5 Things You Need to Know About Faux Locs

Faux Locs: Everything You Need To Know About Faux Locs!

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When Ciara popped out on the scene with these gorgeous locs, eyes bulged, ideas spun and everyone asked, how can I get that look?! Truth is, the faux locs trend has been popular in the black hair industry for quite a while. So if you’re considering the look, what’s right for you? Take it from me, a natural-hair cosmetologist who started with permanent faux locs three years ago, there’s definitely a recipe for success. But first consider the facts.

1. Locs can be Temporary OR Permanent

Faux locs come in a semi-permanent form in which natural hair is wrapped with yarn, synthetic or human hair. This temporary system lasts up to three months and is often called a protective style because it doesn’t require you to alter the chemical or physical state of your natural hair. The permanent form of faux locs is just as it sounds— permanent. So don’t enter into this venture lightly. For this style, human hair is wrapped around your natural hair or actual human hair locs are attached to your roots. That’s right, dreadlocks from another person’s head are attached to yours. Our natural hair can be re-twisted and turns into a loc as the hair grows.

2. Choose the Right Texture

Since you have human hair, synthetic and yarn fiber as options, be sure your stylist evaluates the strength of your natural hair. Yarn is the most lightweight and will not pull the hair down as much. Human hair is more dense and allows a bit more flexibility. Synthetic, which is the most popular, comes in numerous textures and offers the most flexibility, but is heavy. Be sure, if you opt for a large size faux synthetic loc, you leave perimeter hair strands out to alleviate hairline stress.

3. Pick Color Wisely

Faux locs are the ultimate protective style because they literally “loc you in” for a period of time. With that said, pick your color wisely! Warm brown and red tones are great for fall and often come blended with a dark brown or black. Going darker means it will blend well with your natural color and be less shocking of a transition .

4. Commit to a Manageable Length

The longer the loc, the heavier the load. Regardless of fiber, be careful when choosing the diameter and length of your faux locs. For ones like Ciara, go for a diameter of a dime or nickel and a length of just below shoulder length.

5. Maintain Positive Hair Care

The term protective style doesn’t mean neglected style. Hair care and maintenance is a must for faux locs! You should oil your scalp daily, wash and condition at least bi-weekly, and take a daily vitamin. You’ll be surprised to see the luxurious glow your hair has after its faux locs transformation!

There are 2 must-have items for taking care of your lovely faux locs, we highly recommend Loc Butter by Carol’s Daughter as well as Black Vanilla Hair Sheen.


Loc Butter for Faux Locs
Loc Butter For Faux Locs


Black Vanilla hair sheen for faux locs
Black Vanilla hair sheen for faux locs
  • relaxedbutaware

    Hello I wanted to do temporary faux locs my hair is relaxed however it is very strong. Will I be able to take the locs out after two months or so?

  • Willjah

    I’m currently transitioning. I have box braids that are down to my butt, they’re super long. My actual hair is about to my neck. I love my braids so much, I want to make them permanent. Apparently there’s no way to make box braids permanent; on my google search journey I found out about faux locs. THEY SOUND AWESOME. Can I make the length to my butt like my box braids are, even though my actual hair is about neck length? Are they permanent extensions? Is there such thing as permanent box braids? Should I use human hair or synthetic hair? I wouldn’t be using styling tools or anything, just regular hair products. Can I apply hair product and washing my hair like usual with faux locs?
    I know this is a handful, so thanks!

    • disqus_P9IKqd6lmn

      Yes you can make box braids permanent if you use human hair. At any length it will lock into your own hair after some time. But u have to be careful with that if thats what you want because u will need to retighten them at the roots as if u were growing dread locks.

  • Alicia Freeman

    Hi I really want dreadlocks and have been thinking of doing the faux locs to transition I to dreads. Can I use Marley hair doing this?

  • Life Masterz

    Great article. 🙂 There is actually a big difference between the terms faux locs and loc extensions. The part you described when 100% human is used to for permanent locs/dreads is called permanent loc extensions (if done right). Look up “Life Masterz” on YouTube or google search True Loc Extensions