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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.   

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. The times you will brush your hair will be: 

When you awake Mid-day Before going to sleep After haircuts 

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.  

Tying your Durag

The Durag is a silk-like cloth  material that 360-wavers use to protect their hair, and hold their pattern in place. Throughout the day, your hair will have a tendency to stick upward and misdirect itself during regular everyday activities. This interferes with current progress you have built. The Durag is the equipment that will lock your hair in its original position to prevent disruption to your pattern. This is important because once you establish your  pattern; it is just as important that you maintain it. If you allow your hair to move in different directions, it will be nearly impossible to establish a  consistent design. This is particularly a problem while asleep, in which your  hair strays from its trained pattern.  You will want to use your durag  mostly: 

- After haircuts After you condition and grease your hair following a shower 

 -Prior to wanting your hair to look its best Before sleeping 

 -After you’ve greased your hair thoroughly, brush your hair using the brushing routine that was explained in  The Brushing Routine.

- Be sure to wear the doorag inside out; otherwise the lining/stitching of the material can leave a dividing line down the center of your hair. 

Next, take your tsu-rag and place it over top of your head. Straighten the tsu-rag evenly over your hair, ensuring everything is aligned properly at your forehead level and that your tails are above your ears. Take the front tails of the tsu-rag and bring each end towards the back of your head and velcro them together. 

Pull the back part of your tsu-rag down to help remove wrinkles (you want the material to be flat all around to lay your hair down entirely. 

Otherwise hair follicles may stick up through the material. 

Take the back end tails and bring each end towards the front of your forehead, and velcro both tails together.  Pull the back part of your tsu-rag down once again to remove wrinkles to ensure compression.   Continue to do each of these steps from each section for a 3-4 week duration. 

These steps must be done in the specified order and you must follow the guidelines precisely. After a 3-4 week duration, return to Valentine’s Cuts for a haircut and follow the same guidelines specified in the “Preparing Your Hair”  chapter. After your 2nd haircut following the 3-4 week growing pattern, you will have completed the “wolfing” phase. Congratulations! 

Step 3: Maintaining your 360 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!  

Haircuts 

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. Head over here to buy your durags.

Conclusion 

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!