Tuesday, October 11, 2011

How To Tuesday: Finger Waves

Halloween is just around the corner. I feel like in recent years Halloween has turned from a children's night to gorge themselves on candy, to a night to spend way too much money on your costume and go out with your friends. But, that could be because in recent years I went from gorging myself on candy to dressing up and going out with my friends. Yes, I went trick-or-treating when I was a senior in high school. No judging. 

But regardless of whether you're trick-or-treating or trick-or-drinking, Halloween is a night to have some fun. And to have the best costume in the room.

One of my favorites costumes is a flapper. It's easy. It's pretty. And it's timeless. To help you save a bit on your flapper costume this year, I wanted to show you how to make finger waves. They were all the rage in the 20s, so they will fit right in with your prohibition look.

First I need to let you know a couple of things.

  • Finger waves are a two person job. Seriously, just take my advice. You'll get better waves if someone else is doing them.
  • You need a very strong hold gel. Something like Aveda's Flax Seed Aloe. 
  • Finger waves work best for short, head-hugging haircuts. But that doesn't mean you can't do it if you have long hair. Just use a curling iron for the bottom. 

Flax Seed Aloe, $16.00

Okay, now that you know that. Here's the step-by-step.

  1. Start with wet hair.
  2. Apply the gel.

Now, you're going to want to apply a lot of gel. I mean a lot. See how shiny Aimee's hair is up there? Yeah. Make it rain gel, y'all.

     3. Comb hair. 

Pretty simple. You're just going to comb the gel through the hair, coating the hair completely.

     4. Start the waves

This is where your second person will come in. This is also where it gets a bit complicated. Basically, after you have combed the hair down, it creates a base for the waves. Start at the part, put your finger on the hair, as shown above. Then, take your comb and pull the hair in the opposite direction. 

You'll continue in the same fashion down the side of the head, pulling the comb in opposite directions with each wave. 

That's it! It's fairly easy once you get the hang of it. But don't get discouraged if you don't get it on the first, second, or even third try. It takes some practice, but you'll definitely wow the people around you in the end!

Every Tuesday is How To Tuesday? What tutorials do you want to see us do? Another Halloween costume? Let us know in the comments below!

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