Soft locs are a protective style that looks similar to traditional locs, but they’re created using a softer, gentler technique. They can be installed on natural or relaxed hair, and are a low-maintenance option for those who want the look of locs without the commitment of traditional locs. Here, we break down the steps for how to install soft locs at home.
Soft faux locs are a type of protective hairstyle that mimics the look of traditional dreadlocks. However, unlike traditional dreadlocks, faux locs are made using synthetic hair extensions that are wrapped around sections of your natural hair.
Soft faux locs are similar to regular faux locs, but they are made using a softer and lighter type of hair extension. This makes them more comfortable to wear and less likely to cause damage to your natural hair.
The process of creating soft faux locs involves sectioning your natural hair, braiding it, and then wrapping the synthetic hair around each braid to create the locs. The size and thickness of the loc can vary depending on your personal preference.
How to DIY Soft Locs hair
Soft locs are a type of faux locs that have a soft texture and appearance, achieved by using a combination of various textured hair. They are similar to distressed bohemian locs and butterfly locs.
Soft locs are not only visually appealing but also serve as an excellent protective hairstyle, shielding natural hair from external factors and excessive handling. With proper installation and care, soft locs can last for 8 to 12 weeks.
To install soft locs, start by gathering the necessary supplies, including:
- Crochet needle.
- Rat tail comb
- Shine n jam
- Spring twist hair
- Bobbi boss nu locs
The number of packs of hair needed for soft locs can vary depending on several factors, including the desired length, thickness, and fullness of the locs, as well as the size of your head and the size of the sections you plan to create. Generally, you will need around 4 to 5 packs of hair for shoulder-length soft locs and 6 to 8 packs of soft locs hair for longer lengths.
Step 1: Start with Clean Hair
Clean hair is a must for any protective style. Shampoo and condition your hair, then allow it to dry completely. If your hair is naturally curly or kinky, you can blow it out straight for a smoother base. This will help the soft locs lie flat against your scalp and last longer.
For the washing process, it is the best idea to use a sulfate-free shampoo as they are not overly stripping because they contain gentler surfactants.
Step 2: Section your hair
Separate your hair into small sections. The size of the sections will depend on how thick you want your soft locs to be. If you want thicker locs, create bigger sections. For thinner locs, create smaller sections.
For precision sectioning, use a rat tail comb to create clean, straight parts in the hair. Start at the hairline and create a part from one ear to the other, and then create vertical parts from the hairline to the nape of the neck.
As you section the hair, make sure each section is of equal size to ensure a consistent style. Once you’ve created your sections, use clips or elastics to secure any sections that are not in use to prevent them from getting tangled or interfering with the styling process.
Step 3: The Braiding Process
We will guide you through the proper techniques for easily installing soft locs. Begin by parting your hair into your desired size and applying shine n jam for a neater appearance. This product also contains moisturizing properties that will provide your hair with hydration and manageability.
Next, divide the hair piece into three sections – left, middle, and right – and braid each section by crossing the left section over the middle section, followed by the right section over the middle section.
Repeat this braiding process until you have covered your entire head. You can choose to get creative with your parting style and decide whether to braid all the way through or only halfway. For a more convenient unraveling process, you can start with a braid at the root and loosely twist the hair by laying the halves over one another.
Step 4: Installing the locs
To install crochet loc extensions, begin by opening the loop of the extension with your fingers. Next, insert a crochet needle into the loop and pull the loc slightly at the end to ensure it’s secure. Then, insert the needle at the braid roots and pull the loc through.
Once the loc is in place, take a section of wrapping hair and wrap it around the locs in a way that’s not too tight or too loose.
For a tension-free and painless method of installing soft locs, start by braiding the entire head of the hair. Then, take a braid from the back and open the loop of the loc. Insert the crochet needle and pull the loc through a few inches away from the braid roots.
Finally, take a piece of wrapping hair and wrap it lightly from where the locs were inserted to achieve a knotless or scalpy look.
Step 5: Extending the locs
If you have purchased 18-inch locs and find that the length is not suitable for you, there is a way to extend them to your desired length.
To do this, you can loop another loc into the bottom of the first loc, leaving a couple of inches until the end. Then, separate the end of the first loc into two parts and wrap them around the second loc to create a knot.
For extra security, you may consider applying a small amount of nail glue before making the knot. Repeat this process until you reach your desired length. After extending the locs, continue with the wrapping process as usual.
Step 6: Style and Care for Your Soft Locs
Soft locs are low-maintenance, but they still require some care to keep them looking their best. Apply a small amount of oil to your scalp every few days to keep your hair and scalp moisturized.
You can also style your soft loc in different ways, such as updos, braids, and ponytails. They can also be accessorized with beads, shells, and other decorative elements to add a unique touch to your hairstyle. It is important to properly care for your faux locs to ensure they stay looking great for as long as possible.