Slick Fin­ger Waves: Chick or Eek?

Hol­ly­wood stars try their hand at the vintage ’do, but not ev­ery­one can keep up with the curve

In Touch (USA) - - Beauty Bandwagon -

Bye-bye, beachy waves! Stars are bring­ing back the struc­tured, el­e­gant style of the roar­ing ’20s. “Fin­ger waves show off a fem­i­nine neck and shoul­ders with a slightly mas­cu­line twist,” says celebrity hair­styl­ist Re­nato Cam­pora, who fash­ioned Jes­sica Chas­tain’s sul­try swirls. This mod­ern ver­sion of the marcel wave is shiny, slick and sexy. Bonus? No hot tools re­quired! Sim­ply comb a strong-hold gel (we like L’oréal Paris Lock It Ex­treme Style Gel, $5, CVS) through wet hair and mold waves by pinch­ing hair up be­tween your fin­gers where you want the wave to ap­pear. This style is easy to achieve with any hair length, but us­ing too much gel with short hair will make waves fall flat, and build­ing too bold a curl with long hair can look car­toony. Take cues from these celebri­ties on the right way to ride the wave.


Dascha Polanco’s top piece rises too high: It’s more tsunami than wave! Press­ing the swoop against the head and pin­ning to the side would have been more in keep­ing with this look’s un­der­stated retro vibe.


Looks like ac­tress Mia Wasikowska was a lit­tle too gel happy! She weighed down her waves and left her short crop look­ing waxy. Cam­pora tips: A pixie only needs a dime-sized dab of po­made (we like Amer­i­can Crew Defin­ing Paste, $9, Tar­get) to look ter­rific.

Zen­daya’s waves echo the curve of her brows, adding a coy touch to her slick ’do. Cam­pora’s tip: Mold waves to ta­per in to­ward the ear, then set with a clip (we like Goody Styling Essen­tials Styling Dou­ble Curl Clips, $8, Wal­mart) to hold the style. Re­move just be­fore gel dries to avoid any dents. Cam­pora left out a 4-inch sec­tion of Jes­sica Chas­tain’s hair in front and pulled the rest into a bun. Next, he worked a dime-sized amount of gel into her hair and molded waves, curv­ing up at the roots for lift, then pinned the ends to the bun in back.


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