Victory Rolls Hair Tutorial

July 15, 2015

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Victory rolls are such a classic look from the 1940s. Tell me you’ve never seen a picture of Betty Grable being all babe-like and wished you had voluminous victory rolls sitting pretty in your hair. Today’s your lucky day because you’ll be off to old Hollywood babeland in no time if you follow these few steps…

If you’re like me, you’ve always loved the look of victory rolls but were totally oblivious to how they got their name. Victory rolls became popular in the 1940s and were meant to celebrate the soldiers in World War II returning home. Depending on how upright the rolls sit, they can mimic the shape of the letter V.


• Teasing brush
• 2 1/2″ curling wand
• Bobby pins
Living Proof No Frizz Collection
• Boar bristle brush

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1. Start with hair curled with a 2 1/2″ curling wand. Back comb at the crown to create a bouffant and pin.

2. For the victory rolls, you’re going to section off a triangle starting from the middle of the top of the ear up. Pull the section up and back comb with your teasing brush spray. Smooth with your boar bristle brush. (Make sure to gently smooth to avoid flattening out the section you just teased.)

3. Take your section and roll the hair in towards your face while still keeping it elevated. Depending on the length of the hair it’s easier to hold the hair section in the middle and then roll down.

4. Now pin your roll in two different spots. One on the inside of the roll and then pull the back of the roll down to basically close the back so there is no gap and pin. Now repeat on the other side. Violà!!

victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
During World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners since the metal needed to manufacture bobby pins had to go to the war effort.

victory rolls - drifter and the gypsy blog
Hairstyle by Caysi Jean for Drifter & the Gypsy.

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