The Crochet Mane Anansi Locs are a popular protective hairstyle providing a natural-looking, low-maintenance alternative to traditional dreadlocks. They come with a kinky curl pattern; one technique many people use to remove this curliness is dipping them into hot water. In this blog post, we'll explore the benefits of using hot water to soften our Anansi Locs and provide step-by-step instructions on how to do it safely.
What are Crochet Anansi Locs?
The Crochet Mane Anansi Locs, also known as Nu Locs or crochet faux locs, are a type of protective hairstyle that uses synthetic hair to create the look of dreadlocks. They are installed by crocheting the hair into a cornrow braid pattern and then attaching the synthetic hair to the braid using a latch hook. This process creates a natural-looking and low-maintenance hairstyle that can be worn for several weeks or months.
How to Stretch Crochet Anansi Locs with Hot Water
There are two methods to stretch our Anansi Locs using hot water, dipping them into boiling water or placing them in a bowl and pouring hot water on them. Both methods produce the same result!
Before you begin, ensure you have everything you need on hand. You will need a large bowl or pot, water and a towel.
Method One - Dipping them into Boiling Water
Fill a pot with water and bring it to a boil.
While the water boils, prepare the extensions by removing labels and wrapping the top with a rubber band.
When the water is boiled, turn the stove on low and dip the locs into the boiling water. You may need to use tongs or a similar instrument to ensure the water penetrates through.
Carefully remove the Nu Locs from the hot water, draining any excess water and placing them on the towel.
Place the Anansi Locs flat on a towel and let them air dry completely before styling them as desired.
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Method Two - Pouring Hot Water on Locs
Place Anansi Locs in a large bowl, and ensure the bowl is big enough to accommodate the crochet locs.
Use a kettle or pot to heat the water, or you can use hot tap water if your tap water gets hot enough.
Once the water is heated to the right temperature, carefully pour it into the large bowl. Using tongs or a similar instrument, submerge your crochet locs into the hot water, ensuring they are completely covered.
Carefully remove the Nu Locs from the hot water and gently squeeze/drain out any excess water.
Place the Nu Locs on a clean towel and gently blot away excess water.
Lay them flat on another towel and let them air dry completely before styling them as desired.
When using hot water to stretch our Anansi Locs, it is essential to take proper precautions to prevent burns or scalds.
Ensure that the water is not too hot and that you use gloves or tongs to handle our Anansi Locs if necessary.