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Make Em’ Seasick: How To Get Waves For Beginners

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My beginner waves!

Summertime is approaching and that means warmer weather, BBQs, vacations and trips to the beach and what can be wavier at a beach than the waves on your head? Here’s a how-to guide on getting wavy. Okay, waves now let’s get in formation!

What you’ll need:

  • Durag: Crucial to making your hair into 360 wave-land.
  • Brush: Get a hand brush (one without a handle) in either hard, medium, or soft depending on your hair texture. It’s a good idea to have both a hard bristle and a soft bristle brush. A good one to buy is a 100% boar bristle brush, which is easily found in a hair supply store.

This is the brush I use.

  • Pomade or moisturizer: Using pomade too much produces build-up and flakes. Most pomade wave products contain heavy petroleum, which makes hair waves feel gooey and gummy. It works best when starting off waves. An alternative is Luster’s Pink moisturizer or the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie.


How to formulate the wave pattern:

  1. Get a short haircut and edge up. Don’t let your barber cut your hair too low. Tell him/her you still want it thick—you shouldn’t be able to see your scalp.
  2. Find the point on your head where a cowlick forms, and brush out from that point to the front, sides, and back, not missing any part of your head. I suggest using a handheld mirror while doing so. Brush for at least 20 strokes to every side of your head (Takes about 15–30 minutes).
  3. Place a wave cap or durag onto your head afterward and brush again after you take it off. Make sure you sleep with the durag on to keep your waves from getting messed up.
  4. If you are a beginner you should know that you need to be brushing every day as much as you can.
  5. Only brush when hair is moist. One thing to avoid is brushing the hair while it is dry. Only brush when moisturizer has been applied to the waves.

More techniques:

With water: 

Put a washcloth in running hot water, squeeze some water from the rag, and then place hot washcloth on top of your hair and wipe down. You can also wet a washcloth or towel and heat it up in the microwave to get it hot enough. Repeat hot water process for the sides and back of hair also.

When shampooing/conditioner:

My cousin taught me this trick — Apply shampoo/conditioner when hair is still dry. Massage well. Rinse with hot water and brush at the same time. Brush the shampoo in the direction of the waves. After shampoo-brushing your hair, rinse with cool water.

You can also brush your hair right after shampooing and conditioning in the shower. This is when your hair is softest. Just add a moisturizer.

Lastly, be patient!

The waves are a result of you training your hair to lay down on your head. It takes practice and patience. It may take up to 6 weeks for waves to appear, so try to repeat this process mentioned above daily to train your hair to form deep 360 waves.

Maintain your waves through regular brushing. If your waves start going away, you’re probably not brushing enough.

Extra tips!

  • Don’t over-brush. Some people brush over six hours a day. Too much brushing can cause the hair to get thinner.
  • Avoid washing your hair too much. Some wash once a week, or every other week even.
  • Take vitamins! Biotin is known for making hair thicker and healthier.

Here’s a video to learn more about getting waves: 

Show us your waves on @thecutlife on Instagram!


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