Professional Hairstyles for Women With Locs

Professional Hairstyles for Locs

Has the misconception that locs are not versatile led you on a search to prove otherwise? If so, you are definitely in the right place because locs are amazingly versatile! Locs give you the freedom to create styles, whether simple or intricate, without the worry of detangling or the use of excessive amounts of hair pins. And despite the recent media coverage surrounding discrimination against locs in the workplace, trust me when I say LOCS ARE PROFESSIONAL! These are just a few of my favorite hairstyles for locs— all of which can be worn in a professional workplace setting.

Professional Hairstyles for Locs

9 Professional Hairstyles for Locs




1. Textured Pompadour

Textured Pompadour Hairstyle For Locs

Courtesy of @bonolonoli

This textured pompadour style is great for longer length locs to add volume and a layer of complexity to an otherwise simple-chic pompadour with locs.

2. Updo with Tight Curls

Updo with Tight Curls Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @hairbyrelle

Creating an updo with tight curls on locs can take a long time under the dryer to achieve, but the results are amazing and last a really long time (when cared for properly).

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3. Loose Curls

Loose Curls Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @stylesbynak

Wearing your hair in curls is a classic professional hairstyle for women with locs. Loose curls on locs, especially if you use Lacer Curlers to curl your locs, last forever and are great for medium to long length locs.

4. Loc Pin Curls

Pin Curls Hairstyle For Locs

Courtesy of @locstardfw

Styling your locs with pin curls is a great way to create the illusion of shorter locs, even if your hair is long.

RELATED VIDEO: How To Create Pin Curls With Locs

5. Roller Set

Roller Set on Locs

Courtesy of @locstardfw

This is a classic style that is very well suited as a professional hairstyle for any woman with locs. You can create this Roller Set hairstyle on locs with using styling foam or simply using water in a spray bottle.

6. French Braid Bun

French Braid Bun Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @ibyl

Everyone loves a bun, whether in the summer heat, with a military uniform, or for an elegant event. And you can add intricacy to a bun simply by creating French Braids with your locs and tucking the ends into a bun.

7. Halo Braid

Halo Braid Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @oneparentwonder

Creating a halo braid with locs is easy when you have locs that are beyond bra-strap length. This hairstyle creates texture and volume on traditional locs and Sisterlocks.

8. Curly High Top

Curly High Top Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @HayahBeauty

You don’t even need a full head of locs to create a luxurious set of curls. A quick curly set on perm rods will give you a beautiful hairstyle for your locs.

9. Faux Loc Bob

Faux Bob Hairstyle for Locs

Courtesy of @Nappstar_NYC

You can create dynamic hairstyles for locs using pipe cleaners, and a Faux Bob is a great example. This hairstyle is great for long length locs to create the illusion of shorter hair, but also to give you another style once you remove the pipe cleaners. You can also create this style with medium length locs, just skip the pipe cleaners and opt for flexi-rods.

Don’t let the current stage of your locs or their current length stop you from trying a new hairstyle! Leave me a comment and let me know which hairstyle(s) you are going to try next!

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Jocelyn Reneé

Jocelyn Reneé is a Licensed Cosmetologist, Loctician and Textured Hair Educator. She was born and raised in the Washington DC area and is a graduate of the Aveda Institute Cosmetology Science program. With over 14 years in the Hair Care Industry, from Salon Assistant to Natural Hair Blogger to Professional; Jocelyn is passionate about cultivating healthy hair.

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Good morning, my question to you is I have been going to a natural stylist for a year. I getting frustrated at the way my locs are they are thin and scraggly, not healthy to me I need your advice. Do you know of a good loctician in Jacksonville FL.

LOVE all of these styles! Thank you so much for bringing these to us!

So many cool ideas. My locs are only 8 mos old so I’m still learning my own loc’d hair. I’m so excited for this new chapter of my hair story. Thank you for being a friend lol

I love the knowledge that you share with us. I love each of the styles that you showed. Thank you for keeping us informed.

Thanks for this great post! When I decided to lock my hair 20 years ago, I was coming out of the “Nu-wave” nightmare. I’m lucky enough to have hair that responds to various processes without too much damage. The problem was that with the Nu-wave, my hair tended to look like wig hair which everyone loved, until the new growth started. Eventually, I was introduced to locking and finally decided to stop fighting what my hair was naturally inclined to do and go in that direction. So I cut off all my below shoulder length permed hair down to about a 1/2″ “fro to begin my lock journey. I was a school teacher just graduating with my MA in Museum Ed, Exhibition and Design and looking for work in that field, where back then, not many of us existed. Everyone said: “WHAT are you doing?” “Your hair was beautiful”, “No one will hire you with THAT hair”…blah, blah. One friend even stopped talking to me! I didn’t care, my mind was made up; “I’m going to ROCK THIS HAIR-DO…” I was just so tired of the exorbitant cost, time and chemicals, that I forged ahead, found head wraps and other adornments, and 20+ years later I’m still rocking my locks – and I ain’t NEVER, from the git, been without a respected, well-paying position. I think it’s safe to say, it’s about the person as much as it’s about the “do”; and in the end, it’s all about the presentation…

All the styles are beautiful.

I have extremely dry scalp my dreads to need help asap asap

LOOOVE these!! Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your professionalism, products, insight and knowledge – it is MUCH needed! Please keep it coming!!

Please refer me to a good loctician near the Atlanta, Georgia area, if you can.
Thank you.

I had someone tell me that starter locs or locs that have not locd shouldn’t be manipulated or put into styles. It is best to let them hang. Is this true?

Great read!!!

Thank you for all your help. I’ve learned to embrace my gray hair by my locs. Please include more information on gray and grizzly hair for older women of color. I’m 66 yrs young and love my locs and want to keep them beautiful and tone down the frizzy new growth. Thank you

Is it true that if you smooth hair and you loc it ,after it breaks

No, that is not true.

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