However, the differences between real locs and fake ones are vast. With fakes, while you can jump into the look with a bob, shoulder length locs, or even longer, there’s no altering or manipulating what your real hair is capable of doing. I’ve been so impressed by the way my hair has been able to grow in the short time that I’ve been on this journey. I’ve had to wait very patiently for my locs because my beautician decided that two-stranding my hair until it matted and locked, as opposed to interlocking it, would be the healthiest thing for my hair. From the start, I was a bit leery about how I looked, but as I’ve left my hair alone and trusted the words of my stylist, I’ve watched in awe as they’ve sprouted out and have gotten longer by the month. Watching them go through this maturation process has made me appreciate my hair even more, and respect the process.
I guess that’s why I’m on the fence about it all. As someone who has worn fake ones, not to fit in but to test myself, I don’t see the harm in them. But I can also see why some would say something like the following: “Do the time sister,there is no short cut to this journey,you trying to look comfortable with something your not comfortable with.” 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. Is that a bad thing? But then again, there are some who want to see what they could be working with before they make the big leap. And if you can test something temporarily before doing it permanently, is that such a bad thing?
I personally could not find fault in someone rocking fake locs as I have done so myself. If the fake ones get you interested in taking the leap and trying the real ones, more power to you. If after trying them you decide they aren’t for you but that you want to wear fakes forever and ever, that’s you hair and your business, so do you. Just as women who aren’t natural are reaching for natural wigs, and that seems to get a positive response for the most part, should it be any different for locs? Should hair and the people who wear certain styles really be broken up into “exclusive” clubs? (aka, if yours isn’t real, don’t bother showing up pretending.) I guess it depends on how seriously you take hair. I would say no. In the end, I do think much respect should go to brothers and sisters who’ve waited patiently, doled out big money monthly and watched their hair grow to incredible lengths after years of hard work. Do what you feel, but as I’ve learned over these few months of waiting, learning and growing, there really is “nothing like the real thing, baby.”
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