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Victory Rolls in a jiffy!

Wotcher gang!

May I present to you my very latest YouTube 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 Jerry! You could see rolls on everyone from film starlets like Betty 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. πŸ™‚

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

Toodle pip for now!

Fleur xx
DiaryofaVintageGirl.com

91 Comments

Tasha

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. πŸ™‚

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Ren

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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Kate O

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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Peversia

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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Scarlett Fontaine

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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LandGirl1980

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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Siel

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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Betty2Tone (Laura)

"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 πŸ˜‰

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The Vintage Housewife...

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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Penny Dreadful

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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kayl

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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The Zany Housewife

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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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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Diary of a Vintage Modiste

Thank you for the help Fleur!

Finally an easy way to get β€œVictory 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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Amy

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? πŸ˜‰

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Kat Houston

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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Angela Osborn

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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vintage_kitten

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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Alli

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 πŸ™‚

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Marla

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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Molly M.

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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Sarah

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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Patricia

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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Perdita

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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Ms Wanda

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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Red

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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Heather

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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LittleMissBossy

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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Anonymous

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

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Ana

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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ally

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

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Char

You look really lovely and that tutorial was really helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do it πŸ™‚ xxxx

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Alley Cat

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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Irenicineri

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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Queenchop

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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Miss Miku ^_____^

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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Anonymous

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 πŸ˜€ (sorry for my english)

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Katie

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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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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suzanne

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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Anonymous

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

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TreenBean

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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Anonymous

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

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CPPWoolyGirl

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! πŸ˜€ I loved your video and can't wait to watch more!

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Rockbillyholly

Hi,

THANK YOU! finally a Victory Rolls tutorial that doesn't need back brushing! πŸ™‚
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! πŸ™‚

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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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Anonymous

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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Nicole Duffy

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. πŸ™

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Anonymous

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

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Tabby Hanson

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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