So my love hate relationship with faux locs is no secret. Faux locs is a trend, everyone seems to be doing this summer, so I decided to give it a shot. Lets just say I ended up highly disappointed. I had high expectations for this style based on pictures I saw all over social media, but there is so much more to this style then what meets the eye. Don’t get me wrong it’s a beautiful style, but I don’t think it’s worth the pain, hassle and strain on my hair strands and neck. It could have been the way the person installed it or the type of hair they used. But whatever it was, it ruined my experience. Since I couldn’t find anything negative about getting this hairstyle, I decided to share my experience in hopes to put you gals on to the good, the bad and the ugly of the faux locs hairstyle. Here are a couple of things I wish I knew before I got this hairstyle.
Let’s start with the positive of faux locs……
1.) Get Up & Go
You don’t have to do your hair when you wake up in the morning. YAYYYY!!! Everyday is an easy hair day with any protective style you get, so with faux locs it’s no different. Most people get these hairstyles, so they don’t have to worry about doing their hair in the morning. I tend to get a protective style done, so I don’t have to bother with doing my hair while on vacation. It’s definitely a great way for you and you hair get a little break from constant manipulation. So think of it like a mini vacation from styling your hair.
2.) Realistic Look
Most real locs don’t look as neat as faux locs do, when you first get them done. So when they start getting old and worn out, they actually start to look more realistic and like actual dreads. This is my favorite thing about this style. It’s also a great way to see how you would look with real locs, if you ever decide to get permanent dreadlocks in the future. If the faux locs are installed properly, people will actually think it’s your real hair.
4.) Cute Protective Style
Faux locs is a beautiful addition to the list of cute protective styles for the natural hair community. It gives us more options for protective hairstyles other than the regular senegalese twists or box braids. It does help your hair grow, if you maintain it correctly. It also keeps your hair ends tucked away and protected from aggressive damaging factors.
The compliments are endless with this protective style. People always mistake it for your actual hair and carribbean men just worship you as you walk by. They shower you with compliments like Empress or Nubian Queen. Whether it’s from woman or man, you just feel so appreciated and worthy to rock such a powerful hairstyle.
Now, lets get to the negative……
Let me be the first to say, this hairstyle is heavy as hell. Especially when I put it in a updo, like a bun, or a ponytail to the side. It felt like my head is being weighed down by the style. It would cause my head to lean or I would get a headache instantly. So I actually rocked my hair in the same style all the time, which was just leaving it out. The most I would do is lay my hair to either side of my head to avoid any tension to my actual hair. This hairstyle weighs down your edges and hair to the max and my hair is pretty thick, so that says a lot about the style’s weight.
2.) Headaches (too tight)
When you first get your hair done in a protective style it’s expected to feel some tension on your scalp, no matter how much mouse or water they put in it. To me it’s unavoidable, since it’s done tightly so the extensions won’t get loose and the style last longer period of time. Understandable. Great! But for some reason faux locs, feels a lot tighter than getting braids and twist done. Like to lay on my head or move my neck was painful. I had to pop some Tylenol and Advil hunty because the pain was real. My temples were pulsating and I felt like I could feel each individual dread in my head just thumping. It was horrible. So even if you still decide to do this style, keep the pain medication close.
3.) So Stiff
I feel like faux locs is the worse protective style because they are not flexible or atleast the way the person did mine makes me feel that way. I can’t style it up how I want to like the twist or box braids. Like I’m upset that I paid so much money and they are stiff as hell. I get bored of my hair easily so it’s imperative for me to have the freedom to style my hair how I want. And I just couldn’t do it. It would feel like I was pulling on the strands of my own hair whenever I tried style it and it was extremely painful and uncomfortable.
Out of all the protective styles, braids, twist, crochet hair, etc. faux locs are the most expensive. It is a lot of work to do this style. It’s also a very long and tedious process especially if you have long hair, so I commend anyone that does it. Price for faux locs range from $150- $400. Prices do vary based on the length of your hair or on how long you want the faux locs. The longer your get it, the more expensive. And the length of mine is mid back. It’s quite an investment but think about it for a second, about a month or 2 of not doing your hair, I think it balances itself out if you get it done properly. However, I for one can’t afford to get the style often, which kinda sucks.
5.) Can’t Wear Certain Outfits
If you wear certain material clothing, the marley hair used for this style will snag your clothes and get attached to everything. I ruined a few tops in the past two months. You also can’t fit your head through certain tops and dresess, which is a real bummer especially when you plan outfits to wear for special occasions.
Overall, I love the look of faux locs, but would I get it again? Probably not! I mean unless they are actually light, pain free and flexible. Then I might reconsider!
Let me know in the comment section down below, what your experience with faux locs have been? Did you absolutely love it or could you not wait to take it out once you put it in. Also what’s your least and most favorite things about this hairstyle? I want to hear all about your experience. Let’s get a little conversation going within our community.
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