40 Fabulous Funky Ways to Pull Off Faux Locs

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Faux locs are versatile, fun, and generally fabulous, plus, just about anyone can wear them – that’s why faux is really kind of fantastic. Dreads have a long, rich history, and the culture attached to them is beautiful. Fake locs allow practically everyone to experiment with dreadlocks and braids of all different styles, textures, lengths, and colors.

Faux Locs Ideas

There are so many variations – you could wear your hair differently every day for a year, but you should start with these sizzling inspos and see where they may take you – they make a stellar introduction to the world of fake dreads.

#1: Dreads with a Curl

This is one of our favorite loc hairstyles, no question. The curls at the ends of the dreadlock braids are gorgeous, perfectly formed spirals! Anybody else has hair envy?

#2: Side Swept Locs with Beads

You can spice up your faux dreads with all kinds of adornments and accessories. You can go all out or keep it subtle, like in this example. Although this gorgeous girl has only a few golden beads in her dreadlocks, they’re perfectly placed to highlight her features.

#3: Burgundy Half Up Half Down Style

Colorful faux dreads call attention not just to your hair, but also to the way you style it. This is a savagely stunning shade – somewhere between cherry red and magenta. The entire look is basically the definition of #HairGoals.

#4: Dreadlock Braids with Side Undercut

Get creative and expressive with your loc extensions! The combination of an undercut and long dreads is on-point, not to mention that a cut and style like these ooze confidence and individuality.

#5: Casual Crochet Dreads

Loc styles are as versatile as they come. A casual side swept ‘do is an ideal day-to-day option. It’s quick to do with effortlessly elegant results, plus, it works for any loc-length.

#6: Half Up Topknot with Beads

A gorgeous way to wear your colored locs is in a half up topknot. The high bun creates flattering elevation above your forehead while letting the rest of your bright red hair flow down your back. A few scattered golden beads to accessorize are the cherry on top.

Burgundy Faux Locs With Beads

Instagram / @kersti.pitre

#7: Curly Yarn Locs Bun

Talk about hair that makes a statement! There are so many great updos to play around with faux locs, like gathering them up into a large bun, for example. Make sure to smooth and shape your baby hairs beautifully to show off the best of the ‘do.

Updo For Curly Faux Locs

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#8: Side Part Locs with Beads

With hair that’s so well done, sometimes the best thing you can do is let it loose and free. Cut down on hairstyling time and let your locs speak for themselves.

Long Side-Parted Faux Locs

Instagram / @anthonycuts

#9: Locs with Turquoise Highlights

Have fun by incorporating some vibrant hues, like turquoise, here and there. This is a very low maintenance style and your hair will always look done.

Layered Faux Locs With Highlights

Instagram / @hairbeenatural

#10: Big S Curls

Faux locs hairstyles like bouncy crochet curls are perfect for the summertime, since they’re so lightweight! This flirty choice is fantastic for long hair looks with your hair down, but you can certainly throw them up into a quick updo when it’s too hot.

Thin Curly Faux Locs

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#11: Long Straight Layered Locs

One of the most popular ways to style locs is leaving them straight and long. Beads or other accessories aren’t always needed, keep it simple. The side part gives loads of fierceness.

Side Parted Straight Faux Locs

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#12: Locs with Curly Tips

How breathtaking are these crochet babies? You get the best of both worlds with these locs— the drama of long straight hair, and the sweetness with their curly tips! This combination also gives lots of styling versatility.

Faux Locs With Undone Ends

Instagram / @idlelocs

#13: Goddess Locs

Let your inner goddess glow! If you want to grow out your natural hair, getting faux locks installed is a protective measure to stay away from damage and encourage the growth.

Half Up Bun For Long Faux Locs

Instagram / @celebutonhair

#14: Locs with Grey Highlights

If your style is more hipster and vintage-inspired, complement your fashion choices with a shaved side and grey locs. Bold hues aren’t the only way to get attention. The grey color trend is here to stay, and it will definitely take your aesthetic to the next level.

Black And Gray Faux Locs With Side Shave

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#15: Brightly Colored Locs

Highlights aren’t your thing but you still want your hair to be a lively hue? Dark blue works great for many skin tones. Keep in mind that if your color is really out there, it may be better to wear your locs in a simpler style.

Blue Kinky Faux Locs

Instagram / @idlelocs

#16: Caramel Faux Dreadlocks

Experiment with a caramel color this season. Warm blonde faux locs are eye-catching and can be styled in countless ways. Golden beads suit the color perfectly and will compliment all your cute summer outfits!

Thick Layered Dreadlocks

Instagram / @jackiedoesmyhair

#17: Multicolor Yarn Locs

Why choosing one color for your new yarn locs when you can have many? A sort of balayage for individual locs, choose 3 or 4 tones that flatter your skin and show off your creativity! Pro tip— have the lightest tone put around your face, as this will brighten up your complexion.

Curly Colorful Faux Locs

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#18: Thick, Loose Dreadlocks

Installing long, luscious faux dreadlocks gives the appearance of thick, voluminous hair while actually being lightweight and low maintenance. This style looks particularly amazing when you dye the locs the same shade as your skin tone!

Long Thick Blonde Dreadlocks

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#19: Bold Burgundy Locs with Beads

Another fabulous color for crochet locs is cherry red. This deep and dramatic hue is striking with faux locs styles and will surely make you the center of attention.

