Not that complicated... you just have to be rigorous!
To achieve waves, the secret is brushing the hair and wearing a durag. These two gestures are combined to create waves. Brushing should be done several times a day for at least 10 minutes and the durag should be worn at least overnight.
Tempted by well-defined and hyper-stylish 360 waves? We'll explain in detail all the steps to see them appear in just a few weeks! 🔥
Making waves: all the steps
1 - Prepare your hair
Before you even begin the process of making your future 360 waves, there's one step you can't skip: preparing your hair!
This preparation includes 2 points:
The condition of your hair and scalp
If you're wondering why you need to check the condition of your hair and scalp, it's pretty simple: it needs to be healthy in order to optimize the appearance of your waves. 👌🏾 The good news is that your hair type doesn't matter. If it tends to curl easily, that's fine, it will be even easier for you to get waves. But if it doesn't, don't worry, you can still achieve it. The only thing you can't compromise on is health.
❌ If you have dandruff, for example, it's necessary to treat it with a special shampoo before you get into waves. Same goes for any other problem you might have with your scalp.
Once this first phase is validated, you just have to go to your usual hair salon to prepare the ground. There is one haircut that works every time for this kind of look:
✔️ The Caesar cut
With this haircut, you keep hair on the top of your head while the sides are shaved. It's ideal for clean, stylish waves! You obviously don't want to keep too much length on top, but on the other hand, for the sides, it's up to you.
✔️ You can go for a fade as well as a defined outline.
✔️ And you can just as easily shave to 0 mm as leave 2/3 mm.
2 - Get the necessary materials
Now the real work begins!
As your hair is well cut, you can now attack the realization of your waves. But for that, you will need some accessories that are simply essential. Waves don't appear in a magical way and you'll have to take care of them seriously so that the result is as good as you expect.
Don't worry though, you don't need anything complicated, and you will find everything you need very easily.
👉🏾 A hairbrush
👉🏾 A shampoo and conditioner
👉🏾 Hair lotion
👉🏾 A durag
For the hairbrush, it is preferable that you do not take any one but a brush designed for waves, rather large. Thanks to its rather rigid bristles, it will facilitate your work... moreover as you will see just after, brushing your hair is essential to transform your hair into waves.
As for the durag, it is also essential. Once well adjusted on your head, it will not only protect your hair from friction but also keep a perfect humidity, which will help the appearance of waves. It can be made of nylon, velvet, polyester, whatever .... And of course you can choose the model you prefer since durags are now also a fashion accessory! ✨
Finally, when it comes to care, it is primarily used to bring softness and moisture to your hair and so you can't do without it either. For the shampoo, take it adapted to your hair type. For the conditioner, you don't need to choose a special wave conditioner (the classic ones work just as well). As for the lotion, the more nourishing and moisturizing it is, the better! 👍🏾
3 - Brush your hair thoroughly
This is the secret to quickly see your waves appear!
If this hairstyle is not necessarily complicated to obtain, it requires time and rigor. You should indeed brush your hair as soon as you have some free time!
- In the morning before leaving for school or work
- In the car when you are stuck in traffic
- On your lunch break after having lunch
- Between classes
- In front of the TV when you get home
- Just before bed when you get out of the shower...
This is important because the brush is the tool that allows to work the hair. It allows you to lengthen and curl your hair, which will ultimately lead to the appearance of waves. It is thus necessary to use it as often as possible, if only to obtain the desired hairstyle more quickly!
Ideally, you should manage to fit in at least:
✔️ 4 to 5 10-minute brushing sessions per day.
As for the brushing itself, it should not be done just any old way either. If you don't do it rigorously, you could end up with waves only on the front of your head and not on the back, for example!
✔️ The secret is to always start from the top of your skull and work your way to the skin in a straight line.
Brush from the top towards your forehead, from the top towards the sides, towards your chin, and also from the top towards your neck. None of these directions should be favored over the others. You can choose any technique you like:
- A specific number of brush strokes before moving on to the next direction
- A specific amount of time you time before moving on to the next direction
- One complete turn of your head, followed by another, etc. until you reach 10 minutes...
