Waves are a hairstyle for curly hair in which the curls are brushed and/or combing and flattened out, creating a ripple-like pattern.
The hairstyle begins with a short-cropped haircut and frequent brushing and/or combing of the curls, which trains the curls to flatten out. Pomades and moisturizers can help hold the hair in place while preventing the hair from getting too dry. A do-rag is worn to preserve moisture while compressing the hair and holding it in place, particularly when sleeping.
In the early 20th century, as many African-American men sought to style their hair with texture-altering products, "cold soap" waves became a popular hairstyle. Men produced waves by washing their hair with soap but not rinsing all of it out before putting on their do-rags.
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