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How to Do a Finger Wave Hairstyle

Simple Instructions on How to Do the Popular Finger Wave Hairstyle

The finger wave hairstyle is one of the most popular curling methods from the 1920s. Read the HairGlamourista article for an easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanation on how the hairstyle is done.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
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― Jill Scott
Finger wave hairstyle is a wavy hairstyle, which requires you to curl your damp hair in sections. This hairstyle became tremendously popular in the 1920s fashion and was appreciated till the end of 1930s. Regardless of the length of your hair, this amazing retro hairstyle can done by yourself; that too at home.
Instructions to Achieve the Hairstyle
First and foremost, it is essential to gather all the necessary tools before you begin with the hairstyle. Given below are the three important items you need to possess in your arsenal to nail the hairstyle.
Step #1:
Tools to Create Wave Hairstyle
The flawless results can be achieved on both straight and wavy hair. If you have curly hair, straighten them with a flat iron before you begin. Try to avoid usage of any lotions for thin hair, as it will only make the waves very flat.
Step #2:
Take a wide-toothed comb to part your hair from the side (whichever you prefer). Make sure you are close to the scalp while making the partition. Comb your hair gently till it is smooth. Your hair should be damp and not dripping wet.
Step #3:
Add the lotion you purchased from the store (specific for this hairstyle). Take only a quarter-size amount on your palm and rub between both hands. Use the lotion to apply on one side of the hair you just parted. Make sure the lotion is completely coated in the hair. Use the comb to spread the lotion throughout your hair.
Step #4:
Now shape your hair by using the comb. You will have to create the volume needed for the hairstyle from the front partition of the hair. Make sure your hair is smooth as you comb it. The bumps will be 1 inch apart throughout the hair, starting from the front. So, you leave an inch of space from the hairline. Take the first bump in the comb and press it down towards your scalp.
Step #5:
Hold the bump in its place for some time, and then pinch it with your middle finger and pointer finger. Try to keep the bump closer to the scalp, so that the height won't be too much. The bumps throughout your hair should look like soft waves in the ocean.
Step #6:
Now point the teeth of the comb down towards the scalp (don't remove the comb from the hair as you do this). Gently comb your hair against the scalp, and then dip the comb backwards in a semicircular movement. Keep both the fingers in place as you do this. Now you will have that shallow dip for the hairstyle. Take the comb and fingers out of your hair, respectively. This is your first wave.
Step #7:
Brown Hair Finger Wave Hairstyle
Follow the directions to create the rest of the finger waves. If you can't do the ones on the back, ask a friend for some help.
Blonde Hair Finger Wave Hairstyle
The waving lotion will help keep the waves in place. But if you have a long day or night ahead of you, and want to make sure that your hairstyle doesn't falter, then apply some hairspray to seal it.