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Tutorial:Elegant Victory Roll Up-Do

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

victory roll updo vintage tutorial Irene Adler hair
victory roll updo vintage tutorial Irene Adler hair
Last week for my weekly date night, I planned on doing a Betty Draper hairstyle but my hair didn't want to cooperate, so I ended up rolling it all up in victory rolls and it turned out really pretty! So, here's my tutorial for my victory roll up-do. I imagine that this style would work on longer hair but I wouldn't suggest trying it on hair that is shorter than mine.
You will need:
Hot rollers of any kind (or a curling iron)
Hair spray (I use trusty ol' Aqua Net)
a rat tail comb
a TON of hairpins
knowledge of how to do victory rolls

1.) Begin with unwashed, dry hair. Use your comb to do an extreme side part like so...


2.) Roll your hair in hot rollers or use your curling iron. You can roll it up in any configuration. This step is just to add a little body to your hair and make it a bit easier to manage. Watch Mythbusters and pet the kitty while you wait for them to cool. If your hair has a natural wave or curl (unlike mine) you can skip this step.


3.) Section off the side with the most hair. Section off the hair from just in front of your ear


4.)Spray, tease, roll and pin. Roll this section into a victory roll with the opening of the roll facing forward as shown. When you roll this part, roll it a little more loose than usual so that you have a nice swept up effect. Finsih with hair spray and extra pins if needed.


5.) section off the other side of your head in the same manner.

Spray, tease, roll and pin. Pin this victory roll with the opening facing forward.

6.)Go back to the other side of your head. Section off a rectangular section of hair from just behind your first roll as shown. This section should be about 1/2 inch wide.




7.) Spray, tease, roll and pin. The opening of this roll will also face forward. Repeat on the other side. Now, you should have 4 rolls total.

8.)For the next set of rolls, begin with your comb at the top of your head and draw it down, making a part.

roll two rolls with openings facing forward on both sides of your head, leaving the bottom part of your hair hanging down as shown. You should have 3 rolls on each side.




9.) Roll the bottom section of your hair up and pin as shown. My hair is short so I used my mascara tube to help roll it up so that I could pin it in place and spray it. Spray this section thoroughly and smooth it over to keep flyaways in check. Finish off with your favorite pair of bakelite earrings, a hat or a flower clip.


victory roll updo vintage tutorial Irene Adler hair

Any questions, just ask by leaving a comment! Have fun, gals!

1940's dress- The Vintage Haberdashery
Bakelite dangle earrings- gift from Pj and Olivia for Mother's Day

26 Responses to “Tutorial:Elegant Victory Roll Up-Do”

  1. wow you look so cute here and eventually I will brave this. First though, I can't wait to see the Betty Draper tutorial. I love her hair and I know it will work great with fine hair like ours.
    I got lottabody and will be trying it out with some (vintage) hot rollers on saturday. let's hope it works since I'll be going on a date later that night (I can always resort to the straightener right?)

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  2. Beautiful! I will definitely give this a go soon. :)

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  3. Oooh, that looks lovely.

    I'll have to give that a go!

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  4. Oh my goodness you look beautiful! Your hair looks amazing! Such a good clear tutorial, I'm going to pass this on :)
    Lottie x

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  5. So elegant! I am definitely trying this!

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  6. I will attempt this and fail miserably Im sure. My hair does not keep a curl, a wave, or even a kink! Combine that with what little patience and time that I have = FAIL. It looks lovely on you though.

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  7. Thank you everyone! Atomic Mama- my hair won't hold a curl either, except when I pin curl it. I have started spraying all of my hair with 2 parts water, 1 part lottabody and drying it with a hair dryer and then doing the hot rollers. It REALLY helps my hair to stay curly after hot rollers. Maybe worth a shot for you?
    and yes, ladies- the Betty Draper tute is on the way too! :)

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  8. wow..you make it look so easy.
    http://doradadama.blogspot.com/

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  9. You look marvelous! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  10. What a great hair style! I am going to try very hard to follow your (really clearly written) tutorial -- somehow I think my version will look so much less polished than yours though.

    xoxo ~ Courtney
    http://sartorialsidelines.blogspot.com

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  11. Lovely! Very pretty on you!

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  12. I try so hard to do victory rolls , but they jsut never work for me! damn butter fingers :'(

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  13. Fleur De Guerre of Diary of a Vintage Girl gave me some tips on victory rolls. She told me that she uses a TON of hairspray and back-combs like mad to get her rolls. The backcombing really adds height and stability and the tons of hairspray will keep it all together and make it easier to roll. I use extremely cheap hairspray in a can because it has a higher lacquer content and will hold better than many expensive sprays. If you pin curl the sections that you will use for victory rolls (and roll the pin curls in the direction of the victory rolls) they will roll MUCH easier for you! In fact, they practically roll themselves at that point! I always use a fine tooth comb to smooth out the roll once it's pinned up to give it that smooth, flawless finish. Spraying a finished roll and using your hand to smooth it out will also do wonders for all of those funny renegade hairs that stick out!

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  14. This hairstyle is beautiful, i must try it out some time. Like georgimarine i have so much trouble with my victory rolls, i don't know what i'm doing wrong! They just don't want to roll properly. But i will try your tips you gave in your comment, maybe backcombing will help.

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  15. Very nice! Will you come do my hair? I don't think I have the patience to do it myself. :)

    lepetitstyle.blogspot.com

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  16. I really like the smaller rolls and curls you did as well !

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  17. Hey, I know that this is rather off topic, and maybe it's a silly question, but...how do you do your eyebrows? Are you naturally blessed with lovely, thin, arching eyebrows, or you do you have to style them? I keep looking at my wide, thick, straight across eyebrows and trying to figure out how on earth I would make them into an arch like that.

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  18. lol, le petit, if you live in the st louis area, I will -totally- come do your hair!:)
    Brilliantpants- Thank you for the compliments! I actually have been blessed with natural arched eyebrows but I do pluck and style them to accentuate the natural arch. I was thinking about doing an eyebrow tutorial too, but since you mentioned it I think it's a must-do! I'll try to get on that very soon!!

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  19. Your hair is so pretty! Thanks for sharing. I love this style!
    :-)

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