How To Make Waves: A Guide To Turn Nappy Hair Into 360 Degree Waves

Updated on March 24, 2015
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How to make waves: A guide to achieve 360°waves

Getting Started

I began my aquatic adventure more than a decade ago when I was introduced to my first du-rag When creating 360° waves, think “training”. As with any training, consistency is imperative, and form is indicative to your success. Keep in mind that practice makes perfect, and perfect practice makes practice perfect. Please do not be discouraged by slow results initially, the final product will be worth your effort.

First of all, let me say that women love a man with nice hair. The gentler sex has and always will be man’s primary motivation. Your hard work has paid off when you get your first compliment, yearning look, or caress from a lady. Guys will also appreciate your wavy cranium; they will look upon your scalp with awe and envy. With no further ado, we proceed.

Here is what you will need: water, shampoo and conditioner, a brush, wave grease, and a du-rag. These items should be attainable readily at your local hair supply store, and worst case via internet.


I mention water first, because besides it being a generally abundant resource, it is important in the wave growing process for a couple of reasons. The first thing you should do with your water, is pour yourself a glass and drink it. Hydration is key, and the glass is half full to an optimist such as yourself. Drinking plenty of water will keep your waves healthy and hydrated from the inside out. Water is also an important external catalyst for excessive wave growth. You will need water to wash your hair, and water will soften your hair and keep it receptive to your training.

Washing your hair is fun and hardly time consuming. Lather the shampoo of your choice on your hair, rinse and repeat. Next, follow this step with a fragrant conditioner, so your waves will not only look but smell nice. Shampoo and conditioner will clean and revitalize your waves as well as strengthen your hair and hair roots. You may use a leave-in conditioner also for faster results. The best time to train your waves is shortly after washing them. You may also use apply a moist, hot towel to your hair, to soften your hair before styling.

Choose Your Brush

Now for the fun part; wave training. Everyone’s hair texture varies, from very coarse to silky even liken unto lamb’s wool. Purchase a brush that caters to your particular texture of hair. A hard bristle brush may be necessary for beginners and for coarser varieties of hair. A hard brush will show your waves who’s boss, even if you can’t see them yet. Be careful not to brush too hard or risk injury to your hair and scalp. If you are new to brushing your head may be tender at first, so ease into it champ. If your hair is soft naturally, then a soft bristled brush should do. I use a medium bristled board hair brush to train and maintain my 360° waves.

Your technique will put you ‘ahead’ of the game, no pun intended. Find your waves’ “point of origin” which is usually located to the left or right of the very center of your dome and less commonly directly in the center. Use a mirror or two to locate your POI if you’re having trouble otherwise. Now that you’ve found your “point of origin”or “cowlick”, brush from that central location to the edges of your hairline. Your waves should radiate for this spot to every corner of your head; to your forehead, sideburns and the nape of your neck. Remember to brush with the grain of your hair. Brushing against the grain will achieve less than perfect wave patterns which may be difficult yet possible to correct later. Shorter lengths of hair may be easier to train, but longer hair creates deeper 360° waves. Find a barber that appreciates the intricacies of your waves and get regular haircuts in order to capitalize on your efforts.

Grease & Du-rags

Wave greases come in stiffer and more relaxed varieties, so choose wisely. While your hair is still slightly damp, apply a quarter sized dollop of wave pomade evenly across your entire head. Use your brush to train and style your waves once the pomade is applied. I suggest at least 20 brush strokes in every direction. Finally tie your du-rag over your head. A du-rag or a wave cap is crucial for formulating an impressive wave pattern. A du-rag is a breathable nylon cap which is tied over the scalp to contain moisture and set your waves into 360° motion. Tying it too tightly may result in loss of circulation to your scalp, headaches and the dreaded du-rag line on your forehead. For optimal results sleep with your du-rag on, eat with your du-rag on, work, play and pray with your du-rag on, you get the idea.

Enjoy Your Waves!

Now it’s time to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Remove your du-rag and show the world your 360° waves. The process may seem tedious and time consuming on paper, but is actually quick and easy once you get the hang of it. Never give up my nappy headed friend, it will be worth it in the long run.

“In the land of the nappy, wavy haired man is king.” - Paschal IV

Post Script

I am revisiting this article currently to add a technique to the wave grooming processes which I overlooked previously which will be beneficial to developing deeper wave patterns. Simply grow your hair past your general depth even to the extreme of a mini-fro, continue to train your 360 waves (you may have to look rough for a while) until your curls open into a deeper wave pattern. I recommend a medium- hard bristle brush to make more stubborn hair lay dine.

Additional benefits of training your waves is that the brushing of your hair and scalp delays the onset of male pattern baldness by causing blood flow to your dome so you may enjoy your 360 waves after your prime! Brushing your hair may alleviate migraines, reducing stress causing hormones and stimulating pleasure causing ones. Brushing your hair brings couples closer together. Have your significant other brush your hair for ten minutes a day and tell me how you feel. Peace and hair grease.

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        Ndumiso 9 months ago

        It such a nice looking wavy hair...ii did create my own wave into my short hair some people are asking how did ii made it

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        david phiri 12 months ago

        I don't get waves way but i'm using soap

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        Ann810 20 months ago from Sunny Cali

        Cool article, a short hair cut/360 hair waves is the most attractive hair style on men of color. 360 waves are masculine and clean looking.

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        caswell 22 months ago

        it did not work what shuid i do agian

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        Jade 24 months ago

        I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Not only was it informative but funny as well. Continue on lad.

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        khalilbrooks135 24 months ago

        how many days do it you to have waves

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        Innuentendre 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

        my pleasure samba!

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        samba 3 years ago

        thank youuu

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        Innuentendre 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

        Thanks Kenyahill4444!

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        Kenya Hill 5 years ago from Kingsland, Ga

        Your hub is very informative..