All the rage in the 1920s, finger wave hairstyles retain their popularity with African-American women today. A finger wave is a simple hairstyle that lays flat on the head while creating an "S" shape throughout the length of the hair resembling waves. Finger waves can be done on short or long lengths and last for a few days with proper care.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Hair gel
- Fine-toothed rat-rail comb
- Hair dryer
Wash and condition your hair so that it is clean and slightly damp when you start the finger waving process.
Apply a liberal amount of hair gel throughout the length of the hair.
Use a fine-toothed rattail comb to smooth out the hair and make a part.
Place your index finger vertically along the part in your hair.
Place the comb parallel to your finger. Do not lift the hair, only nudge it around to make a vertical wave pattern.
Place your finger firmly on the curve of the first wave and use the same vertical combing pattern to comb the hair toward the other direction and along your finger. Comb the entire length of your hair every time to prevent tangling.
Repeat the process and comb the hair toward the front of your head again to create a full "S" shape in your hair.
Repeat the process through the entire length of hair along the sides of your head. For longer hair, once you get to the base of your hair, form a final "S" shape down the length of the hair no longer on your head along your nape.
Comb the tips of the finger waves to make a smooth finish.
Blow dry the hair until it is completely dry.
Tips and warnings
- If the hair is drying out while doing the finger waves, reapply hair gel.
- After wearing this hairstyle, completely wash your hair to prevent any gel residue on your scalp, which can lead to dandruff or even hair loss.
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