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50 Hot Dreadlock Hairstyles for Modern Women

Ema Globyte

10. Medium Dreads for Females. You don’t have to appear quirky with locs – style your dreads to look polished and ready for any occasion. This posh dread hairstyle is both office-worthy and party-ready. Another variation of the Mohawk dread style and a great idea of a dreadlocks style for females who might not be comfortable with the razzle-dazzle of undercut dreads. Cool!

At times, when you can’t be bothered with everyday styling, dreadlocks are like a breath of fresh air. They can protect your hair, maintain its health, and let it grow all while looking super cool in tight locs!

Drop whatever it is that you’re doing because you need to take a look at these 50 dread braid styles right now!

1. Side-Swept Braided Dreads. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of dreads. There is a multitude of hairstyles you can check out to keep your hair stylish and protected. Smaller twists can be braided or twisted to achieve a more interesting texture.

2. Browny Dreads in Puff Hairstyle. This style creates some flatness in the front with intricately plaited twists to only set off the volume and texture of the golden-brown bun sitting lordly on the crown.

3. Dreaded Halo with Highlights. A mixture of thick and thin twists and swirls adds a new dimension to this chic updo. Everyone will be mesmerized and crazy about looking closer at your complicated hairstyle. It is actually pretty simple, but thanks to variously sized dreads, accessories, and highlights, the crown look becomes something extra.

4. Short Dreadlocks Women Hairstyle. After numerous experiments with your hair, you may want to let it grow out while maintaining its health. Short and edgy loc hairstyles are the best for this purpose.

5. Yarn Dreads in Two High Buns. A great styling idea for students that allows room for creativity with a fun pattern in the back, and adds a few extra inches to your height too!

6. Dreadlock Bantu Knots. Be ready for any event with braided dreads in cute, tight Bantu knots that look good at any time of the day.

7. Mohawk with Loopy Dreadlocks. Let’s see if there are any new interesting loc styles for women who are fashion-savvy and will stop at nothing to rock their dreads in statement hairdos. This hairstyle combines flat twists on the sides that work as an undercut and kinky dreads layered up in two heaps to form a funky Mohawk. Accessorize with cowries, beads, or fancy earrings to jazz up the coiffure.

8. Blonde Swirly Dread Bun. Among many creative hairstyles for girls with dreads, this is on the “simple, but it definitely works” side. Small dreads are versatile in different hairstyles and work well in updos. The sweep in the front looks like a side fringe, which is a winner if you want to balance out your facial features.

9. Twisted Dreadlocks with Loose Spirals. This cute lob made of tight twists gains plenty of bounce due to the heavy knotted ends while the loose locks cascading throughout the mid-length add extra fullness to the style.

10. Medium Dreads for Females. You don’t have to appear quirky with locs – style your dreads to look polished and ready for any occasion. This posh dread hairstyle is both office-worthy and party-ready. Another variation of the Mohawk dread style and a great idea of a dreadlocks style for females who might not be comfortable with the razzle-dazzle of undercut dreads. Cool!

11. Short Dreads. The beauty of dreadlocks hairstyles is at its peak when your dreads are short, just a little past the chin. Managing and styling your dread hairstyle into various cool and fanciful hairdos is easier in this length. Short dreads are chic and classy. Style them into a bob, short pony, criss-cross half updo – and it will always turn out astonishingly beautiful.

12. Braided Faux Locs Updo. A great option for women who cherish the iconic look of dreadlocks but don’t have natural dreads. The two-strand twisted loc braids held down with a good quality styling gel, and an attached ponytail is all it takes. Her faux dreads appear almost real and natural. The curls add a romantic touch to the updo.

13. Dreads in Jumbo Kinky Twists. Use your favorite dreads and twists in one style. If you want to rock long dreadlocks while looking put-together, try this neat half-up style where the shiny tight fax locks hold those kinky twisted dreads.

14. Half Up Half Down Dread Bun. A wonderful idea for an outing with girls or a date. Women with locks love how easy and cute this style turns out to be!

