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Soft Locs: How To Pull Off The Style In 2022

Softlocs are becoming increasingly popular these days, and for good reason. Not only do they look nice and gentle, but they are also less harmful to your own hair because there is less tension. In addition, they offer you great versatility in terms of material options, installation methods and style variations. If you are ready to embrace this trendy protective hairstyle, then feel free to study our guide with all the necessary information.

What are softlocs?

Soft locs are one of the hottest protective hairstyles these days. As the name suggests, they are woven in such a way that the strands appear loose and soft. It can be achieved in a number of ways, but the most popular is attaching natural crochet hair using the wrap technique. Thus, each strand is secured individually, leaving you with a full head of faux locs. Their length usually varies between 30 inches and 36 inches, which actually exceeds the height of your hips.

What are softlocs?

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Before soft locs evolved into the soft and natural looking ones we know today, faux locs were tight and tight. The origin of the term is unknown. So basically all soft or at least not firm faux crochet locs can be called soft locs. The hairdo is flexible and bouncy. The curls do not create additional tension in your hair and keep moisture, pollution and other harmful influences away.

What hair to use for soft locs

What hair to use for soft locs

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Which hair to use for soft curls plays one of the most important roles in getting the best result. For convenience, hair for soft faux locs can be divided into two categories: the one that you use as a base to wrap the soft loc hair around and the hair that wraps itself. For a while, soft locs hair was top secret. This information was only passed on orally. Thankfully, it’s available to everyone these days. So, some of the most popular hair options for soft-locs styles include:

  • water wave hair for passionate twists;

  • Virgin Human Hair or Blend;

  • Afrokinks or frizzy hair for wrapping;

  • Crochet faux locs.

Also, you should keep in mind that hair choice often depends on the type of soft locks hairstyle you go for. For example, knotless braids should have their hair pre-stretched, while butterfly locs require water-waved hair. That is why sometimes it is better to entrust the task to your hairdresser, who should know exactly what you need.

How long do locs last?

Soft Locs: How to pull off the style

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There are many factors that affect the longevity of crochet soft locs – the material of the loc and your hair type, the hairstyle you choose, its length to name a few. Therefore, soft short locs last longer than soft long locs. In the same way, the genius ponytail or feed-in braids can only last a few weeks, while distressed soft locs can stay in for up to three months. With this in mind, the average lifespan of Softlocs is between 6 and 12 weeks. While they can last longer, it’s better not to overdo them.

Maintenance of Soft Locs

Proper care will ensure your soft loc villain hairstyles last as long as you want them to

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Proper care will ensure your soft loc baddie hairstyles last as long as you want them to. So be sure to follow these tips:

  1. Wash your hair regularly but not too often.

    It’s no secret that for any protective hairstyle, be it comb coils or soft butterfly locks, keeping your scalp clean is important. However, it doesn’t mean you should live in the shower. Frequent washing and blow-drying and the use of styling products can make hair dry and brittle. So remember that moderation is always the best virtue, even when it comes to your hair hygiene.

  2. Be gentle on your hair when removing the locs.

    Improperly removing the locs can wreak havoc on your natural hair. If you don’t want to damage it in any way, you should try to do it as gently as possible by gently tugging on the loc first, or better yet, ask your barber to help you. The hair can be matted and knotted after removal and therefore also needs the right aftercare.

  3. Remember to service your locs from time to time.

    Because you’ll be wearing soft-loc hairstyles for several weeks, your hair will grow back quite noticeably in that time. So that you don’t look unkempt, your style needs maintenance. There are many ways to refresh almost any protective hairstyle, from expanded soft locs to distressed soft locs.

  4. Protect your locs while sleeping.

    To wake up in the morning with a neat and smooth hairstyle, make sure to cover your curls with a silk scarf or bonnet at night. Alternatively, you can opt for satin headpieces.

Maintenance of Soft Locs

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More frequently asked questions about softlocs

Are softlocs heavy?

The reason soft-locs can be heavy is because you installed them before trapping moisture. If you don’t maintain the right level of moisture while wearing the locs, their weight can also increase. This can even break the hair.

Are Soft Locs Bad For Your Hair?

If you install them correctly and take care of them properly, then soft curls will not be able to harm your hair. On the contrary, they are less damaging than most protective hairstyles as they are tension free. Don’t forget, however, that you should regularly cleanse, moisturize and condition your scalp and natural hair.

How much do softlocs cost?

It costs between $100 and $300 to install soft loc hair in the salon. However, the price may vary from place to place, depending on the location, the material chosen and the technique used. Therefore, hand-wound locs are usually more expensive than crocheted locs because they take more time to make.

Now we think you know more than what soft-locs are and how to get them. So if you have been considering this fashionable hairstyle for a while, the time has come. Just follow our guide and you’re guaranteed a top-notch result.


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