Loc & loaded: How to wear real or fake goddess locs

Design Essentials International Educator and Loctician, Teldra Campbell, breaks down how to rock real and faux locs

Hair & Beauty
Jemima Cousins

Locs are having a serious moment!

We only have to look to our favourite celebrities and influencers who have been making it their go-to natural style, or when they want to lock their hair away in a protective style – pun intended, of course! But it doesn't stop there. Writers (Toni Morrison), film producers (Ava DuVernay) have been wearing locs for decades, and whether it's a fashion choice (faux locs) or lifestyle commitment (dreadlocks, sistalocks), the classic style has stood the test of time.

Film Producer Ava DuVernay

If you're thinking of giving it a go, we have Teldra Campbell, Design Essentials® International Educator, loctician and salon owner of Essence Unisex Hair Salon on hand to land her expertise.

Starting real locs

One of the first things Teldra stresses is the importance of the initial consultation. 'When you decide you want to start locs, the condition of the hair needs to be checked. Your hair may have to be pre-treated prior to starting them. Hair that is dry, brittle, damaged and dehydrated will need to be trimmed and treated to soften and condition it. In some cases this routine may have to be maintained for up to two months in preparation of starting locs.'

'Bring a picture with you of the type of locs style you aspire to have,' says Teldra. 'Be aware that the texture and density of your hair will determine what is possible, and that other style options may be recommended for you.  Consider your lifestyle too. For example, if you play a lot of sports or swim, this may initially disrupt the loccing process.'

Starting faux locs

Like with any protective styling style that will be worn over a period of time, the hair has to be cleansed and conditioned. Teldra recommends the Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Sulphate Free Shampoo, which provides gentle yet effective cleansing to prepare the hair for the next steps.  It rids the hair of build-up without stripping its natural oils and softens and hydrates the hair.

Follow on with the Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling Conditioner. This conditioning formula contains shea butter and it nourishes the hair as well as replenishes moisture which is needed for protective styling.

Maintaining real locs

In order to maintain healthy looking locs, Telda suggests visiting the salon / loctician to have your hair shampooed and the roots twisted every three to four weeks.

In between the salon visits and you should continue to mist the hair as needed with the Coconut & Monoi Intense Shine Oil Mist to keep it hydrated. The Detoxifying Tonic, a natural blend of oils including tea tree, eucalyptus and lemon from the new Design Essentials Scalp & Skincare Collection, features a nozzle that will allow you to apply the tonic directly to the scalp or with a cotton ball. It's also a must-have to detox and cleanse the scalp without wet shampoos until the locs are set. For sealing in moisture, the Coconut & Monoi Deep Moisture Oil Treatment provides an excellent way to do this by using it 2 – 3 times a week.  

Maintaining faux locs

For style maintenance, Teldra’s favourite are the Almond & Avocado Honey & Shea Edge Tamer to smooth down your edges, or if you want to smooth down your edges and also add moisture, the Coconut & Monoi Edge Glaze. Use the Moisturizing Oil Treatment, a blend of oils including Lavender and Marula, directly to the scalp for aromatic moisturisation that is not heavy but very effective. Cover your hair with a satin bonnet to retain the moisture, and for the first week of having faux or real locs installed, avoid swimming or sweating at the gym as this will make your roots puff out.  

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Celebrities with locs aka loc stars of 2019

Actresses Chloe and Halle Bailey

Jaden and Willow Smith

Actress Logan Browning

Singer Ledisi

Actress Lisa Bonet

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