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How to Take Faux Locs Out

Hey there! So you've been rocking those fabulous faux locs for a while now, but it's time to take them out. Don't worry, I've got you covered.

In this article, I'm going to share with you my step-by-step process for removing faux locs. From gathering the necessary tools to washing and conditioning your hair afterwards, I'll guide you through every little detail.

So, get ready to say goodbye to your faux locs and hello to a fresh new hairstyle!

Key Takeaways

  • Gather the necessary tools such as sharp scissors, rat-tail comb, spray bottle, and conditioner for easy removal of faux locs.
  • Prep your faux locs by cutting or unraveling them safely, applying moisturizing oil or spray, and gently separating the locs to prevent breakage or hair loss.
  • Untangle and loosen the locs using a lubricating agent like conditioner or oil, working through knots with fingers or a wide-toothed comb, and carefully unraveling loc extensions to avoid breakage.
  • Detangle without damage by starting at the ends and working towards the roots, using conditioner or oil to lubricate and smooth out tangles, taking breaks if needed, and handling the hair with care to prevent unnecessary damage.

Gathering the Necessary Tools

Now, you're going to need a few tools to start taking those faux locs out. Trust me, I've been there before, and having the right tools can make the process so much easier. So, let's get started!

First and foremost, you'll need a good pair of scissors. Make sure they're sharp and have a pointed tip. This will allow you to carefully cut the locs without damaging your own hair. I recommend using small, sharp scissors as they provide better control and precision.

Next, you'll need a rat-tail comb. This handy tool will help you section off your hair and locate the base of each faux loc. It's important to be gentle while using the comb to avoid any unnecessary breakage or tangles.

A spray bottle filled with water or a detangling solution is also essential. Spraying the locs with water or a detangler will help loosen them up and make the removal process much smoother. This step is especially important if your faux locs were installed using a locking gel or wax, as it will help dissolve the product.

Lastly, don't forget to have some conditioner on hand. After removing the faux locs, your hair may feel dry or tangled. Applying a generous amount of conditioner will help restore moisture and make detangling easier.

Prepping Your Faux Locs for Removal

Before starting the removal process, make sure you have properly prepped your faux locs. This step is crucial in ensuring a smooth and seamless removal experience.

To prep your faux locs, you will need a few tools and products. First, gather a pair of sharp scissors or a crochet hook. These will help you safely cut or unravel the locs. Next, grab a moisturizing oil or spray to help loosen the locs and reduce any potential damage to your natural hair. I recommend using a lightweight oil like coconut or argan oil to avoid weighing down your locs.

To begin, gently spray or apply the oil to your faux locs, focusing on the roots and any areas that feel particularly tight or difficult to remove. This will help lubricate the hair and make it easier to unravel or cut.

Once you've applied the oil, take your time to carefully separate the locs. Start at the roots and work your way down, using your fingers or a crochet hook to gently loosen any knots or tangles. Remember to be gentle to avoid causing unnecessary damage to your hair.

If you come across any stubborn knots or tangles, don't force them. Instead, apply a bit more oil and gently work through the knot with your fingers or a crochet hook. Patience is key here, as rushing through the process can lead to breakage or unnecessary hair loss.

Once you've successfully separated all the locs, you can proceed with the removal process. By properly prepping your faux locs, you'll ensure a smooth and painless removal experience, allowing you to transition effortlessly to your next hairstyle.

Untangling and Loosening the Locs

When it comes to untangling and loosening locs, it's important to approach the process with care to avoid damage.

Detangling without causing harm to the hair is possible by using a lubricating agent, such as conditioner or oil, and gently working through the knots with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.

For those with tight locs, loosening them can be achieved by using a moisturizing spray or applying heat to soften the hair before carefully separating the individual locs.

Additionally, removing loc extensions requires patience and precision, as you'll need to carefully unravel each extension without causing any breakage or damage to your natural hair.

Detangling Without Damage

To prevent damage, gently work through the tangled faux locs using a wide-tooth comb or your fingers. Start by separating the locs and identifying the tangled sections. Take your time and be patient, as rushing may lead to breakage or discomfort.

Begin at the ends of the locs and work your way up towards the roots. Use your fingers or the wide-tooth comb to gently loosen any knots or tangles. If you encounter a stubborn tangle, avoid pulling or yanking on the hair. Instead, use a small amount of conditioner or oil to lubricate the area and help smooth out the tangle.

Take breaks if needed, and remember to handle your hair with care to prevent any unnecessary damage.

Loosening Tight Locs

If you're experiencing tightness in your locs, try using a small amount of oil or conditioner to gently loosen them. This can help to make the removal process easier and less painful. When applying the oil or conditioner, be sure to focus on the roots where the tightness is most likely to occur. Massage the product into your scalp and down the length of your locs, allowing it to penetrate and soften the hair. After letting it sit for a few minutes, use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to gently separate the locs and loosen any tight spots. Be careful not to pull or tug too hard, as this can cause breakage or damage. Remember to be patient and take your time, as rushing the process can lead to more problems.