Half Up Ponytail For Layered Faux Locs

Instagram / @keeblack_

#20: Medium Length Crochet Locs

If you don’t like to wear your hair too long but still want to get some crochet locs, a style that’s medium length looks just as mesmerizing! Play up the hairdo with accessories like thin ribbons, beads or elastics.

Mid-Length Thick Layered Crochet Locs

Instagram / @iam.nubian

#21: Crochet Locs with Shaved Sides

Swap an ethereal hairstyle for something more rocker-chic if your personal style is more edgy. The visual contrast of the shaved sides and this Mohawk-inspired coiffure made with extensions is modern and striking.

Mohawk With Faux Locs

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#22: Wavy Crochet Locs

A patch of color livens up your hair whether you have long or short faux locs. Pro tip—choose a shade that works with your eye color (like this woman’s exquisite greenish grey eyes and the silver section) to really make your eyes pop.

Long Thick Faux Locs With A Silver Section

Instagram / @hairbeenatural

#23: Braid and Pony for Locs

There are endless hairstyles and updos to choose from! A faux braid that feeds into a high ponytail looks very intriguing and will also keep hair away from your face and off your back in warmer weather.

Faux Locs In A Braided Updo

Instagram / @haircrazed_03

#24: Locs with a Curl

One word— queen. These locs are truly a hair goal. A regal way to wear your extensions is lifted up above the forehead and swept over the shoulders, so you can let your facial features shine. Minimal, natural makeup with this hair is effortlessly beautiful.

Long Faux Locs With Curled Ends

Instagram / @exotic_brii

#25: Updo with Beads

If you’re not sure how to show off your faux dreads at formal or semi-formal events, allow this bun-and-pony updo to inspire you! Leave some of your hair out of a rolled bun for a more original style, add some bling, and you’re set.

Bun Updo For Faux Locs

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#26: Yarn Locs in Blue and Green

Interweaving different hues is effortless with yarn or crochet dreads, plus you can add as many colors as you like. Here, dark blue and bottle-green shades mix in with dark, sleek black locs for a look that reminds a magnificent mermaid.

#27: Chunky Pastel Pink Locks

Have you ever seen a more perfect pastel pink shade? This purplish hue is really adorable! Play around with bright shades that complement your eye color, your skin tone, and even your natural hair color, and you’ll always look speechless!

#28: Long Locs with Braided Headband

We love everything about this look. The dreadlocks themselves are long and luscious, the highlight is perfect, and that braid is everything. You could even turn it into a full braided headband!

#29: Purple Yarn Locs with Side Undershaves

It’s easy to see why and how yarn locs get their name, right? These types of locs are made to look like thick, intricately twisted yarn, which results in an eye-catching, inventive style. They can be thick or thin, long or short, brightly colored or natural-looking. It’s all up to you.

#30: Fake Ombre Dreads

Granted, this is an extreme version of ombre, but it shows all the potential fake locs have. From intricately faded color swatches to simple dip-dyes, dread extensions make it easy to showcase a variety of interesting color solutions.

#31: Platinum Half Updo with Bun

One of the great things about faux dreadlocks for women is a variety of color choices. You can change your hair color practically whenever you want, which gives you an opportunity to experiment with shades and styles you never imagined. Want to try platinum blonde hair like this gorgeous woman? Grab your extensions!

#32: Big Bun with Etched Sides

You can easily create updos to diversify your locs hairstyles. Long dreadlocks lead to full buns, twists, chignons, and ponytails. The bright flashes of color perfectly complement the soft brown tone of the dreads.

#33: Maroon Side-Swept Dreadlocks

With all the intricate faux locs out there, sometimes the simplest looks are the most stylish. A simple side part does wonders for waist-length dreadlocks. Even short loc styles look lovely swept to the side and left to hang loose.

#34: Neat Raven Black Hairstyle

Wear your faux locs loose, long, and lush, too. Let them cascade and tumble wherever you like. Gotta say, though, swept over the shoulder like this … that’s breathtaking. Simple, elegant, timeless…

#35: Pastel Blue Thin Locs

Even if you can’t pull off your own freeform locs, extensions with kanekalon, Marley hair or yarn can absolutely help. There’s something almost mythical about these, thanks to the color and texture of the braids.

#36: Bulky Messy Bun

Piling your luscious dreadlocks high atop your head is an effortless way to pull off a regal look. Thick locs styles like this one lend themselves well to updos, but they’re just as fabulous when you leave them long and free.

#37: Regal Updo for Dreads

Is there anything better than a hairstyle that looks complicated, even though it’s super easy? You can easily pull your dreadlocks into a bun like this or a similar updo. The result looks like a kind of ‘do that takes forever, but you can actually look this good in seconds.

#38: Colored Dreads with Shaved Side

One way to rock fake locs is to turn them into accessories, so to speak. Take a look at everything going on here, at all the textures and colors. The dreads with highlights and beads, some curls peeking through, and one side undercut… hot mix!

#39: Radiant Red Hairstyle

Experimenting with different shades and colors is just one of the fun aspects of having fake dreadlocks. The main color here is vivid and eye-catching, while the orange dreads work like subtle, accentuating pops of color.

#40: Modern Style for Gray Hair

You don’t have to choose a vibrant, attention-grabbing color, though. These dreadlocks in steel gray are stunning. Since gray is a trending color, something like this is ideal for women of any age, young or older.

So, are you ready to dive into the wide, wonderful world of faux locs? What color and length are you going for?

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