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15 Loc Hairstyles For When You Don't Know What To Do With Your Hair

Loc hairstyles, protective style ideas, and tips and tricks for when you're looking to change up the way you style your locs.

When I first started my locs, or dreadlocks as some still call them, I had no idea what to do with them! My hair was short and all over the place, so I definitely didn't know how to make a chic style out of it. Two years later, I love experimenting with different hairstyles to show my beautiful locs off.

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Are you in need of some loc inspiration and hairstyles you can quickly and easily do? Here are a few ideas:

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1. If you're super busy and on the go, throw your locs up in a high ponytail:

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Loc ponytails are super easy to accomplish and have minimal maintenance. Pro tip: Throw your hair in a ponytail and then wrap your edges with a silk scarf for 15 minutes. You can put some edge control or even just a bit of water on them to help lay them down, and voila! Your style is sleek and ready to go.

2. And don't think that a ponytail has to be boring! You can spice up your look with a front overlay:

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I know this looks complex, but really it's quite simple: Start off with your hair in a ponytail with some locs on both sides left out, and then cross them over each other and pin your ends under your ponytail!

3. Or incorporate some pretty gold cuffs to give your hair that extra ~glow~:

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Gold cuffs in your hair just bring out that magic and that glow, honey!

4. If you're just starting your locs, you can still play with jewelry to add a pop of style to your hair:

Don't think that just because you've got starter locs or even locs that are still growing means you can't still experiment with loc jewelry!
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Don't think that just because you've got starter locs or even locs that are still growing means you can't still experiment with loc jewelry!

5. And if you work somewhere where your hair needs to be up, twist your hair around your ponytail to make a loc bun:

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Depending on how conservative your work atmosphere is, you may want to keep your hair up or styled all the time. Thankfully, there are a ton of styles you can try at any length that'll give you what you're looking for.

6. Or do space buns and add some dope gold wiring:

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I think space buns are the look for summer, in my opinion.

7. Or incorporate your love for curls with your love of space buns with a nuanced half-up, half-down approach:

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This is a perfect look for summer, where you can let your hair hang down and still have it out of your face!

8. If you want your locs totally out of your face, you can do a simple cornrow look straight back:

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Protective styles are great for those who are constantly on the go or working out or those who don’t want to do a lot with their hair.

9. If you've got a special event to attend, use pipe cleaners or perm rods to get big, full loc curls:

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Who said locs can't have curls?!

10. Experiment with beautiful bantu knots for a chic look all year-round:

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And bantu knots are great for multiple reasons: You can keep them in after a wash-and-go, or you can leave them in for a day, let your hair dry, and then take them down, leaving you with pretty, effortless curls.

11. Or if you've got longer locs, do double-barrel cornrows for easy maintenance:

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For this style, you MAY need a loctician to help you out, but it's a style that'll last as long as you want (since the hair is wrapped all the way down), and is super cool to experiment with at all lengths.

12. If you want a super lazy girl look that still is poppin', do a side-sweep style and tie it with bobby pins:

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If you've got to get a move on or are jetting out the door for class, you can quickly do a twist style with your locs and secure the bottom with two locs, bobby pins, or a ponytail holder.

13. If you frequently work out or have an active lifestyle, rope twists can work for you:

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You can leave this style as is, or you can unravel them and have crinkly locs that are sure to look beautiful!

14. And if you need a quick look when it's time to go, toss your locs in loose buns throughout:

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Chloe and Halle constantly serve loc inspo — locs are beautiful in all lengths, sizes, and textures. You can literally make your styles as easy or as complex as you'd like.

15. Lastly, never think you can't do something with your locs — if you want to experiment, experiment!

Yes, you can still add synthetic hair to your locs if you want to temporarily play with colors and styles. Don't stunt your creative spirit, locs are meant for self expression!
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Yes, you can still add synthetic hair to your locs if you want to temporarily play with colors and styles. Don't stunt your creative spirit, locs are meant for self expression!

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