Thin Dreads or Thick Dreads? Once you’ve decided to get dreadlocks this is one of the major questions to ask yourself. Thin dreadlocks give more volume if your hair is thin, which is why my Jamaican client went with this thickness, suiting most African hair types best. It’s worth knowing they take longer for dreadlock maintenance and join together more frequently. As thicker dreads can be sculpted into different styles more easily and are less prone to breakage, I often recommend a medium thickness for the best of both worlds.