The Editors
Updated on January 29, 2021
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Craving an innovative way to express yourself embracing a unique hairstyle? Dreadlock styles have been adapted into the modern expression of fashion and individuality by women around the world, and we love each of these new styles!

Dreadlocks for Women

Dreadlocks are more of a non-formal nature but today even exquisite bridal hairstyles with dreadlocks are not a rare thing. Everything depends on how you want to look and what impression you want to make. Here is your inspirational gallery on the topic.

1. Coral Reef Updo

Coral Reef Updo

Instagram / @locsbylokelo

If you think that dreads are too unvaried with just a few ways of styling, see this myth dispelled. The luxurious asymmetrical hairstyle like in this picture will definitely bright up your life and will take your style to the next level.

2. Messy Lattice Crown

Dreadlocks hairstyles have evolved over the years. This is an intricate-looking way to tame those frizzies at the nape of your neck, while creating a lattice of long dreadlocks that lead to the high, messy blonde bun. Wear anywhere, especially when you want to heat things up!

3. Not Your Grandma’s Locks

Red dreads are smoothed and tucked up, creating a space to feature those colorful blooms. Dreading your hair doesn’t mean you have to look unkempt! In fact, you can look very elegant! This updo is done like a Gibson tuck, only with dreads. And, at the same time, it can be associated with Japanese Geishas’ pinned up hairstyles featuring a sleek curve at the nape of the neck.

4. Elegant Dreadlock Bun Updo

This style is very simple, yet the accessories dress it up, offering you one of the most versatile hairstyles for dreads out there. As long as the scarf wraps around the base of your bun a few times, you can accentuate it with flowers or other hair clips from your collection. Beads finish off the look perfectly.

romantic bun for dreadlocks

Instagram / @kriswud

5. Thick Twist Dreadhawk Sculpture

This incredibly unique and artistic Mohawk style is truly a work of art! Traditionally black girl dreadlocks hairstyles are quite adventurous, but this one takes the cake! A series of twisted dreads are woven together, creating a look to remember.

braided Mohawk with dreadlocks

Instagram / @locsbylokelo

6. Pretty Dreads with Loose Ends

These slim dreads have been left undone at the ends. It’s a great way to draw attention to different shades in your hair as well as introduce some varied textures. Wear your beautiful dreads in half updos, accessorizing with colorful elastics, feathers, beads, and whatever feels right and pretty!

Half Updo For Auburn Dreadlocks

Instagram / @spiralocks

7. Dreadlock Updo with Extensions

Updos are not the first thing most people think of when it comes to dread hairstyles, but they should be! Most dreads can be molded into eye-catching shapes with relative ease. This spiky updo just requires strategic twists and a few hair pins.

8. Candyfloss Pink Woven Dreadlocks

Welcome a cute woven style that looks no less complex than a maze, but the one you can wrap around your head! It’s one of the more difficult styles to master but it’s worth the effort.

Dread Pigtails Hairstyle

Instagram / @howtohairgirl

9. Fake Twisted Dreadlocks

These small dreads use tightly twisted synthetic hair to create a sleek black mane with bright highlights. For women with thin strands, fake dreads are a great way to get tons of hair. You just need the help of a professional with plenty of hair extensions!

Long Skinny Dreadlocks In A Ponytail

Instagram / @afrostylshop

10. Dreadlocks with Wraps, Beads and Braids

Calling all women with dreads who can’t decide on just one style! Give each individual dreadlock its own personality by using different colored dread wraps and beads. Then, take your dreads style one step further by braiding some locks from the top of your hair.

Dreadlocks Half Updo

Instagram / @justapeach__

11. Faded Blue to Purple Dreads

This colorful dreadlocked look features electric blue roots washed to pink lengths that are almost colorless at the very ends. Colorful dreadlocks are commonly synthetic, and it a great solution for trying some wild colors.

Blue To Pink Layered Ombre Dreads

Instagram / @namaslayhair

12. Twisted Dreadlocks Bun and Undercut

If a beautiful dreadlock bun wasn’t show-stopping enough, add an undercut too! This hairstyle is perfect for women who find a full head of dreadlocks is a bit too much. Practicality aside, the half dreaded look is also really, really cool.

Black Faux Locs With Nape Undercut

Instagram / @alexianna_styles

13. Tamed Dreadlocks

This is one of those dreadlock hairstyles that are recommended for dreads that need some rejuvenation. Style the top half of your locs as cornrows, and you’ll have a neat front with a crazy back for a perfect balance!

Half Updo For Medium Dreadlocks

Instagram / @thedreadladi

14. Dreadlocks Side-Braid and Undercut

If you have thick hair, it’s worth considering a half dreaded look so you aren’t drowning in dreadlocks. This style has a heavy undercut with just the top section in locks. Add a side plait and you can give this punk look a feminine edge.

