Create some retro fingerwaves with barrel pin curls

Photo by Tami Lee of My Moving Finger Writes

Holy gorgeous swirly retro curls, Batman! Tami Lee of My Moving Finger Writes knows how to rock out some retro waves that I know some era-inspired brides will totally be up for trying.

Tami creates barrel pin curls first, then uses long metal clips to smooth the bang curls into waves. Roll the curls on the larger half of your hair part away from the hair part. Roll the curls on the smaller side towards it. Head over to Tami's blog for the rest of the tutorial and more photos of the look.

Photo by Tami Lee of My Moving Finger Writes

Who's up for trying out some of these waves or a similarly retro style?

  1. This is the way my grandmother taught me how to do finger waves. She was actually part of the 40s generation and had long hair, but holy hell did she look gorgeous!

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  2. We had to learn these in cosmetology in grade 10 on those scary doll heads but it's escaping my brain now how to do it – thanks for the refresher! Back in the 90's I wasn't exactly psyched about finger waves but now they are very much back in style :)

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  3. THIS IS SO HELPFUL!!!!! Esp. to a hairstyle challenged girl like myself.

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  4. Note that her hair is medium/fine bodied and blonde – my hair is super thick, shoulder length, and has a heavy silky texture which actually makes it hard to work with in these styles. BUT that can be overcome with the following techniques/products (and a good layered cut; this is almost impossible to do without at least some layers in your cut):

    So, for THICK ASS HAIR:

    1. Work with dirty hair. 2 day unwashed hair will do if you are normally a daily washer. I wash every 5-7 days (yes really, and your scalp does indeed produce less oil after a while) so for me, day 4 hair is perfect.

    2. Lottabody setting lotion (old school! found in ethnic hair stores or beauty supply stores; dilute before use!) or Motions foam hair wrap has also gotten good reviews

    3. Creating an exaggerated set – i.e. if you want a curl to wave back away from your forehead, create the standing pincurl so that it faces back towards your crown (set it with the setting spray). The bonds in the hair will then be "anchored" in that direction so even when you brush it out (gently) they will wave back the way you want, instead of flopping forward on your forehead as soon as you start brushing.

    4. Brush gently! Every bit of brushing/combing starts to undo the work done by the set. If your curls are poodle-ey, this is good, but if you have thick hair your curls will be looser to start with, and will quickly droop into beachy waves if you brush too much/too hard (also a cute look but not what we're going for here). If you can do most of the work with just your fingers and then a light brush to smooth, that is the ideal.

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    • ^Great advice. I have thick-ass shoulder length hair and have always wanted styles like this but they are hard to get to hold.

      Also I wash my hair only once a week or so as well and people think I'm crazy! I'm like "Does it ever look dirty? no? Well there you go!"

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  5. Her website is gone, so sadly so is the tutorial. Only 1 blog post remains.

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