Secrets of Successful Finger Waves
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The question has often been asked as to what kind of hair can be finger-waved successfully. Some hairdressers believe that all kinds of hair may be so treated—straight, naturally curly, and permanently waved; in fact, any kind of hair except very coarse, thick hair. It has been the author’s experience, however, that fairly straight hair […]
A very important point which is often ignored, is the ends; the side-pieces in particular, which are usually left in a clubbed condition, and therefore are never finished gracefully and neatly. The ends, or side-pieces—in fact, any of the hair on the head—needs to be carefully thinned or tapered. It will then be noticed that the ends will curl much more easily, and which then will mould themselves nicely to the head, thus keeping their curl much longer. This is vitally important factor, and finger-waving should never be started until the ends are properly tapered or thinned.
Clean hair is much easier to work with, Dirty hair is harder to set and also takes much longer to dry. After the shampoo, rub the hair well with a rough towel, so that the hair remains only just damp. This is important, not only from the setting point of view, but also for the client’s comfort. If the hair is made too wet, it is likely to drip down the client’s face and neck, which is obviously something to be avoided. After adjusting the parting, sprinkle or spray the hair with a good setting lotion. Some operators are of the opinion that the lotion helps to set the hair better and more easily. This is entirely erroneous; its main advantage is that the finger waves become dry much more quickly and provides at the same time the advantage of an additional sale.
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