101+ Ways To Style Your Dreadlocks

November 1, 2013

We all know I’m addicted to lists by now.

Blogging is about sharing. So the first thing that pops into my head the minute I stumble upon something is, I HAVE to share this with my readers!

Being on an attempt at a natural journey, it’s no wonder that I have considered dreadlocks as a hairstyle. But then again, I’ve heard, more than a hundred times really, how boring they get after a while. Assuming, you don’t have as much freedom to play with weaves, extensions, relaxed, cropped and all other different hairstyles, some people are bound to feel stuck to wearing the same style every damn time. First of all, almost everyone hates being restricted to the same style over long periods. Second of all, that is entirely false and mythical. I have seen locked sisters rock the most unexpected and innovative styles that make me want to wear my nappy hair in locks. If you are one of those who is running out of ideas on how to wear your dreadlocks or if you want to start keeping them, here’s a post to inspire you. Here’s a tonne of stunning ladies who I just had to make another list about. While you’re at it, find out how to maintain your dreadlocks. But first, let’s get into these warloc’d beauties:

Pop Ya Colour

We all know the quickest and easiest way to add some spice to an old style is to dye it! See what these ladies did:

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Claire Sulmers of Fashion Bomb Daily has the cutest dreads ever! I love how she made them stand out with the pop of platinum blonde.

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Buns are great way to keep locs coiffed and neat especially if you’re dressing up for a special event:) Playing with voluminous buns against neat edges is always fun.

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Or you can break free from regular buns and try out of the box bun and updo styles like these:

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Have you ever tried curling your locs? You’d be amazed at the results…

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42. Chescaleigh is one my favourite natural hair bloggers. She has a million and one ways to style her locs. Gosh!

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Fro-Hawk

Be brave and try shaving off some sides of your locs. This might be tricky if you are not ready to chop off the rest of your locs when you get tired of rocking the shaved sides. The new short sides might be hard to manage once they start growing out. But if you’re going to stick with the low sides for quite a while, then what’s to stop you?!

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60.ModelΒ Kateria Typhani Manning is a killah!

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Accessorize your locs with headwraps, breads and other fabulous ornaments.

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At the end of the day, no matter your hair or style; nothing beats a healthy dose of confidence and a winning smile.

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Hope you found these styles refreshing and inspiring.

Which ones will you be trying out?

Have a blast this weekend!

Love & LightΒ 

xx

Lydie

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84 Comments

  1. AWESOME! I love this set of pics. I always thought dreadlocks are sexy

  2. Wow! Black beauty overload! πŸ™‚

  3. wow!!! ds is soooo nice! i luv dreads, tho i hv neva tried tiny braids. thanks for ds beautiful piece! (y) will try some of dese out! πŸ˜‰

  4. wow! i luv dreads, tho neva tried tiny braids. ds is soooo nice (y) ! will b trying out some of dese, soon! πŸ˜‰

  5. Jobie johnson says:

    Does anyone know what color that is in the first picture? Id love that for my dreads

  6. Cynthia says:

    Wow, am so confused I don’t know what style to choose, all beauty

  7. This is the gorgeous blog.That is beautiful stuff of dreadlocks there are.We enjoy these dreadlocks style and apply it,thanx for giving this amazing information.

  8. Teresa says:

    I’ve been natural for 3 years. An Afro is my basic style, but I want something different and edgy. So, I’ve been thinking about getting dreads. I love your pics. They’re so inspiring!!!!!! :0)

  9. Brandi says:

    OMG these pucs inspired me so much and made me proud to be a woman with beautiful locs. Thanks πŸ’‹

  10. brianna says:

    You all are my inspiration

  11. james mangwanya says:

    very good more than the word

  12. Khethiwe says:

    Wow what a beautiful hairstyles jelous down

  13. Nozipho says:

    I love the ladies dreadlock style is like my dreadlock are always clean and black

  14. Star says:

    This post was just incredible. I didn’t even KNOW that many styles could be done with dreads, but then I was never really taught that you could do things with your locks and I’m not sure I’d even be bothered if I knew (Sometimes I find maintainence of my hair a headache) Soo…. thanks! No more simple ponytails.
    I wish some of the images came with instructions though!

