Goodbye 360, hello 720!

Well if you couldn’t pull off 360 how are you gone manage 720??

Excellent question. I have no idea.

But I’m trying it anyways. 

Most likely my YouTube is way behind compared to the information in my blogs. Nevertheless, here’s the sit. About a month ago I cut my hair down to bare clippers no guard. Maybe a .5 in my crown. Started with a somewhat new canvass. 

Which was for the best because I’m approaching this wave journey at whole new angles. About 8 to be specific. I have said goodbye and good riddance to the 360 beehive and hello please don’t hurt me to 720 swirl. 

For those that aren’t all familiar with natural wave patterns maybe Google it cause I’m not the best to explain things. However key points are…

360 waves beehive

  • Brushing out from crown to egde.
  • What appears to be a bald spot in your crown.
  • Blind brush with ease.
  • 8 angles

720 waves spiral/swirl

  • Brushing in a clockwise motion.
  • “Ponytail at crown.
  • Difficult to blind brush crown.
  • 8 angles out, 4 angles in, 2 angles crown.

That probably didn’t make a whole lot of sense either. Well I tried.

Anyways, yup if at first you don’t succeed try something harder I guess. The most difficult change to cope with is brushing at different angles and of course the hook method trying to learn how to get this dang swirl.

So far I’m happy with the change in events and the new products that I’ve been using. Like new brushes and new durag/caps. Be on the look out for product placement in a future YouTube episode.

Thanks for sticking with me.

I still love my 360 & beehive wavers.

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The big….. Scalp?

Yes yes I’ve done something outrageous again. This time scalping my waves, destroying progress and basically starting all over, again, again.

It didn’t take much consideration before I knew this was the right thing to do. I was unsteady with my methods and my sessions and just plain not treating my waves right.

I couldn’t bare to cut my hair against the grain like I had originally planned. It just seemed like something I didn’t want to do. I do however go with a 1 on my crown and a .5 wtg and a very low taper.

I refuse to be caught dead with out my rag because when I look in the mirror I see a recovering cancer patient no pun intended. But in about 2 weeks I will be making my returning debuted to the 360 wave community. Hopefully sporting nice connections and a spinning wet 360s.
Brush, Comb & Stay Waves 💯🌊

Me and my waves broke up.

Still love them tho…

So apparently I was less of a waver than I originally thought. I was half stepping and didn’t even know it. I knew it was a tad bit more to 360waves then just brushing. But it was so much more than what I originally thought.

It wasn’t my fault. I was brushing and combing my hair. I didn’t know I wasnt doing shit.”

From the type of brushes you use. The way you tie your rag. The angles to train your crown. There was soooo much I was missing.

Not to mention I didn’t have as much dedication and motivation as a probably should have. And to be honest my routine could have used a few pointers. 

Enough about the bad. Out with the old and in with the new. I have decided to scalp myself. Yes I am going to do it myself. I figured why not. If I am going to try and start this journey over I might as well start it myself.

“I used to cut my own hair on the regular, for almost a year(2014). I’m not a stranger to clippers,… Or taking an L by my own hands.”

Worse comes to worse it’s still pretty cold out so a beanie is the back up plan 😂

Now when I say scalped. I mean scalp. Completely going against the grain trying to undo as much progress as possible. So I guess this would be 360waves v3.0. I haven’t given up yet.

There was a few key factors on why I am starting over:

  • Change the angles I want my pattern
  • Different products and methods
  • Finding a good, knowable barber

I’ve figured out what works best for my hair to get a closed 360spin crown. So know that me and my waves have solved our differences we have decided to give it another chance with a fresh start.

Going back to the fundamentals on this one coach. As I progressed in this journey my dedication started to lack simply because I have good full textured hair; I didn’t have to do much, for the bare minimum. So I’ve agreed to go back to the basics. Keep it simple. Slow and steady.

Most importantly finding a GOOD barber. Not one that is going to knick my crown or give me a regular run of the mill haircut. My pattern is unique and an ordinary haircut slows progress. Sometimes when you want something done right you have to do it yourself. 

Enough of the chit chat see for yourself:

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R.I.P. 360 waves

It is with a heavy heart I write this

😭😭😭😭😭😭

I don’t know how this happened… 

Well yea I do actually. I was bored so I started fucking with my hair. Fail attempted to bleach my hair with baking soda and perioxide.🙄🤣

Yes I could have just went got hair bleach… But it was more fun to “Do-It-Myself” which didn’t work and failed miserably. It only successfully made my scalp to tender to comb , brush or scratch.

