Saturday, 14 February 2015

Victory Roll tutorial

As I mentioned in my last post, the lovely @rozellerose on Instagram asked me to do a Victory Roll tutorial and I was so incredibly flattered and excited to do it. I have spent the last 9 months perfecting this hairstyle. I am not naturally talented when it comes to hair styling, so it has therefore taken me forever to master. If you are a bit more handy with a brush, it may not take you quite as long. However, as with all hair styling, practice makes perfect! If you are anything like me, your first attempt at Victory Rolls will look terrible! Yet in time, with enough dedication, even the most ungirly girl (like me) can master this style! I will no doubt post more tutorials as I perfect other vintage styles (and my hair grows back!), so please do keep a look out for those!

So, here is how I do my Victory Roll!

Victory Roll Tutorial

Stuff you will need:
  • Curling tongs
  • Backcombing brush
  • Barrel brush
  • Hairspray
  • Pomade 
  • Bobby pins
  • Chiffon head scarf
  • Hair clips

Never attempt Victory Rolls on clean, freshly washed and dried hair. It is impossible! I usually wash my hair and leave it to dry over night and then style it for about another 1-2 days. You can adjust this time depending on how greasy your hair gets. But natural grease in your hair is your best friend when it comes to Victory Rolls. If your hair does tend to get greasy quickly, try some dry shampoo to freshen it up. 

Step 1: 

The first thing that you need to do is to section off your hair at the front. Do this by taking the pointed end of your backcombing brush and drawing a semi circle from one side of your face to the other. Then divide the hair section into 3 strands. If you have particularly thick hair, you may want to divide the section up a bit more to make sure you get a good curl.

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Step 2:

Next you want to curl and backcomb these sections. Using your curling tongs, curl the first section of hair inwards, so you are rolling it towards you. Then lightly spray at the roots and gently tease the hair, so that it stands up of its own accord. Make sure that you backcomb the inside of the strand. Repeat this with the remaining sections.

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Step 3:

Once all of your sections have been curled and backcombed, apply a small amount of Pomade or fixing gel to control the fly aways and to also shape the hair. (I use Suavecita Pomade which is brilliant. It is available from Amazon for around £12). You can also use the backcombing brush and run it over the hair to control any strays.

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Step 4: 

Brush through the ends of the hair sections to make one large section. Then, starting from the bottom, roll your hair upwards towards your head using your fingers. Roll the hair quite tight; you can always loosen the roll later. Once the roll is in place, you can pull it around and shape it until you are happy. Secure it with bobby pins (making sure to secure it from the inside to avoid the bobby pins showing). 

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Step 5: 

Once the victory roll is secure and you are happy with it, lightly spray with hairspray and using the back of the backcombing brush, run it over the roll to control any fly aways, You can also apply some more pomade if required.

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Step 6:

Once you victory roll is done, take your square head scarf and bring two of the corners together to make a triangle. Put the edge of the scarf at the back of your hair, bring the two corners up (make sure to bring them up over your ears) and tie in a bow. There will be a little bit of the scarf that pops out of the top. Just tuck this little fella underneath the knot you have just tied. Secure the sides of the scarf to your head with either bobby pins or clips (I find that clips are a bit more secure yet they are more visible) and tie a bow at the top.

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And you are done!

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I really hope this was helpful? Please be sure to show me your Victory Rolls on Instagram! 

- x - LMDW - x -


  1. This is perfect! A great step by step I know how you get your height on what I only just discovered is called a suicide roll...charming name for it! 😊
    Despite what you might think, you are inspiring and keep blogging, it's fab 👍

    1. Wow thank you! So glad you like it and have found it useful. It means a lot to know I am inspiring someone! Thanks doll!