Scrolling through street style Instagrams around the world, it becomes apparent that the dreadlock game among fashion enthusiasts has rarely been stronger. The stereotype of messy hippie hair is long gone. These days it’s all about clean, crisp lines, clean, tight locks, and creative updos. Whether you love taper fades or undercuts, dreadlocks have a way of turning any seasonal hairstyle into a guaranteed street style eye-catcher. If you’re thinking of giving your everyday look a dreadlocked upgrade, look no further. We have collected the best dreadlock hairstyles for men to inspire you.
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1. Dreadock + Mohawk
This style proves that you can incorporate dreadlocks into just about any hairstyle. The crucial element to achieve this look is to shave the sides of the head, thus shaping the characteristic mohawk silhouette. The length of your locks will determine the final look of your falcon. They can be as long or short, even or uneven as your dreaded head desires.
2. Dreadlocks + Undercut
If you want to take your style up a notch from a taper fade, you should consider trying an undercut. The longer your dreads, the more drama this cut will add to your style. To show off your buzzed sides, tie your hair up in a high ponytail or bun. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can customize your look with beads and other accessories to match your outfit of the day.
3. Dreadlocks + Braids
There are different braiding techniques for the dreaded hair. Whichever one you choose, it is bound to add some interesting texture to your style. Plus, it’s nice to change things up once in a while. If you’re going for a braided look, it’s best to keep your dreads thin. This way, the look is easier to control and it’s easier to incorporate more complex style elements. Of course, there are also braids that cater to thick dreads, so everyone’s a winner here.
4. Dreadlocks + eyebrow flow
Bro Flow dreads are the perfect ‘undone’ look for casual events and occasions. But, for the effortless look to pull off, you need to make sure your locks aren’t too tight. This will maintain the natural thickness of your hair and add height to your dreads. To nail the style perfectly, your dreadlocks should skim your lower neck in the back and frame your facial features in the front.
5. Dreadlocks + side part
A deep side part can visibly add volume to your crown and make your dreads look impressive. If you create a side part as you start to dread your hair, your dreads will naturally start to take that shape. Alternatively, if you’ve already grown out your dreads, the weight of your long locks should help hold the style in place once created. For a little more edge, you can also consider adding an undercut to this style.
6. Dreadlocks + high top
If you’re new to the dreadlock game and don’t want to wait for your hair to grow out, high dreadlocks are a great style to try. These dreads are usually quite short, so you don’t need Rapunzel lengths to make the look work for you. Due to its length, it is also one of the most manageable terror styles. Combined with trimmed sides, high dreads will leave you with a fun yet stylish finish.
7. Dreadlocks + gray hair
Gray dreads are proof that dreadlocks look great at any age. The key to nailing this awesome style is to keep it natural and let mother nature do her part. Therefore, don’t be afraid to let your gray go and don’t be too strict about your growth. A bit of undreaded root, in addition to well-groomed facial hair, will add a relaxed yet elegant feel to your overall look.
8. Dreadlocks + Fade
A fade is a sleek and modern way to update dreadlocks. The cut is a popular addition to high dreads because it blends smoothly into a full head of locks. Of course, you can choose to add a fade to any length and style of dreads. The possibilities are many. Singer-songwriter The Weeknd, for example, has become a poster child for the many varieties this style can offer.
9. Dreadlocks + dyed hair
Contrary to what one might think, color trends don’t get lost on dread heads either. Although you always have the option of having your hair dyed once you have your dreads, it can be beneficial to start the process before locking your hair. Bleaching will open your hair cuticles and make the scaring process easier. If your style is already dreadlocked, consider several oil treatments to strengthen your hair before coloring it. These treatments will prevent your hair from breaking or drying out and ensure you get the results you desire.
10. Dreadlocks + short hair
As you grow into your dreads you will find yourself at a short length. But whether it’s intentional or not, it’s definitely a cool look to try. For this style to look best, the dreads on your crown and on the sides/back of your head should be approximately the same length. Tight curls will look neat and sleek while looser locks will look more relaxed. To tailor your short dreads to your liking, you can also try pulling and tucking individual pieces into place.
How do you dread your men’s hair?
There are several methods to dreadlock your hair, and it depends on your length. You can use a dread sponge and loc butter on hair under three inches. This creates natural twists in the hair, which you can then grow out like dreadlocks. Alternatively, you can do manual twists using loc gel, a rattail comb, and warm water for longer hair.
What do dreadlocks mean?
Dreadlocks refer to a hairstyle that features hair that has been twisted, tangled, or braided into rope-like locks. This is a hairstyle that is best suited for hair types three and four, as they are more likely to lock naturally. It is also an important hairstyle among black communities and holds cultural and black identity significance.
Do barbers do dreadlocks?
You can have dreadlocks done at a hairdresser or hair salon. However, you will want to check first that they specialize in these products and have experience with afro hair. You can also check what technique they use as it may vary from place to place.
How much does it cost to have dreads?
Having dreadlocks done by a professional will cost between $250 and $800. The price will vary depending on the length and amount of hair you have, as this will impact the number of dreadlocks and how long it will take.
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