How to Get 360 Hair Waves for Black Men

Updated on December 2, 2016
Get deep 360 Waves, like Trey Songz.
Get deep 360 Waves, like Trey Songz.

Getting waves requires effort and patience. You'll need to brush your hair 30 min - 1 hour daily, and wear a du-rag every night to sleep, to get the waves you want.

11 Steps to Get Deep 360 Waves

  1. Get a short haircut and edge up. Coarse hair can wave at shorter lengths than straight or medium hair. Don't let the barber cut your hair too low. Tell him you still want it thick—you shouldn't be able to see your scalp.
  2. Brush your hair for 1-2 minutes with a wave-brush (get a hard, medium, or soft brush depending on your hair texture.)
  3. Add a good moisturizer to your hair.
  4. Put a washcloth in running hot water, squeeze some water from the rag, and then place hot wash cloth on top of your hair and wipe down. You can also wet a washcloth or towel and heat it up in the microwave to get it hot enough.
  5. Repeat hot water process for the sides and back of hair also.
  6. You can also brush your hair right after shampoo-ing and conditioning in the shower. This is when your hair is softest. Just add a moisturizer and skip the hot towel part.
  7. Find the point on your head where a cowlick forms, and brush out from that point to the front, sides, and back, not missing any part of your head.
  8. Brush for at least 20 strokes to every side of your head, or about 15 - 30 minutes.
  9. Place a wave cap or du-rag onto your head afterwards for 30 minutes, and brush again after you take it off. Make sure you sleep with the du-rag on to keep your waves from getting messed up.
  10. It may take up to 6 weeks for waves to appear, so try to repeat this process mentioned above daily to train your hair to form deep 360 waves.
  11. Maintain your waves through regular brushing. If your waves start going away, you're probably not brushing enough. The waves are a result of you training your hair to lay down on your head. It takes practice and patience!
  12. Avoid washing your hair too much. Some wash once a week, or every other week even. Just rinse your hair instead.

Supplies You Need for Waves

Get a hand brush (one without a handle), either hard, medium, or soft depending on your hair texture. Coarse hair, or newbies will need a hard brush.
This is crucial. Wear it every night.
Pomade or moisturizer
360-style is popular. Use pomade only occassionally, and only when you're starting out. Luster's Pink is another popular moisturizer.
Good shampoo or conditioner
This is important to maintain your hair


  1. When in the shower, brush the shampoo into your hair with warm water, going in the direction of the waves.
  2. After shampoo-brushing your hair, rinse with cool water.
  3. The best shampoos to use for hair waves are herbal, conditioning, and protein ones.
  4. Make sure you brush your hair afterwards.

Avoid Pomade

  • Using pomades produces build-up and flakes.
  • Most pomade wave products contain heavy petroleum, which makes hair waves feel gooey and gummy
  • Also, use may clog hair pores, cause acne on the face and upper back, and cause a potential receding hairline if you frequently wear fitted baseball-caps.
  • If you use pomade, only do it sparingly and only to get your waves started.

Using hair creams that contain Shea butter and essential oils is healthier. Your wave products should feel light on the hair—not thick and heavy, which causes flaky build-up. The only time that you should brush the waves is after applying a hair cream or a moist hot rag, or when shampooing.

More Tips

360 Waves Beginners

Black men aren't the only ones sporting short waves styles—young boys are wearing them, other races, and even women that have short cuts are wearing them. The short wave haircut style can be easy to get and maintained once it is practiced.

  • Only brush when hair is moist. One thing to avoid is brushing the hair while it is dry. Only brush when moisturizer has been applied to the waves.
  • You don't need to brush too much. Some men brush 3-8 hours a day. Strange isn't it? But that isn't necessary. In fact, too much brushing can cause the hair to get thinner, and makes it feel like the individual is brushing more scalp than hair. The idea is to get waves—thick, healthy looking hair. You won't do that by over-brushing the cuticles.
  • Take vitamins. Taking care of hair goes further than just applying products. A good tip for good healthy hair is to take Biotin vitamins. Multivitamins and Biotin vitamins can be purchased at a local pharmacy. Biotin is known for making hair thicker and healthier.
  • Get a good brush. A good one to buy is 100% Boar Bristles Diane brush, or another wave brush brand of your choice. It's a good idea to have both a hard bristle and a soft bristle brush.
  • Be patient. Sometimes it takes 6-8 weeks or less for some men to form deep 360 waves.
  • Combing and brushing. Once you have established deep waves, you can use a wave-comb to comb your style. The soft brush is also for when your waves are established and already formed. Avoid sharing your brushes and combs with other people for sanitary reasons. It's good to wash your brushes and combs in hot water and soap every two days. Wash your waves every 3-4 days in order to keep the moisture in the hair longer.
  • Avoid using chemical perm. Good news: Black men's hair is naturally curly, this is why it should be easy to train it to form deep waves.
  • Use your hands instead of a brush when hair is dry. Rubbing the waves with the palm of your hands when the hair is dry is better, rather than brushing the hair when it's dry.
  • Using excessive amounts of hair products is not necessary. Just using a good conditioning moisturizer is all you need.
  • Help formation by using a wave-cap, durag, or stocking cap. It's only necessary to wear a wave cap when the hair is wet, damped, newly moisturized, or when going to bed. Wave caps don't have to be worn out in public unless you're new to forming waves. But if you already have waves, it's okay to let the hair get some air in public, and to leave the cap at home.
  • Trim regularly. Some men go to a barber shop to get their short haircut, or some might cut their own with clippers at home. Cut hair every 4-5 weeks for course hair.
  • Most wave moisturizers can be found at beauty supply stores or local pharmacies. Once you find out which work for you, continue to use them. The products that work for one person's hair may not work for your hair or skin. Learn your own hair type, and when you find out which products are better for you in making deep waves, continue to use them.

