Getting waves in your hair is a process that involves training your natural hair curl pattern to ripple together forming a design. The “wave” pattern is popular among black men who have their hair cut low and choose to showcase the texture of their hair. Although the actual process of redirecting the hair into a wave-like pattern can be aided with the use of hair products like Vaseline, all you really need is a good wave brush and a wave cap to achieve the look.
Make sure that your hair and scalp are healthy before starting the training process. Get a fresh haircut so that your hair and edges are even with clean lines.
Purchase wave training supplies such as a wave brush, a wave cap, also known as a stocking or durag, and Vaseline. The Vaseline, or petroleum jelly, acts as a replacement for hair pomade which simply assists with keeping your hair moist and helping it to lie down. Choose a soft to medium bristle brush for curly, soft-textured hair and a medium to hard brush for courser hair.
Brush your hair frequently with a goal of at least three to four brushing sessions a day. Brush forward directly toward your forehead, your temples on your sides and then down to the nape of your neck. Brush hair during down time, such as while watching television. Stroke your hair about 50 times per session in each section.
Apply a nickel-shaped amount of Vaseline to your hair after brushing session. Not only will this assist with the lay down, it will also add moisture and sheen to your hair. Avoid overusing product as it will turn greasy and light in color. Put on your wave cap after each session.
Visit your barber about two weeks into your training program for a clean-up hair cut. Make sure that your barber is aware of your natural curl pattern and that he knows you are attempting to develop waves.
Repeat your training process as your waves begin to develop. Success will vary depending on your brushing routine and hair behavior.
Crystal Green is a marketing and event management consultant specializing in non-profit organizations and small businesses. Green spent the last seven years working for a statewide education association directing their trade publications, writing articles for programs' training teams and other event-related freelance projects. Green hold a Bachelor's degree in Journalism, and is currently working on advanced degrees.