How to safely take down faux locs
When you’re ready to take down your locs, moisturize your hands and you keep a little jar of oil or moisturizer near so that you can reapply a little moisture to your hands as you work.
This will help keep your hands from becoming irritated and it will help the braiding hair unravel more easily as you take your hair down.
First, separate your hair into sections. Take a single loc and cut the end of the loc, so that the hair becomes loose. You want to make the cut about ½ inch to one inch up from the bottom. Once the hair is loosened, you can begin to unravel it from the bottom up.
After unraveling the braided hair that was wrapped, take a bit of moisturizer and glide it over your braided natural hair. Again, this may vary depending on exactly how your faux locs were installed. If you have braids under the wrapped loc which were created with braiding hair, you will want to remove that braid and then apply moisturizer directly onto your natural hair.
Last, take down the braid in your natural hair and finger detangle it lightly. Once you finish a loc, move on to the next. Repeat the steps on each loc within each section of your head.
When all your faux locs have been removed, apply a generous amount of oil to your entire head of hair. Add a plastic cap and apply heat to your hair for 10-15 minutes. This will help soften your hair and prepare it for you to wash and condition it.
After your hair is soft and pliable, you can go ahead and detangle, wash and condition your hair as you normally would. A deep conditioning* treatment will probably be needed too. Your hair has been wrapped up tight for many weeks and it will need a little extra TLC. Also remember that you will see more shedding than normal because the shed hairs have not been removed from your hair in several weeks. Don’t fret. That’s normal.
Faux locs are a great styling option for many reasons and you don’t have to worry about the takedown. It can be easy and painless if done the right way. If you’ve been eyeing those faux locs, you can go ahead and rock you a set and enjoy them.