Faux Locs have been trending since 2015. They became popular when installed on Meagan Good. Since then, hair stylists from all over have come up with different ways of doing Faux Locs. Then 2020 came in and introduced the new soft (Faux) Locs that everyone is raving about! Only God knows what variation will come in 2021. A strategic care routine goes a long way in helping your natural hair grow, stay healthy, and moisturized while wearing Faux Locs. Below are some helpful tips on how to wash and maintain your Faux Locs, including how to take care of your hair underneath.
Can You Wash Your Hair When You Have Faux Locs?
The short answer is YES. Faux Locs are a protective style that guard your hair from potential damage caused by lack of consistent hair care. When you have Faux Locs installed, your natural hair is wrapped underneath. I recommend to wear your Faux Locs for a maximum of 3 – 4 months, unless you are wearing 100% human hair Locs. With this protective style, your roots and edges are the only areas of your hair that need attention, especially when it comes to washing and moisturizing. I advise washing your Faux Locs 3 to 4 weeks after installation. This gives your roots a chance to grow out, however if your hair grows out fast, feel free to wash sooner.
Here are some things you will need when prepping for the wash:
- Spray bottle
- Root Comb Applicator Bottle (*highly-recommended and has ML measurements)
- Sulfate free Shampoo and Conditioner (hydrating conditioner highly recommended)
- Water based leave-in conditioner (link to some different kinds)
- 1 Carrier oil (my go-to is grape seed or almond oil but you can use castor oil, coconut oil, olive oil, etc)
- 1 Anti-bacterial Essential oil (I recommend Tea tree oil or Peppermint oil)
- 1 Microfiber towel for your roots & 1 regular towel to place around your shoulders
*Anything marked as highly recommended above will help boost the ease of your washing process, however, not required.*
7 Easy Steps on How to Wash Your Faux Locs
- Pour in 20 ML of shampoo into Root Comb Applicator bottle.
- Fill spray bottle half way with warm water and spray the roots of your hair. Try not to drench your roots with water.
- Squeeze out the shampoo from the applicator bottle onto your scalp and then use the comb tip at the end of the bottle to gently massage the shampoo onto your scalp. *If you do not have the applicator bottle, skip step one and apply a dime size of shampoo onto the tips of your fingers. Then massage the shampoo onto your scalp.* Massage for 30 to 45 seconds when using either method.
- Head over to your sink to rinse using warm water. Be careful not to drench Faux Locs with water, otherwise the water will add excess weight to Faux Locs until they dry out. Focus on getting the shampoo off the roots/scalp of your hair.
- Repeat step 1 and 3 for the conditioning. Apply only to the roots of your hair. Leave the conditioner on the roots of your hair for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.
- After rinsing, blot out excess water with micro fiber towel. Apply a quarter size of leave-in conditioner onto the tips of your fingers and massage the product onto the roots/scalp of your hair.
- Put 1 table spoon of hair oil and 1 to 2 teaspoons of peppermint oil or tea tree oil into spray bottle or root comb applicator bottle. Shake together before applying to scalp. Massage mixed oils into your scalp after application. *Disclaimer: When using the Root Comb Applicator Bottle, you must rinse out one product before proceeding to use a different kind of product. *
It is advised to wash once every two to three weeks when you have Faux Locs installed. You want to focus majority of your time maintaining your Faux Locs and caring for your hair underneath. I have added another section here on the daily maintenance and care of Faux Locs.
Taking Care of Your Hair Underneath Faux Locs
I have found myself in many situations where I would have Faux Locs installed and never oil my scalp or cover my hair at night. It has always led to disasters and seeing balls of excess shed hair when taking down my Faux Locs. This is why I urge you to take this section seriously! Faux Locs are a protective style, yes, but you are encouraged to do your part so that you will maintain hair growth and length retention. When it comes to taking care of my hair underneath Faux Locs, I like to create a mixture each week. My mixtures typically last me a week and I use them every 1 to 3 days depending on if my roots need hydration. If I have some products left at the end of the week, I keep using it till it runs out and store the mixture in cool dark space, like a cabinet.
The mixture is created by mixing water-based leave in conditioner, aloe vera juice (make sure it is organic), any carrier oil, and an anti bacterial oil (tea tree or peppermint). For this mixture, you can grab your spray bottle and insert 3/4 cup of everything, except the anti bacterial oil. You only need between 1 to 2 teaspoons of your essential oil into the spray bottle. I like keep my mixtures warm or room temperature to open up my hair cuticles so that moisture can set in. In order to achieve this, I place the spray bottle full of mixture into hot water to warm it up for about 1 minute before spraying the contents onto my scalp. The aloe vera juice will help block moisture from escaping over a long period of time and the oils altogether add shine, remove bacteria from your scalp, and help reduce itchiness. You can store your mixture by putting it into a fridge, but if it is not empty by the time your week is over, store in a cool dry place and keep using until finished before refilling.
Use Silk Bonnets or Silk Pillows for Your Protective Styles at Night
Before going to sleep, I like to slap on my hair bonnet. Depending on the length and size of Faux Locs, you might need an extra large sized bonnet or a regular sized one. Silk is highly recommended because it retains hair moisture, prevents frizz on your Faux Locs, and helps prevent break outs as a bonus! Silk pillow cases are also great for my ladies with the busy schedules. With a Silk pillow case, no need for scarves and bonnets. You can simply just lax down and sleep off. Although silk is steep in price, it has its many benefits but, you can opt for satin scarves or satin bonnets as alternatives.
Here is a video below demonstrating how I moisturize my hair underneath Faux Locs. I did not use any of the carrier oils I mentioned because I had a wild growth oil, which is essentially a mixture of essential and carrier oils for promotion of hair growth. Hope you found this information insightful and helpful.