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What People Don’t Tell You About Faux Locs

Beauty / Hair / Sexy Mama / September 10, 2017

Faux locs, I have been wanting to get my hair done in this style for the longest time. I thought that they would be a great protective style and they are cute as hell. There are so many celebrities who have rocked them like Eva Marcille (seen below), Meagan Good, Rihanna and Jhené Aiko to name a few and they all look so cute and make the style look effortless. When doing my research about faux locs, I found that they actually require a LOT of effort and after getting the real on them, I am rethinking my desire to even get them installed. “They can’t be THAT bad,” you may be thinking and that’s what I thought at first but after learning the real deal, I’m not so sure if this is the protective style for me.

Let’s just get into it…

What Are Faux Locs

In case you are wondering what faux locs are, they are created by taking your natural hair and wrapping it with either yarn, synthetic or human hair. The style can last about to 3 months and you should touch up the hairline every 4 to 6 weeks. Keep in mind that faux locs can become actual locs or dredlocks, ONLY if you use human hair and keep them in longer than 3 months.


You Need A LOT Of Hair To Do Faux Locs

When doing faux locs you will need a LOT of hair. From everything that I have read, in order to get a full head of locs you will need 9 to 15 packs of hair. Yes, you read that right. It takes a lot of hair to do faux locks, UNLESS you go the crochet route. By going this route, you can use 4 to 6 packs of hair.

Faux Locs Are Heavy As Hell

If you are putting 9 to 15 bags of hair into your head, yes, your locs will be heavy as hell. I watched several Youtube videos and people complained that they had neck and head pain because of the weight of locs. Some people even said that they had to take pain killers to deal with the pain and couldn’t even sleep because of the weight of the locs. Chile, No!!!

All The Weight From The Faux Locs Can Damage Your Hair

The strain and the tension from all that hair in your head can cause your edges to thin and honey, we need to protect our edges at all costs.

Faux Locs Can Take Forever To Install…And Remove

I watched a lot of Youtube videos and women were complaining about how long the process it took. Some even complained that it was a 2 day process, while others said that they were at the shop up to 16 hours. If you are doing it yourself or having them professionally installed, be prepared to sit forever.

Faux Locs Are Not Cheap

I have already mentioned that faux locs take forever to install and if you are having someone to do them professionally, you are paying for their time fo sho. Imagine having to stand up for up to 16 hours doing someone’s hair. You can’t right? If this is your line of work, I’m sure that you are charging for all the work and the time that it takes to install locs. From what I understand, faux locs can cost upwards of $200 to $1000 depending on your stylist. Now, I’ve been known to fork over some coins for some hair but up to $1k…Chile…

You Can’t Wash Your Hair With Faux Locs

When you have faux locs you can’t access your real hair. Remember your hair is wrapped so you won’t be able to wash your hair in the traditional manner because the hair can slip out and/or frizz. It is recommended to clean your scalp by using witch hazel or Sea Breeze (do they still make that?) If you need to have your hair washed, you need to see a professional who can wash it and do any repairs that can occur.

If You Have The Ends Burned Your Clothes Will Get Snagged

There are several methods for securing the ends of faux locs and burning them is one. From all accounts, burning your locs not only makes them stick to one another but it also makes them snag your clothes. That ain’t cute!

I came across this video by Bella Mecia and her summary of her experience with faux loc was hilarious. Take a look and tell me in the comments your experience with faux locs or if you have ever considered getting them.

DISCLAIMER: This post is in no way an attempt to deter people from getting faux locs nor are the examples I give relative to every person who gets them. In my research, what I mentioned are the experience of many women and their are women who did not experience any of the above. The point of this post is to be informative so if you are considering faux locs, you have the information before making a decision. 

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Ty Knighten
Ty Knighten knows a thing or two about relationships and dating. A single mom from Calif., Ty decided to turn her experiences in love and relationships into a blog. Written with plenty of sass, her mission is to help women empower themselves to realize love, success and confidence through her articles. She writes about dating and relationships from the perspective of a single mom but adds insights that will help women and men as they maneuver through the confusing world of dating and relationships. You can reach her on Twitter @UHeardMeRight, on Facebook at The Sexy Single Mommy or connect with her on Google+ and Instagram at chocoty.

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on September 11, 2017

Ok well these are not for me! I had no idea! I get twists and braids and I can wash my hair and they are not costly!

on September 11, 2017

Your hair looks so pretty! I’ve always wanted to try faux locs, but I’m afraid of how heavy they would be. Thanks for the helpful info!

    on September 11, 2017

    I’m glad this was helpful to you. The picture is actually a stock pics. I have not tried faux locs.

on September 11, 2017

Wow, I didn’t realize faux locs were so complicated. That’s a no for me. LOL. By the way, I love your writing style. This post was informative and hilarious.

    on September 11, 2017

    Thank you! Yes, there is a lot to be aware of when getting locs. Better to be make an informed decision then regret it later.

on September 11, 2017

I’ve had faux locs and this is just overblown. Yes they were heavy, but not ibuprofen heavy.

It took a long time to install–that was my biggest issue–10 hours the first time. And taking them out by myself took a while. But not 16–and mine were very long. So Idk who is taking 2 days…

$1000? Again who is your stylist??!

Idk how many hair packs are necessary since I used yarn. It took 1 1/2 skeins.

