How to Tie String Around My Dreads

Updated April 17, 2017

If you have dreadlocks and want to change up your look keep reading! Dreadlocks lend themselves well to a wide variety of adornments. One of the easiest ways to decorate your dreadlocks is to simply wrap string around them. You can use any type of string or thread you prefer, from hemp to yarn to embroidery floss. For a project like this you can truly decorate your dreads any way you can imagine, the sky is the limit.

Collect yard, thread or string in the colours you want. Cut this into the lengths you desire. Remember if you want to wrap a dread thoroughly, you'll need your wrapping material to be about twice as long as the dread. Lie out your cut lengths of wrapping materials so they're close at hand.

Run your hands through your dreads to separate them a bit. Feel all the way up to the roots where your dreads have formed.

Get in front of a mirror and decide which dreads you want to wrap. You could do a few around your face as accent pieces, or wrap random dreads all over, or even wrap all of your dreads. Do whatever suits you.

Take up the wrapping material you'll be using to wrap your first dread. Fold this in half, so there is a loop at one end. Place this horizontally under your dread then pull the two ends through the loop to secure the strings. Be sure to fasten your wrapping material near the top of your dread, close to your scalp. Let one thread hand and wrap the other around your dread. Wrap down as far as your material allows, making sure to leave a bit at the end to tie your wrap off.

Take the other string and wrap around in the opposite direction, creating a criss-cross affect. Tie of the ends in a knot. Continue this process on as many dreads as you'd like wrapped. Enjoy your colourful new look.


Wrapping dreads is only recommended for well-formed dreads. If your dreads are new and forming, do not wrap them.

Things You'll Need

  • Type of string, thread, or yarn of your choice.
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Elsa MacFie began writing in 1990 and her short story, "Making of an Atheist," was published in "Impressions" that same year. She co-founded "Meat for Tea: The Valley Review," a small arts and literary journal that began in 2004. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in English.