30's finger wave?

I didn't really know where to post this, but this seemed as good a place as any, since the people on this forum are probably more used to working with hair close to mine.

I'm doing an opera scene for school at the beginning of august, and our director wants it set right before WWII, so all of the girls have to have the 3-D Hollywood finger waves... think Claudette Colbert or Jean Harlow...

I've tried following the directions on several websites I've found, but they all seem to only work on people who have, at most, a slight wave to their hair, and the only advice given to help get the wave "under control" was to style your hair in finger waves, and only finger waves, for months on end...

1) I don't have the time to do this before the show, and
2) I have no wish to do this, as it disrupts the pattern of my curls already, why would I make that permanent?

Does anyone have any advice? Is there a way to "trick" my hair into looking like finger waves? Or am I just out of luck?
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Yikes! Can you go to Party City and get a wig instead? Or maybe straighten your hair and follow the directions then? OR maybe straighten, use hot rollers, and then style? I don't know. I don't think I could get my hair to do that without straightening first and that is so bad for your hair!

Maybe you could wear a pretty 30's scarf or hat?
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I didn't really know where to post this, but this seemed as good a place as any, since the people on this forum are probably more used to working with hair close to mine.

I'm doing an opera scene for school at the beginning of august, and our director wants it set right before WWII, so all of the girls have to have the 3-D Hollywood finger waves... think Claudette Colbert or Jean Harlow...

I've tried following the directions on several websites I've found, but they all seem to only work on people who have, at most, a slight wave to their hair, and the only advice given to help get the wave "under control" was to style your hair in finger waves, and only finger waves, for months on end...

1) I don't have the time to do this before the show, and
2) I have no wish to do this, as it disrupts the pattern of my curls already, why would I make that permanent?

Does anyone have any advice? Is there a way to "trick" my hair into looking like finger waves? Or am I just out of luck?
Originally Posted by lovelyladycurls
I would go and ask a Black hair salon. Most older stylists know how to do finger waves. You tube has a few finger wave videos.
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...q=finger+waves+

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGvRG9xK0Qs
i was going to suggest going to a salon too. maybe you could try doing pin curls and once theyve set brush/comb/manipulate them to look like finger waves.

i know a few years back when big glamorous finger waves made a resurgence i wanted them so bad. i begged my sister to do them on me but it wouldnt work. my hair is just too curly. i wanted to cry and my dream of finger waves was ruined.
I would go and ask a Black hair salon. Most older stylists know how to do finger waves. You tube has a few finger wave videos.
http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...q=finger+waves+

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGvRG9xK0Qs
Originally Posted by osocristie
Thanks! I'm definitely checking out the videos on youtube, and I made an appointment with my stylist to see if she can help me out.

The problem, unfortunately, is that this is in Canada... so I have no idea where there will be any salons, and I certainly wouldn't trust anyone that I'd never met before with my hair... even if it's just a style. lol I'm a little paranoid that way.

I'll just see how it looks when I've tried it after Jill (my stylist) shows me how she does it, and I'll definitely have to keep trying, and trying, and trying... lol
Chin-length 3b curls
Trying to grow out all the damage I've done to my poor curls... the ultimate goal is waist-length, healthy, natural curly hair. :-)

W
hat if I'm a weeping willow
Laughing tears upon my pillow
What if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone
What if I'm a toothless leopard
What if I'm a sheepless shepherd
What if I'm an angel without wings to take me home

Starting a 30's wave from a pincurl is your best bet. I get really good results with this method.

I have a document somewhere that shows you how to do the pincurls for it if you want to PM me with your email address.
Actually, finger waves are the same thing as pin curls, except instead of making sure all your curls are clockwise or anti-clockwise, you do one row clockwise and then the next anti-. I do pin curls sometimes, but I do know that I don't really have the stamina to do my entire head, and I have to pay my sister ten bucks to help me out. If you have the same problem and/or no one to help you, a salon is best, even though it will cost you quite a bit. The key is to leave them in AT LEAST overnight, and roll them with gel. I usually leave mine in pins or rollers for two days before daring to take them down. And, since you'll be onstage, no one will care if they're crunchy!
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It kind of worked!!! here's a really crappy picture... but it works for now, I guess.

I used a combination of wave clamps, wave clips, pin curls, and a small curling iron... in addition to LOTS of gel and hairspray.
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Chin-length 3b curls
Trying to grow out all the damage I've done to my poor curls... the ultimate goal is waist-length, healthy, natural curly hair. :-)

W
hat if I'm a weeping willow
Laughing tears upon my pillow
What if I'm a socialite who wants to be alone
What if I'm a toothless leopard
What if I'm a sheepless shepherd
What if I'm an angel without wings to take me home

If you can find a firmer holding gel/spray that is friendly/ier then perhaps you can get away with it w/o compromising your hair.

(of course I am new at this CG thing)

Resources:
Vividfinity: Fingerwaving
Quick Fingerwaving Technique

Maybe you can try looking up "marcel wave" as well?

Good luck!

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