Vintage Finger Wave Tutorial – Learn how to style classic 1920’s flapper style vintage waves!


I’m going to show you to create some quick
finger waves on the practice head. If you’ve struggled to create finger waves on a person
just take a step back and go back to your practice head again I think you’ll find that
once you’ve been able to master technique on a practice head you’ll find it really easy
to the work on a person I’ve done a little bun here in the back and I just used two ponytails
at the back of the hair and wrapped the ponytails around each other
I’ve left one section out here at the front and I’m going to put a tiny bit of mousse
onto the hair and then I’m going to do the vintage tong technique I’m separating this
pannel here so make sure when you create this panel that it’s no deeper than your finger
or else you’ll find the waves really difficult to create I’m going to separate it into three
and each one I’m going to curl the hair make sure you catch all the hair and turn the tong
towards you and wrap the hair around turn the tong towards you, lifting the clamp on
the tong turning the tong lifting the clamp try to
keep the tong the same distance from the head you can see this technique on our vintage
tong technique tutorial I’ll just do this quickly for you as its more the finger waves I want
to show you here You will find the hair on practice heads is really easy to manipulate
and to mold and to back-comb so they’re great to practice to build your confidence So once
you’ve created your curls, let the cool down a little bit and brush through that curl I’m
going to show you these finger waves from two different camera angles and then you can
work out which camera angle you find most helpful. I’m going to use my waving comb you
just need a nice straight edged comb. Get your little section clips ready, I’m going
to pop them down on my t-shirt. If you imagine the wave is an S shape if you break that S
shape down into two, you have two C shapes going in the opposite direction. We’re going
to start off with our first C up at the top here and its important that you start off
at the open end of the C. Our first C shape here, you can always create a C but if you
do one side of the C and come back again without putting your finger in you see all the hair
moves. So you need to go back, put your finger on there before you come back and create the
rest of the C shape. Bring all the hair forward and you have to press your finger down quite
hard on the hair there or else it or else it will move. Once you have got your hair
forward you need to keep this hair flat, don’t be tempted to pull the hair forward, you need
to keep the hair flat on the head and gently nudge the hair forward with the comb so the
hair is already going in that direction and you’re giving it a little nudge, a little
push in the back, a little nudge forward so it goes a little bit further forwards, a nudge
in the same direction then you move your fingers down and that’s our first wave. Then our second
wave is going to come back this way. You might find it easier at this stage to secure that
one wave in place instead of moving your fingers down, so we’ll do one wave at a time. So there’s
my first wave and I’ve put a clip in there just to help keep the hair in that shape.
Keeping my finger here I then bring this hair backwards into this direction. What you’re
not going to do is push the hair forward. You’re going to take the comb flat on the
hair and push it in that direction. Then move my fingers down over the comb and then I got
my second finger wave here. In order to make sure you get the crest what you don’t want
to do is be pulling the hair down the further down you bring the hair the less of a crest
you’ll get You’ll still get your wave but you don’t get a crest You need to sorta nudge
up upwards a bit I’ll move my fingers down, get another clip on there. Then I have got
another one here and its just waiting for me here – its already there. You’ll find finger
waves on the head are much easier so its a really good way to practice this technique.
Then just at the end here I’ll use my up and over technique to secure that in place. Now
I’ll show you the finger waves from a different angle take the hair and brush it back into
this direction we’ll do one wave at a time to start off with later on you can start to
create more waves and you’ll be able to start moving you’re fingers down a bit like that
before you start to clip. But just start off doing just one wave at a time. notice how
I am pushing the hair back here not pushing all the hair back, keeping the hair flat and
quite wide putting the comb on top and the comb needs to be parallel to your finger so
don’t have the comb at an angle because it won’t work, you need to keep the comb parallel
to your finger at all times. Nudge the hair back so you’re almost pushing it in that direction,
you see how it is a little bit reluctant to move, give it a little nudge, swap your fingers
over and take the comb out. If you’re confident and feel you can create the next wave without
putting the clip in just by moving your fingers down you can do that, but if not you can just
put your clip in here so then your fingers are free again for the next one. So its already
going in that direction just take the comb flat on the hair and nudge the hair forward
and then move the fingers down. Make sure you keep all the hair nice and tidy get another
clip in there and then bring this one back. I think we can do one more there I’m going
to use a fine pin I’m using a blonde one here so you can see what I’m doing I’m just taking
the end of the hair.Straighten up the pin it doesn’t work if the pin is bent. Go in,
take some of that secure hair, go up and over and back in and then do one more down at the
end there, make sure that’s hidden. Use a really strong hairspray just to finish style
and then just let that set, maybe for ten minutes.What you can do once you’re finished,
carefully take the hairpins out and what we need to do then is to make sure that the waves
stay flat to the head.So you use one of your fine hairpins and do a little bit of a running
stitch pick up some hair from underneath and a little bit of hair from the wave and go
down again, up and down and do that little running stitch along the hair. That will help
keep the hair flat against the head and it will stop them lifting up. Let’s do one more
here pick up some of the hair underneath with your fine pin, pick up a little bit of the
wave so nothing shows too much and it just holds the wave nice and flat.Just go in, press
your finger down pick a bit of the hair underneath the wave and then a little running stitch
action picking up a little bit from the wave and that will just hold it nice and flat.
I can just see a little bit of that hairpin there so I might just do that one again because
I don’t want it to be visible at all. So just take your time, make sure you’re happy with
the result it should be invisible when everything is finished but should just be holding it
just push that down a little bit. that’s better and that will stay nicely in place

13 Replies to “Vintage Finger Wave Tutorial – Learn how to style classic 1920’s flapper style vintage waves!”

  1. Brilliant. I should've known that the hairstyle I've coveted my whole life would be straight-up fluff–nuts complicated like this, but thanks so much.

  2. Is there ANY way to do finger waves WITHOUT using a curling iron or similar? The only thing I'll use heat wise is a blow dryer. Everything else feels too risky. I've seen too many burns and burned off hair on my peers.

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