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How to: Victory Rolls

The go to style of any vintage enthusiast or glamour puss, Victory Rolls initially served a purpose during the war years of the 1940s when women stepped into traditionally male roles. It was a practical way for women with long hair to achieve a shorter style that was safer for working with machinery without taking the chop. Sarah Dunn from the Official Goodwood Revival Hair & Beauty Salon shares her simple how to guide using Paul Mitchell® essentials.

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Step 1 - Prep the hair by curling to give you an easier foundation to work with. Spritz damp hair with Heat Seal® before drying it, this will help hold the curls in place. Using a small barrel curling tong, such as the Neuro® Unclipped Styling Rod, curl the hair in small sections.

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Step 2 - Start by creating a side parting and dividing your hair into two sections. This will create one big and one smaller roll – with the added bonus of not having to create two identical rolls! 

Step 3 - Starting with the larger section, backcomb the hair at the roots using the Paul Mitchell® Teasing Brush to create some structure and to help hold the roll up. You will need to comb in small sections so you achieve a neat but sturdy look to the finished style.

If you find your hair is slippery when styling, try spraying a little Dry Wash® dry shampoo at the roots. This will create texture and make the hair easier to work with.

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Step 4 - Gently brush over the backcombed hair until smooth. Spritz a little of The Shine™ spray on polish to create a really glossy look to the roll. 

Step 5 - Roll the section tightly down to the top of the head. If the roll feels too loose or looks untidy, just take it out, brush the section and re-roll it. It may take a few goes to get the roll as neat and secure as you like, be patient and don’t give up! 

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Step 6 - Once the roll is in place, secure with a few pins. For added security you can close the back end of the roll by pulling it backwards and pinning it shut. This looks neat and helps the roll stay in place.

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Step 7 - Repeat steps 3-6 on the opposite side. Spray Stay Strong® over the finished style to keep the hair in place and tidy up any flyaways.

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Step 8 - As a final flourish for a truly vintage edge, why not add an accessory such as a scarf or a 1940s style felt hat?

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Get your vintage on at Betty’s, the official Goodwood Revival Hair & Beauty Salon with hair care partner Paul Mitchell®.

11-13th September 2015

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Model: Teodora

Photography: Jez Brown

Hair, make-up & styling: Sarah Dunn

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Amy is Paul Mitchell’s PR & Social Media Manager and our go-to gal for all things creative in PR, including social media, editorial photoshoots, copywriting and more. 

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