Anyways back to the MURDER at hand. I originally assumed no big deal my waves have bounce back from plenty. My wolf is just starting to really settle in. But I knew I fucked up when I realized I didn’t bring a hard brush…. And I couldn’t find a comb in the house. (Out of town of course)

Still I just knew my waves was going be ok. Even after the damage from this makeshift hair bleach on top of not having any real shampoo in the house (again not at home). I think if I had brushed, even with a soft brush, after that wild wash my waves would still be here.

Once my hair dried the damage was done the fate of the 360 seemed to be sealed… I found a comb about 2 hours later.. but it was no help.

I even rush bought this shitty medium hard brush…. It helped the rotting corpse of what used to be deep 360 waves.. but … I’m sorry everyone… They are gone now…

I will seek help from the elders.. but this may be the end of this journey

360waves, 12 weeks

Progress report. 

C’mon, you should know me by now.

Sooooooo , I have been slacking in the waves department due to work & traveling. Not to mention leaving important items such as durags, brushes & waves grease all over the United States while traveling 🙄

Anyways, every second is a second chance.

So it’s been almost 3 months since the big chop and the start of this amazing journey. Here I am 3 months and several hours of brushing later. 😎 I think I am doing pretty good.

Most recently trying to get back in track I’ve been using 3 different methods to try and continue making gains.

Connection Training.
I mixed 2 methods I picked up from fellow YouTubers. Click here: https://youtu.be/M36n07QXoRA to watch a video about my plastic bag/connection training.

COMPLETE brush sessions
Yes. COMPLETE brush sessions. Meaning 30 continuous minutes of brushing with different texture brushes. 10 minutes with a hard brush. 10 minutes with a medium brush. 10 minutes with a soft. At least twice a day, usually once after peel back in the morning and before the durag at night.

Combing my waves.
This method is somewhat still new to me and honestly I need to work on it to perfect it. But this method is helpful for weak sides, missed connections and stretching tight waves for corse hair wavers. This method is best during 4+ weeks into a wolf. The more growth the better. Combing against the grain then combing with the grain followed by a hard brush session. Seems simple, but I have did some damage the first few attempts. I personally do NOT recommend this method for novice or beginner wavers.

I still have a lot of gains to achieve and several hours of repair brushing sessions because I’m lazy and forgetful. But still spinning my guy.

Stay wavey , brushers.
-Iman

360 fail; BUT, bounce back 

So basically for the last 4 weeks I have have no gains and no training. My hair has basically been doing what ever it wants like it ain’t got no damn home training..😒

BUT..   NO MORE!

I have all of my necessary things  (now) needed to train and maintain my 360 waves. I have come too far to give up now.

So now I get to see how long it take for my hair to bounce back. I’m assuming 14 – 21 days because I want to believe it wasn’t that much damage and it can be undone relatively easily. 

Texture is obedient with the right amount of supervision… Kinda like me 😊

See my recap video of my first 30 days of my journey

So it’s time for some ultimate training. I’m talking hand cramps and carpel tunnel. Tender scalps & worn out brushes. 2x the training, 4x the brush sessions. Do I here a 14 day brushing montage???🤔

Brush with me , stay wavey.

Journey to 360s The first 14days

Day 1 August 8, 2017

Sooo,
Yea 🤷🏾‍♂️ sporadic impulsive Kris has done it yet again 🤦🏾‍♂️

Today was the big chop. I know I said I was going to wait until my birthday but no better time than the present.

Went to a lil barber shop in the duck off of Queensbridge projects. This was my second time at this particular shop and ironically I got the same barber that gave my manbun’s last lining. (R.I.P.)

Within hours of finalizing my decision I was in the barber shop picking my hair out for the last time, and before I knew it I was in the chair. Knee jerk reaction would be putting it lightly.

Just a month shy of my year mark of my last big chop….😭

Of course there is the instant regret as the barber scalps you, then there is the remorse when you stand up out the chair and finally the grieving the morning of the day after…..

 

Day 2 ✌🏾

Ahhh yes the morning after …. 🙄 Well there is no use crying over spilt milk. So after being overly dramatic and saying “I miss my hair😩” 4,389,601,725 times I seem to have gotten over it.

Now the fun part can begin; brushing. Hours and hours of tedious brushing. Cause if it’s one thing I gathered from all my intel on acquiring 360 waves the key element is BRUSHING.

