2017 Loves Retro Inspired Hair

We can’t get enough of chatting about trends now that we’re starting to get a feel for some of the trends we can expect in 2017.  In the past year we’ve definitely had a lot of flashback trends happening, and we’re all about it.  It doesn’t look like we’re stopping with the trend revival in 2017, either.  In fact, it’s appearing as though 2017 loves retro inspired hair.  Yep!  We’re going to be seeing all sorts of retro inspired hair throughout the next year, and if you’re like us you can’t wait for it all.  You know we’re always here to keep you up-to-date so we’re sharing some of the retro inspired hair looks you can expect to see this year.

retro waves

Loose Waves + Accessories
Loose waves is definitely a retro inspo vibe that we’ve all known and loved for quite a while.  While there are so many different takes on waves, during couture fashion week it seemed to be about those retro inspired waves that are so classically chic.  Some designers switched things up a bit by adding some fun accessories to the loose waves to give us even more retro inspiration (hair accessories are a must with retro-inspired looks!).

The Sleek Ponytail
There’s something about the sleek ponytail that always looks chic, probably why it’s such a retro/classic look that designers revisit every so often.  It’s clear we’re having some major retro inspired hair, based on some of the recent fashion shows that have taken place.  Many of the models had sleeked back ponytails that were very classic, but also made a major retro statement.  It’s a look that goes with so many different looks, and has a way of adding a retro vibe to really any look.  So we’re not surprised to see all of the sleek ponytail looks that appear as though they’re going to be making some major retro inspo this new year.

retro braid

The Low Ponytail Braids
Another classic, retro-esque type of hair style that we noticed on quite a few runways during couture fashion week recently was the low ponytail braids.  Braids have definitely been having a major moment in the past year or two, but with the low ponytail braid it’s giving us some retro vibes that we’re all about.  Many designers added some accessories to the braids to add to the retro inspiration – and of course to switch up the traditional braid look that we all know and love.

Adding Clips
We couldn’t forget to mention the use of clips being added to hair styles.  Retro hair styles always made use of clips in unique ways, and during the recent couture fashion week the designers were getting some major retro inspiration and using clips to create completely unique hair styles that really added some retro edge to the looks.  Many were adding clips across the top of the heads in a traditionally slicked back hair style – talk about adding a different element to the hair style, right?

Do you have a favorite retro inspired hair style you think is going to be popular this year?

1940’s Retro Victory Rolls Hair Tutorial

If you’ve ever wondered what those little rolled up hairstyle looks atop the women’s heads in the 1940’s were called, today is your lucky day. Victory Rolls, as they are named, were a smash in the 40’s – and have become popular among the culture of today as well. They seem to be worn by the tattooed and proud, the rockabilly crowd, and those in retro and vintage photo shoots. Rarely will you see women walking around donning them for no apparent reason – but it does happen. Nonetheless, Lionesse thinks this is a truly gorgeous and exceptional hair style, and that’s why we have brought beauty blogger Sarah McCormick on board to provide us with a how-to tutorial on developing your very own Victory Rolls style.

The Victory Hair Tutorial from Lionesse.

Hey everyone!

I am glad and excited to be here today to provide you with my latest inspired look from the 1940’s. This time, we will be focusing on Victory Rolls! I was so excited to complete this look for all of you and to show you how its done.

What you will need is the following items to complete the look:

1. Comb for teasing

2. Curling iron or wand, or you could use a flat iron for curls

3. Bobby pins or hair clips to hold curls pinned to head

4. Texturizing spray or wax

5. Boar bristle brush to smooth after teasing

6. Hair spray – mega hold

7. Hair ties (4)

8. Flower to tuck behind your ear – optional (I didn’t use one this time, but they do look very pretty!)

Once you’ve gathered up all of the important things you will need, the next step is to get everything laid out before you and get to work! Here’s how to get the look:

Step 1: You will need to separate your hair into four sections and section them off with hair ties. Work with one section at a time for curling. Reserve the two front sections for specific curling techniques.


Step 2: Begin curling your hair from the root area downward, rolling up into a roll and pinning or clipping to the head, keeping the curl in tact. You will want the curl to cool completely before releasing it from the head – this is done after all of the hair has been curled and pinned. Remember to leave the front hair sections from the ear area forward to complete specific curling which I will discuss next.


Step 3: For the front of the hair, you will complete two curls in an upward motion towards the ceiling. This will shape the curl for the Victory Roll itself. We will be completing two victory rolls on the head for this look, though many women make more than two – sometimes, three or four are done. Pin the hair in place with the curl intact.

Step 4: Once you have completed all of the sections and curled and pinned all of the hair, begin releasing each curl from the pins or clips. Leave the front sections for last.


Step 5: Once you have released the hair, you will then begin creating your Victory Rolls. To do this, you will grasp the hair from the ear section forward with the hair parted down the middle. You will hold that hair straight up into the air and begin to tease or back comb underneath with your teasing comb. You can use a regular fine tooth comb for this as well.

Step 6: From there, smooth the hair on the top and sides of the hair you just teased with the boar bristle brush. Be careful not to brush all the way through to avoid brushing out the tease.

Sarah McCormick in the Lionesse Victory Rolls Tutorial.

Step 7: Begin winding the hair around your pointer and middle finger, into a roll shape. When you reach the head, bend the curl inward, and pin into place on the scalp with bobby pins. Try to hide the bobby pins on the interior of the roll. You’re finished will roll number one! Now, complete the same for the other side.

Step 8: After both Victory Rolls have been created and pinned into place, you can then use some texture wax or spray and give both rolls a light spray. Run your boar bristle brush across them both one at a time, smoothing out flyaways. You can also use the wax on the front of the hair as well.

Step 9: Brush through your curls gently with the boar bristle brush and spray some texturizing wax on the brushed out hair to give it a smooth not frizzy look. You can also use a shine serum sprayed onto your hand and applied directly as well. This works even better for getting great shine.

The Finished Look - Victory Rolls

Give your Victory rolls a once over with hair spray, as well as your curls. You’re finished and ready to snap away with those pictures – even if just to say you’ve done it! It’s that easy. The most time consuming portion is creating the curls. All in all, this is so much fun to do and try – and if it takes you a few times to create the rolls, that’s okay! Don’t give up!

My bobby pins were showing a bit here in this picture, but normally I would have had brown ones to hide. My brown ones seemed to up and walk away!  Regardless, I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, and I look forward to creating many more hair styles in the future for Lionesse.