DIY Victory Rolls!


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Alright! So here she is, my photo tutorial to Victory Roll goodness! Let’s jump right in! Below are all the supplies you will need to create the above look. (Besides bobby pins….yup I forgot to photograph those…oops!)

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  1. You will need a teasing brush, like my pink one. Here is where I got mine.
  2. You will need a Boar Bristle Brush.
  3. I really like using Suavecita Pomade to smooth my fly-aways.
  4. Some Duck Bill Clips will definitely come in handy.
  5. As will Pin Curl Clips.
  6. Your Favorite Hairspray.
  7. 1″ Curling Iron.
  8. I set mine to about 360F.
  9. Now let’s get to the real step 1! Brush out your hair.

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10. Part your hair at the highest point in your brow.

11. Make a part across your crown where a headband would sit.

12. Take a 1″ section of hair on the side with the most hair after it was parted and against the headband part.

13. Curl it, rolling the curl backward.

14. Once hair is thoroughly heated, remove it from the iron and pin in place with small pin curl clip to cool.

15.Section the hair in front of the curl you just made so that it goes from your original high eyebrow part to your other high eyebrow. Clip this section out of the way with one of your duck bill clips as we will get back to it later.

16. Curl the remaining hair in front of your headband part backwards, sectioning the hair as needed for proper curling.

17. Remember to place the pin curl clips in, once you remove the hair from the iron.

18. Repeat step 16 for the other side of your head.

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19. Getting back to that neglected center front section…

20. …separate the hair into manageable curling amounts.

21. Curl each section AWAY from your original high eyebrow part.

22. After pinning those curls in place to cool, unpin the first side you curled, as they should now be cool.

23. Take a section closest to your face and tease the hair with your teasing brush making sure you are behind the hair.

24. Keep teasing that hair together chunk after chunk.

25. It will begin to look something like this.

26. Grab your Suavecita Pomade and take a little in your hands. Run it over the front of the hair to smooth fly-aways. Brush any surface lumps with your teasing comb.

27. Roll your hair with your fingertips towards the center back of your head. Remember to keep the roll full. Think cinnamon roll, not tunnel.

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28. Pin you roll in place using hair colored bobby pins.

29. Now that those center front section curls should have cooled, lets take them out and form your center roll. Begin by teasing the underside of the hair which should be closest to the roll you just completed.

30. Smooth with teasing brush and pomade and pin in place with your bobby pins.

31. Tease your final side until it looks like this. This side will need more volume to make up for the lack of hair due to your side part.

32. Smooth with teasing brush and pomade and pin in place with your bobby pins.

33. Hairspray your rolls.

34. Now for the back! Almost done!

35. Take a section of hair directly behind your ears and curl it forward, holding the iron vertically.

36. Do the same on the other side.

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37. With the remaining hair at the back of your head, curl it all downward. Pin to cool.

38. Once cool, take out your pins and brush the underside of your hair to give it volume. Smooth the top if needed and use a very small amount of pomade at the ends of your hair. Too much at your roots will make your hair greasy and stringy looking.Yuck!

39. Give your hair a good ol’ final spray and add some hair flowers : )

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40. And you are done! Hit the town or go grocery shopping. Just go do you!

Next week we will go over Bumper Bangs. Thanks for reading, and if you try this out I would love to hear your experience with it!

Happy Rollin’!


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My 1st Hair Class!

Oh my lord! It has seriously been forever since I have had a chance to blog! If it wasn’t work travel, family, friends, cleaning, cats, it was something else, but thank goodness… I got this whole last week off to catch up!

So I LOVE learning. If there is a better, smarter faster, less expensive way to do something, I want to know about it! Not only do I want to know, I want to tell everyone I come in contact with. Spread the wealth right? A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to share what I have learned so far in the way of teaching my very first “Vintage Holiday Hairstyling Class”!



At this class I taught 3 different styles: Victory Rolls, Bumper Bangs and what I call Glamour Waves. (All of which I will blog about in more detail the up coming posts, providing picture tutorials and diagrams. ) My hair models were the following 3 lovely ladies…

Hair Models

On  the left we have the adorable Jamie, the wonderful middle is Rebecca and on the end, enjoying her tropical beverage, we have Meghan. I have had the pleasure of working with Jamie’s hair before as she has modeled for me in the past, (see below… Girlfriend knows how to weerk! Yes, she is on a tractor.).

