Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair
Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair are popping up all around the internet from Youtube to Instagram to star-studded events.
So what separates goddess locs from regular locs you ask? Great question — goddess locs are unique because they’re often styled with curly or wavy hair at the ends and detailed with gold jewelry, giving them a royal appearance.
Trichologist and celebrity hairstylist Dr. Kari Williams is the creator of the Goddess Locs style, first credited for bringing goddess locs onto the scene in collaboration with her celebrity client, Meagan Good. Dr. Kari runs a hair care salon out of Los Angeles where she is highly sought-after among celebrity clientele.
In recent years, faux locs on natural hair beauties have become more and more popular. You can spot women sporting faux locs almost anywhere, from the beach to the red carpet.
Faux locs are a great protective style that allows wearers to change up their look and give their natural hair a break. For those who are thinking about locking their natural hair, faux locs can be a great way to get an idea of what their hair will look like once the process is complete.
If you are wondering what the differences are between faux locs vs dreadlocks, faux locs vs twists or faux loc vs braids, look no further.
Whether you’re trying to decide on your next protective style, or just curious about the method, here’s all you need to know about faux locs.
What Are Faux Locs?
Faux locs are meant to resemble real loc or dreadlocks. This style is often created using human hair, yarn, or synthetic braiding hair such as Marley hair or Kanekalon hair .
The hair is wrapped tightly around braids or twists in a downward motion to resemble real locs. When deciding on whether to use yarn vs Kanekalon vs Marley hair, keep in mind that the type of hair/material used will affect the texture and appearance of your faux locs.
Because they are a protective style that’s meant to be temporary, the maintenance routine for faux locs vs real locs will obviously be different. Faux locs made from human hair are often referred to as goddess locs.
They are more lightweight and have arguably the most natural appearance. Actress Meagan Good has helped popularize goddess locs, and they have quickly become her latest signature style.
The price of faux locs vs goddess locs will likely be different because synthetic hair is usually much less expensive. When it comes to synthetic hair, Marley and Kanekalon are the two most popular types of hair used for faux locs.
When it comes to deciding which is the best hair for faux locs, it really depends on the look you’re going for. Some people prefer Marley hair because its kinky texture gives the faux locs a more natural appearance.
Faux locs with kanekalon have a smoother, shinier appearance. For the most natural look, it’s usually best to choose the type of synthetic hair that best matches your hair texture.
However, since your hair will be covered by the faux locs, it doesn’t necessarily need to be a perfect match.
Traditional Goddess Locs Install Method
Faux locs can be installed by wrapping and crochet methods. With wrapping, sections of your hair are either braided/twisted first or held tightly against the base extension with one hand while the other hand is used to wrap the loc extension around until it reaches your desired length.
Due to how time-consuming this method is, more ready-made extensions have been produced to be installed using the crochet method.
There are two ways to install the crochet method: the cornrow method and the hidden individuals/Jazz Nicole method.
The cornrow method involves the locs being crocheted into a cornrow base, this is faster but styling versatility is limited due the obvious parts and predictable patterns it creates, especially if you favor updos.
The individual/Jazz Nicole method, on the other hand, is more versatile thanks to the faux locs being crocheted into individual braided/twisted sections.
The procedure is done in a way that the single braids/twists are concealed within the faux loc crochet extension itself.
Hair Hack: Both methods can also be incorporated for a cheat. If you love to pack up your hair in buns and ponytails, you could do the individual method on the perimeter of your head, while the cornrow method is left for the middle part!
How Long Do Faux Locs Last?
With proper maintenance and upkeep, faux locs can last for up to three months. You may need to touch up the roots as your hair grows out.
You don’t want to leave faux locs in too long, as it is possible that your natural hair will actually start to lock. The price to have faux locs installed by a professional stylist will vary significantly by location, length of the locs, and the type of hair used, but typically ranges anywhere between $150 to $300.
If you choose to install them yourself, then your faux locs price will be significantly lower, as you’ll just be paying for the hair. That cost will also vary; you can find Marley hair for as low as $5 a pack.
