Tutorial: How to do Soft Locs on Yourself

Tutorial: How to do Soft Locs on Yourself

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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, such as butterfly locs and distressed bohemian locs. Soft locs is that they can be done in different ways, including through 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. We’ll 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
  • Mousse
  • 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.

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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!

1. Freestyle parts soft locs

Freestyle parts soft locs
@queenofslay_locs

Get ready to unleash your creativity with freestyle parts soft locs! This hairstyle allows you to express yourself by creating unique and personalized partings throughout your soft locs. Let your imagination run wild as you design patterns, shapes, or even words with your partings, adding a playful and individual touch to your look.

2. Freestyle parts 36 inch soft locs

Freestyle parts 36 inch soft locs
@queenofslay_locs

Make a statement with freestyle parts 36-inch soft locs! These gorgeous locs cascade down your back, showcasing their length and beauty. With the freedom to create freestyle partings, you can experiment with different styles and designs, ensuring that your hair becomes a true work of art that will leave everyone in awe.

3. Soft locs in a side part

@touchedbyedwina

Elevate your style with soft locs in a side part! This hairstyle exudes elegance and sophistication, as the side part adds a touch of asymmetry and flair to your locs. Whether you prefer a deep or subtle side part, you can rock this look with confidence and grace, making a stylish statement wherever you go.

4. Soft locs styles in a side part

@tamara_ldn

Add a dash of style to your side part soft locs! With endless possibilities for creativity, you can explore various styling options to make your locs stand out. From intricate braided or twisted designs to accessorizing with beads or cuffs, these soft locs in a side part offer a canvas for you to showcase your unique fashion sense.

5. Textured soft locs

@_sunshiine

Embrace the beauty of textured soft locs! This hairstyle brings a natural and effortless vibe to your look, with the soft locs exhibiting texture and dimension. The slight variation in thickness and curl pattern adds visual interest and enhances the overall appeal of your locs. Get ready to embrace your beautiful, textured soft locs and rock a stunning and authentic style.

6. 36 inch soft locs

@tamara_ldn

Make a grand entrance with 36-inch soft locs! These lengthy locs make a dramatic statement, cascading down your back with a mesmerizing allure. Whether you choose to wear them loose or style them up, these long soft locs are sure to turn heads and give you that extra wow factor.

7. Blonde soft locs

@hairbyriiane

Unleash your inner blonde bombshell with blonde soft locs! This hair color choice adds a touch of boldness and excitement to your locs, allowing you to stand out from the crowd. Whether you opt for a natural-looking blonde or a vibrant, eye-catching shade, these blonde soft locs bring a fun and adventurous element to your overall style.

8. Blonde soft locs in a side part

@hairbyriiane

Combine the charm of a side part with the allure of blonde soft locs! This hairstyle merges sophistication with a vibrant twist, as the side part adds structure and the blonde color brings a pop of personality. Get ready to rock a head-turning look that effortlessly blends elegance and individuality.

9. Middle part soft locs

@cookiesklosethair

Embrace the magic of middle part soft locs! The middle part creates a symmetrical and balanced look, enhancing your facial features and adding a touch of charm. This versatile hairstyle allows you to experiment with different styles, whether you prefer a sleek and polished appearance or a more bohemian and carefree vibe. Let your middle part soft locs work their magic and elevate your style game.

10. Middle part 36 inch soft locs

@locssoflove

Make a bold statement with middle part 36-inch soft locs! This hairstyle combines the elegance of a middle part with the striking length of 36 inches, creating a look that commands attention. These flowing locs down your back make a captivating impact, allowing you to embrace your inner diva and show off your fabulous style.

11. Long soft locs

@locssoflove

Get ready to rock luxuriously long soft locs! These breathtaking locs flow gracefully down your back, exuding a sense of elegance and glamour. Whether you wear them loose or style them up, these long soft locs make a lasting impression, leaving you feeling like a true hair goddess.

12. Middle part long soft locs

@locsbynk

Add a touch of sophistication to your style with middle part long soft locs! The middle part creates a sense of balance and symmetry, while the length of these locs adds a dramatic and eye-catching element. This hairstyle allows you to showcase your confidence and showcase your unique fashion sense.

13. Long black soft locs

@locsbynk

Channel your inner chic with long black soft locs! These sleek locs provide a classic and timeless look, emphasizing the beauty of your natural hair color. With their length and luster, these soft locs radiate elegance and versatility, giving you endless options for styling and expressing your personal style.

14. Criss cross soft locs

@_sunshiine

Get ready to elevate your style with criss cross soft locs! This unique and intricate pattern adds a captivating twist to your locs, creating a visually stunning hairstyle. Whether you opt for a subtle criss cross design or a more pronounced and elaborate look, these soft locs will surely make heads turn and ignite your creativity.

15. 36 inch criss cross soft locs

@_sunshiine

Make a statement with 36-inch criss cross soft locs! The combination of length and the intricate criss cross pattern takes your style to a whole new level. These mesmerizing locs showcase your boldness and creativity, ensuring that you stand out from the crowd with confidence and flair.

