YOUR GUIDE TO APPLYING AND CARING FOR YOUR BOHO LOCS
Either you’ve just received your locs or you’re clicking refresh on the tracking page and counting the hours til you’re looking fierce! Either way, you’re in the right place. This page has everything you need to apply and take care of your locs properly!
It is absolutely critical that you read this til the very end. For reals. Your beautiful mane will thank you. Here we go!
THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO ROCKING YOUR INCREDIBLE BOHO LOCS
“Our synthetic extensions are a great investment that should be treated with the utmost care! The better they are maintained, the better they will look! You can follow the instructions in this guide to maintain your BOHO GODDESS and MERMAID crochet locs and to keep your own hair moisturized and healthy as you use the locs as a protective style.” - Lulu Pierre, Founder
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HAIR BEFORE YOU INSTALL YOUR BOHO LOCS
Keeping your hair moisturised under your extensions is essential!
Healthy hair is moisturised hair so we must ensure that the hair underneath is getting as much moisture as it can!
Prior to installing your extensions we recommend that you use the L.O.C method on your natural hair.
L.O.C stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream.
So after washing and deep conditioning your hair we recommend using first a water based moisturiser (with water listed as the first ingredient) then following that with a natural oil of your choice (Olive, coconut, jojoba etc) and then following that up with a cream based leave in or natural hair butter.
Doing this before you apply your locs serves as a great foundation for keeping your hair moisturised throughout your install.
Are you a visual learner, like me? Need some additional guidance? Watch the video below where I go through this step by step:
HOW TO DO YOUR CORNROWS FOR YOUR BASE FOR YOUR LOCS
Here’s another video for your viewing pleasure, to make sure you get it all right the first time.
DAILY MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR NATURAL HAIR UNDER YOUR LOCS
WHAT TO DO ON THE DAILY
Daily moisture is important while your locs are in. Daily moisture is great for the hair and scalp and will keep your hair healthy.
We recommend moisturising everyday with a natural water based moisturizer, because that way you can use it on your natural hair roots and scalp safely.
We recommend making your own mix containing: 2/3 distilled water, 1/3 Aloe Vera juice
* You can also add a squeeze of your favorite natural leave-in conditioner to make the mix extra moisturizing and fabulous (totally optional).
Mix this together in a spray bottle, and mist all over your scalp and roots. You will likely have put these locs in using the crochet method with a corn-row base so feel free to spray as much of the corn-rows as you can with this mixture!
If you don't want to make a mix you can also use your favourite moisturiser or water based leave in spray to do the job!
Do this daily or every other day, you don’t want the hair to feel wet after doing this, but you do want it to feel slightly damp.
You can then follow up with a natural oil on your scalp (recommended) and you can also use a natural oil in the ends of the extensions to add sheen if so required.
Feeling a little lost? Never fear! I’ve also put this all in a video which you can see below! I was wearing individuals extensions in this video but the logic still applies to the crochet locs.
CHECK OUT OUR VIDEO BELOW ON HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR LOCS!!!
It's not necessary to wash your locs. How awesome is that?!
However if you absolutely feel you need to, then we recommend that you wash your extensions a maximum of once every two weeks to avoid product build up. But be careful with this, regular washing will affect the quality and longevity.
Not gonna lie, I do moisturize my natural hair on the daily but I don't actually wash my locs at all while they are installed. But for those of you who want to wash them, here’s how you make it happen.
To wash (For MERMAID LOCS please also see the additional notes)
1) We recommend getting a nozzle top applicator bottle to wash the hair with. In the bottle you mix lukewarm water and a small squeeze of shampoo, and then shake the bottle to mix the shampoo and water.
2) Then go through your hair and apply the shampoo mix directly to your scalp and rub in gently to remove any debris.
3) We then recommend heading under the shower to rinse the shampoo out on a cool setting. You don’t want the water to be hot because this may change the curl and wave pattern that is in the hair.
4) Then you want to blot and towel dry the hair.
5) Then you can apply a little bit of leave in to the length and oil to the ends of the extensions for sheen and let them air dry.
NOTE: The wave pattern in the hair will decrease slightly when the hair is washed, to maintain the wave we recommend putting the hair in 3 – 4 large plaits and allow it to air dry.
Additional notes for MERMAID LOCS
Mermaid locs are made with a combination of locs and wavy hair and they do act differently than just locs.
