Victory Rolls

Go retro with 1940’s inspired victory rolls! Made famous during WW2 by celebrities and everyday women alike, this hairstyle is both sophisticated and practical. Bring some old-school glamour to your hair by trying out this beautiful vintage hairstyle!

The victory roll hairstyle was a direct result of WW2. Style during this time was distinct, elegant and feminine. It was an example of women’s ability to look glamorous despite the war. This style was useful in keeping hair off the face when women were needed to enter the workforce, making it both useful and glamorous!

Whatever your face shape, this retro hairstyle can work for you! Since the victory roll has many variations, you can alter it to suit your face shape.

If you have a round face, make sure the rolls aren’t too loose. This can cause your face to look rounder and wider. Make sure you style the rolls to be fuller at the top, rather than the sides.

If you have a long or narrow face, your curls should have fullness at the sides, rather than on the top. With this face shape, if you create too much height at the top of your head, it will further elongate your face.


Ready to create your own victory rolls? All you need to bring this look to life, is a comb, bobby pins, and some hairspray!

This style works best on medium to long hair, with long layers. Be sure your hair is not perfectly clean when you try this look by running some product through it before styling.

Separate your hair down the middle to form two sections. Back comb the section at the top and smooth out the front part of the hair. Wrap the end of section of hair around your fingers and begin rolling toward the scalp. Pin the hair in place with bobby pins and repeat on the other side.

Experiment with different sized rolls and different parts in your hair. Remember to leave the rest of your hair loose and wavy, with soft curls, to accent this retro look. To add extra feminine glamour to this style, add a hair clip or flowers.

Though victory rolls were made popular during the 40’s, they  have recently experienced a resurgence in popularity. Celebrities like Dita Von Teese, Katy Perry, Karmin, and Demi Lovato have all been known to sport this ‘do on the red carpet.

Victory rolls are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. It is the perfect time to get inspired by this dramatic vintage style!