How to Get 360 Hair Waves for Black Men

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

  1. 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.
  2. Brush your hair for 1-2 minutes with a wave-brush (get a hard, medium, or soft brush depending on your hair texture.)
  3. Add a good moisturizer to your hair.
  4. 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.
  5. Repeat hot water process for the sides and back of hair also.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Brush for at least 20 strokes to every side of your head, or about 15 – 30 minutes.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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

Shampooing

  1. When in the shower, brush the shampoo into your hair with warm water, going in the direction of the waves.
  2. After shampoo-brushing your hair, rinse with cool water.
  3. The best shampoos to use for hair waves are herbal, conditioning, and protein ones.
  4. Make sure you brush your hair afterwards.

Avoid Pomade

  • 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.

Guidelines for Repairing Ingrown Hairs, Discolorations and Ashy Skin

1. Ingrown hairs. While most men have suffered from ingrown hairs or razor burn, black men are especially prone to this condition because of their highly-curved body hairs. Because the hair tends to be more tightly curled, it has a greater chance of curving and growing back into the skin after shaving. This causes painful shaving bumps and irritation on the face and neck, and can only become more aggravated with further shaving.

Although it’s a common problem, there’s no need to simply accept it as a natural danger of shaving: by keeping skin exfoliated, changing your razor after 4-5 uses and following with a product with dermatologically-active ingredients, you can greatly reduce the occurrence of ingrown hairs. If you find yourself suffering a great deal from these skin irritations, consider cutting down on the amount of times you shave, since frequent shaving too close to the skin will trap hairs inside the follicles. For more information on diminishing and preventing razor burn and ingrown hairs, check out A Definitive Therapy for Ingrown Hairs or Razor Bumps.

2. Dark Spots and Hyperpigmentation. Dark areas can often appear on African-American skin when scarring occurs, whether from cuts, acne or burns. These dark spots and uneven skin tone (called “hyperpigmentation”) will usually fade over time, but some ingredients can definitively help even skin color and promote a smoother surface. Retinol, Kojic Acid and Vitamin C are used regularly by dermatologists and skincare professionals to fade dark areas and balance skin tone. These products often take 4-8 weeks to see maximum results, and they have been known to cause irritation in some men, so you should consult a dermatologist if you have sensitive skin or if irritation persists.

Regular, gentle exfoliation is also a good way to improve skin tone because it removes the top layer of dead skin cells and allows new, healthier cells to appear. By removing the upper layer, it also allows ingredients such as Retinol to more effectively treat the skin. When using a product such as this, make sure you protect your skin well from the sun’s rays, since sun exposure stimulates pigment production and can re-darken areas. Find ways to Improve Skin Tone and Reduce “Age Spots” (Without Plastic Surgery) in our Tips & Advice column.

3. Dry, Ashy Skin. Black men with very dry skin often have an ashy or gray appearance, so it’s important to keep skin well-moisturized and reinforced with nurturing vitamins to promote a smoother, healthier look. Because hot water can pull moisture from the skin’s surface, avoid long, hot showers and take quick lukewarm ones instead. Wash with a gentle liquid cleanser instead of bar soap (since bar soap can actually dry out skin), and put an active moisturizer on within five minutes of stepping out of the bathtub. This will lock moisture into your pores, promoting a smoother, more even appearance. Use an oil-free moisturizer that contains nutrients like Aloe, Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene and Vitamins A, D, and E, and don’t forget about the delicate area around your eyes. Visit our article Daily Skin Care for Men for tips and techniques on the best skincare routines.

4. Sun Protection. A common misconception about darker-toned skin is that it cannot burn or be damaged by the sun. Although African-American skin contains more melanin (skin pigment) which offers greater protection against the sun’s rays, it is still at risk for a number of sun-related diseases. In fact, African-American men are often at a higher risk because it is often harder to detect changes in skin marks or discolorations. This means it may take longer for a person to seek treatment, by which time the damage could have spread even further.

Protecting your skin from the sun is a serious business, but it can be as easy as using a sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher that offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and reapplying it often. Our article, Sun Care, offers more invaluable tips on how to keep your skin healthy and burn-free, no matter what the season may be.

5 Manscaping Secrets Every Nigerian Guy Should Know

‘Manscaping’ is a subject most Nigerian guys shy away from, because the removal or trimming of hair on a man’s body for cosmetic purposes reeks a little too ‘metro’.

