Styling Your Dreadlocks

Styling Your Dreadlocks


Leave your dreads down to show off their length. Once your dreadlocks have grown out, let them rest naturally around your face. You can tuck some behind your ear, or use a clip to hold shorter pieces back.

  • Some people with dreadlocks put accessories in their hair, like beads, or wrap them with yarn to protect them. Wearing your hair down is a great way to show off your personal style!


Braid your dreads for a quick, easy style. If you want to get your dreadlocks away from your face, you can do a traditional, thick three-strand braid. For a more fashionable style, try a fishtail braid, or a rope braid.

  • Normally, people wear braids to protect their dreadlocks from breaking or twisting, which can happen when the dreadlocks have been recently tightened.
  • Braids are a great way to wear dreadlocks in a professional setting when your hair can’t be down or in your face.


Pull your dreads into a bun for a more relaxed look. Simply pull your hair into a ponytail, wrapping the ponytail holder around the hair one more time. Don’t pull your dreadlocks all the way through the holder to form a "messy" bun with all of your dreads.

  • This style pulls all of your dreadlocks onto your head, so it can be heavy. If it’s too heavy, consider making a bun with only half of your hair up.


Put extensions in your dreadlocks in your dreadlocks if your hair is short.

For people with shorter hair, dreadlock extensions can be a great way to get the style that you want. Look for clip-in or tie-in varieties, preferably made from synthetic hair, and install them near your scalp. Then, twist your around the dreaded extension to combine them.

  • This is a great option for people who don’t want the commitment of caring for long dreadlocks, but like the look of them.
  • Try to stay away from dreadlock extensions made from real human hair. They are more susceptible to mold and mildew growth.

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