Also known as dreads or locks, dreadlock styles are one of the oldest known hairstyles. This style has played a significant role in many cultures and religions over the years, with the oldest records (that we can find) being in India. There, this look was associated with a focus on the spiritual, not the physical world.
Since then, dreads can be found all over the world, including Africa. Every African culture finds a different significance in dreadlock styles, and to some people, it is simply fashionable. In modern times, this style was largely popularised by reggae icon Bob Marley. Thanks to Bob Marley, dreadlocks are still mostly associated with Rastafarian culture.
In South Africa, dreadlock styles are worn by people of all ages, races, religions and genders. And while to some, it is a fashion statement, to others, it is a part of who they are. The natural hair movement has been highlighting many previously marginalised hairstyles and encouraging people to embrace their natural tresses, and that includes dreadlocks. So girl, feel free to embrace your locks and wear them with pride!
Tips On Maintaining Your Dreadlock Styles:
While dreads can form by just neglecting your hair, the idea that dreadlock styles are dirty is so wrong. Dread lovers around the world know that clean hair, coupled with the right products and techniques are the best way to go in order to lock your hair quicker and much more neatly.
Dreadlocks styles gained through neglect can be a good look, we acknowledge that. However, taking the time out to cleanse and twist your hair, and using the correct products, allows you to control the size and shape of your locks. This means it will be much more versatile and easy to style.
Here are a few handy tips and tricks to ensure that your locks look lovely all year round for South African dreadlock styles.
- Wash your dreadlocks once a week with a mild shampoo and conditioner. Products that contain aloe vera are also excellent at adding moisture to your locks. Our top pick is the Organics Normal Hair Shampoo and Conditioner. It is formulated with organic aloe vera which is super hydrating.
- Do not twist the hair too often. We recommend doing this every two months.
- When twisting do not crotchet the hair. Instead, simply interlock when necessary.
- Each person’s hair is different. We suggest consulting your hairdresser and/or stylist on the best dreadlock styles for you.
- Apply hair food daily to strengthen and nourish the hair.
- To maintain your lovely locks, wrap your hair with a satin or silk scarf at night.
- Massage your scalp as it helps to stimulate hair growth.
6 Best Dreadlock Styles
With different lengths, colours and cuts, there are dreadlock styles to suit every person and their unique vibe. Here are some of our favourites:
Casual Dreads Updo
Add a touch of sophistication with this casual dreadlock styles. We’ve kept it low-key, but you can make it as glam as you want. Simply add some accessories for a more night-time look.
Editor’s Tip: Coat your locks with a bit of the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Oil and they will look even better, with a healthy shine to die for.
Long Dreadlock Styles
One of the great things about dreads is how incredibly long they can grow. But you can always opt for dreadlock extensions if you don’t want to wait for them to grow.
Braids are great and so are dreadlocks, so why not just combine them? Long, braided dreadlock styles look super intricate and would look great at any casual occasion.
Trendy Short Dreadlock Styles
Enjoy the ride while you’re waiting for your dreads to grow. This locked bob would look stunning on any face shape, for any occasion. For a more funky twist to this classic look, add some colour to your locks, such as this ginger ombre.
This is the ultimate textured ponytail. Locked ponytails are both gorgeous and practical, which is why these dreadlock styles are some of our favourites. Add a pop of bright colour and you have this edgy look that is sure to turn heads!
Editor’s Tip: Preserve your colour with products that are specifically made for colour-treated hair. We highly recommend the Dove Colour Care Shampoo and Conditioner, which keeps colour vibrant for up to 8 weeks.
Festival Space Buns Dreadlock Styles
Space buns have been a trending style for a while now, so of course, we had to get them in dreads! Add a bit of colourful faux locks to your natural locks and you have a festival hairstyle made in heaven!