  15. lebza says:

    Dreadlocks are the best. Talking from experience I lov dem pics WoW WOw. My hair esteem went up

  16. GingerSpice says:

    100 pics and not one white girl. I guess dreads arn’t for us white girls then πŸ™

  17. dewee johnson says:

    Beautiful styles but what about those of us with short locks????????????????????????????????

  18. metwill says:

    i just just love dreadlocks…i had it too…metwill

  19. KendiaMunnings says:

    Omg!!! Those hairstyles are dope! I have long natural hair and I was thinking about locking it but was afraid because I wanted to do other hairstyles. But I guess I’m locking now. πŸ˜€

  20. Nonhlanhla says:

    I love my locks but I’m run out of style but now I know how should I play with my locks, last week I wanted to cut them but now to cut them its a no no no…

  21. John musau says:

    gorgeous locks n styles

  22. portiaknife says:

    Cest tres magnifique!

  23. anita says:

    nyc, i love the styles

  24. Nyx says:

    GINGERSPICE said: “100 pics and not one white girl. I guess dreads aren’t for us white girls then :(”
    MSAIDYL replied : “Hey GingerSpice, that was an honest error on my part. Not deliberate at all and definitely no discrimination intended. There is one fierce white girl on the post though. Will update the post πŸ™‚
    thanks for pointing that outπŸ‘ŒπŸ‘ŒπŸŽ†πŸ‘πŸ˜˜”

    Error?! Say what?!
    No way, MSAIDYL you don’t need to apologize.

    Thank you first of all for the collection of beautiful people with beautifully styled hair. I’m always trying to find inspiration and new ideas of how to style my hair (I currently have thick shoulder length locs) and for years I’d do an image search for ‘dreadlocks’ and have to wade through image after image after image of white people with locs before I found someone who looked like me (that specific search still yields similar results to this day). It’s only recently that Google has now categorized the image search for ‘dreadlock styles’ into 1) White Women 2) Braid 3) Wale 4) Weddings 5) White Men 6) Mohawk… sure the majority of images are of black people with styled hair… but that’s the actual listing above…. not even kidding, go check.

    This is a fashion blog predominantly about black women, and locs are predominantly worn by black people. You generously included a few men and the one “fierce” white woman, so there is no need to apologize.

  25. Claudeth says:

    Its nice to see natural hairstyles promoted so well, keep up the faith. Bless

  26. G. naomi Forde says:

    I love my locks. I have never been so in love with myself and my hair until I went natural about 7 years ago. I always had really nice thick and strong hair so I did not have a problem locking my hair at all. It is nice to see that so many sisters are now going natural and loving it. I would also like to say thank you to all those involve in promoting and sharing this site.

  27. alreen says:

    i love all the hair styles that i have seem,they are so beautiful each and every one.i wish i could do my hair like that.

  28. 0604446792 says:

    Am kenny the king of dreadlocks in pretoria.(0604446792)

  29. kaino says:

    morning,my name is Kaino and iwould appreciate it if you could send me dreadlock hair styles to my email address if possible thank you.

  30. Doris says:

    Hi, my name is Doris & I live in Nigeria. Pls where can I find real appearing dreadlocks? I want something that looks since I don’t want to dread my natural hair. These styles are so inspiring!

    • Conscoius B says:

      The underlying message within the images is to embrace you natural state of hair. Requesting how to get false loc s defeats the point. Hopefully we will progress to stop referring to loc s as dreadloc s

  31. SHARON TUCKER says:

    I LOVE ALL THE STYLES, WHERE IS YOUR LOCATION? I LIVE IN NORFOLK VIRGINIA.

  32. dianagitau says:

    I loved the post,i am looking for ways to style my dreadlocks since i have had a ponytail for ages and this was really helpful πŸ™‚

  33. Thembelihle says:

    I luv all the pics that i ‘ve seen in this blog . My locs are six months old , i need to be patient for this journey , bt i have hope that one day my locs will be long like the ones that i saw here . Plz keep on posting more pics . I luv this blog

  34. sunil rana magar says:

    I Love this Blogs, and also i always wanted to be a part of this. i Loves this pic.

