Dreadlocks are nothing new — in fact, they’ve been around for decades. They’ve definitely stood the test of time up until now, but are there any fresh, modern twists on this classic cut for the modern man?

There most certainly are! In this gallery of 10 fresh dreadlock styles, we’re going to walk you through our favorite dreadlock haircuts, giving you plenty of inspiration for your own style!

Irregular Strands
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Irregular Strands

Contrary to popular belief, dreadlocks don’t need to hang down to your hips. If you’re looking to combine the timeless energy of locks with something a little more practical, these short, irregular strands might be the choice for you.

Clean And Crisp Dreads
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Clean And Crisp Dreads

Let your dreadlocks grow out and you’re left with a tough decision: thick or thin? These thick, crisp dreadlocks are a favorite of ours. They’re tidy enough for the boardroom, but still very cool!

Dyed Dreadlocks
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Dyed Dreadlocks

If you want to add some more flare to your next dreadlock style, why not opt for a little hair dye? Here, the stark contrast between light, bleached hair and a very dark, natural hair color creates the impression of added texture.

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Thin Hair Tapered Temple
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Thin Hair Tapered Temple

Until now, you might not have seen a single dreadlock hairstyle with any tapering at all. Well, here you have it. Pretty cool, right?

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Plaited Dreadlocks

As far as traditional deadlocks go, one of the most common motifs is the plait. Here, a thick three-part plait is combined with short, undercut sides for a modern take on a classic Caribbean look.

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Ashy Blue Dreadlocks in a Bun
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Ashy Blue Dreadlocks in a Bun

When it comes to your style, you have the final word, but let us say that this particular hairstyle comes in extra hot on our list. The contrast, the colors, the possibilities! Just think about it, this dye work looks incredible in blue!

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Slicked Back Dreads with Undercut
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Slicked Back Dreads with Undercut

When your dreads are short enough, you can slick them back just like with any other haircut. That’s how you create this fun and practical dreadlock style. The close-shave on the sides is optional, but draws more attention to the unique top.

Dread Side Pony with Subtle Line Up
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Dread Side Pony with Subtle Line Up

So, you like long dreadlocks AND sports? Unfortunately, the two don’t really mix. You’re going to have to tie your hair up in a bun or ponytail, but it’s actually quite a cool look that comes from that!

Dreads
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The Dreadhawk

Call it a dreadlock-mohawk or a front-dreadlock-bun, this hairstyle is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. Indeed, it’s fun and fresh, and the angular, striped neckline pattern only makes it more interesting to the eye.

Designer Taper with Dreads
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Designer Taper with Dreads

Why not experiment with all aspects of your new dreadlock hairstyle? For this particular hairstyle, there are three crucial parts: the fringe, the bun, and the taper. All of them are expertly crafted for a young, modern look.

Tyga’s Dreadlocks
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Tyga's Dreadlocks

Who better to take dreadlock inspiration from than rapper Tyga? These medium-length, curly dreadlocks exude youth and confidence. Again, the bun/ponytail motif is coming in to tidy things up.

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Hyper Active Dreadlocks with Undercut
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Hyper Active Dreadlocks with Undercut
Dyed Udon with Shaved Hairline
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Dyed Udon with Shaved Hairline
Soulja Boy Haircut Dreads
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Soulja Boy Haircut Dreads
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Palmtree Dreads
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Palm Tree Dreads
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Undercut Dreads Bun
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Undercut Dreads Bun
Side-Swept Dreads and Undercut
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Side-Swept Dreads and Undercut
Dyed Dreads with Faded Temple
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Dyed Dreads with Faded Temple
Undercut Dreads with Dyed Ends
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Undercut Dreads with Dyed Ends
Threaded Top with Faded Temple
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Threaded Top with Faded Temple
Clipped Dreadlocks with Temple Faded
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Clipped Dreadlocks with Temple Faded