Waves (hairstyle)

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A male displaying a traditional "wave" hairstyle.

360 Waves (often shortened to waves or "360 waves") is a hairstyle, generally worn by men. The hair is cropped short to the head in the styling of a Caesar cut. Afterwards, brushing techniques are applied to produce an effect reminiscent of "oceanic waves".

Frequent and repeated brushing (along with adequate moisturizing) is the only way to maintain the style, though the amount of brushing may vary from person to person depending on the type of hair. The "360 Waves" are the result of curls of hair that unfurl, allowing natural "rows" of roots to be exposed. As the hair lengthens in a process called wolfing, the wearer can achieve "deeper" waves by allowing the hair to grow out, usually for 4 to 10 weeks. When having waves, a person can go to their barber to get an 1/2 haircut. The next to do is go to your local beauty supply store and get a medium wave brush, a do rag or a wave cap, and a moisturizer . A recommendation is to use olive creme when first starting out. When you get the brush, brush the top of your head, then brush straight down brush your sides diagonal, and the back straight down. Then, you should put on your do rag. You repeat this process. While getting waves, you need to wolf or grow your hair out for 4 to 10 weeks before cutting again.


Waves may be maintained by daily brushing, application of pomades, weekly washing and conditioning, and wearing a do-rag.[1] The waves become more pronounced with more intensive brushing.

Through a popular process called "wolfing" (refraining from getting a haircut as long as possible while constantly brushing one's hair), the wave pattern in the hair will become deeper and more defined. Then, after a haircut, the "waves" may come out deeper depending on the time spent "wolfing" and the type of haircut chosen.

See also[edit]

  1. ^ "360Waves.org". Retrieved 8 May 2012.