This was a very popular hairstyle in the late 1950s and involved applying lots of gel to the hair and brushing it up around the front of the hairline as well as in back. It was adopted from African American youth who grew up their hair and gelled it up. It was also known as a flat top.
Daily Hair Tip
To create retro-look hair waves liberally apply a good setting gel, then use massive clips to hold hair in desired shape. Use gentle hairdryer heat, release clips and enjoy lots of new waves.