Different Styles of Dreads

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Different Styles of Dreads
Dreadlocks are a fun, bold hairstyle. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Dreadlocks can be a bold, fun hairstyle for both men and women. They can be a symbol of ethnic pride or simply a fashion preference. There are many different ways to style and accessorise dreads. With a few personal touches, you can choose a style of dreads to suit you.

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Less is more when accessorising your dreadlocks, so do not put too many things into your hair at once. Long strips of fabric, sashes from dresses, scarves, headbands or ribbon may be used. You can also adorn your locks with necklaces, pendants, charms or beads. Use flowers, shells, grasses, twigs or feathers to create a natural look.

Formal Dreads

This formal hairstyle gives you an elfin, natural effect. Take the front sides of your dreads and secure it at the back of your head, leaving most of your hair loose. Add chopsticks, a tiara, flowers, feather or shells for decoration. For men, add twisted grass, dandelions, twigs, leaves and feathers to this style for an organic, natural appearance.

Dread Bunches

Dread bunches can be styled to suit both men and women. Part your dreadlocks in the middle and lift one side up to the height you want your bunches. Hold it up firmly and secure it with an elastic band and do the same with the other side. You can decorate your dread bunches with ribbons, cool headbands or fabric.

Gold Dreadlocks

To style your hair into gold dreadlocks, you will first need to dye your hair using two-tone hair colour. Use a light brown colour for the front of your hair and a golden tone for the rest. You can then create your dreadlocks either by letting them develop naturally over a long period of time or, if you have straight hair, with backcombing.

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