Today I determined to try doing traditional, 1940s style "Victory Rolls" in my hair. Look at these pics and then I will describe the whole ordeal:
I have gotten this look before using combs; but I have never tried to make actual rolls using the traditional method. First I watched a bunch of tutorials on You Tube (there's a lot of them.)
A few things I discovered on this attempt: First, you have to start with rolled hair - either hot rolled (what I do) sponge rolled, rag rolled, or if you're lucky, naturally curly hair.
Second, It is a good idea to have "product" to put in your hair. I despise putting "product" in my hair, but if you don't, wispy hairs will be all over the place! I tried it a couple times without, and finally put in some "sculpting" gel.
Third: My arms were killing me!
Anyway - my first couple of results were way poofy and fluffy. Then I decided to stop trying to follow all the methods in the videos I watched, and I ended up pinning large "curls" down closer to my head; as opposed to "rolls"; getting less poof.
I also pinned up the back in one big "curl". But, it also looks nice let down in the back.
So, I am resolved to start practicing several times a week at least; until I perfect my "method", and maybe I can get a sister or two to let me practice doing it on someone else's head also.
So, first attempt: "sorta" Victory Rolls. Passable. Meh.