Getting waves requires effort and patience. You’ll need to brush your hair 30 min – 1 hour daily, and wear a du-rag every night to sleep, to get the waves you want.
11 Steps to Get Deep 360 Waves
- Get a short haircut and edge up. Coarse hair can wave at shorter lengths than straight or medium hair. Don’t let the barber cut your hair too low. Tell him you still want it thick—you shouldn’t be able to see your scalp.
- Brush your hair for 1-2 minutes with a wave-brush (get a hard, medium, or soft brush depending on your hair texture.)
- Add a good moisturizer to your hair.
- Put a washcloth in running hot water, squeeze some water from the rag, and then place hot wash cloth on top of your hair and wipe down. You can also wet a washcloth or towel and heat it up in the microwave to get it hot enough.
- Repeat hot water process for the sides and back of hair also.
- You can also brush your hair right after shampoo-ing and conditioning in the shower. This is when your hair is softest. Just add a moisturizer and skip the hot towel part.
- Find the point on your head where a cowlick forms, and brush out from that point to the front, sides, and back, not missing any part of your head.
- Brush for at least 20 strokes to every side of your head, or about 15 – 30 minutes.
- Place a wave cap or du-rag onto your head afterwards for 30 minutes, and brush again after you take it off. Make sure you sleep with the du-rag on to keep your waves from getting messed up.
- It may take up to 6 weeks for waves to appear, so try to repeat this process mentioned above daily to train your hair to form deep 360 waves.
- Maintain your waves through regular brushing. If your waves start going away, you’re probably not brushing enough. The waves are a result of you training your hair to lay down on your head. It takes practice and patience!
- Avoid washing your hair too much. Some wash once a week, or every other week even. Just rinse your hair instead.
Supplies You Need for Waves
|Brush||Get a hand brush (one without a handle), either hard, medium, or soft depending on your hair texture. Coarse hair, or newbies will need a hard brush.|
|Du-rag||This is crucial. Wear it every night.|
|Pomade or moisturizer||360-style is popular. Use pomade only occassionally, and only when you’re starting out. Luster’s Pink is another popular moisturizer.|
Good shampoo or conditioner
This is important to maintain your hair
- When in the shower, brush the shampoo into your hair with warm water, going in the direction of the waves.
- After shampoo-brushing your hair, rinse with cool water.
- The best shampoos to use for hair waves are herbal, conditioning, and protein ones.
- Make sure you brush your hair afterwards.
- Using pomades produces build-up and flakes.
- Most pomade wave products contain heavy petroleum, which makes hair waves feel gooey and gummy
- Also, use may clog hair pores, cause acne on the face and upper back, and cause a potential receding hairline if you frequently wear fitted baseball-caps.
- If you use pomade, only do it sparingly and only to get your waves started.
Using hair creams that contain Shea butter and essential oils is healthier. Your wave products should feel light on the hair—not thick and heavy, which causes flaky build-up. The only time that you should brush the waves is after applying a hair cream or a moist hot rag, or when shampooing.