Okay, so the newest hot style this summer is the faux loc extensions*. This style is perfect for natural hair ladies. Even those with relaxed hair are getting into dreads. This style is great for testing the waters to see if you would potentially want real dreads in the future.
First things first, the trend started out as Yarn dreads. Yarn dreads are dread extensions* made from strictly acrylic yarn that can be bought at most stores for $3 a bundle. The yarn comes in many colors, giving these fashionistas daring looks to play around with.
Slowly, Marley braid hair trickled its way into this style, giving the dreads a more authentic look! Marley braid hair also comes in a wide variety of colors. The name for them is Marley dreads.
So the question is which is better? Hmm…let’s look at the pros and cons of both, shall we?
► Entire process is cheap. Depending on the size and length of the dreads, it could cost you $6-$12.
► When sealing the ends (burning ends with lighter), dreads do not stick together.
► Dreads appear thick.
► Up close, they appear unauthentic (fake).
► As they get older, fuzz, trash, lint, etc gets caught in the dreads.
► They feel fake to the touch.
► Very time consuming because you have to wrap the yarn strand by strand.
► Appear natural and authentic.
► Wide variety of natural hair colors.
► Realistic thickness of dreads.
► Realistic feel.
► Marley hair clings together, making sealing the dreads easy.
► Last longer.
► Takes 9 hours or less (without breaks) because each strand of Marley hair is thicker than a strand of yarn.
► They age quicker.
► The vibrant colors of Marley hair are harder to find.
► If ends are sealed using lighter, the dreads stick together.
► Ends of dreads are difficult to keep sealed.
Here’s a hair tutorial on the Marley dreads:
Which is your favorite to use to create faux locs, yarn or Marley hair?