You become waay more interesting than you were before. But not interesting as in like, “you-go-scuba-diving” interesting…interesting in that exoticized “you-wear-locs-so-you-must-be-eclectic” type of interesting. The type of interesting that makes you feel like you’re in a zoo.
These require a great deal of maintenance (especially if you installed them yourself). So it’s either because I did them myself or because this just happens with faux locs but they have the tendency to unravel a lot and so you must re-wrap, re-seal etc.
Drench your scalp in oil before and after. This is a given, but for whatever reason, this style takes a lot of moisture away from your scalp and makes it drier than usual. I have done a bad job with this so far because there are so many of them atop my head but your scalp and hair will thank you later.
If you are going to use kanekelon hair, understand that it might not last as long as if you were to use marley hair. Even if you buy a more “yaki” or coarse grade of kanekelon hair, it has the tendency to fuzz up very quickly and to unravel. I have used both marley hair and kanekelon hair for my faux locs on two different occasions and I will say that if you want your faux locs to last longer you should use marley hair. I understand that kanekelon hair is much cheaper and so if you must have this style and absolutely do not have the money, be prepared to do a lot of re-wrapping and burning.
DO NOT both burn AND dip your ends in hot water, it will be detrimental I assure you. There are a few YouTube tutorials in which people demonstrate how to do faux locs without burning the ends. I can say that I have tried to do them without burning the ends and they lasted for a few days but I ultimately ended up burning them. After two weeks at the most they should no longer stick together if you do decide to burn them. Dipping your ends in hot water after you’ve burned them is a no-no because it causes the ends to look ratty. I literally dipped the ends of my hair in boiling water and watched the hair boil inside of the pot and it did NOT help with further sealing the ends. A vlogger in the video attached did the no-burn method.
Moisturizing the marley hair that you wrap with is not necessary but I think it adds a bit of initial shine.
Real loc-wearers may give you side-eyes and dirty looks while others might be delightfully surprised by the fact that your hair isn’t actually loced/locked but looks like it is.
These mugs are HEAVY! Like heavier than marley twists, heavier than box braids, but your neck and body will soon adjust.
Hipster white people might strike up conversation. Do with this what you will.
Buy a bunch of those elastic headbands (the ones that are supposed to fit around your whole head) they will be perfect for ponytail holders. You will need something strong and big because putting this hair in a bun is a task.
People might want to touch it, again, do with this what you will.
You will have muscle pain in your traps and delts….this is normal.
You may or may not go three days without showering because you are too determined to finish. If this is the case, please stay inside. It is a courtesy to both you and the people who may have the unfortunate displeasure of smelling you. Febreze can only do so much.
I feel like my hair is more unacceptable in the workplace than it was before in its natural state. I expect to hear comments or remarks about looking “unprofessional.” I am unsure if this will actually happen, but still the uneasiness is there.
You will constantly have to remind yourself that they aren’t real, because you might end up wanting them to be.
There might be assumptions made about your political stance, your level of black consciousness, and your supposed connection to other people who have (real) locs.
Your locs might get stuck to people’s necklaces, velcro on your jacket, wool jackets, and anything with lace. So embrace the stickage, or stay away from those fabrics.
You will look in the mirror and be like……