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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.

 

 

@sarayaandris_
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@_natalyn two tone faux dreadlocks with jewelry

 

@Et Cetera

Faux Locs tutorial EtCetera

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Find more instagram looks on: http://blackgirllonghair.com/2015/05/20-stunning-photos-of-black-women-rocking-faux-locs/

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
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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. 

 

 

More Hair Envy

   Long relaxed hair

I work with a mix race and culture group. Of the people who work with me I have 6 other black women working with us. On the start of coming here I had braids in my hair. Before having those braids I had not braided my hair for about 2 years. Yes, some think it’s very odd, especially here in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Since then I’ve done a whole bunch of styles on my head with my own hair and also using kinky afro twist extensions. I have been reluctant to try other styles as of yet. Still need to research how to protect my hair from damage. I especially have damage from matting and that could be a simple 4 weeks wear of braids that cause me to have some locs developing in my hair. I especially hated trying out yarn braids because of that as well. They were so difficult to take out, my hair loced up so much and I really didn’t know why it was so tangled up, but I’m going to be trying to incorporate all the methods I’ve been using now towards making my hair less likely to loc.
Most recently I’ve started using ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) and LOC Method in order to assist with my hair manageability. I hate having my hair curl in on itself and tangle and these two methods, as well as finger detangling have helped me in many ways to avoid crazy matting in my hair such as September 2014 when I had taken off my braids using synthetic hair fibre.
I’m really trying to stick to healthy hair practices and sometimes you can eye the next person next to you and find that they have actually grown a lot of hair hiding it under their weaves and right after taking it out they relax. I know for a fact relaxers, if done incorrectly can damage, I’m not heading down that road. What irks me is to see them grow their hair and have very little difficulty with it after all that abuse to it. I swear some people don’t see the bad side of hiding your hair for months and then relaxing it straight afterwards. I couldn’t imagine myself doing such. The ladies in my office colour, weave, perm and relax their hair so often that I ask myself how come others don’t feel the pain of hair like I do.
As I’ve learned these ladies don’t exactly follow any of these hair practices like myself, never researching what is a good product to put in their hair, but instead just do as they please for fashion and come out with little or no visible damage.
This is one of my forms of hair envy. Why does the smallest thing affect my hair when others can get away with it? I hope it won’t be forever me dealing with difficulty. I’m working of finding the right products (raw and all) for my hair so that I can easily plait and detangle as well as keep it moist.

Does anyone else out there find they get hair envy?
– Serra

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.

-Serra

Why did I go natural

So where to start…

I don’t know what made me make this choice. I guess deep down I need the chemical root wasn’t working for me. I cut my relaxed hair off and I let it grow. I didn’t have the best hair at first but I just accepted it.

People kept on telling me that I would not survive with my natural hair for long. They kept telling me to relax it because it was “ugly”

I think that pushed me, I had to show the people who thought their God given curls were ugly, that straight hair was the way to ultimate beauty

I don’t have to change a single thing to about myself to be beautiful, I feel my natural hair just enhances it.

I think that is why I decided to go natural.

