finger wave


: a method of setting hair by dampening with water or wave solution and forming waves or curls with the fingers and a comb

Examples of finger wave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Producers liked the bleached blonde finger waves that Gabrielle, 27, donned during the audition. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 Inspired by her aunt’s advice, Skinner opted for a dark smokey eye and 1920s finger waves in her hair. Florence O'Connor, Vogue, 3 Jan. 2024 Producers then scheduled a day for Gabrielle — who learned how to do finger waves by watching YouTube tutorials — to teach the stylist. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 17 Dec. 2023 Karrueche, for one, had baby doll finger waves with 90s-thin brows. India Espy-Jones, Essence, 14 Sep. 2023 On the more accessible end, there were finger waves, a take on a hairstyle that first became popular in the 1920s. Jihan Forbes, Allure, 1 Aug. 2023 Try finger waves, tapered afros, and mohawk pixies. Annie Blay, Allure, 23 Mar. 2023 But in Halle's case, her asymmetrical bob, with a tumble of finger waves skimming her left cheekbone, manages to tick all boxes. Bianca London, Glamour, 13 Mar. 2023 Guillen paired his ensemble with another old-timey touch: finger waves in his hair. Ashley Fetters Maloy, Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of finger wave was in 1925

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“Finger wave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2024.

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