Correct us if we’re wrong.
You stumbled on the TikTok #invisiblelocs train, loved every style the girlies have been rocking, and are now obsessed with trying to recreate each of them.
Are we getting warmer?
Okay. Maybe you’re not recreating but trying to figure out if you can crack the invisible locs code – you know how to do them perfectly.
Either way, this guide will help you learn how to do invisible locs (the crochet and non-crochet method), which type of hair you need to use, and also give you 40 of the best invisible loc hairstyles making rounds on social media right now.
What Are Invisible Locs?
Invisible locs are two-strand twists that start in a flat twist motion before transitioning into what seems like a “fresh dread retwist.”
It’s meant to give the illusion of twist locs; only it’s hard to tell where the locs begin from because the foundation is a flat twist done using one’s natural hair.
To achieve the TikTok-famous style, hair is twisted at the root and then secured with a wrapped knot at the end. It blends the technique of locs and twists together to form a jaw-droppingly gorgeous look.
Is There A Difference Between Faux Locs And Invisible Locs?
Yes, there is.
Contrary to popular belief, these two internet-loved styles are not exactly interchangeable.
Invisible locs, which aren’t “locs,” begin in a flat-twist motion using one’s natural hair. They are then transitioned into two-strand twists using either Cuban or Marley hair.
Faux locs variants like butterfly locs and soft locs are created by first braiding your natural hair and then crocheting or wrapping the synthetic hair around the braids to create the appearance of dreads.
So, the difference between the two styles is in the braiding methods and the types of hair used. Also, faux locs tend to be thicker and heavier than invisible locs and take longer to install.
What’s The Difference Between Senegalese Twists And Invisible Locs?
Invisible locs start as flat twists before they’re transitioned into two-strand twists. They also use either Marley or Cuban hair.
Senegalese twists start as two-strand twists from the roots. And while some people use Marley hair for Senegalese twists, most girlies prefer regular synthetic or kanekalon hair.
Also, the twists on Senegalese hairstyles are usually smaller and tighter than those of invisible locs and may be left straight or curled at the ends. Invisible locs are secured with a wrapped knot at the end.
What Hair Do You Use For Invisible Locs?
Experts recommend using Cuban hair/Havana hair, and Marley hair. You might also get a head-turning invisible loc’d style finish with pre-fluffed freetress hair.
And depending on the size and length you want, you’ll require 2-5 packs of Cuban hair and 6-7 packs of Marley hair.
What Products Should You Use For Invisible Locs?
Before we get to the invisible loc methods, make sure you have these products at hand:
- Pattern Strong Hold Gel For 3C-4C Hair Types
- 2 to 5 Packs Of Cuban Hair/6 to 7 Packs Of Marley Hair/ 3 to 4 Packs Of Pre-Fluffed Freetress Hair (all depending on the size and length you’re looking to achieve)
- Detangling Comb
- A Rattail Comb
- Blow Dryer (if you want to straighten your hair before flat twisting)
- Duckbill Hair Clips
- A Crochet Needle/Latch Hook
- Rubber Bands
How To Do Invisible Locs
Invisible locs are simple to do but not quick.
They’re best left to professionals and need about three to seven hours at the salon (depending on the size and length of twists you want).
Also, although most sites recommend using Cuban or Marley hair, most stylists who’ve shared invisible locs tutorials on TikTok and YouTube recommend Cuban hair for invisible locs since their texture mimics naturally kinky hair.
Now that you know the basics, here’s how to do invisible locs:
The Crochet Method
1. Start by parting clean, moisturized, and blow-dried hair into four sections—two at the front and two at the back.
2. Do this as you add a bit of braiding gel or edge control to help define the parts and make it easier to further part your hair
3. Depending on the section you choose, part a sizeable chunk of hair and further divide it into two. These divided parts should ideally be square to allow for a clean and neat look.
4. Start working on the sections you split in half, and do a natural hair braid or plait if you want.
5. After you’re done with the braid/plait, crochet your Cuban or Marley hair into the braid and pull it through.
6. Use your braiding gel to blend the hair at the upper section and the braided bit you crocheted the Marley hair into at the bottom. You’re going to mesh these two into one beautiful twist.
