The waves haircuts for men have kinky curls that define a spiral around the gentleman’s head. Also regarded to as the 360 waves, these short haircuts will look good on anyone regardless of their head shape or hair type.
That said, the haircut does take quite a while to create and maintain as well. We will touch on that in a minute.
Most guys nowadays combine fades with the wave haircuts. You can also combine it with a whole lot of other hairstyle variations. To top it off, by using a durag or cap and a wave brush, you can also add style and texture to your black hair.
With that being said, before sharing with you my shortlist of the 30 best waves haircuts out there today, let us start by looking at how anyone can get the waves.
How to get and maintain waves
When it comes to waves hairstyles, there is nothing more painful that unraveling your cap or durag early in the morning only to be met with a scene of disarray. In fact, it is horrible. That is why I decided to create a catalog detailing how anyone can get the best waves haircuts and maintain them.
If you keenly follow this guide (step by step) then you will never have to deal with that sinking feeling brought up by messy waves every morning.
This guide will also be a deep dive into the accumulated tools and knowledge that I have gathered over the last couple of years from uncles, my father, youtube waves gurus, and some of the best barbers around the world.
I condensed all the information down to only the most important techniques, then came up with this post. And please, bear in mind that after several weeks of waving, you will most definitely get into a new sort of relationship with your hair and create a specific routine that you will deliver to your own scalp.
But you’re free to customize the details and instructions into a routine that you think will work specifically for you.
With that in mind, I also understand that some hair strands are coarser and might take some time to develop into a wave pattern whereas other’s might be naturally dry: which means they will need to be moisturized more often. If you fall on the second category, worry not. This guide will work for you as well.
The most essential thing is to pay attention to the waves and listen to what they’re trying to say. Stay diligent. Also, pay close attention to how your short hair strands respond to everything you do to them and never let up on your regimen.
The WAVES god is only rewarding to the deserving.
- Step 1
Start by cleaning the slate. This is the best way to begin the process of styling a waves hairstyle. I usually recommend people who want to style the waves haircut to start with short, and fresh hair follicles. Note, I am not saying that one should go bald. All you want to do is go to your favorite stylist or barber and request him/her to award you a really low trim. Something like level-1.
- Step 2
After the trim, then start brushing. This is also the most continuous and important practice when it comes to getting the waves. Start with a softer brush that you can use during the low cut moments, then slowly transition to a harder brush once it has become longer.
Getting a great brush in the marketplace shouldn’t be hard.
- Step 4
Step four is all about moisturizing, moisturizing, and moisturizing. This is also the steps that most of you gentlemen usually get wrong. Brushing will, without a doubt, be hard on your hair follicles. So as you are training your hair locks to lay down, you want to ensure that you’re nourishing and feeding your scalp as much as required.
Most old fashioned wavers will swear by the best pomade. However, most pomades nowadays retail with a common ingredient regarded to as petroleum, among other chemicals. Even though the petroleum will do a great job of keeping your hair in place, it has also been reported to stunt the growth of one’s hair in the long run due to clogged pores.
So you need to ensure that you find a more natural moisturizer that can do the job just as well without the side effects.
The last thing under moisturizing is, make sure that you do not over moisturize your hair locks by loading them with too much moisturizer. Ensure you only apply moisturizer around once or twice a week. The maximum you should go is applying 3 times a week, depending on how your hair tends to get.
- Step 5
Go and get the best durag you can find. This is another essential tool that you’ll need to maintain your haircut. A durag allows you to keep your hair strands in position over the night. The tool also locks in the moisturizer so it can keep hydrating your scalp.
As you already know, the world is a dangerous place. So do not toss all your progress in the trash through not protecting your hair waves when in unforgiving environments, particularly when you are going to sleep.
A gentleman that is dedicated to his waves will always ensure that he has his durag on. Only on rare and extremely special occasions will you see such gentlemen’s obsessively curated waves.
Choose a great satin durag as it will help retain moisture better while at the same time causing less breakage. And after all, if you are going to enclose your head in a fabric for six to eight hours straight, then it may as well be satin.
Velvet durags (even though extremely harder to find these days) could also do the job well.
- Step 6
Needless to say, ensure you keep your waves haircut clean. At the same time, you need to ensure that you are not washing the hair too often using shampoos because they (shampoos) tend to wash out the essential oils that your body has already created.
I personally recommend that you cut down your washing cycle to around once a week. You also ought to ensure that you’re using the best conditioner. Or alternatively, opt for a co-wash.
Those not accustomed to this term, co-washing is your hair strands using the conditioner alone. This allows it to remove grime and dirt without stripping the hair of its essential oils. This, in turn, keeps your hair shiny, strong, and healthy in the long run.
Furthermore, make sure that you always moisturize immediately after washing. A pro tip is brushing your hair locks in the shower when they are easier and softest to tame.
- Step 7
Now we get to the fun part, wolfing. Wolfing is the agonizing act of abstaining from a hairstyle for long periods of time. I know, it sounds awful. Your friends, loved ones, and barber who have always been appreciative of your line up will disown you and frown on you for the longest time.
But I want you to assure them that the end will justify the means. Amidst the wolfing period, it’s also important that you ensure that you go even harder with your moisturizing and brushing regimen. You want to start switching to the hard brush in order to ensure that the brushing effectively penetrates all the top layer of your hair to get down into the new growth hair strands.
