Dreadlock styles for LONG dreads
Dreadlock Styles and Dread Styling
Thanks! I'll check out the videos.
I have actually done the Leia's before lol.
For some reason I can't see posts on this forum, so I'm going to ask here to save hassle.
My dreads at the longest points are passing my lower back now. I find it hard to do almost all of the styles that I see in videos and on YouTube as mine are just too long and look awkward. Are there any ladies (or gents) with some good long dread styles? I'm getting bored of the bun knot and braids.
My name is Nina, and I have had my dreads just over 3 1/2 years now.
My hair was a few inches passed my butt when I had them done, and opted for back combing to avoid having to deal with 3 1/2' of nappy hair, and because I wanted organized sections (Dreads were my personal therapy for OCD, and let me say the first 6 months were misery).
I ended up with 64 total, and after they were backcombed, I pretty much let them do whatever they wanted outside of congo-ing. My top two back center dreads were named Neltharion and Megatron, after the WoW and Transformers characters. I ended up taking 10 of the front to make loose hair, and then also ended up congo-ing the remaining 54 in sets of two and combining to make 27.
I never used any products outside of coconut oil and aloe here and there, but I really can just chock it up to laziness.
Dreadlocks were also a step for me in embracing myself for exactly what I am in that I have come to love the imperfections of them.
People who have known me most of my life say that I would not be me without the dreads. They were the best personal decision of my life, and I wish I had done them sooner.
I have been dying my dreads for all 3 1/2 years I have had them, but I don't use bleach. I just used the high lift colors (I have a dark/ash brown color naturally) intitially, and a lower level to keep the color after that. I dye them once every 3 months. I wash the length of dreads only when I dye them, but wash my scalp and growth area once a week (I gather the hair loosely in the back of my head and then make a bun and wrap in a plastic bag), so maybe once every month and a half will I do the roots, then sleep in a protein mask. As you can see in the latest photos, my hair is a very bright red right now. Since I keep the dreads themselves very clean between dye jobs, it extends the time I can go between each dye. My mother also specializes in color and colored natural hair care in her salons, so that also helps me make sure I never damage my babies