How to Do Women's 1920's Hairstyles

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How to Do Women's 1920's Hairstyles
Secure finger waves with a flapper headband or hair clips. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

The 1920s brought with them a revolution in women's hairstyles. Women during this era began cutting their hair into short "Castle bobs," following the trend started by dancer Irene Castle. This rebellious change in hairstyle, from long beautiful locks to blunt cuts, gave birth to one of the most famous 1920s hairstyles -- finger waves. Finger waves were commonly used on short hair. To accomplish this hairstyle, women pressed their fingers into damp hair to make soft wavy sections. Another common hairstyle was the sleek bob, which anyone who has a modern day bob-like haircut can create.

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Things you need

  • Gel
  • Comb
  • Blow dryer
  • Hair straightener
  • Protective heat spray
  • Shine serum

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    Finger Waves

  1. 1

    Thoroughly wet your hair and dry it to the point it is damp.

  2. 2

    Comb a liberal amount of gel into your hair and part the hair far over to one side.

  3. 3

    Place your finger beside the part on the side with the most hair, and drag the teeth of the comb sideways along your finger until the outline of the first wave forms.

  4. 4

    Lay the comb so it lies against your scalp, and place a second finger beside the finger already in place to hold the ridge down. Comb the hair in the opposite direction of the curve of the ridge. The placement of your finger will determine how far down the ridge will be.

  5. 5

    Continue the same steps to make another wave beneath the one you just made. Continue making ridges using this technique until you have the number of waves you want.

    Sleek Bob

  1. 1

    Wash and dry your hair thoroughly. Use a shampoo that does not contain harsh chemicals, detergents or a long list of alcohols or sulphates, which can decrease shine.

  2. 2

    Plug in your hair straightener and allow it to fully heat up. As it warms up, apply a protective spray to your hair to prevent it from being damaged from the heat.

  3. 3

    Straighten your hair, working on a small section at a time to ensure it is perfectly straight. Continue until every section is completely straight. Part the hair down the middle using the end of a comb.

  4. 4

    Apply a shine-enhancing serum to your palms, rub them together, and smooth the serum over your hair to reduce the appearance of fly-aways and to give your bob added shine.

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