From LeBron James to P.Diddy, the 360 Waves is one of the most attractive and popular hairstyles among African American men. The name stems from the 360 angle at which the pattern forms on the head. Many guys have tried and attempted to get waves, but the hairstyle is known for being a bit difficult to attain. But don’t worry, because this how-to will explain the few simple steps you need to know to get you the perfect 360 waves.

Get The Right Tools For The Job

Before you can even think about the waves, you need to make sure you have a few things. First, you’ll need a doo-rag—any brand will do. Next, you’ll need a brush. The grease you will use for 360 Waves requires quite a bit of brushing for it to be absorbed by your hair, so when looking for a brush make sure have one that has firm bristles. Finally, you’ll need to get the grease. Wave grease helps hold your hair in place, while also conditioning and softening it. Each brand of grease will have a different consistency—thick or light—but there are a few highly recommended brands:  Murray’s Pomade, Sportin Waves, S-Curl, and Duke.

Hair Length and Hair Style

Getting the right waves requires the right hair length, and taking into account your hair texture. On the low end, your hair should be at least 1 ½ inches in length—any less is really too low for waves to form. On the high end, if you’re hair is too long then you’ll still have a chance for waves but not only will it take them longer to form and require more maintenance, but they might also grow in misshaped.

Once all that is understood, it’s all about your hair texture. For some one with curly hair, which is usually very soft, they might need to start the process with a good conditioning shampoo that will help their hair straighten out and lie down. Medium hair and very coarse hair are a bit simpler with the exception that with coarser hair that is thick and tightly curled, you’re going to have to spend more time brushing your hair daily.

Establish A Brushing And Washing Schedule

There are a number of daily routines for forming 360 waves, but there a few steps that are the same throughout. For starters, wash your hair and make sure it is clean and dry before you put any grease in it. This doesn’t mean shampoo it everyday; in fact, don’t shampoo your hair for 1-2 weeks while the wave pattern sets in. Then when it is time to put on the grease, only use a quarter size amount of grease and work it around your head evenly. The same goes for brushing. Start from the crown area of your head and brush all around your head in an even manner, brushing in the direction that your hair is growing in—don’t brush against the grain. After that is all said and done, tie your hair up with a doo-rag. Repeat this process 1-2 times a day.

And that’s it. The 360 waves you’ve always wanted in a few easy steps. No longer can you tell yourself you can’t form waves. You’ve just been schooled by the best. Thank us later.

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