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Finger waves are clearly never going out of style, just look at Zendaya and Saweetie…

Are we the only ones crazy obsessing over Saweetie’s new Instagram profile picture, showing-off the glossiest, most slickest finger waves? It’s with good reason, of course, as they look dreamy and are the perfect styling alternative for all lengths of hair but especially short hair. If you’re unfamiliar or need refreshing on the art form that is finger waves, then keep reading. They are a hair style that involve moulding the hair into S-shaped waves close to the scalp, creating a retro chic wet-look style reminiscent of the 1920s. 

If you’re familiar with this wavy style, you may be wondering how much hair you need for finger waves. Luckily, it can be achieved whether you have long or short hair. In fact, the shorter the hair, the better says Florence Johnson, co-owner of SIMPLYGorgeous. Most importantly, having your hair straight first makes the process of creating finger waves a lot easier.

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“The style is best for hair that is straight as the structure of the waves sit better on straighter hair,” she explains. “Also in terms of achieving and maintaining the style, we’d suggest those with shorter hair.” 

The trend it self has always been popular among Black women, originating in the 1920s as a go-to style for many before having an epic re-emergence in the ‘90s thanks to hip hop and urban culture icons like Missy Eliot and Nia Long rocking the look in movies, music videos and on red carpets and the heat hasn’t stopped since. Some of our fav young Hollywood and Pop starlets have been spotted rocking it on and off and it’s giving us a whole load of hair-envy.

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