Thursday, 24 February 2011

Victory Rolls in a jiffy!

Wotcher gang!

May I present to you my very latest noctovisual exploit? This time, it's my very, very long-awaited guide to Victory Rolls!

This quintessential 1940s hairstyle was (apparently) named after the manoeuvres performed by victorious planes at the end of World War II, as they celebrated beating those dashed jerries! You could see rolls on everyone from film starlets like Bettie Grable, performers and everyday girls on the street. Once you've mastered rolls, you can use them in all sorts of hairdos, and, as promised, as soon as I finished this, I whipped it up into an updo, the video for which I'll edit and post next week.

But enough waffling... here's the video. The resulting pair of rolls are not the best I have ever done - it's a bit 'pointy' at the top... but the technique is the same as I've used for more successful outcomes!

Don't forget to let me know what you think, especially if you find it useful. Any questions I receive in the comments will be answered in this post, which I will edit and update periodically.

I hope you enjoy. :)



What a terrible screengrab... off to see what other delights OneTube can offer me.

Toodle pip for now!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

91 comments:

  1. Great tutorial. I do my rolls very similar to your way. Sometimes, I roll them with a curling iron first to make them curl easier.

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  2. Wonderful tutorial!! I've been trying to do this with my hair for a while and this helped me out alot! Thank you xoxo

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  3. Great tutorial. This is the way I do them, too. My hair is too long and too finicky that I could never use the method where you start rolling them from the tip of your hair. It wouldn't work for me in a million years. :)

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  4. What fun!!! I always wondered how they were done... When my hair finally grows I shall have a go at these! Thank you for taking the time and energy to share this. Ren x

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  5. Fab tutorial, you make it look really easy! I always find it really hard to do, I will definitely try your way!
    x

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  6. I love the Yorkshire-esque "visit me blog!" at the end!
    I'm forever failing with Victory rolls because I have fine hair, so I'll definitely try back-combing next time. Thank you! x

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  7. Thank you so much for posting this; I've tried to do victory rolls once before and was planning on doing them for a dinner this Saturday so this is especially useful for me

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  8. Very informative! Definitely some new tricks I need to try. Thank you!

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  9. fab video, ive got shorter hair than yours so I have to use a heated roller first to get the inital curl - still never manage to get my rolls first time like you :o) Scarlett x

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  10. Is it Christmas???? I certainly feel like it is! I squeeled AND clapped when I saw this post!

    Perfect tutorial and simple to follow. I had NEVER thought about twirling the hair around my finger. What a dur brain!

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOOOOOOOOOOOU!

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  11. Great tutorial! ^_^
    Thank you. Daniela from Italy. <3

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  12. Fabulous. I'm looking forward to giving this a go! x

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  13. This is really helpful! The only problem is that I have very fine and straight hair, so the 'rolling around the finger' doesn't really work... What can I do?

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  14. "This quintessential 1940s hairstyle was (apparently) named after the manoeuvres performed by victorious planes at the end of World War II"

    I just assumed they were were called that because they sort of made a "V" shape, but that explanation is way more bad ass ;)

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  15. Thank you for the tutorial Fleur, great to know the tips for ladies with finer hair! Have a lovely weekend :)

    Anna xox

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  16. ooooh i love to listen to how you talk! =) That was wonderful and easy. It makes me feel a bit better about mine...i do them that way which is easy and maybey not so story book but if Fleur does them that way its purfect!!!...i also spray mine! wonderful job...from fab-u-less fleur!!!!!! huggs kitten! Cat

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  17. Just noticed I have the same cardigan, only a different colour! :D Thanks for the tutorial! I like your accent! :)

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  18. Fantastic Fleur, I don't even have long hair but I watched to the end. I've always wondered how it was done, I'm sad I don't have long hair to try it out on. Will certainly add this to my next links round-up, you've made it look so straightforward xx

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  19. Great tutorial, thanks for posting! I'm going to try this in the morning, have been dying to for a while but never found as detailed a tutorial as this! And i'm off to take some cd's to my vintage hairdresser and was dreading going with how my hair looks today, you may have just helped me save face! Haha

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  20. Love it! I have tried this style dozens of times with no luck but you have inspired me to try again. I too have fine hair...any particular type of hairspray that you favor?

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    1. I find Aussie Instant Freeze aerosol holds even the finest hair in just about any configuration you can put it in. -- kayk in NJ

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    2. Thank you so much. My Hubby just told me he really likes the pin up style so I have decided to try out a few hairstyles to see if he likes it on me. This tutorial made it so easy to do this hair style. Thank you so much!!

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  21. going to try it out in the morning! xx

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  22. Thank you for the help Fleur!

    Finally an easy way to get “Victory Rolls” for fine hair. I had all but given up on doing my hair in that style, it was just too hard for me to achieve that look.

