Are LOC Extensions Right for You?

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Looking and feeling good on the outside helps boost your confidence and makes you feel more like yourself, which is why keeping your hair extensions maintained and in good shape is essential. If you’re considering getting long-lasting, seamless permanent loc extensions, we’re here to help you decide if they’re right for you! Let’s take a look at what they are, how they work, and when they should be a part of your life, as well as tips on maintenance and installation so that you can make the most of this investment.

What are LOC Hair Extensions?

LOC extensions are a great way to cover up thinning hair and bald spots and even add length to your hairstyle. Unlike traditional braids and weaves, which can be uncomfortable and time-consuming to remove and replace, these easy-to-use hair extensions are made with premium Remy human hair that blends easily with your natural strands. After proper installation by a professional stylist (which takes around 3 hours) they should last about six months to a year.

What Is the Difference Between Dreads and LOCs?

Although dreads and LOCs are often used interchangeably to describe what many people think of as natural hairstyles. Both dreadlocks and LOCs involve hair that is twisted or braided (LOCs are a variant) into sections—some parts remain individual while others link together to form larger knots called bunches or nests. Dreadlocks also use thicker ropes than LOCs, but both require more extended periods of time (at least six months) to set.

How Long Does It Take to Install LOC Extensions?

A complete set of LOC extensions takes between 8-12 hours to install, but we have found that most clients do not require that amount of time. Depending on how long your hair is, how many packs we use (generally four packs), and how much hair you actually have on your head, installation can range from 5-10 hours. When considering whether or not you are ready for LOC extensions, view your schedule and who will be responsible for getting you to/from appointments.

Will My Hair Shed While Getting LOCs?

There is a common misconception that hair loss occurs during installation. While it’s true that your hair will shed as you have each strand sewn in, new hair grows at about a 1:2 ratio; so you have more hair at the end of installation than you did before (but don’t worry—it should all grow back). With an expensive LOCs extension you should only get installed what can be naturally grown out in 4–6 months.

Can I Use Hairspray and Heat on My New LOCs?

You can use hairspray and even a blow dryer on your hair if you’re not using hot tools like curling irons or flat irons. However, it’s best to refrain from applying heat directly to your LOCs. Dryers and irons will damage your new extensions and natural hair; they will cause breakage, and unnecessary split ends in both of these strands.


When you are ready to feel fabulous all of the time with a fuller, thicker head of hair, say yes to get your very own set of hair extensions! Whether you choose a celebrity look or keep it all-natural—LOCs hair extensions are an easy way to have gorgeous locks that are yours alone.


Catarina is a software engineer with experience in iOS development. She studied Computer Science at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Her passion for teaching led her to teach iOS development workshops for kids and teenagers.