How To Get 360 Waves: A Simple 6-Step Process To Achieve It

Getting those stunning waves has never been easier than with these effective tips.

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Deep 360 waves are a fashionable way to style your hair. Wondering how to get 360 waves? Before that, you should know this popular celebrity trend is not going down in the coming days. This hairstyle gives you a stylish look and tames the coarse and unruly curls to make them manageable.

Achieving deep and connected waves might require some practice and proficiency. However, even if you are a newbie, you can easily style your hair in 360 waves. This article covers everything about deep 360 waves. Read on.

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  • A healthy scalp and damage-free hair are prerequisites to getting 360 waves, as they create the perfect canvas for this look.
  • Achieving flawless 360 waves requires effort and commitment to training the hair.
  • You must invest in ideal hair products like wave shampoo, brush, durag, and other hair products to achieve picture-perfect 360 waves.
  • Sticking to daily hair maintenance and opting for regular haircuts is required for maintaining 360 waves.

What Are 360 Waves?

360 style waves are also known as 360s or spinnas. It is a hair technique that shapes super-curly hair like the ripples in a pond that develop when you toss a stone into a lake. Getting 360 waves can give a neat and stylish look to your hair.

Most people want to get the results quickly when they decide to get 360 style waves. However, the timeline totally depends on the hair quality.

360 waves hair is best for people with dense and coarse hair textures. The coarseness of your hair is determined by the thickness or the diameter of the strands. Hair that is thicker than sewing threads is known as coarse hair. It is usually rough and difficult to style.

Getting 360 waves requires brushing your hair in a specific manner every day. Some people tend to see positive results fairly quickly, while others may wait months for the waves to kick in. So, how much time does it take? Find out below!

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This 360 waves and durag became a trend during the 1990s, thanks to the hip-hop and fashion industry. Rapper Nelly popularized this hair trend during that time.

How Much Time Does It Take To Get 360 Waves?

Unfortunately, no one can tell you the exact number of days by when you can get 360 waves in nappy hair. However, if you ask the approximate time-frame, we will be able to help you with that. Given below are the time-frames for getting 360 waves, depending on your hair type:

  • Thick And Loose Curls
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People who have thick and loose curls can see faster results in getting 360 waves of coarse hair. Now, we are not saying that they will get perfect waves the next day of brushing. However, the results will be noticeable within a few hours of constant brushing. The progression will be slow if you have had waves before.

Although people with thick, curly hair will develop waves fairly quickly, they are also at the risk of losing their waves if they go for a short haircut.

  • Small Curls
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If the curls in your hair are smaller or tighter, it may take up to 90 days before you can see deep 360 waves. Moreover, you will not get big waves as the size of your waves depends on the size of the curls.

Smaller curls may increase the time it takes to get 360 waves, but once they set in, maintaining them becomes almost effortless.

The next step is to get your tools and supplies to start working on your 360 deep waves. Find out all about the hair tools and supplies you need in the next section!

What Are The Supplies You Will Need For Getting 360 Waves?

To get the perfect 360 coarse hair waves, you will have to train your hair. You cannot achieve this look unless you have all the right tools. It is advisable to invest in the best-quality tools that will last you a long time and also give you the best brushing results.

1. Brush

Well, this goes without saying. You will have to invest in a special 360 waves hard brush without a handle to train your hair to grow into deep 360 waves. The texture of your hair should determine the bristles of the brush.

  • If you have coarse hair, go for 360 waves hard brush. It is a bonus if this brush is also a contoured brush.
  • A brush with soft natural bristles is perfect for anyone with soft or straight hair.

Some wave experts also suggest investing in soft and medium wave brushes apart from a 360 waves hard brush. They recommend using a soft brush just after your haircut and moving on to the medium brush as your hair grows.

2. Durag

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A durag is a special cloth that accelerates the development of deep 360 waves on your head. It looks like a skull cap with a small piece hanging at the nape of your neck.

Essentially, it is a silky scarf that protects your hair after brushing and also prolongs its effects. Wear it at night and for 30 minutes after brushing.

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The durag holds the waves in place. However, ensure that you do not wear it too tightly as it may affect circulation and cause headaches.

3. Pomade

Pomade is like hair gel but much stronger. It is a greasy, waxy substance that will keep your hair waves intact for a long time. Pomade is also the secret ingredient that makes your 360 waves look slick and shiny.

In short, the best wave pomade for coarse hair will help you in shaping your hair in waves and also preserving its shape for a long time.

4. Shampoo And Conditioner

You can opt for any wave shampoo and conditioner for 360 style waves. Using organic products will be better for your 360 waves. If you cannot find them, you can use any regular sulfate-free shampoo.

5. Leave-In Conditioner

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Finally, use a good leave-in conditioner so that your hair stays hydrated and moisturized at all times.

Once your supplies are ready, you can get going with the daily routine to start the 360 wave process. Check out the next section to find out how to get deep 360 waves.

What Is The Process Of Getting 360 Waves?

Before you start, ensure that you have healthy hair and a clean scalp. If you have dandruff, use the right shampoo to get rid of it.

1. Start With A Haircut

The first step in the 360 wave process is to get your hair cut short. Really short. In fact, nothing is as good as a traditional Caesar cut. Cutting your hair short will train your strands to grow out in curls as you brush them. As the weeks progress, cutting them on the sides is acceptable.

