Category Archives: Protective Styles

Faux Locs – Variety

With all the need for something unique, as well as something that can pull off as natural as the hair that’s grown from your head there have been many variations popping up all over for how you can achieve a banging hairstyle, and/ or a hairstyle that no one can really tell is fake or not, until you take it off obviously.

I’ve been looking around for some protective looks and come by so many people who have achieved stunning looks. There are bob faux locs, goddess locs, marley locs, human hair locs (which some keep in as perm extensions) and so many more out there. I’ve already tried the yarn locs at some point but they are so heavy, and I’d do them so much different next time, as I’ve learned a lot with research.

Below are a few images to inspire you on what kind of faux locs you can give a shot. And the amount of tutorials out there are plentiful. Just do some research depending on your hair type and your desired look. Don’t just jump in like I’ve done at times. And especially with certain looks, there is a required amount of preparation before. But also remember there is a quick version, crochet style, so don’t fret. Many salons are also able to achieve this look but the price I can’t confirm as well, area and skill play a part in that.



@_natalyn two tone faux dreadlocks with jewelry


@Et Cetera

Faux Locs tutorial EtCetera




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Trends for 2016 – first quarter

Hi All, 

So I’ve been so obsessed with a few looks lately which have been blowing up online. So here I’ve got a few images and tutorial links to share to accomplish on your own (I’m a straight up DIYer)


My number favourite style at the moment is the Faux Goddess Locs. The style is accomplished by using human hair for a light and natural looking faux loc, which is especially suitable for relaxed or straight hair, or people looking for a softer faux loc look. I think it’s great and over time several more have attempted to copy the look inspired by Megan Good and created by Dr Kari Williams – she has a pay for tutorial to learn for those who may want to do so for salon clients.

What I like about this look is the lightness and also that it provides an alternative for many of us who are looking for a different look when it comes to faux locs, I’ll follow up with a post on the many alternative looks of faux locs. They are considered bohemian locs, a la Lisa Bonet, as well. 

Megan Good /Dr Kari Williams work
Lisa Bonnet and @a.mela.goddess

Goddess Locs – Tutorial


The second style I’ve seen trending is the cubic twist braid/ 3d split twist, which is an already twisted extension suitable for crochet styles, which can be worn as braids or loosened up. There are many who have already reviewed and linked this themselves.

Afri Naptural 3d split twist / cubic twist


Cubic Twist – Beautycanbraid

The third, which I would still need to practice a heck load of times off my head before trying it on, is the 4d braid (coined by Hair by Mason) but I’d rather call it the traditional box braid before box braids became three strand braids. I literally don’t remember when the term box braids became so loose. But if you can also search box braid or round braid, this is typically the look, which is similar to style two – cubic twists – but well, I don’t know, the cubic twists are more Senegalese twists twisted twice (say that three times faster, lol).


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The 4d braids by HairbyMason

So there are the trending looks, and links and check them out and tell me what you think . What other looks do you think are blowing up at the moment. 



How I struggled with Matting in braids

Hi everyone,

Some of you may have experienced some difficulty in keeping protective styles in for longer than 4 weeks because of locing. I personally had to deal with a nightmare detangling session once I had taken down my yarn braids back in August 2014.

It is one of the hardest things to deal with because the process of removing means detangling slowly and gently, and for some people you may end up having the most serious frustration every because of time it takes to deal with it.

I think be properly prepared before installing any long term style will be much better than the aftermath of neglect. Also not to do anything too thin and also not to keep in for extended periods of time.

For the micro braids look I think trying to do them with a crochet braid method would be much better for you. It would take less time to install and remove, as well as not harming your hair in the same way.

I would also recommend not using certain types of gels and pomades in your hair that are likely to freeze your hair into that style. It was very difficult when I took down my yarn braids because the yarn was locd onto my hair and it was just really bad.

You’d also want to focus more on your scalp than your hair when washing in these styles. It will mean that your hair will not curl into itself and the extension and fight its way out while really just wrapping around whatever you braid with.

I would also recommend thorough detangling and deep conditioning help to make your hair softer to avoid it drying out and matting.

I can’t remember where I read this tip from but it was also a really good one. While taking out your braids, detangle as you go. This is for people who really have time. The type of people who will know that even with these teeny tiny braids, they will take forever, but it does help. Just have some detangler spray or some conditioner / Aloe Vera and Water mix, spray and detangle, from the bottom up, making sure that you love your hair. You don’t want your hands to be another reason you aren’t retaining length.


The Mini Braid Method

I came across Jay, of The Mini Braid Method a few weeks ago and thought it was a simple, cost effective and easy DIY way to look after your hair. Why shouldn’t you be able to simply plait down your hair into single braids for a few weeks at a time when really busy and be able to rock it as a protective style.

