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Victory Rolls

Extract from Style Me Vintage • By Naomi Thompson, Belinda Hay, and Katie Reynolds • Published by Pavilion


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30 mins

Style Me Vintage
The iconic 1940s wartime hairstyle.

In the early 1940s, during World War II, women were rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in the war effort. Fashion was changing due to short- ages of fabric and the need to ration. Hairstyles also needed to be practical, as women were being employed to work in factories while their husbands went off to war.

Supposedly named after the manoeuvres of fighter planes, victory rolls were a great way to arrange hair, keeping it safely away from machinery and leaving room to put on a hat without quashing the style!

Modelled at one point by Veronica Lake in a short film encouraging ladies to style their hair in this way, it has become one of our favourite hairstyles to reproduce for a forties revival look.

The beauty of this style is that victory rolls can be created on hair that is bobbed, very long and every length in between.

Style Me Vintage Lookbook is published by Pavilion at £20. Available now at Anova Books.

Posted by Anova Published See Anova's 60 projects » © 2022 Naomi Thompson / Pavilion · Reproduced with permission. · Style Me Vintage: Clothes by Naomi Thompson is published by Pavilion.
  • Step 1

    Prepare your hair, creating volume using heated rollers or blow drying with a round brush and securing sections with pin-curl clips. Once set, remove your rollers/clips and part your hair on the preferred side.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 2
    Step 2

    Section and secure your hair into four (Fig.1).
    Section 1: your fringe. Take a triangle section from mid-way back on the top of your head to just above both
    of your temples.
    Section 2: left side. Section the whole front part of
    your hair from the top of your head to the top of your ear.
    ection 3: right side, as above.
    *One of the sections will probably have more hair in it, because of your side parting.
    Section 4: the back of your hair.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 3
    Step 3

    Backcomb the first side section of your hair for volume and padding. Backcomb taking smaller vertical sections, about 1–2 cm through the larger section (Fig. 2).

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 4
    Step 4

    Roll your hair loosely over your hand, rather like rolling a French pleat. You should be able to hold the finished roll securely with one finger so you can see the shape of your victory roll. When you are happy with how it looks, pin it into place and spray with hairspray (Fig. 3). Repeat steps 3 and 4 with the other side section.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 5
    Step 5

    Backcomb your fringe (Fig. 4). Smooth out the top layer of the backcombing ready to roll it into the rest of the victory rolls.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 6
    Step 6

    Roll your fringe loosely around your middle three fingers, away from your parting. Try to get the roll the same size as the largest of your two victory rolls. Pin this into place so that the second roll meets up with your fringe roll (Fig. 5). Now it looks like one roll.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 7
    Step 7

    Backcomb the back section of your hair for a little extra shape and volume. Smooth over the top layers with your boar bristle brush (Fig. 6).

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 8
    Step 8

    Using Kirby grips, start fixing a row of support grips along your nape (Fig. 7), about 2 cm above your hairline. Each grip should cross over for extra support.

  • Step 9

    Once this has been securely clipped, section the ends of your hair into three parts: the centre and two sides.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 10
    Step 10

    Backcomb each section very lightly if you need to, smoothing out the underneath layers, as this is the part you will see. Reverse roll each section over your hand and clip into place (Fig. 8).
    Your rolls need to be roughly the same size so you can make each section blend together to make one large reverse roll along your back hairline.

  • How to style a victory roll. Victory Rolls - Step 11
    Step 11

    Spray hair well to smooth down any stray hairs and you have your finished look.

    Try variations on this style.
    Leave the back down and simply curl with tongs.

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Dewina M.
Dewina M. · Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, DE · 2 projects
Evita!!! this ist awesome!
BrynjaG · Winters, California, US · 16 projects
This is quite lovely. Happy
SeaShel P.
SeaShel P.
Ami · 15 projects
i might give this a try Happy i'll post my version. This looks so amazing, best tutorial for victory rolls i've seen yet.
Daisy Setzer
Daisy Setzer · Lisse, Zuid-Holland, NL
Awesome XD
Carrie K.
Carrie K. · 8 projects
This is such a beautiful style, I wish my hair was long enough. Not sure it only takes 30 minutes to create victory rolls, add on all the time you need to practice the style. Thanks for this tutorial ^_^

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