There is also the belief that “rugged” is the epic, male look. However, the men who indulge in this cleaning up act, testify that taking pride in their bodies has a way of boosting confidence.

The great thing about manscaping is that you do not need to have the most amazing gym body to put it into practice. It is for everyone. Certainly, you can do this with full dignity. And to help you out, here are five easy tricks to remove unwanted hair.

Use the right tools
There are two basic rules to successful manscaping: either wax or trim. A number of Nigerian men opt for trimming, and so they rely on disposable razors/shaving sticks and scissors.

While a disposable razor and some random shaving cream may cut it in a last-minute situation, the option ensures that your endeavor takes hours. Sometimes, it leaves you with prickly patches and severe razor burn. Also, you run the risk of ingrown hairs, especially around your crotch area. You want to invest in a little more quality, for times you want to do some proper manscaping.

Splurge on an electric trimmer with adjustable settings for length. It is the quickest method. For your back and shoulders, however, waxing is a better choice.

Remember to keep your face and body grooming tools separate. Also, clean and oil your trimmer blades to keep them sharp before storing them.

Stretch the skin, when shaving sensitive areas
It’s no secret that most sensitive areas in the male body, especially crotch area, features skin fold and grooves. When shaving these areas, do not rush. With your free hand, carefully stretch this area or pull the loose skin tight, to create a flat surface. This allows you to get at the hair. Then, make sure your hand is steady and you use slow, even strokes. Slow and steady definitely wins this race. However, if you get nicked in the process, don’t panic. Just rinse with cold water until the wound stops bleeding. You may also rub in a small amount of unscented petroleum jelly.

Shave in the right direction
Believe it or not, your hair grows in a certain way and direction, and if you want to maintain a smooth skin after your manscaping, you need to shave in the direction of hair growth, not against the grain.

Examine the direction your hair is pointing toward and shave in smooth, even strokes.

This method is less likely to cause irritation or bumps, as your tools won’t be tugging hairs in a direction they aren’t used to going. It will also help you avoid the dreaded after-shave stubble and trapped ingrown hairs.

Shave when wet
The last thing you want to do when shaving your pubes, is doing so when the skin is dry.

Most people use shaving gel, or they lather up with regular old bar soap, but it is always better to do it after you have taken a hot shower. Shaving after a hot shower allows your skin to soften and loosens dirt and oils.

Also, the dampness naturally lubricates the area, preventing hairs from pulling; this reduces the irritation on your delicate parts.

Always moisturize after
Moisturizing after manscaping is essential, if you want to feel fresh for the rest of the day.

Most aftershaves have the tendency to even dry up your face some more, which is not what your sheared hair follicles need. Moisturizing eases the prickly feeling and basically reduces itching and irritation.

If after using a moisturizer, the itching continues, you might have folliculitis or a bacterial or fungal infection and the best move would be to visit a dermatologist for diagnosis treatment

Bonus Tip: Ensure you do not wear tight underwear after manscaping. Go for underwear with soft cotton or silk to avoid any form of discomfort.

Here’s What 100 Years Of Black Men’s Hair Trends Look Like

Watch Video just released the latest episode in their 100 Years of Beauty series, this time tackling black men’s trends in the U.S.

Chris Chan, visual anthropologist at WatchCut, explains the research behind the looks in a separate video.

“One thing we wanted to be really clear about in this video is that hair and politics are always intertwined,” Chan explains in the video.

In the 1910s, most people wouldn’t be caught dead leaving the house without a hat on.

The ’20s look was modeled after William J. Powell Jr., a pioneer in aviation and a civil rights activist.

The look from the 1930s was a strong part, inspired by Donald Sheffield Ferguson, the first black medical student at Kansas University.

The look from the ’40s recognizes how many black men served in World War II.

Little Richard’s conk hair was the inspiration for the ’50s look.

The inspiration for the black beret look in the ’60s was Huey Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party.

“It’s pretty amazing what we see in just half a century. Black men are disciplined into not having any hair at all. In fact even covering it, or chemically processing it,” Chan says.

In the ’70s, the picked-out Afro became prominent.

For the ’80s style, Jean-Michel Basquiat, an artist from New York and a black nationalist, was the inspiration.

