What makes a good wave brush?
1. Bristle Quality: There are two types of bristles that exist for wave brushes. Soft and Hard. Hard bristle brushes are primarily meant for those who want to achieve waves faster and have coarser hair. Soft bristles are for those with sensitive scalps, maintaining your waves, and those with short and fine hair. Soft bristles also tend to last longer and are more flexible than hard bristle brushes.
2. Brush Shape: There are two main types of brush shapes and they are based on whether they have a paddle or not. Wave brushes with padles are larger than those without and they tackle a greater surface area so it makes it ideal to use for those who have a lot of hair. The wave brushes without padles are more portable and easier to carry. They also are meant to those who have thinner hair because they can be easily used for a quick brush as opposed to the padle brushes which allow you to use more force with each stroke.
3. Brush Design: This is in our opinion, the most important component to pay attention to in brushes. The brush designs is what gives you the perfect looking 360 waves. Superior brushes have bristles that are evenly spaced out and allow for even waves. Don't buy those cheap chinese knock off brushes which have no spaces between the bristles because those will not get you the nice crispy waves. They are no different than a regular brush. Invest in your brush, so you can invest in your self.
4. Brush Handle: Bristle handles come made with different materials. There is polished wood, plastic, and even metal. It is almost universally accepted that the wooden handle brushes are superior to others for many reasons. Wooden handles are lighter, more aesthetically appeasing, and quite frankly more authentic in appearance. Metal ones are too heavy and the plastic handles - don't even get me started.
5. Bristle Hair: Brushes are made with different bristles. I have seen personally Boar, Goat, Horse, and synthetic bristles. The bristles that give you the best results are from Boar Bristles. They are more durable, firm, and have a less of a tendency to smell.
Wave Brush Vs. Regular Brush
So you might be wondering, why can't I just use a regular brush to get those 360 waves? Well, the reason is two-fold. For starters, the bristles in a wave brush are specifically designed for wavy hair and not straight hair. The bristles are much more coarse so they can withstand the thick hair. The bristles help to also detangle those hair strands without much pulling or tearing. The next reason, is that wave brushes are designed to be long enough to reach the scalp. A common problem many buyers face is that regular brushes are too short in length. Lastly, wave brushes are designed in a way that they create a circular pattern on your hair and provide an even distribution across the scalp. Regular brushes DO NOT do that.
How To Choose The Best Wave Brush
Now that you know everything you need to make the right decision, it's time to get yourself your brush. Remember, the brush is just the tool but it's all about the user as well. That's why you should head over to our 360 wave guide to properly understand how to "wave".
1. First, what type of bristle strength do you want. Medium or Hard. I prefer to go with hard. Medium bristle brushes are not that different and honestly they do not last as long as hard bristle.
2. Invest in a high quality boar bristle brush. They are the best bang for the buck wave brushes out there. They are mandatory and will help in increasing your wave depth and maintaining those waves during your wolfing stage.
3. The most important part about picking your wave brush, is to go with a company that has good customer service. Too many times, there are companies that just want to shell their cheap brushes without a care for their customers. I want you to choose the best brush and get those nice looking waves even if that means you don't buy from us. Use our guides, and all the free material we have. Your success is our happiness! So go get those waves son!
Our 360 Waves Process
For years and years, a hair style known simply as 360 waves or waves has been revolutionizing the African American community. But where did 360 hair waves originate? Who were the first people to don the style? Why are they so popular now?
The first people to sport waves are unknown. The style became increasingly popular in the late 70's and 80's. Hair waves have a been popular style for African American people since the 1800s. Other cultures that also don waves are Native Americans and Hispanics due to the natural waviness of their hair.
Waves have become increasingly popular once again due to the hip hop era. Famous rappers and athletes have chosen to sport them as their hairstyle of choice. Well known wavers include Fabolous, 50 Cent, P Diddy, Akon, Lebron James, Dwayne Wade, Quentin Richardson, and Joe Johnson.
Step 1: Prepare Your Hair
Getting a haircut is important for he start of your waving process. Waves are laid down curls so it’s very important to start your hair growth correctly from the beginning in this process. The foundation is the most important aspect in anything you build. Your initial haircut will be this foundation for which your hair will grow and evolve. The steps included in this section will help you take the necessary steps for a smooth transition in the haircut process.
Waiting your Turn
When you arrive at a barber shop there are preliminary steps you must take in order to ensure your place in line. Crowds can develop quickly so it’s in your best interest to arrive at the shop’s opening hours where you can get your place in line.
