Waves (hairstyle)

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A man displaying the waves hairstyle.

Waves are a hairstyle for afro-textured hair in which the curls are brushed and flattened out, creating a ripple-like pattern.

The hairstyle begins with a short-cropped haircut and frequent brushing of the curls, which trains the curls to flatten out. Pomades and moisturizers can help hold the hair in place while preventing the hair from getting too dry.[1][2] A do-rag is worn to preserve moisture while compressing the hair and holding it in place, particularly when sleeping.[3]

In the early 20th century, as many African-American men sought to style their hair with texture-altering products, "cold soap" waves became a popular hairstyle. Men produced waves by washing their hair with soap but not rinsing all of it out before putting on their do-rags.[4]


  1. ^ Gibbson, Alexander-Julian (2018-05-25). "How to Get Waves". GQ. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  2. ^ Garcia, Sandra E. (2018-05-14). "The Durag, Explained". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  3. ^ Dawson, Lamar (2018-04-06). "How to Tie a Durag, According to A$AP Ferg". GQ. Retrieved 2018-05-30. 
  4. ^ Byrd, Ayana D.; Tharps, Lori L. (2014). Hair Story: Untangling the Roots of Black Hair in America (2 ed.). New York: St. Martin's Press. p. 29. ISBN 9781466872103. 

External links

  • How to get 360 waves: WikiHow
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