7. Do a flat twist at the roots and continue twisting till you achieve a reasonable length. Please remember to twist the hair in both sections in the same direction for uniformity.
8. Use your duckbill clips to prevent the twist from unraveling as you work on the other section.
9. Repeat the same process on the other part and do a two-strand twist using both sections. The goal is to maintain a strong grip to ensure the twist doesn’t unravel.
10. For the last touch, do a loc-knot barrel twist at the bottom to give your invisible a super-sleeky look. Loc knot barrel twists involve bending the hair upwards, holding it at the base, and then twisting downwards.
11. Apply hair oil for a boost of hydration. You can also add some mousse or mist of finishing spray to lock in your invisible locs style.
Please Note: This method can be complicated, so to make your work easy and save time, here’s an invisible locs tutorial (crochet method) you can follow:
The Non-Crochet Method
We prefer this method because it’s straightforward and doesn’t involve lots of material. Plus, it results in some of the cutest invisible loc looks.
To do it:
1. Start by parting clean, heavily moisturized, and stretched hair into four sections—two at the front and two at the back. And remember to use your hair gel on the parted section to ensure a neat finish.
2. Part a substantial chunk of hair from your preferred section and further divide it into two.
3. Apply your holding gel on the section you further split into half and start working on one side.
4. Create a flat twist on the side you choose, starting from the roots to a sizeable length.
5. Hold the flat-twisted section using a duckbill hair clip to ensure the twist doesn’t unravel as you repeat the process on the other side.
6. When you’re done flat-twisting both sides, feed in your Marley or Cuban twist hair between both twists and start doing two-strand twists using both.
7. When done, do some loc knot barrels at the end for a stunningly sleek finish! You can also glue or burn the ends for a 90s/00s finish.
8. Apply hair oil for a boost of hydration. You can also add some mousse or mist of finishing spray to lock in your invisible locs style.
Watch this tutorial to see how the non-crochet method works:
DIY Invisible Locs Method
Chev B here shows you how to do invisible her own way (pssstttt…it’s the perfect method for non-braiders. Plus, this method can help you get longer wear and a sleeker finish. Watch:
There’s also this one from Ms. Ebony Jay. Check it out:
How Do You Maintain Your Invisible Locs?
Like in all other protective styles, make sure to follow a solid invisible locs haircare routine that reduces frizz and buildup. We recommend using this hair oil daily to add shine and keep your scalp healthy and protected as you slay your locs.
Also, sleep with a silk scarf or bonnet to keep your locs looking picture-perfect and frizz-free.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why Is It Called Invisible Locs?
As mentioned above, invisible locs give the illusion of twisted dreads. But it can be hard to tell where the “locs” begins because the foundation is usually a flat twist done using natural hair.
How Much Do Invisible Locs Cost?
They can be anywhere between $80 to $500. If you choose to DIY (aren’t we all doing so nowadays), the cost will come down to the hair packs you use and the materials you need, which can total up to about $100 to $400.
How Do You Take Out Invisible Locs?
If you want to avoid pulling your hair, make sure to:
- Undo the knots first. The barrel unravels quickly, but for burned and glued ends, a quick, small scissor chop would do
- Untwist your Marley or Cuban twist hair
- Once you get to the top, DON’T PULL. Just unravel it until the hair extension comes off
And that’s it! No pulling or tugging involved.
Here’s a quick tutorial on it:
How Long Do Invisible Locs Last?
Invisible locs last about three to six weeks, depending on the level of maintenance.
So, if you want yours to go four weeks, wrap it in a silk scarf or bonnet at night and apply hair oil regularly (castor oil or rosemary oil would be perfect).
You should also spray a hydrating mist three times a week, starting from your scalp and working down to the barrel twist ends.
– Stylists recommend not going over the four weeks mark. The base of invisible locs starts with flat twists on natural hair, so it might start fraying, frizzing, or loosening with time. So, the added Marley hair can become weighed down, causing tension on your roots.
– Wear your invisible locs for two to three weeks tops if you have fine or thin hair. If yours is strong or coarse, four weeks is enough to prevent compromising the integrity of your hair.
Can You Wash Invisible Locs?
