The classic Finger Wave has a modern twist and we can now wear it as a protective hairstyle. Thanks to Beyoncé, who rocked up at the lion king premier in what we now call Finger Wave Braids.

The finger-wave braids hairstyle is made up of straight back braids with s-shaped lines similar to the finger wave hairstyle. Creating these s-shaped or any intricate lines on the straight back braids is one of the ways to create uniqueness and we’ve been at it for years. But the term finger wave braids is new, it was used recently to define Amandla Sternberg’s braids at the Oscars 2019. And when Beyoncé showed up at the Lion King premier in Finger Wave Braids? – That look affirmed the term and gave us all permission to wear it. Here’s our take on the Finger Wave Braids created by hairstylist Gratiano, at Graxhair, Rosebank. See her details below to make a booking for your next braided switch up!

What we love about this hairstyle

  • Wearing the finger-wave look without relaxing your hair.
  • It is a protective hairstyle.
  • It is quick to do.
  • It is light and lasts long, makes for a great summer hairstyle.


Gratiano is a hairstylist at Graxhair in Rosebank, Johannesburg – specializing in treatments, braids, wigs and other protective hairstyles. Gratiano has been braiding hair from a young age and her passion for hair shows in her astounding skill at creating balance, whether in beaded braids, funali braids or a simple benny and betty hairstyle.


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Address: 59 Northwold Drive Rosebank (Oxford road)
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Model: Palesa Sefatsa
Dressed by: Twii
Photographer: Masego Morulane

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