Hair and Beauty

Vintage Hair Essentials + Giveaway with Sable Fine Hair

One of the most common questions I get is about where to start with vintage hairstyling. It can be a little daunting as it’s so different to modern-day styling and the tools you use are really important.

I’ve teamed up with the fabulous people at Sable Fine Hair to create a guide for those of you starting out and wanting to know what the essentials are for beginning the journey of vintage styling. They have a fantastic range on their website, a few things were suggestions made by me a while back and the majority are items that I personally use!

Firstly, the MOST essential thing in my opinion is your combs and brushes.

You need a tail comb for not only easy and tidy sectioning but also for your teasing/backcombing! I would be lost without my tail comb! This Goldilocks Fine Tooth Tail Comb one is the exact one I’ve been using for years, it’s heat resistant so you don’t have to worry about using it with curling tongs or irons.


Along with that, I also couldn’t survive without a Postiche Brush! This little brush is perfect for smoothing over sections you’ve just backcombing without undoing all your hard work.


Now it’s not often that I’ll use a actual full size brush when styling my hair but of course it’s good to have one. Most of the time I’ll use one when I’m wanting softer curls or to brush my hair out at the end of the day. A Boar Bristle Cushion Brush is great for gently brushing the hair (especially if it’s full of hairspray) without yanking or damaging it. You can also use this to smooth over backcombing but I do find that easier with a Postiche.


Next, you need some sectioning clips! There are three different types of clips that I ensure I always have because they all have their different uses.

These Crocodile Sectioning Clips have been a favourite of mine for years and I used to guard them ferociously back when I worked in a salon. Perfect for sectioning away your hair when you are working on a something like a Victory Roll, these big fellas won’t let you down and release hair right when you are in the middle of something!


Duckbill Clips are essential if you are wanting to sculpt your hair into fingerwaves or help to create that ‘dent’ in your brush-out for a pageboy look. Pro-tip: They can create little marks in the hair after you’ve removed them so tear a strip of tissue and use that inbetween the clip and your hair to avoid this.


Dinky Clips (or pin curl clips) are really good if you are planning on doing sponge roller sets. You can use them to help anchor the roller down or give pincurling your hair a try!


Bobby Pins are a no-brainer for your pinup hair kit and don’t just depend on the cheap ones… they won’t hold anything! Try just sliding them in without prior opening for a more invisible hold.


There are many ways to set your hair but one of my preferred and budget friendly methods is Sponge Rollers! You don’t even necessarily have to use them on wet hair, have a play around with putting them in dry overnight – it will all depend on your hair type and how well it curls but I’ve had great success with dry sets. Sponge rollers can be a little tricky to get the knack of so have a read through my tutorial series on the subject.


The absolute KEY to making your sponge roller sets more bearable to sleep on is by wrapping them! This prevents the rollers from moving around, pulling your hair and coming out. This triangular Setting Scarf is made specifically to wrap sets with a little bit of stretch so it’s nice and comfy.


Finally, there’s of course styling products which are going to assist you in the process of styling and also hold and longevity of your do’.

I’m a huge fan of Italian brand Davines after working with it for years so these are my top three styling products.

Sea Salt Spray is a fantastic product for spraying on your roots when your hair is still wet, prior to drying or wet-setting. It gives your roots a bit of body and grit so that when you go to backcomb, it works a treat.


Hairspray is of course a absolute essential! What would I do without it? For years I have loved the Davines Strong Hairspray (and just about had a meltdown when they repackaged it and I thought they’d changed it) as it’s a super strong lacquer type stray with oodles of shine.


Another great product to have is something to smooth and de-frizz. You don’t want it to be too stick or dry hard and that’s why I love the Davines Invisible Serum. With just enough hold and shine to tame fly-aways but not too much that you hair becomes a sticky mess. A few drops from this little tube of goodness is all you need!


So there you go! Those are the essential items that I would be lost without! Of course there’s a few more bits and pieces that I love but this list is the bare necessities to create any vintage style and what I will usually take away on holiday with me.

*giveaway now closed* The lovely team at Sable Fine Hair have put together a special starter pack to give away to one lucky winner!
It contains:


1x Tail Comb
1x Postiche Brush
1x Cushion Brush
2x packs of Sponge Rollers
1x Davines Invisible Serum
1x Hair Net
A selection of Crocodile Clips, Duckbill Clips, Dinky Clips, Bobby Pins and French Pins

To enter simply subscribe to Miss Victory Violet and leave a comment on this post. The winner will be drawn using a random number generator. Please read the full Terms and Conditions below.