The flat top — specifically, Will Smith’s flat top — was the look for the ’90s.

Big beautiful braids and facial hair typical of R&B celebrities were big in the 2000s.

In the present day, the look is a throwback reference to the flat top, but it’s really about the fade and the verticality of the hair.

What is feminism and what should men do about it?

EbonyLife TV series, “Men’s Corner,” is a talk show with an all-male ensemble.

The new episode focuses on feminism and comes with so many interesting questions.

What is feminism? What should men do with and about feminism? What drives and what should drive arguments on feminism in Nigeria?

The series features three young, good looking and articulate men air their opinions strongly on various topics ranging from Sports, to women, to cars, flirting, politics, alcohol, sex etc.

“Men’s Corner” is hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Andrew Blaze and Mazino Appeal.

Cisi Eze: Men Also Suffer…We Know!

Our patriarchal society nudges men into hyper-masculinity. “Men are not meant to cry.” “Men should always be strong.” Most times, men experience ridicule when they show “weakness”; ergo, they are reluctant to air those issues that negatively bother them. They do not want to openly talk about how they are maltreated in romantic relationships, how they are harassed by female bosses, how they are feeling sad from the pain of a love-affair turned sour, to mention a few.

What is worse is that some men do not believe men can be rape survivors. You tell them a teacher raped her fourteen-year-old student, and the next thing you hear is, “I wish I were that guy! See enjoyment!” On a normal day, men void their pain.

Why do they remember “men also suffer” any time, every time, women start venting about how we face abuse and violence?

#RIPKarabo recently set Twitterverse ablaze. A man had murdered his twenty-two-year-old girlfriend. The killer had “necklaced her and poured acid all over her body”. Very harrowing! This coincided with Mercy Aigbe speaking up on how she suffered domestic violence at the hands of her husband. Somehow, these two events set into motion a Twitter timeline replete with threads of how women suffer several shades of abuse from men.

This brings to mind the Twitter hashtag that trended late 2016, #MenAreScum. Most of us used this hashtag to narrate how we have been harassed in different ways by men we know and the ones we do not know. Before that hashtag, most of us had been silent about these issues. Alas! Covering yourself with layers of silence will not save you. We vented. We let it all out.

In the midst of these tweets, some people tried to justify (or should I say “pardon”?) men for being mean to women. Some tweeted, “What did you do to provoke him?” “When you know how someone is, you should not annoy the person.” Among these were the ones that embodied, “men also suffer.”

Of course, men also suffer.

2015. Evening. Interior of a bus
(Random man sitting by my side takes a large bite off the paw-paw he is holding. He hungrily chews on it. He turns to look at my friend drinking from a bottle of soft drink.)

Man: (Points at her drink) This one is better. It does not have sugar. The bitterness is good.

Me: I really do not know about how much sugar is in here, but eating fruit is better. I should have gotten a fruit just that I can’t wash it until I get home.

Man: Home. (Countenance changes) I don’t like going home. My wife is terrible.

And that was how this man opened up to tell my friend and I about how his home had become hell. Truly, four walls do not make a home. He was bitter. There I was wondering why anyone would want to treat another human being in such a cruel manner.

I will not pretend men do not suffer abuse. A friend, who used to be my lecturer, told me he was “assaulted” by an older woman. He did not even want to say “rape”. Another recently told me his first sexual experience was via rape. There are men, who have wives that cheat on them emotionally, too. I could go on and on about how men suffer.

Men also suffer; however, can men not talk about how they also suffer when women are talking about how they suffer? All that “suffer”!

Talking about how “men also suffer” when women come out to talk about their experience is tantamount to saying, “Will you keep quiet? Men also feel the same pains you feel.”

Women come out, air their issues, build conversations around these issues, and suddenly, some men that nullify abuse against men come forth to say, “men also suffer”. They say (or type) this banality with such aplomb and one is tempted to slap the words back into their mouths.

To be honest, I am beyond shocked when I see this. I begin to wonder when and how they got the epiphany of men being victims of abuse. Many questions swirl in my mind: Why this moment? Why did they not cry about their pain before this moment women decided to speak up? Why are they desperately trying so hard to shift the focus of the conversation? Wasn’t the aim of the conversation for women to express themselves? Why the sudden awareness of men being victims of abuse? Why are they just seeing this “light”?

