How To Get Victory Rolls in 8 Easy Steps

All Things Hair | 17 September 2018
three images of a woman in a red and white spotted dress with her dark brown hair styled into retro pin up curls
15 mins Style Medium

Up the ante with retro-inspired easy victory rolls… we’ll show you how. 

 

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.

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls looking at the camera smiling and wearing a red and white spotted dress
1

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.

back view of a woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls, pulling a section back into a ponytail
2

Divide the hair.

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

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls pinning her hair in place and wearing a red and white spotted dress
3

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.

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls looking at the camera smiling and using a comb to backcomb her hair, wearing a red and white spotted dress
4

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!

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls looking at the camera smiling and wearing a red and white spotted dress
5

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.

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls pinning her hair in place and wearing a red and white spotted dress
6

Repeat.

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

back view of a woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls and retro rolls spraying her hair with hairspray
7

Set in place.

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!

woman with dark brown glossy hair in a retro pin up style looking at the camera smiling and wearing a red and white spotted dress
8

Final look!

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

 

 

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