Hair

Protective Style: DIY Faux Locs

Hey Guys,

Last week I decided to do something different with my hair, as it’s summer and it needed to be tucked away. My final choice was Faux Locs. It’s a style I’ve been wanting to try for a while now, but never got around to it until recently. Knowing others who previously got the style done I knew they’d take long to do, and I definitely wasn’t in the mood for that. So, I did the next best option – University of Youtube. I swear you can learn so many things from YouTube!

I will admit they’re not perfect, but they’re also not horrible. There are a few things I would have done differently which I noted for the next time. However, they’re pretty natural looking and lightweight. I’m just hoping there’s no damage when I take them down.

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DIY FAUX LOCS

Items Needed:

3 Packs Afro Kinky Twist (Marley) Braid
Spray bottle with water and oil
Taliah Waajid styling lotion
Gel
Rubber Bands
2 Packs Kanekalon Hair
Scissors
Leave in Conditioner

Process:

I started this style on freshly washed hair where I also used the TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask. After, I ensure my hair was fully moisturized by using a leave in conditioner by ORS as well as my favorite spray bottle with water & oils. I’ll review those two products at a later date.

First off, I’m no pro at braiding so I used the “Rubber-band method” to braid my hair prior to wrapping. Initially, I planned on doing a faux locs bob, but after seeing how they looked long I decided to keep them at that length. My sister assisted me with sectioning my hair and wrapping the braids.

The braids were done in a small-medium size, then the Marley hair was crocheted into each twist, and wrapped downward around the twist. When I got to the end I formed a stub on the bottom then wrapped coming up and tied it. I also secured some of the ends with a black rubber band. The braiding for me took the longest time, but there’s also a method to wrapping; it can’t be too tight or the braid will be stiff, too loose and you run the risk of it unraveling.

For a video tutorial, check out YouTube. Simply do a search of “DIY Faux Locs with Marley Hair.” I watched a variety of them, so I can’t just pinpoint one person; you can see which method works best for you. Some braided their hair without the rubber bands, and also burnt the ends to secure them.

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Hope that was explained clearly, but I really just wanted to show you guys my hair and the fact that I did something different.

TIPS/SUGGESTIONS

(For my next time, yes there will a be a next time)

  • Make the sections smaller if you want a full head of locs
  • Take time wrapping so they won’t be as frizzy (or maybe that’s the type of hair?)
  • Try doing them shorter for a new look
  • Use as much gel/beeswax when putting hair into rubber bands before braiding; it would make the roots look neater. (My roots are a bit frizzy but that can also add to the natural looking factor).

I plan to keep these in for at least two weeks once my sleeping style permits.

 

 

- Aaliyah

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