How To Do Yarn Dreads- A Great Alternative to Permanent Locs

Yarn dreadlocks

Dreadlocks are one of the most gorgeous and regal hairstyles that can truly show the beauty of our black hair and culture.  While most of us admire locs from afar and wouldn’t mind wearing them, there is also a hesitance to wear locs just because of the long term commitment that comes along with having them.

And don’t even mention the “ugly phase” that some have heard about when transitioning into locs. But ladies don’t fear because  today is your lucky day because below is a video, created by the wonderful AfricanCreature, that shows us a great alternative to achieving “faux” locs using acrylic yarn.

Besides the fact that you can achieve realistic looking locs with acrylic yarn, yarn dreads are great to wear as a low manipulation and protective style. It is also a very affordable style and the yarn is a good alternative to using braiding hair because it holds moisture well and is gentle enough to use on everyone’s hair whether you have fine or thick strands.

Before starting your yarn dreads, make sure that your hair is in good condition and the same advice follows before attempting any form of extensions. You can refer to this video for helpful tips in preparing your hair for extension-based hairstyles. By having a good healthy hair foundation, you will create a great experience with yarn dreads.

Oh, did I mention that this hairstyle is perfect to wear for the winter time, which is uh… just around the corner? It’s perfect for keeping your head warm.

Due to the actual “hair” in the style being created using yarn, it’s like you are literally walking around with a cozy wooly hat on your head (just more stylish hehe).


Also, for this reason right here I would not recommend wearing this hairstyle in the summertime. I did that last year and took them out 2 weeks later; it felt like a portable head sauna. Just a warning!

Hope you guys enjoy this style!

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About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

About Danni


Hi All! I am Danni and I am a staff writer here at BHI. I am a Graphic Design major and a long time resident of Washington DC. I have been on a healthy hair journey for 3 1/2 years. Within those years , I have went through a relaxed hair journey, a natural hair journey in which I big chopped twice(2nd big chop occurred in November 2013) texturized and now I have big chopped a THIRD TIME! I am 100% natural and here to stay. I am super excited to share information that I learn along the way to those who are just as into healthy hair care as I am and wish everyone best wishes on their healthy hair journey!

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Monica ZumbaCurvy Kidd

I love the purple!!

Milcah Yahudah-Yisrael

oh she got those.. you know I wanted to wrap some yarn around my locs though….

Milcah Yahudah-Yisrael

the tips.. they look nice. she would look nice with the real ones…

Tabitha Kelly

I bet this is expensive…but I want it!lol

Felicia Uwaelue

It looks heavy cute though

La Tosha Helovesmeunconditionally Rushing

cute

Khaleezah Bint-Yahya

The young lady that did them charges about $400 for these but it’s worth it to me and the yarn is very light weight …I love them !

Ayedin Jucaye

Actually it not yarn is cheaper then hair… But im worried about the yarn pulling the moisture out of my hair

Jewel ReflectSun

Gorgeous*

Shannon Holmes

I was just wondering if they were heavy! Thanks for your input :-))

Brenda Janay

Soooo beautiful . I want purple hair

Kisha George

OMG this looks soooo heavy but its lovely

Khaleezah Bint-Yahya

Np 🙂 That’s another thing if you get any yarn style you HAVE to use some type of oil during styling and after …I use coconut from trader joes or else the yarn will suck the life out of your hair 🙁

CheLinda Charisse Reed

Her face has such a beautiful shape! Very becoming on her 🙂

Rayronda Rush

Very pretty

Twa Rivers

I have worn yarn braids and they are not heavy at all. I have a friend that did them for me. Side note these should not cost more then braiding your hair with hair extension.

Alx Edg

It definitely will….prod. /sweat/debris will also give you acne…..well at least here in the Islands where it’s mainly hot 95%of the times.

Ashley Lawton

Love these. I always thought that these were permanent once installed. Great alternative to locs, I may try them. These are the best ones I’ve seen.

Natanya Mitchell

DesAree Monique…is this the look your going for?

Vanessa Foster

Ashley Berry ima need u to learn this asap! I really want this

Ayedin Jucaye

What about the build up and smell on the yarn..When washed

Felicia Robinson

That purple is absolutely beautiful. New idea for the spring.

Keisha Diggs

Pretty

Diana Asaolu

$400 to fix hair!?! Man, I would never pay anyone that much for a hairstyle. That’s like a month of rent to some people. Wow.

Tedra Colley

Makeup is fierce!!!

Kendra Boston-Hill

It’s cute

Iszjaah True-Knowledge

Hahha Diana Asaolu that’s 2 months of rent for me lol

Marie Montana

I’m getting these

Shana Dixon

I do my own yarn braids. They are extremely easy to install & there’s all kinds of tutorials on YouTube that show you how. You can YouTube literally anything. The only downfall I’d say is the amount of time it actually takes to do them, but once they’re in they will last a good while.

Wanda Jay

I wore yarn dreads in 2000..My home girl use to do them out her home…so way back.

Stacey Johnson Nelson

Absolutely love the look/style but is the yarn drying for the hair?

Rasheeda Williams

Taking out chunky yarn twists at this moment. I have had yarn braids and dreads also. U have to thoroughly moisturize your hair first. Then the part of the yarn that will be on your hair moisturize that also. I use a spray bottle with water/oil mix. Others use a cream moisturizer or conditioner. Also I moisturize daily or every other day. U do that and your hair should be find. U still have to care for hair.

Mami Moye

Looooooooove

Tefelate Ladyrock

I FREAKEN LOVE THIS WHERE IS THIS AT

Kieloves Kblee Tate

I been wanted to do this

Love Faithful

here makeup is beautiful

Precious Melshay Wright

Nice!

Jaime Nicole

Hmm….i love braids. not a fan of false locs tho.

Tiffany Mallette

She’s beautiful

Kasheedah Funnye

I loved my yarn braides…too bad not enough people know how to do them…

Kasheedah Funnye

You have to keep your hair moisturized so it wont pull out your hair when you try to take it out…of course use oil not grease

Kelly Baker

Cute on her but terrible on the edges ,too heavy.

Kwame Aboagye

Like I said so many times, I just love our women with their sexy braids, platts and corn rows, because when our sisters have their braids it isn’t only sexy, but it is their lovely looks that says it all.

Bonnie MzTeddy Mondane-Barnes

Locs are SUPPOSE to b authentic… not fake.

Sametrice Taylor

So pretty and lipstick is popping

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Fefe Fanta Fonzerelli

area around her eyebrows is WAY too light.

Bridgette Radford

I just don’t know how they do them so perfect. I attempted to do some. They turned out okay

Chandradaughterof Janettegranddaughter Ofjames

Looks heavy

Sandra Sahara

Looks to heavy