So a morning routine to begin with sounds simple enough. Wake up, peel off durag, wet brush, brush session; easy enough.

Hmmm ..🤔 but what brush is best for me

I wouldn’t exactly say I’m “cheap” but I do despise purchasing a non returnable item and it ends up being wrong.

So what do we do? Test drive!

 

Day 3

This brush is too hard.

 

Day 4

This brush feels nice, but I think it’s too soft.

 

Day 5

Sigh 😔 maybe I should try a different approach. Let’s not forget it’s been almost a year since the top part of my head has got this much action. So let’s take a step back and start looking at other important hair care product necessities.

Wave grease, shampoo & condition, permanent barber… So for now let’s just leave this durag on and hope no one notices how oddly shaped my head is.

However let’s also take a moment to realize that this is a big step and a huge journey that I am about to embark on. Look past the “take your rag off” , “what’s your cut look like” , “oh you cut your manbun/ponytail” and really come to terms with the fact that this is my hair for the next 9-12 months.

 

Day 6

Had my first wash since my scalping. Felt good. However the following brush session did not. Note: Hard brush is not a recommendation during the first week.

Did a little more research on what type of marvelous hair goodies I will need for this journey. Window shopped the hair stores around the neighborhoods I most frequently visit.

Ive come up with my own little night routine. Which is actually a mixture of methods I’ve learned about and a little of what I feel is right for my hair.

I’ve decided to do a brush session followed by the “plastic bag” method then putting my rag on.
Haven’t use any products yet still letting my scalp enjoy the clean pores and fresh air.

Did approximately a total of 3 brush sessions over the course of today. As well as letting them breath for 2 hours a day. And beginning my night routine.

Starting to feel like a “Waver”.

 

Week 2

It’s officially been a week… and my mood on all this is slightly changing. I also think I’m finally over my hair 😭. Either that or I’m stoked because I’ve located my crown, or because I stuck to something an entire week.

So a lot of new things happened in the past week and I’ve learned a little. Most importantly a hard brush is not my friend. I still need to gather more information but I believe I am a “corse hair waver”. I’ve learned what some of my weak points are in my routine. And I brush my hair approximately 2hrs a day now.

Couple baby shadow waves here n there. You can see them when I brush if the lighting is good and you catch me at a certain angle. Mostly on my right side and my top prolly due to the fact that I’m right handed and that’s the areas I hit the hardest during my brush sessions. Common problem easy fix. Trying to really set my crown is more difficult then it seems. It’s like the more I brush to obtain the perfect eye the more confusion I cause 🤷🏾‍♂️. I suppose I’ll figure it out as time progresses.

It takes 14 days to build a habit; 1 week down, one to go.

 

 

Over half a year. *Hair update

Hey hey there.

By now I’m sure everyone is aware that I simply cannot keep a regularly scheduled blog, so yea; I’m done apologizing.

Any who , welcome and this is a quick (aren’t they all tho) update on my hair journey.

Finally officially hitting the halfway point of my first year after the big chop…. And I couldn’t be more irritated. No, seriously.

Still haven’t found a reliable individual to braid my hair, a barbershop or a line for natural hair care; so please understand my frustrations.

However, in good news it’s finally starting to warm up out here in NYC and my hair tends to grow fast in a warmer weather. At least I’m hoping that will end up being good news.

Still keeping the same amount of laziness as far as maintaining my crown.*shrug* I have slacked up on the washing, it’s maybe down to once a week. Trust me it’s killing me slowly especially since now that I sweat on a daily. But finding someone to twist it or do something to it more than once a week is an almost impossible task.

Currently my go – to style is the simple double strand kinky twist. Quick to achieve. Only down side to that is I’m still not all that great and tying up and maintaining it so it starts to look old after 3 days, eh.

I’ve somehow resisted the urge to pull the little shits apart at the first sight of frizz or when they little caterpillars start doing they own. Instead I’ve embraced it and now they all seem to stand up in appreciation , ha ha.

It seems like my hair is going through a little growth spurt of some sort or maybe because since I don’t wash it as often I’m seeing the progress with the annoying shrinkage. Either way I am please with the growth so far in my journey and even more so learning about my crown and all its kinks and curls.

Sorry I don’t have advice for anyone considering the big chop or for those already part of the natural movement. I’m still vaguely new to all this and it’s a learning experience to me. 

Oh and yes I have yet to attempt the familiar straight back cornrows with my undercut style , but I will make my first attempt hopefully within the next month or so ; wish me me luck.
“Let your crown grow free!”
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