While the 1930s are mostly remembered for their simplicity and absence of outright flair, there are a few customs and fashions from the times that gave us lasting goodness and style. The finger wave is certainly one of the very finest. It may no longer be the 1930s–and in fact, it’s no longer the 20th century–but you can still enjoy many of your 30s styled nostalgic favorites today. The finger wave, as is the case with most other things from that time–is actually much easier to create than it ever was for the 1930s woman. So stop complaining, and get out your bobby pins!
The finger wave has always produced envious looks whenever it happens to make the public scene. It’s flirty and chic, and it’s really never gone out of style completely, either. It’s a fabulous look for evenings especially, like when you want to own the night–go with some awesome finger waves to make it happen.
Start Out Clean: Wash, condition and towel dry your hair as you normally would, and if your hair is silky or not prone to hold a style, give it a little spray of dry shampoo before you begin.
Apply a Strong Hold Gel: Concentrating more in the areas where you’ll be creating your curling magic.
The Part: With a comb, give your hair a deep side part, and continue this division further than normal–all the way back to the crown.
The Wave: Working only on the side of the part with more hair, comb all the hair on that side forward, to your face. Place your index finger on top of the forward-combed hair and just beside the part, pressing down firmly. Now, carefully, without lifting your finger off the hair, comb the hair below it backward. Keep that first wave under your finger while doing this. Place your middle finger firmly down next to your index finger, to hold hair in place. Attach the Wave Clamp: Bring together your index finger with your middle finger, along with the hair each is securing, to lift the hair in between the two fingers. Clamp this section with a metal wave clamp so that it aligns parallel with your part.
Make More Waves: Always being careful to leave each clamped wave undisturbed, comb the hair just below the clamped section forward, and once again, secure with your index finger. Comb the next section below backward, then pinching fingers together again to lift the hair in between and clamp with a metal wave clamp. Continue this process till you run out of hair to curl.
The Other Side: Now, on the scant side of the part, do the same wave process, but on this side, stopping once you have reached the top of your ear.
The Fun Begins: Now for the waiting. You must allow your hair to dry fully or your curls will not work. Be patient.
Still Unstyled: Now’s the time to do something with the ends. You can put the ends into clamp-on sponge rollers, or if your hair is short, curl the ends under for a bob. Another option is to create a chignon once your hair is fully dry.
With Hair Fully Dry: Carefully remove the clamps. Do not brush, comb or run your fingers through your hair. Only spray it with hairspray, and that’s it!