How To Get Vintage Victory Rolls in 7 Simple Steps

Learn to master vintage victory rolls with ease.  
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Victory rolls are a vintage women’s hairstyle that was originally popular in the 1940s and ’50s. Featuring voluminous pinned ‘rolls’ that frame the face, the look was aptly named after the victory manoeuvre of fighter planes doing loop the loops during the era. Nowadays, the look is popular with vintage lovers and fancy dress fans alike.

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

Step 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.

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls looking at the camera smiling and wearing a red and white spotted dress
Step 2

Divide Hair.

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

back view of a woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls, pulling a section back into a ponytail
Step 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 pinning her hair in place and wearing a red and white spotted dress
Step 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 using a comb to backcomb her hair, wearing a red and white spotted dress
Step 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 looking at the camera smiling and wearing a red and white spotted dress
Step 6

Repeat.

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

woman with dark brown glossy hair in loose curls pinning her hair in place and wearing a red and white spotted dress
Step 7

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!

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Step 8

Final Look!

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

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
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