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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.



@_natalyn two tone faux dreadlocks with jewelry


@Et Cetera

Faux Locs tutorial EtCetera




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
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).


Instagram media by hairbymason - Hey yawl 👋🏾🖐🏾 | #4dboxbraids


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. 



Babyliss Twist Secret

I was browsing Clicks Beauty Fair Catalogue on Guzzle.co.za and came by the following hair tool. I was so curious when I saw it to know if anyone would every try to use such on their afro hair. The pro for straight hair is that all smooth and slips easily, for someone with afro hair I’d think that it would easily tangle up. But there is a chance that it wouldn’t at the same.

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you could do your twists in a flash though. You’d have my entire head done up in thin twists without actually having the ache of having your hands up in your hair for so long. I’m just imagining what the Quann twins go through.

Babyliss Twist Secret
Babyliss Twist Secret

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

Many reasons I love my daughter’s hair

Close up
Top view of Goddess braid

I am very jealous of my daughter’s hair at times. It is I who looks after her and her hair but I really think that we both have different reactions to different products. What I do to my hair won’t work on hers. What I do to hers won’t always work on mine. I try to keep natural with what I use on her head so most of it is homemade or simple.

Her hair loves Aloe Vera and castor oil especially. When making flaxseed gel I mix the gel with Aloe Vera concentrate which I purchase from (Dischem, I also get my seeds from there.) The mix gives a great hold and holds in moisture for the twists (usually what I would use the gel for).

Most recently I’ve avoided using the two on my daughter’s hair just to see what effect it had on her. I have to say, just with elimination, you can really tell what each product really contributes to your hair type and regimen.

I’m not a person who really wants to know my exact hair type, I just know it is type 4. I know her hair is coily all the way through her head. The back gets dry the easiest because of her rubbing the back of her head, can’t manage to get her used to having her hair tied in a satin scarf or using a wrap on her pillow. She hates it and cries if I try to trick her in the middle of the night. She has a bamboo memory foam pillow which she has been using for a year now but I’m hating it because it has become prone to pulling and loosens itself on her hair, so she always has long bits of it in her hair and clothes.Front view

I’m still experimenting with a few new methods and ways to get a happy wash day for my daughter without fights so that I can maintain her cutesy coily hair all week long.

– 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