If you’re like us you’ve been admiring dreadlocks and wondering what it’d be like to have them. Luckily, there are now so many options that have evolved beyond the traditional long dreadlock to include everything from medium-length to short dreads (and a few lengths in-between!). Whether this natural hairstyle is embraced as a fashion or cultural statement or due to it’s versatility and low maintenance, there’s just something about dreadlocks that, no matter how they’re worn, adds a certain easy and laid back vibe to the person donning them. Ready to embark on a hairstyle change for the end of summer? Read on to check out five cool ways to try short dreads.
Short Dreads You’ve Got to Try
1. Dreaded Flat Top
The ’90s are alive and well in 2016 (hooray!), which means, among other vintage hairstyles, the flat top is back and fresher than ever. Pair it with short dreads and you’ve just made a statement that’s not only fashionable, but well groomed too! The addition of locs to a traditionally more tailored military look will add a sense of style to your everyday look. Be sure to use some pomade like the Axe Clean Cut Look: Classic Pomade to help you to mold and shape your dreadlock style.
Rock ‘n Roll meets rasta meets the everyday with this updated version of the mohawk. This hairstyle is all about maximum height presented in a classy, yet edgy look that’s great for any occasion. The trick is to shave the sides and group your dreads in sections along the crown of your head so that they will begin to clump together over time. Some gel like the Bed Head for Men by TIGI Power Play Firm Finish Gel can ensure that your awesome style stays put.
3. Dreadlock Rows
Looking for organized chaos? Braided dreads could be just the answer. Separate your dreads into four or five sections and begin braiding your rows. Depending on length you have the option of tying them up with a hair tie into a high pom, or down the back of your head into a low pony. And the best part? This look if perfect for rolling out of bed and starting your day without a single hair concern.
4. Criss Cross Dreads
No matter the length of your dreads, they’re perfect for this universal look. In as easy as 1-2-3, you’ll have an edgy, masculine take on a single french braid. Secure the look with a hair tie and you’re ready for whatever the day brings.
5. Colorful Dreads
When you start to get tired of your hair there’s one tried and true way to revamp it: add color! Whether you go with natural or bright colors, ombre, an allover or block dye scheme, your hair will look brand new or, as they say, #FresherThanYou.
Ed’s tip: Moisture is a key point to keep in mind when styling and caring for your short dreads. That said, pick up a bottle of the Suave Professionals Coconut Oil Infusion Damage Repair Oil Treatment. This treatment can help to keep your locs nourished and shiny. Use it everyday or as needed!
Looking for other ways to wear your natural hair? Check out our article on the latest afro hairstyles.