Be sure to do your research, as it may be worth it to buy better quality hair at a higher price. Once installed, there are a variety of ways to style your faux locs.
A faux locs bun is a popular style that is very easy to do. The bun can be high, low, loose or tight.
You can also style faux locs into a simple half up, half down style by pulling the locs in the front of the head into a bun and leaving the rest down. You can also find cute accessories for faux locs hairstyles, such as beads , at any local beauty supply store.
Low maintenance: Faux locs are really great for protective styling because they are low maintenance, low manipulation– you literally do not have access to your hair for as long as you have the locs in.
Growth: Low manipulation contributes to length retention of your hair because your hair will be left alone.
Fake it till you make it: As mentioned earlier, it is also a way to have beautiful locs without making the longterm commitment. A way to preview the look if you are considering making the full-time commitment to natural locs.
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Longevity: They are long lasting compared to some other protective style options. Plus the older they get, the more natural they look.
Faux locs have some cons which you should take into account before making the faux commitment.
Pain: Gripping your hair tightly can cause tension resulting in hair loss, and severe pains. This is why having a good loctician or stylist install your locs is recommended for the best experience.
Heaviness: Faux locs can be heavy and also lead to breakage if moisture is not sealed in before the installation and maintained throughout their wear.
Time Consuming: The process itself takes long hours to complete. But this largely depends on length, style, method and other factors.
Discrimination: Another con of having faux locs is discrimination under the pretense of ‘unprofessionalism.’ Locs –whether real or fake are still considered unprofessional in majority of corporate America.
If you have decided you still want faux locs, let’s examine some things to consider when picking a style.
Goddess Faux Locs Maintenance
Maintenance of faux locs starts before the install. Clarify, deep condition, moisturize and seal in the moisture before installing.
Caring for faux locs follows a similar routine of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting just like you’d do with other protective styles. To cleanse, avoid drenching your head in water.
Rather, mix your favorite shampoo and water in a spray bottle and spritz on your scalp. Lightly rub your fingers on your scalp to wash (using a dreadlock shampoo brush to wash your “dreads” without messing them up is a good idea), and rinse off with water.
Make sure the locs are held up or have someone hold it up for you to avoid getting it soaked. Not only does soaked hair make your locs heavy and hard to dry, but it can cause them to loosen.
Follow the cleanse with a light moisturizer and oil your scalp with a light oil to prevent easy buildup (we currently recommend Jojoba, as it is an oil that most closely resembles your hair’s natural sebum).
For night time maintenance, you will want a big satin bonnet or braid cap to cover every single faux loc on your head.
Other than that, you might encounter some of the following issues if your faux locs were installed by wrapping:
Frizz and sticking: If you find your locs are frizzy and sticking together, apply a light moisturizer and trim the body. Although frizz makes it look more natural, it will likely gain momentum and become unmanageable if left unchecked.
Lint: You might also pick up lint but it’s nothing the lint lifter tool can’t solve.
Stiffness: On the day of your installation, your faux locs will be stiff and stick out depending on how tight the wraps were wound. To solve this, have the stylist dip your faux locs in hot water to loosen them.
Or better yet, have the stylist do a sample loc at your consultation so you can judge how tight they operate. Again, you don’t want too much tension and risk damaging your hair follicles, which would defeat the purpose of the protective style.
Unravelling: This might occur when the locs are not wrapped tightly or the wrong method was used for you. For example, natural kinky hair might be able to hold wraps without the natural hair or base extension being braided while finer and straighter hair might slip off easily if not braided first.
Pain: When locs are wrapped to close to the scalp or gripped too tight, they cause a lot of pain. To solve this, have the section redone loosely or consider an individual crochet method.
Goddess Faux Locs Styles: Inspiration
Styling faux locs is the fun part, just like braids there are many ways to style faux locs. Check out 10 style inspirations below…
1. Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair Bob
2. Medium Length Bun Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair
3. Curly Crochet Locs
4. Side-Swept Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair
5. Pulled Back Goddess Faux Locs With Cuban Twist Hair
Frequently Asked Questions For Getting Faux Locs:
Can Faux Locs Get Wet?
