Hey wavers, I know I’ve quiet about my waves for a minute now. 🤔
I’ve been wolfing to the max. If you read and recall last time I chemically burned my scalp, intensely damaged my hair and almost completely annihilated my wave pattern. What made the recovery even more difficult I had to go to an unknown barber who scalped my crown and on top of that a misplaced brushes and rags.
Some how I stuck to my guns almost the entire wolf, up until the last 2 of the 8 weeks. My corse hair of course, loves to curl up and be pretty rebellious after reaching a certain length. We all know I have zero to no type of patience when it comes to my hair not cooperating. So I basically stopped brushing my hair for a week. Amazing how you don’t notice when you always have a rag on.
This extra long wolf session was not planned or really wanted , but being optimistic about it all. I’ve never wolfed for more than 4-5 weeks. Also really got some good comb sessions in before everything went to complete shits. So I’m extremely curious to see what’s underneath and what does my wave pattern look like now. Plus the best part is I get a fresh cut.
This time I will be going to a different baber (again) , fingers crossed I get a cut that I am pleased with. Especially since I’m going super low to a 1wtg no taper. Going low so I can really stick to the gains I got from this winter wolf. Even though I can’t see them, I know they’re there. Skipping the bald taper this time because I want to build my waves on the outer edges of my hair. During this wolf I found out that my edges get wavey too. So of course, let’s make this journey more complicated than it already is.
Be on the look out for my next Wavey YouTube video feature a spoiler alert for this coming spring!!!😎
Thanks for stopping by
It seems like so much longer than that…
Only because I’ve done so much since September. Several trips to NYC, a few trips to Philly, a road trip to Vermont & solemn return home. Conferences, marches, birthdays, funerals, vacations, just becauses. My travels over the last 3 months were strenuous, interesting, enjoyable and even heartbreaking.
I’ve had ups and downs. Ha ha’s and oh shit’s. But still the end of 2017 was better than the beginning of it and for that I am totally grateful.
My 360 wave journey has been a rough one but as it should be I hate dealing with my hair. I wanted to get a little more in shape and bulk up a little but… holidays 🤦. In good news in these few months I’ve got to try something amazing products and I can’t wait to see what type of Christmas goodies I get.
I didn’t think I would like this small village… Jury is still out, but I don’t hate it.
Here’s to new beginnings 💯💯
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
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.
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.
Yes, it’s that time of year again.
Most people only know of “No Shave November” as a month of growing a scruffy beard or not having to go to the barbershop for a month. Well I’m here to remind you of it’s true purpose.
First let me say to all those who lost a love one to cancer I am sorry for your lost. And to all those fighting the battle with cancer be strong, fight long and never give up.
No Shave November is to bring awareness to all those battling cancer. During the month of November you are suppose to refrain from your normal haircare routines(not limited by haircuts btw). Then at the end of the month donating the money you would have used for haircuts and hair products to a cancer institution of your choice. Also allowing to grow your hair wild, free & untamed for those going through chemotherapy and suffering from hair loss, since they cannot grow hair like they could before undergoing treatment. Lastly, going from a normally clean shaven individual to someone who desperately needs a barber is bound to draw questions. Allowing the supporting individual to spread awareness by explaining exactly what “No Shave November” is and stands for. It is more than just growing a beard or skipping the barber chair for 4 weeks.
Too often I see Tguys and OneGender guys boast about their beard gains but not acknowledging those fighting for their lives in a battle with cancer or paying respect to those who lost their battle. It upsets me that most of these men don’t know why “No Shave November” was started and fall into the band wagon and just “stop shaving for a month”.
Please stop making this a fad, do your research, and support the cause wholeheartedly.
And yes I am participating in No Shave November 😊 #FuckCancer
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.
And then I fucked it up…🙄
So for the weekend of the Philly Trans March as you may or may not know did not go as planned. Among other things that went wrong I totally wrong I completely missed my non-english speaking barber in the Bronx. So I assumed the worse I would have to get a rush cut from some unknown barber some where in Philly.
But here comes the bro to save the day! I was able to get one of the best hair cuts of my adult life. Shout outs to “Marley, da barber”. Ever had a cut so good and so relaxing that you start falling alseep and wake up looking and feeling like a brand new man. Cheeeezus Crice! Ooweee ✊ He hooked up the jacked lining that I got from my no Bueno barber.
But….. Then I fucked it up.
So of course the madness an chaos continued throughout the weekend and well into the week. “How could I possibly make this trip any worse?”… Oh I know I’ll leave not only my durag but my hard brush and “ol reliable”
All I had was a new soft brush I had bought since it was my second official haircut. The Titan # keep me fresh all but 4 days. And not being able to protect my waves at night made me not want to brush at all..
Which by day 7 I didn’t 😭
So what was a perfect opportunity for gains turned into the waste of a perfect cut. Again I am so disappointed in myself. But in my defense managing work, relationships, self care, money, & social image is an unfamiliar task.
I am now being proactive and will probably take the initiative to self manage my hair in between cuts. This most likely will include several different fails that I will regrettably upload to YouTube at a later date.
Iman’s Idea for this week:
Have extra brushes and back up durags or wave caps to avoid unexpected interruptions in training and maintenance.
Thanks for waving with me, stay wet.
Soooo, now that I have started my waves process why not blog about it.
Let’s make this short story relatively shorter; in case you haven’t heard the man bun is dead. R.I.P.
I scalped my entire head to a 1 no guard with a nice taper. And thus began my journey to 360 waves…
Do’s , Don’t’s & probably shouldn’t’s. With a mixture of trial & errors and some habits & methods learned from veteran wavers I am starting to find my wave. Ha ha. Get it? 360 wave humor.
Within the first couple weeks as a new waver I distinctively remember the 2 major components I needed for my journey to 360s. A decent brush and a routine. Without a brush it is pointless to have a routine. What good is it to brush if you don’t have a routine.
Will you see results in 2-3 weeks ? 🤷🏾♂️ I don’t know. But I did. I really put dedication into my brush sessions and kept a decent routine. Can’t give any shout outs to any particular product because for the most part I’ve been letting my roots catch some air.
After week one I had visible what I like to call “ghost waves”. Something you might see on someone who has just recently scalped their waves. Or a novice waver after some heavy grease and a deep brush session.
After week 2 I earned my ripples. At first just on my strong side , so I made it a point to work on my weak points and adjust my brush techniques. So now I am just shy of full blown 360 ripples missing the majority of the top of my head.
INTENSE BRUSHINGGGGG !!!
I enjoy this hair journey slightly more than the man bun (no shade, true tea) maybe because it’s just a whole lot of mindless brushing. Easy as pie. Minus the hand cramps once in a while.
Personally I believe the first 3 weeks are crucial to the entire process for a few reasons. It takes 14 days or 2 weeks to build a habit. If you can’t find a rhythm to build your brush habit this may not be a hobby for you. Also the first 3 weeks especially if you started from a fresh scalp or had no type of wave pattern at all; you get the time to learn your hair. Everyone’s hair is different you should know your hair like the back of your hand.
So my things to remember:
Have a decent brush. Stick to an easy to follow routine. Dedicated brushing. Get to know your hair and find your rhythm.