Chief Keef Dreads Evolution

Written By Bakes

Avid writer on Men's Hair, Grooming, and Lifestyle!

What makes the Chief Keef Dreads evolution interesting to witness in real time is his hair growing simultaneously at the same rate of the drill music sub-genre. At the time of his debut Keef was introduced to the masses with a new sound, Chicago drill.

This predominantly featured artists from the area with dreads from low-income housing rapping about subject matters that involved drug culture, violence, and gangs.

While music consumers continue to admire his life story what’s equally loved is his hair which stands to reason why Chief Keef Dreads continues to be an area of interest.

1st Dreadlocks in Rap 🎥⬇️ 

Without Question Keef has some of the most influential locs from the Chicago rap scene but who’s the man that inspired everyone to have locs? Watch the video to find out.

While we have a countless number of rappers with dreads today Keefs may be one of the most influential, but it all started with Busta.

How & When did Chief Keef Dreads Start?

chief keef dreads in 10 years

How: Chief Keef dreads were formed by the twisting method in which afro hair is twisted into sections. As his hair matured and formed it was then maintained with the palm rolling method. He has the traditional locs size and style today.


When: We estimate that Chief Keef began his dreads around 2010 – 2011. In the visuals for the song bang released back in 2011 we can see Chief Keef with short starter dreads starting to form. These would then grow longer every year from then.

Chief Keef Dreads throughout the years

2010 – 2012

Keef started his career with short starter dreads. We have documented visuals of this period through the release of his songs ‘Bang’, ‘I don’t like’ and ‘Love Sosa’. During the early phases of his career, we saw Keef’s dreads at the beginning foundation phase and have witness the growth ever since.

As detailed in the video by Great locs we can see his hair was started by the twisting method.

starter locs


2013 – 2015

This period has been documented by us as the Teen phase as we began to see his dreads slightly mature and gain some length. This is evident by his hair now being passed his face and nearly touching his shoulders.

Any music video for this time will allow us to see Keefs hair starting to form. His hair at this length also gave us a better idea of what it would look like in a few years.

teen locs

2016 – 2019

Now we begin to see his Dreads at full maturity, length, and thickness. What’s also interesting about this period is that he cut some of his dreads to reduce his hair length as it began to grow too long.

He posted the chop on social media which had fans wondering whether he cut his entire head, but later revealed that was not the case, just some ends trimming.

chief keef dreads today

2020 – Present

Today Chief Keef’s dreads are long and healthy which he normally styles in 2 strand twists. He doesn’t sway far away from his signature look.

Keef also avoids colour in his hair or bleach, we like to think of his dreads as a great example of pure traditional locs. View our gallery for more images.

Similarly, to chief keef’s 2 strand twists style, we have detailed all of the available twists for men hairstyles for you to try.

chief keef dreads 2022


chief keef locs

chief keef locks

Do your research if you want similar Dreads

While there is a lot of conflicting information with regards to dreadlocks, we still advise you to do research. The most important things at the initial stage will be to watch videos online and make notes of the peoples dreads you admire.

We should also mention that its best you avoid placing any colour or bleach in your hair for the first few months as your hair begins to develop.

Chief Keef has traditional locs (medium size) with a square grid parting around his head.


Talk to a loctician and get a Consultation

Talking to a loctician is our best advise! They are the professionals who live and breathe hair.

During the consultations locitians will be able to have a closer look at your hair type, discussion process, hair products to use and avoid and parting systems.

Ensure you save the images of your desired style to your loctician and explain what you’re looking for.

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