An Easy Victory Roll Tutorial — Just in Time for July 4th!

Posted June 30, 2014 by in Beauty

Victory rolls came into popularity in the 1940’s as World War II settled into America, sending women to work in factories and to become inventive in an era of scrimping and conserving.


The origin of victory rolls is debated — are they related to the metal shortage, meaning women couldn’t purchase new hot rollers? Was it because women needed their hair out of their faces due to their fast-paced work in factories? Are they named for the maneuver used by pilots at war, also called “victory rolls?” No one really knows for sure, but just like the spirit that the planting of victory gardens spurred, this iconic hairstyle brings back a sense of woman-power, and the bravery of all affected by the second World War.

Although they seem daunting to create, victory rolls are actually an easy style, ideal for unwashed hair of every type.


What You’ll Need:

  • – Lots of bobby pins
  • – Hairspray
  • – Comb
  • – A little patience


Step One: Separate the front section of your hair from the back. The tip of your ear is a good marker for where this separation should occur.

Because my hair is thicker, my part curves towards the front of my scalp to reduce the bulkiness of my roll. If you have normal or thin hair, I suggest making the part straight, rather than curving.


Step Two: Once you have the two front sections separated, pull the back section into a bun or ponytail. Comb out the front sections of your hair. If your hair is thin, you can backcomb at your roots to increase volume.


Step Three: Start with one section of your hair. Pull it up and away from your head.


Step Four: Wrap the tip of your hair around your thumb. Hold it securely with your other thumb.


Step Five: Begin rolling your hair down towards your scalp. It is important to keep your hair taut. You can roll it as close to your part as you’d like. Sometimes I let my roll sit high up on my head, and sometimes I roll it closer to my ear.


Step Six: Pin the roll in place.


Step Seven: Begin the same maneuver on the other side. Wrap the tip of your hair around your thumb and hold it in place with your other thumb.


Step Eight: Roll and pin in place.


Step Nine: Keep your rolls in place and calm any flyaway pieces with a good dose of hairspray.


Step Ten: Go forth into the world!



– I stumbled with this style a little bit until I got a hang of the rolling motion. If you’re struggling, try examining how you’re rolling. I suggest rolling down and to the back of your scalp, rather than forward.

– Even if you don’t get the roll perfect on the first (or second, or third) attempt, pin it in place and spray it. Let it sit while you work on the other side. It will help your hair get used to the shape of the roll.

– If your hair is going every which direction, try taking a curling iron and wrapping the entire section of your hair around it in the way you’re rolling.

– If your hair is long, try folding the section in half and then rolling it.


What are your thoughts on retro hairstyles? Let us know in the comments below!

*Chloe Ahlf is the blogger behind Of North. Check out her beautiful blog if you want beauty, fashion and lifestyle inspiration!

  • Belén January 5, 2015 at 6:02 PM

    I love this! I wish I had the skills to make it 🙁 I’ll try it, tho.
    Thanks for sharing! <3 You look gorgeous ^^

  • Dilana Beilfuss September 20, 2015 at 1:09 AM

    I tried this for the first time tonight, and it totally worked perfectly. Thank you so much!!

  • Smita Roy Majumder July 14, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    You look so pretty! <3