10 Dreadlocks Styles to Wear this Season and Beyond

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

One thing we love about dreadlocks styles is their flexibility. Locs can be molded and formed into just about any hairstyle you want. Thick or thin, 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!

10 Dreadlock Styles for Any Occasion

Whether you’re attending a banquet, a wedding, or just going on a night on the town, you can whip up your locks into a head-turning style. Check out some of our favorites dread styles below.

1. Simple Dreadlock High Bun

Woman wearing dreadlock bun style perfect for weddings
You can’t go wrong with an updo for a wedding!

A high, beautifully coiled, ballerina-esque bun is neat and perfect for formal occasions like weddings or banquets. Simple and easy, this style is naturally beautiful, and you can add dreadlock hair charms to give it a regal finish. We love using a firm-control gel, like TRESemmé TRES Two Mega Firm Control Gel, to tidy up our edges.

2. Curly Dreadlock Styles

Woman wearing short and sweet dreadlock style.
Short and sweet.

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

3. Fishtail Dreadlocks Half-Up ‘Do

Woman wearing blonde and brown dreadlock style fishtail braid.
Who said you couldn’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 dread 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, but it’s also extremely attractive. Whether you’re the host for your BFF’s birthday or celebrating your own milestone, try out this simple and stylish ’do.

4. Angled Dreadlock Bob

Woman wearing dreadlocks styled angled bob.
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 cute shape. We love this look, especially for medium-sized locks, as it provides a 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.

5. High Ponytail

Woman wearing dreadlock updo style.
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.

6. Side-Shave Updo

Woman with dreadlock styled side shave updo.
Amp up the look with a bold side shave. Photo credit: Alexander Craig

Ready to take your dreadlock style to the next level? Go for a side shave. A cut like this demands attention and is so easy to care for. Think about investing in your own haircutting tools to keep up with the style on your own.

7. Dreadlocks with Curly Ends

Woman with long dreadlocks with curly ends.
Accentuate your locs with curls. Photo by Mike Von

Want to add some spice to your look? Add curls or waves to the end of your locs for the ultimate summer look. Help keep your curls in place by spraying the ends of your hair with TRESemmé Freeze Hold Hair Spray.

8. Faux Locs with Dainty Edges

Woman with dreadlocks and edge styling.
A little edge styling can go a long way. Photo by Jabari Timothy

Another great way to spice up your look is with edges. Try these subtle, dainty edges for something subtle that goes a long way. This style is especially great for 4b-4c edges. We love SheaMoisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil + Flaxseed Black Edge Gel to style this look.

9. Jumbo Locs

Woman with jumbo locs and hair accessories.
Jumbo locs for the win. Photo by Myeyeslamp

Looking to add some volume to your hair? Try this jumbo dreadlocks hairstyle. It’s the perfect boho chic look for summer and spring and looks great worn in ponytails and buns.

10. Multi-Colored Locs

Woman with multi colored dreadlocks (blonde and black) worn in space buns.
Photo by Erik Torres

Have some fun with multi-colored hairstyles. We love these blonde streaks, for example. Take your look a step further and add dimension by adding silver cuffs to your locs.

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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