Thursday, March 3, 2011

A Slightly Disorganized Post and an Award!

I'm nearly prepared for my 200 followers giveaway, but not quite. I need to take some photos and add a few more things to the prize package. I'm hoping I'll be ready by next week, but I've been so tired from work that blogging properly (or staying awake past 8pm) has been difficult.

I am so late posting this! I started writing this last Thursday, but ran out of time and wasn't able to finish!

I began the day watching Fleur's Victory Roll Tutorial and thought -I know, I'll give this a try and post the results. That will be easy and fast and I can do it before work. Fleur's tutorial gave me a much better understanding of how Victory Rolls are supposed to work. I've never been able to do them before at all but after about ten minutes of futzing with my hair, I had two passable rolls. I gave them a good shellacking with hairspray ... and then I decided that the roll on the parted side of my hair wasn't quite right.

Unroll. Roll. Unroll. Spray. Brush. Roll. Unroll. Spray. Backcomb. Brush again. Roll. (repeat ad nauseum)

And poof! 40 minutes had gone by, the part side of my hair was in complete revolt, my fingers were sticky with hairspray and slightly orange from residual hair dye, and I had to leave for work. I scrubbed my hands, slapped a comb in the parted side, snapped a few quick pix in the mirror and was out the door.

I love the roll that worked. Clearly, though, this sort of thing takes practice and one should NOT give one's hair a thick and liberal coating of hairspray until they are completely done working with it. I think that was my big mistake. All that hairspray changed the texture of my hair and made it very difficult to work with. Not to say that my hair is easy to work with ever, but this really is the easiest way to do Victory Rolls I've come across and everything was going fine until all that spray.

In other news, Bea over at Butterflies and Hurricanes gave me a Stylish Blogger Award! Thanks Bea! I need to nominate a few of you for the award and write up 7 things you don't know about me. That will be in my next post!

Until then, I'm off to work!


  1. You did a good job, I like the result, and yes all we need is practice and practice ;I've tryed but with awful results.
    Congrats with your award

  2. It came out super cute! It is really hard to get two rolls to look the same. Sometimes it's even hard to just get one looking good. I have definitely found I can't use hairspray until the very end, or pomade. Hairspray makes me hair unmanageable like you found, and pomade makes it limp and uncooperative. That sometimes means I have a hard time getting the rolls to look smooth. I can't always win. ;)

  3. I haven't done victory roles for years but i have super thick hair so if they don't go right the first time I'm ok cos I don't need to hairspray. I don't think it's possible to get them totally perfect, just go with the flow.

    You look cute as they are!

  4. Too bad practicing takes so much time! And tired arms ;)
    The only victory rolls (and they were still rather sad, LOL) I've ever achieved have been with the help of pomade. Absolutely have to use it sparingly, but it tolerates restyling over and over since it stays pliable. Also helps keep all the ends together, and kept my flyaways under control.

  5. love the color of your hair!

  6. I need to practice this more when I have had my hair cut. I just have too much of it to be able to get it all in one roll - so I always end up reverting to my usual approach. Tis a grand tutorial. And the one that worked looks a treat on you :)

  7. Really. Practice is the best thing. I've pretty much mastered victory rolls at this point, I'm just working on those awesome two direction rolls that I've seen people do!

  8. i love this picture of you!!! :)

  9. I watched that entire tutorial the other day and she made it look so so easy. I haven't given it a whirl yet, but I do want to try. I can see it definitely being a practice makes perfect type thing and with my chubby wubby face I'm not so sure it's exactly the look I need anyhow.

  10. What a coincidence! I just followed Fleur's tutorial and tried my own liberty rolls this weekend. Yours look fabulous!