Getting your waves right requires commitment. You have to follow a strict routine to get the waves you have always wanted. Be prepared to spend considerable time on your hair every day.
You also need to know that everyone is different. Because your hommie got his waves in four weeks doesn’t mean yours will set in that time. Luckily for you, all black kings have type 4 hair, so it is nearly impossible for yours not to come out banging.
What you will need
Wave brush: You will need a crown quality wave brush at different stages of your hair journey. We advise that you get a curved wave brush that will give you fine control.
Shampoo: A shampoo to wash and make your hair soft and more pliable.
Durag: your durag helps you lay down your hair. Get one with good material that will lock in moisture and prevent friction or frizz.
Moisturizer/conditioner: Moisturize your hair to keep it hydrated and healthy.
To get the best results, you should ensure that your hair and scalp are healthy. If you have dandruff or thinning hair, you should get a remedy for that.
Locate your crown.
Finding the crown will help you brush uniformly. Your crown shows the natural flow of your hair that you will follow during your brushing sessions. Locate your crown after you have had your hair cut-You will need mirrors for this.
Cut your hair.
If you have not started waving, you need a low cut, but not so low that your scalp is visible. If you are already waving, your haircut doesn’t have to be very low. Tell your hairdresser not to cut against the grain. You can tell him that you are getting waves, and he will know what to do.
Shampoo your hair.
After getting your fresh, clean-cut, it is time to wash. You can use wave shampoo, or you can go for the regular stuff- you will get results either way. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and start shampooing. You can start brushing your hair at this stage. After you have shampooed your hair, apply conditioner.
Note that you don’t have to wash every day. You can wash off natural oils and damage your hair when you over-wash. You can wash your hair 1-3 times a week. Some wavers skip the washing and go straight to conditioning.
After you have applied your leave-in conditioner, use your pomade to moisturize your hair.
Brush your hair.
Now we are at the hard part. Not really though, brushing your hair is easy to work, it just takes time. Use your crown infinity brush or any other curved wave brush to get the best waves.
You should follow your hair’s natural flow when you brush. Now, the part you brush will determine if you will get 180 or 360 waves. If you want 180 waves, you should brush the top part of your hair; If it is 360 waves you like, you will have to brush all parts of your hair. you should use a soft brush for your newly cut hair, then you can advance to medium or hard brushes when your hair grows.
For the top part of your hair, brush from the crown downwards towards your face/eyes. For the sides, stroke downwards and out, towards your chin. Then for the back of your head, brush towards your neck. Consistently work on each section.
This process should take at least 15 minutes. The more your brush, the better. Use any available time you have to brush. You can do this while watching a movie, during your break at work, or whenever. At worst, make sure you have at least a morning and night routine. ( always make sure your hair is hydrated and moisturized before you brush).
Wear a Durag.
Your durag ensures that your waves are well set in place and they do not ruffle up. You should wear your durag for as long as possible. If you are going to leave your house, you should have it on your head for at least 30 minutes. Using your durag overnight after your night session is a great way to lock in your style.
How to maintain your waves.
Your waves should start forming in a few weeks. You need to keep brushing and moisturizing your hair. Trim it every 3-6 weeks with a barber who knows what he is doing.