How To Get Vintage Victory Rolls in 7 Simple Steps

Learn to master vintage victory rolls with ease.  

So you’re bored of all the usual retro looks that are knocking about the web? Well, perhaps you need to step back in time to the fab ’40s and recreate these vintage-inspired victory rolls instead! And while this unique hairstyle might look difficult to do, it’s actually deceptively easy to nail.

For those of you wondering what exactly victory rolls are, it’s a hairstyle that was originally popular in the 1940s and ’50s. The chic style with voluminous rolls that framed the face, was aptly named after the ‘victory manoeuvre’ of fighter planes during the era. Nowadays, the look is popular with vintage aficionados and more!

Love the look? Simply follow our step-by-step guides below and claim victory (sorry, we had to) over this quirky hairstyle.


Prep And Curl.

Spritz your entire head with a heat protectant (like the TONI&GUY Heat Protection Mist) and then use a curling wand or tong to loosely wave the hair.

The waves will give the hair more “bend” and help with creating your victory rolls.


Divide Hair.

Next, divide the hair from ear to ear using the crown as a centre point.


Create A Side Parting.

Taking the top section, create a side parting so that you have more hair on one side than the other.

Hair hack: Take the bigger section and pin the hair approximately one inch parallel to the parting. This will help secure the hair and make it easier for you to create your hair roll.


Build Volume.

If you have naturally fine or flat hair, try backcombing your hair that will eventually form the roll, before lightly smoothing with a brush. This will give volume to the roll later on!


Start Rolling!

Wrap the hair around your fingers and roll inwards towards parting. Secure with pins by placing them inside the roll where they will be hidden.



Repeat steps 3-5 on the other side, pinning in place.


Set With Hairspray.

You now have your perfect pin-up rolls! Set the look in place with a spritz of the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray to ensure your style lasts, no matter how much your boogie!


Final Look!

And you’re all done! See how fabulous you look in retro rolls?


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