Yes, you can.
But when you do, rinse your scalp once every two weeks using apple cider vinegar/baking soda solution to keep your scalp’s pH balanced. The solution also helps get rid of any product buildup and frizz.
You can also use a sulfate-free shampoo if ACV isn’t your cup of tea.
40 Jaw-Dropping Invisible Locs Hairstyles
We scoured the internet and found these 40 jaw-dropping ways to style invisible locs:
Invisible Loc Bob
These short bob-style invisible locs are so freakin’ pretty. And the curls at the end just make us want to get our stylist on the phone ASAP!
Short Invisible Locs
These locs are not only manageable and low-maintenance but perfect for every occasion.
Long Invisible Loc Styles
These waist-length invisible locs are gorgeous, right? So, what are you waiting for? Add them to your loc styles board! And please send pics when you get them.
Invisible Locs For Men
Men also look delicious with some invisible loc styles. Get your boo to rock this (as a present to you *wink*).
Invisible Locs Over Locs
If there’s one Chloe and Halle Bailey have taught us, it’s that you can always rock cool hairstyles over your locs. So why not do so with invisible locs? They’ll look this incredible. Trust!
Invisible Loc Wig
Need more proof to rock invisible locs over dreads, natural hair, or cornrows?
Here it is—an invisible loc wig.
Invisible Locs With Curls
Adding some wispy curls at the end creates a more relaxed, beachy vibe that we are so in love with. Isn’t she a beauty?
Invisible Locs With Color
Ginger invisible locs? Where do we sign up? Highlighted locs? Seriously. Where do we sign up? Any colored loc looks gorgeous and adds dimension and uniqueness to your entire look.
Invisible Loc Twists
These are for anyone who wants locs for the office or more formal events. You could hold them in a low bun or leave them free.
Invisible Locs With Marley Hair
Like we said (a couple of times before), invisible locs are done using Cuban twist hair or Marley hair.
And don’t these look amazing? Get them on Amazon.
Invisible Faux Locs
This look is giving!!
The faux locs, the glasses, the attitude, yaasss, honey! Show ‘em who’s boss!
Burnt Orange Locs
Another color you could rock with your locs. She’s definitely making them work.
Invisible Locs With Cuban Twist Hair
@the.ebonyjay Mayde 18 inch Cuban twist hair in the color 30 of course ! This has been one of my favorite styles this year ?? . #invisiblelocs #fauxlocs #twist #barreltwist ♬ original sound – _djuice
These 30-inch Cuban twist invisible locs are perfect for babes who want some length and a splash of color for their locs.
Invisible Locs Updo
Updo loc styles are a fantastic way to keep the hair out of your face. But you can place some face-framing tendrils whenever you feel a little rebellious.
Invisible Loc Top-Knot
Pull your locs into a high top-knot, sprinkle a little pizzazz, and you’ll be turning heads wherever you go!
@kaiyamalaie Invisible locs on thin hair?. #twistedbyrose #invisiblelocs #blackandblue ♬ Throw It BY Spiffy The Goat – Spiffy The Goat
There’s just something about blue locs that draws you in. And she did these half-black, half-blue invisible locs on thin hair? Girl! You’ve got to tell us how your secret!
Invisible Locs With Color In The Back
Invisible locs are all about illusion. So, why not give people a peek-a-boo look by adding color at the back? Like this blonde. It’s givin’ edgy, doesn’t conform to societal norms, and “I’m all about rocking the boat” vibes.
Invisible Loc Pony
She prettyyy. And remember, you can always add some adornments to your locs. You don’t have to leave them so plain. Have fun with your hair, boo!
Invisible Locs With Curly Pieces
@goddesslocshtx Waist length invisible Locs with extra curly pieces added ?? #houstonlocs#houstoninvisblelocs#nashvilleinvisiblelocs#nashvillelocs ♬ Like That (feat. Gucci Mane) – Doja Cat
Add some wispy curls for good measure. Goddess braids are the best for adding curls to any look.
Red Invisible Locs
People are seriously loving the red invisible loc look, and that’s for a good reason. They’re drop-dead gorgeous. And a way to give invisible locs a unique touch.
