Hello dears! Can I just take a moment here to say how good it is to be back on the blog? I know it really hasn’t been all that long since I was last on here, but it’s been long enough to make me that much more thankful for it. And after this wee break, I am so excited to do a review on a hair product we discovered a few weeks ago! Per usual, Brigi was probing through Instagram when she found some posts from an Etsy shop called, Peachy Keen Sew. The posts were of these pretty, velvet hair accessories whose apperance was so striking that Brigid decided to hop on over to the computer to take a closer look at the shop. Not many minutes later, she got my attention to view what I now call the very most handy vintage hair styling tools I had ever seen!
The hairstyling tools themselves are very different in appearance; one kind will help a lady create lovely, arching Victory rolls with such ease its pretty near ridiculous, while the other can help her attain a more subdued Gibson roll. And you all probably want to see them, right? Well lets take a look!
These, my dears, are called Roll-a-Do’s, and they are the tools Sarah Max, of Peachy Keen Sew, created to help her make her victory rolls stand up ‘victoriously’ all day long. Here is how you use them…
- Just like I have done in previous hair tutorials, I take a front section of one side of my part, and brush it smooth.
- I then insert my index and middle finger (from the hand opposite the side section of hair) through the elastic grip of a Roll-a-Do, lining it up parallel to my side part.
- With my two fingers, I pull the section of hair through the elastic grip so that the hair is laying over the open Roll-a-Do.
- I carefully slide the Roll-a-Do up several inches away from my head, and taking the ends, I twist them, and curl them into the Roll-a-Do, just like I was making a victory roll, only it is inside the hair tool.
- Next, I carefully roll up the free end of the Roll-a-Do over the curled end and the section of hair so that it is tight, before rolling it back down towards my head, creating a nice and tight victory roll.
- Before pinning it in place, I arrange the hair over the Roll-a-Do, so that the styling tool remains invisible. I also make sure that a bit of hair is gracefully covering the back (see down below), and to do this, you may have to slightly pull out the hair to create a soft cover over the tool.
- Once I have successfully rolled and arranged my hair over the Roll-a-Do, I pin it in place, inserting bobby pins into the bottom of the “hole” of the roll, and then pinning the inner side, making sure all hair is being pinned over the end edge of the Roll-a-Do so it doesn’t show.
- Spray with your favorite hair spray, using a fine toothed comb to smooth your hair in place, and to keep the spray from creating a slick, wet appearance.
- Using the other twin Roll-a-Do, perform the same steps on your hair on the other opposite side of your head. You can make the rolls A-symmetrical, or you can make them perfectly symmetrical. The choice is up to you.
Tip: To keep your victory rolls from becoming huge, make sure to tightly twist and roll up your hair, and then tightly roll the free end of the Roll-a-Do over it. Tightening the rolling back down part will not help. Quite the opposite actually, because all the hair going into the roll from the ear up will be too tight, and your roll will be too big. You want a nice soft curve of the hair below the roll, to make it look natural and graceful.
The Victory Roller
Have any of you vintage enthusiasts seen a tool like this Victory Roller before? Maybe this link will ring a bell? I firmly believe that Sarah Max’s Victory Roller is a step up from the original vintage tool, as it is thicker, softer, and very reliable (i.e. won’t slip). I have been using this baby about three times a week ever since it came in the mail, it’s that wonderful and easy to use! Speaking of use, how does one use it?
- First I gather my hair as if I were making a pony tail, before slipping all of it through the Victory Roller.
- Firmly pressing the middle of the roller to a clamped position, I carefully slide the roller away from my head, making sure I’m not pulling up or down as I slide it out.
- I slide it out about half way before I begin rolling it back up on itself. Make sure the ends are laying evenly across the width of the roll, so that its not lopsided at the finish. Roll the tool up firmly to your head.
- Taking one of the ends of the Victory Roller, bend it up and over the top of the roll. Carefully tuck it in behind the roll.
- Do the same for the other side.
- Using both hands, grip the roll and slightly bend it into a curve, all the while keeping the tool’s ends firmly tucked behind the roll.
- Pin in place, making sure to bring bits of hair from the roll over the ends of the Victory Roller with bobby pins so the folded ends are incorporated with the roll, and it feels nice and tight.
You will have a lot of fly-aways, so be sure to spray it from the base up, using upward stroking motions with a fine toothed styling comb to smooth the fly-aways in place.
And now you have one very lovely, period correct 1940s hair style! The best part though, is that if you put them in correctly, you won’t even be able to tell you have these nifty hair tools hidden away within your locks. Sarah Max has done a very fine job in crafting these tools to come in a variety of hair shades, to be comfortable, easy to use, and reliable so they won’t be wearing out on you any time soon. She also has some tips to share about the Roll-a-Dos, in her own hair tutorial here, to keep these tools in their prime for a very, very long time.
So, my dears, do head on over to Peachy Keen Sew Etsy shop, and check out Sarah Max’s marvelous hair tools and accessories! You’ll love them all!
Have you ever seen these hair tools before?
Do you like the look they give?
Did you think it would be this easy to get a period correct hairstyle?
Blessings in Christ!
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer