How to Get 1920s Waves in Long Hair

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How to Get 1920s Waves in Long Hair
Straight, long hair can easily be made into 1920s waves. (long hair lady image by Kathy Burns from

With the popularity of television shows set in the 1920s such as "Boardwalk Empire," the styles of the 20s have come back into style. Flappers in particular, with their boyish dresses and heavily styled hair, have become the definition of that time. Hair was generally cut shorter, allowing it to be more easily styled. Since long hair is common in our modern times, achieving flapper hairstyles is more challenging but not impossible. With dexterity, time and patience, you can create 1920s-style waves in long hair.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Brush
  • Hair roller set
  • Hair clips
  • Hairspray

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  1. 1

    Wet your hair and dry it lightly with a towel. It should be quite damp.

  2. 2

    Side part your hair and brush it into place.

  3. 3

    Place 1-inch sections of hair in rollers and let them set. Allow your hair to dry completely.

  4. 4

    Remove the rollers and finger comb your hair to create even waves over your head.

  5. 5

    Take 1-inch sections, beginning from the front of your hair, and fold the ends up and attach them to the side of your head, to create a large loop. Pin them 2 inches from the end of the chunks of hair.

  6. 6

    Take the 2-inch piece and tuck it down, so that it does not show, and pin it.

  7. 7

    Repeat the last two steps with the rest of your hair, using each loop to cover the end of the previous loop.

  8. 8

    Encircle your entire head with the loops. The final product should be the same length of the bob.

  9. 9

    Spray hairspray all over your head and press down any fly-away ends.

Tips and warnings

  • The curls can be left down to create a longer waves.

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