Pinup model Bettie Page was the inspiration behind many of the 1950s hairstyles and her trademark victory rolls still form the basis of an authentic rockabilly updo today. You don't require specialist equipment or a hairdresser to create the rockabilly pinup look; a comb, hair straighteners, rollers, bobby pins and plenty of hairspray are all you need to get the Bettie look.
Master the victory roll and you've nailed rockabilly updos. It's the base technique for most 1950s pinup styles and you can mix it up and make it your own. Part your hair and separate into 10-20 sections, depending on your hair length and thickness. Wind each section of hair around a heated roller and fix into place. You can wind under or over, as long as you do the same to all of your curlers.
Let the front sections down first and comb each one through. Use hair straighteners for an extra smooth finish. Back-comb the roots and smooth the front part of the hair that will be on the outside of the curl. Wind the section around your fingers to create a roll, and carefully roll it up toward your scalp. Pin in place and repeat with the remaining sections.
Up or down
Rockabilly style can be up or down at the back. Continue the victory rolls around the back or loosely twist and underpin the rest of your hair for a less structured look. Leave the back of your hair wavy and glossy for an authentic 1950s pinup hairstyle or team it with a thick, glossy fringe.
The Bettie fringe
Bettie Page fringes are an iconic part of the rockabilly hairstyle. They became a huge fashion statement when Dior featured the hairstyle on their models for the 2011 spring/summer collection. The Bettie fringe is thick, sleek and incredibly shiny. If you don't already have a thick fringe, cheat and use a clip-in hair piece. Straighten your fringe in small segments using hair straighteners and a comb. Smooth into position and fix with hairspray.
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