Faux Locs: A Hot Look or An Attempt to Make Locs Into a “Trend”?

May 29, 2012  |  

Just a week ago, folks were talking about the locs Rihanna wore for her performance on “American Idol.” Always one to change up her style, no one was shocked by the transformation, but it was definitely an interesting look, even for her. But Rihanna made it known that she’s not jumping on a bandwagon. In fact, she said that she’s wanted locs since she was a wee gyal:

“Their HOT! [I wanted them] since I was 14, but mama Fent’z wasn’t havin it!”

And while most people thought she looked great with them (aside from the awkward straight bang), I couldn’t help but notice that a few people weren’t feeling the look. Not because she looked a mess of some sorts in their opinion, but because they felt that rocking fake locs was an attempt to make a fad out of dreadlocks. And they weren’t having that.

“Not to[sic] fond of it. As a person who wears locs, I don’t consider it a style but a natural way to treat hair. When we wear it for “show” it makes it a fad. My locs are not a fad.”

I knew at least one person was going to have something to say against the look on her, but this individual’s comment struck me because I could see where she was coming from, but also could see how harmless wearing fake locs could be as well. You could say that I’ve been on both sides of the fence.

I remember when I posted a picture of myself with locs last summer on Facebook. People loved them! People were giving them all kinds of nice compliments, but boy oh boy were they shocked when I revealed that they were fake. Folks who had rocked dreadlocks for years thought they were real until I told them to touch ’em (most were men with short attention spans of course). People would tell me they loved my hair until I quickly let them know that they weren’t real. Even though I wasn’t REALLY trying to fool anybody since that wasn’t my reason for getting them, I was fooling a few folks indeed.

The deal was, I had just recently gone natural a few months before, and as part of an old summer ritual, I was looking to protect my hair, and of course, looking for a break from doing it. After doing some research into different options, I ran across silky dreads and thought they looked amazing. I had always wondered what I would look like if and when I decided to lock my real hair, so spending $300+ on this temporary option sounded like an expensive option, but one I definitely wanted to try. When I did, though I got off to a rough start, I was able to style them in funky ways, able to guard and protect my hair, and when I took them out three months later to prepare for a wedding (though they could have stayed for 6 months or been worn until I grew my own locs to a good length), my hair had grown immensely. The greatest thing about them was that they pushed me to quit faking it and start making it by transitioning to real locs.

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    • Not Here for It.

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  • April P.

    I am natural with locs and I don’t care about people wearing fake locs! Honestly it not that deep for me. Its just another way to wear you hair nothing special. If people want to rock locs because they are cute…uuuum so what? What is the big deal. :/

  • Loc your hair because you want to not because rihanna had it in her head. The same applies to the women who are all of s sudden natural do it because you want healthy hair not because its trending and a year later you back to relaxers. I have been natural for a year now and I didnt know that natural hair was a trend back then I did it because I got sick of the unhealthy relaxers…..I plan on gettn my hair loc’d next year

  • Rah Truth

    Everything else is fake, so why not locs? Moving on….

  • Trisha_B

    Being natural has become a trend/fad, so rihanna rocking fake locs is the least of it. Everybody & their mother have been jumping on the natural bandwagon, not knowing how to take care of it & dying it every color in the rainbow damaging their hair more than what a relaxer would do. Black people & their hair complexes is getting old. People can rock their hair anyway they want, if someone wants to rock fake locs then so be it. It’s good for people who like changing their hair up or trying to grow their hair out. There are rastas, people who rock dreds (when the hair is more unkept, not neatly twisted/wash & go) who look down at the people w/ locs that keep it neatly twisted b/c they think it goes against what dreadlocs are about & stand for. So please, the argument is pointless. Let people do what they want w/ their head. 

  • fake hair is fake hair, extensions, or whatever… who cares. She looked cool with em, and it suited the performance. I can identify with RiRi as a hair changer, I don’t like to be dedicated to just one style.

  • RedButterfly81

    I’ve been growing my dreads for 5 years now and I didn’t like RiRi’s fauxlocks because she had a bang with them.

  • Dionerobertson


    I used to admire the different hair that Rihanna would rock per album since “Good Girl Gone Bad”.  Red hair?  Her “Loud” sound.  Black bob?  The “Good…” look. When I saw the “We Found Love” video I enjoyed the brown locks.  

    It’s amazing that she is driven and hard working enough to drop an album a year (and tour…BOSS!) since 2009 and I really hope that she is not forcing these rapid hair dos (brown/blond/black/shaved) in the past six months in a unhealthy way to a feel passion that her hard work is driving out of her.  

    As for the bulk of your article; their is a certain kind of sense to….. discouraging the vast majority of relaxers.  The lye dries out your hair (if your very lucky). That makes it very breakable.  It robs your hair of shine/volume/natural oil.  It can burn your scalp to the point that hair will not grow.  The lye can damage the lungs of hairdressers after years of using it. Creating lung cancer in some rare cases.

    While wigs (over a long period of time) can limit hair growth and destroy hair line (as could tight braids and heavy locks); these happen over a period of time that you can notice and stop the use before the damage is noticeable.  Damage that many relaxers cause happens in minutes.  

    It is silly to open a debate on temp locks in light of the damage/danger of most relaxers.  Try to withdraw from the creamy crack…..       

  • sweettea

    I have real locs that are real long but I love fake locs since i miss my short hair. Sister locs are super cute too and I think those are fake too to right? Wear what you like. I envy people who can change up their hair. I hate change personally but i love seeing it on other people

  • Gimmeabreak78

    For the life of me, I don’t know why the Black Hair Nazis always obsess over black folks do or don’t do with their hair.  If you were a perm or a weave, you have self-hate issues.  If you wear fake locs, you are disrespecting a cultural statement.  Give me a break.  It’s just hair, for crying out loud!  I think the author’s hair looks nice, real locs or not. 

  • Guest

    To the author,

    Just do you sis. There will always be people with opinions but, whatever floats your boat because it’s your hair. I’ve had locks for over 15 years and I love it. Cut them into a bob style twice and they grow very quickly but, that is how my hair grows. I don’t look down on people who have fake locs because life is too short for all that nonsense. If you decide to loc your own hair for good, then all I have to say is… welcome to the loc side, LOL.

  • guestdfw

    I have been naturally “loc’d up” for about 9 months. I don’t care if you choose to fake it or make it. That’s you as long as you don’t criticzed me for it, I have nothing to say.

  • Mrsadkiah


    “There are definitely people out there of all colors, hair textures and backgrounds who want locs because they think they look cool, but wouldn’t be caught dead locking their own hair” This is me and I see no problem with it. I love how locs look but will never EVER loc up my own hair because I like changing up my hair very often. While you can style your locs, it’s not the same and my twist out, bantu knots outs and occasionally rocking my hair straight. So to satisfy my want for locs I do genie locs a.k.a yarn braids. Natural Nazis KILL me. So what if locs DO become a fad? You don’t have to be apart of it. You can be having your locs just because you want them, not having to adhere to any kind of fad at all. “Real” people with locs don’t have an monopoly on the style. Chill all the way out.

  • Bluekissess

    This article was so dumb I’m not gonna voice my opinion

    • Sophie

      the fact that you wrote the comment alone was voicing an opinion… you lose.

  • Thisis me

    i don’t hate on anybody with locs i personally couldn’t wear them because it would aggravate me to not be able to comb through my hair but i could understand why people would wear fake ones here and there just like a faux ponytail or bun it’s just a style.