31 Hottest Faux Locs Styles in 2022 Anyone Can Do

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Cindy Marcus
Cindy Marcus Hairstylist, Editor-in-Chief

Faux locs 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 famous 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 totally gorgeous result! It’s super easy to recreate at home, but you can always opt to get help from stylists of you wanna get it done expertly and quickly. Channel your inner cool girl personality through your hair and express it with these locs! 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 gives you the illusion of real locs temporarily by completely covering your real hair. Usually, clients who are transitioning or growing out their hair naturally look for this type of style, and this 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 it 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 as long as your hair is in good condition.

#2: Gorgeous Extra Long Faux Locs

Try getting some gorgeous extra long faux locs if you’re looking for a more sultry yet fully protective style. For added softness, ask your braider to lightly butterfly your locs when wrapping. Avoid tangled curls by using human curly hair instead of synthetic crochet hair. Don’t forget to keep your scalp moisturized, as individual faux locs can cause a little scalp agitation because of the exposure.

#3: 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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#4: 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’re able to avoid months of waiting and can have your desired length right now. You can wear your hair in the same styles and care for it as you would without extensions.

#5: Blonde and Caramel Thick Locs

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

Super Long Textured Faux Locs
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#6: Super Long Textured Locs

A neat version of faux locs to try are 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.

#7: 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 locs are meant to be a short-term loc style, and you can still wear your locs in different styles just as you would with 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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#8: Gorgeous Long Locs with Red Ends

Consider long locs if you’re contemplating dreadlocks on your real hair. Dreadlocks are a long-term style with required 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 easily removed without damage to your natural hair. Note that faux locs can be installed in different lengths and colors to suit your vibe.

#9: Trendy & Gorgeous Long Faux Locs

Trendy and gorgeous long faux locs are an excellent style choice for black professional women. If you’re unsure of committing to locking your natural hair, you can seek this temporary loc style. Don’t forget 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.

#10: 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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#11: 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 up your facial features!

Faux locs for curly hair
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#12: 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 faux locs can be!

#13: Sexy 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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#14: Marley Hair Faux Locs

A natural-looking faux loc style for those searching for a simple yet glamorous new look! You definitely won’t run out of options to style these loose and long curls.

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

These mermaid pops of colors are absolutely 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!

#16: Trendy Long Faux Locs

Nothing else proves how versatile this style is more then these iconic lengthy faux strands. Twist it, pin it, bun it, decorate it with cute and trendy accessories – you can never go wrong with this length!

Amazing shoulder-length faux locs
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#17: Amazing Shoulder-Length Faux Locs

Wear your hair down without effort when you keep your locks’ length at shoulder level. This on-point mix of volume and length is most flattering on heart-shaped and round faces.

Light brown faux locs
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#18: Light Brown Goddess Faux Locs

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

Feminine Dark Red Faux Locs
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#19: Feminine Dark Red Faux Locs

Another great way to rock this style is 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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#20: 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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#21: 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 the classic faux loc technique for the first time!

Vivid Maroon faux locs
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#22: 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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#23: Stunning Faux Locs Ponytail

The faux locs ponytail is perfectly described as a dreadlocks already made ponytail 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.

#24: Bold Red Faux Locs

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

I would first and foremost recommend the client use their favorite oil with an applicator bottle and apply it directly to the scalp. My personal favorite oil to use 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 a significant amount of new growth.

Universal Faux locs bob haircut
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#25: 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 is that it doesn’t have to be put together. To me, 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, no matter the 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 first before installing. 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, 2 months should be fine.

Enchanting Goddess faux locs
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#26: 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, as well as protects your hair from heat damage and breakage.

I love that it’s different from the traditional faux locs 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 is using human hair, for synthetic hair tends to irritate the scalp. Also, groom your locs with mousse, Jamaican castor oil, and also touch up the edges with Eco Styler or some form of edge tamer.

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

Just when you thought you’d run out of styles to fashion, this one would definitely save the day. Who thought something so stylish is also a great hair care technique?

#28: 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.

#29: Beautiful Blonde Faux Locs

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

#30: 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.

#31: Faux Locs with Marley Hair

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

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