If you’re wanting to get faux locs but aren’t sure what hair extensions to use, you’ve come to the right place.
I have used my experience and that of my friends to give you the answers you need to be able to choose the right extensions for your faux locs.
The best hair for faux locs is textured synthetic hair; most women prefer to use Marley hair for their faux locs, but you can also use Kanekalon hair or yarn. If you want your faux locs to resemble dreadlocks the most, opt for Marley hair; for smoother and shinier locs, opt for kanekalon hair, and for lightweight faux locs, opt for acrylic yarn.
Take a look at the table below for a more concise comparison of the different types of hair extensions you can use for faux locs:
|Extension Type||Pros||Cons||Packs For A Full Head||Price Per Pack||Product Link|
|Marley Hair||Kinky texture makes your faux locs look like real dreadlocks||Can be heavy on your head, especially when wet||5 to 8 packs||$5 – $8||Click Here|
|Kanekalon Hair||Smooth texture and shiny in appearance||Tangles easier||5 to 10 packs||$3.99 – $5||Click Here|
|Acrylic Yarn||Extremely lightweight and affordable||Attract more lint and debri||1 pound roll of yarn||$18.99||Click Here|
If you’d like to learn more about how to install faux locs as well as how to take care of them once they’re installed so that they last, keep reading!
How To Install Faux Locs
Although there are two methods for installing faux locs, only one will give you a realistic appearance of having dreadlocks. To find out what this method is and how to do it, keep reading!
To install faux locs, use the crochet method. To crochet your faux locs, braid it into single braids, then push a crochet needle through the root of your single braid and open the latch to insert the hair extensions and push it through the root of your braid. Add another piece of extension, then twist it around the other extensions.
Keep reading for an in-depth, step-by-step method on how to use the crochet method to install your faux locs. It’ll take some patience, but it’s totally worth it! Take a look:
Step 01: Work from the bottom of your head, working up to the front, about an inch and a half away from your nape, part your hair horizontally, use edge control to sleek stray hairs, so your parting is precise
Step 02: Separate this small parting into smaller sections that you will braid as single braids using only your natural hair (size depends on how big you want your faux locs to be)
Step 03: Repeat step 01 and 02 until all your hair is braided in single braids
Step 04: Once all your hair is braided, apply a moisturizing spray to your hair and scalp, then gently rub it all over your hair. This is important to keep your natural hair moisturized as it’s about to be tucked away under your braids
Step 05: Section off your hair extensions into sizes that match the size of the braids you’ve done on your hair
Step 06: Now, you’re ready to start crocheting. Take your crochet needle through the top of your braid, as close to your scalp as possible
Step 07: Open the latch on your crochet needle, insert your hair extensions and pull it through. There should now be two sides of the hair extension; one side will be longer than the other; that’s normal. The longer side is how long the faux loc will be
Step 08: Add another piece of hair extensions using the same crochet method.
Step 09: Wrap the hair extensions around each other as tightly as you can, including your braid, till you get the bottom of the extensions
Step 10: You can use a lighter to seal the end, or you can use some nail glue
Step 11: Repeat the above steps on the rest of your hair till it’s all crocheted
How To Take Care Of Your Faux Locs
Faux locs can last anywhere between 4 weeks to 2 months; their lifespan is entirely dependent on how you take care of your faux locs. So, if you’d like to be closer to the 2-month mark with your faux locs, then keep reading to find out how to take care of your faux locs properly!
The best way to take care of your faux locs is to keep your hair and scalp hydrated and moisturized by applying either coconut oil or castor oil 2-3 times a week. Apply 2-3 drops of your chosen hair oil to your scalp and use the pads of your fingertips to rub the oil in. You may need to section your faux locs, so you don’t miss any spots.
Keep reading to find out other tips to follow to ensure that you’re taking care of your faux locs the right way!
Don’t Treat Them Like Real Dreadlocks
Real dreadlocks are meant to last a lifetime, whilst faux locs can last up to 2 months. So as you would be able to re-wist real dreadlocks at the roots to hide regrowth, the same cannot be done to faux locs without causing irreversible damage to your natural hair.
If you have a lot of regrowth pushing your faux locs back from the roots of your natural hair, undo your faux locs; unfortunately, there is no saving them.
Cleanse Your Scalp Instead Of Washing It
Washing your faux locs as you would your normal hair will definitely shorten their lifespan. You only need to cleanse your faux locs with a co-wash (cleansing conditioner) at least once a week by spritzing a co-wash and water mixture onto your scalp using a spray bottle then gently massaging it onto your scalp till there’s a lather before rinsing it off.
If you live an active lifestyle and feel that you need to cleanse your scalp more often, try mixing 1 part apple cider vinegar and 2 parts water, then dipping a cotton ball in the mixture before wiping your scalp clean with it. This will cleanse your scalp and balance its pH.
Keep Your Scalp And Hair Moisturised
Oils and leave-in conditioners are the best things for your hair whilst it’s braided, and that applies even when you have faux locs. Applying oil to the scalp will seal in the moisture that has been absorbed from the environment thanks to leave-in conditioners.
To keep your hair and scalp hydrated as well as moisturized, apply natural oils to the roots and scalp. Coconut oil, which is able to retain a lot of moisture, is an ideal hair oil as it doesn’t cause build-up or allow moisture to leave your scalp.
Another effective hair oil is castor oil, and it can hydrate and nourish your scalp keeping it strong and healthy whilst braided in faux locs. Castor oil is also good at balancing your scalp’s pH and protecting your scalp from bacteria that may cause damage to your hair or weaken your hair strands.
Wrap Your Faux Locs Before Bed
Always wear a satin bonnet or a silk scarf to bed to prevent your faux locs from rubbing against your pillow during the night as this can cause your hair to dry and your faux locs to become loose and frizzy, thus shortening their lifespan. For added measure, you can also switch out your cotton pillowcase for a silk one.