Evolution of Kodak Black Dreads

Written By Bakes

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The Hip Hop scene is filled with rappers with dreads however, Kodak Black Dreads were recognised as one of the most distinctive amongst his peers.

Being raised in South Florida would explain the influence behind his wicks dreadlocks, a style which was directly derived from his neighbourhood resulting in his trademark look.   

Outside of his musical career Kodak Black has sparked intrigue and interest around his hair which we are going to closely look at and detail everything you need to know.


How and when did Kodak Black Dreads start?

kodak black dreads throughout the years

How: Kodak Blacks dreads were started using the crochet hook method enabling hair to be sectioned across the head and allowing “fangs” to crochet existing hair together which would eventually matt into 1 dreadlock.

Wickes can be sectioned in just 4 to 10 dreads across an entire head. Having looked at the images above we believe he had roughly this same amount.


When: Kodak began his first set of wicks around 2015 and 2016. He then cut them due to court cases and being sentenced to jail for some time.

Once released in 2017 his dreads were reattached to his hair which is common for those with dreadlocks wanting to use their own hair.



Detailed Look

Great Locs not only details Kodak Black’s dreads before he cut them but does a great job looking at the reattached dreads!

In the video you will be able to see Kodaks thick dreads and how they formed throughout his career.



Evolution of Kodak Black Dreads



Starter Wicks (2016)

For most of the masses Kodak became a household name in 2015 with his song no flocking, the following year we saw his XXL freshman freestyle with new starter wicks.

starter wicks

Not only was his voice and style different but his hair made his appearance that much more unique setting him apart from his peers. Read more about wicks dreads here.



Wicks Cut Off (2017)

Very early into Kodaks journey we saw his wicks cut off due to court proceedings and jail time.

low afro in court

Certain prisons and states have mandatory requirements in place which require inmates to shave their hair.

Whilst it was shaved off it was not an entire low buzz cut as he kept some afro on top which would later be used to attach his dreads back on his hair.


Reattached Wicks (2017)

After his release we saw Kodak perform at his sold out show with wicks dreads and as greatlocs explained in his video this is due to his locs being reattached.

kodak black dreads reattached

Two to Four inches of hair is ideal to prevent tension and or slippage which would explain why Kodak did not shave his head entirely during his prison time.

His attached dreads also explain why his dreads look different from their initial look back in 2016.



Mature Wicks (2019)

kodak black dreads in blonde

As time progressed, we began to see his wicks mature and gain length. As wicks are very thick in nature, they will typically begin to fall towards a person’s shoulders due to their weight which is what we began to see Kodaks doing.

During this time, we also saw him get experimental by dying his hair blonde as well as other colours.



Afro Fade (Current Look)

However back in February 2022 Kodak debuted a new haircut via his social media pages. He gave his wicks a goodbye in exchange for the fade which he has rocked throughout the year.

afro hair

One thing is for sure he’s unpredictable, so the idea of growing dreads again is not farfetched. We’ll keep you updated if he does!



Tips if you want Similar Dreads


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.



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.

Plus, it’s even more crucial if you’ve been inspired by his multi coloured dreads and wanting something similar.

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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