Thigh Length Invisible Loc Style
Give Rapunzel, Pocahontas, and Princess Tiana a run for their money with these extended invisible locs.
Boho Invisible Locs
Yes, they exist. You can do boho anything these days. Boho twists, braids, locs, and boho wigs, you name it. The streets’ve got it.
Brown Invisible Loc’d Style
@damnthatschevInvisible locs ✨♬ original sound – thee Purple Room
Chev B is the Queen of invisible locs. And here, she shows you how to rock your brown locs like royalty!
High Invisible Loc Bun
Buns are always sexy. So hold yours in one and have the most productive day of your life!
Small And Detailed Invisible Locs
If you’re a fan of chunky, get your stylist to do these small locs. They might take time, but they’re definitely worth waiting for.
Invisible Loc With Butterfly Clips
Play with your hair by adding some cute butterfly clips like these. They add color to your locs and give you a fun, youthful look (and we all need that once in a while).
Half-Up Half-Down Locs
Are we the only ones who love a good messy bun blended with a few loose pieces? No? Then what are you waiting for? Get this look done, sis!
Side-Swept Invisible Locs
You can never go wrong with a side-swept style – unless you spend half the day bending. Then you’ll start regretting why you didn’t hold them in a bun.
But hey, beauty is all about sufferage!
Copper Invisible Locs
Copper, bronze, fiery red, icy blonde, and toasted ombres always work on dark skin. So don’t be afraid to go the bold way.
Middle Length With A Middle Part Locs
Here you part the locs in the middle and wear them in a sleek, straight style. It’s one of the most office-approved looks worldwide.
Invisible Mohawk Locs
@thehairmessiahllc Mohawk Styles ‼️Med Invisible Locs (Shoulder Len.)‼️ •Hair is included (Natural hair color only ) •Service time: 4hrs •Price: $130 Additional Services Included: •Waist Len: $20- $30 •Boho Style: $15 •Peek a Boo Color: $15 •Curly Tips: $10 •Highlights: $5 •Soild Color: $10 •Two-Tone Color: $15 •Ombre Color: $20 •Custom Blend (2 Colors): $25 •Custom Blend (3 Colors): $35 Book your appointments today everyone at https://thehairmessiahllc.as.me/ ……. ? #g#getphelltup#b#blessedhands#f#forestparkbraider#c#chicagobraider#m#messiahhairglam ♬ Stylish Jazz HipHop – Future Oriented Triad
The way she transformed her hair into this beautiful mohawk is just art! We are beyond amazed!
Ombre Invisible Locs With Blonde Ends
Ombre locs make for a bold and edgy look. And the best part? They work for all age groups. So please don’t limit yourself to thinking they’re for the youth. You can slay an ombre at 60!
Double Bun Invisible Locs
Get your kids to rock some invisible locs this summer, and style them into a double bun for a cool, playful finish.
Purple Invisible Locs
@dopegirldreamzz My sister is MY MUSE lol she lets me try everything ?? #CapCut #braids #braider #invisiblelocs #purple #blacktiktok #blackhair @tashabae8 #sisters ♬ Don’t Play With It (feat. Billy B) – Lola Brooke
Did someone say purple locs? We’re so here for it! And could someone call our stylist? We need these, stat!
Tapered Locs With Shaved Sides
Make it edgy, jaw-dropping, and colorful with shaved sides and a cool tapered cut. It’s the only way to go in 2023, hun!
Peekaboo Pink Locs
And here you thought red was the only loud color girlies have been rocking. Pink is also an option. And if you’re not into bold hues, this peekaboo version is a perfect place to start.
Goddess Invisible Locs
Waist-length, side-swept, and wispy curls? Tres chic!
Invisible Locs Without Knots
You don’t always have to loc-knot your hair. You can have them burned like this Queen, or glue the ends to prevent them from unraveling.
Shoulder-Length Invisible Locs
It’s like a bob but slightly longer and really cute!
Chunky Invisible Locs
These jumbo invisible locs are not for the faint-hearted. They are heavy (but gorgeous) and need someone who can handle a little weight. But remember, don’t go over the three to four-week mark, or else they’ll cause damage to your natural hair.