History and Unexpected Dreadlocks Variations Gathered In one Place
Dreadlocks are times and iconic, we all know that. However, they are often mixed with crochet braids, which are entirely different. It is best if you memorize that and learn how to distinguish the two. Today we are going to talk about the dreads in all their types and variations. What is more, we are going to open up the curtain of the past and prove it to you that these locks existed throughout the centuries. Are you ready to discover some new hairstyles and make a statement? You have come to the right place!
History Of Dreadlocks
History of dreadlocks dates as far back as to ancient Egypt. The fact is that there were discovered mummified remains of ancient Egyptians who wore dreadlocks. It needs to be added that even in the Bible there is a reference to dreads when the take of Samson is told. Of course, Celts and Vikings were the warriors with the snakes of their hair. As you may understand, it is how our ancestors viewed dreads back then.
It is obvious enough that dreads weren’t something new when the trend hit the world, but something as ancient as the world itself. These days, for the most parts, dreads are specially made by professionals, but centuries ago they formed naturally. So what are dreadlocks? It is what is going to come out of your hair if you do not comb and wash it for a while. The hair will start clogging. Thus you will end up with natural dreads.
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Surely, we are modern people, and going as far as to not washing the hair and let the dreads form naturally is not an option. That is why almost any hair professional knows how to make dreads these days. What is more, these days, there are so many types and variations of dreads that it is hard to imagine.
Just before we proceed to all the available dread types definition, it needs to be mentioned that locks were considered something more than just a hairdo. The fact is that spiritual people believe that if you do not comb your hair, you do not leave the special energy out of your head, and that is a good thing. Think about it!
Dreadlocks For Short Hair
Among all the dreadlocks hairstyles that we are going to discuss today, short locks are the simplest to get and the easiest to look after. However, that does not mean that they are any less appealing than all the other styles. You can think of short dreads as of a stylish bob that does not need regular maintenance. You do not need to think about the texture, volume, and body since the dreads will look equally beautiful on a daily basis!
It may happen so that you are not a fan of short hairstyles thus short dreadlocks are not your cup of tea. If that is the case, you should better be patient. The thing is that it takes a while for the dreads to grow out. However, there is also a chance to skip the wait and use extensions. When you combine both the extensions and your own hair, you can choose the length that appeals to you most, just like that.
Dreads For Medium Length Hair
When you are considering the dreads you need to realize that not only the length matters but also the thickness of them. The longer the locs, the thicker they should be and vice versa. If you choose medium length, it is best to think about the thinner dreads since they will not avert attention from your face. Besides, in order to add some more polished look and feel you can experiment with various hair accessories on the dreadlocks. With such thickness, there is not a chance that they will look out of place.
There are also dreadlocks women with spiritual values choose. They are named Rasta locks. It needs to be mentioned that not everyone can grow them naturally since they are peculiar from folks with African roots mostly. The main difference from all the other types lies in the fact that they grow naturally without any artificial interference. You can wash your hair, of course, but the fact that they grow on their own binds you spiritually with the religion of Rastafarianism.
These days many dreadlocks styles intertwine with one another. Twisted locs are the best representation of the idea. What is done - dreads are twisted with one another to form such beautiful locks. For the most part, they look especially great with longer hair. However, there are no boundaries set.
Crinkle Dread Style
Some people say that there is a lack of ways to experiment with your dreads. We beg to differ. For instance, if you miss your curly hair, you can make your dreadlocks curly instead. Besides the process is far simpler than with the regular beach waves or curls. All you need to do is to wet your dreads, braid them and let them dry. Once you unbraid the locs, you will end up with such a crinkle dread style.
Freedom locks may be that contradictory hairstyle form that many discuss these days. The fact is that while some consider such a style to be messy and unattended the others take it for freedom. The key point is to let your hair grow the way it does without trying to re-twist your dreads or detangle them. However, you should wash your hair regularly, though.
We know that there are many people who would like to give the locs a try but are afraid of the commitment. That is when faux dreadlocks come in more than handy. The fact is that these artificial dreads are wrapped around your natural hair. While the trendy impression is preserved, the faux dreads also save your hair from all the external damage. It is a win-win option, in our mind, if you are just willing to give the style a chance.
