The History of Victory Rolls!

One of the most iconic and recognisable vintage hairstyles has to be Victory Rolls.  It’s a hairstyle that goes down in history as a reminder of the strength and determination of women during the 1940s.

The History of Victory Rolls!
Betty Grable wearing the signature Victory Rolls look

There is no exact answer to where Victory Rolls were created however there are many heartwarming theories. The Victory Roll hairstyle is often associated with maneuvers performed by fighter planes in World War II. The planes created an exhaust roll that remained in the sky after leaving the area and inspired many patriotic women to adopt the name in honour of the soldiers returning home. It is also believed that Victory Rolls got its name from women seeing each new day as a Victory! Victory Rolls became a popular look among every day women as well as silver screen starlets showing their support of the war effort.

The History of Victory Rolls!
Rita Hayworth in 1945 wearing Victory Rolls with a centre parting

As women were enrolled into the workforce and were required to wear their hair off their faces, Victory Rolls offered a style that was practical yet still feminine. Women rolled up their hair and sleeves and set off to work! Many variations on Victory Rolls were created for both casual and formal styling. This included styling more than just 2 Victory Rolls, adding a headscarf or pinning the rest of the hair up. This style was classic and versatile.

The History of Victory Rolls!
A wonderful woman at work during the war effort sporting Victory Rolls

This hairstyle is still just as popular as it was over 70 years later with many women styling this iconic look. It’s a style we have featured in different ways on many photo shoots, a very classic historical look.

The History of Victory Rolls!
Model Scarlett’s hair styled into a classic Victory Rolls look. Style by Lolita Noir.

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