It’s no secret that faux locs are one of the trendiest protective styles out right now for naturals. The look has appeared on celebrities like Ciara, Jhene Aiko, Meagan Good and Teyana Taylor. The look gained major coverage when young starlet Zendaya Coleman wore them on the red carpet at the Oscars only to be insulted by Giuliana Rancic of E! Fashion Police. With the natural-inspired protective style gaining so much notoriety, one would think most naturals would pretty much be on board. Well, not really…
Youtuber Keisha Charmaine posed the question: “How do we feel about the faux locs trend?” after noticing many loc instagram accounts condemned the style. Charmaine concluded the reason for the opposition is because the loc journey is one of time, dedication and effort and to an extent, wearers of faux locs are “cheating” the process. Watch her video below:
Other loc’ed commenters followed up with similar dissenting remarks.
I don’t like fake locs. Period. We don’t need recognition who cares about that. Fake locs are kinda disrespectful to the culture and lifestyle of locs. I don’t like them and it’s annoying to see all these fake locs around.
Some commenters weren’t bothered.
I’d rather see them wear fake locs as opposed to the silky straight hair weaves. Imitation is flattering in my eyes.
Some praised the growing trend of faux locs to increase visibility of the Loc community
I personally don’t have a problem with faux locks. it’s a great way for people that may not be ready to loc their own hair to get an idea of what it’s like to have locs. It may help them make a decision to loc their own hair later down the line. Even if they don’t it will make a good protective style. 🙂
Some even went on to bring up the point of how locs were first created by Rastafarian and later co-opted into mainstream culture.
it is neither here nor there for me.. hair is hair and people should have the freedom to do whatever they want with their hair.. dont understand why people with locs would want to feel offended because a lot of the persons have locs but are not rastafarians which is where this whole loc thing was originated.. so let us be free to express ourselves using our hair whether false or not. i remember when rastas felt offended when persons had locs and was not of the faith. let us not pass the same judgement on to ppl with faux locs.
The other day we posted 20 Stunning Photos of Black Women Rocking Faux Locs and many of our readers took us to task on the Black Girl Long Hair Facebook page:
Please consider renaming this group to black girls with long fake hair. I really thought/hoped this group would be geared towards natural hair.
I can only speak for myself when I say this. I do not like the faux locs as a person who has natural locs and to see people that want the locs and don’t go through the journey of starting the locs it diminishes the experience and journey. If you want a protective style get braids or twist. That’s what I did til I felt like I was ready to embrace the lifestyle of having locs. Everyone is different this is my opinion
I’m sorry, but faux locs make NO SENSE AT ALL!!!!! This is a style that all backs can achieve naturally! Fake hair is not needed, yet black men/women are too lazy to grow out their own hair? Curious about dreads, then go to Spencers and buy a Bob Marley dread hat! Can’t the fake horse hair die out? Damn!
Some of ya’ll were a bit more reassuring:
If it looks good on you, ROCK IT! I’ve been natural FOR 33 years of my life and I’ve worn locs for ten years, Afros, buzz cuts, faux locs, braided extensions and whatever the hell else I feel like wearing. It’s the depth of the person and not the exterior appearance or hairstyle. IJS
Sound off! How do you feel about faux locs? Protective style or just perpetrating?