If you’ve been following our journals for the last two weeks, you should know how to start your foundation. This week we’re going to talk about how to properly apply product to your hair before your brush session. You can apply these tips to any product you use whether it’s creams, pomades, or oils. Currently, I’m at 7 weeks wolfing and I’ll use a cream for this example.
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’re at in your growth you might need more of a nickel size amount. Some wavers like to apply product with both hands simultaneously, and some wavers like 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.
Last week, we discussed the benefits of combing for making your waves more defined. Combing also helps distribute product from root to end while de-tangling your hair getting it ready for your brush session. If you just got a haircut, it’s more effective using the skinny tooth side of your comb. If you’re wolfing, it’s more effective to use the wide tooth side of your comb when applying product.
Once your product is in your hair you can brush with your hard, medium, or soft brush depending on your growth. Combing will lift your hair up slightly, the brushing is the process that lays you’re hair down before you compress. Use you’re hardest brush first and end with your softest brush.
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.
As always if you like to show us your progress, hit us up on Instagram at Elitespins or connect with me on my personal account. Use the hash tag #WaverWednesday, see y’all next week and keep those brushes moving!