2015 was the Year of the Crochet Braid. From every corner of the natural hair community, ladies were hooking, braiding, interlocking, curling, twisting, and more. Hailed equally for their versatility and ease of installation (especially on those edges!), crochet braids were definitely the “it” style for last year.
While crochet braids are still very much popular, there’s another protective styling trend that’s sweeping the online hair community by storm – #GoddessFauxLocs aka #GoddessLocs. Goddess Faux Locs aren’t your run-of-the-mill loc extensions (which can be heavy, shiny, and artificial looking). They’re an ethereal take on the popular protective style, designed to look, feel, and move like authentic locs.
We got our first glimpse into Goddess Faux Locs in early 2015, thanks to the work of Dr. Kari Williams. Dr. Kari, a licensed Trichologist and owner of Mahogany Revolution Salon & Trichology Clinic in Los Angeles, who pioneered the style most notably worn on celebrity client Meagan Good. On how the style came to be, Dr. Kari says, “I was introduced to Meagan through her wardrobe stylist, who reached out to me about a very specific look that Meagan was looking to re-create.”
Meagan Good has gracefully rocked her Goddess Faux Locs everywhere from the red carpet to live television, causing folks across all corners of the media to take notice. Just search the #GoddessFauxLoc hashtag on Instagram, and you’ll see what I’m talking about!
“The inspiration came from Lisa Bonet”, says Dr. Kari. “Meagan loved how natural they [Lisa Bonet’s locs] looked, she loved the loose, curly ends, bohemian flare…she wanted her faux locs to look as similar and authentic as possible.”
What makes Goddess Faux Locs the go-to style for 2016? Not only are they gorgeous and natural-looking, they’re ultra lightweight compared to traditional loc extensions and much more comfortable to sleep in. When installed properly, they’re easy to style, last for three months, and protect your natural hair from breakage and thinning edges.
If you’re in love with Goddess Faux Locs like I am, you might be wondering how to get your own set. For those of us who are nowhere near LA, Dr. Kari offers an exclusive training for professional hair stylists on her website, detailing exactly how to install Goddess Faux Locs, what hair to use, and the braid technique required to create the natural look. I love me some YouTube, but there’s something to be said about having a trained professional hook up your hair.
Tons of stylists are taking Dr. Kari’s training and offering Goddess Faux Locs aka Goddess Locs on their menu of styles and services, so you may even be able to get them done locally!
One last piece of advice: don’t sleep on this trend. Don’t let it be you that’s sitting salty on the sidelines while I’m out in the springtime breeze, letting my #GoddessFauxLocs flow like I got my own personal Beyonce diva fan.
I’m just saying.
Will you be rocking the Goddess Faux Loc look in 2016? Let me know in the comments below!