The finger waved hair style was made popular in the 1920’s as a fancy way to style the very modern and wildly popular bob hairstyle of the era.


Back in the 1920’s hair styling tools weren’t exactly what we know today, so back then they were created with wet hair, a load of hair gel, and fingers. You can still create them that way, if you have a great amount of skill, the better part of a day, and double jointed shoulders.


Today modern finger waves are worn for weddings and other special occasions, make a great addition to a Halloween costume (a 1920’s flapper or Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby), or to give yourself a little flair on a random Tuesday (which happens to be the case in these photos).

finger waved hair style

The great thing about modern finger waves is that you create them with a curling iron instead of your fingers. They will take some time, however, and a few practice runs before a big event will go a long way. You’ll also want to read through all of these instructions before getting started.

How to do a finger waved hair style?

1. Shower then towel dry hair

2. Run Frizz-Ease Curl Boosting Mousse through your hair.

3. Part hair into sections (I usually put them into 1 inch portions) and roll up sections with heatless hair rollers/hair roller pads

4. Ties hair with hairnet and go to sleep

5. Take rollers gently out the next day.

6. Your hair will be really curly and unruly because it has set. Get a boar bristle brush and very gently brush through hair. Your hair should set into large finger waves and your hair should be quite fluffy.

7. If you find yourself with too much fluff, just run some hair balm through your hair to tame it.