1940s Victory Roll Hairstyle


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In the late 1940's, the victory roll hairstyle was wildly popular. This term was actually used for a fighter plane maneuver, but women adopted it for a fashion statement that celebrated the victory after WWII. This picture shows one woman's version of this hairdo. These were the days before blow-dryers, so it was necessary to come up with ways to style hair that worked for them back then. This is a picture of my mother who had very fine hair. She would put pin curls in her wet hair at night and sleep on them to be styled in the morning. Sections of hair were wound around fingertips and secured to the head with bobby pins. This gave the hair body and curl. Then, the next morning, the strands were brushed up the sides and pinned at the top in rolls. Some rolls were more defined than others.