15. Chic Upside-Down Twist. By pushing the hair to the front and shaping the large curls into a kind of lush bangs, this tight wrap offers a whole new take on updo loc styles for women of color.

16. Dyed Dreads Hairdo. Don’t worry about loc styles being boring and lacking modern hair color solutions. You can easily get extensions with an ombre effect.

17. Feminine Dread Bun Updo. Wearing your dreads neatly pulled back into a tight bun is an elegant dreads style that is flattering even for the most important occasion. Also, it’s a way to style dreads to look office-worthy for ladies. Just like every bun hairstyle, it shows off your slender neck to advantage.

18. Short Multi-Layer Locs. Here is a nice alternative to box braiding where plaits are replaced with distinctly textured twists of different lengths to land a fuller look and mimic a layered short bob.

19. Twists and Dreadlocks. Dreads look cute when accompanied by flat twists. For a strikingly beautiful effect, combine your dreads with neatly twisted braids on one side to give an undercut feel. The loopy texture of her jet black dreadlocks adds an extra Afropunk flavor to this cool dread style for women.

20. Chunky Twists with Face-Framing. Here is how you can rock dreadlock styles with flair while keeping the locs in place— pack them into a set of chunky rolls and tie tiny ropes of hair all around.

21. Spiral Wavy Dreadlocks. Add a fun and flirty vibe to your hair by working your dreads into curls. This is one of the most popular shorter hairstyles with dreadlocks for females. The curls can be achieved with hair rollers, setting lotion and braids, etc. Curly dreads have this romantic and jazzy feeling they evoke.

22. Massive Loc Bangs and Top Bun. You don’t need to mimic bangs when wearing dread styles since you can steal this stunning updo with dramatic texture and volume in the front and on the crown.

23. Dreaded Space Buns. Try one of the most exciting dreadlocks styles. Firstly, it rocks the effortlessly cool aesthetic with ease: the buns appear messy, while the overall parting of dreads and the tidy front pieces are super clean. Secondly, it’s a timeless style for ladies – especially those who are bold enough to have fun whenever they feel it!

24. Snakey Updo with Dreads. Whether you need to put away your hair for work or an event, this style has you covered. Pull your natural hair back and create a fancy Mohawk updo with faux locs. Make sure you generously accessorize them with rings! Leave one or two coils on either side for a “side bang”.

25. Sea-Horse Mohawk Dreads Style. Perfect loc style for women who would like to escape the stress of styling and restyling their dreadlocks daily. Ask your hairstylist to pull your dreads into a mohawk. The dropped down ends add a fresh twist to the style.

26. Half Up Twisted Dreads. The intricate details of this dread style look elaborate and cool on her. An artistic combination of flat twists and freely hanging dreads with metallic red dip dye makes her dread hairstyle a fantastic eye-catcher.

27. Double-Folded Dreads. Guess this answers your question if you happen to be among those who argue that dreads are too edgy to be worn to work. As you can see, there are many dreadlock hairstyles that effortlessly refer to conservative and formal hairdos. See how elegant she looks. And who says you can’t have fun while maintaining office ethics.

28. Curly High Bun with Locked Tendrils. This is a great example of prom or bridal loc styles for females wishing to look romantic on their big day without compromising their commitment to dreads.

29. Faux-Hawk High Pineapple Bun. Apart from the edginess of dreadlocks, versatility is another unique feature dreads have. You can style your dreads in so many ways. A mohawk-like dreadlocks hairstyle like hers is cool and classy. Packs a ton of fun and feminine feel too.

30. Cornrowed Dread Style with Highlighted Ends. Modern loc styles for women often incorporate pops of color, and this somewhat jagged version thrives on the dip dye hair trend, which is officially back for 2024.

31. Dyed Dreads with Bangs. Enjoy your knotted inverted bun with a splash of color in it! You can both go for ordinary colors like caramel or light brown, but also try something more colorful if you wish. Meanwhile, thick twisty bangs are becoming a popular addition to amazing dread hairstyles, and we couldn’t be happier.

32. Screw-Shaped Pony Locs Hairstyle. This cool hairstyle maximizes the texture of long dreadlocks by plaiting them into hefty two-strand twists elevated further with a high ponytail.

