Instagram #hairinspo: Discover 15 creative ways to wear dreadlocks

Beth | 18 May 2017
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Thought dreadlocks could only be rocked one way? Well, a quick look around our gallery and you’ll be happily proven wrong!

 

With a flurry of A-list stars like Zendaya, Rihanna and Zoe Kravitz bringing faux locs back into the public eye, there’s never been a more exciting time to experiment with dreadlocks. From short and sweet bob-length locs to flowing waist-length varieties, you’d be surprised just how many ways there are to rock the look.

And if you’re worried about struggling to style them, you shouldn’t be! From buns to braids, ponytails to pigtails, there are all kinds of ways to work your dreads. And to prove it, we’ve hunted through Instagram to find the crème de la crème of dreadlock hairstyles, which will open your eyes to all the stunning possibilities!

Dreadlocks: 15 fresh ways to wear them

 

woman with blonde dreadlocks styled into a french plait
Keep dreads under control with a pretty braided style. Credit: Instagram.com/dreads_on_kat

1. Classic braid

The traditional 3-strand braid might be a classic, but it shouldn’t be overlooked! A quick, easy and neat way to keep your hair back for work, no hairstyle round-up would be complete without it. Credit: @dreads_on_kat

twin girls with matching dreadlocks in high buns
Everyone loves a high bun! Credit: Instagram.com/lejonhjerta

2. High bun

Come on, what’s not to love about a high bun?! This towering ballerina-inspired style is a classier version of everyone’s favourite messy bun, making it the perfect style for both fancy dinners and formal dances. Credit: @lejonhjerta

woman with blonde cornrow dreadlocks
Dreadlocks AND cornrows? Yes please! Credit: Instagram.com/melduartepoesia

3. Cornrows

If you’re on the hunt for a style that’ll save you precious time in the mornings, this is it. By braiding your dreadlocks into cornrows (from your scalp right down to the ends), your hair will stay in place for days, so you won’t have to worry about reworking it. Phew! Credit: @melduartepoesia

woman with faux locs in bantu knots
Bantu knots work for all hair types and lengths. Credit: Instagram.com/natslocs

4. Bantu knots

Bantu knots are already a naturalista favourite, but did you know you can rock bantu knot dreads, too? Created in exactly the same way as usual, simply divide your hair into sections and twist each section around itself. Once you’ve formed your individual mini bun or ‘knot’, secure with a hair tie… Et voila! Credit: @natslocs

woman with brunette dreadlocks with bangs
Fancy bangs? Go for it! Credit: Instagram.com/aurielpastel

5. Dread bangs

We all know that bangs are a fun way to change up your look, but did you also know that they work a treat in dreadlocks? Yes really! Particularly great for those with oval or rectangular face shapes, it’s a guaranteed way to update your look in an instant. Credit: @aurielpastel

girl with long dreadlocks in plaited pigtails
Pigtails – but not as you know them! Credit: Instagram.com/lejonhjerta

6. Pigtails

In case you hadn’t noticed, pigtails aren’t just for the playground anymore. This childhood favourite has seen a revival in recent months, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian West and Karlie Kloss both sporting the style. So, follow suit with chic low pigtails like these! Credit: @lejonhjerta

woman with dreadlocks in a half-up hairstyle
This half-up style is the best of both worlds. Credit: Instagram.com/thefemaleweezy

7. Half-up, half-down

Can’t decide if you want to leave your hair down or wear it in an updo? We know the struggle. But with this half-up, half-down hairstyle you don’t have to decide!

Pretty and versatile, it’s great for a multitude of scenarios; be it a casual weekend, a day in the office, or more formal occasions. This is definitely a style to have up your sleeve! Credit: @thefemaleweezy

woman with dreadlocks tied in a high ponytail
High ponytails are the perfect quick fix. Credit: Instagram.com/sanuramusic

8. High ponytail

Ponytails might seem like an obvious option, but let us tell you why we think they’re worthy of a mention. Quick and easy to do, this versatile hairstyle is virtually foolproof, making it the ideal on-the-go quick-fix. And guess what? You don’t even need a mirror to do it!

Yet if you’re feeling uninspired by traditional high ponytails, switch things up and try a side style, instead, like this Instagram beauty! Credit: @sanuramusic

woman with faux blonde locs in half-up bun
What do you get when you combine a half-up with a bun? A hun! Credit: Instagram.com/nubienymph

9. The hun

The hun (AKA the half-up bun) has a huge A-list fanbase, including Ariana Grande, Hilary Duff and Candice Swanepoel. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s certainly good enough for us!

All you need to do is take the top layer of your hair, tie it into a ponytail and wrap it around itself to create a loose bun on top of your head. And it’s as easy as that! Credit: @nubienymph

two women with super long dreadlocks
These girls have got #hairgoals written all over them! Credit: Instagram.com/houseofwadada

10. Rapunzel locs

Super long hair (we’re talking serious Rapunzel-inspired styles) have become an unexpected trend of 2017, thanks to stars like Nicki Minaj and Shay Mitchell.

Showing that this celeb favourite works just as well in everyday life, we’re loving this stylish pair’s never-ending manes. Just try not to trip over your strands! Credit: @houseofwadada

girl with sweeping side fringe dreadlocks
Shape your style with sweeping side bangs. Credit: Instagram.com/ofhoneyandspirit

11. Sweeping fringe

Already rocking dreadlocks? Have you thought about working a sweeping fringe into your look? This little hair hack will make a huge difference, softening your features and tying your whole look together. So when in doubt, get a fringe! Credit: @ofhoneyandspirit

woman with dreadlocks in a twisted half-up style
Add a girly twist with this half-up style. Credit: Instagram.com/lillarose_blessedmommy

12. Twisted half-up

Got a wedding coming up? This dainty and delightful half-up hairstyle featured a little twist, and is the perfect style for bridesmaids and wedding guests alike. Just add whatever accessories you like and you’ll dazzle the whole night away. Credit: @lillarose_blessedmommy

girl with ombre black and grey dreadlock space buns
This Instagrammer’s space buns are out of this world! Credit: Instagram.com/heyphenix

13. Space buns

Public Service Announcement: space buns are for life, not just for festivals! So, whether you’re attending a festival this summer or not, these half-up double buns are one of our favourite ways to spruce up dreadlocks. Fun, playful and easy to do? Check, check and checkCredit: @heyphenix

woman with long blue and teal dreadlocks
Show off your personality with coloured dreads. Credit: Instagram.com/wiggit_dotcodotuk

14. Coloured dreads

Feel like you’ve exhausted your styling options? Looking for something a bit more exciting? Let us introduce you to multicoloured dreadlocks!

We seriously heart this Instagrammer’s mermaid-inspired teal hue, yet with so many hair colour trends coming through this season (hygge hair, purple hair and neon hair, to name just a few!), it’s time to go crazy with you shade! Credit: @wiggit_dotcodotuk

woman with brunette and blonde dreadlocks in a braided bun
You can’t go wrong with a braided bun. Credit: Instagram.com/so.leil

15. Braided updo

Whoever said dreadlocks can’t be girly obviously never saw this Instagrammer’s feminine braided updo! With it’s twisted-bun design and intricate braided detail, this look has prom hair written all over it! Credit: @so.leil

 

Have any of these styles caught your fancy? If you do decide to try any of them out, don’t forget to snap a selfie and pop it over to us on Twitter @AllThingsHairUK! We’d love to see!