7 Days of Vintage Bangs {Day 4 Rosalind Russel}


What a hair do, right? I've always loved those huge victory rolls, creating a perfect 1940s heart shaped halo of hair. My bangs are a bit longer than hers and I didn't do my rolls as high as hers but you can play around with different heights to see what you like.  If you have trouble getting your hair to be as tall, thick and full, you can experiment with rolling it in a rat.  Here are some other tips:

-buy cheap hairspray. The stickier the better.

-Invest in a teasing comb. An invaluable hair styling tool- much nicer than a regular comb. If you do 40s styles frequently, they make victory rolls so easy.

-have a lot of hair pins on hand, matching your color. When I first started out, I'd use probably 6 pins per roll!

-make victory rolls easy by using a pin curl set. You can certainly do this look without a pin curl set but pin curls make the hair much easier to roll!

 The Pin Curl Set:

Victory rolls
part hair from the top of your ear, forward, leaving your bangs out. Pin curl this into 3 or more rows, all hair curling back, in the direction that the victory rolls will go. I did two rows of three pin curls. 
Pin curl the rest of the hair however you like. I did alternating rows so the hair will wave when I brush out. Not sure how to pin curl? See my tutorial, Pin Curls 101

              { Husbands of bloggers have to have fun too!}

The Brush out
 first, let the sides down and brush out. It will look like a frizzy disaster but that's okay, brush for a few minutes until its a bit smoothed out.

 Using the teasing brush, back comb to give more lift and stability to the roll. Only back comb the back of the hair, not the front, which will show when rolled.

 Pull the hair up, way above your head and roll it down towards the scalp. Pin in place, repeat on the other side.

*hint* if your rolls aren't as even as you'd like, take them down and try again until you get it.Sometimes it takes several tries before they're even but practice makes perfect! For this style, you'll want the biggest, cheesiest looking rolls you can get.  It took me a couple of tries while doing this tutorial.

For the back, brush it out with a vented brush, brushing the curls against your hand and sculpting them till smooth. If you're having trouble with a brush out, see my tutorial.*hint*  Using medium to larger sized pin curls will help when it comes to brushing out. I wish I would have known this when I first started. I rolled so small that it looked like clown hair. See this post!

Styling the bangs
Curl the bangs a bit with a small curling iron.  Spread the bangs out with your finger tips so they go all the way up to the rolls and spray into place.  Try to get the ends of your bangs to cover most of the opening of the victory roll. It may take a little fiddling with and a lot of hair spray.

Use a boar bristle brush (or the teasing brush) to gently fill in the gaps in your bangs. Pardon the hair spray stickiness!

If you don't have bangs and you're using a hair rat to create a faux bang, use a nice long rat and spread the hair out over the whole rat. See my tutorial for Victory Rolls with Faux bangs to see what that looks like.

Next, pull a little hair over the opening in the victory roll and pin it closed.

Finish it all off with hair spray

vintage victory roll and pin curls hair tutorial Va-Voom Vintage blog


  1. Amazing! This style is perfect on you!

  2. Beautiful! This is one of my favorite styles. For the rolls, I use a length of foam hair foundation (with or without wire). Since my bangs fall just below my nose, I curl my hair really tightly at night. Then, uncurl and spread them out in the mornings.

    Mary Ellen
    The Working Home Keeper

  3. This is one of my faves! I don't know if I could pull it off, though. :)

    Rachael from THE PARADERS

  4. Really, really cute!!! I need to work on my pin-curls; you make it look so easy! Beautiful!
    ~xoxo, CoriLynn

  5. You look great in this style!

  6. Love it! You look very very pretty!

  7. Lovin these tutorials!! Just started following you blog, check mine out too I'm not spamming you I promise, I am just spreading the vintage / rockabilly love xx

  8. Gorgeous! Well worth all the work!

  9. Oooooh loving this one (all of them lol)

  10. That one really suits your face shape!

    Good tips for the Victory Rolls too. In the UK Tresemme Freeze Hold is the most amazing hairspray for holding vintage dos!

  11. This style is so cute!! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

  12. Absolutely fantastic step-by-step how to! I cracked the biggest smile over the shot with your DH in it - so true about husbands of vintage bloggers having fun during the photo taking process, too.

    This gorgeous 1940s style looks nothing short of incredible on you, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

  13. You did a great job with this style and it looks lovely. I can't seem to get my hair to do anything lately in the hot humid weather.

  14. Looks great, my hair is thick, curly & very long so I find victory rolls very hard :(


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