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70 Invisible Locs Hairstyles For Protective Styling in 2024

Invisible locs are are two strand twists that are started in a flat twist motion before they’re transitioned into what looks like a fresh dreadlocks re-twist using Marley or Cuban hair. Two strand twisted ‘locs’ if you will.

This is one of the few hairstyles that gives you the look of two hairstyles in one. You get the fresh look of retwisted locs and the classic look of two strand twists.

Invisible locs like the name suggests give the illusion of twisted dreadlocks only it’s hard to tell where the ‘locs’ start from because the foundation is a flat twist that’s done using one’s natural hair.

Senegalese twists with a twist or what doesn’t look like actual locs not to be confused with Faux Locs.

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Hair and products you’ll need for invisible locs

1) Shine n jam.

2) Cuban hair, freetress pre fluffed hair or Marley hair.

3) Duck bill hair clips.

4) Rubber bands.

5) A crochet needle.

6) A rattail comb.

Let’s look at some frequently asked questions before we jump into the tutorials.

What hair do you use for invisible locs?

You can use Cuban hair, Marley hair or pre fluffed freetress hair.

How many packs of hair do I need for invisible locs?

Depending on the size and length you’re going for, you’ll need 1 3x pack of the cuban hair or 6 to 7 individual packs of Marley hair.

How long do invisible locs last for?

Invisible locs can last for 3 to 4 weeks with proper maintenance. This is largely dependent on your hair type.

Are invisible locs tight?

If you or your stylist doesn’t twist them too tight at the roots, invisible locs aren’t tight.

What's the difference between invisible locs and faux locs?

Invisible locs which are in fact not locs are started in a flat twist like motion using your own hair and then transitioned into two strand twists using Marley or Cuban hair while a lot of faux locs (fake locs) variants like soft locs rely on the usage of pre made locs or a finished look that resembles natural dreadlocks. The difference is in the braiding methods and hair used. Basically, invisible locs are twists and faux locs are locs.

What's the difference between invisible locs and Senegalese twists?

Invisible locs start as a flat twist before they are transitioned into two strand twists while Senegalese twists start as two strand twists from the roots. While you can use Marley hair for Senegalese twists, most people prefer using regular braiding hair.

There are two different methods you can use to do invisible locs.

The first one involves the use of a crochet needle and the second one doesn’t. We’ll look at both.

How to do invisible locs (crochet method)

Start by parting clean, moisturized and stretched hair into four different sections.

Two sections at the front and two at the back parted down the middle.

This will make it a lot more easier for you to further part the hair since this hairstyle involves a lot of parting.

Depending on which section you choose to start with, part a sizeable chunk of hair and further divide it into two.

Use shine n jam every time you do the parting to ensure you’re getting clean and neat parts.

The two parts you further divide the sizeable chunk of hair into should ideally be square parts.

Start working on one of the sections you parted in two.

Part a small bit of hair under the section and do a natural hair braid or plait if you like.

The plait part that is, not braiding the small bit of hair. This is not optional in this method.

After doing a braid/plait, crochet the Marley hair into the braid and pull it through.

Use shine n jam to “blend” both the hair at the upper section and the small braided one that you crocheted hair into at the bottom. You’re going to twist both of these as one.

Start doing a flat twist at the roots and keep twisting the hair to a reasonable length.

Please note: the hair in both sections has to be twisted in the same direction in the first round of twisting.

Use the duck bill hair clips to make sure your twist doesn’t unravel as you work on the other section.

Repeat the same method on the other section and start doing a two strand twist using both sections.

The key is too maintain a good grip to ensure your twist doesn’t unravel.

Pro tip: you can leave a slightly wider gap at the part where both individual twists are further twisted into one to avoid putting tension on you or your client’s scalp.

The wide gap will slowly close as you further twist the hair.

A lot of stylists have been opting to do loc knot barrel twists at the bottom to give the invisible locs an extra pop.

We did a step by step tutorial of how to do loc knots barrels here.

As always for a detailed visual, please refer to the video linked below.