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As for Rebecca and Meghan, I have never worked with their hair, so it was a test for me as well! I put out some feelers a few weeks before the class to see if anyone would be interested in something like this and I had 10 ladies sign up! I was so excited. As for the location, the wonderful Lisa Hahn volunteered The Heart of Rock Farm to hold the event, and we were set! Until we hit our 1st bump in the road, or may I say river in the road?…..

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Yep, that is Lisa and Phil. We found out at 3pm on Friday that the rain wasn’t letting up and one of the roads to the farm had already become inaccessible due to a river forming over it! Worried that my 10 ladies would be left without a class and no good options for rescheduling due to the holiday season, Rebecca and I began brainstorming where we could hold something like this on such short notice. Then we had it… an apartment club house! Rental of a complex’s club house is normally very cheap since they include it as part of the tenant’s rents upon moving in. The only problem was we didn’t live in an apartment. 2nd bump : /

That is when we reached out to my soon-to-be mother-in-law. Her club house was beautiful and only $25 to rent as long as you put down a deposit to make sure you don’t trash the place. This sounded perfect and she called to see if we could rent it out…it was already booked. 3rd bump : /

That’s when Wendy (soon-to-be mother-in-law) jumped in and saved the day! She offered up her place for my class. I couldn’t believe it! We had a spot! Not only was it a dry spot to talk hair, it is immaculately vintage. To explain to you how lovely her place is, just imagine a giant tin coke billboard from the 1940s. It’s sorta like the one below but with only 1 gal and it fills up an entire living room wall! This place is perfect.

Image Credit: Terapeak Inc.

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Out of the 10 ladies registerd, 9 showed up! I couldn’t believe it! I figured we might get 4 if we were lucky due to the horrible weather and flooding of roads. The only lady that couldn’t make it was dealing with a flooding basement. Talk about Oregon rain.

After 3 bumps in the road we were finally doing it! The class registration fee was $25 which I used to get milk, cookies and everything (besides a 1″ barrel curling iron) that the ladies would need to start trying out these hair styles on their own.



The bags included:

  • 1 Travel hairspray (Bead Head Hard Head Hairspray)
  • 1 Teasing brush
  • 12 Pin curl clips
  • 2 Duckbill clips
  • 30 Bobby pins
  • 2- 5 gram jars of pomade (Suavecita)
  • 1 Christmas card from me : )

Check in next week to see how I used these products in the pinup transformation!

Feeling grateful for my amazing family & friends,



The Usual Suspect; My Daily Pinup Hair

In the last post I showed you how I go about my daily makeup routine. While I was documenting it I decided to let you in on my almost daily hair routine as well! To keep things interesting and to challenge myself, I try about 2-3 times per week to mix it up with different swirls, twirls and curls. For the rest of the days when I have say an early meeting , or I’m just not wanting to put in all that effort I do this. What fascinates me is that I am continually happy with it, time and time again! I really haven’t had a bad hair day in quite a while since I figured out this set!

Now this may not work for everyone but I highly suggest you give it a try!

Step 1) Grab your teasing brush or comb, (I got this one for $2.99 at Sally’s), and give yourself a deep side part. I stay around the highest point of my brow. I feel like Morticia Addams with my au’Natural’ hair!

Step 2) Take a 1 inch barrel curling iron, (mine is a here), and turn it up fairly high. I go about 3/4 of the max setting. The higher the setting, the less time you have to have it in your hair. Remember hotter = shorter time. Also make sure not burn yourself!

Step 3) Grab the front section of your hair around 1″ deep and curl it going forward in your iron. I let mine sit for about 10-15 seconds. One the hair on your iron is hot to the touch, slowly release it keeping the curl in that single roll with your other hand.

Step 4) Grab a little double pronged clip, (I use these), and pin your curl into place right where your curling iron used to be. Next grab a section of hair 1″ deep right behind where you just placed your first curl.

Step 5) Curl that second section of hair just like you did the first one, curling towards the front and pin in place with one of your metal clips. No we move onto the sides. Just as before, take a 1″ deep section of hair over your ear and curl this towards the front. Pin in place.

Step 6) Again grab a 1″ deep section of hair right behind the area you just pinned above your ear. Curl it forward and pin it in place. Now move on to your other side. Curl the 1st & 2nd row by your ear forward and pin them in place.

