Vintage Hairstyles

1940s: Retro pin-up hair by Away With The Fairies

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Channel your inner pin-up girl with this uber chic ‘do!

In search of a refreshing new to look to rock at this year’s Christmas or New Year’s Eve party? Why not take step back in time to the fab ’40s and channel your inner pin-up girl with a bold and glamorous pin-up hair look? And while victory rolls look like they’d be hard to do, All Things Hair ambassador Away with the Fairies’ Hannah is sharing her tips and tricks to nailing this party-worthy hairstyle for our 100 Years of Party Hair series. (Thanks, Hannah!)

So, ready to get down and learn how to create a head-turning pin-up hair look? Just watch Hannah’s video, above, or keep scrolling to read the step-by-step guide we’ve provided, below.

How to get ’40s-inspired pin-up rolls


Prep your hair.

To nail the pin-up hair look, you’ll need a lot of va-va-volume. So, apply a tennis ball-sized amount of the VO5 Volume Mousse to damp hair, and then smooth it through your mane, ensuring it’s evenly distributed. Now that your strands are fully prepped for styling, blowdry your hair until it’s dry.


Roll your hair.

Following your natural parting, take a section of hair (roughly 2 inches-wide) from the front, on the right side of your parting and lift this section up. Then, starting at the ends of your hair, begin to roll this section of hair in on itself all the way until you reach your roots. Secure your first victory roll with a bobby pin and repeat the same action on other side. Easy as 1-2-3, right?


Set with hairspray.

After you’ve finished securing your va-va-victory rolls, spray a generous dose of the TRESemmé Ultimate Hold Hairspray over them. This will help keep your pin-up hair in place all day long and give it a polished sheen.


Curl and apply serum.

To add some feminine movement to your retro-glam look, begin to curl the rest of the hair that’s been left out. The aim of the game is to create very loose curls, which Hannah does by dividing her hair into large sections and using a curling iron to quickly curl all of her hair.

After you’ve finished curling your hair, apply a little bit of the VO5 Smoothly Does It Heat Protect Serum and gently run your fingers through the curls before finishing with another spritz of hairspray.


Final look.

Finally, finish the look with a pretty floral accessory, then sweep your curls to one side, et voila! Party-perfect pin-up hair that’ll make you feel like a million dollars, no matter the occasion.

Psst! If you’ve yet to see the rest of the series, make sure to check out the previous video from our fave naturalista Mini Marley, who has recreated an amazing 1930s-inspired hairstyle! And while you’re at it, add Zoe Newlove’s 1950s inspired hair tutorial to your watch list, too!

Until next time
07 December 2016