Old-Hollywood Waves Short Wedding Hairstyle

Finger waves dress up this otherwise simple chin-length look by New York City stylist Sarah Potempa. Here, the five easy DIY steps to create it on your own.

Photography by: Tamara Schlesinger


  • Volumizing mousse 
  • Boar and nylon paddle hairbrush 
  • Blow-dryer
  • Small round ceramic brush
  • 1⁄2-inch curling iron
  • Bobby pins
  • Extra-strong hold hairspray
  • Duckbill clips 



  1. Create a deep side part, then apply mousse to a paddle hairbrush. Brush product evenly through hair for volume and flexible hold.
  2. Blow-dry using a round brush. Comb strands upward to add lift at the roots.
  3. Using a curling iron, curl 1-inch sections, starting with the bottom layer of hair. Instead of releasing the curl, secure it with a bobby pin. Repeat the process, working through each layer of hair.
  4. Allow pinned curls to set for 10 to 15 minutes. When hair is cool, remove pins and apply hairspray to a paddle brush. Brush slowly through hair from roots to ends to break up curls and add texture.
  5. For maximum staying power, once your waves look the way you want, hold them in place with duckbill clips until it’s time to debut the finished look.



Aussie Sprunch Mousse + Leave-In Conditioner, $4; aussie.com. Sarah Potempa On Set Styling Brush, $42; sarahpotempa.com. Pantene Pro-V Stylers Shaping Extra Strong Hold Hairspray, $6; pantene.com. Hot Tools Duck Bill Clips, $3.49; ulta.com.