7 Dreadlocks Styles to Wear in 2022

Add some pizzazz to your locks with one of these styles. 

One thing we love about dreadlock styles is their flexibility. Locs can be molded and formed into just about any hairstyle you want. These intricate ropes of hair can be braided, twisted, twirled into a top knot or even cut into a classy asymmetrical pageboy. Yes, you read that right! Whether you’re attending a banquet or a wedding or just going on a night on the town, you can whip up your locks into a head-turning style.

From thin to thick-sized dreads, check out our gallery of some of the best dreadlock styles for any occasion. Read on:

1. Simple Dreadlock High Bun

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A high, ballerina-esque bun beautifully coiled is neat and perfect for a formal occasion. You can add dreadlock hair charms to accessorize this style and give it a regal finish or leave it as is. This dreadlock style is occasion-appropriate, simple, and easy for a wedding or a banquet. We love using a firm-control gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, to tidy up our edges.

2. Updo Dreadlocks with Floral Accessories

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Jazz up your dreadlocks with fun accessories to complement your fancy event.

Sometimes a basic bun can be too plain. This is totally fine; we love a classic ballerina bun. If your event calls for a little more glamour, give your dreadlocks a fancy twist by accessorizing with hair flowers. Tuck pretty flowers around the base of your bun. You can try out different colors to match your ensemble or keep it simple by sticking to one color story.

3. Curly Dreadlock Styles

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Short and sweet.

Don’t underestimate curls when it comes to dreadlocks. From tight ringlets to loose curls, curly dreadlock hairstyles have a dramatic flair. Whether you’re attending a wedding or a jazz concert, this eye-catching look is extremely versatile. This style can be worn up in a high ponytail with curly dreads cascading along your face or worn down and free-flowing.

4. Fishtail Dreadlocks Half-Up ‘Do

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

Take the fun fishtail braid to new heights with this fancy dreadlock hairstyle. A single plait braided from the front hairline to the nape is a great styling option for keeping your dreads out of your face. Not only is this look classy; it’s also extremely attractive. Whether you’re the host for your BFFs 30th birthday or celebrating your own engagement, try out this simple and stylish ’do.

5. Angled Dreadlock Bob

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Want to cut your dreadlocks into a bob haircut? Try it out! Go for an angled crop to add a fancy edge.

Give your dreads some edge for your next formal event. Chop those locks into an asymmetrical bob haircut. This cut complements the features of your face and gives your dreads a nice shape. We love this look, especially for medium-sized locks, as it gives the cut a more uniform and neat finish. Consider adding Suave Professionals Castor Oil & Mango Butter for Natural Hair and Scalp Oil to your routine to keep your scalp hydrated.

6. High Ponytail

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Throw up your hair for a casual look. Photo credit: Arianna Sharfman

Go for a quick yet chic look with a high ponytail dreadlock style. Once you’ve got your hair up bring some of your dreads to the front to play with texture and volume. While your hair is up, treat the ends to some moisture and hydration by applying some Nexxus Clean & Pure Nourishing Detox 5-in-1 Invisible Hair Oil.

7. Side-Shave Updo

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Amp up the look with a bold side shave. Photo credit: Alexander Craig

Looking to really take a dreadlock style to the next level? Go for a side shave. A cut like this is sure to demand attention and is so easy to care for.

Are you thinking about trying one of these dreadlock styles? Be sure to grab a picture and tag us over @AllThingsHairUS!

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