The Difference Between Faux Lox And Goddess Locs EXPLAINED!


If you’re like me and have always wanted to try locs but don’t want to commit to a permanent hairstyle, then I’m sure you’ve also considered faux locs or goddess locs but were unable to make a choice as they’re quite similar. I’ve finally figured out what makes them different.

Faux locs and goddess locs are basically the same thing, but they do have distinct differences for example, faux locs have blunt ends that have been sealed by burning the ends so that they resemble dreadlocks whereas goddess locs are not sealed at the ends and are often wavy towards the end.

Take a look at the table below for a more detailed comparison between faux locs and goddess locs:

Faux LocsGoddess Locs
Installation MethodCrocheting method and wrapping methodBraiding and wrapping method
Installation Time4 – 9 hours4 – 9 hours
Type Of Hair UsedMarley hair, Kanekalon hair, Acrylic yarnMarley hair, Free Tress Twist
How Many Packs For A Full Head5 – 10 packs4 – 5 packs
Cost$150 – $300 $150 -$300
How Long They Last4 weeks – 2 months3 months
Table Showing A Comparison Between Faux Locs & Goddess Locs

Keep reading if you’d like to find out the ins and outs about faux locs and goddess locs, from how they’re installed and their cost to how you can maintain them. You won’t want to miss this!

Regular Faux Locs VS Goddess Faux Locs: Which Should You Choose?

Although the faux locs and goddess locs are similar in all the ways that matter (price and maintenance), they do have subtle differences that set them apart. If you’d like to learn more about this, keep reading!

Faux locs and goddess locs are both installed using texture synthetic hair extensions like Marley hair. For a full head of faux locs or goddess locs, you will need on average 5 packs of extensions (roughly $15-$20), whereas, for 5 packs of human hair extensions, you can pay roughly $125. That said, the cost of installing these locs is $150 – $300.

Keep reading to find out more!

1. How are they installed?

How To Crochet Faux Locs

Faux locs and goddess locs can be installed in two different ways; the first includes braiding your natural hair and afterward wrapping the hair extensions around each of your braids.

The other method involves braiding your natural hair into cornrows and afterward crocheting the faux locs onto the cornrows using a latch hook. 

To install faux locs:

Step 01: Braid your natural hair into single braids (not using extensions), the bigger the braid, the bigger your faux loc will be

Step 02: When all your hair is braided, spray a moisturising spray on your hair and scalp and rub it in to your hair gently. It’s important to moisturise your hair before you install the faux locs as it’s about to be concealed for weeks.

Step 03: Separate your hair extensions into sections in the size that matches the size of the single braids you made with your natural hair

Step 04: Push your crochet needle through the root of your single braid, get as close to your scalp as possible

Step 05: Insert the hair extension by opening the latch of the crochet needle. Pull through the hair extension so there are two sides, one longer than the other and your single braid is in the middle

Step 06: Add a second piece/section of hair extensions using the same method as in Step 05

Step 07: Wrap this additional piece of hair extensions around your single braid and the other hair extensions, wrap as tightly as you can till you reach the end of the hair extensions

Step 8: When you get the end of your hair extensions, start wrapping going upwards 

Step 9:  Use a lighter or nail glue to seal the end of your faux loc

To install goddess locs:

Step 01: Braid your natural hair into single braids using free tress twist extensions don’t braid them all the way down, stop about half way for some and ¾ of the way down for others, the bigger the braid, the bigger your faux loc will be

Step 02: When all your hair is braided, spray a moisturising spray on your hair and scalp and rub it in to your hair gently. It’s important to moisturise your hair before you install the faux locs as it’s about to be concealed for weeks.

Step 03: Separate your Marley hair extensions into sections in the size that matches the size of the single braids you made earlier

Step 04: Push your crochet needle through the root of your braid, get as close to your scalp as possible

Step 05: Insert the hair extension by opening the latch of the crochet needle. Pull through the hair extension so there are two sides, one longer than the other and your braid is in the middle

Step 06: Wrap the Marley hair extensions around your braid wrap as tightly as you can till you reach half way for some and ¾ of the way down for others and right to the end of the hair extensions for others, you can alternate according to your preference.