This period is also essential because it allows you to make sure that your waves connect and create some type of pattern you can recognize. Rather than a disarrayed collection of ripples.
The longer you manage to wolf, the better the results will be. Most wolfing sessions usually last between four to six weeks: but others have been known to go even up to 12 weeks. If you’re like me, then you cannot stomach the idea of looking like an actual wolf. So visit your stylist or barber from time to time to get a taper or line up, but never a real haircut.
When you are ready, now get all the extra wolf evidence cleaned up and unleash those amazing waves.
Allow me to conclude this section with three of the most rules to note from the section above.
- Only ensure you brush your hair strands when the hair is moist. One thing you should always avoid is brushing the hair when it is still dry.
- Take sufficient vitamins. Taking care of your hair locks goes further than just applying the best products. A great tip for the healthiest hair is to consume sufficient Biotin vitamins. This type of vitamin is known to make one’s hair healthier and thicker.
- Get you a good brush. The best one I have ever bought was 100 percent boar bristles. But do not let that limit you. You can also get another brush brand that best fits your personal preference. Just ensure that you get two different brushes, one with soft bristles, and the other with hard ones.
Without further delay, let us skip to the next section of the post and look at the best waves haircuts you can style today.
30 Amazing Waves Haircut For Men
360 Waves Haircut plus a lineup
I will begin this enumeration on a high note with the 360 Waves Haircut that has been perfectly trimmed all over. This hairstyle is also the best example of a clean shape up and clean hairline with a thick shave part in the wave pattern.
Feel free to top it off with a well-groomed beard design.
180 Waves Haircut
Not all black gentlemen want to style 360 waves like in the image above. If you would rather have very short hair on the back and sides, then you will most likely want to ask your stylist or barber for a high bald fade haircut like in the image above.
But just like the 360 waves haircut, the 180 is also easy to style and maintain in the long run
Young black boy with waves hairstyle
Waves work wonders for black men and boys of all ages as well. With a lineup, part, and a low taper fade, this kid’s wave looks badass.
The half-moon hairstyle is a curved part that a barber shaves into the top part of your hair. Get the wave fade, create a wave pattern, then complete the look with the half-moon part.
Waves with a beard
Doesn’t a wave haircut coupled with a nicely groomed beard look immaculate? In my opinion, it is one of the most badass haircuts you will ever come across.
360 waves haircut with a creative design
If you like getting creative, this is the haircut for you. Better yet, there are hundreds, if not thousands of designs you could try out there.
360 waves with a part
A fade hairstyle coupled with a 360 wave creates a very stylish look. Focus on the deep waves that offer texture on the topside.
Deep 360 waves
Deep 360 waves like the ones in the image above take dedication, regular brushing, and time. But you can rest assured the result will leave awe on your face.
The best waves should spiral all around the gentleman’s head with clean and deep ridges. But ensure you invest in the right hair products if you want to style this haircut.
Taper fade with waves
A taper fade coupled with waves create an extremely fashionable black man’s haircut, don’t you agree?
Blad fade plus waves
Bold and modern, a bald fade with waves is an amazing cut to try if you want a very short haircut but still turn heads wherever you go.
A high fade plus waves
This waves alternative looks stylish and edgy. The fade begins near the top of the head and tapers down the skin to create the cool cut.
Mid fade plus waves
Attaining a mid-fade with waves is a perfect balance if you have an oval face like the dude above.
A low fade plus waves
This is a great example of how a low fade hairstyle can accentuate the pattern that has been created by deep 360 waves.
Drop fade with waves
This drop fade with waves delivers a tight, nice cut that is short on the sides.
A temp fade with waves
A temp fade with waves on a black man results in a fresh, clean look that is hard to beat. Highlight the temple fade with a line up along the hairline.
deep waves with a short beard
These 360 waves have spiraled all the way around with only a quick fade at the sideburns. Top it off with a short beard
long waves for curly hair
Even though tightly coiled kinky hair is easier to create into waves, the haircut can also work wonders with curly hair like the image above.
Wave plus two half-moon parts
Once you have established our waves, go ahead and add the shaved part and a fade
Waves plus a full beard
You can use a temple fade to divide the waves on top with the full beard you created.
Waves on top plus a short part
This cool cut will contrast the waves to create a blurry fade and a shaved part.
Super short waves
The gentleman above is just starting to define waves where his hair is long on the top side. More wolfing is required to create more visible waves
High fade waves for light skins
Some light-skinned guys like to wear only waves on the top side. This implies less brushing and only needs one to brush in one direction.
Waves haircut plus neck taper
Clean up the edges of your waves with a fade at the neckline and the sideburns.
Low skin fade with waves
Waves have lots of impact up top when you couple them with this low skin fade.
High skin fade with waves
In the image above, the waves taper off both sides of the gentleman’s head to create the high skin fade
Mid skin fade for children
The waves continue down parts of the back and sides, ending in a mid skin fade.
Great looking waves all over. What else is there to say?
Waves + sideburn + a beard + a creative cut
Nothing beats good waves that have been coupled with a nicely groomed beard and sideburns and cut at the back. What’s more? The haircut will look great on you regardless of your head shape or hair type.
Short taper with a back fade
I will also end this enumeration on a high note with the taper fade that is hugely famous among all African American communities. The hair is usually significantly short, also cutting down on the maintenance that will be required in the long run.
The main point of this hair cut the wavy top, which has further been brilliantly complemented by the clean line up.