Wool locks are another type of protective dreads. The fact is that they prevent frizziness. What is more, since it is not your natural hair we are talking about, you can experiment with different colors with the minimum damage to your hair. For instance, these silver-blonde dreadlocks will certainly make a statement no matter where you go. However, you need to keep it in mind that such dreads dry a little longer than the regular ones so that you are going to need to wash your hair less often. Luckily, you can always apply some dry shampoo to keep the look fresh.
In some cases, wool locs are not acceptable since you may be allergic to wool, or you are a devoted vegan. In times like this you can easily play around with yarn dreadlocks. The fact is that they are created through the same principle as wool locs and can be as colorful and trendy-looking. However, on the downside, they may be a little heavier when wet.
Bohemian Dread Style
Boho style represents your personal beliefs and ideas. It is not just another trend to follow. If you feel spiritually connected to nature and you are a free-spirited human being, such a dread style may come in simply irreplaceable. What makes bohemian dreadlocks stand out are the loads of earthly accessories that are usually added to the dreads.
There is a popular opinion that you can only wear your dreads loose. If you ask us, that would be the most boring hairstyle of all if that were the case. However, the truth is that you can braid your dreads just like you do with your non-styled hair. In fact, even the simplest look such as a regular braid will look unique and charming. If there is a special occasion ahead, such a hairstyle will add some more femininity to your look.
Pin-up looks are on the edge of popularity these days. Guess what – you can pull such a style off with your dreads too! All you need is a significant twist on the top of your head and sleeker sides. If you worry that it all will fall apart once you nod your head, there is nothing impossible for a proper amount of bobby pins!
Fishbone braids are known for the unique patterns that can be created with their help. Surely, every fishbone look has certain authenticity – but do you know what is even more unique? Of course fishbone dreads! Besides, a style like that will always look peculiar and elegant but with a note of edginess to it. Think about it!
Dreads Updo Bun
Buns have been in the hair fashion for a while now, and they seem to keep that way at least for a while more. To be honest, you can replicate any significant bun look with your dreadlocks with ease. Be it a regular updo, or a half-up, half-down one even a full bun looks fantastic on dreaded locks. See for yourself!
If you wish to keep up with all the trends while bonding with the roots, we know a perfect way out. The thing is that all sorts of undercuts are the hottest right now, and combining an undercut with dreads is another way you can make a real statement. Besides, any time, when you are not feeling like showing the undercut, you can put your dreads down, and that’s it!
You are probably aware of the fact that a Mohawk is always the edgiest cut, no matter men or women we are talking here. However, if you wonder what would double the effect such a cut creates – we say pair it with dreadlocks. With your sides shaved clean and the dreaded Mohawk, you will be the center of attention no matter where you go!
Colored Dread Style
There is a false assumption that dreadlocks may limit you in some way. That is not true. Dreads can help you express yourself the way you want. If you are thinking about changing your hair color, you can easily do it with locs too. Just choose a significant shade, be it blue, green, or red dreadlocks and soak them in corresponding hair dye. It may take a little longer for the product to soak in, but the result will be worth it. There is no doubt about it.
How To Make Dreadlocks
In case you wonder how to make dreadlocks, that is not that difficult. In fact, you can learn how to get dreadlocks from this simple tutorial that we have prepared for you. The only thing is that if you want to give yourself a dreaded look, you may need an assistant to help you succeed.
- To begin with, get yourself a practical comb, that you are going to use to separate the hair section. It would be great if it has a poky end for the sectioning.
- You are going to need a bunch of rubber bands and a little crochet hook too.
- Section your hair in rows. Do it so that the upper section falls in-between the two lower ones.
- Secure the sections with the rubber band as you work on the row.
- Grab an unsecured section.
- Split it into two pieces.
- Twist the pieces twice and pull them up.
- Think about pulling as if you are tying a knot.
- Repeat the process until you reach the end.
- To smooth your freshly-made dreadlock, us a crochet hook.
- Pull all the stray hairs into your dread.
- You can move the hook in any direction as long as each loop you pull is not out of the locs, but rather keeps all the pieces together.
- Use the hook up to the point when you are satisfied with the smoothness of the dread.
As you can see, there is nothing too fancy about dread-making, and you can do it even in your backyard in a matter of a few hours.
Dreadlocks are a mystery to many. Some of you may think that there is one kind of those and nothing more. Today we are going to reveal some secrets, and we assure you that you are going to be surprised!