36 Hottest Faux Locs Styles in 2024 Anyone Can Do

Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Faux locs hairstyles are a protective style created by wrapping synthetic or real human hair around natural hair. It can be used on transitioning, relaxed, or natural hair and requires very low commitment and upkeep since this style can go up to 8 weeks! Proved by celebrities like Rihanna and Zendaya, faux locs styles are a stylish way to test dreads and real locs on your natural mane without going permanent.

You can also make your look unique and glammed up by putting hair accessories like strings and beads and using dyed hair for a gorgeous result! It’s super easy to recreate at home, but you can always get help from stylists to get it done expertly and quickly. Channel your inner cool girl personality through your hair and express it with these faux locs hairstyles! Here are the best ways and tips on how to recreate this glamorous style.

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#1: Cool Crochet Faux Locs

This style is known as Faux Locs, a protective hairstyle that temporarily gives you the illusion of real locs by completely covering your real hair. Usually, clients transitioning or growing out their hair naturally look for this type of style, which can be worn for at least 6-8 weeks.

Know that this is a three-step process. First, hair needs to be braided down, then wrapped, and then sealed at the ends. So be mindful that it takes a longer sitting time for this hairstyle. The outcome is beneficial because it’s easy to manage and produces a lot of hair growth. It’s perfect for fitness lifestyles because it’s durable. It’s also flexible in styling options. You can put it into a bun, ponytail, or braided styles. Anyone can wear this style if their hair is in good condition.

#2: Messy Locs

Give your strands a break with a set of messy locs! This beautiful and protective style is perfect for any time of year and whenever your mane needs extra love.

Butterfly Faux Locs for Black Women with long hair
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#3: Butterfly Locs

Loving faux loc styles? Ask for butterfly love! This gorgeous and trendy style looks good on nearly everyone.

#4: Long Faux Locs with Two Buns

If you want a stylish way to nurture your natural hair, long faux locs with two buns could be the solution. This protective hairstyle involves adding synthetic or human hair extensions to your hair. They are then styled into long, textured locs that can be adorned with chic buns. It’s a great option for Black women who want a bold but effortless look that can transition from day to night. Plus, because it’s a protective style, it can help prevent damage and promote hair growth. I suggest you moisturize your scalp regularly to keep it healthy and nourished.

Y2K-Inspired Faux Locs Style for Black Women
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#5: Y2K-Inspired Faux Locs Style

Y2K styles are in, and if you want to hop on the trend train, ask for this Y2K-inspired faux locs style.

Crochet Faux Locs with Curly Ends and a High Bun for stylish black ladies
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#6: Crochet Faux Locs with Curly Ends and a High Bun

Crochet faux locs with curly ends, and a high bun is a chic and trendy hairstyle. And it’s gaining popularity among black women. The style is achieved by attaching faux locs to the natural hair using a crochet hook and braiding technique. The curly ends add a playful touch and give a unique twist to the traditional dreadlock style. Ask for an experienced location or braider to give you this style. This way, you get the best results and the least damaging installation. This look is ideal for those who want to experiment with their hair without the commitment of real locs.

#7: Gorgeous Extra Long Faux Locs

Try getting some gorgeous extra-long, but different types of faux locs if you want a more sultry yet fully protective style. Ask your braider to lightly butterfly your locs when wrapping for added softness. Avoid tangled curls by using human curly hair instead of synthetic crochet hair. Remember to keep your scalp moisturized, as individual faux locs hairstyles can cause a little scalp agitation because of the exposure.

#8: Goddess Faux Locs with Highlights

A recent trend in the protective style category is goddess faux locs and some with highlights. As natural dreadlocks have become more accepted, the faux loc style has been highly desired. One of the best ways to receive this style in the most natural-looking way is to have your braider crochet them individually. This allows for more flexibility and movement. Some soft wavy crochet hair adds a soft touch if you want to try to add some extra color or volume.

Faux Loc Extensions with Copper Ends
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#9: Faux Loc Extensions with Copper Ends

If you don’t have much patience to wait for your dreadlocks to get longer, you can always get faux loc extensions with copper ends. This type of extension is becoming more popular since you can avoid months of waiting and can have your desired length right now. You can wear your hair in the same loc braid styles and care for it as you would without extensions.

