Dreadlock Hairstyles For Every Length and Texture

Unique ways to style your dreads.

With each season comes new hairstyles, colors, and trends that we can’t wait to try. It’s also a time when we have to adapt hairstyles, like dreadlocks, to the elements, particularly when faced with seasonal gripes like the summer heat and humidity or winter dryness and limpness.

But no need to stress, as there are tons of options out there for you if you want to maintain your dreads throughout any season. Dreadlock hairstyles can be as simple as trying out a new updo, a braided style or adding in some color. Read on to discover six of our favorite dreadlock hairstyles, and find a style that works for your length and texture:

1. Short Dreads

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Keep your dreadlocks short and with a touch of color this summer.

We love how shorter dreadlocks look at a lob length. You can also choose to enhance this look with a touch of color. Red looks particularly great on brown or black hair. Keep your short dreads clean and your scalp moisturized with an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner duo. We love Dove Dermacare Scalp Soothing Moisture Anti-Dandruff Shampoo and Conditioner!

2. Braided Dreadlocks

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Who said you can’t braid dreads? This fishtail braid on dreadlocks hairstyle is great for any occasion.

You can braid and plait dreadlocks just like you would with braids or natural hair. Dreadlocks look pretty stunning with a fishtail braid, right?

3. High Up Dreadlocks

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The top knot style is a polished way to wear your textured locs.

Another way to get your dreadlocks out of your face, while still maintaining the style is to wrap them up. We love the look of a twisted updo where you can show-off your incredible coils and all the dimension in your hair.

4. Half-Up Dreads

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We love this classic style with dreadlocks!

You can also try the classic half-up, half down look. This versatile style works on all dreadlocks as it brings depth to your face, while also getting your locs out of the way when needed.

5. Fake Dreads

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There’s no pressure to commit to dreadlocks when you can create fake dreadlocks!

If you want to try out the dreaded look temporarily, try out some fake dreads. This look involves teasing and intertwining your hair to create twists. This Twist & Rip method creates a knotty texture and with the help of a gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Ultra Firm Control Gel, keeps your temporary locs in place. Check out our full fake dreadlock tutorial for more step-by-step details.

6. Loose Dreads

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Experiment with the texture of your style with tighter and looser coils.

If keeping your hair up isn’t your thing, let your dreadlocks be free this season. We love how this look allows you to experiment with the texture of your hair as you create tight and looser coils throughout your style.