I’ve been meaning to write a post about this for a while. Firstly, I’ll talk about my journey with faux locs.
I’ve been wearing faux locs on and off since around June 2014. I decided to put them in my hair because I personally have always wanted dread locs but was afraid of the commitment because I love my own hair. I’ve also decided to transition my hair. Before the faux dreadlocs, I relaxed my hair once or twice a year since I was about 16? (i know, dumb because I never needed one aka young and dumb) but when I FINALLY started to lose my natural curl pattern I got annoyed and decided to start my journey back. I’m a coward to the big chop for now because I’ve had long hair my whole life and I’m not ready to let go, plus I have the faux locs to distract that but eventually I will because I just think short hair would be great on me and compliment my bone structure.
Before this I had no idea that it was possible to wear locs that weren’t yours permanently. I saw it a couple times assumed they were wigs of some sort but then got curious and did my research. So I looked it up on the internet and found lots of pictures and ideas for inspiration (Queen Badu!) but couldn’t find someone who did them. Then one day I saw one of my high school friends (Angela!) with them in her pictures and asked her about them and how they worked. She did them herself and was willing to do mine for a small fee, so we set up a day and bam got them done.
First time she did them, they were half crocheted in the back with the faux locs that came in the pack and done individually in the front to save time because I had too much hair and it was easier. The second time she did them for me we did them all individual over my head. Since the second time putting in my faux locs i have learned how to put them in myself and done them myself, I have changed the colors, the lengths and the styles. My main purpose is for it to help me grow my hair out (My hair grows incredibly fast under them) and help it transition. It is one of the best protective styles, saves me a lot of money and not to mention it suits me very well. Since i started wearing faux locs I have done them 5 times in all and have straightened my hair twice.
I get a lot of great feedback on them. I get compliments all day long on them and how they fit me so well. Most of the people who see me think they’re my real hair because they match my hair texture and look very natural on me. Sometimes I explain that they aren’t mine if someone is curious enough. And sometimes I would just say thank you, take the compliment and keep moving. Some people also said I should loc my natural hair. I know one day for a fact I will… I’m just not ready right NOW. I know the journey and my hair texture would take forever to loc. But my faux locs look so believeable that some people get confused when I take them out for a break. But I kind of want to experience my full natural hair again and do some things with it first.
With positivity, negativity follows right? The negative feedback has come from people that have real dreads/real rastafarians or are intense natural-istas or maybe just haters? Some natural hair salon’s I’ve walked in are cool, fascinated, ask a lot of questions about them and want to learn to help clients. But others look at my hair and screw up their face, say they only do real locs not faux locs (never asked them btw) and say they won’t even touch them. In other instances people would hear or see other people talking to me about my hair complimenting me and chime in and comment saying “but your locs aren’t even real”
Well let me[ “But my bestfriend is black!” –white girl voice for a second lol!] I have Family and Friends who are Real Rasta’s and they big me up all the time and or make jokes about it. I know rastafarians that have cutt it off and started over numerous times. I also know bald rastas and rastafarians that have real dreads and want to try faux locs. But everyone is different. But my thing is. Dread locs are a representation of my culture, a representation of my roots. I’ve never wore a hairweave in my life (those two extra tracks I added at prom and took out 2 days later doesn’t count). These are my first extensions I have EVER put into my hair. The fact that I’m not walking around with a Brazilian or Malaysian weave or a hairstyle that doesn’t reflect ME makes me happy. Oh, there is nothing wrong with weaves I’m all for it if that’s your thing, if thats you, I would definitely wear one if I didn’t feel uncomfortable about how it feels on my scalp or needed one (yeah we know some girls don’t need em but wear em’ yada yada). MY POINT IS why be mad at the black woman who is mirroring black lion beauty? It’s a black hairstyle, it promotes natural. I’ve heard people talk crap about people who wear afro wigs and I don’t get it. If you don’t have it and you want it and that’s what makes you happy. Go get it. (I sound like a plastic surgeon)
I know it’s more than just a hairstyle but a way of life but it’s a simple admiration of that to me. Why should someone be mad at that? We see everyday people trending over the Muslim and Hindu cultural wear and looks. I like to represent my African and Indian roots too. Sometimes I do them all at once, my genes are eclectic… it’s really not my fault I grew up admiring both sides of me.
I just talked to my friend Roqui about it, a Muslim black female, she explained to me how people walk around in Hijab’s and head veils on the regular and it does not bother her. People also wear bindi’s, nose to ear jewelry and burqa’s for fashion purposes. These things are really traditional and sacred wear for some but what’s wrong with wearing an African print when you aren’t African? or a Dashiki etc ? That shouldn’t be a problem to me, especially in the world that we live in now. Do you find it offensive? Does my faux locs offend you?
Another thing on my mind. I get a lot of inquires about my faux locs either in person or on social media. That does not bother me. It’s usually a question about the endurance of obtaining them and who did them. They take FOREVER and yes I do them myself (with help sometimes, my hands get tired bro). But I do not do hair. I don’t have the patience for that personally. I will answer all of your questions about them. I sometimes even refer people to someone I know who does them but other than that I encourage people to do them themselves and look it up because of how much people charge to do them. I’ve been into the whole DIY movement lately, join me!
And I would like to end this with, like my girl India Arie would say
“I am not my hair! I am not the skin! I am the soul that lives within!”
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Side Bar: Faux Locs hairstyles blog coming soon?!