How to Put Dreads in a Bun

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How to Put Dreads in a Bun
Create an elegant new look for your dreadlocks by putting them in a bun. (Thinkstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The free-spirit style of dreadlocks is not always appropriate or well-received in every situation. There may be times when you need to put your dreadlocks up to create a more conservative look for a formal occasion or when you want to get your hair up and off of your neck. In either situation, putting your dreads in a bun is a stylish hairstyle choice. Your dreadlocks have to be at least past your shoulders for the style to work.

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Things you need

  • Ponytail holder, large enough to hold your dreads
  • Large elasticated scarf, ponytail holder or hair band

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  1. 1

    Bend over at the waist and comb your dreads forward. Smooth out excessive ridges and bumps.

  2. 2

    Gather your dreads together with your hands and form a ponytail at the desired height for your bun.

  3. 3

    Slip a ponytail holder onto your hair and create a ponytail.

  4. 4

    Group the bottom edges of your dreads and twist them around the band of the ponytail. Continue twisting until the length of your hair has been wrapped.

  5. 5

    Secure your bun with a large elasticated scarf, ponytail holder or hair band.

  6. 6

    Tuck any stray dreads into the bun.

Tips and warnings

  • Longer dreads may be too heavy to wear comfortably in a bun. Consider creating a bun with half of your dreads, and leaving a section down to better distribute the weight of your hair.

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