Summer is here, and it is the perfect time for getting faux locs to protect your hair from the sun, sand, and sea. Faux locs are easy and effortless, but just like with any major hairstyle change, there are a few things you’ll want to think about before you get them installed.
Possible back ache, neck stiffness, and hair breakage are examples of the havoc that improperly installed faux locs can cause to your body and hair. Enough to make you think twice about getting bun-length locs and get off to the Caribbean this summer. Not to worry though my sweets, we got you covered on that and more.
But, this is why my girls and I here at VIP House of Hair Beauty Supply & Salon feel it’s our duty as industry experts to clarify a few things about faux locs. Here’s the lowdown on how to get the Nubian hair to strut your queenness this summer…
What Are Faux Locs?
Faux locs are essentially a way to have dreads without committing. A creative option to braids or au naturel, they’re ideal for any of our VIP Beauties who wants a low maintenance way of switching up their do without damaging their hair.
“Since the hair used to create the faux locs completely covers your natural hair, faux locs are a good protective style”, explains our expert hair stylist Rosalin Coleman. “It’s one of the best styles for women who are morphing from relaxed hair to natural hair, and it’s a smart way to get dread locs if you’re still on the fence.”
Basically, instead of using your natural hair, the hair that’s loc’d is actually extensions, so they’re great for our gals who love the look of dread locs, but are so not tryin’ to tease their hair into oblivion.
“They’re another option for your protective styles list and they’re low maintenance – not every VIP Beauty wants braids,” adds our professional stylist Jamie Ellis, the brain behind the above fashionable faux locs.
Things To Think About When Considering Getting Faux Locs
Faux locs are wonderful, but they do have their downsides. The main thing you’ll want to think about is how heavy they can be and of course when you’re deciding if this is the right style for you.
The smaller the faux locs, the more packets of hair you’ll need, so it can get fairly heavy on your head. But now you know we’ll advise you of all that during your consult cause we won’t let ya be tilting out the door.
We won’t install faux locs if your hair is damaged, we love you too much to do that. So ladies, please make sure your hair is in the best possible condition prior to your appointment. Better yet, come in for a quick consult and we’ll assess your hair health prior to your appointment. Treat yourself to a good hair masque and leave-in conditioner. Try the Cantu Shea Butter Natural Hair Deep Treatment Masque. It’ll leave your hair feeling super soft, moisturized, and smelling like you just stepped off the beach in Cancun.
How Long Does It Take To Install Faux Locs?
You won’t have to cancel your trip to Jamaica, but I have to say that installing faux locs is no small feat. Depending on the length and thickness of the locs, as well as the technique you choose, the install can take from 4 to 9 hours, so consider those factors when deciding on your style.
How To Take Care Of Your Faux Locs
For our first time beauties, you might be asking yourself right about now, “what I do?”. Not to worry my goddess. Your fab faux locs are actually one the easiest protective styles to maintain. The most important thing to remember is to keep your scalp clean and moisturized. You can gently wash your hair once a week and let it naturally air dry, but due to the weight of the hair, we recommend you sit under a hooded dryer and low to medium heat.
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