WAVE GUIDE - HOW TO GET 360 WAVES
The best way to start this process is to get a fresh, even cut from your barber.
The number one most important thing to get waves is to brush your hair. Brush it the right way, and brush it often.
1) Top of your head: Brush this area forward, starting at the peak of your head and finishing on the sides, right below the where the side of your head begins, or on the side about an inch and a half above the eye line. Brush through at least 50 strokes.
2) Back of the head down to the neck: This area should be brushed from the rear crown (where you see guys getting a bald spot) downward and extending to the sides just behind the ears for another 50 strokes at least.
3) The sides: Begin just below the crown of your head, right above your ear and with a diagonal motion toward your cheeks, brush through at least 50 strokes on each side.
As you're forming waves, you're going to want to keep your hair moisturized and soft. There are many different types of products that can do this--oils, creams, lotions, and butters can all provide moisture. Everyone is different, so depending on your hair type and simply what you like, you should find what product or combination of products works best for you.
GET A DURAG AND / OR A WAVECAP
A durag or a wave cap helps hold your hair in position. It locks in moisture to hydrate your hair and scalp. It also protects your hair, especially during sleeping. Dedicated wavers always wear their durags overnight, and as much as possible other times.
WASHING YOUR WAVES
Some shampoos can dry out your hair, so make sure to use a gentle shampoo. Once or twice a week is good; more if you are using a lot of pomade and other products. Some wavers like to shower brush during their wash. Always moisturize your hair with oils, creams or butters immediately after washing.
To get deep waves, you have to wolf your hair. That just means growing out your hair longer than you normally would. It’s up to you how long you wolf, but a few weeks is usually good. Don’t get a haircut during this time. You might want to get a trim or line up after a few weeks. Just don’t go too low or you’ll cut off all your progress.
Your hair will probably get out of control while you’re wolfing, so this is a good time to use a pomade. Pomades provide hold and lay down your hair.
After 2+ months of keeping your brushing routine and schedule, here you are. Deep, spinning, waves are finally yours. Note, all of this hard work can be easily ruined if you do not use a daily maintenance routine.
|THINGS TO REMEMBER
|You can never over moisturize your hair – especially at the program’s start. Keeping your hair moist and healthy will make sure you’re not breaking hairs while you brush.
|2. Lock that moisture in
|Anything you can do to keep your hair hydrated is a plus. Use your durag whenever you get the chance. Drink plenty of water after workouts or any physical activity.
|3. Keep it fresh
|Get frequent “clean up” cuts from your barber. During the training phase, getting a line up / shape up once every two to three weeks will help with wave formation.
|4. Brush. Brush. Brush.
|This cannot be stressed enough. Brush in the shower. Brush out of the shower. Brush on the way to school or work. Brush at lunch. Brush on the way home and brush before bed. Be mindful of your brushing pattern.