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The Easy Way to Take Care of Faux Locs, Butterfly Locs and Crochet Hairstyles

Butterfly Locs

Faux locs and crochet hairstyles are a fuss-free way to protect your hair and still look incredible.

Here’s how to maintain your hairdo and keep it looking fresh.

  • Quick Overview:
  • Maintaining & refreshing Butterfly Locs
  • Can you wash them?
  • Takedown

Maintenance & refreshing Butterfly Locs

Keeping your style well maintained and your scalp healthy is a very important part to having a protective style. Make sure your hair is washed, deep-conditioned and well moisturized before installing the locs.

Check out Naturally Sunny’s video below on maintenance and how to refresh locs at the two-week point.

How To maintain your locs:

  • Keep oil on hand to massage your scalp and make sure it’s clean and moisturized.
  • Use mousse to keep flyaways at bay and to give your Butterfly Locs a “finished” look.
  • You may need to re-wrap a few locs here and there, and use some edge control on new growth.

Read the quick guide we created with industry experts on installing, caring for and taking down protective guide.

Can you wash Butterfly Locs?

The short answer is yes, you can wash Butterfly Locs, but you’re not going to get a “real” wash. If you’ve use the braid-and-wrap method, your own hair is wrapped around the synthetic hair. So you won’t have full access to it.

With the crochet method you have relatively more access to your own hair but still not full access. So most people focus on keeping their scalp clean as you’ll see in the video below. 

Not having full access to your own hair is the #1 reason for not leaving these types of styles in for too long; 4 weeks is a general rule of thumb. 

As oils and product builds up, your hair can unhealthy and dirty. So even though these styles (with proper maintenance) can look great for more than four weeks, the longer you go without washing your hair, the more you’re putting the health of your scalp and hair at risk. Trust me!

The Takedown

As mentioned, as general rule of thumb, we suggest only keeping in protective styles for four weeks, especially if you won’t be washing you the style while it’s in.
When it comes to taking down your Butterfly Locs, patience is key.

Give yourself enough time to take down your locs, as you usually first have to unravel them and then unbraid the braids underneath.

Have some oil and a spray bottle ready to loosen any build up and take breaks if you feel yourself getting tired or frustrated. You’ll need to cut the end of the loc, unravel the hair, and slip it out of the base of the braid.

Also, Adanna Madueke has another easy way to remove the locs, if your braids are small enough.

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Want more information on Butterfly Locs?
Here’s a great video by Vlogger Nisha Eberhard.

If you’re thinking about getting Butterfly Locs or doing them yourself make sure you watch the videos we’ve included. Have all of your supplies ready and a great show to binge watch.

Good luck and let us know how they turned out, tag us on Instagram!

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