Last night I had the bright idea of doing an overnight set of fingerwaves. How does one do that you ask?

By not really sleeping.

I pinned my hair up before bed and slept like Lily Munster, waking up about a dozen times and telling myself "don't move your head, you'll mess up your hair..." No pain no gain!

I think it turned out pretty nice, considering there's no product in it, but a little too mild for all that effort (if thats what you call not moving your head). I need a hood dryer so I can do some crazy cool finger waves! Any recommendations?


40sDiva said...

The hood dryer is definitely the way to go! Mine cost about $10 at Sally's Beauty Supply. I use one all the time when I am doing finger waves.... and the really nice thing about it? You don't have to use much product AND you can sleep on it after it's dry and it will still look amazing in the morning. I use the actual finger wave clips and clamps from the 1920s/30s, which really help to achieve that look brilliantly. You can find them at many vintage sites.... I actually purchased a lot of mine on Etsy and eBay.

Vivian V. Dimples said...

Have you ever tried finger waves by pin curling? It takes much longer to do but the effect is amazing (and would be more comfortable to sleep in). For a lot of musicals we do them in hot rollers but it can be a bit fussy.

Miss Lottie Lou said...

Aw bless you that is dedication! Love the no pain no gain haha!
Lottie x

Carys said...

That looks so nice!! I wish I had your determination, I try to sleep in rollers sometimes, and end up taking them out within an hour. Love the blog!
From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

Anonymous said...

Love it, sooooo nice!


Dizzy Dame said...

I feel your pain.. I had a tough time sleeping in my rollers lastnight.. finger waves are tough to do..but when I ask ladies like my grandma how they did them they always reply.. oh its easy and I had natural wave anyway..

Naomi Vida said...

i'm in beauty school and we do them with gel and a comb. the gel helps it stick while you manipulate the hair with the comb. the first ridge you pull towards the face and continue around the head. the second ridge would be the opposite way and so on.

then you can sit under the dryer and comb them out

rachel red lips said...

you look gorgeous!

melina bee said...

Is your hair fine in texture? Mine is and as a result I have a really hard time with these kinds of hairstyles. I've found the best is to use a setting gel or creme, made specifically for the purpose of helping your hair hold curls. Then you use hot rollers (I found a vintage Clairol set) and lots of hairspray. Obviously you will want to stay out of sight for the hour or two while your hair is up in the curlers, but personally I think that is much better than losing sleep and probably waking up with a cranky neck. Also unlike sitting under a dryer, you could at least be doing chores or something while your hair is setting.
melina bee

Solanah said...

Vivian, I've done it sometimes with pincurls, but sometimes I have trouble brushing the wave in right,.

Screen Siren, thanks for the tip! I didn't know that about the direction ;)

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments!

Solanah said...

Melina bee, my hair is pretty thick and holds curl well, so I usually just add a bit of pomade at the end of a set, this time required hairspray though ;)

Miss Tami Lee said...

The easiest way to achieve fingerwaves all around your head, in my option, are barrel curls rolled towards the hair part.

Brittany_Va-VoomVintage said...

I did a finger wave tutorial a while back and used a comb, some mousse and some clips. There are a lot of methods for finger waves out there and it was just the one that seemed to work the best for my hair. I only waved the front section, the rest is curled. If you're interested, here's the link:
Hope it helps!

Scout said...

RumbleSeatCat on Etsy is selling a repro of a real cool-looking circa-1930 book called "The Art of Finger Waving:"


Felicia_Ceballos said...
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Felicia_Ceballos said...

I know what you mean, I hate putting anything in my hair and then attempting to sleep soundly.

I have a hooded dryer now, but before that, I would use a blow dryer.

After you put the pins or clips in, wrap your head in a scarf like Rosie the riveter but be sure to tie it loosely.

Then you can either blow dry it from the outside or put the blow dryer in one of the holes near the top on low.

That should speed things up a bit.