3 Things You Didn’t Know About Faux Locs

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette Martin | 07/02/2015 | 03:00 PM EDT

With rapper Fetty Wap as the most recent celebrity to rock the natural hair trend, there’s been a lot of talk about faux locs.


Many women (and men alike) are deciding to try the look for summer as an alternative protective hairstyle. Others are interested in seeing what they could potentially look like if they actually grew out real locs.


While the decision to rock (or not to rock) faux locs is every individual’s solely, we though you should know three important things about the natural hair summer look.


They can actually be temporary or permanent

It’s a bit self-explanatory how the temporary faux locs work: your hair is wrapped with yarn, synthetic or human hair and last about 3 months. But, there is also a permanent state of faux locs that you can also obtain. In this process, your hair is either wrapped with natural hair or actual human locs are attached to your roots. From there, as the faux locs grow out, your real hair gets re-twisted and locs on it’s own, as the faux locs grow out.


The type of texture you use is really important

Your stylist is going to have to evaluate your hair to see if you should use yarn, human or synthetic fibers. You shouldn’t do this on your own, so don’t try to. Also, note that synthetic hair is much more flexible and versatile, but it’s also heavier. So, if you’re working on avoiding breakage, you may want to pay a bit more for human hair or even opt for yarn. And please, do not loc all of your baby hairs! You need your edges, girl.


Don’t get it twisted: longer locs will be heavy

Yes, they’re the best looking ones. But, they are heavy. Like, really heavy. And heavy hair can lead to breakage, if you aren’t careful. It doesn’t matter what type of fiber you use to wrap your hair, the longer the hair the heavier the load. You must work with your stylist to find the best length for your type of hair.


Now, we don’t want to scare you away from faux locs. We think they’re an amazing protective hairstyling alternative. All we want to do is make sure you have all of the info you need before you try the trend. Once you’re ready to get your locs installed, prepare to turn heads.


(Photo: Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

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