How to Do a Pinup Curl

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Pinup hairstyles vary from girl to girl, but when it comes to curls, let liberty ring. An upright, top reverse roll that commands attention while recalling its armed services heritage, the liberty curl graces the signature styles of pinup enthusiasts across the globe. Also named the victory roll for its V-shaped predecessor, this vintage coif leaves long hair looking stylish and updos polished enough for a night out, but also practical enough for a hard day's work.

  • Curl-setting lotion
  • Bobby pins
  • Hairbrush
  • Comb
  • Hairspray

1 Dampen your hair

Dampen your hair at night and work curl-setting lotion into the strands.

2 Separate

Separate the hair into 2-inch-wide sections and roll them upward at the front and under at the back, away from the face. Flatten each roll against the scalp.

3 Slide two bobby pins

Slide two bobby pins over each curl to hold it in place, then let the curl set dry overnight.

4 Take out the bobby pins

Take out the bobby pins in the morning and brush out your dry curls to create volume. Part your hair in the middle or on the side.

5 Take a 2-to 3-inch-wide section

Take a 2- to 3-inch-wide section of hair at the front, on one side of the part. Roll the section upward, away from the face and toward the part. Slide a bobby pin through the base of the roll to hold it against the scalp.

6 Make an identical roll

Make an identical roll on the opposite side of the part, in the opposite direction.

7 Tease the underside of your bangs

Tease the underside of your bangs, if you have any. Brush the top of the bangs smooth, then roll the bangs under, toward the forehead. Slide a bobby pin into the base to hold the roll.

8 Spritz the curls with hairspray and style the back

Spritz the curls with hairspray and style the back as desired.

  • For more texture instead of volume, style pinup curls on second-day hair or hair coated with pomade.
  • 1 1940s Hairstyles; Daniela Turudich

A writer with a Bachelor of Science in English and secondary education, but also an interest in all things beautiful, Melissa J. Bell has handed out beauty and fashion advice since she could talk -- and for the last six years, write for online publications like Daily Glow and SheBudgets.