1920s hair inspiration: Finger waves from the catwalks

Arianna | 26 September 2016

Finger waves are back and they’re here to stay.

Let’s face it: there’s nothing we don’t love about 1920s hair. There were bold bobs, dazzling accessories and glamorous finger waves. And it was these iconic waves that really set the Roaring Twenties apart from other retro decades. But this stunning hairstyle isn’t just reserved for that bygone era, don’t you know?

Finger waves have been popping up on our style radar for quite some time and we’re pleased to report that they are now fully back in fashion – and it’s about time, too. The autumn/winter 2016 runways were awash with numerous designers styling their models in this typical 1920s hair look, proving that this vintage ‘do is back and bang on trend. So, see our favourite inspiration from the AW16 catwalks in the gallery above and learn all about each look below.

1920s hair: Finger waves from the runway


finger waves 1920s hair Stella McCartney
1920s hair: Finger waves at Stella McCarney AW16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Stella McCartney‘s fashion week shows are renowned as much for their stunning clothing designs, as they are for the amazing makeup and hair choices – and of course, AW16 was no exception. Models were sent down the runway sporting finger waves swept neatly to one side and styled back into low ponytails. The combination of retro and contemporary styles worked wonders to bring these waves into the 21st century.

1920s hair finger waves catwalk
1920s hair: Finger waves at Marc Jacobs AW16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Working perfectly pretty waves wasn’t the only way this look was worn on the AW16 runways; over at the Marc Jacobs AW16 show, this 1920s hair look took on a slightly more bold stance. The models’ hair were parted neatly down the middle, before being styled into tight, wet-look finger waves that looked alluringly edgy. And while the high-impact waves may have taken centre stage, the rest of the models’ hair – worn down and textured – gave a touch of free movement to the otherwise ridged feel of the style.

1920s hair finger waves Marni hair
1920s hair: Finger waves at Marni AW16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

For Marni’s AW16 show, the models debuted loose, voluminous finger waves. The traditional 1920s kinks were reformed to ooze modern vibes, with the large, soft waves swept up into slightly undone updos (it must have taken a lot of hairspray to hold it all in place – that’s all we can say!). The look came complete with ornate drop earrings and a deep maroon lip for an undeniably cool-girl finish.

If you’re looking to create a similar look at home, you can do so with the help of the Toni&Guy Glamour Deep Waver and some trusty TIGI Bed Head Hardhead Hairspray (£12.50*). Retro runway waves, here we come!

1920s hair finger waves Salvatore Ferragamo
1920s hair: Finger waves at Salvatore Ferragamo AW16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Similar to British designer Stella McCartney’s take on classic finger waves, the models at Salvatore Ferragamo also debuted a set of vintage waves that morphed into long ponytails at the back. However, the key difference between these two high fashion looks was the fact that at Ferragamo’s AW16 show, the finger waves were also worked in conjunction with the wet look (another seriously hot trend in the world of hair right now!).

1920s hair Opening Ceremony AW16 finger waves
1920s hair: Finger waves at Opening Ceremony AW16. Credit: indigitalimages.com

It seems the wet look has been a firm favourite when it comes to working these retro waves on the modern day catwalk. And the Opening Ceremony AW16 show was certainly no exception. The show saw the front section of the models’ hair styled into very striking finger wave fringes. The shape of the waves were exaggerated for dramatic effect, while the models’ makeup were kept minimal with just a sprinkled application of glitter to one eye.

If these runway looks have you lusting for the style yourself, then you can easily learn how to create your very own finger wave hairstyle with our flapper hair tutorial. 1920s hair not your cup of tea? Check out our Vintage Hairstyles page – there’s an era for you, not matter what your style!

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