Upon arrival, the first step is choosing your barber. There will likely be a waiting line of customers that arrived before you, and each of them will have a preferred barber. Make a mental note of which barber you will feel comfortable with, based on history or reference. After you’ve mentally decided on a barber of choice, walk up to him/her and greet them. Formally request that you would like to be “next” in his/her line. This informs the barber of your requested spot in his/her line.
After picking your barber, have a seat with the remaining customers in the specified waiting area until your turn. When it is time for your turn, your barber will notify you. This is always after the customer that was waiting previous to you is finished with his/her haircut.
When it’s your Turn
After the waiting process, it’s finally your turn!
This section will include important steps and tips that you will need to setup a rewarding experience with your barber. When your turn finally arrives, your barber will likely signal you to the barber chair. Walk up to the chair, respectfully greet your barber again, and have a seat.
Following step 1, your barber will place the haircut apron over you. At this time, the barber will likely ask what style of haircut you want. If he/she does not ask, respectfully inform them that you would like a “1 and a ½ Caesar haircut.” This will indicate to the barber that you wish for an even all-around haircut. This style will allow your hair to grow evenly around your head so that you can begin the shape of your pattern. Following your request, the haircut process will begin. Sit still and be sure to sit upright throughout the haircut process.
Step 2: Wolfing Phase
When you are finally done with your haircut, you will now enter a very important phase. During this phase, your hair will become hard to manage.
“Wolfing” is a term used to describe an individual letting his/her hair grow for a specific period of time in order to gain deeper more defined waves. As was mentioned in the introductory chapter, waves are basically laid down curls. The longer your hair grows, the curlier your hair becomes. Thus, when you train your hair to lie down, it results in a deeper, more directional pattern. Wolfing is also an important portion of your training phase, so do not undervalue it during this process. During this phase, you will develop routine processes that you will use each time to train your hair. The consistency during this phase is what will help you perfect your hair pattern, and after a while, everything becomes routine.
Step 3: Brushing Your Hair
The Brushing Routine
After you get your haircut, it’s time for you to start forming your wave pattern in the beginning of the wolfing phase. You will do this by developing a brushing routine and sticking with this same routine for the remainder of the process. The brushing method is primarily what is going to train your hair to lay in a specific direction, forming a wave. This segment will explain how we divide portions of your head into sections that revolve around brushing from the crown of your head. This routine will be the brushing method that we apply in later chapters as well as the brushing method you will use for the remainder of your waving days. This is a strong point of emphasis. As we develop this routine brushing process, consistency will be emphasized the most.
Brushing the Top of your Hair
You will always begin the brushing process by starting with the top of your hair. Place the center bristles of the soft brush in the center of your crown ( the point where all of your hair eventually meets, usually at the top of your head)
Brush forward toward the edge of your forehead, using evenly applied pressure with the brush throughout. Repeatedly brush your hair using the same stroke method for about 10-15 brush strokes, starting from the crown of your head and brushing forward towards your forehead.
Don’t ever brush or rub your hair in a direction that is opposite to the direction you are training your waves. This will ruin the pattern you are working to establish.
Be sure to place the brush in the exact same location on the crown of your head each time throughout the process. Consistency with the brush will be the focus. If you don’t, your waves may not connect and you risk disrupting the pattern.
Brushing the Back of your Hair
Next, after you have brushed the top of your hair, you want to move towards the back portion of your head.
With your hand-held mirror in your off-hand and your soft brush in your dominant hand, find a standing mirror. With your back turned to the standing mirror, use the hand-held mirror to find the crown within your hair. Place the bristles from the edge of the soft brush in the bottom right side of your crown.
Firmly brush downward at an angle towards the middle using evenly applied pressure and be sure to follow through to the back of your neck.
Repeatedly brush your hair, using this exact same stroking method for about 10-15 brush strokes. Now, place the bristles from the edge of the soft brush in the bottom left side of your crown.
Firmly brush downward at an angle towards the middle using evenly applied pressure and follow through down towards your neck.
Repeatedly brush your hair using the same stroking method for about 10-15 brush strokes.
Brushing Both Sides of your Hair
The final step in this routine brushing process is brushing both sides of your hair. This is the most difficult step in the brushing process due to the angling of the brush.
Using your soft brush, place the edge of the bristle in the top left portion of your crown.
Brush frontwards at an angle using evenly applied pressure, finishing directly in front of your left ear. Repeatedly brush your hair using this same method for about 10-15 brush strokes. Next, place the bristles from the edge of the soft brush in the top right portion of your crown.
