A finger wave is a method to define the hair in waves (curls) that was popular in the 1920 and 1930 and again at the end of 1990 years in North America and Europe. Silver screen Actresses like Bette Davis and Anita Page are credited with the original popularity of finger waves. On his return in the 1990, the style was popularized by pop stars like Madonna, and hip-hop stars of the time, such as Missy Elliott. The popularity of finger waves in the decade of 1990 was aided by a movement towards shorter and more natural hair in the African American community.
The process involved pinching the hair between the fingers and combing it in alternate directions to make a shape wave “S “. A lotion has been applied waving the hair to help you keep your shape. The lotion was traditionally made with Karaya gum, but the most modern styles often use liquid style gel or hair spray. Over the years, the use of clips (and tape later) also became popular to hold the heavy waves moist until the gel dried up. According To “Techniques of 1920 and 1930 ”
The curls of the fingers are similar to the curvature of Marcel in appearance and are easily mistaken. Unlike finger waves, Marcel’s wave is made with a hot curling iron, and is more permanent than finger curls. Another hairstyle often confused with finger waves is the curly hair Croquignole method used to create a permanent wave. In This method the hair is curly using heated curlers and then molded into the waves.
The popularity of the hairstyle led to the invention of an improved comb by Paul Sigui for hairdressers to create more efficiently the waves