Wearing a durag with your dreadlocks

Wearing a durag with your dreadlocks


Dreadlocks are one of the best protective styles (if you are considering a long-term solution). The fact that hair experiences minimal manipulation is the absolute highlight of this style. However, dreads can be damaged especially when you sleep. This is because when you sleep, the tossing and turning may pull, tag and even break off if you sleep on it badly.

For now, let’s discuss easy solutions to keep your dreads protected at all times.

Can you wear a durag for dreads?

Yes. Most definitely. Durags are best suited for dreads between the short to medium length. This is important because it (durag) helps lay the dreads however you want it without having any oddly shaped locs. It is the better option between a bonnet and a durag.

Why should you wear a durag for dreads?

The main reason has to be protection. This is protection from elements and constantly manipulating your dreads. The more you touch your dreads, the drier they become leading to problems like breakage, thinning and regressing of the hairline.

It also helps lay the roots better as they grow out keeping the hair less frizzy and neat.

How to wear a durag with your dreads?

How to wear/tie/put on a durag for dreads.

Tying a durag for dreads is not complicated. Lay the durag as flat as possible on your dreads with the middle binding being dead centre of your head. Use the two side flaps to overlap the ‘tail’ of the durag, criss-cross at the back and tie a basic knot. Adjust the front making sure it is as low as possible.

Throw either side to the front of the head making sure that they are as flat and as straight as possible. Take both flaps on opposite direction conjoining them at the back and tie it down securely. Adjust the tail and the front and you are good to go. Just make sure it is not too tight or too loose.

What durags are best suited for dreads?

For dreadlocks, the best durags to use are the velvet ones. This is because they have the grip to hold your dreadlocks down. They also have better compression than silk durags making them best suited for dreadlocks.


Although durags are not conventional for everyone to wear them outside, they are a great solution if you work in dusty areas as they will protect your dreads against dirt, dust and lint that gets lodged in. However, if the idea is to keep hair moisturised for longer, a satin bonnet is your solution. A silk durag may also be advisable and if are more adventurous, have the durag in velvet but lined in silk.

Finally, remember to change up the way you style your dreads. Change where you partition from time to time to avoid problems like traction alopecia. Be careful not to make the knots too tight especially at the front or the nape of your neck as it will suffocate the hair around that area, thinning it out and causing harm to your hairline.

Can you wear a durag with your dreads?

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