Whether a seasoned vintage hair ‘doer’ or a total newbie, Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop is here to help you!
I have to be honest; I’ve always been slightly hesitant to attend a hair workshop. I can whip up some victory rolls and on a good day I can usually pull off a Gibson roll without any frustrated screams; although this may be down to luck more than skill! I’ve watched YouTube tutorials and adapted styling tricks from books and magazines, plus let’s face it persistence and practise is a big factor in creating any hair masterpiece! So what made me want to attend Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop? VVR owner Raye Leonard of course!
I’ve been fortunate enough to watch Raye’s business grow as I befriended her through a vintage meet up group on Facebook, at around the same time that I started blogging. She is such an inspiring boss lady to follow, as she just keeps going! I wanted to get behind VVR, so attending Raye’s vintage hair workshop made the most sense. Not to mention the gorgeous hair inspiration photos she regularly uploads onto social media.
She hasn’t been in her current salon space for long but it’s already had a major overhaul and been totally made over in the Vintage Victory Rollers style. The first thing you will probably notice is that it has flamingo everything! It’s really been VVR’d and looks very cute with bunting outside (much to the amusement of locals), flamingo wallpaper inside and wonderful vintage dressers for workstations. Raye also knows how to make a good cup of tea, a very important factor when choosing a vintage hair workshop. 😉
Raye’s enthusiasm and easy going nature made for a comfortable environment to work in. I didn’t mind asking questions and wasn’t embarrassed (too much) when I went to pick up the hot tongs by the wrong end. Throughout the day, that ran from 10am-3pm, the VVR tutorials demonstrated pin curling, a vintage brush out, victory rolls, poodle hair and a quick vintage festival up do.
I really enjoyed the pampering feel to the day. It was really fun to meet other vintage lovers who were at the tutorial, visiting the saloon for a trim as well as the hair models themselves. I received an impromptu lindy hop lesson right in the middle of the salon! It was equally lovely to finish the day, having had my hair styled by Raye into a messy poodle doo that lasted 3 days.
All in all if you are totally new to hair Raye can help you and I think it would be a great and totally not scary place to start. She has such a friendly charisma that you will instantly feel included and comfortable to make mistakes. Personally I have been creating basic vintage inspired hairstyles for a couple of years now. What I liked about the workshop was the reassurance that I have been doing things the right way. I also enjoyed the creative aspect and have come away with a fearlessness to try out new things and in some cases to adopt better practises to create more professional looks. Oh and I came away armed with a much better brush!
At the end of the Vintage Victory Rollers vintage hair workshop, not only will you have a fabulous vintage hairstyle in place but you will also be armed with lots of styling and product tips, as well as a cheat sheet for each style covered. Despite this, I think the most important thing that I learnt was to be more patient with my styling. My own personal VVR goal is to try and spend a little bit more time on my hair as it can go a long way in making a better vintage do.
Thanks for all the support Vintage Victory Rollers, I look forward to my next styling session!