Burning the ends isn’t any different than if you burned the ends of braids…

The edges issue is the same issue as you would have with braids–take the same precautions.

If you are willing to have box braids, there’s nothing much different (besides time)

    on September 11, 2017

    First of all, I want to thank you for sharing “your” experience.
    Second of all, when I wrote this, I did a lot of research to gather all the facts. I didn’t just watch one video, or read one article or talk to one person, so what I say in this post is the consensus among MANY women. I’m glad that you had such a delightful experience with your faux locs, however, there are many women who have not.
    Now let me get to responding to some of the things you said….
    As far as them being heavy, they are heavy to many women. You used yarn…not hair. You have to use twice the amount of hair per loc than you would use on one braid, so of course, you would use more packs of hair and yes, they will be heavy.
    As far as people needing pain killers, some folks have a different tolerance of pain. I have always had to take 3 Aleve before I get my hair braided for a weave. That’s just me but from what I researched, there are some women who feel like they need something to help with the pain.
    There were people who took up to 16 hours. Maybe their braiders were slow, maybe they took breaks, maybe they didn’t want to do it all at once.
    Locs like Meagan Good or Eva Marcelle done with human hair and for the labor will costs up to $1000 especially if you have Dr. Kari do them, who is the woman who invented goddess locs.
    No, burning the ends is no different than regular braids but that doesn’t negate the fact that they do stick together and snag your clothes. Some women don’t know the different options you have for seaing them, so I spoke on burning them.
    Again, people think of locs as a protective style but forget about their edges. It was meant to be a reminder.
    Again, thank you for sharing and taking the time to read and TRY to discredit what I wrote. Nice try and oh, please don’t be a stranger. I love readers like you.

on September 11, 2017

I love the Faux Locs trend. I had natural locs for 13 years and just combed them out at the beginning of this year. I do lots of protective styles and have been eyeing these!

    on September 11, 2017

    Wow. I bet your locs were beautiful. Let me know if you go for it. I would love to get your feedback.

on September 12, 2017

Wow I had no clue. If decide on a protective style I will go with braids.

on September 12, 2017

Wow this is great info that I hadn’t thought about honestly! I love the way they look, but for sure some things to think about if decide to wear this style.

    on September 12, 2017

    Exactly. So many things to take into consideration

on September 12, 2017

Girl! I have a few family members who had actual locs and cut them because of the maintenance. Should have known these were just about the same LOL. They’re pretty, but no thanks. My old college roommate would literally sit in our room and take HOURS to retwist her locks. Like, it took so long one day she started crying. Lol Locs are SERIOUS! (I prefer just putting my darn hair in a bun. Lol)

~ Sanaa

    on September 12, 2017

    Lol!! Yes, a bun is so much easier. People don’t realize all that comes with this style. It’s definitely something to think about.

on September 12, 2017

WOW! I’ve never worn faux locs or weave, but now I know that I won’t ever do so unless medically necessary. This is extremely helpful information.

on September 12, 2017

Great information! I had no idea faux locs were so heavy.

    on September 12, 2017

    Yes, they are. Who would have guessed. Thanks for reading.

on September 12, 2017

Good read! Great info. I was never interested in getting them and now I’m sure I won’t be getting them. I like washing my hair weekly and I really love doing my own hair. #blmgirl

    on September 12, 2017

    Funny how you never even think about simple things like washing your hair until you can’t.

on September 12, 2017

I never knew faux locs required so much hair. Carrying around 9-15 packs of hair on your head, definitely sounds like too much strain for my neck.

on September 12, 2017

I had been debating getting faux locs too! My best friend got crochet ones that were easy to take out. My sister had goddess locs and she said they were a pain to take out. This post just made me really rethink getting them! Thanks for the info!

    on September 13, 2017

    I love the style but like you, the research made me rethink all of that. LOL!

on September 13, 2017

As a person who has locs, I’m definitely not a fan of this trend. Mostly for the spiritual meaning of locs.

But this trend also usually leaves me side eyeing beautiful black women because it leaves me with so many ??? It seems to allow you to teeter the line of your natural self vs. the not so natural self. I wonder how many (black) women wear these and are otherwise self hating or scared to commit to being natural and letting their hair do what it does … naturally. Does this trend further perpetuate self-hate of what is natural to us? I also wonder where this trend started for it to be ed to us in such a way … because in most environments, natural locs are barely welcomed. So why are faux locs ok?!

Natural locs can be damaging in their own right, so I can only imagine the amount of (possibly long lasting) damage that women are signing up with feaux locs.

    on September 13, 2017

    I had no idea that locs had a spiritual meaning. I will have to look that up. I don’t think that self hate has anything to do with women who are natural who do styles like this but that is just my opinion.

on September 13, 2017

Oh wow, this sounds like a LOT of work. However, I think the final result is beautiful!

    on September 13, 2017

    I agree. I love the final result, too. They are really pretty.

on September 14, 2017

Wow! I didn’t have any of those problems with mine. But then again, mine were crochet faux locs. So I was able to wash them and they never snagged. Then when I got bored with them, I cut them down and rocked a short faux loc bob. I definitely didn’t have any issues with self hate LOL. I’m side eyeing that one. People just like to switch up their style.

    on September 15, 2017

    Crochet locs are a better choice. I agree about people wanting to switch their style…Lol at the side eye.

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