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How To Curl Faux Locs At Home: 2 Methods + 10 Steps

Dreadlocks are a special and beautiful hairstyle. It is gorgeous on its own, however, if you want to elevate traditional locs into something new, curling them will be a great choice.

Giving your locs some curl can be done effortlessly with various basic hair care items and techniques.

There are different curling methods, which can work both on dreadlocks made from natural hair, or the faux dreads.

This article will provide you with some useful information about curling dreadlocks, so that you can put in your locks a fashionable and new look for different occasions.

Can you curl dreads?

Of course, you can curl your dreads. Moreover, this hairstyle can be curled in different ways, which don’t require much effort.

You can use sponge rollers, pipe cleaners, or braiding to add wavy effect to your current locs.

See also: How often should you rewist your dreadlocks?

Can I dip my faux locs in hot water?

Yes, faux locs can be dipped in hot water like braids. This is an effective way to get rid of stiff extension locs.

Hard fake locs can cause headaches and put so much stress on your scalp, and hot water will help soften stiff hair.

However, remember to dry your dreads completely after rinsing with hot water because wet locks are heavy and even make your head more painful.

Dipping your dreads in hot water can also work as an easy way to help curl the dreads.

How to curl faux locs?

There are numerous ways to curl faux locs, below we’ll show you two typical ways to put some waves on your dreads with the familiar and basic hair care items.

Curling with sponge rollers

This is an effective way to curl your faux locs, just like how you curl other loose hairstyles.

However, remember to get rid of sponge rollers without satin or silk cover, otherwise, your locks might get frizzy after the rolling process.

Things you’ll need

  • Satin sponge rollers
  • A spray bottle of water
  • Setting lotion
  • A silk bonnet


  1. Dampen your hair with a spray bottle of water
  2. Apply setting lotion to every lock from root to tip
  3. Place the roller into your locs, start from the end and roll toward your scalp then secure
  4. Repeat the steps on the rest of your hair
  5. Cover your hair with a bonnet and let it dry overnight, remove the bonnet and rollers in the morning when the locks are completely dry

Related: Hot Roller vs Curling Iron: Pick what for your hair?


This method doesn’t require any special items, so that you can easily do it at home on your own to style your straight locs.

Things you’ll need

  • Hair ties
  • A silk bonnet

See also: 4 essential steps to prepare hair for box braid


  1. Dampen your hair with a spray bottle of water
  2. Apply setting lotion to every lock from root to tip
  3. Divide your locks into 4 equal sections
  4. Work with each section by braiding every 3 locks together and secure at the end of the braid with a tie
  5. Braid the whole head then cover with a silk bonnet overnight
  6. Remove your braids in the morning when the hair is completely dry.

See also: How many packs of hair for box braids?

How do you curl faux locs with pipe cleaners?

Pipe cleaners are not only common in cleaning pipes, but they can also be versatile in craft, art, and hair styling.

When styling your locks with pipe cleaners, you can achieve the classic spiral curls without heat damage.

Below, we’ll show you the step-by-step instruction to easily curl your locks using a pack of pipe cleaners.

Things you’ll need

  • A spray bottle of water
  • Pipe cleaners


  1. Spritz your hair with some water
  2. Take a pipe cleaner and fold the end to create a loop
  3. Twist the rest of the pipe cleaner
  4. Roll your locks clockwise up to the pipe cleaner until you reach the root
  5. Fold the end of the pipe cleaner backward to secure and keep your lock in place
  6. Repeat the steps with the rest locs
  7. Use a hair clip to hold the lock you’ve finished
  8. Repeat all the steps with other locs until you handle all the locs over your head
  9. Leave the pipe cleaners on your locks for at least one day to one week
  10. Remove the pipe cleaners and finger through your locs

Last words

Curling dreadlocks is totally possible with a variety of methods. You can use satin sponge rollers, pipe cleaners, or just braiding your locs to create a wavy effect without heat.

Although these options will only result in short term curl, they won’t leave any damage as heat curling does.

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