It’s the latest protective style to sweep the internet, and to say we’re little obsessed with this one is an understatement. These fiercely ontrend locs not only look authentic but are commitment-free.
Arguably from afar they look like traditional locs and on closer inspection they could pass for Senegalese or Marley twists. So, what sets them apart? “The unique feature to invisible locs are the bulky knot ends,” explains Anastasia Chikezie, Purely Natural Salon owner. “From a far it looks like typical locs but when you get closer it resembles Senegalese or Marley twists. It’s the type of hairstyle we like to call the best of both worlds.”
The difference between faux and invisible locs
While faux locs and invisible locs are both protective hairstyles inspired by the look of real locs, there are some key differences. “Faux locs are usually installed by braiding down the natural hair – this can be single or box braids – and taking synthetic hair and wrapping it firmly around plait. This base provides stability and structure for the extensions,” explains Chikezie. Invisible locs are a variation in the faux loc family, and as the name suggests, appear more discreet at the root. “The goal of invisible locs is to mimic the appearance of naturally formed and matured dreadlocks, which tend to be thinner and less uniform – hence the bumpy effect,” says Chikezie.
Ultimately bulk hair gives you control on the desired finish and the colour ratio you want your locs to have. It can have a weighty feel, so do be mindful when installing.
Sensationnel Soft n’ Silky Afro Twist Braid in length 20 inches, £5.99
Shop loc care
Yes, invisible locs require maintenance so pay attention to keeping the base clean and freshly groomed. Use a selection of stylers to nourish and add a sleek shine.
Feature image: Model is wearing Urban River Locs in colour 27 length 18 inches.