Stay cool and comfortable this summer by trying these 5 loc styles.

Loc’d and Loaded: Men’s Summer Hairstyles to Beat the Heat

Taking care of locs can be difficult in this weather. Stay cool in this DMV heat with these 5 creative loc styles for the local loc’d up man.

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Mia Boykin 

We recently covered the best loc summer styles for women, but we didn’t want to leave the men out either! As temperatures rise in the DMV, men with locs often seek stylish yet practical ways to keep cool. Here are five loc styles that not only look great but also help manage the heat.

Basket Weave 

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The basket weave is an intricate style that’s perfect for men who have had locs for years.  This pattern involves weaving your locs in an over-under pattern, creating a textured, basket-like appearance. The beauty of this style lies in its ability to keep your locs off your neck and shoulders, allowing for better air circulation. Due to the tight weaving, less frizz is expected even in the heat, making it an excellent choice for those scorching summer days when you need to look polished while staying cool.

Rope Twists

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Rope twists offer a sleek, refined look that’s ideal for both casual and formal settings. This style involves twisting two sections of locs together to create a rope-like appearance. The twists can be left hanging or styled into an updo. This is very trendy at the moment, as the twists can be removed to add a curl to your locs. Rope twists not only look great but also help to keep your locs contained and off your face and neck, providing relief from the heat. They’re relatively easy to maintain and can last for several weeks with proper care.

Barrel Twists 

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We included Barrel twists in our list for women, but the style is very popular amongst men as well! Barrel twists are a variation of rope twists that create a fuller, more voluminous look. This style involves twisting your locs around themselves to form barrel-shaped twists. The result is a textured, dimensional appearance that adds interest to your look while keeping your locs out of your face and away from your neck in hot weather. Barrel twists are a very popular style at the moment, making it a must to reach summer trends. 

Jumbo Loc Braids 

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For those with longer locs, jumbo loc braids offer a striking yet practical summer style. This involves sectioning your locs into large parts and braiding them into thick, dramatic braids. The style not only looks impressive but also also keeps your locs contained even when long. It is easier to tie your locs up, and provides more space for air circulation for the face and neck.  Jumbo loc braids can be left hanging or styled into various updos, offering versatility for different occasions.

Braided Back 

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The braided back style is a classic look that is always in fashion. It involves braiding your locs back from your forehead towards the nape of your neck. This style effectively keeps your locs off your face and neck, making it perfect for hot summer days. The braided back can be customized to your preference – you can opt for tight, neat braids for a more formal look, or looser, more relaxed braids for a casual vibe. 

Remember to keep your locs moisturized to prevent dryness and breakage when styling them for hot weather. Use light, natural oils like jojoba or argan oil to keep your locs healthy without weighing them down.

Each of these styles offers a unique way to manage your locs in the heat while looking stylish. Whether you’re heading to a summer wedding, a beach party, or just running errands on a hot day, these loc styles for men will keep you looking cool and feeling comfortable. Experiment with different styles to find what works best for you and your loc journey.

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