Clients who have or want to get dreadlocks, often ask how to wear dreadlocks at work.¬† It is an important question simply because appearing professional at the workplace is essential.¬† Getting let go because of your hair is usually a long shot, but it has happened.¬† While more places have embraced the hairstyle, one must remember that properly maintained hair is¬† requirement whether hair is straight or locked.¬† ¬†Therefore, even if you like your hair “crazy”,¬† moderation is always a good thing if you work in a conservative environment.

Some styles I have recommended to my clients are as follows:

  • Ponytail bun:¬† Gather all the dreads in a ponytail and wrap a covered band over it.¬† I do not recommend elastics as they will cause the dread to thin at the area it rests.
  • Half Ponytail:¬† (a) Put a headband and make a bun in the back or (b) leave the rest of the hair to hang freely.
  • High Bun:¬† Gather the dreads into a ponytail on top of the head and wrap in a circle before putting a band to hold.
  • Braided Half-ponytail:¬† Braid the front of the head into as many rows as desired then gather back into a ponytail.
  • Take 3 or four dreads (depending on the thickness) from the front¬† on each side of the head and tie with a covered elastic band in the back and leave hanging.
  • Take 3 or 4 dreads and make a braid on each side and tie with a covered elastic band in the back.
  • Make partings down the head and braid to the nape.¬† Gather into a low bun.¬† If the hair is short stop it just behind the ear and leave the hair out.
  • Dreads can also be cut into a bob or blunt style or layered like straight hair.
  • Make 1 or two French braid from the dreads.

You can definitely be more creative and try other styles but if you have two-left  or two-right hands as most people, these are pretty simple styles to start with.

By Paula Barker,

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