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
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
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
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
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
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
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
7. Half-up, half-down
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
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
9. The hun
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
10. Rapunzel locs
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
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
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
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 check! Credit: @heyphenix
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
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!