Hollywood's Biggest 2018 Hair Trend Is A Total Throwback

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For years, it seemed like the only hair trend to come out of L.A. was the messy lob. But this season, stars in Hollywood are looking to the past for styles that feel fresh, exciting, and a little bit rebellious. There's the blunt supermodel bobs of the '90s, '80s power-suit curls, and now, Prohibition era flapper finger waves are having a moment. The one thing they all have in common? Powerful women wore them then, and powerful women are wearing them now.
Ahead, check out how Rihanna, Cardi B, Amber Rose, Yara Shahidi, and more are styling their finger waves. From dyeing them blue to rocking them with natural textures, these new takes on the classic style feel youthful, cool, and modern. And the best part? This time we can wear them and drink. Cheers to that.
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"John Galliano is the inspiration of all inspiration," hairstylist Yusef Williams said of Rihanna's Met Gala look, which was mostly tucked underneath an elaborately-beaded mitre. "For this look, I wanted to go back in time and create this Vatican-homage, but with a single finger wave to make it feel modern and more avant-garde.” After blowdrying her wet hair with the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer professional edition, he used Phyto Specific Curl Legend Spray to add hydration before forming a ponytail. To finish, he used a flat iron to create flat waves and brushed them out with a comb, freezing the shape with Phyto Professional Workable Holding Spray.
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Photo: Via @iamcardib.
Cardi B's highly-anticipated debut album dropped on April 6, and we already knew it'd be iconic because of this bodak neon yellow Tokyo Stylez wig. The key to making even waves like these is to wet your hair and apply a holding gel or mousse. Then, place your index finger about an inch below your part on the side that has the most hair. Comb the hair under your finger away from your face. Place one finger about an inch below that and comb the hair in the opposite direction. Continue until you reach the ends.
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To get Greta Gerwig's more casual take on the style, hairstylist John D. combed a large dollop of TRESemmé TRES Two Mousse through her hair and gave her a side part. He diffused her hair with the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, scrunching it a bit to bring out her natural texture. Then, he formed the waves with a comb and secured the ridges with small clips, sliding them out at the very last second to make sure the style stayed in place all night.
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Danielle Brooks' hairstylist Tish Celestine proves that this style works on every texture. "Done on Natural Hair....#NoWig#NoRelaxer #NoGel," she captioned her Instagram post. She says that she used a pressing comb and the Dry Bar barrel iron to form the foundation of the waves and molded the shape with Sebastian Pro Shaper Spray. She finished with Sebastian Sheen Spray to get that glossy finish.
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Katie Holmes looks like an old Hollywood starlet at the Grammys. Her hairstylist used a Harry Josh Pro Tools dryer attachment to set her jet black waves into place.
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Photo: Via @naivashaintl.
But the style isn't just for short hair — you can also use it to accent longer looks, like this ponytail that Nai'vasha Johnson created for Yara Shahidi last year. We love the contrasting textures of the glossy waves with the full curls.
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Amber Rose's look is more 2018 than 1928, thanks to her mermaid-blue dye (created by Shelby Swain).
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Photo: Via @teyanataylor.
We're not sure what's hotter — Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert's sexy shoot, or her short hair, which she tells us she's never letting go. "When I wear short hair, I just want to keep it short forever," she said. "I look in the mirror, like, 'I'm never growing my hair out again.' Short hair always works for women with strong features. I just love it, and I embrace it."

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