25 Finger Wave Styles We Dare You to Try

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We’re ringing in the roaring 20’s, again, and what better way to do that than with a style that’s been around and poppin’ for more than a century: Finger Waves.

Whether they’re done with braids like Amandla Stenberg.

A ponytail like RiRi, or short and sassy like the Queen herself, Mrs. Beyoncé, finger waves have always been a go-to for black women.

Every generation has brought a creative twist to this easy, but classic style. Which decade would you rock?

The 1920s

Short, bold, and decadent. The glamour of the 1920’s was summed up by actresses such as Bette Davis and Anita Page. The “It” girls of the day, Davis and Page are credited with setting the finger wave trend, but it was entertainers like Josephine Baker, Florence Mills, and Esther Jone (The ORIGINAL Betty Boop 🙄, yes girl google it) who made it unforgettable. These starlets styled their jet black hair, with swoops, curls, and dramatic swirls that would turn heads.

They often adorned their waves with headbands, feathers, and diamonds, giving us #HairGoals and #BlackGirlMagic.

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The 1990s

Fast forward 70 years and finger waves were still going strong. The age of Hip-Hop and R&B brought a new twist on the glamorous style. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot flipped it making finger waves bold and edgy with deep waves, all while pairing it with her signature track suits and gold hoops. Other stars of the time like Jada Pinkett-Smith, Halle Berry, and Nia Long rocked the look in their own way, paying homage to the fab women that came before them.

Tip: This look is perfect for those growing out short hairstyles. To get the super deep waves you’ll want to try dry finger waves.

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The 2000s and Today

As we entered the new century, finger waves were still a go-to for fashionistas and trendsetters. Now the internet has paved the way for people to share their take on an iconic style and the possibilities are endless (as well as the color combinations).

Starlets like Yara Shahidi rocked finger wore with a ponytail, making it the perfect way to get the look without a big chop.

Here’s a tutorial on medium-length natural hair:

Want an up-do? We’ve got that too:

Regardless of how you rock finger waves, the style is deeply rooted in our history; often imitated, but never duplicated.

So which style are you going to rock? Make sure you tag us in any recreations.

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