I’ve never quite been the protective hairstyle believer, and have only had my hair braided twice before. But this year, I decided to give faux locs a try, and I quite liked the experience.

Faux locs are a great protective style that allows you to change up your look and give your natural hair a break. And, from my experience, they’re better than box braids.

Faux locs are meant to bear a resemblance to real locs or dreadlocks. They’re often created using human hair, yarn, or synthetic braiding hair. The hair is wrapped tightly around braids or twists in a downward motion to resemble real locs.

When deciding on whether to use yarn or synthetic braiding hair, keep in mind that the type of hair or material used will affect the texture and appearance of your faux locs.

HERE’S ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FAUX LOCS AND HOW TO STYLE INTO BANTU KNOTS:

This chic protective style is a 90s look making a hardcore fashion comeback, and it’s certainly making a statement – more so after being featured in the film Black Panther. 

STEP 1

Wash and deep condition the hair to prepare it for braiding.

STEP 2

Use a light conditioning aftercare product and then start braiding the hair in thin lines from the front to the back, making sure the back is properly secured.

STEP 3

Cut the Darling Vibrations faux locs in half and start to crochet small portions from the back and work your way to the front.

STYLING BANTU KNOTS

STEP 4

When the entire head has been covered, you can begin to start styling the hair into knots.

STEP 5

Start twisting sections of your hair to the right.

STEP 6

Then wrap them around to create the knots. Continue until the whole head is covered, making sure the knots are even.

STEP 7

Once the process has been completed, use your hands to shape knots that are uneven so that you have your perfect Bantu Knots.