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How to do “victory rolls” in 5 min.

Posted on December 12th, 2007 by

For any woman who has yearned to do their hair in a sweet vintage style, this video clip tells you how. I have not yet tried the technique myself, but after doing battle with my hair on many an occasion, I can tell you that this should work pretty well. The lady in the video, as you will see, has somewhat short hair that does not look very thick and she is able to make it work quite quickly.

What I love about this technique is it does most of the hard hair work in one fell swoop and just some clean up pinning is required from there. The lady does not go into detail at all about how to roll your hair and it does not appear to me that she rolled her hair before showing the technique. If you have time and want to play with rolling your hair to get more body, that’s always helpful in doing vintage rolls… especially for those of us that have thick, heavy hair or a lot of hair.

What I have done before when I need to do a quick vintage ‘do is just spray the heck out of the areas of your hair that you are going to style and that will add some body and stylability to it. Don’t spray it so much that it’s stiff or unbrushable per se, just has some “grit” to it. “Dirty” hair or hair that has any styling product in it is much easier to style quickly than clean hair is. Between this and the technique that this lady shows you, anyone can do a vintage do in mere minutes 🙂

Happy styling and thanks Shelley for sending me the link to this clip!

Update: Looks like the original video embedded below may not be working anymore. However, YouTube has many more vintage hairstyle tutorials.


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  1. Teresa
    April 26th, 2009 at 15:50 | #1

    Absolutely Brilliant! The best I have seen yet. I just spent half an hour trying to do victory rolls, I should have come here first. The others were not nearly so simple nor so fabulous.

  2. Cherri Darling
    May 23rd, 2009 at 13:14 | #2

    Great! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Jade
    June 13th, 2009 at 06:18 | #3

    I must say I found this video very handy!! Thanks very much. All I need to do now is buy some foam and then I’ll start styling. 😀

  4. Julie
    July 28th, 2009 at 14:05 | #4

    Amazing!! This is definitely the easiest tutorial I’ve seen for rolls. Thanks so much!

  5. Tish Holmes
    August 16th, 2009 at 07:51 | #5

    Where was this last fall when I needed it? My husband is in the Air Force and for the annual Air Force Ball, he was chosen to wear a vintage 40s uniform (and looked sooo dashing!) with 2 days notice – not enough time for me to make an appointment with someone that had experience with vintage hairstyles. I had no problem finding a dress from the 40s (and for a good price at a consignment shop to boot!) but my hair was another problem. After 3 hours of trying myself, I went to a friend and she worked out a hairstyle that was ok, but Id really wanted victory rolls, we just couldnt make it happen. Im bookmarking this JIC were ever in that situation again. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Trina McHugh
    October 20th, 2009 at 04:20 | #6

    Please help! i love this hairstyle but i have been all over trying to find the rolls you use and can’t find them anywhere, i’ve tried the net ones but as you said they are far too long anny idea’s? Manny Thanks

  7. October 20th, 2009 at 17:37 | #7

    Hi Trina. Hmmm….I’m not too sure what to tell you, but I understand your problem as I have noticed that the rolls do not seem to be sold at Sally’s anymore (which is where I got my foam roll). However, I do think Sally’s sells bun rolls that maybe you could cut in half to make it work that way. Really anything that has a certain rigidity to it would work so I guess you could get creative and maybe try to take some rollers that are out there and try to make them work. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help 🙁

  8. January 8th, 2010 at 15:57 | #8

    Just found this from a google search on Victory Rolls, and it takes the fear out of the 1940’s hairstyles! Thank you for posting it! My husband and I are doing a show set in 1944, and the hair was rally stumping me, and I didn’t want to spend $40 on a book to show me how to do this!
    (BTW- I think that you can use the cheapy foam curlers- the ones with the plastic stick that runs through the middle and clips on one end- for the hair rats. Just remove the plastic part and simply use the foam! I get them at the dollar store 8 for a buck!
    Thanks again for sharing this!

  9. Elsenoor
    January 13th, 2010 at 06:49 | #9

    Great tutorial, love it (sitting with my curlers already!!). As for the rats, I read somewhere that you can make them yourselves with your own hair. Just collect the falling hair for some time and gather them in hairnets….have done so myself but am about to test this. So for what it’s worth….

  10. Holly
    June 2nd, 2010 at 21:52 | #10

    @Trina McHugh
    Sew your own net thingies with tulle to match your hair color. You can get it at Joann’s Fabricks.

  11. v
    June 8th, 2010 at 04:42 | #11

    Great video!

    For those asking – simply search for foam rollers on Amazon, they have a ton of them.

  12. anne
    September 1st, 2010 at 12:49 | #12

    Hiya Dawn,

    I wanted to use your tutorial to practise the victory rolls. But I got a error trying to watch it. But I really liked how you explained every thing.
    Is it possible to give me a link that works?
    Thanks in advance and regards from rainy Holland.

  13. Dawn
    September 1st, 2010 at 13:18 | #13

    Hi Anne. It seems the author of that video made it private so we’ve updated this post with a link to other vintage hair how-tos on YouTube. I hope you find something equally as helpful as this video was 🙂

  14. Chris
    August 22nd, 2011 at 04:34 | #14

    Fantastic video I think I should be able to finally manage victory rolls after many attempts. Also found out I was using my hot sticks all wrong. thanks heaps

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