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Create 1920s Inspired Finger Waves – How-To

At this week’s amFAR gala, model Leigh Lezark stood out from the crowd with a glamourous retro hairstyle. Her Marcel waves are a chic nod to the 1920s, a trend that’s really taken off this Summer thanks to the Great Gatsby. This flawless retro style may look complex, but you can achieve it at home with the right products and a few secret styling tips.

Here, Guy Cammarano, Regis UK Creative Director, explains exactly how to create this show-stopping style in just a few easy steps:

“Back in the 1920s when women wanted to do something a bit different with their hair, they  had to spend hours styling wet hair with gel and waiting for it to ‘set’ in order to create sophisticated finger waves. Now, we have great products and many styling tools to work with, which makes this sexy style incredibly easy to recreate.

“To start, apply a quality mousse like Regis Designline Voluminising Foam to damp hair and blow dry. This will help hold the style in place. Next, section-off the front of your hair from the crown (about two inches) and create a side parting. Pull the rest of your hair at the back into a ponytail to keep it out of the way.

“Using a curling wand, which will create a tight curl with strong roots and softer ends, curl the front section – you can do both sides of the parting or just one. Then, use butterfly wave clamps to secure each bend of the curve onto the head – they should make alternating ‘C’ shapes. Tie the loose ends of the curls into the ponytail with the majority of the length of the hair at the back.

“When the curl is in clipped in place, spray on plenty of hair spray, like Regis Designline Freeze Spritz Finishing Spray, which will provide a strong hold as well as giving a sexy shimmer to the hair. Leave the hair to set in this position for around 10 to 15 minutes before removing the butterfly clips to reveal the finished result.

“Finally, complete the look with gorgeous hair accessories like a flapper girl headband or cute decorative clip.”

The perfect way to add occasion to a short hairstyle, finger waves are also ideal for bobs and can even be adapted for longer styles too – be brave and experiment!

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