In the last few years, the demand for faux locs has increased so much that they are now a popular go-to seasonal style like box braids. Women everywhere are getting faux locs and making them unique to their look. Because most women are new to faux locs, they are having trouble properly caring for them.
They’re not quite like real locs or box braids, but they’re also not a style you should just leave alone until you’re ready to take out. In fact, faux locs have their own set of rules when it comes to caring for them while they’re installed; and actually, it’s pretty simple!
Below are a few tips on how to wash and care for your long, gorgeous faux locs!
What you wash your locs with can heavily depend on what type of hair and install method you used to achieve your look. For an example, someone who used yarn and the extension method may have a totally different washing experience than someone who crocheted in marley hair for their locs. However, the wash routine and method is generally the same for all types of installs.
The first thing you need to do is gather two bowls of water, your preferred shampoo, and two wash cloths. One bowl of water and cloth is to scrub the shampoo on your scalp and roots; the other cloth and bowl of water are to rinse the shampoo from your hair. Make sure you don’t mix the cloths up or else you’ll get shampoo in the clean water.
Take the shampoo and squeeze it into a bowl of water, swish the small rag into the water until it is saturated, gently wring it out, and then softly scrub your scalp with the rag. Make sure you are solely paying attention to your scalp and any buildup you may have. After you are satisfied with your shampooing, cleanse your scalp with the clean water and towel until the shampoo is completely rinsed out.
If you don’t like this method, you can always put shampoo and water into a bottle with a thin applicator tip and wash your scalp with your fingers. Be sure to rinse with a cup of water or a detachable shower head to ensure you don’t wet your entire head.
Moisturizing and Sealing
Contrary to popular belief, protective styling does not mean that you can just leave your hair alone for ‘x’ amount of months and your hair will remain healthy. While rocking any protective style, you still need to moisturize and seal your hair –even if it’s just your roots.
Because cream moisturizers and heavy oils* can cause a ton of buildup, your best best is to use a liquid or spray on moisturizers like Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray and a light oil like grapeseed* or tea tree*.
To moisturize and seal you need to section your hair off after washing, spray on or apply a moisturizer with an applicator tip, and then seal with an oil in the same fashion. If your scalp and/or roots are damp or wet, keep your hair wrapped up in sections and allow it to dry before covering or styling.