Just like the name suggests, soft locs are typically a faux locs variant with a soft like appearance and touch. You can achieve this hairstyle by using a combination of different textured hair as in butterfly locs and distressed bohemian locs. The best thing about soft locs is that they can be done in different ways including the knotless method and with or without a knot.
Let’s first talk about the type of hair needed and how to do soft locs on yourself. This article will also highlight some of the frequently asked questions.
Products and Type of Hair You Need for Soft Locs
- A rat tail comb
- A crotchet needle
- Shine n jam conditioning gel
- 4 packs of Bobbi Boss Nu Locs 36 inches or 8 packs of Bobbi Boss Nu Locs 18 inches
- Spring Twist Hair
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long do Soft Locs Last?
Soft locs can last up to a maximum of 2 months especially with frequent touch ups depending on how you like them. Some people prefer the aged look while others like them when they are fresh and neat.
Are Soft Locs and Faux Locs the Same?
As earlier mentioned, and just as the name suggests, soft locs are a variant of faux locs. The both the same umbrella which is fake dreadlocks. All types of locs that aren’t dreadlocks are usually referred to as faux locs.
What Type of Hair Do I Need for Soft Locs?
For this hairstyle, you’ll need 4 packs of Bobbi Boss Nu Locs if you are going for 36 inches and 8 packs of the same for 18 inches. The inches you choose depends on your desired length. Plus, you’ll also need spring twist hair for wrapping.
How to do Soft Locs Using the Knot Method
There are two different types of soft locs. We have the knotless soft locs without a knot at the base which makes them look more natural and their knot counterparts with a knot like appearance at the root of the hair.
For the knot method, part your clean, stretched or straightened and moisturized hair to different parts. Apply a generous amount of shine n jam conditioning gel to tame flyaways at the base of the parted sectioned for a neat look.
If you want to achieve an extremely neat look then you should use shine n jam conditioning gel before braiding. After you’re done applying the gel on the parted sections, you can start braiding them to plaits.
You can either braid your hair half way through or completely depending on your personal preference. You can also freestyle the parts or choose to do box like sectioned parts as in regular box braids. Loop the loc into the plait using a crotchet needle. Repeat the same process until you’re done with all the other sectioned parts.
For the knot method, you can only loop in the part of the soft locs with an opening and not the entire loc.
You can then insert the plait into the part of the locs with an opening and pull through to secure it. After crocheting the soft locs, wrap the spring twist hair around it continuously. Apply mousse all over your head and then use edge control to lay your edges.
How to do Soft Locs Using the Knotless Method
Knotless soft locs looks more natural compared to its knotted counterparts. You can check out @styleby.pk on Instagram for a step by step tutorial on how to do soft locs on yourself.
Part your hair in different sections depending on the size you are going for. Apply a generous amount of shine n jam at the base of the sectioned parts to tame flyaways and get an excellent grip when braiding for better results.
Braid the parted sectioned to plaits according to your personal specifications in terms of size. You’ll needs lots of individual parts and plaits if you are going for a fuller look. Loop in the soft locs a few inches away from where your plait starts using a crotchet needle. This way, you can achieve a knotless soft locs look.
After you’re done, wrap the soft locs with spring twist hair starting a few inches away from where the plait starts at the base. The best thing about knotless soft locs is that they are painless, flexible and can also be styled in different ways even when they are still fresh and new.
Extending Soft Locs
Here’s how to do soft locs on yourself and also extend them:
If you want to rock long soft locs and bought the 18 inches long Bobbi Boss Nu Locs, then you might need to do some extension. To extend the soft locs, you’ll need to loop in another loc at the bottom then try separating the fist one into two different parts towards the end.
Braid the locs together using the locs that you had separated into two at the end ensuring you braid the second loc securely in place. This method is the most preferable to using nail glue when it comes to extending soft locs. After you’re done, apply mousse all over your head and use edge control to lay your edges.
How to do Soft Locs on Yourself
You can watch a beginner friendly tutorial video on how to do soft locs on yourself if you don’t like going to the salon to get your hair done. However, the process is just the same as the ones mentioned above.
A Tutorial on How to do Criss Cross Soft Locs
Just as in criss cross braided hairstyles, criss cross soft locs also require the use of rubber bands at the front part which you then transition to locs.
Different Types of Soft Locs Hairstyles and Ideas
Now that you are conversant with how to do soft locs on yourself, let’s explore different types of soft locs that any woman out there should try. Let’s dive right in!