The Best Hair Colors for Dreadlocks – Top 6 On-Trend Colors.

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If you’re thinking of dyeing your dreads, you might be wondering what the best hair colors for dreadlocks are.

The good news is that there are a variety of shades that look fantastic – whether you want vibrant streaks, statement extensions or edgy all-over colors. In this blog post, we’ll share some of our favorite hair colors for locs, as well as a few tips on how to choose the right color for your own unique style.

It all depends on a few factors, including your personal style and the overall look you’re going for. If you want to keep things natural, consider using a dark brown or black hair color.

For a more colorful look, consider dyed chunky streaks or highlights in shades of blue, purple, or pink. If you have fair skin, you may want to avoid very dark colors, as they can make you look washed out.

If all this sounds overwhelming – don’t worry! We’re here with everything you need to know to find the right hue for you.

You can also check out the latest looks for dreadz over on our Pinterest board for ideas and inspiration.

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The best hair colors for dreadlocks.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are a few of our favorite hair colors for dreadlocks: 

#1 Jet black

Black is always in style, and it’s a great way to make your dreads look shiny and healthy. Just make sure to use a high-quality shampoo and conditioner to keep your locks looking their best. You can also add pops of vibrant, striking color to a black hair base like blue, green, or purple.

#2 Chocolate Brown

Chocolate brown is another classic hair color that looks great with dreadlocks. There are a variety of brown shades to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your skin tone and style. If you want to add some dimension to your locks, consider highlight or lowlight your hair in brown tones. If your hair is naturally black you can lift it a level or two with bleach to get the look on point.

#3 Platinum blonde

Platinum blonde is a beautiful and unique color that is sure to turn heads. If you want to go platinum, make sure you consult with a professional stylist to ensure your locks are healthy enough to withstand the bleaching process. This is an awesome look to try is you’re a natural blonde already.

#4 Rose gold

Rose gold is a perfect blend of feminine and edgy, and it looks great with all skin tones. To get this look, ask your stylist to add highlights in blended shades of pink, red, and brown. 

#5 Silver

Silver hair color is chic and sophisticated, and it’s perfect for making a statement. If you’re thinking about going silver, be aware that it requires a lot of upkeep to maintain its bright hue.

You’ll need to use special shampoos and conditioners made specifically for silver hair, and you may need to touch up your roots more often than with other hair colors. Gray is another smokey shade that’s perfect for this look.

#6 Pastel pink

Pastel pink is playful and fun, and it’s a great way to add some personality to your look. To avoid damage from bleaching, we recommend using temporary hair color or dye that washes out easily. 

Choosing the Right Hair Color for Your Skin Tone

When choosing a hair color for your dreadlocks, it’s important to consider your skin tone. If you have a cool skin tone, opt for hair colors with blue or purple undertones.

If you have a warm skin tone, go for hair colors with yellow or red undertones. For a more natural look, choose a hair color that is one or two shades lighter than your natural hair color. 

If you’re not sure what color your skin tones are, you can use our handy checklist below!

If you have cool undertones:

  • Your skin tone is pink or pale.
  • You blush easily!
  • Jewel and pastel colours are so your thing.
  • The colour yellow washes you out and does not look good on you.
  • You have blue not green veins in your wrist.
  • Pearls and silver jewellery look awesome on you.

If you have warm undertones:

  • You have red or golden tones in your natural hair.
  • Your skin tone is golden, tan or olive.
  • You might have freckles.
  • You have green not blue veins in your wrist.
  • You suit bright or rich shades better.
  • Gold jewellery looks awesome on you.
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Which Hair Color Suits Me?

Is dye good for dreadlocks?

The short answer is that it is possible to dye dreadlocks, but it is not recommended unless the dreadlocks are in good condition. Dyeing your hair can be damaging, and it can cause the dreadlocks to become weak and breakable.

When choosing a hair dye, it’s always important to consider the health of your hair. Bleach and other harsh chemicals can be damaging to your dreads.

So if you’re looking for a more permanent solution, consider using semi-permanent or demi-permanent hair color instead. These products won’t last as long as permanent hair color, but they’ll be much gentler on your locs. 

No matter what hair color you choose, be sure to use a high-quality product from a reputable brand.

Cheap Hair Dye can be full of harmful chemicals that can damage your dreads beyond repair. When in doubt, always err on the side of caution and consult with a professional stylist before making any big changes to your hair. 

Should I wash my locs before I dye them?

Before you break out the bottle of hair color, there’s one important question you need to answer: should you wash your dreads first?

On the one hand, washing your hair in cold water before dying it will help to remove any build-up of oils and products that could interfere with the color uptake.

On the other hand, washing your dreads before dying them can cause them to lose some of their tightness, making it harder to achieve an even color.

Ultimately, it’s up to you. If you’re concerned about build-up, go ahead and give your dreads a good wash before dyeing them.

If you’re worried about losing definition, however, you may want to skip this stage and head straight for the hair color.

Whichever route you choose, just make sure to follow the instructions on the hair dye package to ensure that your dreads come out looking their best.

Can I dye my dreadlocks at home?

The answer is…sort of. It’s definitely possible to dye your own dreads, but it’s not always easy. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you’re thinking about giving it a try.

First, make sure you use a temporary or semi-permanent dye, or even a natural dye like Henna. Permanent dyes can be damaging and very difficult to remove from dreads.

Second, it’s important to saturate the dreads evenly, which can be tricky with DIY applications.

Finally, be prepared for some trial and error; even professional stylists sometimes have trouble getting even results with dread dye jobs.

So if you’re feeling adventurous, go ahead and give it a shot. Just remember that there are no guarantees when you’re working with such finicky hair.

Watch and learn: How to dye dreadlocks at home.

Here’s a great, no-nonsense film that shows you how to dye your locs at home step-by-step.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Locs 

In addition to choosing the right hair color, it’s also important that you take care of your locs so that they stay healthy and vibrant. Here are a few tips for maintaining healthy locs: 

Deep Condition Regularly: Deep conditioning is essential for keeping your locs healthy and hydrated. Be sure to deep condition at least once per week to keep your locs looking their best. Coconut oil or olive oil are great natural leave-in conditioners and moisturisers.

Use Protective Hair Styles: Protective styles are great for keeping your locs healthy and protected from damage. If you’re planning on coloring your locs, be sure to use protective styles such as braids or twists to prevent any damage from bleach or dye. 

Avoid Heat Styling : Heat styling can damage your locs and cause them to become brittle and breaks easily. If you must heat style your locs, be sure to use heat protectant products and avoid using heat styling tools too often. 

Parting words

No matter what hair color you choose for your dreads, the most important thing is that you feel confident and comfortable in your own skin.

Do some research to find the best color for your complexion, then consult with a professional stylist to find the perfect shade for you.

With so many great options available, there’s no reason not to experiment with color! Good luck!

This article was written by:

  • Nicola Freeman, Creative Director & Content Lead
    Creative Director & Content Lead

    With over two decades of passionate hair dyeing experience, I've experimented with nearly every shade imaginable. My journey began long before blogging; as an award-winning copywriter in London and New York, I shaped narratives for iconic brands. However, when friends sought advice during lockdown for at-home hair dyeing, I realized my true calling. Beyond being your hair color expert, I'm a mom of two girls, wife to artist Tony, and an avid soccer player!