16. Brown soft locs

@_sunshiine

Embrace the beauty of brown soft locs! This versatile and earthy color choice adds warmth and richness to your locs, enhancing your overall look. Whether you choose a deep chocolate brown or a lighter caramel shade, these brown soft locs exude a natural and captivating charm that complements any skin tone.

17. Soft locs in a bun

@_sunshiine

Keep it chic and effortless with soft locs in a bun! This versatile hairstyle allows you to gather your locs into a stylish and practical updo. Whether it’s a sleek and polished high bun or a messy and carefree top knot, soft locs in a bun offer a quick and easy way to elevate your look while keeping your hair off your face.

18. Thigh length soft locs

@_queennyah

Prepare to make a jaw-dropping entrance with thigh-length soft locs! These incredibly long locs create a dramatic and enchanting look that commands attention. As they cascade down to your thighs, these soft locs embody elegance, sophistication, and a touch of whimsy. Get ready to embrace your inner goddess and let your long locs steal the spotlight.

19. Knee length soft locs

@_queennyah

Prepare to turn heads with knee-length soft locs! These stunning locs reach all the way down to your knees, creating a breathtaking and awe-inspiring look. The length and volume of these locs make a bold statement, allowing you to embrace your individuality and showcase your confident style.

20. Extra long soft locs

@_queennyah

Take your style to extraordinary lengths with extra long soft locs! These mesmerizing locs cascade down past your waist, exuding an air of elegance and glamour. Whether you let them flow freely or style them up, these extra long soft locs are sure to make a lasting impression and make you feel like a true hair icon.

21. Half up half down soft locs

@_queennyah

Add a touch of playfulness to your look with half up half down soft locs! This versatile hairstyle combines the best of both worlds, allowing you to enjoy the freedom of loose locs while keeping some strands elegantly pulled back. Whether you opt for a sleek and polished half up half down style or embrace a more relaxed and carefree vibe, these soft locs will keep you looking effortlessly stylish.

22. 36 inch soft locs

@_queennyah

Get ready to captivate with 36-inch soft locs! The extraordinary length of these locs adds a magical and enchanting element to your overall look. Whether you wear them loose or style them up, these long and flowing locs make a bold statement and demand attention wherever you go.

23. Side part soft locs

@_queennyah

Embrace a chic and sophisticated look with side part soft locs! The side part adds a touch of asymmetry and creates a flattering frame for your face. With soft locs cascading down one side, this hairstyle exudes elegance and allows you to showcase your unique style with confidence.

24. Half up half down soft locs with a bun

@_queennyah

Elevate your half up half down game with a stylish bun! This trendy and effortless hairstyle combines the beauty of loose soft locs with the practicality of a bun. Whether you opt for a sleek and sleek top knot or a messy and relaxed bun, this half up half down style with a bun adds a fashionable twist to your soft locs.

25. Extra long black soft locs

@_queennnyah

Make a bold and dramatic statement with extra long black soft locs! The combination of the striking length and the timeless black color creates a stunning and captivating look. These soft locs radiate confidence and power, allowing you to embrace your natural beauty and express your unique style.

26. Half up half down soft locs in a high ponytail

@_queennyah

Add a flirty and playful touch to your style with a high ponytail! This half up half down soft locs hairstyle lifts your locs up into a high and perky ponytail, giving you a youthful and energetic vibe. It’s the perfect way to showcase the length and texture of your soft locs while keeping them off your face and neck.

28. Top bun soft locs

@_queennyah

Keep it chic and classy with a top bun! This versatile and sophisticated hairstyle gathers your soft locs into a neat and stylish bun on the crown of your head. Whether you prefer a sleek and polished top bun or a more relaxed and tousled look, this hairstyle adds a touch of elegance and refinement to your soft locs.

28. Side part textured soft locs

@theplugstyles

Embrace the beauty of texture with soft locs! This hairstyle adds depth and dimension to your locs, giving them a visually interesting and dynamic appearance. Combined with a side part, this textured soft locs style adds an edgy and fashionable element to your overall look. The textured soft locs create a visually captivating and unique hairstyle that stands out from the crowd. With the side part, you can enhance the natural flow and movement of the locs, framing your face beautifully and adding a touch of flair to your style.

29. Textured middle part soft locs

@theplugstyles
@theplugstyles

Keep up with the latest trends and rock a middle part with textured soft locs! This hairstyle brings a modern and chic vibe to your look. The middle part creates symmetry and balance, highlighting your facial features and allowing the textured locs to fall gracefully on both sides. It’s a stylish and fashion-forward choice that adds a contemporary twist to your soft locs.

 

Conclusion

Soft locs offer a versatile and beautiful hairstyle option for those looking to embrace the elegance and grace of locs with a softer and more lightweight feel. Whether you opt for freestyle parts, textured styles, or different lengths, there are endless possibilities to express your individuality and personal style with soft locs. With the right techniques and care, you can achieve stunning looks that enhance your natural beauty and turn heads wherever you go.

So, go ahead and embrace the beauty of soft locs, experiment with different styles, and let your personality shine through. Get ready to rock your soft locs with confidence and make a statement with every step you take!

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