YouTube video

How to do invisible locs (no crochet method)

Just like in method one, start by parting cleaned, moisturised and stretched hair into four different sections.

Two sections at the front and two at the back. This will make the parting process very easy.

Please note: Use shine n jam on your parted sections to make sure you’re getting a clean finish.

Part a sizeable chunk hair from whichever section you prefer to start with and further divide it into two.

Apply shine n jam on the section you further divided into two and start working on one side.

Do a flat twist on the one you choose to start with from the roots to a sizeable length.

Use duck bill hair clips to make sure the twist doesn’t unravel as you repeat the same method on the other side.

After you’ve done flat twists on both sides, feed in the Marley hair in between both twists and start doing two strand twists using both.

If just like in the first method you prefer having loc knot barrels at the end, bend the hair upwards, hold it at the base and start twisting downwards.

How to do loc knot barrels.

For a visual reference, watch the video linked below.

YouTube video

How to diy invisible locs

Like we always say if you’re one of the people who can diy any hairstyle aka God’s favorites, you’re on a budget or you have a lot of patience, here’s how you can diy invisible locs.

The process is the same as the first two depending on your preferred method.

The videos linked below show both methods.

YouTube video

YouTube video

70 invisible locs protective hairstyles and ideas

Now that you know how to do invisible locs, let’s look at 70 cute invisible locs hairstyles and how to style ideas you need to try.

Invisible locs come in many lengths and size variants alike.

We have extra long invisible locs, medium length and bob invisible locs often with boho additions.

1) Long invisible locs

long invisible locs with loc knots
@neyhairs_

2) Bob barrel invisible locs

small invisible locs bob with loc knots
@styledbypk

3) Brown invisible locs

long brown invisible locs with loc knots
@the.ebonyjay

4) Bob boho invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@nellchino

5) Half up half down invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@finaltouchbyfin

6) Long invisible locs

extra long invisible locs with loc knots
@locs_by_re

7) Small bob invisible locs

small invisible locs bob
@f.faithh

8) Large invisible locs

mid back length invisible locs with loc knots
@so.tresse

9) Middle part invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@treasuredidmyhair

10) Short bob invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@hair_by_lryne

11) Chocolate brown invisible locs

long invisible locs with loc knots
@hair_by_lryne

12) Side part invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@lifeaskourtttt

13) Long invisible locs

long medium invisible locs
@hair_by_bri_3

14) Half up high pony invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@treasuredidmyhair

15) Large invisible locs

mid back length invisible locs with loc knots
@fauxlocsdesire

16) Long side part invisible locs

long invisible locs with loc knots
@neyhair_

17) Peekaboo invisible locs

shoulder length invisible locs with peekaboo color
@braidobsessionllc

18) Medium side part invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@stylezbyrayy

