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How To Do Faux Locs

You are scrolling through social media, and you see loc style on your favorite celebrity. You searched on Google to find out how to accomplish that. While doing the research, you notice that loc takes time and commitment, and you are not ready for that. You can achieve that look without locking your natural hair. How, you ask? Well, faux locs are the answer. What are faux locs? And can you do faux locs? Read on to find answers to these and more. 

What are faux locs?

As the name implies, faux locs simply mean false locs. They can be created with human or synthetic extensions. Faux locs are ideal for those who want to experiment with dreadlocks without locking their natural mane. Natural locs might take months or even years before they grow. You can get faux locs in a few hours with faux locs, however. Now that we have a clear understanding of what faux locs are, let's dive into how to do them.

How to do faux locs

There are two methods of installing faux locs. They are the crochet method and the wrap method. Now, we will discuss in detail what each technique entails.

The crochet method

This method of installing faux locs involves braiding your natural hair into cornrows, then crocheting the locs to them. To do that, you need the following items:

  • Faux locs crochet extension
  • Crochet hook
  • Edge control
  • Rat tail comb
  • Wide-tooth comb

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to create faux locks using the crochet method

Step 1: Start with clean hair.

To start with, you need to remove product buildup and debris from your mane. Wash your hair with a sulfate-free shampoo.

Step 2: Moisturize and detangle

After washing, you can now moisturize with a deep conditioner. If the hair is deeply moisturized, you should use a wide-tooth comb to detangle it until all the knots and tangles are removed.

Step 3: Section your hair and braid it into cornrows

The next thing is to section your hair vertically into as many sections as you want. Then braid each section of hair into cornrows.

Step 4: Apply edge control and hydrate with oil.

You can now hydrate your mane with oil. Choose either olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. The reason for this is that your natural hair is going to be tucked away for a while. Thus, it needs all the moisture it can get. Once it is well hydrated, you can now apply edge control to the edges.

Step 5: Install the crochet extension hair

The next step is to install the crochet extension hair. To do this, you will unlatch the crochet hook, then insert it into the root of your cornrow. After that you will take your crochet faux locs extension, and look for the loop on the extension. Once you find the loop, insert the crochet hook through the loop and close the latch. Pull the crochet hook gently through the root of your hair to the other side. Pull it about 3 inches above your cornrow until the loop is visible on the other side. Unlatch the hook and remove it. Then, pick the end of the extension and insert it into the loop, and gently pull it through till it is firmly secured to your cornrow. Repeat this till you cover all your cornrows with crochet faux locs extensions. This way, you have successfully installed your faux locs using the crochet method.

The wrap method

With this method, you have to braid your natural hair one by one. Next, wrap the extension hair around the braided hair. The items you need are almost identical to those needed for the crochet method. The only difference is that the extension you will use for the wrap method is different. Besides, you will need nail glue to secure the ends.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to do faux locks using the wrap method.

Step 1: Wash, moisturize, and detangle your hair.

Just like in the crochet method, you need to wash your hair, moisturize it with conditioner and detangle it with a wide tooth comb.

Step 2: Section, braid and hydrate your hair.

Using a rat tail comb, section your hair into as many sections as you want. Then start braiding each section into single braids. After braiding, you should have as many single braids as you parted your hair. Now, the next thing is to hydrate with coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil.

Step 3: Install the faux locs and wrap

After hydrating, the next step is to install faux locs. Unlatch the crochet hook and insert it through the root of one of your braided hairs. Afterward, pick out a section of the extension you want to use. Make sure it is not thicker than your braided hair to avoid tension on your scalp. Insert the hook into one end of the extension, close the latch and pull it through to the other side. Unlatch the hook and remove it. Then pull one side of the extension to the length you want your locs to reach. Then install another extension the same way you did the previous one, and pull it as long as possible. Then use the new extension to wrap the one you previously installed. After wrapping, use nail glue to secure the end. Move to another braid and repeat this process. Then continue that till you cover your whole hair.

Faux locs hairstyles

There are various faux locs hairstyles out there. But in this article, we will only be mentioning three simple faux locs styles. They include:

Side swept faux locs

For this faux locs style, you only need to pack your locs toward the back of your head. However, you have to make sure that you pack it in a way that part of it covers one part of your face.

Face frame faux locs

Another faux locs style is the face frame style. For this, you will install your locs in such a way that two or three pieces of the locs will frame your face on both sides.

Messy bun

This is also faux locs style for your hair. With this, you only need to pack your faux locs hair into a ponytail. Then, wrap the ponytail around itself, and secure it with an elastic band.

Final thoughts

We believe you now know all you need to know about faux locs. Style your faux locs however you like. Visit Elfin Hair today to get yours.


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