Cheat Finger Waves Hairstyle: Christmas Hairdo Tutorial

by Loepsie
10 Materials
1 Hour

For this year’s Christmas hairstyle, I wanted to challenge myself by doing a finger waves hairstyle.

Finger waves, and just 1920s hairstyles in general, are the bane of my existence and I struggle with it so much, but I wanted to challenge myself today.

If you want to know how to do this pretty, sleek Christmas party hairstyle for the holidays, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • Hair ties
  • Hairspray
  • Curling iron 
  • Heat protectant
  • Bobby pins
  • Hair clips
Parting the hair

1. Part your hair 

The part we’re doing is going to be pretty low because that gives the most vintage vibes.

Start by separating at the arch of your eyebrow. Do the same on the other side.

Clipping hair

2. Pin away the middle section

Gather all of the hair in the middle and clip it away into a bun for now. 

Creating low ponytail

3. Put your hair into a low ponytail

Brush the rest of the hair back into a low ponytail and begin tying it off.

At the last loop, pull the hair through a bit but not all of the way, so it creates the beginning of a chignon.

This is the time to adjust how big you want to make your bun

Pinning ends

4. Pin the ends in place

Wrap the rest of the hair around the hair elastic and pin it with a few bobby pins.

Spraying the hair

5. Spray the hair with a heat protectant

The rest of the hair is going to be heat-styled, so spray it with a heat protector. Brush it through to distribute the product evenly. Let it dry.


6. Section

We’re going to work in a couple of sections, so clip back two-thirds of the hair and work with the lowest section first. 

Using curling iron

7. Place the curling iron on your hair and push the hair down

To create the illusion of a finger waves hairstyle, without actually finger-waving the hair, take a curling iron with a clip and alternate the direction in which it’s placed on the hair.

This will recreate the S-waves made on wet hair. Start one curl with the clip pointing up and push down the hair quite firmly. 

Holding hair in place

8. Let go 

Remove the curling iron and hold the hair in place for a few seconds to let the curl cool.

Repeating process

9. Flip the curling iron and repeat step 7-8

Flip the curling iron around so the clip is underneath the hair and place just below the wave you just made.

This time, pull the hair up, hold for a few seconds, and then release.

Holding hair in place

Hold the hair in place for a few seconds to give the hair the opportunity to set.

Repeating process

10. Continue to repeat steps 7-8

Continue to repeat steps 7-8 until the hair is long enough to reach into the chignon in the back.

While you’re doing this, make sure not to pull on the part of the hair that’s already curled or you’re going to lose it.

Pinning hair

11. Pin the section away

Pin the tail end to the chignon temporarily while you work on the rest of the hair.

Curling hair

12. Curl the remaining sections

As you move on to the next section, you want to match the curl underneath so you should use the curling iron in the opposite way of the curl beneath.

Since you started with the clip-on top, this time you want the clip to be on the bottom.

It’s up to you how deep you want to make the curls. A smaller curling iron will give you a more authentic, twenties effect.

Aligning the curls

13. Align the curls

Take down the pinned sections and make sure they all align with each other, so you get a uniform curl pattern.

Forming the finger wave

14. Form the finger wave

To create the waves, place your finger in the indentation of a single curl and place the comb next to it. 

Forming finger waves

Then, push the comb back.

Clipping waves

15. Clip the wave in place

Slide a duckbill clip right where your finger is in the indentation.

Repeating process

16. Repeat

Repeat this process with the next wave, but this time push the hair forward and then back to shape the wave.

Continue until you’ve reached your ear.

Pinning hair

17. Pin the remaining hair back

Wrap the remaining hair around your bun and pin it with a bobby pin.

Spraying hair

18. Spray with hairspray

Spray the curled section with a lot of hairspray and let it dry.

Removing the pins

19. Remove the pins 

Remove the pins and use a bobby pin to tame any pieces still sticking up.

Finger wave hairstyle

Finger wave hairstyle

Here’s the finished finger wave hairstyle!

A sleek hairstyle like this that you can put a bit of effort into is nice for the holidays. Let me know what you guys think about this Christmas hairstyle down below.

And, for more Christmas hair content, check out my post on 3 Cute and Super Easy Holiday Hairstyles.

Suggested materials:
  • Hair ties
  • Hairspray
  • Curling iron
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