19) Low pony boho invisible locs

Bohemian invisible locs in a barbie ponytail
@nellchino

20) Middle part invisible locs

Invisible locs bob
@vianicholebeauty

21) Long boho invisible locs

extra long invisible locs with curls
@nellchino

22) Short bob invisible locs up do

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@nellchino

23) Small invisible locs

ginger invisible locs bob
@f.faithh

24) Long boho invisible locs

extra long bohemian invisible locs , invisible locs with curls
@nellchino

25) Side part boho invisible locs

Invisible locs bob with loc knots
@nellchino

26) Side part bob invisible locs

Invisible locs bob
@vianicholebeauty

27) Small bob invisible locs

small invisible locs bob with loc knots
@f.faithh

28) Half up half down invisible locs

shoulder length invisible locs with loc knots
@finaltouchbyfin

29) Short bob invisible locs

invisible locs bob with loc knots
@hair_by_lryne

30) Half up half down long invisible locs

long invisible locs with a peekaboo color
@locs_by_re

31) Boho invisible locs

boho side bun invisible locs
@des.dabratt_

32) Dark burgundy boho invisible locs

dark burgundy boho invisible locs
@des.dabratt_

33) Boho invisible locs

boho shoulder length invisible locs
@des.dabratt_

34) Boho dark burgundy invisible locs

boho side part dark burgundy invisible locs

35) Boho invisible locs with barrel ends

boho invisible locs with barrel ends
@des.dabratt_

36) Dark burgundy invisible locs

dark burgundy invisible locs
@des.dabratt_

37) Pineapple side buns invisible locs

@des.dabratt_

38) Shoulder length invisible locs

shoulder length invisible locus
@des.dabratt_

39) Boho pineapple bun invisible locs

@des.dabratt_

40) Pineapple side buns invisible locs

@des.dabratt_

41) Short boho bob invisible locs

short boho bob invisible locs
@styledbylasha

42) Burgundy peekaboo invisible locs

burgundy peekaboo invisible locs
@styledbylasha

43) Boho bob invisible locs

boho bob invisible locs
@styledbylasha

44) Boho bob invisible locs

boho bob invisible locs
@styledbyykii

45) Pink peekaboo invisible locs

Pink peekaboo invisible locs
@styledbytoi

46) Bob boho invisible locs

boho bob invisible locs
@monyyonahairr

47) Long boho invisible locs

Long boho peekaboo invisible locs
@monyyonahairr

48) Pineapple bun invisible locs

pineapple bun invisible locs
@kammaysbeauty

49) Long boho invisible locs

Long boho invisible locs
@monyyonahairr

50) Pineapple bun invisible locs up do

invisible locs up do
@monyyonahairr

51) Peekaboo large invisible locs

peekaboo large invisible locs
@hair_by_Iryne

52) Large invisible locs

large invisible locs
@hair_by_Iryne

53) Inverted bob invisible locs

inverted bob invisible locs
@hair_by_Iryne

54) Short invisible locs bob

short invisible locs bob
@hair_by_Iryne

55) Inverted bob invisible locs

inverted bob invisible locs
@hair_by_Iryne

55) Loc knot barrel invisible locs

loc knot barrel end invisible locs
@bambilocs

56) Invisible locs with loc knot barrel ends

invisible locs with loc knot barrel ends
@bambilocs

57) Side swoop boho bob invisible locs

side swoop boho bob invisible locs
@styledbylasha

58) Short boho b0b invisible locs

short boho bob invisible locs
@styledbylasha

59) Boho bob invisible locs in a side swoop and bun

boho bob invisible locs in a side swoop and bun
@styledbylasha

60) Bob invisible locs

boho bob invisible locs
@styledbylasha

61) Brown mix bob invisible locs

brown mix bob invisible locs side part up do
@styledbylasha

62) Boho bob invisible locs

small bob boho invisible locs
@styledbylasha

63) Bob invisible locs with loc knots

middle part bob boho invisible locs

64) Side part bob invisible locs

side part bob invisible locs

65) Red invisible locs

Red boho invisible locs
@nellchino

66) Bob boho invisible locs

boho bob invisible locs
@stledbylasha

67) Burgundy boho invisible locs

Burgundy boho invisible locs

68) Color 350 and color 27 peekaboo invisible locs

color 350 and 27 peekaboo invisible locs

69) Ginger invisible locs

ginger invisible locs
@finaltouchbyfin

70) Half up half down invisible locs up do

invisible locs up do
@finaltouchbyfin_

Invisible locs pro tips and tricks

1) Use a small amount of hair if you want them to be thin and a big amount of hair if you want chunky twists.

2) Use shine n jam every time you part the hair into different sections to get a clean finish.

3) It is best to do invisible locs on hair that has zero product in it.

4) The crochet method makes the invisible locs last longer.

5) Maintain a firm not tight grip while twisting the hair to prevent it from unraveling.

6) Twist the hair in the same direction while doing the flat twists.

7) Marley hair or cuban hair comes highly recommended if you want that natural locs look.

Invisible locs maintenance tips and tricks

1) Use an oil of your choice like avocado oil on your scalp to keep it moisturized.

2) Wear a satin bonnet at night or wrap your hair using a scarf.

3) Use mousse occasionally to keep your twists looking nice.

4) Use an apple cider vinegar wash to prevent buildup and to soothe an itchy scalp.

Will you be trying any of these invisible locs hairstyles?