One of the most iconic styles of the 1920's, a method that was created to style hair, named so after the process which involves pinching the hair between the fingers and combing the hair in alternating directions to make a wave shape. This iconic style was developed to add style to, and soften the hard appearance of, the bobbed hairstyles which were well adorned during the period.
Certainly a perfect technique to try out on short bob styles but one which also works well on mid to shoulder length hair styles, the finger wave technique does take a lot of time and patience to master but the hard work is certainly worth it for the eye catching end result.
So how you create this classic style? You can certainly find plenty of tutorials online to guide you through the process like this handy video tutorial by the hair pin which will walk you through the process.
If you prefer to use more modern tools to re-create this look you really can't go wrong with trying out this tutorial at a practical wedding which shows you how to set the look using a curling iron.
For a more traditional approach why not start with my handy guide. You'll need a few basic essentials to get started:
A rat-tail comb
Hair mousse or gel (to your preference)
Spray bottle of water
This style is best created with wet hair prior to shampooing, so a quick towel dry should suffice so your hair is still wet but not soaking through. Part your hair ready for styling and start to section it off into three parts, both front sides & the back.
Starting with the smallest front section comb down by about an inch, keep the comb in place but start to pull this part forward whilst keeping hold of the ends, this action will start to create your first wave so it should move the section with the comb in forward ahead of your roots and the ends.
Keep hold of this part at the inch placing where you have combed in forward, holding it all down from the root to the section to keep it in place, remove the comb and comb the ends out straight. Just below your fingers where your are still holding the section in place, comb your hair an inch back which will create the finished wave shape, then simply place a clip in place to hold the shape.
Simply repeat this process to create as many waves as you like, if you feel your hair has dried out in places during the process simply use the spray bottle of water to re-dampen your hair. Leave the clips in place for 2-3 hours, as with pin curls you can cover your hair up with a scarf whilst the style sets.
Give a quick spray over with hair spray prior to removing the clips, take the clips out and style, some loose hairs may need a quick set over with mousse or gel to re-style, then re-spray with hair spray to set.
A wonderful look once perfected, practice will certainly help as you'll start to develop your own method after time.
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