Finger Wave & Pin Curl Hairstyles

Actress Evan Rachel Wood wears finger waves on the red carpet.

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If you're looking to go a little retro, try finger waves and pin curls. Sporting a look with one or both of these styles can take your look from average to super chic and totally old-Hollywood glam. The key is to learn a few stylish looks and you'll be on your way to rocking this impeccable old-school style in no time.

Pulling Off Pin Curls

To get pin curls, start by blow drying damp hair with a round brush. Then, wrap sections of hair around a 1-inch curling iron. After each section is curled, while it's still hot, roll it up into an "O" shape so that it sits on your scalp. Bobby pin it in place there. Repeat with every section of your hair. Mist with a bit of hairspray, wait for the whole thing to cool and then remove your bobby pins.

Finger Waves

Start by parting hair. Then, on the larger side of the part, take a 1-inch section of hair and press the flat iron down. Now, bend the iron at a 90-degree angle and hold it in place for a few seconds. Go a bit down that same piece of hair, press your iron down and bend at another 90-degree angle going the opposite direction. Keep going until you've made your way all the way down your hair. Pin your finger-waved piece in place with a bobby pin. Try wearing this style with an updo like a chignon, using the finger wave as the accent to your updo.

Make It Sultry

Whether you're wearing your finger waves with or without your pin curls, try creating a deep side part to up the glam and drama. If you don't finger wave, try clipping your hair in place on the larger side of the part to add a bit more femininity and charm to the overall look. Clip hair with a plain bobby pin, or add some sparkle by choosing an embellished clip.

Another Take

Pin curls can also be worn still pinned up to the head. Just part hair and take a few sections of hair along the hairline. Roll them into that "O" shape but make sure it sits flat against the scalp and pin it in place. Or apply a bunch of gel to hair and roll it to keep it set.

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