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Finger Waves: Inspired by the Roaring Twenties

For their summer collections, designers feature wide Marlene Dietrich-inspired trousers, straight fringed dresses, and eye-catching make-up with bright red lips. International stars walk the red carpet in the newest Charleston look. Meanwhile, female bloggers embrace the unisex garcon (boy) style. Finger waves fit this style. We show you how to style the classy twenties look.

At the beginning of 2012, director Michel Hazanavicius cleaned up most of the Oscar awards with the nostalgic silent movie "The Artist". At the same time, he single-handedly revived the 1920s look and started a trend – which is still going strong today. A new movie version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel "The Great Gatsby" also came to the big screen in 2013, directed by Baz Luhrmann and featuring well-known movie stars like Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan.


It is time to join the fun and see what the new version of the roaring twenties has to offer in terms of fashion and hairstyles. The most recognizable style element embraced by the flappers was the finger wave hairstyle. Why not go back in time and borrow some of the glamour of the roaring twenties for our fashion and hairstyles?

How to Finger Wave Hair

Heidi Klum wears her finger waves well

Finger waves are still styled in the same way as in the roaring twenties.


1. First shampoo your hair. Hair needs to be wet to shape finger waves.

2. Work a generous amount of styling mousse through your wet hair. Best use a tail comb to work the styling mousse through your hair to achieve better hold of the finger waves.

3. Create an accurate deep side parting. Next to the parting, separate a wide section of hair (about 2" wide) above your forehead. You will use this section of hair to form the finger waves.

4. Use the tail comb to pull the separated hair strands forward towards your face and start shaping the finger waves next to the parting, working your way towards the end of the strand. First push the hair upward towards the parting to shape the first of the finger wave rows.

5. Secure the base of each newly formed wave using one of the special finger wave clips.

6. Alternate between pushing your hair upwards or downwards to create the finger wave rows. Secure each row using a finger wave clip before shaping the next wave in the opposite direction.

7. The first time around, your finger waves may not be quite as perfect as you want them to be. Don’t worry, you get to practice as often as you like as long as the hair is wet.

8. Once you are happy with your finger wave hairstyle, allow your hair to air-dry before you remove the finger wave clips.

9. A generous amount of hairspray provides the required hold.

Finger Wave Hairstyles for Work and Play

At the London Fashion Week, Mark Fast’s models showed a modern version of finger waves

The alternative to classic finger waves also originated in the twenties. In this alternative version, the finger waves are soft and not quite as defined. Still, this second version is more elegant than curls. In the twenties, hair stylists formed the waves using a hot iron. The modern version of this hot iron is the flat iron:


Separate out a section of hair about 2" wide. Starting on top of your head, roll the hair inward one turn over the rod of the flat iron. Then pull the flat iron slightly downward. Now roll the hair over the hot flat iron in the other direction and pull the flat iron downwards a bit. Alternately roll your hair over the flat iron inward and outward until you reach the end of the strand.

Finger Wave Styles: Suitable Outfits and Make-up

Whether you hair is blonde or brunette, the style of the roaring twenties suits everybody. Dependent on the occasion, you may choose more or less expressive make-up. For a dramatic appearance in the style of the Hollywood divas of times long past, you need false eyelashes and bright red lipstick.


Wide, knee-length dresses, pearls, cloche (fitted bell-shaped) hats, Alice bands, strap court shoes, art deco patterns, sequins and feathers are the best suited outfits and accessories for the finger wave hairstyle.