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