For the past two years I wanted to do dreadlocks but I had commitment issues. I’m one of those people who are lazy to do my hair but once it’s in a protective style, I crave putting my hands through it and actually styling it, crazy much? Anyway, this post is long overdue as this was my protective style for December 2016, faux locs that is, but I’m doing this post because I’ve received so many inbox/direct messages about what it entails, where I’ve done it etc. so I figured this is the easiest way to answer those questions.
I’ve observed the trend of faux locs long before your Rihanna’s, Tyra’s and Meagan Good’s began rocking it. Problem is, there wasn’t a lot of places that did it in Johannesburg and those that did, were exorbitantly priced. Think R3000 without the hair, seriously. As a 9-5 working individual with rent and food to consider as well as a mom that was due to move in with me, that wasn’t in my budget, at all. I started exploring cheaper alternatives and got the details from a lady from Yolenda over at Yolz Channel. We started chatting on Whatsapp and discussed prices, which increased a few weeks later as the popularity of the style did but it was still way more affordable than other places. She resides in Alex but there was an option for her to travel to me, which in turn wasn’t an option for me as I don’t like people in my space, especially strangers.
This was my 3rd protective style since being in Johannesburg as I’ve never done anything like this in Cape Town, ever. I always tend to do these things shortly before I’m due to take a bus trip to either Oudtshoorn or Cape Town, which results in loss of sleep and this time was no different. I went to Alex the day before I was scheduled to go to Cape Town and boy oh boy do I regret it. Before we get to that, let me take you through mine and Tumi’s (that’s her name) process. I wore my afro the entire week but decided to wash and stretch my hair with a bit of heat to make it easier for her, which was a wise decision. I’ve arrived there around 10, got lost for a bit but eventually found her and we got started immediately. First off, she did my hair in single plaits, which was really cool and I wanted to leave it like that, which I neglected to do when I removed the locs. I’m tender-headed, such a baby, and the one thing no one tells you, is how much this hurts. Man! I was ready to give up before we were even halfway! She took a picture from the back to show me how awesome it looks and that convinced me to stick around else I would’ve been out of there.
Let me tell you this, Tumi is one of the most patient people I’ve met in a while and that just adds to her awesomeness. We took a few breaks as I was almost in tears halfway and she consoled me by putting on some cartoons for me, don’t judge me. Funny enough, I found loads of videos on how to hack this faux locs installation thing that makes it painless, I’ll upload one for you on this post but it just shows you how important research is before going ahead with the actual deed. Anyway, we finished, somehow and I couldn’t move my head nor crack a smile! I was grateful to Tumi though and I promised her that I will share her number with every natural-haired sister that would love to install faux locs and I did just that. She makes her own wigs as well, which I find pretty awesome as I love wigs in winter as a protective style (yes it is a protective style if your hair is in plaits underneath, don’t judge.) Got home and I couldn’t sleep,seriously. I mean, the locs look fabulous but the pain! Dude I have migraines, daily and I think that aggravated it to the max! After 5 or 7 Adcodol tablets, I stopped counting after 3, I was finally able to get some rest.
Throw in a 15+ hour bus drive to Cape Town and you can imagine how I felt in the end. I couldn’t sleep on the bus and I didn’t dare take more medication as I already took too much the previous night. Good news, it gets better after the second day and the compliments and stares won’t stop. I got off the bus, in dire need of a shower and sleep and was stopped by several ladies asking me for the details of my hair stylist. The look of defeat on their faces when I told them she’s in Johannesburg was heartbreaking but the ladies in Cape Town managed to find some places to do it or attempted DIY’s. Overall it’s one of those styles that suits everyone, which is rare and it’s definitely worth the pain and money spend. I paid R650 which included the hair and installation and it was an absolute bargain. I doubt the price is still the same but you can check with Tumi via Whatsapp at 0786513647.
It’s advised to wear a satin scarf at night, oh it’s not as heavy as it may seem. I went swimming, well I was halfway into the way and ensured the hair didn’t get wet. Washing happens as you usually do when wearing braids, no rocket science there. Some people reuse their locs after removing it, I considered that but my mom threw mine away so no luck there.
This is the video I was referring to earlier in my post:
Hope this post was useful xoxo