Burna Boy’s Hair: Long, Thick Dreadlocks

He wowed Glastonbury with his Afro-fusion music, and Burna Boy’s hair lived up to expectations, too, with those thick dreadlocks and barely seen criss-cross partings throughout.

Why We Love It:

Burna Boy’s hair is a serious vibe.  Dreads have a rich cultural history, symbolising strength and pride, and he wears them with effortless swag.

Locs are also a fantastic protective style for Afro hair too. Because you’re not styling them regularly, there’s less risk of breakage. Plus, they lock in moisture, which keeps the hair hydrated.

Dreadlocks are incredibly versatile, too – Burna Boy can rock them in different lengths and styles, whether they’re left loose, tied back, or even styled into intricate patterns.

It’s a great option for anyone looking to switch up their look without compromising the health of their hair.

Having good hair days every day is something we’d all love, but Burna Boy flew his barber, @topzycut, to his side when touring in 2023, proving his barnet is a top priority. And rightly so.



What To Ask Your Barber:

  • If you’re keen on Burna Boy’s hair vibe, ensure your hair is at least 3-4 inches long which is the ideal length for starting dreadlocks.
  • To help you get started, your barber will section your hair into small, equal parts. The size of each section will determine the thickness of the dreadlocks.
  • Or you could ask your barber to use criss-cross partings as per Burna Boy’s hair.
  • Using a comb and some twisting gel or wax, the barber will twist each section of hair. There are various methods, such as the comb twist method, palm rolling, or backcombing.
  •  Once twisted, the hair is often secured with clips or bands to keep the twists in place until they start to lock.
  • Initially, you’ll need regular salon visits for re-twisting the roots as the hair grows out.
  • This helps maintain the neatness and uniformity of the dreadlocks.

Get The Look

  • Burna Boy’s hair would still require careful looking after.
  • Wash your dreads every week or so with a residue-free shampoo. This prevents buildup and keeps your scalp clean.
  • Ensure your dreadlocks are thoroughly dried after washing to prevent mildew or mould.
  • Air dry outside if it’s sunny and warm, or use a low-heat hair dryer if not!
  • Keep your dreadlocks moisturised and soft by applying natural oils like coconut or jojoba oil regularly.
  • For new locs, oil the scalp 1-2 times a week.
  • If you have an oily scalp oil your scalp/locs no more than once a week.
  • Anyone with dry/itchy scalp should add oil 2-3 times a week.
  • To keep your dreadlocks neat, you may need to re-twist the new growth every few weeks.
  • Use a good twisting gel and be gentle to avoid damaging the hair.
  • Wear a Durag, or use a pure silk pillowcase to protect your dreadlocks while you sleep and reduce frizz and breakage.
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