How to make finger waves

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How to make finger waves
Finger waves were popular during the 1920s and 1930s. (Haabet: Commons.wikimedia.org)

Women who are tired of tight, spiral curls should look no further than finger waves. The name refers to a loose style of hair curls that was popular during the 1920s and 1930s. Be it for a costume party or if you are craving change, this hairstyle need not require a trip to the salon. Women who wish to channel old Hollywood glamour can create finger waves at home with the help of several basic hairstyling tools and products.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Hair gel
  • Comb

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wash your hair as you normally would. Wait 10 to 15 minutes, until the hair is wet but no longer dripping. Part your hair to the side.

  2. 2

    Apply a generous coat of gel and comb it throughout your hair.

  3. 3

    Place your middle finger across your hair, next to the part. Your fingertip should be touching the top of your forehead.

  4. 4

    Press the comb against the side of your finger. Drag the comb's teeth through a 1-inch section of hair sideways along your finger. You should see a wave beginning to form.

  5. 5

    Place the comb flat against your scalp without lifting the comb from the hair.

  6. 6

    Place your index finger next to your middle finger. Close the two fingers together and apply pressure to the head in order to form a ridge.

  7. 7

    Drag the comb through your hair again but in the opposite direction than before. At this point the ridge should be visible and a wave should be running through your hair.

  8. 8

    Create another wave, ideally 1 or 1 1/2 inches away from the first wave. Continue to do so until the waves are running across your head.

  9. 9

    Gently comb through the waves once they have dried. Mist your hair with a holding spray to set the style.

Tips and warnings

  • Women with long hair are likely to have some hair left over after creating a finger wave style. Either pin up the leftover hair or add curl to it with the help of a curling iron or rollers.

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