33. Long Hair Locs with Curly Ends. Do you like dreads but miss your natural curls? Leave the ends of your locs curly and show a lovely combo of the clean square parting, long twisted locs, and playful ringlets at the ends.

34. High Dreadlock Bun with Bangs. If you have tried a ton of dreadlocks styles for women, you probably want something simple. Check out this bun. The casual updo has cute bangs to go with it and will suit both formal and everyday settings.

35. Medium Dreadlocks Style. Curly dread hairstyles for women offer protective properties of loc styles and look amazing no matter what color and length you choose.

36. High and Tight Dreads Bun. If you doubt that dread hairstyles can look neat and feel professional, these textured strands tied tightly on the crown to land a voluminous bun prove the contrary.

37. Looped Chocolate Brown Half Up. Here is one of the amazing dread styles for women with medium hair that shows the length is well sufficient for a creative half-up with a looped high bun and layered twists.

38. Intertwined Locs Style with Low Pony. This quirky style pairs smooth twists plaited along the head with a short yet dimensional pony and face-framing bits of textured dreads.

39. Half-Up Half-Down Braided Dreads. Here is a spectacular dread style for a woman of color, featuring tiny twists that grow into seriously raised braids on the crown and then flow into a bulk of dreadlocks going past the shoulders.

40. Asymmetric Petal Bob. This edgy bob catches the eye with both the striking asymmetry of its shape and the bounce it gains thanks to the intricate knots on the ends.

41. Boho Locs with Knobby Ends. Playfully swept to one side, this shoulder-length hairstyle complements petty locs with loose strands and knobby ends to arrive at a fuller look with strong bohemian vibes.

42. High Twisted Dreadlock Pony. High or low, long or short, dreadlock ponytails always look classy, but there is a way to elevate your look even further — by plaiting your strands into jumbo-size ropes.

43. Half-Up Medium Layered Dreadlocks. The beauty of this dreadlocks hairstyle is in its complex simplicity. This medium-length dreads hairstyle is full of razzmatazz, and it’s not for the shy. An attention-grabbing locs style with an edgy and audacious vibe. The pineapple half-up pony and vibrant hair color say this style is for the bold and daring ladies only.

44. Afro Dreads in a Low Bun. Be ready for your date night with this effortlessly cute styling for your lovely natural dreads.

45. Huge Mohawk Dreads Style. Having a lot of hair may feel tiresome. Save your time and energy with a truly fascinating and royal updo you’ll wear for a while. The looped Mohawk styled with natural dreadlocks or extensions will look absolutely dashing.

46. Rainbow Inserts for Short Dreads. Thick twisted dreads all over your head can use a little bit of spice sometimes. Change it up by weaving colorful strands in. It can also be anything you want, from ribbons to bright yarn, just ask your hairstylist about what they can offer you.

47. Braid with Dreadlocks. Braided ombre locs with wool extensions look wonderful in a wide range of styles from boho to grunge to fusion.

48. Twist Dreads with Beads. Different types of dreads create different looks from soft and romantic to bold and fierce. Nothing screams fun as a head full of small curly dreads. What is absolutely amazing about these dreads is that due to the square parting, you can wear the hairstyle any way you like – up or down, split in the middle or thrown to the side you prefer.

49. Palm Tree Dread Ponytail. Think of a bushy evergreen tree that grows in warmer climates. The faux locs can act as roots, while the messy short dreaded pony is the crown! Be your own summer no matter what the actual season is.

50. Twisted Dread Updo. Feeling like a goddess has never been easier. A massive locs updo with tight braided and twisted locs is just the perfect fit.

It’s safe to say, that dreadlocks can make you feel daring, cool, stylish, and even a little mysterious. We want to believe that you’ve now found the perfect style to experience all those things with one of these 50 cool hairstyle ideas!

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  • Okpaleke Emmanuel chidiogo

    Nice 👍 one

  • Nikeziwe

    Dreadlocks rock

  • Syombua Caro

    In love with dreads

  • Matokelo

    In love with dreadlocks