These hairstyles go back to the ancient Egyptians. They look stylish and neat and are a common style for black men with short hair.

Imagine untying your Durag in the morning and looking at the curly mess. It's shocking isn't it?


How to get 180 waves Barber's pick
Waves or 180 waves are becoming more and more popular as a hairstyle for black men. And so you get 180 waves in just a few steps.

Imagine untying your Durag in the morning and looking at the curly mess. It's shocking isn't it?

To solve this problem, you can try different hairstyles, but nothing beats shiny waves with this pretty face. Maybe you tried but didn't get a pleasurable wave. You will get disappointed results because your wave gurus, uncles, friends, and hairdressers gave you incorrect instructions and techniques!

Now you may be wondering what are the correct techniques then? And the answer is: it depends on what kind of waves you want to have. Young African Americans in particular are choosing more styles from the range of 180 waves, 360 waves, 540 waves and 750 waves. Waves 180 and 360 are the most popular among them. Most popular, however, are the 180 waves, a combination of a military cut with top waves.

We have put together a team of experts and created a comprehensive guide on how to get 180 waves in no time and almost for free. You don't have to spend on expensive hair creams, high quality brushes, or shampoos. After a couple of weeks, when you see the waves, you will be tying a new tie with your hair. So let's get to that.

What are waves 180

Waves are a type of hairstyle for black men that involves pinning the hair in a way that causes “waves” in a circular or semicircular pattern. This style can be easily achieved by brushing your hair in the right direction. This creates waves in your hair, making it look like waves. There are different types of curl hairstyles. If you keep the waves limited to the top of your head, they will be called 180 waves. But the waves that surround your entire head are called 360 degree waves. There are up to 720 waves that are formed vertically in your hair.

Waves can be achieved by constantly brushing short hair. Over time, this constant treatment of short hair forms curls and waves on the head, creating the illusion of waves; just like you would see in the ocean.

They come in different shapes depending on how the wave patterns are formed on the head. For example, waves that only form on the top of the head are classified as 180 waves. The waves that form around the head are classified as 360 waves. And finally, the waves that form vertically around the hair are classified as 720 waves.

Regardless, your patterned waves have always been known as a classic look for black men. Not only does it make your hair beautiful, but it also makes it a talking point in any setting.

If you are interested in starting your wave journey or taking your waves to a whole new level, look no further. This article will tell you everything you need to know about getting wave patterns and more!

What's your waves hair type?

Some types and models are cheaper to get the wave pattern. Waves are more common on very frizzy hair.

There are 4 main types of hair that all hair falls into. Type 1 (straight hair), Type 2 (wavy hair), Type 3 (curly hair) and Type 4 (frizzy hair).

Straight hair 180 waves

Type 1 is straight and is mainly found in Caucasians or Asians. The hair is extremely smooth and thin. This is the straight hair type on all and doesn't tend to frizz naturally. Type 1 hair does not prefer waves.

Type 2 hair

Type 2 hair is similar to type 1 hair in that it is found naturally in Caucasians too, hair tends to have long curls. Long hair curls are only noticeable on very long hair and are almost non-existent on short hair. Therefore, type 2 hair does not prefer waves, although it is not impossible to get waves with this type of hair.

Type 3 hair

Type 3 hair is mainly found in people of mixed ethnicity. People with type 3 hair have medium sized, coiled hair. If the hair is very short, you can usually still see the spiral patterns in the hair. This hair type is great for waves, but it's not ideal. People with type 3 hair may have waves, but you will find that their waves are a long way apart from those with type 4 hair.

Type 4 hair

Type 4 hair is the best hair type for 360 waves. This type of hair is mainly seen in people of African descent or people of color. The pattern of this hair type is extremely rolled up and well packed. This hair type is very ideal for waves as waves can easily form when brushing or extending tightly coiled hair. Anyone with Type 4 can get 360 waves as long as they take the time to get waves.

Step 1: Prep your hair and grab the tools

Take care of your scalp and hair follicles

Start by taking care of your scalp and hair follicles. It is necessary to prepare healthy hair and a dandruff-free scalp. Use a good dandruff shampoo and conditioner to wash your hair. Do it once a week, twice would be better. Washing with hot water will help soften the hair and smooth it out a bit. A good scalp massage would be the icing on the cake every time you wash your hair.

Get a haircut

If you want a wave in your hair, a brush angle is a must and that means it's time to go to your favorite hairdresser. Give your barber clear instructions that you need to comb your hair at a certain angle of the brush every day so that they can cut their hair moderately. Another thing is that you have to choose a hairstyle because you are doing a 180 degree wave. Select both sides of the normal length and cut the entire head correctly

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Any wavy brush is suitable for curling, although we recommend using these particular brushes listed below.

  • A double-sided boar bristle brush
  • A crown of medium hardness or
  • A long steel brush.

Shampoo and conditioner

Purchase a wavy shampoo or conditioner that will make your hair softer and cleaner. You can find it online - just order a pair.

Moisturizer for hair

Too much brushing always impacts your hair, so the most loving care you can give your hair follicles is to give them some moisturizer or hair lotion. There is an idea among old surfers to stick with only ointments. But the pomade has a dangerous element called petroleum, which can be harmful to hair growth.

