A week ago, I asked on my Facebook page for suggestions on what you would want to see. (Hit the like button on my Facebook page if you aren’t all up on business yet!) If we are going to delve into all the deets on faux locs, as requested, then this could be long! What did I like about faux locs? Any negatives? Would I ever put faux locs again? Get comfortable!
BRAIDING- WHAT TO USE
Faux locs are protective in nature, they don’t require any alteration of the physical or chemical nature of your hair.Loved it!
There are different ways you can go about the braiding: You can either use yarn or synthetic hair. Synthetic i.e afro kinky, the braid packs that come with dreadlocks, marley braids etc.
I used Afro Kinky.
What braid you need to use depends on your hair type and likewise, your hair strength.Yarn is lightweight so it won’t pull your hair down as much. I opted for afro kinky because I wanted a lot of density and my hair can handle it. What I am saying is, know your hair type and this will then help you know your hair limits.
I wish I had used Marley braids because you can re-use the braids, same applies to Afro Kinky, but Afro-Kinky look so old by the time you are done with them, you don’t even want to look at them! I however have a lot of hair, so that would require me to buy a lot of Marley packs(800Kshs a pack), no thanks!
MAINTAINING FAUX LOCS
The longer the locs, the more the tension on your scalp.
A lot of maintenance has a lot to do with taking care of your scalp. I’m talking cleaning, allowing it to dry, oiling it to avoid it getting dry and such like things.
A lot of people tend to think that protective styling means a break from taking care of your hair. Moisture is still important for your hair. Moisture or lack of it, is the reason for your hair growth or breakage. Spray water, rose water, etc on your scalp every few days (as needed) to freshen it up. Add your favorite oil and do a quick scalp massage. The rose water will help keep it clean as well.
I regularly washed my hair. Once in every two weeks.I would reserve wash days to days when I am free. Being a girl!
TAKING FAUX LOCS DOWN
The condition of your hair before you have your locs installed, will have a lot to do with how easy or difficult it will be to remove them. Moisturize thoroughly before the locs are put in.
Undoing faux locs will break you. You will lose every single piece of fight within you by just seeing how long it takes to undo one strand!
But, you can drench the faux locs in conditioner and snip the end of the loc and began to unravel. Ensuring that it stays moist helps with the process, trust me.
Or you can snip the end of the loc and unravel the locs without conditioner and spend a longer time on your head but get to re-use your braids!
STRAIN ON MY SCALP
Before you can understand why a strain on the scalp could come about, you need to know how faux locs are done. The hairdresser basically takes the yarn/braid and wraps it round your hair starting from the root to the very last strand of your hair. Now, if you go to a hairdresser who doesn’t have this skill, then your faux locs will began to unwrap within a month. Basically, the tighter she wraps, the longer you can have the faux locs.
As you can imagine, there was so much tension on my scalp due to how tight it was. The pain didn’t stop until about 3 days were over, ha! Beauty or pain? Trick question! I kid, I kid!
You know, you can’t ask your hairdresser to make them less tight cause then they’ll unwrap. So if you have a sensitive scalp or generally don’t want pain you can avoid, take a step back.
You who that is up to the task, make sure you have painkillers around you for just that period and make sure your hairdresser oils your scalp to avoid the dryness and itchness that comes with too much tension on the scalp.
To be specific, a mixture of products, dirt and dry skin. I avoided the sticky oils, as this would obviously add to my build up. These range from olive oil, castor oil, you get the drift?
The build up, I should mention, happens due to lack of cleaning one’s hair! In the event that you may want to take down your faux locs and there’s a huge amount of build up, don’t detangle the clumps, as you may risk pulling your hair.
Apply Apple cider vinegar as soon as you take down the locs. It will help dissolve the build up without risking your hair!Apple cider is your friend.
You know some people have tried faux locs and vowed never to put them again. But the truth is, faux locs are no different from braids, well other than the tension on the scalp. You see you can’t neglect your hair at all, even when you are on a protective hair style. Your hair needs to be cleaned, moisturized, conditioned, as does your face, but that’s a blog post for another day!
This style isn’t a good idea if you already have damaged hair, but overall, it’s so versatile and sexy, no doubt about that! Enjoy the faux locs if you decide to take the plunge!
I hope you found this useful, I hope I covered everything you needed to know. But if you have any questions, let me know down below!
Will I ever get faux locs again? yes and yes! Soon actually!
LOVE AND LOVE,