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The 3 Best Dreadlock Scarf Wraps – How to Choose a Good Dreadlocks’ Scarf Wrap?

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People with long hair are free to create a new look to their hair in many ways: let it down, tie it up, braid, curve it, etc.

Letting your dreadlocks down is a normal and comfortable way to show their beauty. However, are you wondering if there are any other hairstyles that you can do with your locs?

Scarves or turbans do a good job of keeping your hair from getting dust and dirt. They are also a fashionable accessory for giving your locs a new makeover.

This article will show you how to wrap your hair with a scarf and things to put into consideration when it comes to choosing a scarf wrap to perfectly fit your dreadlocks and your sense of style.

What Kind of Scarf Should I Wrap My Hair with?

There are a vast range of dreadlocks scarf wraps when it comes to picking a good one for your locs. Depending on materials, they can be categorized into: satin, cotton, and linen.

Polyester scarf

This type of scarf is versatile and affordable. It has a good variation of colors to match most of your outfit.

However, their fabric quality is not as good as the other two materials, which can cause it to loosen easily during the night.

  • Light and versatile scarf
  • Affordable and stylish
  • Good variation of colors


  • Can be matched with lots of outfits
  • Good breathability
  • Keeps the moisture in 

The Cons

  • Not the best fabric quality

Cotton scarf

This type of scarf also offers you a variant in colors and shape to choose from so it’s a great option for those who want to use scarves as hair accessories or give them as gifts.

  • Various colors
  • Different shapes and designs
  • Great breathability


  • All-natural materials
  • Comfortable and breathable scarf
  • Great for hair’s health

The Cons

  • Can be a little to thick

Satin scarf

This lightweight material proved their effect on promoting healthy hair grown, avoiding dry and tangled hair, and making your hair look shinier.

One small note about satin scalp: since it’s easy for satin scarfs to slide off during the night, you might need to tie the knot twice.

  • Lightweight material
  • Promotes hair health
  • Avoids dry hair and scalp


  • Prevents tangled hair
  • Makes your hair look shinier
  • Works nicely to improve hair health

The Cons

  • Can slide of during night


How Do You Wrap A Scarf With Dreads?

There are 2 main ways to wrap your locks: dread wrap with ponytail or fully cover them up with a turban. Below are the simplest steps to have your hair wrapped:

#1 Ponytail Style

  • Step 1: Make your dreads a high ponytail. Elastic band is recommended for tying the dreads in place and avoiding breakage.
  • Step 2: Fold the scarf into a hand span in width and place the middle of it behind the head, underneath the ponytail
  • Step 3: Cross the two ends at the middle of your forehead and wrap them tightly around your head
  • Step 4: Tuck the end of the scarf in or tie them into a knot. 

#2 Wrap Dreads Up

  • Step 1: Tie your hair in a bun or a ponytail
  • Step 2: Place the scarf or turban on your shoulder (you don’t need to fold in up like the above method)
  • Step 3: Grab the part at the nape of the neck and pull it to the hairline of your forehead. Once your hair is all covered, twist or fold the ends of the scarf a few times and round it around your head.
  • Step 4: Tie a knot on a side or on your forehead once done.

See also: 5 Steps To Wrap Your Hair With Box Braids

You can apply the same steps for turbans or bandannas (large handkerchiefs). Depending on how long your dreads are, you can adjust the width of the fabric accordingly. 

What Should I Wrap My Dreads with at Night?

Covering your dreads at night is a great way to keep them moist and avoid breakage effectively. There are a lot of options for you to choose for wrapping up your locs.

You can pick a beanie wool cap for keeping your locs in place during the night (this might cause friction and doesn’t help much with keeping your scalp and locs moist, it might not be a long term option though).

A cotton cap or wrap will also be a considerable option to do the job of maintaining the shape of your hair during your sleep.

Making it stand out, satin is the optimal choice for people who want to not only prevent breakage of their locs but also keep them nice and moisturized.

See also: 3 Methods To Oil Your Dreads At Home


While your hair is getting on well with scarf, turbans or bandannas – the cool decorating options, it does need a break from time to time.

When you want to free your locs for a while, a scarf can be multi-purpose accessories for other parts of your body: a neck wearing, a soft and flowery belt or a thin coat. Be creative!

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Founder & Hair Beauty Specialist

I’m Aida and this is my blog where I write mostly about beauty and make up related stuff, but I like to spice it up a bit with lifestyle and photography posts. Or with whatever that comes to my mind. Hope you will enjoy the reading enough that we will ‘see’ each other more often!