Find a natural, toxic-free moisturizer.

Step 2: start the brushing process

Get ready to numb your hands with a brush. This is the time when you spend a lot of time brushing your hair. This is the stage where you are looking to straighten your hair and those with coarse hair will score more points. So get ready to brush your hair every day!

Know the angles of the brush

You have to follow certain angles of the brush to get the wave. Always brush from back to front. To get a healthy, newly formed tree, strictly follow the corners. Tell your barber never to cut your hair against these lines.

Cleaning routine

Now that you're mentally ready to spend a good chunk of your time brushing your teeth, let's get into the brushing routine as soon as possible. Brushing will proceed as described below.

  • Brush first for 20-30 minutes on an easy day, gradually increasing the time to 40-60 minutes twice a day. Better if you are watching a Netflix show or a TV.
  • Make sure you focus on the corners of the brush.
  • You can check the angles by standing in front of a mirror for the first few days.
  • Listening to podcasts and cleaning is a good idea. This is a great way to keep track of your time.
  • It's easy to get 180 waves and then 360 waves because people usually brush on top, and to get a 180 wave all you need to do is brush the tip.

If you follow this routine regularly for 3-4 weeks, the results will eventually become noticeable.

Step 3: use Durag and be hydrated

Use Durag

We told you what Dorag is before; Now is the time to wear it 24/7. Durag makes your hair silky rather than hard. So that your hair stays flat! The Durag / Wave cap helps keep hair flat and silky to the touch instead of hard. The only rule for wearing Durag is: when you're not cleaning, just use it! If you can't use it anywhere for work or something, at least wear it before going to bed.


Keep your body and hair hydrated during this time. Use a moisturizer or hair lotion when your hair feels dry to the touch. Drink plenty of water during a hard day at work, at least 2 liters of water per day.

Step 4: cut your hair

Rule number 1; do not go to the hairdresser too early. In wave time, your hair takes time to grow and train to be flattened. The recommended time to visit the hairdresser is after 4 weeks. The waving process will be interrupted if you go to the hairdresser too often

This hairstyle is a fantastic way to make your short hair look beautiful. It looks clean and professional and doesn't require much maintenance other than brushing. I strongly recommend investing in high quality black hair products to keep your hair healthy too. Because this is the first step to any great looking hairstyle!


What haircut do I need for 180 waves?

If you want waves, the best haircut you can get is short faded hair. Low to high fades work best with 360 waves. If you get a medium or high fade cut, you won't be able to get any waves on the back and you can only make 180 waves.

So for 180 waves you can achieve low, medium or high fades. But for 360 waves you absolutely need a low fade.

What is the difference between 360 and 180 waves?

The formation of wavy dents in coarsely curled hair to give it a sleek look is known as a wave.

The only difference between 180 waves and 360 waves is the length of these wavy lines. With 180 waves, these are only present at the top of the head (i.e. near the scalp). But these lines rotate in 360 waves and cover your whole head. Almost circular. Hence the name is 360 waves

Getting 360 waves, 180 waves, and 720 waves isn't as difficult as it sounds. Through constant and persistence, anyone with the right hair type can get 360 waves quickly. First of all, the methods that you should keep in mind while trying to get waves is to keep brushing.

Is it Safe to Wear a Durag for Long Periods?

Yes, unless you tie it too tight, it's okay to wear a durag all day. The best time to wear a Durag is right after shampooing your hair and when you go to bed. If you want to keep your hairstyle, you can wear it for at least an hour after brushing your waves.

How long does it take for the waves to be up?

For the top, you should see progress within four weeks of consistent brushing. Therefore, you should get your hair cut after four weeks. If you don't see noticeable advances like small waves or straight hair, you may be one of those people who for some reason takes the longest to start developing waves. If you don't see any progress after that, you should continue the daily brushing process for another four weeks. After the second four week period, you will get another haircut. If you don't see progress after this, there are some underlying issues that may be holding your progress down.

How often do I wash my hair for waves?

If you want to create a specific wavy pattern, I wouldn't recommend washing your hair daily. Excessive washing can leave your hair dry and dehydrated. Type 4 curly hair also has high porosity and does not need to be washed often.

You can wash your hair once a week if you want 180 waves. And always remember to use a conditioner afterwards. But people join the "no-poo" movement and prefer to wash their hair only with water.

Can anyone get 180 waves?

Before you try to get the waves you need to find out if you can even get them. So can someone have the waves? Assuming everyone who wants waves has short hair, the short answer is yes. But it's a little more complicated. Technically anyone can get the waves, but obviously you don't see everyone with the hairstyle. Let's analyze who can and cannot have waves.

Which hairbrush should you use for waves?

The best hairbrush for waves is the one with boar bristles or other types of natural bristles.

These help distribute the natural oils on the scalp and also prevent the buildup of static electricity. You can choose a double-ended boar bristle brush or one with a steel handle. I suggest steel or wood as plastic is more prone to static electricity buildup.

When you're done cutting your hair, consider using a soft-bristled brush as they won't attack the hair follicles too much.

When your hair grows back a little, you can switch to a medium-strength boar bristle brush.