How to Do a Dreadlock Ponytail

Actress Whitney Mixer sports a low dreadlocked ponytail.

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If you love the look of dreadlocks and rock a ponytail as your go-to look, there are two ways to combine this style. For gals who want to commit to dreads, you can lock your hair and then style it into a pretty dreadlocked ponytail. Ladies who don't live a lifestyle conducive to dreaded locks, but who yearn to sport the look every once in a while, can create a faux dreaded ponytail by using a dreadlock fall. Get the scoop on how to achieve both of these looks.

Dreadlocks How-To

To create the real deal, start by washing your hair with a residue free shampoo. This will help get out any dirt, dust or product residue that could make dreading more difficult. Let your hair air dry. Once it is dry, divide your hair into 1-inch sections and secure each section with a hair band. Put a little dread wax on your fingers and begin twisting the first section back and forth between your fingers until a dreadlock forms. Continue this, section by section, until all your hair is locked.

Ponytail With Dreads

Dreadlocks take about three to six months to completely lock up. Until the you hit this mark, your dreadlocks may be fragile, so be careful when styling. The last thing your want to do is unravel all your hard work. To create a simple dreadlock ponytail, you're going to use a similar technique to making a ponytail with nondreaded locks. Use your hands to gather up your dreads into a ponytail. Secure the ponytail with a hair band. Cover the hair band by wrapping a loose dread around the base of the ponytail. Secure the dread by tucking it into the hair band. Voila! If only every hairstyle was this easy.

Dreadlock Fall

You can easily get the look of a dreaded ponytail without actually having to dread your hair, thanks to the dreadlock fall. A fall is a hairpiece you can insert into your hair temporarily. They usually attach with combs or a hair band or bobby pins. Before you insert your faux dreadlock ponytail, pull your real hair into a ponytail. Use a brush to gather your hair into a ponytail between the crown of your head and the nape of your neck. Secure the ponytail with a hair band. Slide the band of your dreadlock fall over your ponytail so the dreads lie over the top of your head. Tighten the fall's band from the bottom. Flip the dreads over so they cover your real ponytail. Adjust the dreads until you get the look you want.

Downside of Ponytails

While the ponytail is a go-to look for many women, there is a downside to this easy-to-accomplish style. Repeatedly wearing a ponytail in your hair, dreaded or not, can eventually cause damage. Pulling a ponytail too tight can stress your hair. This stress can lead to loads of frizzies and even breakage. Never use a rubber band on your hair. Instead, choose hair bands or scrunchies that are gentler on your hair. If you notice breakage or hair loss, give your locks a break and wear your hair down for a few days.

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