Faux locs is becoming one of the hottest trends in protective hair styling. Many celebrities have popped up on red carpets around the globe with this style. Faux locs are often confused with loc extensions but they aren't the same. Faux locs is a temporary style that’s closer to box braids in their application. The style requires a lot of special care to look and perform its best.
Some tips on maintaining faux locs from the day they’re installed to its last day are:
Don’t think of them as dreads
Even though faux locs look similar to dreadlocks, they shouldn’t be confused with dreads. Dread locs are meant to last for a lifetime, while faux locs are styled to last for one to two months. Re-twisting the new growth in dreadlocks is routine as the hair grows out, but one shouldn't twist or style the roots of their faux locs as it may cause damage that will only be noticeable during taking them out.
Cleanse your locs – don’t wash
Faux locs is a protective style; your natural hair is protected from heat, damage and breakage. Therefore, they shouldn't be washed during the time they are worn. You may cleanse, rinse the scalp but that too once every two weeks with an apple cider vinegar solution or other products which are specially designed to keep your scalp healthy.
Hydrate your hair
Apply oil and conditioner to protect your locs from damaging. Applying oil to the scalp will keep your scalp moisturized and nourish new growth when the faux locs start to weigh on your roots. Coconut oil works best for locs.
To keep the frizz to a minimum, look for products that contain shea butter. They provide essential nutrients to your locs, improve hair health and fight frizziness, fight breakage and work to smooth strands of all types.
Sleep on silk
The best way to keep faux locs moisturized and neat is swapping cotton for silk. It will enhance the beauty of your locs.