Pin Up Hairstyles Tutorial: How to Do the Glam Roll

Make your hair modern-day Hollywood glam.

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The glam roll is a pin up hairstyle oldie but goodie that was one of the most ubiquitous back in the 1940s and 1950s. It features big, side-swept waves—fashioned via pin curling and water, back in the days of war-rationed hair products—pinned to one side. Rolled looks kept hair off of women’s shoulders while operating machinery when they had to join the factory workforce during the war, which made this particular hairstyle one of the most iconic looks of that era.

Far from being ancient history though, this is a classic, party-ready look that only gets sexier with modern touches. Paired with some poppy-red lips, killer winged liner and a moto jacket, and you’re set to stun under the mistletoe! Scroll down for an easy way to create these cool pin up hairstyles:

Step 1

Refresh your hair.

Refresh your hair by using some dry shampoo that’ll absorb oil as it paves the way for bouncy, volumized looks, especially on finer hair. We like the weightless formula of Dove Style+Care Volume and Fullness Dry Shampoo.

start pin up hairstyles with clean hair
Step 2

Spray on a heat protectant.

Give hair a well-meaning spritz of a thermal protectant, such as TRESemmé Thermal Creations Instant Heat Tamer Spray, to shield hair from damage from your blowdryer, as well as provide some structure and softness.

prep for pin up hairstyles with heat protectant
Step 3

Blow-dry your hair.

Using its medium heat setting, rough-dry hair with a blowdryer till 90 percent dry. Your prep for a pin up hairstyle is almost done!


blow-dry hair to create pin up hairstyles
Step 4

Prep with a flat iron spray.

Give your hair an extra layer of protection from hot tongs with a spray made for flat iron styling. We like how TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Flat Iron Smoothing Spray helps control frizz and imparts a shine, even after your curl has set.

style pin up hairstyles with a flat iron spray
Step 5

Begin curling.

Start curlng your hair in vertical sections, from one ear all the way to the opposite. To curl, first lock in the section between the hot tongs, then close the iron and roll the rest of the hair around the outside. Gently run hair downwards as it sets, then release.

Ed’s note: Curling this way via a closed flat iron results in a sexier, tougher-looking spiral that has a bit of an edge to it.

begin creating a glam roll on pin up hairstyles with an iron
Step 6

Repeat on all sections.

Continue curling on all sections, leaving around an inch of hair free on the ends for a rougher, more modern finish. You can also opt to go in different directions with each section for a more natural feel.

curl pin up hairstyles with a flat iron for more edge
Step 7


Put the finishing touches on the edges and the strands at the sides of your face, curling away from your face for a more flattering look. Now it’s time to create some pin up hairstyle vibes.


refine your pin up hairstyles at the ends
Step 8

Create a side part.

With the end of a rat-tail comb, section off the fringe area to create a side part.

part your pin up hairstyles to one side for a glam look
Step 9

Backcomb the fringe.

Tease your hairline to create volume at the root. You’ll need this lift for your side-swoop.

texturize pin up hairstyles with a bit of backcombing
Step 10

Loosen your spirals.

Lightly take your fingers through your curls to loosen them up. One to two pumps of serum, like Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum, can help to give an extra dose of shine and frizz control to your hair.


soften your pin up hairstyles by separating curls
Step 11

Pin your fringe up.

Using two neutral-colored bobby pins, pin your fringe up to one side, aligning the pins so they create one straight line.

clip up your pin up hairstyles with some bobby pins
Step 12

Apply some hairspray.

To help keep your swoop in place, first give hair a spritz of finishing hairspray, like Nexxus Maxximum Finishing Mist. Then, take the part just below your bobby pins and twist it outward and away from your face, securing again with another hair pin.


lock down your pin up hairstyles with hairspray
Step 13


Make sure your swoop more or less hides your original two pins. Your pin up hairstyle is complete!


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