Just like the name suggests, these locs are soft. They can also be referred to as faux locs. They are made by wrapping hair using crochet locs to achieve the desired softness. They are referred to as locs because you get to look and feel like you have real dreadlocks while rocking artificial ones. Soft locs are usually very long beyond the hip length.
Previously, when people rocked faux locs, they used to be very stiff and tight. Advancement in the method of styling has created softer locs that are not very stiff and ones that look more like natural dreadlocks. The following are some of the types of hair used to make soft locks.
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Crotchet Soft Locs
This is one of the easiest ways to make soft locks. The locs are made at the base without having to wrap your hair all the way. The locs get distressed roots desired even when the hair is not wrapped over the braids. There are various ways of doing the crotchet soft locs.
Wrapping It At The Base Of The Hair
Wrapping the crotchet locs only at the base does not only give you the desired faux locs but also has the soft texture that you want. The most important thing is to ensure that the base is not tightly wrapped at the roots and neither should it be too loose. Make the locs length that you desire and one that you are comfortable with.
Wrapping It As Distressed At The Roots
The other way is wrapping your crotchet locs at the roots of your hair to achieve a distressed look. The distressed look can be achieved by either using passion twist water or the distressed wrapping hair. Both braiding styles give the exact same results for soft locs.
Wrapping It All The Way Down With The Wrapping Hair
This is an alternative way of doing the crotchet. Make them as soft as you can ensuring that they are strong enough.
Kinky And Afro Kinky Wrapping Hair
Soft locs can also be made using these two types of hair. Depending on the way your stylist wraps the hair, different styles can be made out of it. The wrapping hair can be used at the base with an addition of Marley or braiding hair. These two types of wrapping hair are easy to use as they do not require you to have twist water. Kinky hair is quite rough and often appears short hence you require a good stylist who can make long faux locs out of it.
Passion Water Wave Wrapping Hair
Initially, water wave hair was used to make braids and passion twists. However, with a few improvements, the hair can be used to make faux locs. To make a great texture while using this hair, you need to make a few layers of the hair to get a better look. If you are into less textured faux locs, then passion water wave wrapping hair is the type of hair to use.
Marley Hair For Soft Locs
Depending on the style of wrapping used, Marley hair can also be used to make soft locs. Marley’s hair has to be combined with another type of hair for it to make a good base and wrapping hair. When not combined, the faux locs appear very stiff as the stylist has to tightly wrap the hair around. Mixing it with another type of hair ensures you get the right texture for your faux locs.
The following are various things you need to do in regard to the maintenance and treatment of your soft locs.
- Don’t treat them like real locs as they are not. This means that you should not attempt to re-twist otherwise your hair will loc for real and end up with dreadlocks.
- Moisturize your faux locs. Use oil to gently massage your scalp and hydrate the roots of your hair regularly.
- Clean your soft locs on regular basis. Cleaning does not mean washing. Washing weakens the locs hence you should just wipe them clean lest risk destroying them.
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