Step 7) Now we start down the back! Grab a 1″ section at the top of your head and curl it down. Pin in place. Continue curling the rest of the remaining hair downward and pin it all in place. Once everything is curled and tidy, take some hairspray and give it a quick once over. I use Tresemme Two Freeze Hold Hairspray. This will help it set while it cools and if you have stick straight hair like me, anything helps!

Step 8) Once all your curls have cooled, (about 10-15 min), gently take out all your clips. This will leave you with ringlets. Grab the 1/2″ section of hair that is right next to your part on the top of your head. With your teasing comb, begin to back comb it down toward the roots on the underneath side of the hair. This is the side that will be laying down if you let go ; )

Step 9) Once that little section is teased enough to stand up a smidge on it’s own, give it a tiny spritz on the underneath side, by the teased area. Next, grab another 1/2″ section of hair directly next to that teased side and tease it at the roots. Make sure to hold the section that has already been teased so they begin to come together. Each time you add another little 1/2″ to the growing tease mound give it a little spritz.

Step 10) Stop teasing once you have reached approximately the equal distance from your ear, as your part is on the other side. You should be looking pretty foxy by this point!

Step 11) Ok so what now? Well, let’s start ramping up the flat sides a bit. Add a little teasing on the underside of the flat section, making sure to spray it each time and continue holding the previously teased sections, creating your dangerous looking mounds. Now we sculpt. Take your same teasing comb and gently brush the top of your mounds to start to smooth is all out.

Step 12) Make sure that while you are smoothing, not to lose that nice wave volume you just worked so hard to get! You can puff it back up with the tail end of your teasing brush if you find it getting flat. Smooth the other side and make sure to brush the back of your hair and the ends of your hair as well. Consistency people.

Step 13) Pick you hair accessory. This time we are going with a scarf. Even the scarf out towards the side you eventually want the bow to sit. You don’t want to have to adjust it once in place. Let’s be real, it will just fuck up your hair.

Step 14) Adjust what you need to. Grab some bobby pins and to hold you scarf in place and secure it right above your ears. Once you pull your hair forward on the sides a bit you won’t even see them.

Step 15) Give it a good one over with your hairspray, put on your lips and go take a selfie! That’s it!

Hope this was helpful! Until Next time!


Pinup Hair 101: The Vintage Barrel Wave

Holy smokes it’s done! This last Saturday I had the pleasure of turning one of my friends into a pinup and good lord, it was too much fun! I took the opportunity to create a step by step tutorial of one of my favorite basic styles, the vintage barrel wave. Below are a few photos from our shoot…

Now that you have seen the outcome, check out the video below to see how this Vintage Barrel Wave is done!

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WARNING: This video contains flip-flopped feet, walking in front of the camera and many other unsightly attractions often displayed by newbie tutorialists. Viewer beware.


DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 2

In this Part 2 I will show you how I use all the ingredients from Part 1 to create long lasting sexy jet black hair for around $20. I wanted to start this new year off fresh so I decided to do my roots. Since I have already made my initial investments my current cost of upkeep is down to $5.99. That probably wouldn’t even cover the tip in a salon!

The Dye Process:

  1. Important: Read all labels and warnings with regards to skin allergies and safety.
  2. Make sure your hair is clean and doesn’t have any products or conditioners in it.
  3. Put on the old t-shirt.
  4. Lay your old towel across the sink with all your supplies ready to go.
  5. Set up a trash that you wont have to open once your gloves are all covered in dye.
    • I just use a plastic shopping bag.
  6. Clip up your hair and take your petroleum jelly. Outline your hairline and tops of your ears.
    • This will protect your skin from any dye that might get out of line. It feels awful but by golly is it worth it!
  7. Put your gloves on.
  8. Dump the 2 oz bottle of the L’Oréal Permanent Hair Color #1 Blue Black into your squeeze bottle.
    • I really like the squeeze bottle I have because it has measurement lines that really come in handy when you need to work with different quantities.
  9. Add 2 oz of 20 vol. Cream Developer and screw on the cap.
    • I was recently told that 10 vol. developer can be used as well. The 10 will be even less damaging to your hair than the 20 but I have chosen to stick with 20 for now as this hair color calls for 20-30 vol.
  10. Place your fingertip firmly over the nozzle of the squeeze bottle and shake until thoroughly mixed.
  11. Part your hair, (I normally start down the middle), and begin dispensing a line of dye along the part and brush dye in.
  12.  Repeat step 11 down the right side, left side and back of hair.
  13. Use the rest of the dye to saturate hair making sure all hairlines in back, front and sides are covered but not messy.
  14. Once finished set timer for 25 min.
  15. Cover hair with bag, do some clean up of any dye that may have strayed.
    • This is where your stain remover comes in handy.
  16. Eat something sexy like instant oatmeal and wait.
  17. After the 25 min., rinse your hair until the water runs clear. Once clear, take your after-color care deep conditioner and saturate hair. Let sit for at least 5 min. Rinse, then dry using your old towel. Voila! You are done!

