If you are feeling a little bit bold and would like to try something new and unique to your hair, such as locking your natural hair and transforming it into a dreads or locs hairstyle but without permanently changing it, then a Faux locs might be perfect for you.
So what are faux locs?
Faux locs are braids that are wrapped into your hair, it is a temporary and protective styling that allows wearers to have an idea similar to how their hair would look after having it dreadlocks.
Aside from transforming your hair into a chic, fashionable, dauntless hairstyle, It also helps shield your natural hair from the harmful sun rays, perfect for summer! And protects it from breakage and damage.
This hairstyle has become one of the most popular hairstyle trends especially after seeing celebrities such as Rihanna and Actress Meagan Good nailed that ineffable sophisticated look.
Luckily, Faux locs can be done on anyone of any hair type but they are most commonly found on African American hair.
Faux Locs is often created using human hair, synthetic braiding hair such as kanekalon hair, Marley hair, or yarn.
The most common synthetic braiding is kanekalon and Marley hair.
In this article, we will find out which synthetic hair is better. If you would like to know more about it, keep reading.
Faux Locs with Kanekalon vs Marley hair
Faux Locs with Kanekalon Hair
This Kanekalon Hair is made from high-quality kanekalon synthetic fiber which features a light and soft hair that looks so much like that of natural hair, enhancing your natural beauty.
It is easy to install which allows you to achieve that beautiful hairstyle in a short period of time. It can hold dread locs well for long hours and is tangle-free.
What’s great about this is that they have already included in their kit a crochet needle, hair jewelry, and the 6 packs of Faux Locs.
They also offer different hair colors to choose from, as well as length you want to achieve either 12 inches or 18 inches long.
Suitable styles for kanekalon hair are cornrows, box braids, and Senegalese twists.
- Looks Natural
- Doesn’t tangle easily
- Comfortable to wear
- Easy to install
- No undesirable smell
- Some find it itchy on the scalp
Faux Locs with Marley hair
This Toyo Tress Marley Hair is made from a superior quality synthetic fiber that has a natural looking hair finish.
It features a hair that looks healthy, bouncy, super soft, and lightweight. It’s made from a material that is gentle on the skin.
Before installing, it is advisable to wash the hair first with warm water and a cup of Apple cider vinegar or some shampoo to remove the undesirable chemical scent.
One set includes 6 packs of Marley hair and a crochet needle, perfect if you are looking for some great gift ideas.
This versatile hair offers a wide variety of length and colors selection.
Suitable styles for Marley hair are Marley twists, Box braids and Crochet hairstyles.
- Easy to manage
- Soft to touch
- Safe for skins
- Smells like chemicals when not washed.
Other types of Faux Locs:
This is the most expensive kind of faux locs. What makes it different from the rest is that they are using a silkier type of hair that has loose curly waves end compared to a round burned end of regular faux locs, this gives it a more bohemian kind of vibe.
They have also the most natural-looking appearance and are more lightweight than others.
The advantage of this type of faux locs is aside from its affordable cost, it is also a great way to restyle your look using colorful yarn locs, it is fairly lightweight and easy to maintain.
However, this type of faux locs attracts more lint and may take a longer time to dry.
How to Take Care of Your Faux Locs
Though faux locs may seem to be hard to take care of, the reality is that they are relatively easy to maintain and are actually one of the most low maintenance styles you can have.
Here are some tips on maintaining faux locs:
Hydrate your hair and scalp
It is important to always keep your scalp moisturized with oils. It is ideal to apply natural oils from the roots to the scalp, you may use coconut oil, olive oil, or castor oil.
These oils help nourish the scalp, help in maintaining pH balance, and prevent bacterial growth.
Faux locs are recommended to be washed once every two weeks with a cup of apple cider vinegar or other products designed to maintain their pH balance.
This is especially important when you just purchased faux locs to remove its unwanted smell.
Products that contain shea butter may help keep the frizz to a minimum, this provides nutrients that help improve hair health, prevent breakage and help smoothen strands.
One of the best ways to keep your faux locs moisturized is to use silk or satin wrap at night to keep them protected and looking fresh.
Avoid using Cotton fibers as they absorb and rub out moisture.
Do your research
It is best to do your research first before making your first purchase to know which type of faux locs will best suit your hair type or texture.
So, Which One is Better?
The two most popular synthetic hair used for faux locs are Kanekalon hair and Marley hair.
In general, the difference between the two is that marley hair has a coarser texture, but it is lighter and has a more natural appearance which makes it ideal for twists, while the kanekalon hair is shinier and smoother in appearance.
When it comes to choosing which one is better, it is best to pick the type of synthetic hair that matches your hair texture.
What’s great about this faux locs is that they are temporary and you can always return to your regular look.