YOUR GUIDE TO APPLYING AND CARING FOR YOUR BOHO LOCS
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, BOHO MERMAID and SIREN SILK crochet locs and to keep your own hair moisturised and healthy as you use the locs as a protective style.” - Lulu Pierre,CEO and 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 to seal in as much moisture as possible.
L.O.C stands for Liquid, Oil, Cream.
After washing and deep conditioning your hair we recommend using first a water based leave inconditioner/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 favourite 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 (optional) 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 individual faux loc 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 want to, we got you! You can wash them weekly, bi weekly or monthly! We don’t recommend daily washing as that will affect the quality and longevity.
TO WASH YOUR BOHO GODDESS LOCS (For MERMAID LOCS please also see the additional notes below)
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. You can then follow up with some conditioner on the roots which you can also rinse out under cool water.
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 may 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.
WASHING MERMAID LOCS
Mermaid locs are made with a combination of locs and wavy hair and they do act differently than just locs.
It is possible to wash the mermaid locs although we don’t recommend more than once a week.
If you wash your mermaid locs you will start the process by wetting the wavy strands independently of the locs, use a spray bottle to do this. You will then want to coat the wavy strands with a generous amount of any cheapie conditioner. You can then follow the steps above and wash them in the same way you would Boho Goddess
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)
SIREN SILK LOCs - Put the hair in a very loose ponytail and tie with a silk scarf.
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 restricting the amount that you wash the hair. After washing where possible let the hair to dry in 3 – 4 plaits. Avoid 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 it’s 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
Our bobs are around 12” -14” in length. We recommend installing the shorter hair at the back of your head and the longer at the front.
I had so much filming this one....spot and all!!
HOW TO DOUBLE WRAP YOUR LOCS
This is a great way to secure your individuals in the front hairline! Our Locs aren’t designed to be worn as individual crochet, so this method really holds those individuals in place!
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 DO THE PULL THROUGH METHOD
This method is an alternative if you do not wish to double wrap your hair, all you need is:- An extra small crochet needle
You can see how to do it below. But any questions then please feel free to email me on email@example.com at any time.
HOW TO LAYER YOUR LOCS
So prior to the release of the layered packs I would manually cut and layer my locs which you can see in the video below!
Layers are currently available in Bronde, Midnight, Chocolate, Bey-Blonde, Bronde, Brauburn, Bey-Blonde/Bronde, Choc/Bronde and some of the beach locs.
We recommend that you buy the layers where possible, but if they are not yet available in your color then please follow the instructions in the in-depth tutorial guide below.
HOW TO INSTALL YOUR LAYERS
This year we introduced Boho Layers in our most popular colors.
They are an optional additional extra for our Bronde, Midnight, Chocolate, Bey-Blonde, Bronde, Brauburn, Bey-Blonde/Bronde, Choc/Bronde, Lit and all of our long Beach Locs.
Check out this tutorial video below where I install our new Bronde layers.
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
In the below vid I’m doing a full install of some Bronde Mermaid Locs, and this is the method we recommend!
In the below video I’m JUST installing the mermaid hair to my Locs, we recommend this method when you have already installed your locs but want to switch it up and try mermaid!
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 KEEP YOUR MERMAID LOCS TANGLE FREE
HOW TO KEEP YOUR MERMAID LOCS TANGLE FREE
Ok I’m going to keep this short as I’m going to film a tutorial on this shortly but I have figured out the way to keep your mermaid locs soft, wavy and most importantly tangle free baby.
Here are the steps you need to follow to maintain your locs:
1- When installing use a MAX of 10 wavy strands per install and LESS if this is your first time!
2 - Install the wavy strands towards the top of your hair, in your parting and hairline. Don’t install any at the back!
3 - When they are installed follow this process to keep them looking fresh!4 - Wet each mermaid strand thoroughly.
5 - Then coat each strand with a dime size amount of any cheap hair conditioner, anything with silicones is great!
6 - The follow that up with a dime size amount of any strong hold gel and follow with a creamy leave-in.
7 - Work that into the hair and let the hair dry and VIOLA! You will have soft, carefree and tangle free mermaid locs!
8 - Be sure to do this in the morning to allow the hair to dry throughout the day. Don’t do this right before you go to bed!
Also be sure to follow our other tips and sleep with the locs tied up or in a low ponytail.
HOW TO INSTALL SIREN SILK LOCS
HOW TO INSTALL SIREN SILK LOCS ON LONG HAIR
HOW TO CARE FOR SIREN SILK LOCS
HOW TO WASH YOUR SIREN SILK LOCS
HOW TO STYLE YOUR SIREN SILK LOCS
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
HOW TO REMOVE YOUR LOCS FROM THE PULL THROUGH METHOD
This video shows you now to remove your hair from the Pull Through Method without damaging the locs: