Rockabilly victory rolls represent a signature hairstyle of the rockabilly music craze of the 1950s. But the pin-up-girl hairstyles that are associated with rockabilly actually date back to the war years of the 1940s and are still popular today with many young women. The victory roll is a stylised 'do that features architectural rolls of hair on top of the head.
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The term "victory rolls" originated with a fighter-plane manoeuvre of the same name that was used during World War II. Women adopted this name for the popular hairstyle when they were seeking a way to honour victorious soldiers.
The trademark victory rolls require ample supplies of heavy-duty hairspray, styling gel and lots of hair clips.
Shoulder-length hair that has been curled loosely using styling gel is needed to create this hairstyle. The victory rolls are created by forming two large rolls of hair at the top of the head and securing with hair clips. The remaining hair can be contained in a large roll above the nape of the neck.
If desired, all hair can be pulled on top of the head for a classic updo, or some hair can be left down for a softer, shoulder-length look. The look may also feature short, straight fringe or no fringe at all.
During World War II, many women achieved this look by using pipe cleaners, since the metal needed to manufacture hair clips had to go to the war effort.
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