This is a tutorial on how to get 360 waves for men with curly hair. A typical black men hairstyle, 360 waves offer a good styling option for men with the tightest of curl types!
The 360 Waves hairstyle aims to give an illusion of waves cruising through the scalp, which can look pretty cool provided you have the curl type for it. The waves are caused by brushing the hair so that the kinks clump into each other, thus forming lines when the brushing is done evenly.
360 waves work best on kinky curly hair; Type V curly hair is the best curl type for this hairstyle although you can also do 360 waves on Type IV curly hair. The hairstyle takes some maintaining but it certainly pays off as it can look pretty sweet on short kinky (i.e. afro textured) hair.
Let’s have a detailed look at the 360 waves hairstyle with this tutorial!
Some cool looking 360 waves, son!
360 waves – How to get this Hair Style & Haircut
Suitable curly hair type
Type IV and V
Haircut for the 360 waves hairstyle
The haircut for the 360 Waves hairstyle must be an even length on the top of the head (a #3 or #4 guard length or 3/4 of an inch maximum). There should be no tapering or fading, although you can taper the very beginning of the nape’s hairline or do a blocked nape. Use a hair clipper to get the haircut for the 360 waves and either do it yourself or have someone else do it (e.g. friend or barber).
You should not get a haircut once you start the 360 waves for at least 2 months. As you start from a short hair length as stated above, your hair will grow during those 2 months, which, combined with your daily brushing (as per the Styling instructions below), will create deeper and deeper waves; this process is called wolfing, by which the depth of your waves increases as the hair grows longer and the waves become much more noticeable. After 2 months (or even 3 months), go to a barber who knows how to cut 360 waves; bear in mind not all barbers know and a barber who doesn’t know how to cut 360 waves can easily destroy your waves in an instant!
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Styling of the 360 waves hairstyle
The actual waves in the 360 Waves hairstyle take time to form and are not instant. Once you have got yourself the proper haircut, it is then that you use a special brush to brush the hair on top of the head forward and starting from the vertex (aka crown, back of top of the head). Then, you must brush the hair on the sides of the head (at an angle towards the front) and the hair on the back of the head (in a downwards motion). In essence, think of yourself standing up on the floor: you should be brushing forward at an angle from the floor for the sides of your head while you should brush vertically from the floor for the back of the head. Likewise, taking the floor as a starting point, the hair on the top would be brushed parallel to the floor.
These are the brushing areas and directions: top, sides and back.
The above brushing motion will cause the so called “waves” to cruise all around the scalp; with the 360 waves hairstyle, the waves will appear to be radiating in a circumference from the vertex, giving a very peculiar even pattern of lines (i.e. waves) on your scalp.
To brush your hair, ensure that the hair is damp (see this general hair styling guide) and coat the hair with a leave-in conditioner (use very little) prior to the brushing so that the kinks are moisturized. You may also use some drops of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to coat the kinks instead of using the leave in conditioner, or you can use both the leave-in and the EVOO together prior to brushing (first apply the leave-in, then the EVOO). I recommend you to stay away from styling products in the beginning, although you can experiment with small amounts of hair pomade if you want an even shinier look.
Essentially, the more you brush, the faster your kinks will clump into wave patterns. Thus, spend every day giving yourself brushing sessions that last a couple of minutes each (although you can go for longer in each session). The brushing motion should be smooth and without exerting too much force, and the hair brush should be soft or medium grade (start with a soft brush for the first 4 weeks). It can take some 2-3 months of daily brushing to achieve great-looking waves, so be patient!
Use a dorag or a sleeping cap when going to bed so as to protect the delicate wave-like formation of the kinks with your 360 waves. Likewise, use a dorag for most of your time during the timespan that it takes to develop the waves (e.g. if it takes 3 months to get the pattern dialed in, then use a dorag during that timespan when you leave your house). You can also continue to use a dorag after the waves have been formed and wolfed.
Some sick 360 waves!
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Which male celebrity has sported a 360 waves hairstyle?
Sean Combs (aka Puff Daddy) has sported some cool-looking 360 waves for most of his music career although he seems to prefer doing the waves on the top only (in this case, the style would be called simply Waves instead of 360 waves).
Not the most appropriate picture of Puff Daddy, but in this mugshot you can more or less see how Puff Daddy’s 360 waves look from the front and side!
That’s a tad better
Hair products for 360 Waves hairstyle
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- Leave-in conditioner
- Hair pomade
- Hair brush (soft)
- Hair brush (medium)
- Extra virgin olive oil (food graded) This EVOO is from Spain, the best country to produce olive oil (souther Spain); the EVOO is food graded and can be also used for your cooking and eating. This particular product if a must if you enjoy some healthy eating apart from the cool-looking curls!
- The Curly Hair Book (to expand your knowledge of your hair)
The 360 waves hairstyle is one cool style option for men with short curly kinky hair. While the styling of the 360 waves takes a bit of time, it is worth the effort if you follow this tutorial and are motivated to get your waves flowing!
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