Techniques of the 1920's & 1930's




1930 waved hairstyle

1920's Finger Wave Bob Haircut

The Art of Finger Waving

Finger waving was developed in the 1920's to add style and soften the hard appearance of the bobbed hairstyles that became very popular during the flapper period.

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 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 - 6 Lessons

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 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.


LESSON 1 - Finger Waving Defined, Preparation, Curling Fluids
LESSON 2 - Finger Waving Technique:
Detailed instructions with illustrations of each step
LESSON 3 - Horseshoe Waving
LESSON 4 - Swirl Wave No.1
LESSON 5 - Swirl Wave No.2
LESSON 6 - Swirl Wave No.3

Horse-Shoe Wave

IT IS OBVIOUS in finger waving that to get around a parting, either long or short, the waves would not match or blend into one another if one was started on each side and brought to the end of the parting. It is not correct to bring waves together in an inverted V-shape even around a long parting either. A circular effect must be obtained around the parting. To get this, one wave must be dropped close to the part to provide sufficient depth for the waves to match properly around the parting. When thus perfectly matched the waves resemble the shape of a horseshoe, hence the name, "Horse-Shoe" wave.

Swirl Waves

FINGER WAVING became universally popular with the introduction of the "Swirl Bob."

Hairdressers quickly realised that novel and flattering effects could be achieved on various types of heads by digressing from the usual circular waves formerly so popular in marcel waving and artistically—not to mention easily—swirl the hair from one side gracefully to the other. The"Swirl Bob" became popular overnight and many hair artists owe their reputations to mastering the technique of this service.

There are three fundamental kinds of Swirl finger waves—Swirl No. 1, Swirl No. 2, and Swirl No. 3. These have been designed for the three general types of heads. Swirl No. 1 is suitable for the head in which the crown of the head is high on the same side as the parting.

Swirl No. 2 is used when the height of the crown is on one side B (usually the heavy side of the parting) and the parting is on the opposite side.

Swirl No. 3 is the one in which the hair is extremely swirled all the way from one side over to the other. This is adaptable particularly to a head which is wide across and short from the crown to nape and neck. The parting can be on either the right or left side of the head.

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