And the winner is… Caitlin! ([email protected]). Thank you all for entering and for your lovely feedback on this post, I’m so glad you found it helpful! 

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Giveaway start date: 05/10/2016 10am (GMT)
Giveaway end date: 19/10/2016 10am (GMT)
Entrants will be entered into a random number generator to draw a winner. Winner will be contacted via the email address used to subscribe to by 6pm 19/10/2016. The winner has 14 days to respond and claim their prize or the competition will be redrawn. 
This giveaway is for a hairstyling pack provided by Sable Fine Hair. Prize is not redeemable for cash. Open to entries from all countries but Miss Victory Violet and Sable Fine Hair are not responsible for any duties or import taxes the winner may incur. 
Prize pack is sponsored by Sable Fine Hair who are responsible for final postage and correspondence. 
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  1. Wow! I am taking the plunge to get into styling my hair in vintage styles on a regular basis and this prize would be a great help to me I am sure! Thanks so much for giving us an opportunity to win all this wonderful stuff! 🙂

  2. Dinky clips are amazing!! I remember learning finger waves at hairdressing school, finding dinky clips stuck to the hem of my shirt almost every day.

  3. That’s a lovely Give Away! Was just wondering though….Do you ever use a curling iron? Normally I pincurl my hair before I go to sleep so my curls stay longer. In 10 days I will go to the UK on holiday and a 1940’s event (Pickering ^_^) I probably wont have time to pincurl each night. And I noticed that the iron I have (25mm) the curls never stay in place. Any recommendations?

  4. This would be great for me, I’ve only attempted 1 roll so far and have just been sticking to the one thing I can do so far haha but if I win I’ll be playing around with it all for sure

  5. Awesome give away! Thank you especially for the list of products you yourself use, it really helps someone whose really getting into vintage-styling her own hair. So thank you oodles much!

  6. I’d love to win this, I recently bought some suavecita pomade and the Lindy Charm School setting lotion through Sable Fine Hair so these would go great with them!

  7. This is an awesome giveaway, I’m slowly learning how to do vintage sales, but they never work just right. Your sets always wow me, so to have the same tools would help me in my way to your styles.

  8. I love this giveaway 🙂 and I follow your page for a quite time now. So, keeping my fingers crossed 😀 Kind regards, Amra

  9. Do you always use the same size rollers? I’ve had trouble finding the right size for my hair type. I’ve got thick coarse hair and my set never is fully dry in the mornings even with use of a blow dryer

  10. I’m a total newbie to vintage hairstyling…to any hairstyling actually! I’m in a ponytail everyday cos I just have no idea what to do with my hair! This starter kit is a real treat to noobs like me!

  11. I would love to win that giveaway as I find it really hard to find some of those pieces in my city that aren’t poor quality!

  12. What a great giveaway! I have so little hairstyling products and no hairspray anymore (i’m kinda broke haha…) so if I was to win this, I would be soooo thrilled! Hope luck hits me! ♥

  13. I have been wearing 50s and 40s clothes for years but I have never really got into those hair. (I have naturally curly hair.) But I purchased my first sponge rollers recently. Honestly I feel like I am physically uncapable to do a vintage hairstyle. Love any advices like this!

  14. This is such a fabulous giveaway!! I’m currently growing out my super short cut and am aiming to achieve a vintage style so this will definitely help me.

  15. I need to win this because for now my hair looks like nothing cute or vintage but only something ugly and scary :O Thanks for this Give away !

  16. Such an amazing explanation and tools! Happy to participate in this giveaway and rock a vintage hairdo all made possible by the wonderful Miss Victory Violet and Sable Fine Hair!

  17. I have an appointment to cut of my long hippie-hair to be able to do cute 40’s hairstyles to go with my clothes. So, thanks for the help, I really need that stuff! I have subscribed <3 Denise

  18. Great choice of products! Your hair is so amazing every time! I use hot rollers and lots of hair spray, but my hair is always getting out of shape, especially when i go out. How do you keep your hair in shape?

  19. I would love a chance to win this! I’ve been working on my vintage hair styling and you’ve been such an inspiration for it.

  20. Such a great article and giveaway! Im so used to working on wigs for work it would be a blast to get my own kit and practice on myself- thanks for the informative article

    • Not at all, it’s a Italian brand so worldwide! There are definitely stockist in Australia but it is certainly more of a boutique brand so not quite so common 🙂

  21. That is a brilliant give away. Plus the article is a great starting point for the innocents that are just starting to try and live the pin up lifestyle.

