Techniques of the 1920's & 1930's - 18 Lessons
How to do Finger Waves
Finger waves were developed in the 1920's to add style to, and soften the hard appearance of, the bobbed hairstyles that became very popular during the flapper period.
Many Hollywood movie stars wore the latest finger waves which contributed to the popularity and evolution of this style.
FINGER WAVING is the shaping or moulding of the hair while wet into "s"-shaped curved undulations with the fingers and comb. These waves when dried without being disturbed will fall into beautiful deep waves. Finger waving differs from marcel waving in that there are no heated irons used on the hair. Not only naturally curly or permanently waved hair can be finger waved, but it is equally successful on straight hair.
Create Beautiful Finger Waves
Learn how to create the finger waves that added style and variation to the short, intermediate, and long bobs of the 1920's and 1930's - the beautiful bobs of the modern era.
It is difficult to find good information on finger waves. These finger waving waving lessons were created by an experienced hair stylist of the 1920's, so there is no better or more accurate information available than is contained in the lessons.
The first 6 lessons are designed to teach you the basics of finger waving, while the remaining 12 lessons teach you how to recreate popular 1920's finger waves including those used by Hollywood Movie Stars including Clara Bow, Billie Dove, and Ruth Taylor.
The illustrations and instructions in "Finger Waving Techniques" have been selected to help you master the intricacies of finger waves. You will learn the skills necessary to recreate stylish 1920's and 1930's finger waves from a top hair stylist of the late 1920's and early 1930's.
Varsity Bob Introduction
THE VARSITY BOB is one of the modes much sought, after by younger girls. Although the sides are long, the waving shortens them and the hair is well shaped at the back, furnishing an excellent neckline.
To give the best effect to the finished bob the hair should be, when combed out perfectly straight, almost shoulder length at the sides. If it is very much shorter than this, it is not practical to try to attractively dress it with the large sleek waves so important in this particular hair style.
Lorelei Bob Introduction
THE style of the LORELEI bob as it was originated by Ruth Taylor, Lorelei Lee, the star in "Gentlemen Prefer Blonds," called for a center part with large, loose finger waves, but the majority of women look better with a side part; so that variation of the bob is illustrated here.
Requests for this bob are so frequent now that every hairdresser should learn how to finger wave it properly. The method is much different than the one followed in giving an ordinary finger wave, and the real charm and beauty of the style depends on the way it is shaped into waves.
Clara Bow Bob Introduction
An ATTRACTIVE mode adopted by the popular motion picture star, Clara Bow, is the sophisticated hairdress described and illustrated in this lesson.
Her hair is worn off her forehead, the waves are beautifully curved all around the head, and the ends are turned up in negligent ringlets, giving an appearance of elegance and finish. Short strands of hair around the cheeks and forehead are shaped into flat curls to give a more flattering line and complete a most charming hairdress. Thus the "Clara Bow" bob harmonises perfectly with piquant features, and, although it is essentially feminine and youthful in effect, it is appropriate for the most formal social occasion. It is also an ideal mode for the growing bob in all stages, as is the Billie Dove bob.
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