360 Waves Haircut: A Step-by-Step Guide

As a barber, I am frequently asked about the best way to achieve 360 waves. This classic hairstyle has been popular for decades and involves creating a wave pattern that wraps around the head. Achieving this look takes effort, but with the right approach, anyone can have a fresh, clean 360 waves haircut. In this guide, I will take you through the key steps to achieving the perfect 360 waves hairstyle.

Hair Texture

The first step to achieving 360 waves is to ensure that your hair is the right texture. This hairstyle works best on hair that is naturally curly or wavy. If you have straight hair, you may need to use a curl sponge or a texturizer to create waves. It is important to note that texturizers should only be used by professionals as they can be damaging to hair if used improperly.

Once you have the right hair texture, it is time to start brushing.


Brushing is the key to creating 360 waves. To get started, you will need a wave brush. A good wave brush will have firm bristles that can penetrate your hair and create a wave pattern. When brushing, start at the crown of your head and work your way outwards. Use long, even strokes and be sure to brush all the way to the ends of your hair.

It is important to brush your hair often, ideally multiple times a day. This will help to train your hair to create a wave pattern. You can also use a soft bristle brush to smooth down any flyaways or stray hairs.

Wash and Style

Keeping your hair clean is essential when trying to achieve 360 waves. You should wash your hair at least once a week with a gentle shampoo. Avoid using a shampoo that contains sulfates as these can be drying to your hair.

After washing your hair, apply a good leave-in conditioner to keep your hair hydrated. You can also apply a hair oil to add shine and help to smooth down any frizz.

Styling your hair is also important when trying to achieve 360 waves. You can use a pomade or hair gel to help hold your hair in place. Apply a small amount to your hair, then use your wave brush to brush your hair into the desired wave pattern.


Finally, you should wear a durag to help set your wave pattern. A durag is a cloth that is worn over your head to help hold your hair in place. It is important to wear a durag every night to help maintain your wave pattern.

When wearing a durag, be sure to tie it tightly but not too tight. You want to make sure that your hair is held in place, but you do not want to cut off circulation to your scalp.

With these steps, you can achieve the perfect 360 waves haircut. Remember, it takes time and effort to create and maintain a wave pattern, but with the right approach, anyone can achieve this classic hairstyle.


Achieving the perfect 360 waves haircut requires the right hair texture, brushing technique, wash and style routine, and the use of a durag. By following these steps, you can create a wave pattern that is sure to turn heads. Remember, it takes time and patience to achieve this hairstyle, but with persistence, you can achieve the perfect 360 waves. Don’t forget to download the EveryWaver app for more tips and tricks on maintaining your wave pattern.