How to Make Short Dreads Look Presentable for a Job

By Jennifer Patterson

Wearing dreads in the workplace is not always easy, given how some employers look at non-traditional hairstyles. Some employers, however, will let employees wear dreads at work as long as the style looks professional. Whether your dreads are long or short, they can be styled in a way that fits the workplace. Short dreads can be styled in a variety of ways without having to go to the hair stylist. Get a polished look by following some basic hair care and styling tips.

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Short dreads can be styled to look presentable for a job.

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Step 1

Wash your dreads at least once a week to keep them looking fresh. Wash your dreads similar to how you would wash a sponge. Apply some residue free shampoo into your dreads and work it into the hair, then gently squeeze out the suds. Rinse out the shampoo thoroughly and gently pat dry your hair.

Step 2

Moisturize your dreads with essential oils such as tea tree oil. Apply tea tree oil to your scalp and hair to keep your dreads soft. Tea tree oil also helps treat itchy scalp.

Step 3

Keep your dreads simple when going to work. A rubber band can be used to bring back your dreads neatly. Make sure you don't apply the rubber band too tightly, as this will compress parts of your hair, resulting in bald spots.

Step 4

Keep the color of your short dreads neutral.