The main thing is that the brushing is uniform so that the waves appear everywhere!
4 - Moisturize your hair regularly
Healthy hair is hair that will wash out faster!
That's exactly why it's not only advisable to wash your hair regularly, but also to care for it and moisturize it with conditioners and lotions.
✔️ Perfectly nourished hair is capable of making prettier waves.
While the products you're going to apply to your scalp matter, don't forget that natural hydration matters too. Don't forget to drink water regularly, throughout the day. Not only does your body need it, but it will help your hair grow healthier.
To take good care of it, also avoid choosing randomly your products:
❌ Many shampoos actually use a little too many chemicals and it would be a shame if you ruined all your efforts by damaging your hair fiber.
If possible, choose a shampoo, conditioner, and lotion with formulas that emphasize natural ingredients and are paraben and silicone free. This way, you're making sure you're respecting your hair and scalp while still achieving your goal. 👌🏾
As far as washing frequency is concerned, continue as you used to do before you started making waves (one to two shampoos a week is more than enough). As for the application of the moisturizing lotion, it can on the other hand be more regular :
- every day if your hair tends to be very dry
- every 2/3 days or after each conditioner in other cases
5 - Put on your durag
Because making 360 waves appear on your head without wearing a durag is simply impossible!
The durag is the accessory that brings the final touch. Think of it as the oven that bakes your cake: it's how the waves form when it surrounds your hair. While there are many reasons to wear one, it's especially useful for styling, and it shouldn't be put on just any way.
👉🏾 It should be tight around your head, but not so tight that it hurts either.
👉🏾 It needs to be on backwards so the seam doesn't leave a mark on the waves.
👉🏾 It should come to about the middle of the forehead so that it covers all the hair.
And if you're wondering when to wear it, the answer is clear:
✔️ For wave making, durag should be worn as often as possible!
Most importantly, it's especially important at night. With your hair rubbing against your pillow, you could be negating your brushing efforts. This fabric provides a protection, a barrier against these rubbings. If you moisturize your hair just before going to bed, it also allows your hair to benefit from this hydration for a longer period of time, making it even more able to waver.
But depending on your possibilities, you can also wear it throughout the day. At work or even in class, we understand that it can be complicated to keep it on, but when you're at home or even when you're going out, don't hesitate to put it on. The good thing is that since you can find models in different colors, with different patterns, etc., you can clearly make it fit your outfit.
✔️ And if you follow all these steps (brushing your hair, moisturizing, wearing the durag), you can expect to see your waves appear after 2-4 weeks! 🔥
How to properly maintain 360 waves?
Because it's not enough to achieve them, you have to maintain them!
Once you've got the waves you've been longing for, you can't really let up. So yes, you won't really have to brush your hair as often and put on your durag as soon as possible, but these are still habits you'll need to keep up.
Brushing your hair
Even after the waves have appeared, you should continue to brush your hair at least 3 times a day to maintain them. The gesture remains exactly the same, that is, section by section starting from the top of your skull.
✔️ For the top of your skull, brush towards your forehead.
✔️ For the sides, brush toward your temples and ears.
✔️ For the back, brush toward the back of your neck.
Wearing the durag
As for the phase of making waves 360, the durag is always used to avoid too many rubs that would ruin your hairstyle rather quickly. If you don't put it on to sleep, frizz and flyaways might land very quickly and ruin your style!
✔️ So don't forget to wear your durag regularly, especially at night.
Moisturizing your hair
If your hair tends to be dry, it is recommended to continue moisturizing it regularly with lotions or simply with water. When it comes to shampoo, it's always best to avoid overdoing it:
✔️ 1 hair wash per week is often enough!
You can obviously get your hair cut even once you've managed to get waves. Just don't do it too early and especially don't do it in a salon that doesn't know this hairstyle.
✔️ Wait at least 2 to 4 weeks before going to the hairdresser.
✔️ Keep enough length so your waves can continue to grow out.
✔️ Make sure your waves are cut in the same direction as your brushing.
And with all these little steps, you'll be able to keep this style for as long as you want! 🔥