Maintaining 360 Waves While Wolfing

Wolfing is an important step in creating more defined 360 waves. As your hair continues to grow and you work to consistently brush to form you wave pattern, using the right products will be crucial.

In this blog post, you'll learn how to properly apply product to your hair before your brush session.

What Product Should You Use While Wolfing for 360 Waves?

Depending on how long your hair is and the need to lay down your hair, you can use a styling creme, pomade, oil, or a combination of products.

For overnight, we recommend starting with a styling creme and then adding a layer of pomade for additional hold, especially when wolfing. This will seal in all the work from your brushing session and you'll wake up with a more defined waves. 

Currently, I’m at 7 weeks wolfing and I’ll use a styling creme for this example.

How To Properly Apply Products to Your Hair


When applying product with your hands, it’s recommended to apply the product “with the grain” of your pattern. Some labels say use a dime size amount, but depending on where you are in your hair growth journey, you might need more of a nickel size amount.

Some wavers like to apply product with both hands simultaneously, while others prefer to apply product in sections with one hand. It’s completely up to you how you’ll like to apply product.

When you’re finished applying, you can remove any buildup from your hands using your durag. If you have time, wait 3-5 minutes before you go to the next step to let the moisture set in.

Can you use a comb for 360 waves? 

You absolutely should! It's actually one of the keys to getting more defined 360 waves—including fixing problem areas like forks.

Combing helps to distribute product from root to end while de-tangling your hair prior to your brush session.

If you recently got a haircut, it’s more effective using the thin tooth side of your comb. If you're wolfing like I am, it's more effective to use the wide tooth side of your comb when applying product.

How to Brush Your Waves While Wolfing

Once your product is in your hair you can brush with your hard, medium, or soft brush depending on your level of hair growth. Remember, you always want to brush from the crown and out, using the angles that your wave pattern naturally grows in.

Combing will lift your hair up slightly so brushing is the process that lays your hair down before you compress with your durag and/or wave cap.

If you have been wolfing for a while, use your hardest brush first and end your session with your softest brush. The soft brush while lay down the top most hairs to solidify your wave pattern. 

How to Compress Your Hair For 360 Waves

After you've applied product, combed, and brushed, its time to compress using a durag or a wave cap.

If you have to go to work or school and don’t have time to compress for a long period of time, that’s okay. Compressing for 15-20 minutes should hold you over for the day until you get home.

The key to maintaining a good foundation for 360 waves is through a good routine. As you continue to brush, your hair’s muscle memory will start to adapt to the routine, and the results will get better and better.

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-Kado is the founder of Elitespins, a community for wavers to learn and share their best techniques, favorite products, and progress.Visit their Instagram page or connect with him here.  

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