Again we don't recommend washing the locs, but if you do want to wash them I recommend following the above but washing the hair in 4 loose plaits. This will help the wavy hair from matting too much.
Also be sure to use a super cool/cold water temperature when washing!
DO NOT towel dry this hair roughly or in circular motions as you will cause the wavy hair to matt. Blot it dry keeping it smooth and allow it to air dry naturally.
BOHO GODDESS - Put the hair in a loose pony hair or loose high bun to sleep.
MERMAID LOCS - Put the hair in a very loose braided ponytail with a cotton band at the end or a loose ponytail with a silk scarf. (Mermaid loc after care video below)
Silk pillow cases are everythaaaang! Invest in one if you haven’t got one already.
GENERAL TIPS and FAQs
> It is normal with synthetic extensions to experience some matting, tangling and shedding as wear increases and after the extensions have been washed.
> It is normal for synthetic hair to sometimes appear dry, to minimize this please follow our daily moisturizing tip and follow with a natural oil or oil sheen spray of your choice.
> The wave pattern in the hair is not completely permanent. You may find after some wear that the curls drop slightly and after washing they drop more. To maintain the curl we recommend firstly not washing the hair, but if you do then be sure to let the hair to dry in 3 – 4 plaits after washing and avoiding washing the hair in hot water, luke warm is fine, but hot should be avoided.
> This hair can last 8 – 12 weeks. It’s not recommended to re-use the hair but if at the time of removal you notice that its still in a good condition then go ahead and re-use it! Most clients do reuse some of their locs!
> We don’t recommend that you colour the extensions!
HOW TO APPLY YOUR BOHO GODDESS LOCS!!!
NOTE! I recommend doing 8 cornrows as the base for this style and I recommend only doing individual crochet in the front hairline and not the parting. Video update coming soon!!!!
If you choose to do individual crochet in the front of your locs then we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you do the double wrapping technique (vid below) to ensure the locs stay in place!
HOW TO APPLY BOHO BOB LOCS
One of the newest additions to our crochet loc collection!!!! Below is how you apply your boho BOB locs!!!
I had so much filming this one....spot and all!!
HOW TO DOUBLE WRAP YOUR LOCS
All you need to do this are:
A few spare locs or some marley hair in the same colour as your locs
> Nail glue
> Scissors and your crochet needle
You can see how to do it below. But any questions then please feel free to email me at any time.
IMPORTANT NOTE!!!! Make sure when applying the glue that you do is PAST your natural hair!
HOW TO LAYER YOUR LOCS
So some of you may have noticed I've been all about layering my locs lately. I love the way it frames my face.
If you want to layer your locs then you can check out this in depth tutorial video below.
HOW TO STRETCH YOUR LOCS
Another thing I have been doing to my locs of late is stretching them out... I do LOVE the curl of how the locs come, but I also like the stretched out look....
I've got it in my head that stretched out, the locs look more like 'beach' hair, even though I live in London and we have no beaches here!
The BOHO STRETCH elongates your locs, adds weight and movement to the hair and makes the hair more wavy and less curly
HOW TO APPLY YOUR MERMAID LOCS
I recommend doing 8 cornrows as the base for the extensions!
I RECOMMEND THAT YOU DOULE WRAP THE INDIVIDUALS IN THE HAIRLINE TO KEEP YOUR HAIR INSIDE THE LOCS. Please see the video higher up on the page for how to do this in detail.
For the spacing when apply the mermaid locs and waves I normally do them about 1" apart at the back, but when I reach the crown I will do them about 1cm - 1.5cm apart!
ALSO - I didn't use a full kit in this video. I used around 70 extensions and only about 1/3 of the wavy hair pack. So I would recommend that you only use more if you want a fuller look!!!
HOW TO APPLY YOUR BOB MERMAID LOCS
HOW TO MAINTAIN YOUR MERMAID LOCS
I got you.... full details of how to care for your MERMAID LOCS in the below video:
HOW TO DECORATE YOUR LOCS
Just my take on how I decorate my locs using the jewel kit provided! You feel free to get creative!! but check out the video below if you need inspiration!
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR BOHO LOCS
Whether you want to reuse them or just take them out the vid below covers:
> How to remove double wrapped locs
> How to remove locs to re-use them
> How to cut the locs out
If you have questions on ANYTHING then feel free to email me back and I'll come back to you as soon as I can.
Many thanks and I'll be in touch with new videos as and when I upload them!!!
P.S. if there is a video you would like me to make then please let me know!!! Just email me and let me know!