#10: Blonde and Caramel Thick Locs

A sultry hairstyle to consider is blonde, and caramel thick faux locs. If you want to wear your hair in natural-looking locs, seek a loctician to install them. Faux locs hairstyles are soft and lightweight, a plus for women with an easygoing vibe.

Super Long Textured Faux Locs
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#11: Super Long Textured Locs

A neat version of faux locs hairstyles is super long textured locs. I suggest using kanekalon braid hair or crochet pre-twisted locs to create the best locs. The texture, created with a unique wrap method, helps create the illusion they’re a little fuller than they are. Plus, it adds softness to the style.

#12: Balayage River Faux Locs

If you’re thinking of getting dreadlocks at some point, consider river faux locs as a temporary loc style before committing to the real deal. Faux loc styles for women are meant to be a short-term look while still having abilities to wear them with different styles, just like the real locs. You can ask your braider or natural stylist to add wavy boho hair pieces for some highlights and to soften the style.

Gorgeous Long Faux Locs with Red Ends
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#13: Gorgeous Long Locs with Red Ends

Consider long locs if you’re contemplating dreadlocks on your real hair. Dreadlocks are a long-term style that requires routine maintenance. To test the waters with your styling, face shape, and overall likeness, try a crochet install of faux locs. These can easily be installed and removed without damaging your natural hair. Note that faux locs hairstyles can be installed in different lengths and colors to suit your vibe.

#14: Trendy & Gorgeous Long Faux Locs

Trendy and gorgeous long faux locs hairstyles are an excellent style choice for black professional women. If you’re unsure about locking your natural hair, you can seek this temporary loc style. Remember to check out the different colors, lengths, and wave patterns available for faux locs in case you can or want to switch up the style from time to time.

#15: Sweet Light Brown River Locs

For a low-tension yet stylish protective style, try light brown river faux locs. One of the best protective styles is a crochet method install because it’s so easy and doesn’t require a lot of time. To maximize the protection of your hair, try to cover your braided down hair completely with the crochet locs. Not only will your hair be fully protected, but the style will be full and voluminous.

Cute Short faux locs
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#16: Cute Short Faux Locs

Black women have been wearing short faux locks everywhere you go right now. One way to vary this popular style is to keep it short and simple, lifting your facial features! Different types of locs can also go well with this cut and style.

#17: Curly Faux Locs for Curly Hair

Turn heads with this amazing technique of creating versatility on your curly hair! A bob cut done flawlessly like hers only proves how flexible short loc styles for women can be!

#18: Burgundy Faux Locs

One of the most flattering colors for dark skin is this purplish shade of red. Super stylish on long pieces of locs that make everyone around you stand in awe!

Faux locs done on marley hair
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#19: Marley Hair Faux Locs

Natural-looking faux loc hairstyles are for women searching for a simple yet glamorous new look! You definitely will have options to style these loose and long curls. These distressed faux locs can look stunning with half updos, as well.

Unique Faux locs with mermaid style
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#20: Unique Faux Locs Mermaid

These mermaid pops of colors are the trend right now, and what better way to wear them than with those long faux locs? Play around with your imagination, as there are so many more fashionable colors you can choose from!

#21: Trendy Long Faux Locs

Nothing else proves this style’s versatility than these iconic lengthy faux strands. Twist it, pin it, bun it, decorate it with cute and trendy accessories – you can never go wrong with long-length butterfly faux locs!

Shoulder-Length Faux Locs Hairstyle
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#22: Amazing Shoulder-Length Faux Locs

Wear your hair down effortlessly while keeping your locks’ length at shoulder level. This on-point mix of volume and length is most flattering on heart-shaped and round faces.

#23: Light Brown Goddess Faux Locs

Create this dynamic and desirable faux locs style by wearing this blend of nut-brown ombre with your goddess locks. Combining dark and light shades of brown is sure to make you stand out!

Feminine Dark Red Faux Locs
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#24: Feminine Dark Red Faux Locs

Another great way to rock faux locs hairstyles comes when you play around with burgundy and black together. Show your courage by trying a high ponytail like hers to complete that rockstar look!

