Depending on who you talk to, a barber or a 360 Waves long time wearer, there are different methods for creating 360 Waves. Is there a right way or a wrong way? It depends exactly on who you talk to.
Granted, a barber may have lots of experience in the field helping 360 Wavers get the right cut to help encourage the wave formations...but bottom line, it is the guy doing all the brushing and fretting over which products to use that can truly speak to what works for him.
So while its helpful to always listen to what barbers and other hair experts say, the key is to try a few things and then decide what works best for you and your hair. That is the most important step.
One technique that both professionals as well as 360Wavers agree upon is the idea that you must constantly brush to achieve the desired wave patterns. This is known as Wave Brushing or creating Brush Waves.
So why are they called 360 Waves? Because the waves, when perfectly created, form a complete 360 rotation.
Can everyone create 360 Waves? This is a point of controversy. Some people believe that any type of hair can be trained properly to create the 360 Wave Pattern. Others disagree. Some people believe the only way to create 360 Waves is with the use of a relaxer kit which softens hair enough to allow for the formation of waves.
The length of the hair when you start to try and create waves is very important. The optimal hair length is 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches. Hair that is any longer or any shorter will have a harder time forming waves.
Hair care products such as gels and/or pomades can be used to help create 360 Waves. DuRags can also be used to help define, hold and mold newly formed waves.
One method of creating waves that appears to work for many include the following instructions:
1. Shampoo hair with a clarifying product that removes all oil and pre-existing product. 2. Distribute Murray's Pomade throughout the hair. More is better. Apply a generous amount. 3. Lay clean rag or towel that has been rung out in hot water on top of hair for 2-4 minutes. 4. Apply pressure to the towel allowing the pomade to melt into the hair. 5. Once pomade has softened into the hair, use a very stiff brush and begin to brush hair. Begin at the crown area. Brush hair in the same direction as the hair grows. 6. Once you have finished brushing the hair consistently into the same direction, tie a du-rag around the hair. 7. Wear the du-rag anytime you are at home or right before you go to bed. Repeat these steps as often as possible or at least 1-2 times per day. 8. Once you remove the du-rag do not brush your hair.
It is best to wait at least one week before washing your hair so that the repeated brushing and du-rag wearing has time to take.
The best hair for creating waves is soft but curly. Very coarse hair may require the use of a kit in order to successfully create waves.
Once your waves have formed, get a haircut with a 1 1/2 guard with the grain.
Depending on who you talk to, a barber or a 360 Waves long time wearer, there are different methods for creating 360 Waves. Is there a right way or a wrong way? It depends exactly on who you talk to. Bottom line, you have to find a method that works best with your hair type and texture.