Here's a table to help you understand the steps better:

Steps to Loosen Tight Locs
1. Apply a small amount of oil or conditioner to the roots and length of the locs.
2. Massage the product into the scalp and down the locs, allowing it to penetrate and soften the hair.
3. Let the product sit for a few minutes to work its magic.
4. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to gently separate and loosen the locs.
5. Be patient and take your time, avoiding pulling or tugging too hard.

Removing Loc Extensions

Now that we've discussed how to loosen tight locs, let's move on to the next step: removing loc extensions. This process requires patience and care to avoid damaging your natural hair.

To begin, gather the necessary tools: a rat-tail comb, hair clips, and a good quality oil or conditioner.

Start by gently unraveling the locs from the ends, working your way up towards the roots. If you encounter any knots or tangles, apply a generous amount of oil or conditioner and use the rat-tail comb to carefully detangle.

Once all the locs have been unraveled, gently slide them off your natural hair, taking care not to pull or tug.

Removing the Braiding Hair

When it comes to removing braiding hair, it's important to handle your hair with care. Gentle detangling is crucial to prevent any unnecessary breakage or damage.

Properly unraveling the braids can also help minimize tangles and knots.

After removing the braiding hair, moisturizing your hair is essential to restore and nourish it.

Gentle Hair Detangling

To gently detangle your hair, start by applying a leave-in conditioner and using a wide-tooth comb to work through any knots or tangles. This will help minimize breakage and make the detangling process easier. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you achieve smooth and tangle-free hair:

Step Instructions
Step 1 Apply a generous amount of leave-in conditioner to your hair, focusing on the tangled areas.
Step 2 Allow the conditioner to sit for a few minutes to soften the tangles.
Step 3 Starting from the ends, gently comb through your hair using a wide-tooth comb.
Step 4 Work your way up towards the roots, taking your time to detangle each section.
Step 5 Once all the knots are removed, rinse out the conditioner and proceed with your regular haircare routine.

Remember to be gentle and patient when detangling to avoid causing any damage to your hair.

Proper Braid Unraveling

If you've braided your hair, gently unravel the braids starting from the bottom to avoid causing any damage or breakage. Taking out braids, especially faux locs, requires patience and care to ensure the health of your hair.

Here's how to properly unravel your braids:

  • Start at the bottom: Begin by carefully undoing the bottom knot or rubber band that holds the braid together. This will prevent any unnecessary tugging or pulling on your hair.

  • Use your fingertips: Instead of using tools like combs or brushes, use your fingertips to gently separate the strands. This minimizes the risk of breakage and hair loss.

  • Apply conditioner: As you unravel each braid, apply a small amount of conditioner to help soften and detangle your hair. This will make the process smoother and less painful.

Moisturizing Hair Afterwards

After properly unraveling the braids of my faux locs, the next step is to moisturize my hair. This is an important step to prevent any damage or dryness that may have been caused by the removal process. I make sure to use a hydrating conditioner that is specifically designed for natural hair. I gently massage the conditioner into my scalp and hair, focusing on the ends to provide extra moisture. To enhance the hydration, I cover my hair with a plastic cap and leave the conditioner on for about 20 minutes. Once the time is up, I rinse out the conditioner thoroughly with lukewarm water. This step helps to replenish and nourish my hair, leaving it soft, manageable, and ready for the next hairstyle adventure.

Moisturizing Hair Afterwards
1. Unravel the braids of the faux locs.
2. Choose a hydrating conditioner for natural hair.
3. Gently massage the conditioner into the scalp and hair.
4. Focus on the ends for extra moisture.
5. Cover hair with a plastic cap and leave on for 20 minutes.
6. Rinse out the conditioner thoroughly with lukewarm water.
7. Replenish and nourish the hair, leaving it soft and manageable.

Detangling Your Natural Hair

Start by gently combing through your natural hair with a wide-toothed comb to detangle any knots or tangles. This step is crucial in preparing your hair for the faux locs removal process. Take your time and be patient, as rushing through this step can lead to unnecessary hair breakage or damage.

Here are a few tips to help you detangle your natural hair effectively:

  • Start from the ends: Begin combing from the ends of your hair, gradually working your way up to the roots. This approach prevents further tangling and minimizes pain or discomfort.

  • Use a detangling spray or conditioner: Apply a detangling spray or conditioner to your hair before combing. This will help to soften and moisturize your hair, making the detangling process easier and less painful.

  • Divide your hair into sections: Divide your hair into manageable sections using hair clips or hair ties. This technique prevents overwhelming yourself with a large amount of hair and allows for a more systematic approach to detangling.

Remember, detangling your natural hair requires patience and care. Take breaks if needed and be gentle with your hair to avoid unnecessary breakage or damage. Once your natural hair is detangled, you can proceed with the next steps in the faux locs removal process.

Taking the time to properly detangle your natural hair before removing faux locs will ensure a smoother and less damaging experience. So, grab your wide-toothed comb, follow these tips, and prepare your hair for a stress-free removal process.

