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Hair Tutorial: The Modern Dread

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?

behati prinsloo hair tutorial

behati prinsloo dreads

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.

Jamie -May 25, 2014, 2:17PM

I like to call this …half ass…i have commitment issues dreads.

Danelzka -July 23, 2014, 11:43PM

I have baby fine silky hair and must use wax to create and maintain my dreads. Common sense. Apply as little as possible. and when shampooing them, rinse in hot water and use dread soap. Never add wax to wet or damp hair.

Jess -August 5, 2014, 10:44PM

Okay, people with real dreads, calm down. No these don’t look like real dreads, they are meant to be a TEMPORARY look. No one is saying these are real, no they don’t look as good as real dreads, but there’s no need to be so condescending to people not ready to try the real thing. Gracious sakes…

Livia -November 23, 2014, 1:54PM

are these easy to take out? been wanting to try dreads, but scared if they look bad and i cant take em out easily

Kay -January 20, 2015, 7:06PM


Do you guys even hire women of color for this blog…

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