What makes the NLE Choppa Dreads growth evolution interesting to observe is the countless braided styles, bleached colours, bantu knots and taper fades we have witnessed in real time.
Contemporary rappers with dreads such as NLE Choppa use their hair as an expression of their individual styles which explains the multi colours & hair jewellery.
We’re going to cover his dreads thoroughly from their initial stage to how they currently look.
How and When did NLE Choppa Dreads Start?
How: NLE Dreads were started by the semi freeform method. This is evident by his messy roots. As his hair type is a 4B he started with the sponge method to create twists and then left it to grow and matt together.
He also regularly keeps the sides shaved to maintain the high top dreads look, however due to their length they now cover his sides.
When: He began his starter dreads back in 2019 and has been growing his hair for over 3 years.
What type of dreads does NLE Choppa have?
NLE Choppa has traditional dreads which are regularly styled. The are pencil sized dreads which are maintained by the twist and gel method.
In the video below we take a detailed look at NLE Choppa starter dreads as well as their current look. See video from Great locs below.
NLE Choppa Dreads Gallery
NLE Choppa dreads began during 2019 in which we saw him start with the semi freeform method.
This is evident by his roots not being maintained. The sponge method allows hair to be twisted then left to grow organically which would explain the uneven sections.
Since then he has reverted to getting his hair sectioned and twisted into traditional locs giving it a more uniform look but this is how it started.
The beauty of dreads lies in the various amount of styles they can be placed in and here we see his dreads in Bantu knots.
Bantu knots originate from the Zulu tribe in South Africa where the curls and coils of Black hair are said to resemble shapes in the cosmos and this continues to be influential amongst rappers with dreads and individuals with afro hair wanting to place their hair this way.
Here we can see NLE doing just that.
2 strand twists, dreadlock cornrows, braids, bantu knots and pineapple tops are some of the few protective styles we have seen NLE choppa do.
Each protective style offering a unique look and something he continues to do throughout his career.
His front taper fade becomes more apparent as he pulls his hair back and away from his face and he keeps this regularly trimmed.
His dreads have been bleached in multiple colours and this is to be expected by young contemporary rappers.
Whilst he hasn’t gone as far as some of his peers, i.e Playboi carti dreads being dyed all red, we have seen NLE Choppa bleach the ends of his hair blue, blonde and red.
Disclaimer: Bleaching hair is risky business therefore we advise you trust a professional to do this for you if you want to colour your 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.
Talk to a loctician and get a Consultation
Whilst we know freeform dreads don’t require much to start as a simple sponge twist and leaving them can begin the process, we still advise you speak to a professional who will access the health of your hair and wash if nothing else.
During the consultations locitians will be able to have a closer look at your hair type, discuss the freeform process, products to use and avoid.
Ensure you save the images of your desired style to your loctician and explain what you’re looking for.
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