Avoid Chemical Perms or Curl Kits

This can't be said enough: Avoid using chemical perms or kits to form wave styles. When your hair forms shiny healthy waves without chemicals, it will give you confidence with the look or your hair.

Perms contain the same ingredients as a liquid drain opener—these very harsh chemicals can lead to premature balding. Also avoid letting other toxins get into your hair, such as cigarette smoke.

Wearing your own natural hair is a healthier choice, plus your 360 waves will begin to look "swagalicious." Many ladies like to see a man that's well groomed with a sexy wave haircut.

Preventing Potential Acne Caused by Brushing

Brushing waves and using hair products can lead to mild acne symptoms. Acne can form on the forehead, upper back, and back of the neck. To prevent, this you may want to use an acne astringent or isopropyl alcohol with 100% cotton balls. Wipe the forehead, upper back, and back of neck with cotton and acne treatment. Also, as mentioned, avoid using greasy pomades.

Some people may want to use a small hand mirror to see the back of their hair, by using another mirror in front of them at the same time.

Recommended Hair Moisturizers

Avoid hair gels, because they contain glue, which may cause thinning.

Lastly, remember, waves have to be prevented from dryness and maintain moisture most of the time.

Thank you for stopping by! Feel free to comment with any questions below.

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      Kirk 5 weeks ago

      Tommy the best grease is Murray's pomade

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      Tommy 8 months ago

      What's the best wave grease to use for holding and shine

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      Erin 8 months ago

      Both of my children are mixed (black/white) but one of their hair is thicker than the other. Is my son who's hair isn't as thick able to train his hair for waves?

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      cj 9 months ago

      How to i get 360 waves with a fade

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      Renzelmoney 11 months ago

      When do I apply the curl activator to my hair ? Is It before I apply the moisturiser or after I apply the moisturise ? I am really confused . Please help.

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      Daelen B 11 months ago

      This is helpful because every time I wash my hair, my waves mess up. Great article

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      Jonathan Jefferson 12 months ago

      Used to have beautiful waves as a child. Since being in the Army for many years I forgot how to get them back, because I've gotten close haircuts almost ever week. I'm going to follow the above instruction and pray this will work out for me. I will not get my hair cut again until lat April early May, only shape ups.

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      12 months ago

      The method that for the hot towel process do I use it as a night method or day method

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      harrix 16 months ago

      To everyone i can help. I have had waves sense i was in the 6th grade and i'm 23 now. All i use is grease , a brush and a du-rag. I brush my hair most of the day(dry or not). The more you brush the progress you will get. Tip : use soft brushes for short hair cuts and harder for more hair. (common sense)

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      Craig 16 months ago

      There is NO such thing as over brushing. Its just impossible to brush out waves, if it was you would brush your hair so much that it'll just be straightened (Caucasian) hair. U do not have to brush ur hair while shampooing. Pomades are great when u have extremely coarse hair and has really helped me. NEVER pick a brush that is too soft for ur hair you will not get waves like this because brushing helps straighten ur hair curls but if the brush is too soft it can't do that n will just glide over ur hair without straightening it. Keep brushing n you'll get waves in no time! Took me 2 weeks to get them deep.

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      Ann810 16 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Yep I'm serious! And yes it's different for each 360 waves hairstyle. If it don't take all that brushing to get waves, well constant-brushing isn't for you. Some may only need to moisturize, brush, and wear wave-cap to bed. And there are those that say brushing throughout the day, works for their waves. I remember seeing a guy that just rubbed his waves throughout the day, with just the palm of his hands. To each his own.

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      Dante' 17 months ago

      Are you serious!..on this same Damn page the article says "you don't need to over brush" and to "only brush when your hair is moist" but the dude in the video says he is going hard with the the brushing and all you need to do is brush...I think it's just different for everyone..

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      Ann810 17 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Resham and Jaychedda, thanks for stopping by; peace.

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      jaychedda 17 months ago

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      Resham Singh jemmett 17 months ago

      Can mixed race men who are half asian/ Indian & half white get or train there hair to gain 360 waves? Obviously I no that it is ALOT EASIER WITH AFRO CARIBBEAN HAIR? But can it be done with straight Asian hair?

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      Ann810 18 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi, thanks for the more ideas on low hair cut 360 waves. Always good to know others experiences.

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      Antoine 19 months ago

      Waves are like finger prints. Everyone's will be different. I have had waves since the 1980s.

      1. Begin training the hair with a close cropped haircut.

      2. Oil (simple without a bunch of chemicals) and Brush it with the grain within minutes after getting out of the shower.

      3. Then forget about it, and let your hair do what its going to do on its own.

      4. Wave cap is optional but not necessary. It may speed it up for some people, but not everyone.

      5. A well balanced diet and drink plenty of water is a plus.

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      Ann810 20 months ago from Sunny Cali

      Hi Julius, a good product to use other than pomades is a curl activator gel. Some curl activator gels have Afro sheen as an added ingredient to add shine. Thank you.

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      Julius 20 months ago

      What other products to use when am not using pomades

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      jj 21 months ago

      does this work if you are looking forward to getting waves

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      kel 2 years ago

      I got waves