Hair Tutorial: The Modern Dread

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UPDATE: This post originally ran on June 3rd 2013 but we still love this hairstyle so much we had to share it again!

There are so many things about our June e-book that I love, from the incredible model (Behati Prinsloo) to the amazing product and styling – but the thing I love most? The hair. In particular, the modern take on dreads. That’s right – this summer, we are bringing dreads back. I can’t express to you guys how excited I am about this hair tutorial – which also features some other awesome hair styling ideas from the e-book. In the second look, learn how to add some elements into your dreads for a really cool “castaway” style. Lastly, Amy Farid shows a new take on braids that feels really fresh and perfect for summer! Which look do you love most – and would you rock the modern dread?

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Photos by Brigette – check out her behind the scenes photos!

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Tifferninny -June 3, 2013, 9:03AM

I love this! I’ve been putting “faux dreds” in my hair since my middle school days :p I like to add big wooden beads to mine, using a micro rubberband tied under it to secure.

Shelley -June 3, 2013, 9:51AM

I love this look! I might try this for a festival or art show or something like that but maybe not for an everyday look.

Tonks -June 3, 2013, 10:40AM

II was just thinking this morning that i wish i knew how dread my hair!

Jordan Weil -June 3, 2013, 12:33PM

PLEASE tell me the name of the song in this video!! shazam can’t pick it up and i’m dying to know!!!

fp julia -June 3, 2013, 12:35PM

The song is “Colleen” by The Chimeras!

katie -June 3, 2013, 12:58PM

This song can’t be found anywhere! No itunes, youtube, anything! How can I get it?

Anon -June 3, 2013, 2:50PM

As a former dread head this is terrible advice. You do not start dreads with wax, ever. If you want the “modern dread” aka fake dreads for a photo shoot where you want to appear more exotic without commitment, then I suppose however that will do the trick.

Meg -June 3, 2013, 3:39PM

This is so pretty. A much softer look than real dreads.

Catherine -June 3, 2013, 3:45PM

Seems like a lot of effort to put into a hairstyle that is meant to appear as if you don’t care to put in a lot of effort.. Very cute, though.

Joanna -June 3, 2013, 3:53PM

Isn’t it too damaging for hair?

Bonnie -June 3, 2013, 6:08PM

Been there, done that….for real dreads and taking them out is a dreaded drag….

Alexie -June 3, 2013, 7:29PM

she’s a very busy model so i’m guessing her hair is already pretty dry or damaged. i’m sure she used a dry conditioner or smoothing product after the shoot :)

Lauren -June 4, 2013, 1:55AM

Chill out, anon. I have a ton of fine hair and it is the reason that I never had dreads back in the day. Wax can take someone like me from “I don’t brush my hair regularly because it doesn’t get or stay knotted” to dreads.

Schae -June 4, 2013, 2:40AM

I absolutely LOVE these hairstyles. The modern dreads look is such a fresh take on the 60s/70s hippie style. Can’t wait to try them out. So adorable!

Mia -June 5, 2013, 5:58PM

So cute!

Mia -June 5, 2013, 5:59PM
Jessica Penny -June 7, 2013, 1:09AM

This is gorgeous. I’ve been toying with the idea of dreads for a while now, and this seems like a nice option. I’ll deffs try this out for Splendour in the Grass

Shan -July 8, 2013, 2:42AM

I tried it~!! Loved it!!

Poe -July 10, 2013, 11:42PM

Hey, as someone asked, you can find some of the Chimeras music here……

Adrien -July 25, 2013, 1:00AM

Can you wear this for several days? And do they come out?

amy -July 28, 2013, 8:20AM

Also as a former dreadhead, I advise that you be careful how long you leave them in! If you only decide to keep in a few, remember that each dread is a little hair-horder. It will take in the hair that surrounds it strand by strand! Dread your hair for real! I highly recommend it, nothing is permanent!

molly -July 29, 2013, 9:03AM

what do yall recommend for the waxy pomade? i’ve purchased so many that just build up and get oily.

amber -April 4, 2014, 8:04PM

Do NOT use wax. I have fine hair and my hair dreaded just fine without it. Wax will cause mildew, and bacteria will stick to it, easily. Like I said, I have fine hair. It even use to be silky soft. Anybody’s hair can dread, you just need patience.

Emily -April 10, 2014, 12:55AM

…… Making hipsters one step at a time. No respect for the lifestyle. Try real dreads

Lauren -April 10, 2014, 6:32PM

This is awful advice.

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