Monday, May 14, 2012

Tutorial :: Victory Roll (with chopsticks!)

I love when someone looks like they could belong in the 1940s (or any different era for that matter). I also love it when someone takes something classic from another era and changes it a bit to make it modern again. That's what this tutorial is, an ode to 1940s victory rolls. You can use this tutorial to do classic victory rolls and look like a pin-up or to style your hair like I did, which is more like a nod to a 1940s look with just one roll on the side.

Here's what you need:
- a small brush
- a set of chopsticks (I have tons from Chinese takeout)
- bobby pins

1. Part the section you'd like to put up in a roll and brush it so it's smooth and the hairs on the side of your head are going up toward the top of your head.

2. Put your hair in between two chopsticks. Hold the chopsticks whichever way is most comfortable for you so you can have a good grip on your hair. Position the chopsticks wherever you want the roll to be.

3. Slide the chopsticks up to the ends of your hair and begin to wrap your hair around them.

4. Roll the chopsticks down towards the middle of your head. You'll feel your grip get tighter the lower you go until you don't really have to hold your hair in place anymore.

5. Roll and twist the chopsticks until your roll is tightly in the position on your head you want it to be. It's easiest if you started with the chopsticks in the position you wanted your roll to be, as mentioned in step 2.

6. Slide a strong bobby pin in the back of your roll close to your scalp.

7. Slide consecutive bobby pins across the inner part of the roll starting in the back and working your way all the way to the front of your head. Apply the bobby pins like this so they are all hidden. I used about 8 bobby pins all the way across my roll.

8. Your roll should feel really tight and secure. Now you can just slide the chopsticks out and you're done!

photography by alpha smoot

graphics designed by becca clason


Rachel said...


Did you get to see Alpha when she was in Paris? So fun!

Anna McClurg said...

chopsticks! that is such a good idea! i love a modern '40s look too. sometimes i like to try edwardian styles with a modern twist as well.

hannah said...

ooh! i love this hair and you look so beautiful. :)

Ashley Seil Smith said...

So pretty. When was Alpha in Paris?!! I just met her over the weekend.

Amanda Jane Jones said...

you look beautiful!!

LMT said...

beautiful, brilliant! I'm so going to try this.

Michael and Natalie said...

Girl. Look at I've never known you with that much. Beautiful. Now I won't stop until I have that much hair.

saer said...

Just tried this with my chin length hair and a pulled the hair theother side round into an ear covering bun.

So in love with this! When are you coming back to NY for more hair classes! I love your work!


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