– Juliets

Serra’s Hair Journey

“Going natural” some of us use the term so loosely, but as long as you know that we will all end up being different all in the same even if we choice natural hair; to keep our hair virgin. Virgin hair is what I called it before, but with popularity we are natural.
I personally am on a mission to go fully natural with all my cosmetics to be a true natural.
With regards to my hair journey, I’m still far from my ultimate goal of long, healthy hair, which I’d maintain with all natural homemade products.
When I was still young I’d gotten a relaxer by my mom but I can still say that I haven’t relaxed my hair a lot. I probably haven’t even passed 20 relaxers in my life time. And considering that most people I know get a touch up every 6 to 8 weeks, I haven’t experienced many relaxers sessions in those 12 years of on and off relaxers. I hadn’t ever liked the look of my hair relaxed. It was all silky smooth in those first two weeks when I’d stretch my washes to maintain the just relaxed look, but it would just end up fuzzy and just not my hair. I’d stopped getting relaxers between age 10 and 12 because my mom got sick and passed away. I used to also cut my hair a lot when young and do some s curls. My dad’s had a girlfriend around this time and her cousin would blow out my hair which was about shoulder length and sometime put rollers in my hair which I hated cause we’d sleep with them or have to suffer under a drier for ages.
By 14 I’d quit the relaxers, tonging and even braiding my hair at the salon. It was so painful to sleep and the burns hurt so much. I kept my hair in an afro mostly picking my hair with and afro comb every morning. This is really the first time I had actually looked after my own hair. I didn’t do much to it. I had only once attempted to plait my own hair at 11 and not again after.
In matric (grade 12) I’d gotten my last serious cut, I just wanted to trim a bit, like my sister had (relaxers through and through for her) but my dad went along and told the guy to cut my hair and while I protested the guy ended up snipping me to a few cm from my scalp, what is known as a TWA.
I wasn’t sure when this was exactly but winter period when we were on break before third term because I know by september I got my second half weave style for my matric dance (like a prom) which again lasted only 2 weeks and that’s the same as the first time for my dad’s wedding.
The next year in Oct on the 3rd was my last relaxer for an aunt’s wedding. Did it on my own with Organic Root Stimulator’s (ORS) relaxer which was the only brand that didn’t burn at all verses Ladine, Dark and Lovely and Revlon. (I hate Dark and Lovely in every way. It is and was never good to my hair). Even though I’d done my first relaxer on my own and managed to find a brand my hair agreed with, I still wasn’t feeling relaxers so much.
The next year I tried braids, and asked my sister to do them since she did her own all the time – take it from me, even if someone does their own hair doesn’t mean they are patient to do another’s.
I’d also experimented with hair dye. Once plum in high school on my fro (only visible in light) and again 2010. My sister used Inecto and suggested I go brown (my hair is very dark naturally) while she’d been using black. I did try this but hated it. She dissed me and said I looked hungry. If I was a picture taking person I’d have more to show. I let it fade away. I personally hate my hair being a visible hint of brown. I like my deep dark brown. I’m also dark skinned so it is better to stick to dark.
So skipping two years to April 2012, I found out I was pregnant. I’d been so strict to remove all kinds of products that I was using that may harm my growing baby. And I really stopped straightening my hair (with my then best friend Toni and Guy afro straightener) and stayed as I was. I’ve used a straightener three times since then for job interviews. I also realised I didn’t know how to plait. I then practised on my own head doing twists and braids.
January 2013 my baby was born (I’d gone with 4 braid plaits to the hospital) and had my c section. I took it out when I could sit up. I didn’t realise I’d have no energy to even maintain my hair then. I was so tired and busy (single parent) and my beautiful daughter took most of my time and attention.
I had extremely bad habits with my hair, not even the cream crack type. I had neglected my hair! In plaits!  Just plaiting over and over. Not detangling. When June came I tried to comb out my hair. My mane was nice and fluffy but I lost a lot of hair combing my hair out and trying to manage without my usual batch of products (which my cousins finished, and while being unemployed).
I’d eventually discovered youtube videos for naturals and all it’s wonder and learned of flat twist outs. Loved them a lot. And still do.
I’d braided waist long braids on my own trying to do the invisible method with kanekalon braid hair (Brandi hair, purchased at Pep) and they didn’t last long. Had to redo the perimeter by braiding then twisting. Then took them off. First fail. Wore them mostly in high bun (learned how to do them from the frequent braid wearer in the family, Nedina). [Comments while wearing this: “are you growing out dreads? Reason: twisted roots ]
Then again (while working at Milky Lane as short order cook) I attempted yarn braids. I went to Chamdor in Edenvale and purchased a meter of satin in gray and three bundles or acrylic yarn in black. I committed another sin and plaited straight after my twists extensions (hiding face). It was already sectioned and I only kept them in for 3 weeks (looking out). I then went into braiding my hair with the yarn, using Jamaican Mango and Lime twist and loc gel purchased from Clicks in Carlton, which was the first place I think it was available, to my knowledge, but the following week was at Dischem Greenstone where I worked (mxm). While in the look many people did look close and obviously found that my soft haired roots were very different and concluded extensions (what can I say, I come by the strangest of people who touch my hair. Strangers touching my hair!)
But my results 5 weeks later were the worst. I had twisted my hair into sections then braided the yarn over that and it matted up bad and locd (burying self deep in ground)
I’m no expert obviously but I’ve learned from my failed attempts to twist out, braid my own hair and others but I’m doing my best to research all the important information before going knee deep in the flood of information pouring out of the internet lately. I will learn more techniques from tutorials and would rather be patient and practice before committing.
I have learned the invisible twist method and did some kinky twists on myself and have braided Juliet’s yarn braids (or rather assisted and taught her how to). I’m also doing better at getting my daughter’s hair done as a toddler.
Now here in 2015 I will be a more natural, virgin haired mommy growing both mine and my daughter’s hair long and healthy.
For anyone who reads remember to always learn from your mistakes.  Healthy hair is something desired and achieved with good hair practices.
Thanks for reading

Installing Yarn dreads

Yarn dreads
Yarn dreads

It took me the whole day to install yarn braids, mostly because I’ve never done it before.

So here’s how I did it:

  • I cut a piece of thread double the length I wanted it to be. This piece was wrapped around my dread at the very top twice over. It was then braided down to hold onto the dread.
  • I cut a two pieces the exact size I wanted the braid to be. I took these pieces and started winding them around my dreads from the point I stopped braiding all the way down to the end of the dread. (Note: If you want thicker yarn braids use more strands for this step)
  • I then tied the end of the braid and burned the end.
  • If you don’t wind the thread tightly, it will cause them to come loose.
  • At the end my hair looked like dreads. I did this style to lock my dreads rather than to pretend I have longer dreads than I have. Since my hair is very soft it has taken a while to get them all to lock.

 

 

And that’s all folks!