    The back combing, and starting the roll as you did is the key to success! T H A N K S!!!!!

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  23. Thanks for the tutorial I can never get my rolls just right they always seem way too puffy to me. Maybe my hair is just too thick.

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  24. Wonderful! I have quite thick hair so I've never had a lot of luck with victory rolls, but I think I'll try again after this! It was great to see the close-ups of where you placed the bobby pins. Also, your eye makeup in this video is divine. Perhaps you could do a tutorial on it when you get the chance? ;)

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  25. New to vintage, 'do's, but love them and thank you so much for the lovely tutorial! Yours came out so beautifully Fleur, mine...well...practice makes perfect! Cheers Darling, and thanks again!-hugs...

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  26. Thanks for the great tutorial!! I'm going to have a go at doing the back combing. My hair is thin so this may help.

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  27. Thanks for the lovely tutorial! I've just recently started researching vintage hairstyles, but am yet to try one as I'm a wee bit scared and don't know where to start. I think I'll give victory rolls a go! xoxo

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  28. cant wait to try this, fab video as always, thanks Fleur

    em x

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  29. This is such an excellent way of doing these curls - love it! My hair is layered, so it's not as easy, but i can get some sort of roll going on!

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  30. great video.Victory rolls are so tricky.I have to curl my hair most of the time,i have extra silky hair and it slips if I dont curl.Keep up the great work.xx

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  31. Great tutorial Fleur. I found it really interesting, and it's great to see how another girl who has thin hair (like myself) does the vintage hairdos. Can't wait for another one :)

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  32. Thank you so much for making this tutorial, Fleur! It certainly didn't disappoint. In the course of waiting for this tutorial I've watched many others online, but yours takes the cake! The bit about rolling the hair around a finger is purely brilliant and it works better than the more common methods (I just tried it!). Keep sharing your wisdom with us!

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  33. That's how I do mine, only yours are neater!

    I find it easier if I set my hair first too so it's already got a curl!

    Excellent tutorial!

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  34. This is my first time visiting your blog. It's great!

    I can't wait to try this. I have had trouble mastering the rolls and the way you rolled it around your finger made more sense to me than some of the other ways I have tried!

    Thanks for a very helpful tutorial!

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  35. Great tutorial. I had to watch with the sound off but it was so clear to watch. I hope to try this soon.

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  36. Fantastic tutorial! It's so much easier than I thought. Oh, to have long hair! Any ideas for vintage hairstyles for short hair?

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  37. Thank you so much! I will try it soon.

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  38. Thanks so much for the tutorial! =)

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  39. Thanks for the great tutorial- 7 tries later and I'm no closer but I've then again I've been trying to do victory rolls in my hair for the past 20 years. You make it look very easy! I'll keep working on it.....Thank you Fleur!

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  40. What a sensible and straightforward tutorial, thanks!

    I love a simple, sensible way to get a hairstyle, this works so perfectly and produces such a nice neat finish. Fab!

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  41. Can not wait to try this out! Will definitely do this for my next night out with friends!

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  42. Crystal clear. I'd been doing victory rolls myself, but slightly differently. This looks easier though so will try this way next time.

    By the way, do you live in London? Could I have seen you at the Tara Starley sample sale this weekend?

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  43. So pleased you made this helpful video. I've been trying to do this with my fine hair for a while now and it helps to see it from beginning to end. Fabulous and bravo. =)

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  44. Lisa N Sweden4 March 2011 21:17

    Wonderful and easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. wonderful! now if i can only find an equally good tutorial for 1930s hair!

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  46. Oh my! Youré soo beautiful!! :) I think I'm going to try this!

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  47. This tutorial is great! I've had mixed success doing victory rolls in my hair, but I think your technique will work really well with layered hair. Thank you!

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  48. I do my rolls in a similar way but did not think about doing it only over one finger. I shall give this a try, maybe I can get them tighter that way. I have fine hair but lot's off and it's the complete opposite of frizzy - backcombing doesn't last and the ends just spring out whenever they want to, even when it's curled.

    On another note - I have never commented on your blog. God knows why, but I have also been following your sad phase of the recent months and it's lovely to see some sparkle back in your eyes. You seem much happier, I hope things are going your way again!
    x

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  49. This is fantastic, so classy! And you make it to seem so easy to do! Thanks,
    Ale

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  50. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I haven't been brave enough to try these yet but thanks to your tutuorial, I think I could do them!

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  51. That was sooo helpfull!! I've tried i few times but never come out quite perfect.

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  52. SO helpful and clear!!! Thank you SO much!!! :)

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  53. You are ADORABLE! The video was very helpful, easily understood and to the point. Kudos! Keep rockin it girl!

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  54. You look really lovely and that tutorial was really helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do it :) xxxx

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  55. Yay! I finally learned how to do these! Thank you! My hair's too long to wrap around my fingers, so I rolled it around a mini-can of hairspray... It made it a little too big, though! You can see right through my roll.

