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How to Soft Locs , Type of Hair Used & 30 Soft Locs Hairstyles

How to Soft Locs , Type of Hair Used & 30 Soft Locs Hairstyles

Soft locs like the name suggests, are a variant of faux locs that are soft like in touch and appearance.

Much like distressed bohemian locs and butterfly locs, soft locs are achieved by using a mixture of different textured hair.

Soft locs can be done using a knot and a no knot or knotless method.

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Before we get into the tutorials, let’s look at the type of hair you’ll need and some frequently asked questions.

Tye of hair and products you’ll need for soft locs

  1. 8 packs of 18″ Bobbi boss nu locs or 4 packs of 36″ of Bobbi Boss Nu locs. Alternatively, if you’re on a budget you can use non name brand soft locs like these or these.
  2. Crochet needle.
  3. Rat tail comb.
  4. Shine n jam.
  5. Spring twist hair.
  6. Mousse.

How long do soft locs last?

Soft locs can last for up to 2 months with touch ups in between depending on whether you prefer a neat fresh look, or a natural “aged” look.

What is the difference between soft locs and faux locs?

There’s no difference between soft locs and faux locs. Faux locs is the umbrella term for fake locs and soft locs just like butterfly locs and bohemian distressed locs are a variant of faux locs. Locs that aren’t actual dreadlocks fall under the term faux locs.

What kind of hair do I need for soft locs?

You’ll need 8 packs of Bobbi Boss Nu locs if you get the 18″ ones and you want to extend them or 4 packs of the 36″ Bobbi Boss Nu locs if you want them to be super long. 2 packs of spring twist hair will also be needed for wrapping.

Soft locs tutorial (the knot method)

As mentioned earlier, there are two types of soft locs.

The type that have a knot like appearance at the root of the loc and the knotless soft locs which look more natural.

Start by parting clean, straightened and moisturised hair into individual parts.

PS- The use of shine n jam to sleek down and tame fly aways at the roots of your parted sections is not optional.

Shine n jam is a key ingredient when it comes to achieving extremely neat parted sections.

After applying a generous amount of shine n jam on your parted sections, braid the individual sections into plaits (refer to the picture below).

Natural hair plaits
@braidsbydominique_

You can choose to braid the hair completely or half way through.

You can also choose to do freestyle parts like the ones shown above or box like parts.

You’ll then take your crochet need and loop your loc into the plait.

PS- In this method, only the part of the loc that has an opening is looped in and not the whole loc.

The plait is then inserted into the opening of the loc and pulled through to secure the loc.

After your locs are crocheted in, you’ll wrap spring twist hair around the locs continuously.

The last step will involve laying your baby hairs and applying mousse on your locs.

Fort a detailed visual, refer to the video below.

Soft locs tutorial (knotless method)

The knotless soft locs method as taught by @styledbypk on Instagram is by far the most natural looking type of soft locs there is.

Start by parting clean, straightened and moisturised hair into individual parts.

As always, use shine n jam on your parted sections to get a good grip and to achieve neat sections.

Braid the sections into as many natural hair plaits as you’d like to have.

If you want a fuller look, you’ll need to have a lot of individual parts & plaits.

Take your locs and use a crochet need to loop them in a couple of inches away from the part where the plait starts. This is how you achieve the knotless look.

You’ll then take the spring twist hair and start wrapping it lightly also a couple of inches away from the place where the plaits start around the locs.

This will ensure the soft locs can be styled in different ways as early as day one because they won’t be stiff as is the case with the soft locs that have a knot.

How to extend soft locs

If you opted to buy 8 packs of the 18″ Bobbi Boss Nu locs and you want your locs to be long, you’ll need to extend them.

To extend your soft locs, loop another loc into the bottom of the first loc and the separate the first loc into two at the bottom.

You’ll then braid both locs using the aid of the first loc that you separated into two parts at the bottom until the second loc is braided in securely.

This is a good alternative to using nail glue to secure the original loc and the second loc that you’re using as an extension.

Proceed to laying your edges aka baby hairs using your preferred edge control and applying mousse on your locs.

For a detailed visual for both parts, please refer to the video below.

How to DIY soft locs

If you prefer to DIY your soft locs, refer to the step by step beginner friendly video.

The process is pretty much the same.

Criss cross soft locs tutorial

Just like criss cross braids and criss cross knotless braids, criss cross soft locs are done using criss cross rubber band sections at the front that are then transitioned into locs.

For a detailed visual, refer to the video below.

30 soft locs hairstyles & ideas

Now that you know how to do different types of soft locs, let’s look at 30 soft locs hairstyles you need to try as one of your next protective hairstyles.

1) Freestyle parts soft locs

soft locs hairstyles
@queenofslay_locs

2) Freestyle parts 36 inch soft locs

long small soft locs
@queenofslay_locs

3) Soft locs in a side part

soft locs in a middle part
@touchedbyedwina

5) Soft locs styles in a side part

how to style long soft locs
@tamara_ldn

6) Textured soft locs

how to style soft locs
@_sunshiine

7) 36 inch soft locs

36 inch soft locs
@tamara_ldn

7) Blonde soft locs

blonde soft locs
@hairbyriiane

8) Blonde soft locs in a side part

blonde soft locs, color 613 soft locs
@hairbyriiane

9) Middle part soft locs

long soft locs
@cookiesklosethair

10) Middle part 36 inch soft locs

36 inch soft locs
@locssoflove

11) Long soft locs

36 inch soft locs
@locssoflove

12) Middle part long soft locs

small soft locs
@locsbynk

13) Long black soft locs

black soft locs
@locsbynk

14) Criss cross soft locs

criss cross long soft locs
@_sunshiine

15) 36 inch criss cross soft locs

criss cross 36 inch soft locs
@_sunshiine

16) Brown soft locs

small parts soft locs
@_sunshiine

17) Soft locs in a bun

soft locs in a bun, how to style soft locs
@_sunshiine

18) Thigh length soft locs

long soft locs in a middle part
@_queennyah

19) Knee length soft locs

knee length soft locs
@_queennyah

20) Extra long soft locs

36 inch soft loc, knee length soft locs
@_queennyah

21) Half up half down soft locs

how to style soft locs, soft locs in a high bun
@_queennyah

22) 36 inch soft locs

36 inch black soft locs
@_queennyah

24) Side part soft locs

36 inch soft locs
@_queennyah

24) Half up half down soft locs with a bun

how to style soft locs
@_queennyah

25) Extra long black soft locs

how to style soft locs
@_queennnyah

26) Half up half down soft locs in a high ponytail

how to style soft locs
@_queennyah

28) Top bun soft locs

soft locs in a high bun
@_queennyah

28) Side part textured soft locs

soft locs in a middle part hairstyle
@theplugstyles

29) Textured middle part soft locs

soft locs hairstyles
@theplugstyles

30) Soft locs in a bun

soft locs in a bun
@theplugstyles

Soft locs maintenance tips

  1. Wear a silk bonnet or silk scarf to bed at night.
  2. Wash your hair the same way you would if you didn’t have any locs in if you plan on keeping them in for longer than 4 weeks.
  3. Use a dry shampoo and cotton ball or cloth top clean your scalp if you don’t plan on washing your locs or an apple cider vinegar hair rinse to remove scalp buildup and dandruff.
  4. Apply mousse on your braids to tame flyaways and give them a shine occasionally.

Which one of these soft locs hairstyles will you be trying?

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