The Final Outcome!

My friend Ashley and I on NYE. I'm on the left ;)

My friend Ashley and I on NYE. I’m the one with the black hair ; )

Tips & Tricks:

  • Do not wash your hair for at least 24 hrs after dying. Let the hair have time to rest.
  • To keep the rich dark color, limit hair washings to every 3rd day. I know it may sound gross. I used to wash my hair every morning and by the end of the day my hair would be greasy. Now I only wash it every 3rd day and by day 3 it is barely even oily. Amazing really. Also, shower caps are sexy. I don’t care what anyone says ;P
  • To keep it looking shiny you can use styling products such as waxes and creams but never ever start at the roots! Putting product at your roots will cause your hair to get oily quickly. Always start at the ends of the hair.

 -The Penny-wise Pinup

DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 1

I was going to save this post for later on in January but as it so turns out, it is once again time to dye my roots. I get asked all the time how I get my hair so dark, (even from people currently with black hair), so I have decided to share with you my low cost (under $20), time tested method that will give you salon results from your very own bathroom.

Here are a few pics of my hair over the last few years, all DIY dyed.

My natural hair color is a medium to light brown but I have always loved the look of rich, dark, midnight black. Throughout the years I have gone back and forth but I just keep coming back to black! Is it the glamour? The mystery? The seduction? Whatever it is, raven-haired beauties have been making jaws drop for millennia.

[Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine, © 2014 Condé Nast]

Dita Von Teese [Photo Credit: Glamour Magazine, © 2014 Condé Nast]

Elizabeth Taylor c.1951 [Photo Credit: IMDb, Image courtesy]

Elizabeth Taylor c.1951 [Photo Credit: IMDb, Image courtesy]

Miss Victory Violet [Photo Credit: Miss Victory Violet Blog 2014]

Miss Victory Violet [Photo Credit: Miss Victory Violet Blog 2014]

Take a good look at those 3. You won’t see any dusty, dry, faded wigs among this bunch! You see rich black tar, sleek and shiny, and I am here to tell you that for around $20 you can have exactly that. Here is my time tested recipe…

*Note: If you have long or very thick hair, you will want to double this recipe for items 3, 9 & 11.
  1. 1 Old Towel
  2. 1 Old T-shirt
  3. 1 2oz bottle of L’Oréal Permanent Hair Color #1 Blue Black [$5.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • Make sure it is Blue Black, as the blue/purple tones resist fading and will give you the richest deepest back color that will last the longest. This is key.
  4. 1 Bottle of stain remover [$4.49 Sally Beauty Supply]
  5. 1 Squeeze bottle [$1.50 Sally Beauty Supply]
  6. 1 Jar Petroleum Jelly [$1.79 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • I use this to protect my skin from any drips, slips or fumbles with the dye.
  7. Balls
  8. 1 Applicator brush [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
  9. 2oz of 20 Cream Developer [$1.69 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • No need to use anything harsher as you will be darkening your hair, not trying to lighten it.
  10. 1 Pair latex or vinyl gloves [6 pairs for $2.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
  11. 1 package after color care deep conditioner [$0.99 Sally Beauty Supply]
    • This will help seal in the color and bring some moisture back into your hair.
  12. Some sort of hair clips & a couple plastic grocery bags.

Total: $20.43

$11.76 spent in reusable products…i.e. the stain remover, brush, bottle, more gloves and petroleum jelly. After the initial dye session the price drops to $8.67 for each session after! Holy cow! The average salon price for an all over color is around $60+ in my area! Stay tuned for DIY: Sleek & Shiny Raven Hair Part 2 where I will post a step by step of the dying process, and offer tips & tricks for long lasting rich color!

-The Penny-wise Pinup