Creative Ways to Decorate Your Dreads

Last Updated on December 18, 2022 by Gaga

Dreads are a fancy hairstyle for anyone to sport and rock with any outfit. They are worn by men and women in different shapes, styles, and sizes. However, many people are interested in cool and attractive ideas on how to decorate dreads. If you’re interested in learning how to add dreadlock accessories to your hair, this article is for you. We’ll be taking a look at how to transform your dreads, whether they are natural, braids, or synthetic dreads.

Let’s begin

The following tips will teach you innovative ways to beautify your dreads:

Look For Dreadlocks Accessories Around You

The great thing about having locs is that there are various hair accessories for dreads. Many of them can even be found around you. Are you short of ideas? Look into your jewelry box, take a trip to the thrift store, or look out for something on the shores of the beach. You may always check the internet for inspiration on loc jewelry.

Beautiful young woman with dreadlocks decorated assorted beads

Don’t hesitate to add any fancy details you find to your loc accessories. Check through your drawer and pick up some of your siblings’ items. You’re free to add anything you want to your hair except if it’s sticky. As long as you can come up with an attractive design, then there is little or nothing to worry about.

Some popular items that can be used as dreadlock jewelry include:

  • Yarn
  • Elastic bands
  • Dread bands or head wraps
  • Seashells
  • Necklaces
  • Strip of fabric
  • Feathers
  • Flowers
  • Craft wire
  • Barrettes, and so on.
Dark skinned girl with dreads decorated with wire

Now that you’re done scavenging for fancy items to add to your hair, it’s time to try out some decoration ideas.

1. Dread Beads

Dread beads are one of the most common items that you can use to decorate or transform the appearance of your locks. The best type of beads to use is usually those made from acrylic, metal, natural stone, and wood. These materials are durable and will take some time before you have to replace them.

young girl with dreadlocks

You can attach dread beads to your hair with your hand. You may also choose to use a hook or braid tool to make the work go faster. All you have to do is insert the hook or tool into the bead and insert your dread into the hook or braid tool. Keep pulling on the hair till it slides through and holds the bead firmly.

To ensure that you don’t misplace your beads by having them slip off, it is a great idea to attach them to the upper parts of your hair. Also, make sure you don’t pull on the hair too much or you may risk damaging it. The way your dreadlocks are formed will hold the bead in place. However, if your hair accessories still manage to slip off, you may add mini elastic bands for extra support.

2. Embroidery Thread or Yarn

You may also wrap your dreads with embroidery threads. The great thing about using yarn is that you will get various options to use in styling your hair when you pay a visit to a sewing shop.

Attractive model with long dreadlocks

The most common pattern adopted by most people who want to decorate their dreads with yarn is to use a criss-cross pattern. To do this, cut a piece of thread that is 2-3 times longer than your loc. Create a knot close to the hair roots, and then proceed to create a criss-cross pattern along with the dread. This criss-cross pattern keeps your hair exposed to air and sunlight. Take care not to use embroidery thread or yarn in your hair for too long because they may rot.

You may also use the embroidery thread or yarn that you have gathered to form tight hair wraps. However, these headwraps for locs may prevent your hair from getting fully dry. Too much moisture in your hair will result in the formation of mildew and other complications. Creating a removable head wrap is a more reasonable solution.

3. Seashells for Dreads

Natural items such as seashells and small bones are a beautiful, inexpensive way to transform your hair, braids, and head wraps. The best thing about adding natural items is that you can always find them in various shapes, designs, and sizes.

Avoid picking materials that may degrade quickly such as leaves. Natural items can come with a load of germs and dirt. Clean and sanitize them with warm soapy water. Soak them in a solution of half alcohol and half hydrogen peroxide. This solution will kill the bacteria or microorganisms found in the item. As an extra measure, you may decide to soak these items in boiling water for a few minutes.

When you have identified and cleaned the natural items you intend to use to transform your hair, the next thing to do is to attach them firmly to your hair. Attach or tie them to your hair with the right type of thread. Some low-quality threads may rot quickly after some time. A good piece of advice would be to pick the threads that will match your hair color and won’t stand out too much.


And that’s all on decorating your dreads. We hope you enjoyed this article and found the information useful. These are amazing dread decoration ideas to give you an all-new, and attractive look.

a young woman with dreadlock jewelry, backside
girl wearing dreads decorated with yarn

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Dragica Mitrovic Gaga
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Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing.


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