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.

DIY Party Updos

The holidays mean parties. Lots and lots of parties! You’ve got Christmas parties. You’ve got latke parties. For a few unlucky souls, you’ve got birthday parties. And then you’ve got New Year’s Eve parties. For every one of them, you want to look your best. That means getting out your favorite party dresses, putting on some great makeup, and fixing your hair in some stylish new dos.

Updos are a favorite for a reason: They look chic and beautiful. But you don’t want to wear the same old bun to every party. Try some of this updos for a different look for your next party:

Crown braid.

Crown Braid
A celeb favorite this season! From Cameron Diaz to Jessica Alba, this look is for everyone! The crown braid is like the fancy updo for the manic pixie dream girl. If you know how to do a French braid, you know how to do a crown braid. Just start the braid from your part (either a side part or a center part), and braid it along your hair line all the way around your scalp. Tuck the ends under the braid where you started.

You can do a simpler version of the crown braid by setting aside one section of hair near the crown and creating one long, regular braid from it. Pull the rest of your hair into a bun or chignon, and wrap the braid around your crown, pinning it in place.

Headband updo.

Headband Updo
This is one of the easiest updos to create, and it looks as elegant as a chignon. Just center part your hair, and put an elastic headband with a thin band on top of your hair just like you would a hat. Choose a color that’s close to your hair if you want it to blend.

Wrap small sections of hair around the band, and pull them through the elastic. You will be pulling some hair through several times. Start from one side and work until you get to the nape of the neck. Then work the other side. You will pull the section of hair at the nap of your neck through the headband multiple times, until you draw up the length of the hair. Tuck any strays hairs in and pin anything in place that needs it.

Sideswept pony

Sideswept Pony
You don’t have to go all the way up to have an updo. The side-swept pony is a stylish updo that hangs right at the nape of your neck. Create the side part that you like — go deeper for a more dramatic look — and gather the hair in a pony just below your ear. Wrap some hair around the tie, and curl the ends for an elegant and polished look.

For a bit more flourish, sweep your bangs into the style, pulling them around the hair tie, and pull all of the pony into one big curl instead of multiple curled strands.

What other updos are your go-to for party wear? Share your tips and tricks with us!