360 waves are a highly coveted hairstyle for many black men, especially in high school, college, and corporate America. The 360-wave hairstyle is achieved by brushing your hair in an outward motion from your crown and we have a detailed blog on how to get waves fast.
For most people on their 360 wave journey, it is more common to see your waves form on the top and sides of the head first and many people struggle to get waves in the back; however, it is possible to get 360 waves in the back of your head. Here are a few tips to help you get started if you are a beginner.
6 Steps to Get 360 Waves on the Back of Your Head
Now that you know that getting 360 waves on the back of your head is not as difficult, let's go over the four steps we recommend to help anyone achieve this popular hairstyle. Here are four steps to get 360 waves on the back of your head:
Step One: Choose the Right Wave Brush
The first step is to make sure you choose the right brush. A boar bristle brush is the best brush for getting 360 waves if you're just starting out. The boar bristles are soft and flexible, making them more gentle on your scalp and hair than synthetic bristles. The brush that I recommend is the Torino Pro Curve Brush shown below because this brush will make sure your waves are laid and shiny:
Brushes made with boar hair also have a tendency to grab and hold onto more hair, which is helpful when you are trying to get 360 waves. In the wave community, this is known as "pull." The more pull your brush has the better it will help your waves form and lay down in the direction you desire.
In addition, boar bristles help to distribute oils from the root of your scalp evenly throughout your hair strand to give your waves a shiny look. If you're just starting out on your 360 wave journey, a boar bristle brush is the best brush to help you get the perfect waves.
Step Two: Start with Clean Hair
When it comes to getting waves, it's important to start with clean hair. Not only is clean hair easier to detangle, but it also allows the boar bristle to grip your hair better as described above when brushing. Additionally, clean hair is less likely to break, which is essential for achieving the perfect wave pattern. Check out the following video to learn how to clean your hair for waves:
It is important to start with clean hair because it will give you a better idea of how your hair is responding to your brush session. If you find that your waves are not as defined after a few days, you can always clean your hair and start again. Clean hair is essential for getting waves that are both defined and healthy.
Step Three: Apply Wave Products to the Back of Your Head
Here at JustinTime LLC, we believe that less is more and this is one reason why all of our products are made with the lightest and best ingredients on the market to make sure your hair receives what it needs at an affordable cost. Our Texas Tea hair oil is ideal for helping you get waves in the back of your head and it only takes a few drops to apply it directly to your crown and back of your head.
Step Four: Brush Away from Your Crown
When it comes to getting waves in the back taking your time to brush your hair properly can make a world of difference in terms of both appearance and health. At the start of your brush session, it is important to start at the crown of your head and work your way down to the back of your hairline as shown below.
This will help make your waves on the side and top line up perfectly to get 360 waves. It is also important to brush for at least 15 to 30 minutes to help distribute the natural oils from your scalp. Remember to be gentle when brushing, as too much force can damage your scalp and/or hair.
Step Five: Wear a Durag at Night
First, you will need to find a good silky satin durag to wear at nighttime. If you are looking for a durag, you can purchase our silky durag with the "JustinTime" logo to show your support of this site and have the best quality durag on the market. It will help to train your waves in the back and make them easier to style when you wake up the next day.
If you want to ditch the durag, then we recommend that you buy a silk pillowcase to sleep on at night to help lock in the moisture and keep your hair healthy overnight as well.
Step Six: Repeat Steps Two through Five
Getting waves is all about dedication. You will have to repeat steps two through five until you achieve the desired results. Remember to be patient as it may take several weeks to see noticeable results; however, with time and effort, you will be able to get waves in the back of your head.
How Long Does It Take To Get Waves in the Back of Your Head?
Getting waves in the back of your head is a process that can take some time depending on how well you follow the directions above, but it is not that hard to see them within 4 to 12 weeks. If you have looser curls, it may take longer because your hair has to be longer; however, if you have tighter curls, you will be able to see them sooner.
Best Way to Wash to Get Waves in the Back of Your Head
To get 360 waves in the back, you may need to use professional shampoo and conditioner to achieve the lather necessary to protect your hair while you brush. The following products by Design Essentials are designed to help your hair retain moisture and prevent damage while you wash your waves.