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  56. Wonderful tutorial! Thank you so much. I've been trying to accomplish a solid 40s look for the show I'm in, but the method I was shown with a curling iron just wasn't working for me. This is so much simpler! Thanks again!

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  57. Thank you so much for this!

    I had no idea how easy it was before - actually you probably just make it look easy :)

    www.blahblahbecky.co.uk

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  58. Thank you so much for this video. I am dressing up as a pin up for a party in a few weeks and I have watched video after video on victory curls. This is by far the easiest. Thank you so much. Your blog is officially saved in my bookmarks. Suzy <3

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  59. You are amazing! Your method of doing this has been waaaaay easier than any other of I've tried. Thanks so much and can't wait to see any future tutorials that you do!

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  60. Thank you for making this great tutorial! I would love to see one on how you apply your eyeliner. Many thanks!

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  61. Thanks ! I have long hair and it's really not easy. I watched lots of tutorial but yours is really helpfull.Now, I can almost do it :D (sorry for my english)

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  62. Thanks for the tip, my hair is also too long to roll up from the ends so I was glad to hear how you did it! I am curious, though, what do you do with the other half of your hair, assuming you would be leaving it down? Just curl it with a curling wand?

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  63. I've just been trying for ages to do victory rolls in my hair and came to the conclusion that my hair is just too fine and gave up. This gives me hope!! Thank you!

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  64. Would this style b appropriate for the 50s as well? I'm in a production of Damn Yankees and I'm looking for hairstyles befitting the time period.

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  65. Thank you!!! This was a super video!! I have really quite long and thick hair and have been trying to get them to work, the half way up and around the finger was super helpful! I have been trying them out as I am wearing a very 1940's pinup girl outfit for my brothers wedding in October and now feel confident that I will be able to make a good go of it!

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  66. Wonderful tutorial! Nice and easy to follow - keep up the good work ♥

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  67. Fantastic! Looks like we have the same hair type also. I always made my rolls rather hollow and they just didn't cut it. Didn't think about backcombing with a cushion brush (despite 9.5 yrs in a beauty school)Duh. Thanks to your tutorial, I WILL be the 'belle of the ball'

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  68. Thank you- I am at a fancy dress tonight and hadn't a clue how to do my long hair. You made it look so simple.

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  69. thank you so much[: i'm doing my hair this way for my homecoming dance in couple weeks. love <3

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  70. Thank you it actually worked on my hair for the first time:)

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  71. im bloody useless i still cant do it :(

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  72. Once I've bought a comb with a tail I'm going to try this! I've been going to 40s events and would love to start doing my hair and dressing in that style, it's so glam. Hope it's as easy as you make it look!

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  73. My daughter is doing a 40s choir show so this is perfect! What should she do with the back?

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  74. I'm so jealous! You made it look so easy! I've got rather long hair, I'm quite fed up with the standard pony tail and I found your video, now I know what I'm going to be trying out over the weekend! :D I loved your video and can't wait to watch more!

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  75. Rockbillyholly4 November 2012 21:45

    Hi,

    THANK YOU! finally a Victory Rolls tutorial that doesn't need back brushing! :)
    I can't wait to try it out - I can't wait to try it out, I never thought to use hairspray before rolling your hair.
    Thank you again! :)

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  76. Wow! I, too, have quite fine hair and find this look awfully difficult. I never ever would have thought to make the part diagonally giving more hair and thickness to the small roll! Genius! I am confident that this will make it much easier to accomplish. Thanks SO much!

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  77. This was a FANTASTIC tutorial! I am quite unskilled when it comes to hair, and you made it very easy for me. I think what makes it so different from other videos is that you have someone else taping you, so I can see it from the best angle. Thank you!!!

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  78. Thank you Fleur for the fabulous tutorial. I live in California and simply love your blog. You are a classic beauty and always look amazing. Your writing is great fun to read and I love to find out about what you are up to, and try to emulate your style. I look forward to following your further adventures. Thank you also for taking the time to share your blog with us all.

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  79. Wicked tutorial - simple and easy to follow, with a great result (for you). I'm going for this tomorrow! many thanks x

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  80. I am soooo jealous. I think I spent two hours trying to get my hair into victory rolls last night and I couldn't get it to look good even once. :(

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  81. Great tutorial! I have very fine hair, too, and this was super easy and came out looking great. Thanks!

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  82. I have short thick hair and this is the first tutorial that worked for me, thank you!

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  83. I tried this with my rather long hair for the first time today, and it was actually easier than I was expecting. Mine are lopsided, but okay for a first attempt. I have wanted to do a forties-inspired style for a while now, and this the first tutorial that I've been able to follow. I'm so glad I found you'blog!

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  84. You are the cutest ever. And now I'm excited to try this!

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