Here's the truth: I've never really been "into" hair. In high school I had an emo-kid cut, longer in the front and shorter in the back, and dyed it every color known to man. Except yellow. I never did yellow. In college I let my natural hair grow out for quite a while. Two years, actually. It was long, brown, and boring. After moving to Raleigh I needed to do something drastic, so I got a bob and bleached it white, and dyed the tips so it faded to black.
It was one of my better hair moments. And the first time I realized that if you put real time and effort (and, let's be honest, money) into your hair, you can take your style to another level. For some reason I've always had a disconnect between fashion, style, and hair. I'll be dressed to the nines, with my hair in a messy bun (that looks "oops" messy, not "chic" messy) because I simply have no idea what to do with it. My cool hair ended about four months later when I ran out of bleach, motivation, and money. Since then it's just been growing, and I'm back to awkward what-am-I-supposed-to-do-with-this-fucking-hair hair.
I was scouring the internet for some pictures of Rita Hayworth, because she is supreme ruler of all things fabulous, and I came across this photo:
I was like, "Holy shit balls! Her hair looks amazing! I wanna do that!" I did some more Googling and discovered the 1940's victory roll. I did some YouTubing and found some pretty good tutorials, but all was in vain. Victory rolls are rolled away from the face, either on the side or top of the head. This makes me look like a fucking moron, because my hairline goes really, really, really far up, and it just doesn't look flattering if my entire forehead is showing. Also, if it's fully exposed planes try to land on my face. In the interest of national security, let's keep my forehead under wraps.
I was bummed for a few minutes until I found something called a "suicide roll". It is similar to the victory roll, except done on your forehead. Success! I was much less impressed with the YouTube tutorials available, as most of them just looked like spheres of hair on girls' faces. I decided to take matters into my own hands, and just do my own version. I ran out of bobby pins and hairspray on the first try, but by attempt number two, it was baggin'.
I give you, the suicide roll (tutorial video at the top of this post, if you somehow missed that):
|Ruben and I, impromptu subway photoshoot|