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See It, Do It: Glammy Finger Waves

All the 1930s style without, you know, the Great Depression

by Maddie Eisenhart, Digital Director & Style Editor

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The real deal is time consuming and takes a fair amount of skill and effort. But that doesn’t mean you can’t fake it ’til you make it.

Lazy girl finger waves tutorial + low bun + hair clip (maybe this one? Or how about this?) = 1930s Screen Siren

(Do it.)

From Grace & Paul’s Brazilian Room Wedding, Photo by Maddie Eisenhart (APW Sponsor), Hair by Fox & Doll Hair and Makeup

Maddie Eisenhart

Maddie is APW’s Digital Director and Style Editor. She’s been writing stories about boys, crushes, and relationships since she was old enough to form shapes into words, but received her formal training (and a BS) from NYU in Entertainment and Mass Media in 2008. She now spends a significant amount of time thinking about trends on the internet and the future of Miley Cyrus’ career. A Maine native, Maddie currently lives on a pony farm in the Bay Area with her husband and their lazy mastiff, Juno. Current hair color: Pink.

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Grace’s Hair & Makeup: Shana Astrachan of Fox & Doll Hair and Makeup

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  • MisterEHolmes

    Etsy has a range of hair accessories in a broader price range, too. Helps to look there for cute/vintage/unusual/cheap stuff.

  • Fox & Doll

    Love this picture! I would love to see peoples attempts at this style but honestly this complete look isn’t so easy to do on yourself. But using those clips to set the hair and adding a fancy accessory is a great way to ‘fake’ it. Grace has a lot of hair and the whole setting and styling process for this style was almost two hours. One of my favorite styles I did all of last year!

    • Maddie Eisenhart

      Good point, and I just added a note to the post echoing it. Ours is definitely the cheaters way!

      • Karen

        Um. What is yours? I don’t get it.

        • Meg Keene

          The post has a link to our tutorial, which is right here:

        • Laura

          I have to admit, I first I scrolled up and down a few times, but then I got it. there’s a link to the original post. This post is about a girl who used the APW tutorial for the look. SO pretty!

        • Fox & Doll

          Karen- To clarify, this brides look was done by a experienced pro (me, wink wink). But that doesn’t mean “don’t try this at home”, why not? There is a link below the image to the tutorial on how to ‘fake it’. It can be done!

          • Laura

            Yes, I think a few practice sessions with a trusted friend/family member who will be present on your wedding date would be totally doable.

  • June

    “All the 1930’s style without, you know, the Great Depression” might be my favorite subheading of all time.

    (Also, love this tutorial!)

  • Class of 1980

    My grandmother had this style in the thirties and it was adorable on her. No clue how she did it.

  • Lindsey d.

    Love this hair… I’m planning glammy, Veronica Lake hair for our wedding in 5 1/2 weeks!

  • jacksmith123

    A gorgeous bridal hairdo. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. That crystal hair pin has added the required amount to shimmer and shine to the complete look.