I don't think they're waves, because they're spiraling. I'd say two spirals turning around each other. Most of my hair does that. Sometimes it looks great, but if they start tightening it looks really ropey and that doesn't look all that good on me.
3a/b, F, normal porosity

I've gotten my routine down to the bare essentials, finally
Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
Leave-in: Suave Everlasting Sunshine, detangle with Denman brush
Gel: LAL Sport or Wet Look
Scrunch with flour sack towel, plop 10 minutes, air dry
Refresh with either plain water or Suave/water mix