faux locs were created for those ‘naturalistas’ who need to test the waters before deciding to get permanent dreads. So, here’s what you need to know.
Think of faux locs as braids; the variations are endless! There are different lengths, sizes, styles, and colours to choose from. A popular summer trend is installing long, curly and coloured faux locs, then styling a top knot tower bun. If this isn’t your style, you can always opt for the classic black, straight and thick locs.
Just like with other hairstyles, the pulling and manipulation puts pressure on the scalp, so you need to prepare the skin and keep it supple. The softer and more moisturised your scalp and hair are, the easier the locs will be to install, and the longer they will last. Moisturisers will also prevent scalp irritation later.
Faux locs are mostly sold as hairpieces in their locked form or can be handmade using fibres, yarn and human hair – referred to as goddess locs. Locs made from synthetic materials are often lighter and have an easier haircare routine because the materials aren’t as sensitive to the ingredients found in common hair products.
When it comes to accessorising, this is where faux locs shine. They’re perfect for creative beading, and a few options we’re seeing a lot of these days are the classic metal dreadlock cuff and slinky gold spirals.
Faux locs are the easy way out of the commitment, but still give you the fullness of the dreads experience. When you’re ready to try faux locs, visit your salon and make sure you work with a stylist experienced in this kind of installation.
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