Even nowadays people who wear “authentic” dreadlocks can be found in the jungles of India. It’s considered that this is a typical hairstyle for hermits that live in the forest in search of enlightenment.
However, the real cult of dreadlocks was born in the communities of rastas of Jamaica and Ethiopia. For the followers of Rastafarianism, locks this is the sign of affiliation, the symbol of being chosen, the locus of human strength, and even the channel with the god Jah, or Jah-Jah. Rastas believe that at the Day of Judgment Jah will grab them by the dreadlocks and bring to the skies.
The second birth of dreads undo occurred in fifties when they finally moved from the jungles to the streets of the big cities, and that’s when the upstanding citizens called this updo ‘dread locks’. The irony is that those who wore them liked this name too.
For a long time, the decision to make dreadlocks was more than courageous and even a little bit crazy – to get the cherished locks, one needed to turn his or her own her into a complete mess. You couldn’t just remove these “braids,” you could only cut them off. And what if you don’t like them? And what if you get tired of them too soon? Win or lose.
Since we found out how to make safe dreadlocks, everyone has got an opportunity to wear this creative updo. Furthermore, a lot of new the new hairstyles have emerged, and if you want to wear something extraordinary, you should definitely look through the list we made for you.
Best Dreadlock Hairstyles for Men
The best thing about the dreadlocks is that there are a lot of fresh, highly stylish, funky or elegant versions of this hairstyle. Besides, they’re unisex, and men (especially the black guys) remain loyal to this updo. The length may be different. Wanna have classic long locks? No problem. Wanna wear short ones? A good barber will complete this task without any difficulty. You can also pair locks with extremely popular undercut or trendy fades to make your look even more creative. We personally love dreadlock man buns that look less elegant than the buns women usually wear, but still have their unique charm. What’s your choice? Maybe you’ll like the medium-length dreads more?
Perfect Female Long Dreadlock Styles
Do you remember the red carper of the Oscar ceremony in 2015? There was a plenty of hairstyles, but Zendaya and her fancy dreadlocks made a splash! This trend is quite specific, and the debates about them are still raging, but a lot of people make their choice in favor of the modern-looking, creative locks undos. Some women doubt that they’ll be able to style their hair in the different ways, but these fears are groundless. There are a lot of awesome styles for women with long and medium locks from the ponytail to braids.
Comfortable Male Short Dreadlocks
Of course, the long male dreads look fantastic, but the shorts undo also has its benefits. Short locks are the excellent option for those who want to stand out less. Moreover, they’re more comfortable, easy to style and manage, and they don’t have to be boring. Dreads may be paired with a fade that creates a contrast between the locks and the short hair on the sides. Don’t like fades? Well, what about the high top dreadlocks? They may be worn in a completely different ways, and most of them look absolutely gorgeous.
Cute and Funky Thick Dreadlocks for Women
It’s not a secret that a lot of women make their choice in favor of dreading hair partially because they don’t need to style and manage their hair standing in front of the mirror for hours. Moreover, there are a lot of simple and fast ways to style your dreads and turn them into a sophisticated hairstyle or make them a part of a funky look. Braids, bangs, buns, ponytails, curly hair – everything’s allowed. The best thing about the thick dreadlocks is that you may let them hang free, and they’ll still look stunning.
Mohawk Dreads – Best Styles for Men and Women
The awesome thing about the long hair is that you can do anything you want with it, braids today, tail tomorrow, and glamorous curly hair day after tomorrow, it’s up to you. However, there’s one more cool option people with dreadlocks never forget about, and this option is called ‘Mohawk.’ This hairstyle looks really extravagant and stylish and can be worn as by men as by women. It’s especially beautiful when the hair on the sides is shaved, but the braids also work perfect. The dreads on the top need some extra maintenance, but hair or braids on the sides of the head doesn’t need any styling, so this kind of compensates this little con.
Half Dreads for Women – Cool Hair Designs
Fortunately, nowadays, hot girls with dreads are not a rarity anymore. The young ladies want not only to look feminine but also to be cool, trendy, and stylish. Though this particular hairstyle can be hardly considered the typical updo of a typical it-girl, it still has the right to live on the runways and in the streets. Half dreads are a kind of compromise between the hair and the dreadlocks, and it looks fantastic. Any girl that’s wearing it looks like a gentle flower and a rebel simultaneously. Such a wonderful contrast ever goes unnoticed.
Braided Dreads Hairstyles
Dreading hair has the huge advantage – you can do anything you want with it. Some people just let the locks hang, and this looks awesome, some make buns and high or low tails, some wear it as a bob, some prefer braids. However, braided dreadlock hair differs a lot from everything you can do with the “ordinary” hair. A good stylist can build a tower on your head, but you won’t look ridiculous, in contrast, it’ll seem that you’re just from the runway? If you don’t want to stand out in the crowd this much – just ask him to make something more casual yet trendy, just like in the pictures below.
Elegant Locs – Hairstyles for Long Hair
As we have already mentioned, dreads were considered rastas hairstyle. However, everything changes and locks are not the attribute of Rastafarianism anymore. Nowadays, they’re worn as by hot girls as by the brutal guys, and we personally think this is a great trend. Furthermore, now they can even look elegant, and the pictures below prove it. What do you choose? An sophisticated high bun or a princess’ hairstyle by Zendaya?
Mens Dreadlocks – Easy Styling Ideas
What about the colored dreadlocks? When you have half dark have blonde locks you don’t need to style your hair – the dreads that hang free already grab all attention. Wanna look different? What about letting your locks fall on the one side? Beard would be a nice “accessory” for such kind of look. If this all is not about you, consider the idea of high top dreads – they also look interesting, especially when paired with fade and good old manly beard.
Highly Stylish Dreadlock Updos
This is all about the buns. It’s commonly considered that black guys and girls wear dreads more often than the white ones. Well, this is the unisex, versatile style that’s good for everyone, including the gorgeous redhead and blonde you can see in these pictures. They look more casual yet highly stylish, and that’s an excellent choice for the girls who love the funky but not too extravagant looks. The beautiful black model, in turn, demonstrates that the dread buns can and should be worn on the runways, if necessary. Pure elegance!
Most Popular Dread Hairstyles for Guys
In 2018, every barber knows how to make dreads. Moreover, most of them know how to turn the ordinary locks into a work of art you’ll wear proudly. Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to style them, from attention-grabbing mohawks to diverse dreads with a fade. And don’t forget about the designs – shaved lines of different shape can make your look even more stylish!
Medium Dreads Hair Styles for Girls
Medium dreadlocks don’t look as distinctive as the short high top or the long braided ones, but they can still look beautiful. Take a glance at these pictures – these two women are completely different, but both are beautiful in their own way. Simple, easy, and fast dreads hairstyle from the nineties is still trendy! Don’t like this one? What about the braided locks of medium length with the beautiful color accents?