Butterfly locs combine the best elements of faux locs and traditional box braids, resulting in a unique and textured look that's perfect for any occasion. In this step-by-step guide, I will walk you through the process of creating your own stunning butterfly locs.
How to make butterfly locs?
Butterfly locs have taken the world of protective hairstyles by storm and for a good reason! These beautiful, bohemian-inspired locs are a stylish and low-maintenance option for those looking to protect their natural hair while expressing their individuality. Before making butterfly locs you need to a preparation.
1. Hair extensions
You'll need synthetic hair extensions. Nadula hair is a popular choice.
2. Shampoo and conditioner
Use sulfate-free shampoo and a hydrating conditioner to wash and condition your natural hair before starting.
3. Comb and hair clips
These will help you section and detangle your hair.
4. Edge control or gel
To smooth down your edges for a polished look.
5. Hair ties
To secure your hair extensions.
6. Lightweight hair oil
To add shine and moisture to your locs.
7. Boiling water
For sealing the ends of your locs.
Butterfly locs offer a distinctive and eye-catching hairstyle. They are a fusion of faux locs and box braids, resulting in a textured and bohemian-inspired appearance. Many black women appreciate the opportunity to express their individuality and creativity through this hairstyle. In this part, you can learn how to make butterfly locs steps by steps.
Step 1: Prepare your natural hair
Before you start creating your butterfly locs, make sure your natural hair is clean, well-conditioned, and completely dry. Detangle your hair and part it into small sections. You can use hair clips to keep the sections organized and manageable.
Step 2: Install the extensions
Take a section of your natural hair and use it as the base for your first butterfly loc. Here's how to install the extensions:
a. Select a small portion of synthetic hair (about the size of a pencil) and fold it in half.
b. Place the folded synthetic hair underneath your natural hair section, leaving a small loop at the top.
c. Pull the loose ends of the synthetic hair through the loop and tighten to secure it to your natural hair.
d. Divide the synthetic hair into two equal sections and your natural hair into two equal sections.
e. Begin braiding the hair, incorporating your natural hair into one of the synthetic hair sections as you braid. Continue braiding until you reach the end of your hair and the synthetic hair.
f. Secure the end of the loc with a hair tie or a small hairband.
g. Repeat this process for each section of your hair, working your way around your head.
Step 3: Seal the ends
To give your butterfly locs that signature tapered look, you'll need to seal the ends with boiling water. Here's how:
a. Boil a pot of water and let it cool slightly, so it's hot but not boiling.
b. Dip the ends of each loc into the hot water for a few seconds. Be careful not to burn yourself.
c. Use a towel to squeeze out any excess water and shape the ends into a pointed tip.
Step 4: Style and finish
Once all your butterfly locs are installed and the ends are sealed, it's time to style and finish your look:
a. Apply a lightweight hair oil to your locs to add shine and moisture.
b. Use edge control or gel to smooth down your edges and create a polished look.
c. Experiment with different hairstyles, such as updos, half-up half-down styles, or simply wear your butterfly locs loose.
d. Maintain your locs by wrapping them in a silk or satin scarf at night to prevent frizz and breakage.
Creating butterfly locs is a creative and stylish way to protect your natural hair while making a fashion statement. With the right materials and a little patience, you can achieve this stunning look at home. Whether you're new to protective styling or a seasoned pro, butterfly locs are a versatile and beautiful choice that's sure to turn heads wherever you go. So, grab your hair extensions and get ready to spread your wings with these gorgeous, bohemian-inspired locs!