Show Off Your Victory Roll

Victory rolls hairstyle

Oh darling, don’t you love a little vintage? A little rust here, a little tarnish there, it’s no matter. It’s remarkable how a few pieces of chipped china and weathered wood can have so much charisma. Certainly, when one thinks of vintage, they think of worn down furniture and faded clothing; styles of which often make their way back around with a bit of a modern twist. On the contrary, one vintage detail that has charmed its way into the hearts of the fashion and beauty world is the classic 1950’s hairstyle, victory roll.

Once worn by American women during the World War II era, this twisted ‘do has been spotted on celebrities such as Katy Perry, Jada Pinkett Smith, Gwen Stefani and more. Not only does this vintage-chic style flatter your face shape, but it’s ultra-glam and bound to get you a few compliments. When you’re ready to rock the victory roll, check out the steps below.

Keep in mind, there are many variations of the look, this tutorial will guide you through the steps of creating a single asymmetrical victory roll. Should you be interested in having a set of victory rolls, you should follow the proceeding steps, then simply repeat the processes on opposite side of your head.

  1. You’ll want to begin with clean, dry, detangled hair. You’ll want to use a comb to create a straight part on the top on your scalp. How/Where you part your hair will depend on whether you plan on creating a pair of victory rolls, or a single asymmetrical victory roll. If you want to create a pair of victory rolls, you will part your hair right down the middle, this way you have the same amount of hair to work with on each side, allowing the rolls to be symmetrical. Likewise, if you want to style a single victory roll you should use the comb to part your hair off-centered, allowing there to be more hair on one side – the further away from the center the part is, the more dramatic the final look.
  2.  Now you’ll want to section off a chunk of hair on the thicker side. You’ll want it to be the top section of hair, that which is “connected” to that part. It should be about two or three times more than the amount of hair that you would take to create a side bang.
  3. Use a clip to hold that section together and secure the remaining hair into a low ponytail so that it is out of your way.
  4. Assuming your hair is out if it’s normal part, it may have a mind of its own. To keep the look tight, slide a bobby pin horizontally into the top of the ponytailed hair where the loosely clipped section begins. Then do the same thing, this time sliding the bobby pin into the roots of the clipped section, positioning the bobby pin where you want the base of your victory roll to lay.
  5. Unclip the section of hair and use both hands to roll it onto itself, being sure to create an O shape as you roll the hair up towards the scalp. Once you’ve rolled the O all the way to the top, hold it in place (easiest done by holding down the inside of the roll) and slip a bobby pin into the base of the O so that it is secured to your scalp.
  6. Use your thumb and index fingers to loosen backside of the O so that it falls into the base of your head – you shouldn’t be able to see through it like you would a tunnel.
  7. Give your victory roll a good bout of hairspray before releasing the elastic and adding just a bit more for that extra hold.

Vintage Hairstyles We Love

Retro hairstyle

There is something so beautifully romantic that is always conjured up with mention of the term “vintage hairstyle,” and there are a myriad of gorgeous styles going back in time that are well worth recalling to reproduce now. They had exceptional ability to capture the feminine form and mystique, and ran from looser romantic hairstyles to precisely coiffed, sophisticated status, and everything in-between. Here are some of the best of the best, and every one of them is back, with passion and pride.

Chignon hairstyle

The Edwardian Era
There were many timeless hairstyles originated during this period that have retained their popularity and are trending now more than ever. The following were the updos of the era.

  • The Gibson Girl: This rather all-full hairstyle was big–in both popularity and volume. During these days, hair collected from ladies’ hairbrushes and combs was all saved and formed into complementary shapes to be fitted under one’s own hair, for a fuller effect and these meant no tangling from teasing. Today’s “Gibson Girl” wannabes can get a nice bit of volume by first braiding the hair in four sections: one comprised of the top section of hair, one on each side and one on the back. Set the braids by running your flat iron down them or leave them in a while. Make sure to avoid using your go-to part, for extra volume. The hair, once braiding has been taken out, can be brushed for amazing fullness. Go full-on Gibson!
  • The Pompadour: This was basically a rolling-away of the hair framing the face, and could be used with different finishes–with the most popular being a bun. There were wire Pompadour hair frames sold to aid in perfecting this do.
  • The Chignon: This style of bun-like do sat low at the nape of the neck, at the back of the head.
  • Knots and Topknots: The hair would be twisted for either of these, and then coiled into a shape and secured. The different shapes were given names, like the Apollo Knot and the Grecian Knot.
Kate Bosworth

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The Marcel Wave
In the absence of the electricity we now take for granted, these women had awkward metal tools for placing in the fire as a means of heating, and the most popular use of these was to create the Marcel Wave, which is back and big, and today’s women are not risking life and limb in order to create the style. With a variety of placement, the Marcel Wave is essentially a succession of horizontally-formed waves, beginning inches away from the part and continuing down till they could go no further.

Lucile Ball's pinup hairstyle.

The Pinup Girl Hairstyle
This look had a lot of variations, but a popular form was sported by Lucille Ball, of “I Love Lucy” fame, Where a scarf or bandana was placed at the nape of the neck, and either end was brought up and forward to form a nice little knot and bow, if enough fabric remained. Hair in front of the tie could be bangs rolled tightly under, or longer hair that was rolled to form bangs, and secured with pins. With the fabric of the scarf spread out to cover more of the back of the head, the remaining hair in view could be placed in a coil, twist or messy bun and secured with pins.