I style: Faux locs with Brazilian wool

23:46 Sandra N.U. 44 Comments

Hey you guys!
    How are you doing? Been a while abi? I wanted to make this a general update post- hair, skin, life... there's much to tell you guys; but it would be too long a post so I'll just break it up into digestible pieces.
   Let's start with my hair.

I've had my hair in faux locs for weeks. I put them in right after I washed the Red out of my hair.
    A week or so earlier, I'd seen a beautiful Nurse at work with medium length, skinny faux locs and I couldn't for the life of me figure out what they'd been done with. I thought I'd seen it all: marley/kinky twist hair, yarn, even kanekalon hair for faux locs. So I asked, and I got the reply "Brazilian wool". Hian. I mentally rolled my eyes from Lagos to Abuja. What is that one again? Is it Brazilian hair made into wool-like strands? Wool woven in Brazil? Wool from Brazilian Sheep?

    I asked her where and for how much she'd gotten it- a salon close to her home somewhere on the mainland.
Price: She took N1k to get me three rolls and when I got it I understood that it's probably called Brazilian wool because it's soft. You remember how it felt to touch Brazilian hair for the first time after years of dealing with synthetic hair? Darling Yaki anyone?
      So here's regular yarn:
Looks like two strand twists no?

      And here's Brazilian wool:

This is a very very close-up picture so it looks like hair but not so much in real life.
What I gather is, it's basically just untwisted/unwoven yarn.
 
    On to the faux locs. I worked with clean, stretched hair. Before each twist I'd moisturise with water spritz and seal with my diy cocoa butter cream.
 I started by doing senegalese twists with eight strands of yarn per twist, hair in medium sized sections. Eight strands is kind of thin- I wanted each loc to be close in width to what real locs would look like if I had them.


  Now this yarn dispenses differently from regular yarn which unrolls as one strand. Brazilian yarn unrolls eight strands at once which is sooo convenient.  It cuts down the prep time by a LOT. I did yarn twists once and had to spend hours cutting and measuring and arranging.
   Twisting done, wrapping next. I've actually done this once before but with kinky extensions. You can read one of my oldest blog posts on my first faux locs.
   For this one I used five strands to wrap and then burned the ends to secure.
The locs were stiff when I was done but a quick dip in very hot water did the trick and I got flowing, softer locs with movement.


   This hair made me really happy from the beginning. Faux locs are the ultimate protective style. Your hair is completely wrapped up in a safe cocoon, and you don't even need to sleep with a satin bonnet or scarf! I still do though. Well, most nights.
    Besides protecting your hair, it is so light. This Brazilian wool is so wispy and lightweight, it feels like it's all your hair.
It's making for brilliant travel hair right now because it's so easy to wear and is very low maintenance.
Oh hello there window

   Care: I don't see the need to moisturise and seal because I would just be coating the yarn. I would have to soak it in water to get moisture in, so I wash my scalp every week and get some moisture in there.
    After my last wash, I could smell a hint of mustiness so I knew the end of the style was near. That's one of the recorded side effects of yarn- mildew. Eww.

    It's been four weeks now, my roots are growing in and have obscured the parted sections so it looks more authentic now.
 See eh, protective styles for me last about a week by default, two weeks by self restraint, three weeks by sheer willpower. These four weeks have been by divine intervention.
  The locs are coming out tonight, then I'll have a wonderful deep conditioning session and see my hair again, I have missed that!
 I'll be sharing that wash day with you guys.
     See you in the comments *hint hint*

Peace, love and ice cream,
NGND



44 comments:

  1. But.. I was so focused on the Senegalese twists, I had to go back and read the faux lots section again lool. Beautiful styles. Both of them.

    I did faux loss with yarn and kept them in for I think 8 weeks.. They were beautiful.. And short lol. The key is ensuring they are properly dried.. And when I moisturised them I had to scrunch the moisture in to ensure it sufficiently reached my strands. As we Jamaicans say "6 is one, half-dozen is the other" so overall I didn't mind. Maybe wigs perhaps? I recently made a marley wig that isn't "wiggy".. And as soon as I get home it's off my head. Give it a try!

    Lehairchronicles.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Gibbie!
      I have a few wigs and they come in handy once in a long while when I don't know what to do with my hair. I just have this irrational fear that one day something will happen and my wig will somehow gey dragged off my head. Lol.

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  2. Nice post.seen the Brazilian wool at trade fair and bought it for buying sake,i and the sis-in-law could not fathom what on earth to use it for.Finally put it to good use to help stretch my hair,ill definitely be getting it to try this.Like you its so hard to keep protective styles in,will take my mini-twists after three weeks.