Fashionable Faux locs with yarn
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#25: Fashionable Faux Locs with Yarn

Liven things up when you adorn your hair with these simple accessories. Just by adding some fashionable strands of yarn, you can awesomely make your faux loc hairstyle personalized and unique!

Charming Jumbo faux locs
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#26: Charming Jumbo Faux Locs

Even as a short style, these thick locks can make you feel charming and carefree at the same time. The best idea for African-American women who want to try classic faux loc hairstyles and techniques for the first time!

Vivid Maroon faux locs
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#27: Vivid Maroon Faux Locs

Reinvent your image by showing your bold side and sporting this maroon hair color on your faux locs style. Leave your ends loose and curly for that natural and sweet curly ombre effect!

Stunning Faux Locs Ponytail
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#28: Stunning Faux Locs Ponytail

Faux loc hairstyles for women like this ponytail are perfectly described as dreadlocks made on a drawstring that makes it easy to wear. It’s a handmade ponytail. I love the length, the thickness, the weight (it’s weightless), the drawstring, the look, and how it sits firmly.

It’s made with crotchet dreadlocks and sewn on a drawstring net cap. How to style your hair: Pack your hair doughnut and use a rubber band. Gel your hair neatly and do a baby hair on it. Install the faux locs drawstring. Use any decorative piece in styling it. Arrange it.

#29: Bold Red Faux Locs

The look is called faux locs with feathered tips. It’s an edgy and fun protective style. It’s the perfect vacation hair! It’s low-maintenance and easy to style. My favorite thing about doing faux locs hairstyles is the transformation effect. It can give almost any woman a completely different look.

First and foremost, the client should use their favorite oil with an applicator bottle and apply it directly to the scalp. My favorite oil is Peppermint and Aloe Scalp Tonic from Design Essentials. I always tell my clients to purchase long loc sleeping caps because they prevent clients from putting tension on their hair at night. I do not suggest clients with relaxed hair get this style unless there is significant new growth.

Universal Faux locs bob haircut
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#30: Universal Faux Locs Bob

This short funky faux locs cut flatters round faces best. Wear with a gray or platinum hue to pop out those attractive facial features you’re proud of! This look is regal, fun, and earthy. What I love about faux locs hairstyles is that they don’t have to be put together. It looks better once the style has been worn for some time. The older it gets, the better it looks. It’s freeing and connecting in a way that leads to conversation, regardless of race.

It’s universal. Depending on your hair texture and length, there are different sizes and lengths for this particular style. As a hairstylist, I fill the person’s hair out before installing it. If your hair is finer, I wouldn’t advise you to keep the style in for a lengthy period of time. But if your hair is coarser, two months should be fine.

Enchanting Goddess faux locs
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#31: Enchanting Goddess Faux Locs

This look is the perfect faux locs extensions with an island twist. Mermaid goddess locs give you the ultimate protective style, which permits hair growth, strengthens hair follicles, and protects hair from heat damage and breakage.

I love that it’s different from the traditional faux locs hairstyles in a way that draws attention with its wavy and curly tips. The addition of hair yarn tops off this unique look. Make sure the stylist uses human hair, for synthetic hair tends to irritate the scalp. Also, groom your locs with mousse and Jamaican castor oil, and touch up the edges with Eco Styler or some form of edge tamer.

Stylish Crochet Faux Locs for Black Ladies
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#32: Stylish Crochet Faux Locs for Black Ladies

When you thought you’d run out of faux locs hairstyles to try, this one would save the day. Who thought something so stylish was also a great hair care technique?

#33: Savvy Jumbo Faux Locs

A thicker braid of hair is wrapped with extensions to create this marvelous faux locs dreadlocks variation. Just as beautiful and savvy.

#34: Beautiful Blonde Faux Locs

Faux lock hairstyles are useful when you are transitioning to natural hairstyles. Luckily, style is not sacrificed with this blonde faux loc.

#35: Half Up Faux Locs

Hair is power, and power is beauty. A faux locs hairstyle is powerful as this leaves a statement while letting you achieve things with a freeing updo.

#36: Faux Locs with Marley Hair

Using Marley hair on your faux locs hairstyles creates a fuller look that is also natural-looking.