Finger Waves and Pin Curls for the Modern Woman

by Rachel Weeks

Finger Waves and Pin Curls for the Modern Woman

Even the best retro looks could use an upgrade every once in a while, which is why we created this easy-to-follow tutorial. These finger waves and pin curls are perfect for the woman who wants a classic style without looking out-of-date.



Big, bouncy waves are always in style, but all great looks could stand an upgrade. This step-by-step tutorial takes finger waves and pin curls into the 21st century, so you can subtly sport a throwback without looking like you’re in costume. To get started, arm yourself with a comb, a curler, a medium-hold hairspray, and a bunch of double-prong clips.



finger waves steps 1-2


1. Create a deep side part.


2. Section off the front part of your hair from right behind your ear, and pull it forward.


finger waves steps 3-4


3. Start curling 1-inch sections at one side of your face. Make sure they are curling in the same direction, toward your face. As you go, set each curl with a double-prong clip. Voila, pin curls!


4. Continue curling and setting in the same direction, moving from one side of your face to the top of your head to the other side. Keep going until you have curled the whole front part you sectioned off earlier.



finger waves steps 5-6


5. Now, curl the rest of your hair in the same direction as before. Once you’ve finished, one side of your hair should curl toward your face and the other should curl away from it. Spray your entire head with a medium-hold hairspray.


6. Let your curls cool for 20 minutes, and then undo the pin curls. Gently brush through curls with a boar-bristle brush for soft, bouncy ’50s waves.



Photography by Karla Conrad. Hairstyling by Kathleen at Penelopie Beauty Bar.