Long hair has been a sign of femininity throughout history, but the “roaring 20s” changed many women’s outlooks on hair styles. Short styles like the bob and the shingle were popular among the flappers of the 1920s. Finger waves and pin curls helped make these short hairstyles look more feminine, and you can achieve these styles on your own at home.

Things You'll Need


Finger Waves

Cleanse your hair with shampoo and conditioner as usual. Select a frizz-control shampoo and conditioner if you have coarse, frizzy hair to help maintain fly-a-ways. Dry your hair with a towel to remove the majority of the moisture, but make sure the hair is still slightly damp before you apply the waving lotion. Rub waving lotion between your palms and apply it to one side of your hair. Use an applicator and a wide-toothed comb to pull the lotion through the hair, making sure each strand is coated.

Place the index finger of your left hand near the base of the location where you want to start the first wave. Hold the comb with the teeth pointing slightly upward and insert it under your index finger. Pull the hair slightly forward, toward the tip of your finger, about one inch, then flatten the comb to the head to hold the first wave in place. Place your middle finger above the wave and your index finger at the bottom of the wave, pulling your fingers together and pressing them into your head to make the wave more prominent.

Turn the teeth of the comb downward without removing it from your head and comb the hair in a semi-circle to the right. This creates the dip between the waves. Create the second wave by placing your finger near the crown of the head behind the first wave you created. Pull the hair toward the base of your index finger, then flatten the comb to your head to hold the wave in place. Place your middle finger above the wave and your index finger below the wave and again pull them together and press them toward your head to increase the size of the wave.

Repeat steps two and three until you finish the first side of your head. Apply the waving lotion to the other side of your head and repeat steps two and three until the second side of your head is complete.

Pin Curls

Wash and dry your hair thoroughly. Make sure your hair is not damp at all, as this could cause the pin curl to fall out more easily. Comb or brush your hair to remove any tangles before creating the curls.

Part your hair using a comb. You will need a defined part to figure out which way each portion of hair should curl. Select a one-inch portion of hair and hold it out from your head. Spray the length of the hair with hairspray, then wrap the hair around your thumb to start the curl. Gently pinch the curl between your thumb and index finger and continue to curl it toward your head. Secure the curl to your head with a bobby pin and spray it again with hairspray.

Curl each section of hair away from the part, making sure the curls are rolled downward. Continue making curls and pinning them to your head until all your hair is formed into curls. Spray your entire head with hairspray to ensure it sets fully.

Allow the hairspray to dry before you remove the bobby pins. Take out the bobby pins and gently uncurl each curl. The curls should be fairly tight to your head, but look natural.