How to Get 360 waves for Black Men

A beginner-friendly guide to how to get 360 waves. 

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360 waves: Man with short afro hair in 360 waves with facial hair wearing a grey t-shirt, standing outside


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Often simply referred to as ‘360’ or ‘waves’, essentially, 360 waves gets its apt title from its appearance – it looks like subtly undulating waves, all over. Largely attributed to musicians like Trey Songz, Nelly and P Diddy rocking this hairstyle, 360 waves grew in popularity during the ’90s, and well into the noughties, too. It’s a great way to utilise your naturally curly, coily or kinky hair texture to add interest to a classic short Caesar cut.

Heads up: nailing this look takes patience, preparation and consistency. But there’s no denying the dedication will be reflected in the awesome results.

How to get 360 waves tutorial


Wash Your Hair.

Start by washing your hair with the TONI&GUY Deep Clean Shampoo so that it’s fresh and clean.

360 waves: Man with short afro hair and facial hair, wearing a grey t-shirt

Apply Wax.

Next, take some hair wax like the VO5 Styling Wax and work it evenly through your hair.

360 waves: Man with short afro hair and facial hair wearing a grey t-shirt and holding a pot of hair wax

Brush the Top & Sides Forward.

Taking a handleless brush (this will give you more control), start brushing the hair on the top of your head forwards, down towards your eyes. Then brush the sides forwards and down towards your chin.


360 waves: Man with short afro hair worn in 360 waves with facial hair wearing a grey t-shirt, using a brush to brush the back of his hair

Brush the Back of Your Hair Downwards.

Using a mirror to help you see the back of your head, brush the back of your hair down from your crown towards your neck. 

360 waves: Man with 360 waves and facial hair wearing a grey t-shirt, using a mirror to brush the back of his hair

Wrap Your Hair Overnight.

Once you’ve finished brushing your hair, wrap it in a silk durag (a piece of cloth designed to be worn to protect your hairstyle) overnight. This will help to reduce friction and maintain your wave pattern while you sleep. 

360 waves: Man tying a black silky durag around his short afro hair, wearing a grey t-shirt

Repeat the Process Daily.

In the morning, take off the durag and do steps 2-4 again, repeating the brushing process. And, depending on your hair texture, in a few weeks’ time, you’ll be able to flaunt your 360 waves!

Sadly, there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to brushing frequency; it all depends on your hair’s natural texture. But if you have less of a visible curl pattern, you’ll probably have to brush your hair more often to get the 360 effect.

360 waves: Back view of a man with short afro hair styled in 360 waves

Final Look.

And that’s all there is to it! It’s a simple process but with a little time and patience, repeating this process everyday will train your hair to develop defined 360 waves. 

360 waves: Man with short afro hair in 360 waves with facial hair wearing a grey t-shirt, standing outside

The Best Brush to Use for 360 Waves

So, now you know what you have to do to achieve your 360 waves. But what kind of brush should you be using? As you probably already know, not all hair brushes are the same, and it’s important to have the right tools to achieve your hairstyle.

As well as the traditional wave brush, boar bristle brushes are also a great choice, as they’re natural and gentle on hair. They also boast the added bonus of aiding the even distribution of natural oils down the hair shaft. Although these brushes are more expensive in comparison to ones with synthetic bristles, they’re definitely a worthwhile investment because of the benefits and the fact they tend to last longer.

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  1. TONI&GUY Deep Clean Shampoo
  2. VO5 Styling Wax 
  3. Mirror
  4. Brush
  5. Durag

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