One of the most versatile and classical hairstyles of all time is the dreadlocks. Also called locs or dreads, dreadlocks can be worn as wigs, braids, kept short or long. You can decide to experiment with colours and styles.
The history of dreadlocks can be dated back to the bronze age and Iron age. Then, many peoples in the Near East, East Mediterranean and North Africa especially Egypt were depicted in art wearing locked hairstyles and wigs. Dreadlocks are ropelike strands of hair formed by matting or braiding hair.
Dreadlocks have become increasingly popular and there are many reasons for wearing them. They can depict deep religious or spiritual convictions, express ethnic pride, make a political or fashion statement.
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Many are of the belief that dreadlocks are caused by sheer hair neglect. Though they can, more often than not, people who wear dreadlocks achieve this look by careful styling and maintenance, by building the locks strand by strand or by employing the service of a professional “loctician”.
Dreadlocks are worn by both male and female. While dread haircuts are usually worn by black men, guys of all races have embraced the look. There are different dreadlock styles that men can rock – from long to short, black to blonde, straight to braided. Men’s dread styles come in various sizes, shapes and designs.
Below are some of the stunning dreadlocks styles you can rock.
Short dreadlock hairstyles – baby locs
This hairstyle is quite simple, chic and neat. Easy to maintain. Your go-to hairstyle for formal and informal occasions. Baby locs are the first step to growing healthy dreadlocks.
Long dreadlock hairstyle – twisted individual dreadlocks
These dreads are derived from twisted together individual twists. The ends can be secured with colourful hair accessories.
Tamed dreadlocks with side swept locs : Here, the dreadlocks are left hanging at the back with side swept locs. If you don’t mind your hair touching your face, this is your go-to style. Just like baby locs, it’s also easy to maintain. It gives that chic and classy look.
Petal afro dreadlocks : Here, twists can be left hanging loose, held into a bun or a petaled Afro. Alternatively, you can split the locs at the middle. You can achieve the petaled look by folding dreadlocks into petal-like shapes and then holding them with pins. You have to be careful while sleeping so as not to ruin the petals.
Beautiful dreadlocs in a bun!
Colored locs twist high bun
Does the idea of adding colour to your locs interest you? You can decide to colour the ends or some strands. The coloured ends or strands are the major highlight of the crown. This is even more elegant if the back is braided.
Double twist locs to the back
The locs can be left hanging loose or braided to the back
Basket weave dreadlocks
This is a popular dreadlocks style. Although time-consuming, the basket weave is beautifully intricate and neat. The wine coloured locs make it fierce and fun. It looks great on guys.
Dreadlocked rows with twisted ends: For that fancy look and convenience, this style has got you covered. It looks good with any size, length or texture of dreads.
Braided dreads with updo buns: This is a yet complicated but classy style.
Maze runner dreadlocks
When it seems like there are a thousand locks on your scalp and you want something easy and quick, this dread style is to the rescue. It is neat and seemingly complex. You can also experiment with colours by making the ends coloured.
Petaled dreadlock with front bangs
Short knotted locs: They are easy to maintain. There’s also room to experiment with ombre colours.
High bun dreadlocks: This is one of the most popular dreadlock styles for men. Long dreads are quite heavy so a way to ease up the burden is to wear them up in a high bun which gives the creative and chic look. You can also hang them loose based on your choice.
Side swept twists: The side look works for all, both young and old. A fuller side- swept twist look can be obtained by braiding from right to left and letting the ends hang loose. The locs are secured with hair clips to help hold them in place.
Short dreads with undercut: A clean shave always make the sides of your hair look great.
Baby locs can be styled in various ways. It can be held into an updo bun, sectioned into parts or the ends left loose.
How stunning is this!
Dreads updo bun: Dreads look amazing when styled in a bun. The bun is half- up and statement strands are left hanging down. This dreadlock style accentuate the eyes.
Dyed and coloured braids: Bold colours like red, gold, green and blue look fantastic on dreads and give the style an Afrocentric feel.
Medium twists with undercut
A new and cool way to rock twists or dreads is blending them with an undercut.
Dyed dreadlocs is a great way to break the monotony of having just one look.
Curly dreadlocks: For a stylish new look,you can curl your dreadlocks.
Pony tail dreadlocks: Do you want to express yourself in a bold and edgy way? pony tail dreadlock style will give you just that feel. The locks are dyed vibrant red shape, braided up to form a spiky pineapple pony tail. This style makes you the centre of attraction.
Dread twists: One of the ways to encourage locs formation is through twisting. This style utilises the protective powers of both twists and dreads.
The double updo bun depicts that girly and young look. The locs at the back are left down loose.
Tips on how to maintain your dreadlocks
- Wear a headscarf while sleeping so as not to ruin the petals formed.
- Moisturize your dreads to avoid breakage: Moisturizing helps prevent the dreadlocks from falling off or thinning. Aside from that, eat right. The importance of proper nutrition cannot be undervalued in hair growth.
- Massage your scalps for easy flow of blood to hair follicles. Scalp massage promotes hair growth.
- Exercise helps combat hair loss by reducing stress.
Guess your love for dreadlocks has been rekindled. Which dreadlock style would you rock?