When we see modern versions of vintage techniques, like finger waves and pin curls, they’re usually prim and polished, worn in sleek updos or coifs, which makes sense if you’re using old school methods: meticulous patience and lots of gel. The looks shown here take a different approach: waves are whipped up with a curling wand, or sculpted onto nearly-dry strands with product, and then tousled and teased to create a freer, less formal look that retains a sense of retro glamour. Learn to create the fast and flexible look in the style notes. –– Laura Martin

Step: Start with clean, dry hair. Part as desired for the end result and then divide into four quadrants for control.

Step: Start in the thinner of the front quadrants. Divide out a 1” Section and spray throughly with holding spray. Brush through.

Step: Take a 1/2” curling iron and clamp into the top of the section, as close to the root as possible, with the movable handle toward the head. Open and close iron a few times, sliding forward toward the face, then wrap up, 1 1/2 turns, and release.

Step: Flip iron over so that the barrel is closer to the head, just below the wave you ceased, slide iron into hair and roll the opposite direction, 1 1/2 times.

Step: move down the section, alternating directions, to create deep waves. When one quad is complete, place duckbill clips in waves to strengthen and spray.

Step: Repeat over the entire head. Remove clips, brush through, and tousle as desired with finger and refinish.


Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA

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