Yes, faux locs can get wet. You can swim, shampoo and work out just like you normally would. However, because of the volume of additional hair used to create this style, they could easily get very heavy.
So they will take longer to dry and will feel heavier when wet.
Can Faux Locs BE Cut?
Yes. You can cut your faux locks into a shorter style if you want to switch things up after a few weeks. Sometimes, faux locks will need to be burned again after cutting to seal the fibers, so keep an eye out for signs of fraying and unraveling!
Can You Wash Faux Locs?
Yes – in fact, it’s recommended! Maintaining the hygiene of your own hair and scalp during your faux locs protective style is key to ensuring that you keep your hair healthy.
Can Faux Locs Grow Your Hair?
Faux locs themselves do not grow your hair. Faux locs (when properly maintained and moisturized) allow your hair to take a rest from daily maintenance and manipulation, which allows you to retain more of your hair that’s already growing.
Can Faux Locs Become Permanent?
No, faux locs are not intended to become permanent. Loc extensions, however, are used for this pupose. Faux locs are meant to be removed after a few months of wear. Extending this time can risk damage to your hair.
Can Faux Locs Turn into Dreads?
With that being said, any hair can loc up when left long enough. Especially if the hair is textured.
Can Faux Locs Be Done On Short Hair?
Yes. Any length of hair that is long enough to grip for braiding can have faux locks installed. It takes a bit more skill and practice, but faux locs can be done on as little as two inches of hair.
Can Faux Locs Damage Your Hair?
Only if neglected. Faux locs require maintenance just like any other style. Neglecting your hair’s needs will lead to damage, including excessive shedding and breakage.
Can You Dye Faux Locs?
Blonde synthetic dreads can be dyed. Also, hair chalks can work on some faux locs as well.
Can Faux Locs Be Dipped in Hot Water Like Braids?
Yes, but burning is a more effective way to seal the locks. For faux locs done with Kanekalon hair, dipping in hot water is more effective than faux locs wrapped with Marley hair.
Do Faux Locs Hurt?
Yes, if they are installed too tightly. When braiding your hair in preparation for faux locs, braiding too tightly is not advised.
Faux locs can be quite heavy, and this places extra stress on your roots, causes pain and can damage your follicles. Instead, leave a bit of room at the root of your braid, or do chunkier sections to avoid discomfort.
When To Wash Faux Locs?
Are Faux Locs Stiff?
Some brands are. They will loosen as they get older.
Are Faux Locs Reusable?
Reusing old faux locs is not recommended.
Are Faux Locs Hard To Take Out?
No. Not at all. To remove faux locs, simply cut right above where the ends have been burned, then unravel the hair gently. You can also cut midway through the lock to save time, but if you have longer hair, be sure not to cut too high up!
Are Faux Locs Dreads?
No, faux locs are not dreads. However, the mistake is understandable because they do look very similar and can even be made to look just like dreadlocks when done with a natural look in mind.
Are Faux Locs Heavy?
They can be, depending on how much hair you add or what type of hair you use to braid and wrap. Faux locs done with Marley hair, for instance, are heavier than faux locks done with Kanekalon hair.
What Are Goddess Faux Locs?
A style of locs using human hair that tapers into loose curls at the end.
Will Faux Locs Look Good On Me?
Only you can know that for sure. If you rock your faux locs with confidence, yes, they will look good on you. And even if no one else likes them but you do, that’s all that matters in the end.
Just remember to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize so that when you take them out, you get the payoff of protective styling in the first place
Having gone over all there is to know about faux locs, will you get them?
Remember, even in protective styles, you should still moisturize your hair on a regular basis. You don’t want to risk months of dedicated protective styling only to have it all shed due to dryness and breakage once removed.
If you are committed to taking care of your hair and scalp while wearing this style. Faux locs are the ultimate low manipulation protective style, and the most economical because it gets better with time.
With different methods of installation to suit different style needs and comfort, what’s not to love? Plus you are now armed with all the right information to guide you on what to expect, method or style to choose, maintenance tips, and everything in between for the best experience.