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    1. Hi Aurora, yay I hope you try it for faux locs. Maybe I could use my leftovers to stretch my hair

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  3. Brazzilian wool? Interesting!! Thanks for the post!! :)

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  4. I love the Brazillian wool. It's so light. I did some type of faux locs with it a while ago and got alot of compliments then I tried this style and arrrgh it was too tight leaving me with a headache for days. Still loved it tho.

    You can check out my Brazillian wool faux locs here Faux locs with Brazillian wool

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    1. Hi Grace :) I couldn't click on your link, something is up with it

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  5. looks good... that it's soft is a big plus. i am impressed u did it urself too
    www.folasoasis.com

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    1. Girrrl, the happiness I felt when it came out of the hot water soft and free... lol

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  6. Sometimes only divine intervention can save us. I try so hard to do 4 weeks, but I can't. I am shocked at how it came out. BEAUTIFUL!

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  8. Your hair looks sooooo good. I want! Lol
    I think I've found my next protective style.
    But where in Lagos can I get Brazilian wool please?

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    1. Sorry for the late reply Wonuola. A friend was able to get in the market, from the people who sell Xpression braiding hair. I also saw it for sale on dealdey

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    2. Thanks Sandra. Its not on sale on dealdey anymore though :( .I'm assuming you mean Balogun market...i'll check it out.

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    3. i got it at balogun market over the weekend for N250

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  9. Lovely. I'm trying it this week. Did you use only 3 bundles of wool? My hair is very full and I'll like to know how many bundles to get. I also want it very long.

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    1. Hi Mojisola,
      I used only a little over 1 bundle because I didn't want it full. Since you want it full and long I would suggest four or five if you're really being cautious. Better to have leftovers than be stranded

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  10. Where can u get brazillian wool in United States?

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    1. Hi Saimee
      I did an online search but didn't come up with anything I'm sorry. if it's available in the US or at least on Amazon or AliExpress, my guess is it's called by a different name. Sorry I couldn't be of more help

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  11. Hi NGND. Thank you forth is very informative post. Was looking up some info on Brazilian wool and I'm convinced it was made for people like me. Lol. Thanks again!

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    1. So glad I could help :)
      It was such a great find, I can't wait to use it again.

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  12. I've met 2 people this year who have done twists with Brazilian Wool.
    It looked sooo sooo good, definitely trying it out as my next protective style.

    www.tukesquest.com

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  13. So I just got my own brazilian wool from trade fair at 200 naira each and was trying to choose between twists and locs , which one to do. Lo! I stumbled upon your blog. I'm def coming back here. And its gonna be locs for sure. Check my blog on www.sincerelychibugo.wordpress.com

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  14. i dipped in hot water. its still stiff......helppppp!!!!!!!

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  15. Same here too tolu, I dipped in hot water but its still stiff, I don't know wat else to do, help pls

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    1. Hey Sybil and Tolu (sorry I'm just seeing this Tolu),
      I've noticed the commercial braiders tend to braid and wrap it really tight. If you do that it'll be stiff even after it goes in hot water.
      If you look closely at mine you might even see small gaps in the wrapping. Reduce the tension next time.
      With age it does get less and less stiff so try to be patient too.

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  16. Chai, did she truly collect N1K for 3 rolls, one roll is N250, so u could av bought four for 1K

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    1. LOL. Chai, so i got suckered.
      I guess the person that sold it to her inflated it a bit. Or we factor in her transportation.
      Still better than the N500 apiece I saw it for on Dealdey. Tueh.

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    2. Hello.my name is tola and I actually sell these brazillian wool in bulk, 3 go for 650. Kindly reach me on 08183333446. Thanks.

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  17. You are a Darling! I have been looking for this. Thanks ps. I'm new here. U won a follower

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    1. Welcome! Thanks for following. Stay okay?

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  18. Nice!!! Pls how many strands per locloc did you use? Also how many brazillian wool did you use thanks

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    1. Hi there :) it's stated in the post but I'll go again for ease.
      Per loc: 8 to twist, 5 to wrap. I used a little less than 2 rolls totak.

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  19. Hi Sandra, thanks for your great tips on naturals. My name is Oluwakemi, done some research on this brazillian wool and I detected a lot of "FAKE". Lets go with this:
    A brazillian wool is black(also comes in shades of colours), light, neat wraps and shinny in nature and packed in transparent bags, While the imitation is rough, heavy, small in size and both goes for same price. So please 'caveat emptor' at the point of purchase. Cheers*

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  21. Hello.my name is Alice and I actually sell these Brazilian wool in bulk, 3 go for 600
    Kindly reach me on 2349053589705.(whatsapp)

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  22. Hello.my name is Alice and I actually sell these Brazilian wool in bulk, 3 go for 600
    Kindly reach me on 2349053589705.(whatsapp)

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  24. How do i secure d end witout burning it,dnt want it messing up my clothes

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  25. Dose it make your hair grow faster and fuller.

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