How to Style a '50s Finger Wave

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How to Style a '50s Finger Wave
You can style finger waves with a flat comb. (purple comb image by Warren Millar from

A finger wave is a hair style popular in the 1950s that is characterised by waving the hair framing the face. You can achieve this style using some hair gel and a regular, flat comb, and can create it yourself at home with a bit of practice. The style looks chic for events like a wedding or party, and styling the finger waves yourself will save costs over visiting a professional hair salon to get the same look.

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Things you need

  • Hair gel
  • Flat comb

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  1. 1

    Comb a quarter-size amount of hair gel through slightly damp hair. If your hair is longer than shoulder length, you may need to use more hair gel.

  2. 2

    Part the hair to one side using a comb, and brush hair out so it lays flat around your shoulders.

  3. 3

    Place one finger at the part in your hair and hold the comb flush against your finger. Drag the hair forward, pulling the hair with it to make the first arch of a wave.

  4. 4

    Place a second finger over the hair that has been pulled forward, then drag the comb back to pull the hair into the second half of the arched wave.

  5. 5

    Place a third finger next to the second finger and begin steps 3 and 4 again to create a second wave.

  6. 6

    Repeat the waving process until you have as many waves around your face as you want.

Tips and warnings

  • Spray hair with hairspray when finished for extra hold.

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