Look, no matter how many dope loc-styling videos I watch, I'll never get them myself. Don't get me wrong—I think the protective style is absolutely beautiful, but the whole forever thing? Yeah, not into it. I mean, I can barely commit to dinner plans, so I have no business opting for a permanent hairstyle. But thankfully for me—and anyone else with commitment issues who's into the look of locs—our resident Braid Up expert, Stasha Harris, has a solution. Enter, these cute faux locs: a fun and low-maintenance alternative to braids that you can take out a month later.
Instead of using the crochet method, when you cornrow your natural hair and attach extensions, Stasha uses the wrapping technique in this tutorial. This method involves braiding your natural hair first, and then wrapping extensions around each braid to create the faux locs. Even though the crochet method is faster (it usually takes about four or five hours), the wrapping technique is more seamless, making your locs look super authentic. And, IMO, that's what matters the most.
Now that you're sold on this hairstyle, here's everything you need to know before you book that appointment:
1. Cleanse your scalp beforehand. Sorry, your usual shampoo and conditioner routine isn't going to cut it. You're going to need a good scalp scrub that'll get rid of all that product buildup, so you aren't stuck with leftover flakes that your shampoo didn't wash away at your appointment. Trust: There's nothing more awk than when your stylist asks, "Wait, are you sure you washed your hair before this?"
2. Latch your hair extensions with a crochet needle. Don't worry, this has nothing to do with knitting. When your stylist is done braiding your natural hair and then starts the wrapping process, they're going to need to use a crochet needle to hook the extensions onto the base of your braids. Once the extensions are connected to your natural hair, they'll start tightly wrapping the extensions around the braid.
3. Massage an oil into your scalp on a regular basis. Scalp care is super important, remember? Even though faux locs are pretty low maintenance, you still need to apply a hair oil to your scalp to lock in moisture and promote new growth.
4. Deck out your locs with beads and colorful string. I mean, why wouldn't you want to spice up your look with some accessories? This is basically the hair equivalent of pairing a bold Telfar bag with your all-black outfit—it instantly levels up the look.
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