What Are Dreadlocks? Styling Ideas, Tips, Tricks & More

I get this question all the time: What are dreadlocks? 

We've tackled dreadlocks meaning before, but today we're going to share the actual definition of dreadlocks.

Dreadlocks are a natural hair style where the hair is interlocked into a clump of hair, the hair grows out of the scalp and is matted, either with product or left to free form on its own, into the desired size and shape. 

What Are Dreadlocks? Styling Ideas, Tips, Tricks & More

Dreadlocks are a huge commitment. I always do a thorough consultation with my clients who are considering locking their hair. It's essentially a permanent hair style, so you need to be sure that you're in for the long haul with this style! 

Dreadlocks have definitely gained popularity over the years. They've become more common and they've also become a little more accepted in the work place. 

There are three main types of dreadlock methods that you'll want to consider when it comes to deciding to lock your hair. 

Each method is accomplished a different way but yields the same results; locked hair. 

  • Palm Rolled Dreads 

This technique is accomplished by rolling the lock in between your palms to tighten the roots, then clipping with a metal hair clip to hold in place until the roots have dried. You'll need a little product and a way to apply to heat, like a hooded hair dryer. 

  • Interlock Dreadlocks

This is my favorite method for re-tightening dreadlocks. I like how it looks and I like how well the roots stay. Interlocking is great for more active people, as you care wash your hair as much as needed and sweating in your hair won't frizz your locks. 

  • Free Form Dreadlocks

Also known as Rastafarian locks, this method allows the hair to do its own thing. A lot of young people are really preferring this method, as it requires very little maintenance. 


I recommend that you look at a lot of pictures of locks before deciding if this style is right for you. Talk to people who've locked their hair and ask them if there's something that they wished they would've done differently! Because the hair doesn't have to be combed or manipulated very often, locking really gives you the opportunity to see how long your hair can grow! 

The ultimate protective style, locks make for one truly beautiful natural hair style!  

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