How to Easily Create Rockabilly Hair Victory Rolls in 4 Different Ways

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30 Minutes

The victory roll is such a classic vintage look, so if you’re feeling victorious, follow along with this tutorial. I’m going to show you four ways to create rockabilly hair victory rolls, even if you have short or very long hair!

Tools and materials:

  • Bobby pins
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Teasing brush
  • Hair pomade
  • Hairspray
  • Hair chignon
Spritzing hair with a texturizer spray

1. Prepping your hair

It is very hard to create victory rolls on freshly washed hair. Day-old hair will be much easier to manage and manipulate. It will also help if you have a little curl in your hair to begin with.

If your hair is already wanting to curl a bit, then you’re one step closer to a victory roll!

If you are just learning to do victory rolls, I recommend that you start with a side part in your hair. Then, you won’t have to worry about getting each side symmetrical as you would with a center part.

If you need to add some volume to your hair, start with a molding texturizer spray and apply it to the underside of your hair.

How to do victory rolls with no backcombing

2. Victory rolls with no backcombing

Brush through your hair and take a section of hair from in front of your ear to the back of your side part.

Place your fingers from one hand against the section, about a third of the way down from your head, and wrap the hair around those fingers. Use your pointer finger from your other hand to help tighten the wrap.

Now finish rolling that first wrap into your head.

How to do victory rolls

With one hand holding the roll, place a bobby pin right at the base of the roll. Now you should be able to remove your hand and keep the victory roll in place.

Use your hand to roll in any gaps and place another bobby pin to help close the first victory roll and keep it anchored.

With these two bobby pins placed, you can now use your hands to manipulate the victory into the exact shape and position you want.

Applying pomade and hairstyle to the victory roll

Take a little pomade, smooth it over your fingers and smooth your fingers over the victory roll. Then apply hairspray to the roll.

How to do victory rolls with a filler

3. Victory rolls with a filler

This method of creating a victory roll also doesn’t use any backcombing but it does use a hair chignon that you can buy from a beauty supply shop.

They come in a donut shape, and you will want to cut the donut, so you have one long chignon, and stitch the ends so it doesn’t fray.

Wrapping hair around a chignon

Take a section of hair from the front of your eye towards the back of your part. Now, wrap your section of hair around the chignon starting at the end of your hair and rolling it up and in towards your head.

When the victory roll is snug to your head, use bobby pins to secure it at the front and back of the chignon.

Hiding the chignon under the hair

Then, use your fingers to accordion the victory roll and pull it away from the chignon form at the front, to hide the chignon. 

How to do victory rolls with backcombing

4. Victory rolls with backcombing

Backcombing will provide more volume to your victory roll and for beginners, it may be an easier way to make victory rolls.

Section your hair as you did before. Now, in two smaller sections, hold the front section of hair at an angle from your head and backcomb from about halfway down the section to your head.

Give the section of a spritz of hairspray underneath.

You can also backcomb the second section in the same way, but if you have frizz, you might choose to leave it alone for a smoother outside to the victory roll.

Victory rolls tutorial

Hold both small sections and brush them together on the front, back, and to the ends so they are smooth. 

Wrapping hair around fingers to make victory rolls

Put two fingers near the end of the section and wrap your hair around those fingers, tucking in any strands. 

Pinning the victory roll with bobby pins

Slide your fingers out and roll the section the rest of the way to your head. Bobby pin in to hold it place, using two to three pins.

How to do victory rolls on very long hair

5. Victory rolls for very long hair

This method will help you create a victory roll from very long hair. Create the same section as previously, divide it into two smaller sections and backcomb both sections.

Now place your fingers on the hair near your head and fold your hair over your fingers. Then roll and pin your hair as you did before.

Victory rolls from the back

If you need to cover a part line at the back of the section, just work the back of the roll a bit looser.

Rockabilly hair victory rolls

Rockabilly hair victory rolls tutorial

Go forth and be victorious with your new victory rolls! Leave a comment to let me know if any of these methods of creating victory rolls worked for you. Thanks for joining!

Suggested materials:
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairbrush or comb
  • Teasing brush
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