"Brush Waves," "Spinnas," or how they are commonly known as "360 Waves" is a classic black hairstyle with a circular wave pattern that many people in other ethnicities such as Asians, Latinos, and white people have recently been interested in learning the secrets on how to get waves. In order to get 360 waves, there are a few essential hair products you will need, but more importantly, the better you understand your hair texture and your curl pattern the faster you will be able to get waves.
By the end of this blog, you will know the 3 steps on how to get waves, as well as better understand your hair texture to help you when you are looking for the best products to get 360 waves, but keep in mind that the process requires daily effort! This blog will take you less than one day to learn how to get waves that will have Lebron James looking at your waves like this
Step 1: Start your Wave Process with Clean Hair!
The best way to start off with 360 waves is to have healthy hair! Hair health is often overlooked in men, but before you consider getting that 360 wave pattern, you should know that 360 waves require dedicated upkeep of maintaining a wash routine to keep your hair moisturized. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and you want to keep your scalp moisturized to ensure you keep your hair moisturized.
Best Shampoo and Conditioner to Use to Get 360 WavesYou can achieve this by making sure you are using a moisturizing wave shampoo and conditioner to prevent damaged hair. Do not be cheap and buy a regular shampoo from the store that may dry your scalp out--invest your hair! The brand that I recommend is Design Essentials! Many people wanted me to make a Texas Tea shampoo; however, their Honey Creme Moisture Retention Shampoo is the best when it comes to a wave shampoo that generates immense amounts of lather on freshly washed hair to help you brush your hair with a shower or hard brush and rinse with warm to hot water. If you follow it up with their Super Moisturizing Conditioner with Aloe Vera, it will help your hair absorb the nutrients your hair follicles need to prevent you from having dry hair, especially by using cold to warm water to rinse the conditioner out.
How Often Should You Wash Your Hair?
It should be noted that too much washing or using an extended period of leaving the conditioner in your hair is not beneficial. You want to ensure that you follow the instructions on the bottles to use the products correctly. On the opposite end, if you do not wash your hair enough, you may notice that your hair will become dry and brittle and you should consider washing more. I always suggest one to two washes in a week is more than enough especially if you are following my co-washing method hair tutorial. Once your hair is washed, you do not have to use a dry towel to dry your hair because it can cause damaged hair if you rub a cotton towel against your head. After washing your hair, simply use a 100% cotton t-shirt to pat dry your head to leave it a bit wet and not completely dry.
Best Moisturizer for 360 Waves
After you have cleaned your hair, you want to focus on using the best products to ensure that your hair retains the moisture from the wash as long as possible. Many people get lazy at this step and rely on frequent pomade use, but this is a big NO-NO! Pomades are advertised as helping you "create waves" or getting "deeper waves," but they can often clog your scalp in the long run and cause other issues later on down the road.
When it comes to using a hair moisturizer from the very beginning of my YouTube channel, I have preached using lighter moisturizers and/or oils. This is why it is no surprise that the only products that I have created in the Texas Tea product line are lighter products such as the Texas Tea Hair Oil with essential oils and Texas Tea Buttercream with essential oils. Each of the products has detailed instructions on how to use them to transform your natural curls into a desired wave style on the product labels but we like to say "Less Is More," our last tip is not to go crazy with the products because a little bit goes a long way. If your hair has dried before you could apply products, then you may have to use a hot towel that you have run under hot water in order to apply products only when moist speaking of the follicle.
Step 2: Using the Best Wave Brush To Get Waves!
Once you have applied the products to your hair, you need to understand that constant brushing for up to fifteen minutes is necessary when you first start, but if you brush your hair for thirty minutes, you will see more wave progress. It should be noted that the type of brush you use is very important at this step. Using a softer brush on your hair while it is still wet is not ideal. A soft brush is made to lay your hair down. To get 360 waves, you need a brush with pull to brush your hair everyday. You want to use a medium brush and if you would like to know the best types of medium brushes to use, I have made videos detailing each bristle type of Brush King's Torino Pro and Royalty Brush collection.
With the right brush, it can speed up the process tremendously because when you start brushing with a cheap brush, there will be more brushing involved; however, if you buy one of the brushes mentioned, you will notice that your brushing regimen may take 15 minutes or less when you start brushing your hair everyday with a quality brush to get waves.
When you brush your hair, the wave process technique involves starting from the center of your crown, which is known as the bald spot in your head, to brush forward in the same direction to get the same lines forming over time that create your 360 waves. If you started this process from a low hair cut, it may take two to at least three weeks to start seeing progress, and for some people, it may take up to six weeks depending on your curl type; however, when you brush your hair after it has been cleaned your focus is removing any excess liquid from either water or products in your hair. The reason why is because brushes are made with boar bristles and they mimic human hair, which is ideal when styling your hair because boar bristles absorb excess products. This is why you also want to avoid brushing dry hair because the bristles can damage your scalp if it is dry.
Step 3: How to Keep Your 360 Waves Laid
Now that you have styled your hair, we are at the easiest part...using a wave cap or durag to help keep your wave style intact while you sleep at night! Many people will say that a durag is to keep your waves in place or to save your progress and this is why they use the durag process faithfully every night, but in my experience, durags can sometimes shift at night causing your hair to move and leading to messed up waves in the morning. This is why I do not wear my durags like most people and I choose to wear them as shown in the following video:
As you will see, I always wear a wave cap on top of my durags to help me achieve the best-looking 360 waves possible. I only encourage wearing a durag at night time; however, you can choose to wear them throughout the day as well to help keep your hair laid.
Understanding your Hair Texture
When trying to get waves, this is not a hairstyle for long hair. The waving process works the best on short hair, but just because the hair is short does not mean there is no commitment involved. The training process to get perfect waves traditionally involved lots of time, but you are not trying to get perfect 360 waves. You are just trying to get 360 waves and the natural texture of your hair plays a major factor.
3 Hair Textures for 360 Waves
There are only three fundamental hair textures that determine your strand size. The first one is simply referred to as fine hair, the second one is medium hair, and then the last one is coarse hair. The following details how you can know what is your hair texture.
Fine Hair: Less than 60 microns (16 or more hairs per millimeter)
Medium Hair: 60-80 microns (12 to 16 hairs per millimeter)
Coarse Hair (or Thick Hair): 80 microns or greater (fewer than 12 hairs per millimeter)
This video goes into greater detail regarding the 3 hair textures:
The 5 Curl Types for 360 Waves
It is important to understand that everyone's hair is different...it is equally crucial to understand yours first! The five distinct types of hair are the following: kinky, coily, curly, wavy, and straight.
Depending on your hair type, you may be able to acquire waves in one day if your hair is easier to move. This may seem like a significant advantage; however, it may also be a liability because you have to worry about losing your wave pattern just as fast.
Now you know everything you need to know to get waves, but in a future blog, we will discuss the best waves haircut in order to keep them once you go to the barbershop. 360 waves are not achieved overnight; they require patience and a regimen that must be consistently followed in order to see results.
Thank you for reading this blog post on how to get 360 waves. I hope you found it helpful and informative. If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 360 waves are not easy to achieve, but with the right information and tools, you can be on your way to rocking this style!