I promised to share with you all my faux locs experience. Let's just say this style helped me grow some more PATIENCE! I guess I had seen enough pictures of faux locs on ladies (see some examples below) and they looked amazeballs. I had some Noir kinky hair with me but the stylists had to use more. It also took about 5 hours in total even though 2 ladies were working on my hair. I had done a mild protein treatment some days before to strengthen my hair a bit. A scary part was when the girls began running a flame through my locs to burn off the hairs sticking out. I kept telling them I didn't think it was necessary but they wouldn't listen (#eyeroll) so I just told them to stick to the lower half of the locs where my actual hair did not reach.
So here is my "Faux Locs Diary" and some maintenance tips and observations.
Day 1 of installation:
Tight. Stiff. Painful. Difficult to sleep. Regret.
I mean from the looks of it, it looked like I had African threading on which was DEFINITELY not the look I was going for! Someone even asked me if it was threading I had on. I really hated the way it looked and if not for the pain I may have taken it all out. And yeah because the girls had to grasp the hair really tight, it felt painful to touch my scalp and style the hair. For 2 weeks all I could do was pull it loosely to the back. Even sleeping was difficult for days.
Day 3 of installation:
Sleeping is easier now. Still tight and uncomfortable on my head. Oh and it is heavy! Not surprising with 7 packs of bulk weave eh? I had to go online to do research. This was when I learnt that I was not the only one who freaked out at the beginning due to the stiffness of the locs, but that it would soften over time. I doubted that very much every time I felt through a loc. It felt as rigid as steel! Online some ladies had dipped the locs in water to soften it, but I was scared the water would make the hair even heavier and Berry seconded this (yes I panicked so much that I had to ask her how her faux locs experience went, though hers were the "instant" ones that come pre-loc'd).Then the burnt hair that was still attached to the locs kept shedding on my pillow case.
Week 1 of installation: Still shedding tiny burnt hairs. Doesn't hurt anymore but I still can't style the hair at all. Hair is still stiff and I still hate it.
Week 2 of installation: I can now push some strands about gently and the locs are a bit softer. Shedding has really reduced.
Week 3 of installation: I'm beginning to finally see the beauty of this hair. Locs are softer and I can do more styles now. It looks more like dread locs every day and less like African threading praise God!
Week 5 of installation: I love my faux locs! No more shedding. It's soft and malleable now too. I can do ANY style with it, even high buns. It thrives when wet and dries quickly.
Week 7 of installation: Still in love! Now I see why they say faux locs should stay on for as long as even 4 months. I can't do that though because I have a wedding to prepare for soon and I am honestly worried about my natural hair locing or getting matted when I take out the weave. But we'll see. Apart from the cover pic here's another pic of me styling the locs. There are about 2 other pics of me wearing the locs on my IG page.
I don't even make a bun when I get into the shower, the locs seem to love water and once I blot it dry it's fine. I also co-washed it once and all went well. I use a leave in moisturizer, and sometimes oil my scalp.
The hair generally looks nicer and softer the older it gets. It could be styled anyhow at all and I hardly use bobby pins, just a thick, strong rubber band. The hair likes to pick up lint though! So you may find yourself picking out tiny bits from the hair particularly from the burnt ends.
In summary, I think every African lady who isn't already on dreadlocks should try the faux locs at least once in a lifetime. Just be ready for some weirdness for the first 2 weeks!
Ever tried the faux locs? What was your experience like?