Have you ever wondered how you can take out faux locs safely without destroying your hair?
There is nothing more frustrating than finding out that the hairstyle you love so much has the potential of messing up your hair when taking it out.
There are 3 easy methods you can use to take out faux locs. These methods include;
- The moisture friendly method
- Gentle-pull method
- Cut and unravel
The purpose of this article is to teach you how to take out faux locs using these 3 easy methods.
As with any other protective styles, faux locs will serve you well and for a reasonable period of time. However, you have to be careful in removing them to ensure that your hair remains healthy and strong.
How to take out Faux Locs
These are the 3 easy methods for taking out faux locs safely:
1. The moisture friendly method
The moisture friendly method emphasizes on the importance of keeping the hair moisturized throughout the process so that it does not end up matted.
Here is how you take out faux locs using the moisture friendly method;
- Take out any decorations on the hair so that you do not snug on your natural hair.
- Start by washing and conditioning to ensure that the hair is moisturized before take down.
- To take down the locs, hold the base of each loc using your finger, separate the faux loc and the braided hair with your finger and cut the faux loc. (Be careful not to snip your hair, use a mirror or let someone do the cutting).
- Gently remove the faux loc by sliding it down your braided hair.
- Repeat until all faux locs are out.
- If your hair is already dry at this point, moisturize it further before you start unbraiding it.
- For each individual braid, take your time. Start from the end of the braid down to the root.
- Be gentle, finger detangle instead of pulling knots apart.
- When all braids are down, add more conditioner as you gently detangle your hair and finalize with washing your hair.
2. Gentle-pull Method
Follow these steps to take out faux locs using the gentle-pull method;
- Remove any decorations on the hair so that you do not snug on your natural hair.
- Loosen the loop on top of the hair.
- Gently pull out the hair and the crotchet through the loop on top.
- Pull out the dread and ensure that the hair braid is safe.
- Unravel the hair.
- Drench each section of the hair in a conditioner so as it remains moist.
3. Cut and Unravel Method
If you don’t intend to use the same locs on your hair again the cut and unravel method is the best option to use. It is fast and an easy method of faux locs removal.
- Cut the end of the locs and unravel them all through to the top.
- Apply conditioner or leave in conditioner to the roots of the hair.
- Twist the loc in the opposite direction.
- Separate the crotchet hair from your braid or twist and cut it. Be careful not to cut your hair.
- Gently pull out left over crotchet hair from the roots and slide it off.
Watch this video to learn how to take out Faux Locs using the cut and unravel method.
4 Golden tips when taking out faux locs
1. Don’t start combing or brushing your hair immediately after removing the faux locs.
When you are done with removing all of the locs, wet your hair and apply conditioner to the hair.
Let it sit in for about 2- 6 minutes. Later, you can start to comb your hair by starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots. Doing prevents the formation of extra knots.
If your hair is fully combed and smooth, you can then rinse out the conditioner.
To get your hair sparkling clean, wash the hair with a shampoo, wash it again with conditioner and comb through it.
2. Use a Leave-in conditioner overnight
After taking out the faux locs, you can the leave conditioner in your hair for a night to allow your hair rest and make it easier to handle the following day.
Wet your hair after removing the dreads, divide it into parts and apply conditioner as desired. Take an old t-shirt, wrap it around your head and go to bed.
Combing out your hair the following day should be a breeze.
3. Moisturize before installing Faux locs
Faux locs are not hard to remove. However, the condition of your hair before you have the locs installed also determines how easy or difficult it will be for you to remove them.
Always remember to moisturize your hair thoroughly before having the locs installed as this helps to lock in the moisture and keep the hair hydrated throughout the period that you will be wearing this style.
4. Don’t keep faux locs for too long
Again, don’t keep them in for too long. The allure of natural hair styles starts to wane off after the 8th week. What’s more, having your natural hairstyle on for more than 8 weeks can lead to hair breakage.
Faux locs are fun and a wonderful protective style as it allows you take a break from your normal hair routine and give you the feeling of having locs.
Taking them down, shouldn’t be a stressful affair. Once you’ve mastered the art of faux locs removal, rocking the style should be fun.
Get your groove on by learning not only how to wear this style, but also how to get it out. If you cannot do it on your own, you can always reach out to natural hair professionals who are always ready to help.
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