  35. Jennifer Oke says:

    Reblogged this on Fashion Review and commented:
    Wow… from today I see dreadlocks from a different light

  36. So many fabulous looks! These are people with style and imagination. Love it.

  37. ntyiro says:

    i love them so much, neat and beautiful

  38. Negra says:

    I’m looking to get my hair locked I’m not good @ doing hair on my own so locking it would be best even tho I understand they require maintenance..but I’m good with that I just need a professional to do my starter locks I’m in orange nj..

  39. Mooko says:

    NICE NICE – But also put styles for small to medium dreads.

  40. Leah njeri says:

    i love all those beautiful styles i have been motivated to grow dreadlocks.

  41. kenny says:

    I am so happy to see so many people having this look that I always love so much…..very much a lover of dreadlocks mine are 3 years old yep……..

  42. Robin Newson-Chambers says:

    Beautiful Hair and Styles.

  43. Wow! Beautiful women (and one or two guys too πŸ˜‰ ). I had dreadlocks many years ago and they made my fine caucasian hair thicker. I dyed it dark purple and also red on a few occasions. Lovely post πŸ™‚

  44. Sakhile Padi says:

    Beautiful hairstyles on beautiful people. I should try some of these.

  45. sharonheart says:

    This is amazing! Great post!

  46. Double O says:

    This is just awesome! Thank you for piston this

  47. Mar'Taja says:

    Thank you for this! I am dreading my hair this year. I have been wanting to for awhile. I couldn’t while I was in the military.

  48. joseph; we love your work if you can email me more staly on joseph.paulin20@YAHOO.COM

  49. Vera says:

    Dse styles are awesome,u inspired me

  50. ChellyBelly says:

    This really inspired me. I have been debating locs for years and my excuse is always that I like to change my hai up… Never knew there was so much versatility in locs. Guess I’ll be starting my journey!

  51. John doe says:

    I❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ All the pics and plus there was a white girl there and she was beautiful to.

  52. Una says:

    Thanks for this great collection of pictures. I had an afro and just locked my hair. Now am glad I did.

  53. Reblogged this on This gal I know…M.I.A and commented:
    have to write a dreadlocks piece for COUTURE Africa Magazine and this was a huge help. Thanks.

  54. justmsallflavas says:

    I’d love to add some of my many styles to your list! Over the past 10 years I’ve had more than I can count… from short to long… from extremely busy to calm, cool and collected…. from party girl to board room poised.

    Is there an email I can send them to for your followers to check out???

  55. jaymo says:

    Hey stylist am jaymo,men those styles ar super hot kindly can u forwad via my email plz am a hairdressa wnt to try them on fiance coz she az locks plz.

  56. Jennifer Maria Scantlebury says:

    Thank U Thank U Thank U. Amazing styles, Big shout out Jennifer from United Kingdom. You don,t know how much you have complemented and completed my Nubian Queen image

  57. jano smarter says:

    Hi!I Av dreads.very easy to be with.love ur pics.trying most

  58. irene ocom says:

    i really luv these hairstyles..they are jus so fabulous…i luv it wen i chek onlyn fo thz cz yhey r unique..

  59. Wyomia Barnett says:

    Loving all the pics,yet might I add their is nothing dreadful about my locks they r long beautiful Nubian locks.

  60. Zanele says:

    mi in really love with the hairstyles and i have to try some of them with my dreadlocks

  61. Maki Kapoock says:

    Good day guys
    I love job done here its pretty, kindly please help me with the colour on the logs from the very first lady.
    The name of it and place where i could get in South Africa
    Thank you
    great regards
    Maki kapoock

  62. Grace says:

    I decided to go natural a few years ago before the brazillian weave became all the rage.Ive neva regretted my decision and proud yo say my locks are now below my shoulders and are my pride and joy.My very own crowning glory.Ive been very conservative in styling them but thanks to this blog im going all out and funky and dyeing and really sexy.thanks im proudly natural and luving it.

  63. Bulee says:

    wow this is really nice,I should try it.

  64. Star Shine says:

    I love the styles, proud to have dread.

  65. Beulah says:

    I don’t like a “lot” of fake hair (that’s not my real hair) I have dreads, it’s all mine, a little past my shoulder. These styles seem to require a lot of hair.

  66. didine2016 says:

    # 79 why are you so sexy

  67. Melissa says:

    Thanks! This was just what I was looking for! Some ideas for my locks…. great photos and ideas! I appreciate you taking the time to create this blog/post!

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