Dreadlocks With An Asymmetrical Side Undercut

Instagram / @justapeach__

15. Navy Blue Spiral Dreads

The spiral dreads are here to showcase that having dreadlocks doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy beautiful curls and waves. This particular style is done with perm rods but you can also use braids, pip cleaner curlers or a curling wand. Don’t forget, dreadlocks can be really versatile!

Long Curly Dreadlocks

Instagram / @loopsalon

16. Half Up Dreadlock Braid

Here’s the epitome of noncommittal white girl dreads. When your dreads are not extensions, they are going to live a whole life of their own changing their look as the time passes by and giving you opportunities to experiment with a number of new hairstyles and look each time different.

17. Dreads with Braids

This hairstyle is all about the messy feel and various textures. The hair is made up of thick dreadlocks, some of which have been plaited or twisted. The chunky knitted scarf is also there for a reason – love, love, love the look!

Blonde Dreadlocks With Braids And Twists

Instagram / @modlocks

18. Boho Dread Updo

Super chunky dreadlocks are perfect for updos and experimental hairstyles. Start at the front of your hair and twist the dreadlocks backwards. It doesn’t have to be neat either, the messier the hair, the more boho chic it looks!

Mohawk Updo For Dreadlocks

Instagram / @christy_does_hair

19. Blue Highlight in Dread Half Updo

Some dreads hairstyles just need a few colorful streaks to create a beautiful contrast. This chunky side bun is adorably messy, funky and relaxed, but at the same time it reminds a beautiful rose and looks pretty romantic, wow!

Side Bun Half Updo For Long Dreadlocks

Instagram / @barbboisedreads

20. Twisted Dreadlock Bob

These neatly twisted locks are shaped as a perfect bob that can be of any color you like. To add a little glitz and glamour, just add a few shiny metal clasps throughout the lengths.

African American Bob From Dreadlocks

Instagram / @alexianna_styles

21. Side-Swept Dreadlocks with Colorful Wraps

The long dreadlocks have been swept to one side and accessorized with wraps, beads and shells. The dreads themselves boast the wearer’s natural hair color but are still bursting with bright shades – perfect for women who enjoy pops of color that bring no damage to hair.

Long Black Dreadlocks

Instagram / @rollies2thesky

22. Bright Pink Synthetic Dreadlocks

If you have short hair but want to flaunt long locks, try dreadlock styles that use extensions. Here, fake pink hair has been braided into the roots of the real hair and rolled into faux locs. And, in our opinion, the more different shades, the better!

Pink Faux Locs Ponytail

Instagram / @afrostylshop

23. Half Dreaded Bun

This look is a mixture of dreads and messy undone strands, just the right blend of textures for badass styles. A large relaxed bun is the simplest suggestion but it looks fresh and cool, to say the least.

Big Messy Bun With Dreadlocks

Instagram / @mermaid_mel_

24. Dreadlocks With Undercut

Use the hair from the middle of your head to create a mohawk of dreads. The closely cropped sides and back not only highlight the dreadlocks but also make them appear longer. Choose to leave your bangs loose or dreadlock them too.

Long Dreadlocks With Short Sides And Back

Instagram / @rollies2thesky

25. Wavy Twisted Dreadlocks

Hairstyles for dreads can also come with a soft ombre effect. These tightly twisted locks are flawless in color, texture and length. As this technique uses hair extensions, it’s up to you how long or how colorful you want to go!

Long Light Brown Faux Locs

Instagram / @taletteb

26. Fleur De Lis Dreadlock Bun

The different shades of these thin dreads create a pretty pile of eye-catching loops. The loops are fun and give height, depth, and texture to this set of skinny locks. This style for black girls with dreadlocks can dress up any outfit, and reel in compliments!

knot updo for dreadlocks

Instagram / @msmarsha.a

27. Brown Half Dreaded Hair

White girl dreads can be very versatile. If it’s your first acquaintance with the locks, you may try half dreads. In this case loose hair is gathered into a half updo with chunky messy bun. It’s an elegant interpretation of “Hey, I’m different and pretty!” and we like it, do you?

28. Pastel Dreadlocs with Straight Bangs

Love pastel colors? This set of temporary locks adds life and pizazz to your dreads, turning your hair into a true work of art. Customize your color theme to match any outfit. These cute locks are sure to present a brighter outlook!

pastel dreadlocs with bangs

Instagram / @kawaicat_salon

29. Free and Easy Long Textured Locks

Sometimes removing dreads or growing your dreaded hair out is a challenge for women. But, as we see a blended style of grown out dreads can also look pretty and be a feature of your style.

outgrown dreadlocks

Instagram / @totallybug

30. Medium Ombre Locs

Don’t want to be bothered with styling long dreads? Try medium length. Here we see a stunning example of bright ombre and defined layers, and we are craving to copy this style right now, really!

Medium Ombre Locs

Instagram / @hugosalon

Ready to explore new female dreadlock styles of your own? Simply keep these inventive and fun ideas in mind. Whether you have real or synthetic dreads, there are many interesting ways to present them. And remember, color options are growing in availability, so feel free to create your own unique style!

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