Listen up: You’ll need a brush and a lot of patience.
360 waves is a hairstyle worn by African American men and is one that’s been around for decades. In case you’re wondering, it gets its name from the circular wave pattern that naturally spirals out from the cowlick over time.
A good thing to note about this hairstyle: Any person with short, curly hair can achieve it, as long as you’ve got the patience—and a few key tools. Previously referred to by some as “brush waves” because of how you get them to form around the head, 360 waves has now become a popular hairdo choice for a lot of African American guys. We completely agree: They’re a cool, professional way to embrace your natural texture while giving your ’do a stylish spin. Read on to try out this oldie but goodie:
How to Get 360 Waves
Get a haircut.
Rinse hair with a dynamic shampoo and conditioner before you start to cleanse off any buildup. You’ll be going longer between washes when you’re waiting for your waves to form, so it’s better to start with a clean base. We like the fresh scent and light afterfeel of AXE Dual 2-in-1 Shampoo and Conditioner.
Apply your product
Wear a durag to preserve.
Remove the durag the next morning.
1. Repeat Steps 1 to 8.
Do this for the next three weeks, or until your waves start to come in, then go for a haircut with a 1.5 guard on the grain.
2. Moisten with hot water.
If you’re iffy on piling up on product without washing regularly, use hot water to moisten the top, back and sides of your head before brushing. Wear a durag to hold the wave in place while you sleep.
Guys, a friendly reminder: To set a tighter wave, hair should only be brushed when it’s moist. This also helps prevent hair breakage. Remember to brush evenly around the head—patience is a virtue!—and you’ll be rocking that enviable 360 waves hairstyle in no time!