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WWill You Ever Try The Finger Waves Hairstyle?

The finger wave hairstyle started around the 1920s and became more and more popular throughout the next few decades. Celebrities today wear this style when they want to sport something elegant.

In this day and age, I love that black girls are being more and more creative with their natural hair types.

I’ve come to love and appreciate the plethora of hairstyles, from Twist Outs to Poetic Justice Braids to Flexi Rod Sets.

With short afro kinky hair, it can often feel like there are limited styling options — especially if you’re short on time.

Even those who have chosen to do the big chop, would complain that the short hair does not allow for the versatility they once enjoyed with their longer mane.

Introducing -Finger Waves! Can this look be executed on natural kinky hair?

Oh yes, every black girl can achieve this look no matter how coarse your hair is.

But don’t just take my word for it, for all the non-believers out there

I’ve attached a  video below of Cydara creating Finger Waves on her Type 4 hair;

No celebrity glam squad to assist and perform magic, just a girl next door (like you and I), the necessary products and her 2-inch kinky pixie cut.

Which Hair Length Can Achieve Finger Waves

This hairstyle is great for natural hair that is between 2-4 inches. Hair that is any longer might be a bit difficult to form into finger waves, but you can always give it a go. For this hairstyle, it is also best done on shrunken hair – this aids in the waving process since our Afrocentric hair natural coils and turns.

The style is also great for relaxed ladies and would probably require a bit less gel, seeing that relaxed hair is typically straight than kinky or curly like natural hair.


Due to the large amount of gel that is needed to recreate this hairstyle, it would probably be a good idea to have well moisturized, hydrated hair before attempting to do Finger Waves. This will help keep your hair from drying out under all of the gel that will be used.

Products  Needed To Achieve Finger Waves

Hair Spritz

H2O will suffice but if you would like to add more goodies to your hair spritz such as coconut oil, Apple cider vinegar or rice water for extra hair benefits, then that’ll work too.


Ampro Protein Clear Ice Gel, or any really thick hair gel of your liking.

Wide Tooth Comb

To detangle hair.

Fine Tooth Comb

To create Finger Waves

Hair clips-

To hold the curls in place



  1. Dampen all of your hair.
  2. Comb all of your hair straight back.
  3. Part your hair either in the middle or to the side.
  4. Put a hand-full of gel in your hair.
  5. Take two fingers and place them right next to your part.
  6. Comb the hair next to your fingers forward in a C-shape.
  7. Now place two fingers next to the hair you just shaped and comb the next section of hair forward in a C-shape.
  8. Repeat this process all over your head. Make sure that your curls line up into a pattern.
  9. It is best to start with the front section and work your way back.
  10. Once done, wrap the ends of your hair around two fingers to form a coil, and clip it to your scalp.
  11. Leave the coil in until dry. When you remove the hair clips, you will have loose, beautiful curls.

By: Joan K. Vincent-Otiono