Slick Finger Waves: Chick or Eek?
Hollywood stars try their hand at the vintage ’do, but not everyone can keep up with the curve
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.
A HIGH SWOOP LOOKS OVERDONE
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.
TOO MUCH GEL FALLS FLAT
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.
TAPERING ADDS EDGE PULLING UP VOLUMIZES