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How long do faux locs last? This is a question that the NHP staff has been seeing ALOT lately.
So in this tutorial we’ll give you accurate time ranges of the durability of “fake locs”, and even point you towards some of the highest quality faux loc hair you can find.
We’ll also compare how long other dreadlock and braid hairstyles last in comparison to faux locs. We’ll compare goddess locs, butterfly locs and box braids for you.
Just in case the lasting-power of faux locs isn’t what you need or were expecting.
A faux loc is extension hair that has the appearance of real locs, they’re braided close to the scalp and then looped around your real hair.
Braiding faux loc extension hair in this fashion gives you styling flexibility of THA GAAAAWDS honey!
Faux loc can be worn up or down, styled, or worn messy. Best of all, theyé also really easy to take care of.
Many women ask “how long do faux locs last?” without giving us details about their hair type, for example, which style of faux locs will you be wearing or how you plan on taking care of your faux loc hair.
Will you be using a professional stylist to help with faux loc maintenance or handling the task yourself?
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If maintaining your faux locs at home, is your hair care routine consistent?
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So we’re going to get a lot more detailed than some of the other hair magazines and blogs that simply blurt out a blanket number.
Because telling everybody “faux locs last 3 months” as a general answer is just lazy and doesn’t apply to everybody.
So let NHP break it all down for you...
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The first factor in the lasting durability of faux locs depends on your hair texture and its ability to grip the faux locs.
Kinkier hair types that aren’t chemically relaxed typically will hold onto faux locs for longer periods of time. How long do faux locs last for these women? Answer: A person with curly-to-kinky hair may find that their faux locs last up to 4 months before they need to be touched up or redone.
Although getting a touch up at about the two month mark will help your faux locs look neater and fresher while they last and even increase the amount of time that they endure.
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If a person with straight hair is wondering how long faux locs last the answer will likely be much shorter than for someone with kinky curly hair because the faux lox will have a harder time staying in place.
For someone with naturally straight or chemically-straightened hair, faux locs may only last for eight to ten weeks. More maintenance will be required to make them last longer.
Now we can get into how long some different styles and sizes of laux tend to last...
Goddess locs are a style that resembles real locs but with curls added to the look.
Without a doubt, Goddess locs are one of the sexiest and most beloved faux loc styles - how long do they last though? Answer is, for goddess locs four months is the longest we would suggest someone keep them in.
This includes a maintenance appointment at the two-month mark or self touch up to make the style last as long as possible while style looking fabulous.
Proper Goddess faux locs maintenance should include removing the build up at the base of the faux locs, washing, and drying under a hooded dryer to make sure they are completely dry to avoid any molding.
Lastly,the best faux loc maintenance will include wrapping the new growth with small pieces of loc hair. If any faux locs needed to be repaired it would be done at this time also.
Not only can your Goddess locs last 4 months, but this type of touch up regimen will have them looking fresh and nearly brand new for much longer.
Also, to make Goddess faux locs last longer use only the highest quality Marley hair or synthetic extensions.
Another HOT style we see get questions about are Butterfly faux locs.
How long do Butterfly locs last? The answer is, with proper maintenance and moisturizing you can keep butterfly locs in for about four to eight weeks.
You don't want to damage the new growth hair coming in and cause breakage, especially if you aren't washing the hair.
Even though the Butterfly faux loc style should generally last up to two months, if you're not properly maintaining faux locs (meaning regularly washing and conditioning them) then you probably shouldn't keep them in for longer than 1 month.
If you have to keep Butterfly locs in your head any longer than the recommended one to two month time period, you could probably stretch the time a bit without much damage and extend their wear for about one to two weeks.
To prolong your butterfly locs for a bit, NHP recommends using hydrating products and washing them with a high-quality dry shampoo or letting them air dry if you use a hydrating liquid shampoo.
Keeping your scalp hydrated is a major key for extending your wear time as well as nourishing the Butterfly faux locs to keep frizz and flyaways at bay.
And hey, don’t sleep on that dry shampoo tip! Wet washing is great but if you wet wash make sure to dry your faux loc thoroughly or else the water will cause bacteria to grow. That’s the last thing you want.
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Yes, faux locs last longer than box braids because while braids tend to look best when freshly installed, faux locs good looks last longer and more natural as they age.
As far as your hair and scalp health are concerned, faux locs put far less pressure and tension on your edges and thus less risk of damage that can result from pulling your hair too tight.
With longer-lasting faux locs you can get a “perfectly coiffed, fresh from the salon” look that creates less stress or wear-and-tear on your edges.
Because faux locs last longer than box braids all while looking less worn out, many naturalistas believe faux locs are better than braids as a protective style option.
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Lastly, knowing what hair to use for faux locs is super important.
Because using the best hair for faux locs will help them last longer.
The best hair for individual crochet faux locs is definitely high-quality synthetic hair, such as Kanekalon or Marley hair. Don't be cheap unless you want to look cheap. OK?
When you choose which hair to use, keep in mind that it will also affect the braid texture you will get.
If we had to choose just one as the best NHP chooses Marley hair as the best hair for faux locs because they'll give you a naturally kinky texture and realistic look.
It's also an excellent synthetic hair to use for Havana twists and Kinky twists.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee is a Contributing Editor to NHP and a former owner of the BlackhairOMG website. She formed 4C Trichology Growth Services, LLC., a US based hair care consultation service. She has also contributed as a writer and consultant for various hair and beauty websites. Melissa can be followed on Twitter here.