Playboi Carti Dreads Evolution

Written By Bakes

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

Playboi Carti Dreads play a significant part of his personal brand and style which is evident as he uses his social media accounts, photoshoots as well as music visuals to highlight his hair.

Whilst Hip Hop is filled with multiple rappers with dreads Carti’s set of locks stand out for being one of the more experimental as he constantly styles and bleaches his hair in multiple ways.

Our editorial piece will take a detailed look at the evolution of Playboi Carti dreads as well as how they currently look today.


Signature Hairstyles

One of the most requested dreadlock videos is Playboi Carti due to the unique colours and styles he has his hair in.



How & When did Playboi Carti Dreads Start?

playboi carti dreads comparison

How: From our archives we can see Carti began his dreads with the sponge twist method. This involves using the sponge in a circular motion across afro textured hair to create twists.

This method is predominantly used on individuals wanting to create semi freeform dreads which Carti has. Once his hair was twisted organic growth took place without any manipulation to his scalp.

In addition to this due to his hair type being a 4 it was able to mature at a faster rate.


When: Playboi Carti Dreads began in the year of 2015. Prior to this he mostly wore his hair in an afro fade or buzz cut.

At the start of 2015 he began the sponge twist method and has been growing his hair ever since then.




Playboi Carti Dreads throughout the years



2015 (Starter Dreads)

At the initial stage of his dread journey Carti documented his hair growth and we can see his sponge twists along with the taper fade on the side.

twists and taper fade

This would be the foundation of his dreadlocks! For those with afro textured hair like Carti ensure you use the sponge to enhance the curls, coils, and twists throughout your mane then leave to mature.


2017 (Above Shoulders)

carti dreads

During this period we began to see Cartis dreads mature and gain length. What’s even more interesting is that we can begin to see his semi freeform dreads much clearer. This is evident with some dreads being thicker than others, whilst some being longer than others.

Freeform dreads don’t have a uniform look as we can see on Carti.



Bleached Dreads

At this point he has bleached his hair in multiple colours such as blonde, red and purple with no signs of slowing down.

red dreads

As we mentioned in the intro Cartis dreads are an extension of his personal brand and persona which is his rockstar life. The colouring of his dreads represents not wanting to fit in the crowd.

playboi carti dreads in blonde

Disclaimer: Applying chemicals to your dreadlocks is a very risky process as this will lead to breakage or thinning, therefore we always recommend you use a professional.



2 Strand Twists

Though Carti does style his dreads in a variety of ways his trademark look are his 2 strand twists! He has featured the look in videos, interviews, and photoshoots!

This protective style is available to those wanting a specific style that can last weeks on end!

Another reason this particular style is favoured by Carti as well as other rappers with dreads is due to it being a tension free hairstyle that doesn’t pull on your scalp like other hairstyles such as dreadlock cornrows.


Dreadlock Cornrows

Another protective style we can see Carti in is the dreadlock cornrows. Whilst this is a rare style for him to wear, he has on occasion styled his hair this way along with his colorful locs.

dreadlock cornrows


More from our Playboi Carti Dreads Gallery

playboi carti dreads in colour

playboi carti hair


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.

Playboi has semi freeform dreads.


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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