Brush frontwards using evenly applied pressure from the brush, finishing directly in front of your right ear. Repeatedly brush your hair using this same method for about 10-15 brush strokes. This is the brushing routine you will use continuously whenever you brush your hair.
Step 4: Maintaining Your Waves
The hardest stages of your process are finally over! Following your newly developed hairstyle, the only thing left to do is preserve your hair. Like anything else, once you attain it, you must maintain it! Your hair will not be any different. This chapter will include sections that are required to ensure your hard work doesn’t go to waste!
Routine haircuts are going to be essential when it comes down to preserving the pattern you worked so hard to obtain. Now that your hair pattern has been established, the barber’s clippers will actually continue training your hair. There are a few things you want to do when getting a haircut:
Receive bi-weekly haircuts (helps maintain it) Be sure to continue getting the same haircut throughout your waving days.
You will continue to brush your hair in order to maintain your hair in the manner you desire. Your hair is already trained, but as your hair grows, brushing will help continue to maintain your hair in a way that’s consistent with your already developed pattern. Be sure not to:
-Change your brush (Different bristles train hair different)
-Change your brushing style (Continue to brush the same exact way)
-Condition your Hair As mentioned in “Cleaning/Conditioning your Hair” , conditioning your hair is an important part of maintaining a healthy hairstyle. Continue to condition your hair 2-3 days a week to rid it from grime and pollutants, but be sure not to exceed the 3 times weekly limit.
Moisturize your hair
Like your skin, your hair will need moisture to remain healthy. Continue to grease your scalp daily, preferably after your showers to ensure cooperation from your hair.
Use your Durag
Now that you’ve established your 360 wave pattern, your tsurag will be the most important part of maintaining the pattern. Continue to use your tsurag to lock your pattern down specifically: While sleeping (Most important) and after haircuts. Now you can get fashionable durags that are by gucci and Fendi.
Step 5: Building Your Wave Routine
Developing Your Pattern
Following the detailed hair-brushing process, we will describe a combination of methods that will contribute to the beginning formation of your pattern. This section will include:
Cleaning/Conditioning your hair
Greasing/Moisturizing your hair
Tying your Tsu-Rag
These methods are equally important to the success of forming your hair pattern.
Cleaning/Conditioning your Hair
It’s important to clean your hair. Like anything else, your hair can become unclean as it is often exposed to pollutants, fragrances and daily environmental hazards. There is a particular way you must clean your hair when training for 360 waves. This section will show you how to properly clean your hair for 360 waves.
When in the shower, pour a small amount of conditioner into the palm of your hand.
Spread the conditioner evenly among both hands. Lather the conditioner in your hair in the same direction of your wave training. Remember your brushing routine. (The same direction you brush is the same direction you will condition your hair.) Thoroughly rinse the conditioner out of your hair. After removal from the shower, place a towel over top of your hair and lightly compress the towel for drying. Be sure to press light, to allow your hair to remain somewhat moist.
At most, be sure to condition your hair only 2-3 times a week. Hair is a natural fiber. Conditioning too frequently will remove natural oils that your hair needs. You only want to remove accumulated grit from your hair.
Greasing/Moisturizing your Hair
Greasing or moisturizing your hair is essential to healthy, fast growing hair.
Moisturizing your hair gives it natural oils to help accelerate the process and soften your hair so that it may become more manageable, which is important when training your hair. Every day you will want to grease your hair to ensure that it’s getting the nutrients it needs to stay healthy. The same way your body needs lotion, your hair needs moisture to remain in a healthy state. It’s best to moisturize your hair after showers, when your hair is easy to control due to its dampness. This allows the moisture to be absorbed into your scalp which is why it is recommended you allow your hair to remain moist during the “Conditioning your Hair” process.
Upon your exiting of the shower, and after you have conditioned your hair; place a small amount of your preferred hair grease on your index finger. Spread the grease evenly among your hands.
- Be sure it doesn’t have grease clunks, be sure to spread evenly. Lather the grease evenly throughout your hair in the same direction as your brushing method.
- Wipe off any excess grease that may have gotten on your forehead, etc. off with a towel.
Although 360 waves haven’t come full-circle regarding popularity in today’s society, it is undoubtedly a growing fashion style, and will continue to trend upwards in society. Today’s fashion is of limitless opportunities and options available to individuals, especially those with shorter hair styles. Make sure you’re making the most of it!