Faux locs have officialy taken over as the natural hair protective style of choice as of recent so it was only right to have The Ultimate Faux Locs Tutorial List.
Over the past few months I have become totally obsessed with faux locs. I am not exactly sure when the craze started but I am loving every moment! Also, the installations are so amazing, I sometimes can not tell the difference between real and fake, “faux” locs.
Since I figured I wasn’t alone with my obsession, I created the ultimate faux locs tutorial list so you are well-informed and know exactly how to install this protective style while also maintaining healthy hair underneath.
From prep, to installation to take-down…all of these amazing beauty vloggers have you covered. But first let me give you a little more detail about this popular style.
Faux Locs are a temporary protective style similar to box braids whereas loc extensions are intended to be a permanent “extension” of your hair.
Faux Locs are installed by first, twisting or braiding the real hair and then proceeding to wrap additional hair around the shaft of the braid/twist. Usually installed with Marley hair, kanekalon or yarn, the wrapping technique creates the “loc” appearance on each section of hair.
Typically faux locs can last up to 3 months but it is highly recommended not to keep the style for that long. You don’t want to run the risk of your hair becoming matted or your natural hair actually becoming locked. I personally recommend a maximum of 2 months.
The main difference between faux locs and goddess locs is how the hair is styled at the end. Faux locs have a straight end while the ends of Goddess Locs are curly and wavy. Goddess locs sometimes also have curly pieces throughout the style.
On average you will need between 10-15 bags of marly hair to achieve the style. Of course, the size of the locs themselves will vary by person but it is better to have enough in case you run out while installing.
Faux locs are a protective style and should not damager your hair. It is best to ensure you start installation on clean and conditioned hair for a healthy styling foundation. Like any style that has tension, pulling or wearing the style too long and too often could cause traction alopecia.
A lot of women and stylists like to use Marley hair for this style but you can purchase pre-made and pre-looped extensions and install via the crochet braids method as well.
The Ultimate Faux Locs Tutorial List
1. Yolanda Renee (@Etgblogmag) – Complete Hair Care & Installation
Up first is of course blogger boo Yolanda Renee. As always her videos are super informative. Yolanda provides great tips for how to prep your real hair before installing to reduce breakage and how to keep your hair moisturized during the process.
2. Sarah Pierre Spaddy (@sarahpierre) – No Burning the Ends Method
Next, will the real locs please stand up?! No seriously, I would not have known these were faux locs if I saw Sarah on the street. I really like this tutorial because it is also very detailed and definitely one of the most natural looking faux locs I’ve seen to date.
She chose not to burn the ends of her faux locs and decided to palm roll the ends instead. Either way the look is fab.
3. Toni Daley (@tonidaley) Fast & Easy Crochet Installation Method
Third on the list is Toni Daley. I had to include this tutorial because I really enjoyed her crochet/faux loc option as an easier method to installing.
The best part is, it took Toni only 8 HOURS to complete her install compared to several days in other tutorials. AMAZING!
4. Davina, (@The London Curls), Take Down & Removing Product Build Up
A faux locs tutorial list would not be complete if I didn’t include how to actually remove the locs from your hair.
In this step by step with Davina she talks about using apple cider vinegar to clarify and breakdown the product build up that has occurred over weeks.
You will also see shes’s using coconut oil to pre-poo once the locs are removed. What amazed me even more was her decision to never get this style again. Read The Truth About My Faux Locs on her blog.
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