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Fingerwave Tutorial 
30th-Jun-2007 07:50 am
Here is the fingerwaves tutorial from the old community. lillielil originally posted it, but she's in bed right now, sleeping off a night of overindulgence. I'm the one doing the work, she's the face, mostly because I am not photogenic and don't have her long, silky hair. I promise, though- it's super easy to do on yourself in no time once you practice a few times.

Here goes, and good luck everyone!

1. Start with wet hair. We used Lotta Body setting lotion, and a handy squirt bottle.

2. Part hair and comb it out. Spray setting lotion on the side you're going to wave first.

3. Starting at the part, comb down about an inch and a half, then flip the comb so the teeth point back up at the part. Push it up a bit.

4. While still pointing it up, draw the comb forward.

5. Slide the wave off the comb, and use a wave clip to hold it in place.

6. For the second wave, start by again combing down, then flipping the comb up and pushing it up a bit.

7. This time, draw it back.

8. And hold it with a wave clip.

9. Continue waving the first side until you're out of room, then do the other side.

If your hair is short, you're pretty much done now. You can also do the back, but it will probably be wonky if you don;t get a buddy to do it for you. If you've got medium length hair, you can finger wave as far down as you can on your hair, curl the very bottoms, and then comb it out a little for that Roxy Hart look from the beginning of Chicago. You can vary the number and size of your pincurls according to what look you want. Because my hair is pretty long and holds a curl very well, we did a few large pincurls.

10. Start by combing hair straight. Hold a finger or two across the base of the hair that's about to be curled.

11. Without twisting, wrap the hair around your fingers until you get to the tip.

12. Slide the curl off your fingers and flatten it.

13. Hold it with a bobbypin or two.

14. Pincurl the rest.

15. This is a great look!

16. Hold everything in place with a bandana, and get your beauty rest...

17. Now my hair's completely dry. The waves might look a little crispy.If your hair's thin, just run your hand over them. If your hair's a bit thicker, brush them gently to soften them up.

18. skeleton_pirate pinned the back up for me.

30th-Jun-2007 05:43 pm (UTC)
Your timing is exquisitely perfect.
I'm staying in with a housemate and have been wanting to practice this.
Her hair is perfect for this.

Couple questions.
1. She has bangs. What do I do with them?
2. When you say "clip it" what exactly is "it"? It looks like you are clipping a "pinch of hair" about a centimeter of the top of the wave. Is that right?
3. Think it would turn out okay if blow-dryed? We won't want to wait til morning to see how it turns out.
30th-Jun-2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
1. Assuming the bangs are long enough, you may be able to incorporate the bangs into the waves.
2. Yup- there'll be a bump of hair sticking out. Just put that bump into the clip.
3. I've blow-dried it before and it turned out fine. Just be sure that the hair is completely dry before you take the clips out, and that you don't blow too much heat for too long- the metal clamps will heat up adn burn your scalp.
30th-Jun-2007 06:31 pm (UTC)
Duh. This is skeleton_pirate using geobabe's login. Whoops.
30th-Jun-2007 07:56 pm (UTC)
If I might add in for a minute,

My hair, being so short, is almost like long bangs in the front. I added them into the waves, then on the other side of one wave, where they ended and the tips wanted to bush out, I placed a barrette, then continued with my next wave. I think a decorative slide might work there, as well
30th-Jun-2007 08:43 pm (UTC)
Wow! Great tutorial XD I'm going to have to try this!
6th-Jul-2007 12:31 pm (UTC)
Hot, added to my memories!

8th-Jul-2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this!
15th-Jul-2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
Is It Possible To Do This With Bobby Pins ??
16th-Jul-2007 01:07 am (UTC)
I haven't had great luck with bobby pins- you won't get the three dimensional wave that you do with clips. Also, they don't stay in really well. If you don't have any clips, you can always to two domensional waves where you push the hair forwards and backwards, but don't puff it up, and hold the wave in place with your fingers. Difficult to explain, but there are a few old-timey directions that people have scanned and uploaded to the community. The major difficulty that I have had with this method is that my fingers stick to my hair because of the setting lotion, so it's difficult to take your finger off the wave without messing it up.
12th-Sep-2007 12:12 am (UTC)
This is a sweet tutorial. One question:

I have bangs. What should I do? Should I fingerwave the bangs, comb them out, etc.?
30th-Sep-2008 02:24 am (UTC)
Can you make due with mousse or hair gel instead of setting lotion?
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