Please Note: I am not being sponsored by the publisher or anyone else to review this book. I purchased it myself without any reimbursement. All thoughts expressed are my personal opinion.
I recently purchased this book The Art of Fingerwaving, Recreating 1920s and 1930s Hairstyles by Paul Compan. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect. When it came in the mail, it's dramatic cover got me excited to start reading! It's a direct reproduction of instructional material published in the 1920's or early 1930's (it doesn't have the original copyright date inside).
The introduction was very interesting to read as it was from the perspective of someone actually in the 1920s! Finger waving was a "new" style and it was originally published to assist those already in the beauty industry such as students and experienced individuals in the hairdressing profession. In fact, some of the styles are described as being seen in MODERN BEAUTY SHOP Magazine.
It explains finger waving simply and has accompanying illustrations. The author acknowledges that the illustrations are merely a 'simplified outline' of the movements. With that being said, if you are a novice to finger waving and just starting out, this book may not be enough to help you master the fundamentals. I highly suggest watching someone finger wave first, in person or in an instructional video, in order to understand the movement of the steps. The pictures show the finished product very wet and glossy. A 'patent' look was desired for some of the styles, while other finished looks are brushed out and more "natural" looking. The styles in this book are a little advanced for a beginner and attempting them without a proper foundation can be very frustrating.
Since this is an older book, some of the terminology may be outdated or require some explanation. The term 'curling fluid' is frequently used (or occasionally 'waving lotion') and I assume it is referring to setting lotion. The suggestions for using the 'fluid' are still valid and can apply when using setting lotion. Setting lotion is still available to buy today and must be diluted before using. Also the term 'patron' is often used. Again, the author assumes you are a hairdresser and are finger waving your clients.
Overall, considering this book is an authentic reproduction, I give it a very good review as a reference! But keep in mind it isn't for newbies. For those who are fairly experienced in vintage hair styling already and want to hone their finger waving skills, this is a great historical reference and very affordable!
Can't wait to start waving!
--Vintage Beauty Detective ;)