Waves (hairstyle)

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360 wave process hair waves

Waves are a hairstyle for curly hair in which the curls are brushed and/or combed and flattened out, creating a ripple-like pattern.

The hairstyle is achieved with a short-cropped haircut and frequent brushing and/or combing of the curls (which trains the curls to flatten out), as well as wearing a do-rag. Wave pomades and moisturizers can help hold the hair in place while preventing the hair from getting too dry.[1][2] A do-rag is worn to preserve moisture while compressing the hair and holding it in place.[3][4][5]

In the early 20th century, as many African-American men sought to style their hair with texture-altering products, "pomade hair moisturizer" waves became a popular hairstyle. Men produced waves by washing their hair then putting on their do-rags right after putting on their choice of moisturizer.[6]


  1. ^ Gibbson, Alexander-Julian (2018-05-25). "How to Get Waves". GQ. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  2. ^ Garcia, Sandra E. (2018-05-14). "The Durag, Explained". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  3. ^ Dawson, Lamar (2018-04-06). "How to Tie a Durag, According to A$AP Ferg". GQ. Retrieved 2018-05-30.
  4. ^ 360 Waves, How to Get (2011-02-03). "How to Get 360 Waves". How to Get 360 Waves. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  5. ^ .org, 360 Waves (2011-02-03). "360Waves.org". 360Waves.org. Retrieved 2019-05-23.
  6. ^ Byrd, Ayana D.; Tharps, Lori L. (2014). Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2 ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 29. ISBN 9781466872103.

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