By now we’re all familiar with the headband roll hairdo. I refuse to believe you don’t know what I’m talking about if you have ever been on Pinterest, but just in case, it’s a snazzy way to dress up day-old hair and keep it off your face. I’ve never been a huge fan because the top of the headband shows — it’s cute and casual, but I normally save up-dos for special occasions, and my tattered hair-washing headband doesn’t match my favorite gown. Bummer.
But by the graces of the up-do gods, I spotted a solution while wasting time at a Walgreens last week. Conair — aka the company who made every product I longed to own in the 1990s — sells these weird little elastic/sponge combos in the beauty section of drugstores for $7, and it creates the perfect vintage roll in just a few minutes without the visible headband.
If you’ve ever used a hair donut, it’s half that and half clear hair band. You slide the monster over your head, keeping the clear part on top, and you suddenly achieve vampy pin-up hair without any real skill or understanding of why it works.
It’s amazing and you have to try it. Also I’m the proud owner of a bitching new barrette. Really, it has just been a very exciting week for my mane.
So, how does it work exactly?
Step one: Pretend it’s a mustache. After that it’s pretty self-explanatory.
Pull the headband around your head with the puffy butt in the back. Wrap chunks of hair from under the band over the top and tuck back in. Continue all the way around, pin as required, and top with a barrette. I liked keeping it lose and messy, but you could tighten the roll up if you’re a bit more… ya know… obsessed about fly-aways. It’s a losing fight for me so I surrendered a long time ago.
I didn’t have any problems keeping this hairdo in place, but I did use more bobby pins than came with the package. It might be because I have layers, or it might be because I fidget a lot and need to secure the hell outta my tresses. It’s a toss up, really.
Final thoughts? The Conair Classic Vintage Roll is super rad and way worth $7. My hair feels classy and I didn’t blow my latte savings. I’m calling it a win.