Dreadlocks are comfy, care-free, fun and adventurous. They symbolize open mindedness, a free spirit, loveliness, compassion and a statement of peace. They bring contentment, a closer connection to nature and truly makes your inner beauty glow.
So, why would you want to hide them? Although the list above goes on and on, during certain circumstances dreadlocks can be dreadfully unprofessional. Just like any hairstyle that is wild, loose and free, there's always a time a place for it. This blog post describes different strategies ofhow to tame your dreads and make yourself look more presentable in a professional setting. Perhaps, you'd just like to control them a little more but would still like to keep your Bohemian style? Here you can grab many tips on how to tidy, clean and sharpen up your look.
First: Decide what look you are actually aiming for. Is this meeting a job interview, a presentation, a formal dinner or is it a date, party, family reunion? I separate these into two categories. The first few are scenarios in which you may want to hide your dreads. (Note: I am not in any way promoting that you should change your look to please societal standards. I am simply stating your options.) The second scenarios such as a date, party or family reunion may be one where you'd still like to show off your natural look but only to an extent.
As you know, dreadlocks are a commitment. You may have your reasons as so do I but there are many people in society who will need time to understand you. Help them to accept and respect your lifestyle. Your personal appearance may be judged but if you are willing to undergo getting dreads then you have the ultimate power! Please, do not ever give in to societal standards - instead let them adapt to you. This post will help you to gradually show off your look. You know your reasons for your hairstyle choice and do not let others influence your decision. Show them better and make a difference! :-)
To illustrate styles that I'm familiar with, I will use photos of Wynd Mulysa whom is a dread lock model and has a hairstyle similar to mine. Remind you, I have bangs like Wynd, two dread locks that hang onto the side of my face and layer of a few dreads on the top of my head. The rest of my hair is naturally curly with smaller dreads here and there.
1. If you suffer from excess strands of hair and loads of frizz: use a straighter to flatten those hairs, then separate and twirl them onto your dreads so they can tighten, join and lock. This will give your dreads a fresh and less of a nappy bed head look. You can also use dread wax or gel to bring down the frizz. I recommend neither of these! A flat iron works fine. This specific look is two ponytails and preferably a date or hangout look. It's also my favorite because it's fun and care-free! I usually tie a ribbon onto one and allow it to hang. It looks really nice when the ribbon is colorful or full of designs!
2. For a fierce business look- a tight bun with a small front bump! If you have extra thick dreadlocks that don't seem to settle then a carefully wrapped bun may be the one for you. Pull all of your hair to one side, twirl it together and make a circular motion towards the back of your head. Do not raise the bun too high, it should be no higher than eye radius. Accessorize with a large eloquent clip slightly above the bun to make it appear like it's holding it together. If it's a business atmosphere, wear pearl or other round-like earrings - NO dangling earrings. Leave those for your more laid back outings. If you're into doing a bump, begin this part before the bun: section some of your top dreads away from the others. Pull these dreads out in front of you and start by rolling and tucking them in until you get your desired size of a bump. To keep it in place, secure a clip under the bump that will hold the dreads inside and keep them from unrolling. Bobby pins may be helpful to use on the sides of dreads that are untamed but I don't recommend using plastic ones as they are just too small and wont hold.
I'm awfully tired now from typing so much...so I'll finish this post tomorrow... is that okay? See you then.