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!

More beauty tips from the BLDG 25 Blog.


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 :)

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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!

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

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

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