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Natural Look Spotlight: Faux Dreadlocks


Natural Look Spotlight: Faux Dreadlocks
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Confession time: I can be really flaky when it comes to my looks. I find it hard to commit to anything to do with my personal style for the long term. This inability to commit to a change in my look for a long term is the main reason I haven’t gotten a tattoo or a second earring piercing. It is also the main reason I haven’t committed to dreads yet even though I have been thinking about it a lot more lately.

I blame some of my favourite black YouTubers like Francesca Ramsey (Chescaleigh) and Seren (Sensei Aishitemasu) for rocking seriously enviable dreadlocks. I’ve been thinking about doing dreads but the main thing holding me back was that I wasn’t sure if they would look good on me. I wanted a way to try them out without committing to them permanently.

Apparently I’m not the only person who wanted to try out the look of dreads at least initially without the long-term investment. There are multiple forms of faux dreadlocks but the style that I have recently seen in person, that I want to try out myself involves the wrapping your hair with thread in order to recreate the appearance of dreads. My sister came back from Nigeria with the style and I’ve got to admit they are gorgeous.

They took several hours to do, and were done relatively tightly in order to prevent my sister from having to do them over again within the 2 months she’d intended to have them. They were uniform in size, and tapered slightly towards the end. They were sealed at the ends with heat since each dreadlock was longer than my sister’s hair. Over time, they loosened up a bit and were easier to style but did not come undone because of the original tightness of the wrapping. She only kept them in for two months to limit the possibility of accidental matting.

After two months of using them, they had started to matt towards the roots of her hair where the new growth was but some detangling spray was able to make quick work of that situation. Although this style won’t give you the authentic dreadlock experience, especially since you won’t experience any of the real dreadlock upkeep process, it could give you an idea of what you would look like with a similar style of dreads. All in all, this style of faux dreadlocks seems to be a cute, low maintenance, protective style that could be something nice to try to change up your braids-twists-cornrows cycle.

So let me know what you think? Have you tried out faux dreadlocks? What did you think of them? Would you consider getting dreadlocks? Let me know in the comments below.


Frances Uhomoibhi
I am a 20-something Naturalista with a love for all things Black. I love writing, spoken word, and doing social justice work. Living in London, I hope to help young black girls to love their beauty inside and out.

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