Loc Extensions and Faux Locs: What's the Difference?

Loc Extensions and Faux Locs: What's the Difference?

Because, yes, in fact there is a difference between loc extensions and faux locs. 

Loc extensions and faux locs are often confused as being one in the same thing. However, there are key differences between the two. Though in truth loc extensions are faux locs, yet still there are essential differences between the two. Let’s take a closer look at each in order to see which method applies to the style and look you are after. Then, when you’re ready to book an appointment with your loctician, you’ll know exactly what to ask for. 

Loc Extensions

The beauty of loc extensions is that they can be left in permanently, once installed correctly. But that’s not all. Another key feature of loc extensions is that they are only done with real human hair and not with synthetic hair. If loc extensions is your desired style, you want to purchase hair that is as close to your own hair texture as possible. This way, when you start to experience new growth, the loc extensions both match the new growth and the hair can intuitively loc with the extension. Loc extensions can be an option for those who have started with the early phases of locs but want longer locs as soon as possible. What’s important when adding extensions is to focus on the scalp and roots. Make sure to keep the scalp and roots clean with Dr Locs buildup free pre cleanse before shampooing. And keep the growth well moisturized so the hair doesn’t break with all that added weight. 

Faux Locs

Faux locs are a great place to start if you’re still not sure whether you want to commit to locs or not. Faux locs are referred to as a protective style for locs and should be installed by a professional to avoid damaging your natural hair. It’s best to install faux locs on clean, buildup free hair, even if the style is just a temporary style. You want to look after your roots, to avoid breakage and frizz by keeping the scalp clean and the hair all the way down the locs well nourished. Faux locs should only be kept in for 2-3 months and then taken down. 


The main difference between loc extensions and faux locs is really that loc extensions are installed after the early phases of locs have already been established. Loc extensions help you get that length without having to wait for the locs to grow over time. But it’s very important with loc extensions to make sure you are using human hair and not synthetic hair, otherwise you won’t be able to leave in the extensions long term. 

Faux locs is seen as a temporary protective style and will not last as long as loc extensions. And finally, whether you opt for loc extensions or faux locs please make sure you go to a reputable loctician who knows what they are doing so you don’t have problems (ie balding) down the line. What’s even better is to go for a consultation with your loctician so you can ask any questions or concerns you may have about the faux locs or loc extensions. Do a little investigating and make sure other clients are still happy with their extensions months later.

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