The 1940s have been a big influence on this season’s fashion and beauty trends, but it’s worth finding tricks to bring the look up-to date (unless you’re off to a fancy dress party, of course). At Miu Miu, Guido nodded to the Victory Roll hairstyle but gave hair an edgy, grungy texture and a different, more low-key shape – instantly creating a fresh, modern look. Here hair stylist Adam Reed guides you step-by-step to create a Victory Roll (complete with its signature V-shape) but keeps things modern with a pretty, wispy, dishevelled texture; perfect ‘special occasion’ hair.
Step one: Work your hair into a neat centre parting with two sections, one on each side.
Step two: Smooth the hair down with a light spritz of hairspray and your hands.
Step three: Use matte Kirby grips (they stay have more hold than shiny ones) to secure you hair firmly to the root of your hair. ‘The bottom of each grip should be touching your scalp, your aim is to anchor your hair to your head,’ explains Adam.
Step four: Work across both sides until your hair is fixed in place. The grips should form a V-shape (see picture). These grips form the foundation of your hairstyle so it should feel tight and secure.
Step five: Spray your brush with a light spritz of hairspray and start back brushing. ‘Back brushing adds padding to a hairstyle, while back combing should be used to get lift at the root,’ says Adam.
Step six: Loosely back brush both sections until you have an airy texture.
Step seven: Take one of the sections and start to roll the hair from the tip around your fingers. Do this at an angle to create a slanted roll that will make up your final V-shape.
Step eight: You don’t need to be too neat; the hairstyle should look a little undone.
Step nine: Take a big hair comb and hook it into the roll.
Step ten: Next bring the comb over and push into the hair secured to your head.
Step eleven: Your first roll, secured to your head, should look like this.
Step twelve: Repeat steps seven to ten on the opposite side.
Step thirteen: You can lightly tweak the hair to make it look more dishevelled before lightly spritzing with hairspray.
Final look from the side.
Close-up from the side.
Final look from the back.