Victory Rolls on Short Hair

Victory roll success!Hi Ladies! It's been a really, really long time but I wanted to share some success I've had with victory rolls. At the time I took this picture, my hair was just about chin length and in a fairly straight-cut bob. My hair was washed that morning and had a little hairspray from the day in it (this was at night). I didn't set it in curlers or use a curling iron. I have straight hair thats medium thick.

Prior to this, I had tried and tried to get the rolls but was all thumbs when wrapping it up. I finally watched a tutorial on YouTube, which unfortunately I can't find now, that said wrap your hair around your thumb pointing down, switch thumbs for each side, pin once going forward from behind and pin once going from the front to back and voila. For some reason this works super awesome.

Thanks for the wonderful inspirational photos you post!
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My Grandfather's women

I originally posted this in vintagephoto but someone suggested I post this here. I'm doing a photo scanning project of all my old family photos, and my Grandfather had a box of photos from the 1940s, and in it were a bunch of pictures of women. Here they are!

I found more of Roberta! She's the one my grandfather truly loved and she broke his heart. So let Roberta welcome you in:

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20s Photoshoot

Hi again! I know, I know. Two posts in less than a week. This isn't much different from the style I'd posted previously, but my husband and I finally used an hour photoshoot package from one of those group deal sites last night, so I thought I'd share what it looks like with proper makeup, hair, composition and lighting. Our photographer was Adam Baruh, who was amazing every step of the way and has a great eye for detail! He also apparently doesn't sleep, since he did some processing last night and threw up these preview photos today!

The shoot was at the US Grant Hotel, a historic hotel in the heart of the Gaslamp district of San Diego, built in honour of President Ulysses S. Grant by his son, Ulysses Grant, Jr. It would have been nice without the Christmas decorations up, but nonetheless it was beautiful and very classy!

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This is the first time I'd never used any pomade, gel, or hairspray, since there was some fog/moisture in the air last night, which would have weighed down the products and made my hair fall down. Instead I put lots of setting lotion on damp hair and slept on a pin curl set, not taking it out until the afternoon the next day (walked around in a scarf all day). I used rows of pin curls in alternating directions for the waves, rather than combing out and clamping like I usually do, so these were a little more frizzy but definitely had more height/definition to them!

I also have to add that as an Asian, adapting vintage makeup to my face, especially my eyes, has been difficult. I have an eye crease, but it is very small, and my eye socket and brow bone are not as defined. When I first started doing the 20s look, it took about a week of trying different makeup styles each night to perfect one that works for me, because the 20s look is especially difficult being the reverse of how women today make their eyes up. Instead of shading specifically the middle to outer edge of the crease and eye, 20s makeup focuses on the upper and inner eye in order to give that "triangle" shape (seen in the second picture) and the rounded, slightly droopy, sultry looking shadowy eye. Obviously it looks less dramatic on me, as I'd have to expand the makeup quite a bit out from my eye if I wanted it more prominent, which would only make my eyes look smaller, rather than emphasising them.

New here, with a 20s-style 'do!

Hi all! I've only just joined LJ, but I've been lurking on this community for 2 years now for inspiration when I started trying to do vintage hair! Since moving to San Diego, my husband and I (or mostly just I because he's busy) have been going out a speakeasy-style music bar/lounge and to "Gatsby Thursdays" for swing dancing! So my hair has been more of a 20s-30s style with waves and pin curls.

Currently I have a shorter middy cut (4 inches all around to 3 on the sides), and thus far, what has worked for me is mildly damp hair, Hawleywoods Lay-Rite pomade mixed with lots of setting lotion, my CHI curling iron, 2-pronged pin curl clips, and WAVE CLAMPS! I hated finger waves until I found these things, and they are a godsend!

I realise some of these may be hard to see because of my black hair, but I'm trying!
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WWII hair

© National Archives

I just finished Yankee Doodle Gals by Amy Nathan, which I got mostly for hair inspiration (and look at that hair!), and ended up reading it. It's a juvenile book, but well written. The women who flew during WWII sound strong and interesting and I was impressed by their stories.

victory rolls and faux bettie bangs.

So I recently had a photoshoot and I got my hair professionally done. We did three victory rolls ontop. Which was alittle odd cause I don't think three rolls looks very.. symertical. But in the end they turned out wonderful. She rolled my hair around a can of hairspray to form the roll, which is a fantastic idea, but they weren't as tight as I do mine.

And then the other night I gave myself faux rolled under bettie bangs. I have bangs already but I love how the rolled under bangs look. I made a rat myself out of cotton balls and an old black nylon. It took me two hours to figure out how to pin the roll to my hair but it was well worth it! It turned out so so amazing. It tried to get the U shape but just couldn't get the ends to curl up.

Might be nsfw cause I'm in lingerie in some.

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Hi Ladies

I had a shoot for Greenspans clothing last night and I put my bangs back and hid all of my blonde with some clip in extensions I made from human hair wefts and wig clips. I liked the outcome. I wish you could see the roll better though.



Here are a couple of more for fun!

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And Here is one more from a paid shoot I had in the beginning of the week. Just some simple rolls. I thought this photo was neat though since it is un-edited on real black and white medium format film.

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I hope all of you have a wonderful and safe holiday!!!