Victory’s Speedy Vintage Hair Tutorial #2

Thank you for your lovely comments on my first vintage hair tutorial, Victory’s Speedy Vintage Hair Tutorial #1. For this second one I thought I would demonstrate a speedy, easy to achieve pin-up style. This look is pretty and not particularly extreme, with a slight flip in the hair at the front, rather than full victory rolls, making it particularly good for beginners or those in a hurry. (This style also looks magnificent with full rolls, for those with more time/experience.) In this version, the hair styling shapes your face while the flower is the focal point. I keep a little basket of hair flowers in different colours for these styles. In warm weather, I tend to use a tropical flower. In winter, I use one or more roses. As I often say, when things get tough, or I haven’t had enough sleep, a hair flower brightens my day.

This pin-up style takes roughly 20 minutes in 1 x 15 minute block +  1 x 5 minute block of time. For the first 15 minutes you curl your hair. The last 5 minutes is for styling. You’ll need to let your hair cool between. If you don’t need to curl your hair you can achieve this style in under 5 minutes, though the glamorous wave of the hair is key for this look, so I wouldn’t recommend skipping that step.

I have illustrated the 6 steps to this style through images, though you will need to read the text for more detail. All photographs are by Berndt Sellheim.

Here are 6 things you will need:

  • Hot rollers, hair sticks or a curling iron. Today I am using my hot roller set, pictured below. I do have an unusual amount of hair and it is very thick. Experiment with what works best for you.
  • A rat tailed comb. Metal or plastic works fine.
  • Bobby pins similar to your hair colour.
  • A hair spray setting lotion and/or pomade of your preference, to hold your curls to your liking. (As you can see, my Lindy Charm School Essential Setting Lotion is nearly out.)
  • A hair slide comb accessory.
  • A medium to large hair flower accessory of your choice.

Step 1: Okay, let’s get started. Brush out any tangles, create a side part and assemble your tools, as above.

Above: Morning! Today I’m starting with fluffy hair that needs a bit of a trim.

Step 2: Curl your hair using the method of your choice. For this look I curl the side sections towards the face. Hot rollers take me about 15 minutes to put in because I have a lot of hair. Be sure to use your setting lotion or other preferred product to hold the curl as you do each section, and once they are in, wait until the rollers are cool before taking them out. This waiting is vital. Do your makeup, read a magazine, play Scrabble, trade some stocks, create a petition, whatever you like. Make sure you wait until your hair is cool before taking the rollers out. In this image I’ve done my makeup and I am just starting to remove the rollers.

Step 3: (Concentration face alert.) Now that your hair is nicely curled and you have a side part, take a section at the front, above your forehead, lift it and twist it, or ‘flip’ it over and push it forward gently to create a little height at the front. Once the shape of this ‘flip’ is to your liking, secure it with two bobby pins, just behind the flip, roughly where my left hand is this image. These pins will be hidden the higher section of your hair, when looking from the front, and hidden by your hair flower, when looking from the side. (See final image for another view.)

Step 4: Now it is time to attach your hair flower. You will see a natural space has been created for it, just next to the styled front of your hair. I prefer to use hair flowers with single alligator clips like this one, as they stay firmly in place. This one is by Shazam.

Step : Slide your comb in from back to front, securing it firmly.

Step 5: Pull your hair back on the opposite side from your hair flower and slide your comb in from back to front, securing it firmly. If you aren’t familiar with slide combs, check out this tutorial for techniques. Alternatively, you can use a clip or bobby pins, though bobby pins will look less polished.

Step 6: Spray your hair as desired, to hold the shape and curl, and find your favourite pin-up dress or high-waisted jeans and top to finish the look. Today I’m wearing a Deadly Dames Vamp dress by Micheline Pitt, bought at Miskonduct last year, and a Vivien of Holloway belt.

I hope you enjoy trying out this style. I look forward to your feedback and any requests.


  1. Miss Tash

    I have been resistant to hair flowers. They’re just not my thing.

    I’m rethinking that now, that look is easy and pretty.

  2. Victory

    Hi Miss Tash,
    There are many sizes and shapes in hair flowers available. I hope you find some that suit you. I really do find they brighten my day and bring a lot of smiles and compliments, too, improving otherwise tough days. I hope you give it a try.
    Best wishes,
    Tara AKA Victory

  3. Lauren Jade

    Hey Victory/Tara,
    I’m really enjoying these tutorials already, they’re very detailed and instructive as well as being quirky and imbued with your personality.
    I wanted to ask about hot rollers/hair sticks – considering they’re heat-based, do they damage hair in the same way as a straightener or curling wand would? I’ve been avoiding heat styling because my hair is very prone to drying out and getting split ends, but hot rollers look so fun and easy, I’d love to try them if they’re not too damaging to hair.
    Thanks! Lauren x

  4. Victory

    Dear Lauren,

    Thank you for your lovely comment.

    I am not a hair expert, but I certainly believe that curling irons and straightening irons tend to damage hair more than do hot rollers or hot sticks, largely because of the high heat needed. I am not sure about the difference in damage between rollers or sticks, if there is any, but rollers rarely feel quite as hot as hot sticks in the middle/hottest point. I find sticks are faster to put in my thick hair and give a different curl, but I do use both, often preferring rollers when I have enough time.

    There are non-heat methods to curling your hair, but as they tend to be quite time consuming for thick, long hair, and often involve drying overnight, I haven’t yet tried to do my full head with these methods. Here are 5 options for curling hair without heat:

    It depends a little on your hair type. Dita uses rollers regularly, and conditions and protects her hair for it:

    I hope that helps. If I learn more I will do a post on curling methods.

    Best wishes,
    Tara AKA Victory