Natural hair is one of the biggest hair and beauty trends among women of colour, not only because it looks beautiful but also because it symbolizes pride and a reclaiming of self-identity in the black community.
One of the many natural hair trends is faux locs, which are temporary or semi-permanent dreadlocks. Drawing inspiration from dreadlocked hair, faux locs have been popularized by celebrities such as Ciara, Rihanna and Meagan Good.
Faux locs are great as a protective hairstyle as they retain hair growth and prevent hair breakage, especially during the winter months when hair is more prone to dryness and breakage. Their versatility with styling and general low maintenance makes them a great get-up-and-go hairstyle.
It’s important to continue to practice good hair care while you have your faux locs. Firstly, don’t damage your natural hair by installing them too tightly, and make sure to dry wash and condition your hair regularly to prevent dirt build up. Faux locs tend to be heavy on the head depending on length, hair pieces used and installation method, so consider these carefully. Yarn is the better hair piece to use because it’s lightweight and won’t add excess weight to natural hair, and Marley braid hair best resembles natural hair because of its coarse texture.
My favourite style of faux locs is goddess locs because of its natural look and feel. It best resembles natural dreadlocks that don’t look tame and timid, but rather have a life of their own.
Here’s a great tutorial on how to install goddess locs to get the natural look of dreadlocks:
Enjoy your faux locs 🙂
*image from Instagram.