Pros and Cons of Having Faux Locs

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After having a love/hate relationship with my faux loc experiences, I decided to create this list of pros & cons. I hope that with me venting I could also help someone who's on the fence about getting their faux locs done. Like I mention below, this is a beautiful protective style but you have to think long & hard about if it's even worth it for you.

 

Pros:

  • Gorgeous protective style - In my opinion, the older the locks get the better they look. Every time I thought about taking them out I would get a compliment which made the decision even harder.
  • Versatile installation - there are so many techniques to installing this style which creates a different look on everyone. From using yarn, to Marley hair, or even mixing textures to create goddess locs, the possibilities are endless.
  • Longevity - the style can last up to 3 months depending on your preference or if your hair can take the weight (goes hand in hand with one of the cons below)
  • Moisture retention - because your natural hair is wrapped in the extensions, if you moisturize your hair using the LOC method (Leave-In, Oil, Cream) plus maintain the moisture while the style is installed, your hair won't be dry & brittle when you take it down.
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Cons:

  • Time consuming- this style takes FOREVER to install. It takes a minimum of 6 hours and that's if you know what you're doing. The first time I installed my goddess locs it took me about 10 hours.
  • Weight - the style can be heavy & pull at your strands which defeats the purpose of this "protective" style. If you have thin or weak/fragile hair this style isn't for you. My neck was also being strained while kickboxing so be careful doing high intensity upper body workouts. Because of the weight, you might not want to keep it in very long.