Step 8: When you get the end of some your hair extensions, start wrapping going upwards 

Step 9:  Use a lighter or nail glue to seal the end of your faux loc

Pro Tip: The thing that sets goddess locs from faux locs is that the ends aren’t sealed, so don’t wrap till the end for all of them.

2. How long does it take to install regualr faux locs and goddess faux locs?

If you plan on getting faux locs or goddess locs done, I highly recommend that you clear your schedule and dedicate an entire day to the process; also, take snacks and some water with you as it will be a long day.

Installing these types of braids can take anywhere between 4 – 9 hours, depending on how quickly your braider works and how experienced they are. If you’re a beginner and plan on installing them yourself, it could take 13 hours.

The installation time will also vary depending on how long or how thin you want your locs to be; the thinner and longer they are, the more time it will take.  If you’re pressed for time, then I highly recommend doing the crochet method.

3. What type of hair do you need?

If you want to get faux locs or goddess braids, you need to use synthetic hair extensions similar to Marley hair to achieve the look. This is a lot cheaper than using human hair, and it looks better too!

For a full head of faux locs or goddess locs, you will need on average 5 packs of Marley hair extensions; for 5 packs of synthetic hair extensions, you can expect to pay $15-$20, whereas, for 5 packs of human hair extensions, you can expect to pay roughly $125 (this does not include the service fee to install the extensions).  

Marley hair has the coarse-texture needed to achieve faux locs and goddess locs, which is why it’s the most recommended type of hair extension for this style. 

4. How much does it cost

First and foremost, it’s important to note that the cost of faux locs and goddess locs can vary depending on the city you’re in, how experienced your braider is, and how long or thin your want your locs to be.

That said,  if you decide to get these locs, be prepared to pay anywhere between $150 to $300. 

5. How long can you keep these locs for?

You can keep your faux locs in your hair for roughly six weeks to 2 months, provided that you take care of them. If your natural hair grows at a quick rate, then this time might shorten by a few weeks as your hair’s regrowth will make your faux locs look untidy and scruffy, thus forcing you to take them out.

Luckily the “untidy” look works well for goddess locs, adding to the bohemian look of them so you can keep these locs in for slightly longer, roughly up to 3 months with proper care and maintenance.

6. How do you maintain these locs

How To Wash Your Locs

To maintain your faux locs and goddess locs, you need to ensure that your scalp and hair are clean and keep your scalp hydrated and moisturized. To clean your hair and scalp, it’s best just to cleanse it once a week instead of washing it so that your locs don’t become frizzy as this will shorten their lifespan.

To cleanse your locs you will need:

  • A co-wash (cleansing conditioner)
  • A spray bottle
  • Hair ties
  • Hair oil
  • Hooded dryer (optional)

To cleanse your hair follow the steps below:

Step 01: Mix 2 parts of your co-wash with one part water in the spray bottle

Step 02: Thoroughly wet your hair under the shower using cool or lukewarm water (just stand under the water)

Step 03: Section off your hair into four equal sections and secure your sections using hair ties so they aren’t in your way

Step 04: Unravel your first section from the hair tie and begin to spray your cleansing mixture on your scalp, inbetween the locs

Step 05: Use the pads of your fingertips to rub in the cleanser and massage it onto your scalp to create a lather

Step 06: Do this for each section of hair then thoroughly rinse your hair to get all the product out (just stand under the water)

Step 07: Pat your hair dry using a microfiber towel as locs tend to absorb a lot of water, do not rub your hair

Step 08: Let your hair air dry completely or use a hooded dryer to dry your hair if you don’t have time

Step 09: Section off your hair into four equal sections and secure your sections using hair ties, so they aren’t in your way

Step 10: Unravel your first section from the hair tie and apply hair oil to your scalp; in between your locs, rub it in using the pads of your fingertips

Step 11: Do this for each section of hair

Pro Tip: An ideal hair oil to not only moisturize your hair and scalp but also prevent itching without causing any product build-up due to its non-greasy formula is the Cantu Shea Butter Tea Tree & Jojoba Hair & Scalp Oil from Amazon for only $5.97.

Jodie

Hey, I’m Jodie, the gal behind CraftyHairHacks. I have a deep passion for hair extensions, hairstyles, and almost anything that has to do with hair, which leads me to the writing and research I do for this website daily. Our site is still small, however, we’re pushing to get the best hair hacks out to as many as people as possible. ENJOY!

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