Patriarchy-enforced male ego won’t let most men talk about how they suffer; however, when women get expressive about their experiences, they tag along with, “men, too”.

This nonsense has to stop!

Men should let go of toxic hypermasculinity and start having their own conversations. They do not have to wait for women before they start venting. There is no use keeping quiet.

In the grand scheme of things, this patriarchal system of society puts men at a disadvantage. It makes them keep shut in the face of pain and discomfort.

Men also suffer, yea, but they do not have to cry about it the same time women come out to vent. Doing that seems as though they are desperate to brush away the dark smear of pain on our collective psyche.

P.S. Do you know that the average hetero guy gets pissed when women call out men on their BS? They be like, “You’re generalising”. We are generalising, yet they are the ones most protective of their sisters and daughters. They are probably scared other men would treat their daughters the same way they have treated other people’s daughter.

To be honest, a lot of us, women, are tired of the BS heterosexual men throw at us. We are tired!

“The truth is girls hate us, Eric. They are sick of our shit. One day, they plan to make us obsolete – stick us underground where they just milk us for our semen. Boys’ only hope is to start over on Mars.” – Butters, “South Park” Season 20, Episode Nine.

Reasons Why Single Black Men Don’t Approach Black Women

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What every black man should be doing to protect his heart.

A little weight training may go a long way toward helping improve the heart health of black men, new research suggests.

Just six weeks of resistance exercise appears to have a positive impact on the blood levels of key indicators for inflammation, immune response and/or artery shape among black men. Such indicators, or “markers,” are known to rise in conjunction with tissue damage, infection and stress. But after weight training, levels of two of the markers dropped in these patients, the researchers found.

Man lifting weights mirror

However, while the association was observed among black men it was not found among white exercisers. This caveat tracked an earlier finding by the same research team that showed that while black men who lifted weights experienced a drop in an important post-injury/infection inflammation marker known as C-reactive protein, white men did not.

“This suggests that resistance exercise training is more beneficial in young African-American men than in [white] men of the same age,” Bo Fernhall, dean of the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), said in a university news release.

Fernhall, who led the study as a professor in the department of kinesiology and community health at UIC’s Urbana-Champaign campus, and colleagues reported their findings online recently in the Journal of Human Hypertension.

The researchers noted that in the United States, cardiovascular disease — particularly in the form of high blood pressure (or hypertension), stroke and kidney disease — is more prevalent among blacks than whites.

“Higher blood pressures in African children have been shown as young as 8 to 10 years of age,” Fernhall said. “So there’s obviously something going on that predisposes the African population to end-stage disease, hypertension and stroke and the more debilitating diseases later on in life.”

The focus of the current investigation was on indicators in the blood that signal arterial trouble, including one involved in blood vessel remodeling and one that signals oxidative stress.

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Levels of both dropped among black men who lifted weights. Study co-author Marc Cook, a UIC doctoral student, pointed out that this builds on prior research that has shown that aerobic activity also helps to lower levels of oxidative stress markers.

“[So] if you don’t like cardiovascular exercise, if you don’t like running on a treadmill, if you can’t play basketball or you’re not good at it, you can lift weights and improve your health, especially when it comes to high blood pressure,” Cook said. “If you just want to lift weights and you do it on a regular basis, you could improve your function.”

While the study found an association between cardiovascular health and weight training in black men, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

Eliminating Ingrown Hairs In Black Men

Eliminating Ingrown Hairs In Black Skin;

Ingrown hairs are where stubble grows back in on itself after shaving to form small, painful ‘razor bumps’. They can occur in any skin type but are especially common in Afro-Caribbean skin because of the thicker skin and curly nature of the hair. The easiest way to prevent them is to use an exfoliating face scrub before shaving.
Exfoliating scrubs are a great addition to black men’s grooming products as they clear away the dead skin and debris that interfere with beard growth. It is advised not to continue shaving where there are high amounts of ingrown hairs as this can lead to infections, inflammations and bleeding.

 

Also, always shave in the direction of hair growth rather than against the grain. This can cause the hairs to become trapped below the skin’s surface, resulting in ingrown hairs.

 

Despite what some barbers may say,  it takes a lot more than a splash of alcohol to combat ingrown hairs