Washing and Conditioning Your Hair

Remember to gently wash and condition your hair to keep it healthy and moisturized during the removal process. Taking care of your hair is essential, especially when removing faux locs. Washing and conditioning your hair properly will help prevent damage and breakage, ensuring that your natural hair stays strong and beautiful.

Start by wetting your hair thoroughly with warm water. This will help open up the hair cuticles, allowing the shampoo and conditioner to penetrate deeply. Choose a sulfate-free shampoo that is gentle on your hair and scalp. Apply a small amount to your scalp and massage it in, working it through the length of your hair. Rinse thoroughly and repeat if necessary.

Next, it's time to condition your hair. Choose a moisturizing conditioner that is suitable for your hair type. Apply a generous amount from the roots to the ends, focusing on the ends as they tend to be drier. Use your fingers or a wide-toothed comb to detangle any knots or tangles.

Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes to allow it to deeply nourish your hair. You can use this time to gently massage your scalp to promote blood circulation and stimulate hair growth. Afterward, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water to seal the cuticles and retain moisture.

Once you have washed and conditioned your hair, gently squeeze out any excess water using a microfiber towel or an old t-shirt. Avoid rubbing your hair vigorously, as this can cause frizz and breakage. Lastly, apply a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to lock in moisture and protect your hair.

Treating Your Scalp After Removal

Make sure to give your scalp some extra care and attention after removing your faux locs. Your scalp may be sensitive and in need of some soothing and nourishing treatments. Here are some tips to help you treat your scalp after removal:

  • Gentle Cleansing: Start by gently cleansing your scalp with a mild shampoo. Use your fingertips to massage the shampoo into your scalp to remove any residue left behind by the faux locs. Rinse thoroughly to ensure all the shampoo is washed out.

  • Scalp Massage: After cleansing, treat yourself to a relaxing scalp massage. This will help improve blood circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth. Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes. You can also use a scalp oil or serum to enhance the massage and provide extra nourishment.

  • Hydration: Your scalp may feel dry and in need of hydration after being covered by faux locs. Apply a deep conditioning treatment or a hair mask specifically formulated for the scalp. Leave it on for the recommended time and rinse thoroughly. This will help restore moisture and provide nutrients to your scalp.

Taking proper care of your scalp after removing your faux locs is essential for maintaining a healthy scalp and promoting hair growth. Remember to be gentle and avoid any harsh or aggressive treatments that can further irritate your scalp. Listen to your scalp's needs and give it the attention it deserves.

Styling Options Post Faux Locs

After taking out your faux locs, it's time to embrace the versatility of your natural hair and explore different styling options. One of my favorite post-faux locs styles is a twist-out.

This involves sectioning your hair, applying a moisturizing leave-in conditioner, and twisting each section tightly. Let the twists dry overnight or use a diffuser to speed up the process. Once the twists are completely dry, unravel them gently to reveal beautiful, defined curls.

If you prefer a sleek look, you can opt for a low bun or a high ponytail. Simply gather your hair at the nape of your neck or on top of your head, secure it with an elastic band, and smooth down any flyaways with a little bit of edge control gel. This style is perfect for a professional setting or a formal event.

For those who love braids, you can try a braided updo. Part your hair into four sections and braid each section. Then, twist the braids into a bun or an intricate updo. This style is elegant and will keep your hair protected while giving you a chic look.

If you want to showcase your natural curls, a wash-and-go style is the way to go. Start by washing and conditioning your hair, then apply a curl-enhancing product and let your hair air dry. This style allows your curls to be free and gives you a carefree, effortless look.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does It Typically Take to Remove Faux Locs?

It typically takes me a couple of hours to remove faux locs. I start by carefully unraveling each loc, making sure not to damage my hair. It's a meticulous process, but worth it in the end.

Can I Reuse the Braiding Hair After Removing Faux Locs?

Yes, you can reuse the braiding hair after removing faux locs. Simply unravel the locs carefully, detangle the hair, and store it properly. A little TLC will have it looking good as new for your next style.

Will Removing Faux Locs Damage My Natural Hair?

Removing faux locs can potentially damage natural hair if not done properly. It's important to be gentle and take your time, using a moisturizing oil or conditioner to help loosen the locs and minimize breakage.

Should I Trim My Ends After Removing Faux Locs?

Should I trim my ends after removing faux locs? Yes, it's essential to trim your ends to get rid of any damage or split ends caused by the faux locs. This will promote healthy hair growth.

How Often Should I Wash and Condition My Natural Hair After Removing Faux Locs?

After removing faux locs, it's important to wash and condition your natural hair regularly. I recommend washing every 1-2 weeks and deep conditioning once a week to keep your hair healthy and moisturized.


In conclusion, taking out faux locs may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, it can be a breeze. Just like unraveling a beautiful tapestry, you carefully untangle and loosen each loc, revealing your natural hair underneath.

It's like unwrapping a gift, revealing a new chapter in your hair journey. Remember to treat your scalp with love and care, and explore the endless styling options that await you.

Embrace the freedom and versatility that comes with taking out your faux locs, and let your hair truly shine.


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