Free People Blog · Jun 25, 2014

How To Style: Dread Shop

How To Style: Dread Shop

There was a time when I desperately wanted dreadlocks. I grew up around the beach, so all it would take is a long day in the sand and salt water and my hair would almost mimic the look. I have very thick and wavy hair, so I think it would be pretty easy for me to start growing them, but I’ve always backed out at the last minute. If you have the right kind of hair though, and you commit, I think dreadlocks add a really cool and unique look to anyone’s personal style. If you’re like me and can’t quite say yes to a full head of dreads, allow me to introduce you to the dread extension…

These soft ombre’d extensions come in packs of 10, and can be styled in a lot of awesome ways. They each have a little clip on the underside that secures to the hair without being visible, and each pack has a variety of strings, beads and flowers that are woven throughout the strands. The easiest way to style them is to distribute them around the head and clip them in at your roots.

If you have long hair, try to get it as full and as wavy as you can, then clip in the extensions to the underparts of your hair. I like how they slightly peek out to reveal a bit of color.

These also look really cool woven into braids.

For this look, start french braiding the hair on both sides while incorporating some of the extension with the hair. When the two braids meet, combine them in the center to form one larger braid. Continue braiding while weaving in the extension. Once you are done, loosen the braid a bit by pulling gently along the sides. This style looks better when it is loose and natural looking. Take a few extra extensions and tuck them underneath the french braids on the side of your head, and make a few wraps around the braid before letting the rest of the extension hang down the back.

The little flowers throughout the extensions add in such a pretty touch, and the neutral tie die color really stands out against dark hair. If your hair is short, we are also selling some yarn braid ins that aren’t as thick, but can still give the same effect!

These come in packs of three and have cute little charms strung throughout. I tried braiding one in to Madisyn’s short hair by starting at the crown on the left side, then french braiding down along the back to the other side.

I wrapped the rest of the yarn back up to where I started and secured it with a bobby pin, creating a cool braided crown look.

No matter what type of hair you have, these extensions and braid ins are a fun addition to mix in with your locks, can be worn in a lot of different ways, and are perfect for festivals! It’s fun to experiment and come up with new styles, but I hope these three will inspire you to try them out :)

Have fun!

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