Visit a hairstylist who knows how to cut your hair to style it in 360 waves.

2. Wash And Condition Your Hair

Maintaining a regular shampoo schedule is essential to getting perfect 360 waves. Wash your hair once every three days with a sulfate-free shampoo and moisturize it with a conditioner. Going longer than this can impact your waves negatively.

3. Prepare Your hair

After you have dried your washed hair, the next step is to apply a leave-in conditioner followed by the pomade. On the days when you don’t wash your hair, take a hot damp towel and wrap it around your head. It will help in opening the pores on your scalp and hydrating your hair.

4. Brush Your Hair

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Once your hair is ready, you can start brushing. To get 360 deep waves, you will have to follow a 360 waves brushing pattern. One of the best 360 waves tips is to start at the crown and brush in the natural direction of your hair growth. Also, don’t forget to use 360 waves hard brush.

  • Brush the hair on the top of your head downwards and towards your eyes.
  • On the sides of your head, brush your hair diagonally towards your sideburns.
  • Lastly, brush the hair at the back of your head towards your neck.

As you brush your hair, try to take equal sections and brush them consistently. In other words, brush all sections of hair for similar lengths of time. You may want to use a dryer while brushing to ensure that your hair lays down and holds the shape of the waves. One brushing session should last for about fifteen minutes.

5. Learn The Tricks Of Brushing

Brushing for 360 waves requires a bit of learning about hair tips and tricks, and you will get better with time. For instance, some people complain of non-uniform waves. It happens when they do not brush properly. Always use a mirror and moisturize your hair for the best results. Try to place a small mirror in front of you and a bigger one at the back for uniform brushing.

6. Wrap Your Durag

After you are done with brushing, wrap the durag around your head. It will lock the style in. If you have to step out, leave it on for at least thirty minutes beforehand. This step is non-negotiable.

Now that you know how to get waves, let us talk about maintaining them.

How To Maintain 360 Waves

  • Continue Brushing

You will have to follow the 360 waves brushing pattern even after you get the desired style. You can say that having and maintaining your 360 waves is a commitment as you will have to brush your hair at least thrice a day. Do not forget to wear a durag after each session and at night.

A blogger shared some of his tips for brushing 360 waves, having tried them on beforehand. He writes, “I would suggest brushing for at least 10 minutes in a session and doing 2 to 3 sessions a day. Without brushing, regardless of the other products or methods you use to try to enhance your waves, you will see no progress in your wave process (i).”

  • Get Regular Trims Every 8 Weeks

Although you should reduce the frequency of your haircuts after you get the waves, you will still have to trim it every couple of months. Do not trim your hair against the grain. Consistent grooming with an experienced stylist will be helpful in achieving the look.

Many people wonder if they can get 360 waves overnight. Find out if this is possible in the next section.

How To Get 360 Waves Overnight

Honestly, it is not possible to get 360 waves in your hair overnight. As you know by now, it requires brushing your hair religiously in a specific pattern for several days to start developing 360 waves. It may take you anywhere between a few weeks to a few months to start seeing results. Therefore, there is absolutely no way you can get 360 waves in your hair overnight.

Many people like dyeing their 360 waves. Find out if there are any side effects involved in this in the next section.

Are There Any Side-Effects Of Dyeing 360 Waves?

No. There are no specific side effects of dyeing your 360 waves except with bleach. The reaction that dye will have on your skin and hair is similar to what you would have without the waves.

The side effects can range from hair dryness to damage. To minimize these effects, it is recommended to practice consistent hair care and visit a hairstylist who can help you with the right products and treatment.

Infographic: How To Wear A Durag To Maintain 360 Waves

Maintaining 360 waves isn’t tough when you have a durag. This headgear is specifically designed to protect and maintain 360 waves and other protective hairstyles like braids. It also helps accentuate and maintain the spiral wavy pattern. You can wear a durag outside or use it to protect your waves overnight. The following infographic has a simple tutorial on how to wear a durag to keep those waves safe and smooth. Check it out.

how to wear a durag to maintain 360 waves (infographic)

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The 360 waves or 360s are a popular celebrity trend. This hairstyle can tame your unruly curls and offers you a stylish look. If you have the right hair styling tools and follow all the steps mentioned above correctly, getting these super stylish 360 waves is simple. Depending on your hair type, you can sport this hairstyle in just a few weeks. However, remember that maintaining 360 waves requires a lot of commitment and care, as you will have to keep brushing your hair multiple times a day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use soap for waves?

Yes. You can use soap for waves. It can remove all product build-up and extra oil, moisturize your hair, and enhance your hair texture.

How can I make my waves wider and deeper?

Start using a brush with wider spaces and comb your hair with a rat tail comb for 5 minutes in the morning and at night (even in the shower). This can make your waves wider and deeper.

How long should you wolf your hair for waves?

You should wolf your hair about 4 weeks after your last haircut for waves.

Key Takeaways

  • The 360-waves hair is ideal for people with dense and coarse hair textures.
  • Depending on the hair type, timeframes for getting 360 waves differ.
  • Those with thick and loose curls can see faster results.
  • Invest in the best tools for effective results.

Learn how to get the perfect 360 waves with this easy wash and style tutorial video! Watch this video to get the look you have always wanted in no time!

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Sergio R. Cardona PerezCertified Trichologist
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