Lil Durk Dreads Evolution (Gallery)

Written By Bakes

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Lil Durk Dreads remains a significant part of his personal image so much so that he decided to regrow his locks back in 2017 having been forced to cut them in jail. Today he’s on his 2nd set of locks which are completely unique and different in comparison to his 1st set

Blonde, braided protective styles, with a unique honeycomb parting makes his hair a big talking point outside of his music.

Our editorial covers Lil Durk’s Dreads in its entirety!

How & When did Lil Durk Dreads Start?

lil durk dreads throughout the years (1)

How:  Lil Durk dreads were started by the comb coil method. This involves hair being sectioned and twisted into comb coils which would later turn into pencil size dreads once the matting process begins.

His dreads parting system are shaped as octagons which is known as honeycomb parts.


When: Lil Durk began his most recent set of dreads back in 2017 and has been growing his hair for over 5 years at this point.


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Lil Durk Dreads Gallery

We have placed the first 3 images in stages of his hair journey

Comb Coils (Stage 1)

Back in the summer of 2017 Lil Durk started his 2nd set of locks with the comb coil method. Comb Coils is one of the most popular methods used to start dreads.

His loctician sectioned his hair with the use of a comb to tightly coil his hair which would be the foundation of his hair as well as his parting system.

comb coil twists

His dreads quickly began to mature and matt together.

Starter Dreads (Stage 2)

With the foundation set his dreads were free to begin to grow and form. During the starter dreads phase Lil Durk dreads were not bleached or coloured and allowed for a healthy foundation.

starter locs

Whilst dreads can be bleached at any stage its always advise to wait until a year in which is what Lil Durk did. All images of Lil Durk feature his natural hair colour between 2017 and 2018.

starter dreads

Blonde Dreads (Stage 3)

Having done some research on Getty Images we can see the first time Lil Durk debuted his blonde dreads was back in Feb 2019!

lil durk blonde dreads

A bold move whilst also an influential one since we have gone on to see multiple rappers style their hair this way.

Since then we have seen Lil Durk continuously bleach his hair this colour which has become his signature look.

blonde dreads

Due to the contrast blonde makes against black and brown skin it allows the colour to pop more which we believe is the reason Durk coloured his hair and we love it!

2 Strand Twists

Durk can be credited for helping to popularise this hairstyle within Hip Hop having made this a trademark look since regrowing his hair.

lil durk dreads in 2 strand twists

The no tension hairstyle is a great protective style which is often worn for weeks before needing a retwist.

twisted dreads

Disclaimer: It should be noted that once hair is placed in a 2 strand twist hair will become shorter since its being wrapped around itself. His true length is when his hair is out of the twists.

3 Strand Twists

Similar in appearance to the 2 strand twist with the difference being the style requires 3 separate dreads to form a braided look and Durk continuously alternates between 2 and 3 strand twists.

dreadlock braids

His dreads appear much thicker when grouped together this way and something hes done throughout the last few years.

3 strand twists

Twist Out

Whether it be 2 strand twists, cornrows or braids it all results in the twist out which Lil Durk takes advantage off.

twist out

As his hair is constantly placed in protective styles once hair is unravelled then it creates a curly hair pattern which Lil Durk can often time be seen in.

lil durk dreads in curls

Lil Durk Dreads in Cornrows

Whilst this is a rare style for him we have seen Lil Durk dreads braided flat to his scalp which creates the cornrow look.

lil durk hair

The benefit is that it allows for hats and headscarf’s to be worn easily since hair is down whilst allow creating less facial interference since dreads are not in the way during physical activity which is why he uses the style once playing sports or any other high level activity.


At the start of 2023 Lil Durk Dreads transitioned from traditional locs to wicks which we can see from the images.

Wicks Dreads

In order to achieve this he used a Crochet Hook on his existing dreads and merged 2 to 3 dreads in which he intertwined them together to create thicker sets of dreads.

thick locs

The difference in volume from his most recent changes and his past hairstyle is clear to see.

Kodak Black dreads can be credited for popularizing the hairstyle in Hip Hop as it derives from Florida in which Kodak is from.

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.

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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