I style: Faux locs with Brazilian woolHey 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:
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.
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,