I have currently put in some single plaits (no extensions) which I used to do in big plaits, just 4 chunky ones on each quadrant of my head. Now I’ve got these little braids, which I will turn into a braid out on Sunday night and rock for about 3 days before doing these mini braids again.

It isn’t a method like the curly girl or max hydration method. It’s more of a practiced protective style, to put your fragile strands away with not added pressure from extensions and with easy access to your scalp. I like this method. I just have to get used to actually plaiting my hair like this on a regular basis. But I don’t think I will go week by week like this. I think that I’ll just incorporate this between long term protective styles.

With this braid you would also want to twist the ends as it becomes easier to remove versus braiding all the way down, which can be a little difficult for you to remove without using tools.

Jay – The Mini Braid Method

The blogger who coined the term is Jay. She isn’t really a braids only person. She does also do other styles and documents her method of maintaining length on her website

Here is a link to her latest post with her latest length (MBL – while in braids).

  • Serra

Braiding My Locks

So I’ve never braided my locks, people told me to wait for the five month mark before braiding them. So I did, my dreads are five and a half months old. Not all have locked yet (how sad!) But most have. I actually feel like I have dreads now.

So braiding the my hair was easy, it’s really the same process as braiding unmated hair but luckily we don’t have to part our hair (oh yeah!) but I had to make sure all loose hairs were twisted into my braid before installing. It took me six hours by myself which isn’t bad I think. I’m still trying to neaten the front out first because my braids are copper I need to make sure not took much dread is visible but with the back it doesn’t matter.

I took one piece of the hair piece and wound it around my dread to hide the top of my hair and to hide a bit more black but it’s hard to hide all of it.

Next time I think I’ll go for dark red then brown.

I used Premium expression made in South Africa and it was horrible. It got very tangled and it definitely wasn’t brush-able. I will never use it again. I prefer Nigerian expression. It’s really tangle free. Another thing with the hair piece I used, it was very shiny. I hate that about it. I shine way too much in the sun. Otherwise it’s alright but I’ll try to never use it again.

HINT: before braid your hair, soak it in apple cider vinegar to remove the chemicals that make your hair itch. Do that for ten minutes then place it in clean water to remove the apple cider for the same amount of time.

Maintaining and Taking out Yarn braids

So I kept my yarn braids on for about four weeks, I took them out because they kept coming apart.

So it took about an hour to take them all out. I simply had to un-wrap the first thread and unplait the second part of the braid. It was not painful and it didn’t require anything else. Just remember if you do yarn braids, be careful when installing around the edges and the front. If it’s too tight in can ruin your hairline and it will make it difficult to remove the yarn later on.

Maintaining them was easy really. Yarn absorb oils faster than normal hair so it is important to moisture your hair every day with a spritz bottle. This is better than applying the oil to prevent build up. You don’t want to have a gunk of oil on your head now do you.

I washed them once a week because they become extremely heavy with water. You really have to squeeze the heck out of them. And since I have dreads I had to ensure they dried fast. I usually sat in the sun for a while or I would take a walk and the yarn would dry after four hours at least.


That was my yarn experience!

Juliet Kamanga

I’m afraid of a bad weave

As a soon to be 25-year-old woman living in Johannesburg, one real busy city, it is actually so weird had I’ve never worn a weave in my adult stage of life. It’s such a norm, even the white girls in my sister’s primary wore extensions, it’s maybe just cause I’ve never been into that. I have all of a sudden gotten super obsessed with weaves as I’m planning my protective styles for the year.
Everywhere I go there is someone wearing a weave, usually a popular style, so a lot of people looking like bad weave clones. No weave hate just that cheap weaves look so tacky and I never wanted one because of this reason and the major itching. But after some research I’ve learned a lot of care for both synthetic and virgin hair.
I’m not one to spend a lot of money on hair things. The most expensive splurge was on my Toni and Guy Afro straightener which I’m no longer using but will if I make a straight wig. I spend a lot on my natural / sulphate / paraben free products now for such a small quantity but I’m not doing the overuse of products and will not share them except with my daughter who owns me, lol.
When I first saw the December catalog for Jumbo Cash and Carry I was stunned at all the brands and looks. I hardly ever see extensions advertised except for clicks and they mostly feature Frika! Collection and X-pressions which are still very limited and boring.

Specials at the Jumbo Cash and Carry
Specials at the Jumbo Cash and Carry

There are all kinds of products at Jumbo, as Edna told us, brands we wouldn’t find just anywhere. I’m so hoping I can go soon because I know I won’t be leaving empty handed because I can still always get food stuff.

– Serra Kamanga