Hair and Beauty

Tutorial- 50s Marilyn Style Roller Set

Here’s my next tutorial! Roller sets can be a little scary, especially wet sets! The trick to a good wet set is brushing it out past beyond a big ball of fuzz and really smoothing it out. If it looks a little scary mid-brush out, don’t freak out! Just keep going and I promise it will get better ๐Ÿ˜‰

Watch the YouTube Tutorial here

The rollers I use in this tutorial look like this-

hair roller

I get mine from Hairquip in Takapuna, Auckland. They come with a small plastic rod to hold them in place.

You can also use sponge rollers for this type of set if you are wanting to set your hair overnight. I don’t recommend velcro rollers.

sponge rollers

You could also use hot tongs or heated rollers but I find I don’t get nearly the same amount of curl and it doesn’t last as long.

Now you’ll need a couple of things for this look-

– Fine tooth comb
– Teasing/Postiche brush or cushion brush
– Bobby pins

Also it’s a great idea to get a foldable hood dryer for those days when your set isn’t quite dry enough. Mine is a retro one that I found at a local second hand shop.

hood dryer

There seem to be a few new and old ones on ebay so shouldn’t be too hard to find. Don’t get sucked in by the cheaper soft bonnet ones that you attach to a regular hair dryer. I’ve tried one and they are not comfortable or work very well!

Also you need some different hair products.ย When your hair is wet, use a setting lotion- I use Tigi Small Talk.

Tigi Small Talk

It smells amazing, makes your hair super soft and holds the curl without it getting too stiff. Be careful not to use too much, I use one and a half pumps on my medium length hair. Also make sure you distribute it evening through the hair, focussing on midlengths and ends.

I also use Davines Oi Oil- It’s similar to popular MoroccanOil and Argan Oils on the market but it’s a more lightweight Amazonian Roucou Oil.ย 


It’s like a leave-in treatment to help tame frizz, has UV protection and beta-carotene for heat protection. Use 2-3 pumps on wet hair and you can even use a pump on dry hair to smooth frizz.ย 

Once it’s dry and brushed out, I use a hairspray to hold it in place. I also spray the roots of the top where I’m going to backcomb my bangs. I use Davines No.7 Crystal Fixative Laquer


Unfortunately it’s going out of production and I’m not all that impressed with the other Davines hairsprays. I will have to start hunting for a new favourite!

Good luck! Any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask ๐Ÿ™‚

x Miss Victory Violet

Categories: Hair and Beauty

18 replies »

  1. I’d love to see a make up tutorial at some stage or even if you could list the products you’ve used for this make up look. In particular what you use on your brows, your eyeliner and foundation.

  2. Your tutorials are great, I find them very helfull since I have short hair.
    I just wanted to ask you what’s wrong with velcro rollers? I’ve been trying to find sponge ones but I can’t. Is the result bad with velcro ones?
    Sorry if my english ain’t great I’m from Mรฉxico.
    Have a nice week.

  3. Hi there,
    Just wondering what size roller you use?
    I have shoulder length hair and have been inspired by your tutorials to try some vintage hair styles ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Hi, love your tutorials! Would love if you did one like this for naturally curly hair? That would be amazing! xx Nancy

  5. Hi, just wondering what diameter rollers you use? Great tutorial, thanks! You have inspired me to try a vintage hairstyle too!

  6. Hi, I am a very big fan and I would like to know were I can buy a ” foldable hood dryer”. Do you have any website to recommend? Thank xxx -Valerie

  7. Hi, I’m with Sarah above, what size roller did you use for this hairstyle? Thanks (sorry if you already answered this somewhere) great video, you have inspired me to give it a go!

    • No particular brand sorry,they were a unbranded packet I bought at a hair salon supplies shop in Auckland called Hairquip years ago. There will be some on eBay though I’m sure!

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