Natural hair is magical. We can curl, coil, straighten, braid, twist, and loc it. Locs have and will always be a beloved hairstyle and journey that people feel called to for many reasons. Like other forms of natural hair, locs are versatile, offering up a wealth of style options. Superstars like Whoopi Goldberg, Lisa Bonet, Erykah Badu, and Chloe and Halle Bailey continue to show how beautiful locs are, on and off the red carpet.
In a previous story for Byrdie, loc expert Chimere Faulk explained the five stages of locing: starter, budding, teen, mature, and rooted. She shared that the locing process can take between 18–24 months. With that in mind, we rounded up 12 styles that are easy to re-create during most stages of the process. However, we encourage a check-in with your loctician to ensure it is okay to style your locs without disrupting the magic that is locing.
Fringed Loc'd Space Buns
This fringed space bun look is serving us the ’90s, and we love it. This style can work well for those in the teenage stage and beyond.
Here, Halle Bailey keeps it simple with a high ponytail. But the songstress adds some flavor with twists that can be unraveled to add texture.
Blonde locs paired with a gold hair accessory make this simple half-up, half-down style pop. If you're wondering where to find a metal gold ponytail holder, this set of gold ponytail cuffs are a great place to start.
Creating a loc'd top knot can take less than five minutes. However, the technique is important depending on the length of your har. This tutorial from Be Spiffy Be You is perfect for anyone looking to try a top knot.
Avoid the temptation to re-twist often, as overdoing it can lead to thinning locs and breakage.
A bob works well on a variety of hair types, including locs. Here Brittany takes her cropped locs up a notch with multicolored tips to add her unique perspective to the classic bob. You can re-create this multi-toned hair color with a temporary color option like hair paint wax. But if you want a permanent look, bleaching the ends of the hair may be required. For that reason, we recommend consulting with your loctician to ensure your locs stay healthy.
Yellow Bubble Ponytails
These bright yellow bubble ponytails are showstoppers. If you look closely, each bubble is created by taking an individual loc and gently securing it down the length of the hair.
One of the simplest ways to add something new to your hair routine is by adding accessories. In this case, beads are the "something new." These wooden beads are a perfect fit if you're ready to try on some accessories. To secure the beads, skip the rubberbands and go with Goody's Ouchless Polybands.
Pigtails aren't just for grade school. To re-create the texture we see here, try an overnight twist or braid out. Then unravel the twists, create a side part with a bang, and secure two ponytails. For added flair, add sliver or gold string or ribbon to accentuate each ponytail.
Janet Jackon's Poetic Justice look is forever iconic and can work with box braids and locs alike. If you're worried about dryness, wrap a silk scarf under the white fabric of your choice.
These space bunned locs have us green with envy. A bright hair color always makes a style stand out. For temporary color, hair paint wax will help you achieve a colorful look without the permanent commitment or potential hair damage.
Bantu knots are the ultimate protective style and are easy to re-create without much fuss. To keep the hair secure, add bobby pins to the length of the hair.
To add curls to your locs, refresh your locs with a product or styler of your choice and roll the ends with perm rods. To dry and set the style, sitting under the dryer or air-drying the hair are both options, depending on time restraints.