Channel 1940s style with our pin up hairstyles and easy how-to!
What you’ll need
These days we’re inundated with new hair trends almost daily. From rainbow colours to crazy cuts, keeping up with them all is no easy task! So, instead of trialling the latest look, today we’re stepping back in time to present you with a fabulous ’40s look: pin-up hairstyles!
Also known as victory rolls, this retro pin up hair look is a half-up, curly masterpiece and is sure to up your mane game. It’s an oldie but goodie and works just as well now as it did back in the forties.
Blogger Hannah from Away with the Fairies shows us how to get ’40s pin-up hair
Pin up hairstyles may look really intricate, but we’ve enlisted the help of beauty blogger Away with the Fairies (AKA Hannah) to show you how you can easily create the look, and with a more modern vibe. Take a look at her video above or follow the steps below!
Prep your hair.
Now that your strands are fully prepped for styling, blowdry your hair until it’s completely dry.
Roll your hair.
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 the other side.
Set with hairspray.
This will help keep your pin-up hair in place all day long and give it a polished, vintage glamour sheen.
Curl and apply serum.
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. For silky soft curls – minus the frizz, apply a little bit of the VO5 Heat Protect Serum to your hair before styling. This will also help to protect your hair from the high heat and reduce damage.
To finish, gently run your fingers through the curls before setting with another spritz of hairspray.
13 victory roll pin up hairstyles for you to try
Now that you know the basics of pin up hair, you’re probably looking for some inspiration on the different ways you can rock this retro look, right? Then count your lucky stars, because we’re bringing you the hottest ‘dos around – perfect for dress-up themed parties or just as everyday looks for retro lovers!
Like to wear your hair down but want a way of giving your look a bit of retro flair? Say hello to these half-up victory rolls aka the epitome of vintage chic.
Pin curl details
Prefer a more understated approach to pin up hairstyles? Adding a single pin curl detail gives these soft, modern waves an old-fashioned vibe that we just love.
Don’t want to leave your tresses loose when rocking victory rolls? Fret not, just sweep all of your strands into your ‘do and you’ve got yourself a fabulous victory rolls updo!
Short haired girls, if you’re unsure of how pin up hair could work for you, you need not worry. As you can see, incorporating pin curls or victory rolls into your look doesn’t always call for long lengths, it can look just as great on shorter bob hair, too!
When it comes to 1940s inspired accessories, only a hair scarf will do! Channel Rosie the Riveter vibes with a polka dot bow like this vintage lover for an easy everyday look.
Go bold or go home
Experiment with one victory roll at the front of your head and pull the rest of your locks up into a messy pony. Secure with a bow of your choice and you’re good to go! What’s not to love? Credit: @dialblorose
If you’ve mastered double victory rolls, perhaps it’s time to move on to quadruple rolls? Show off your styling skills and get rolling. Credit: @retro_fredrikke
Once you’ve created your victory rolls, effortlessly style them up with some accessories! Select a red rose for your dark mane just like this Instagrammer and you’ll have a pin-up worthy look in no time. Credit: @pinup_lily
A classic twist
To add extra height and volume to your pin up hair, create your victory rolls close together and you’ll effortlessly have a ‘do that’s full of oomph. Credit: @moreforyourmolly
Try wearing your retro look on an angle for a stunning way to mix up this style! Victory rolls updo… nailed it! Credit: @dolledupdos
Colour your rolls
Not one to conform? Looking for pin up hairstyles that are a bit more out there? Then break the mold and go for totally modern take on the look by rocking some vivid green locks! Credit: @treenyb
Victory rolls with bangs
Got a fringe? If you’re wondering whether you can pull off victory rolls with bangs… the answer is yes – and here’s all the proof you need! Be it a full-on fringe or a set of micro bangs, getting one cut in will only add to the retro vibes. Credit: @pinupshm