What good is a protective hairstyle without proper maintenance? Last week, I shared my hairstory about getting the trending protective style of faux locs. This week, my stylist Shelly Marshall answers the most frequently asked questions about faux locs including hair texture choices and maintenance/upkeep.
Continue reading below as she gives you the 411 on faux locs.
Hype Hair: Which kind of hair should you purchase for faux locs?
Shelly Marshall: Marley hair is the best hair type or texture for faux locs. Some people like to use Kanekalon hair for the inside of the dread. The outside of the dread is mostly used with Marley hair because it’s the preferred hair type.
HH: Can you explain the process of how the faux loc is achieved without actually locking your hair and keeping it protected?
SM: To achieve faux locs, you must twist or braid your hair with the Marley hair. This is going to be your base for the dread. After you have twisted or braided the hair completely, then you take Marley hair and wrap it around that twist or braid.
Wrapping the hair very tightly, you then take a lighter and gently go over the dead. The fire helps keep the dread together and intact. Because you aren’t actually twisting your own hair together with a locking gel your hair doesn’t actually lock. The base braid or twist keeps your real hair separated and prevents it from locking.
HH: What types of hair can you achieve the faux locs look with?
SM: Most hair types can maintain faux locs. The straighter/ silkier your hair is the easier it is for the locs to be loose and slide down. If you aren’t sure about your hair type, ask your hair stylist for guidance.