How to Get 360 Waves Using Wave Cream

Updated April 17, 2017

Many African-American men with hair less than an inch long wear a hairstyle known as 360 waves. Creating the style requires daily brushing to train the hair into a deep wave. Wave grease or cream is also necessary for locking the hair into place. In the style, waves spin downward from the crown of the head. It requires a daily commitment of at least an hour of brushing so this is not an appropriate style for low-maintenance men.

Start with clean, wet hair. Dab excess water from your head but leave hair damp.

Scoop out a grape-sized amount of wave cream and smooth it over your hair. Massage it into your entire head, covering the whole area from the crown to the sides to the back. If you need more cream to cover your head, scoop out more and apply.

Brush your hair from the crown down to the nape of your neck.

Brush your hair from the crown forward to your forehead.

Brush the sides of your hair down at an angle toward your ears.

Repeat the brushing pattern several times until you have brushed your hair consistently for about one hour.

Place a do-rag on your head and tie tightly to secure it in place. This will protect your hair and set the style. Wear the do-rag as much as possible to lock in the style.

Brush daily for one hour. Avoid adding cream each time you brush as this can cause build-up and flakes. One application of cream each week is enough to create the style.

Avoid shampooing your hair for one week after cream styling as washing will loosen the waves. When it's time to wash, reapply the cream and continue with your daily brushing.


Find 360 wave cream at your local beauty-supply store. Split your brushing session up into half-hour periods if you're short on time.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • 360 wave cream
  • Stiff-bristle brush
  • Do-rag
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