  22. Thank you! I have already ordered some bits from them 🙂 I would love to win the whole pack though! I think it’s wonderful that you organise useful products for your readers xxx

  23. This is just the blog post I’ve been needing! Hair styling is the one big thing I don’t know how to do when it comes to my retro outfits D: Thanks Sable & lovely Miss Victory Violet!

  24. This is such an awesome post for beginners (like me). It’s so hard to know what products will work well. Thank you!
    Plus what a generous giveaway!

  25. I would love to win this kit. I’m a beginner and I just started learning vintage hairstyles. It would be a pleasure to receive this pack because I sometimes can’t find the right products on Amazon or in the local shops (which aren’t really well equipped). I hope I will be lucky enough!

  26. A wonderful read that I’ll be referring to customers when asking about hair! Thank you Ella! (Not going in the draw xx)

  27. I would love to win this pack, I have recently started university so I feel winning this would be a great confidence boost or for when I go out ect 🙂

  28. Oh, thank you thank you for making this list! I found you only three moths ago when I started looking for a new pinup wardrobe. Your posts introduced me to a world of new vintage boutiques I never knew existed! As a woman who struggles with styling my fine, frizzy mess of a hair (it’s more or a static-charged bird’s nest than hair most days) I’m thrilled to find an easy to follow list and tutorials to help me approximate the vintage style if not successfully reproduce it!

  29. This is a great comprehensive post. Thank you so much! I wait for your Instagram posts every day, and your hair is always totally lush. I look forward to trying your tips this weekend!

  30. Ah love this! Been following you on Instagram for a while and I just love all the inspiration on vintage hair! Am so excited about this giveaway 🙂

  31. Thank you for the giveaway~ I have very straight, thick hair that refuses to hold a curl for longer than an hour. Is there anything you can reccomend that would curl it without damaging it? Thanks

  32. Perfect post on what you need for a vintage hairstyle! I’ve been looking for it for ages! I’d be so happy to win and finally start doing vintage hairstyles!

  33. What a fantastic giveaway! I’ve never been brave enough to try a wet set as my hair is so fine and thin (i really don’t have a lot) any curl just falls out.

  34. I was going to try the suavacita pomade and styling spray but since you recommended these! I might as well give it a shot

    Thanks for always leaving great tios and tricks! Good luck to all!

  35. Love! I’ve been wanting for ages to try pinup hair styles and this is the perfect prize and also guide to get started with.

  36. Ooh I never win giveaways but this is so fantastic I’m desperately hoping my luck changes! Especially since I’m in need of a good postiche brush…

  37. This giveaway is a really cute one. It would be great to make my hair look great like yours is looking every day Miss Victory Violet! It would be wonderful having these things 🙂

  38. So excited about this giveaway, and to learn you like Davines! I was given samples of theirs in my Birchbox subscription, and have loved the products I’ve tried.

  39. What a great giveaway. definitely some items i need. cant wait to make thr transition to full vintage style. having my hair done right is definitely the first step

  40. Ive just begun learning how to accomplish vintage hair and this would be amazing.

    Thank you for this well detailed list!

  41. Would love this! I’ve been wanting to try sponge rollers but could never find a set I cared for. Thanks VV!

  42. Such a great guide to getting started on jumping into the world of vintage hairstyling. Thanks so much for this post! Fingers crossed. Cheers!

  43. I’ve followed you on instagram for quite some time, you are a huge inspiration! I am just starting to finally take the plunge and start dressing and styling more vintage as I always wanted to, and this kit would help so much!

  44. I hope I could win this. I’ve been wanting to try sponge rollers for a really long time as well as some of the other product included! This giveaway is just simply awesome!

  45. I’ve just recently decided to take the plunge Really start trying to do my hair more often. This would definitely help me try more vintage inspired looks

  46. What a great giveaway! I’ve never thought about using a setting scarf, but now that I think about it it would definitely help a girl out when sleeping..

  47. This would be a wonderful thing to win! Thanks for the opportunity! I’ve been scouring your blog for hair styling ideas because your hair is always my goal! This post is also super helpful! Thank you again!

  48. What an amazing starter pack! Answered all KY questions on what to use when you first start. Good luck to all, fingers crossed

  49. Thank you for doing this! It’s especially helpful that you have tutorials for some of the products, in the giveaway, for beginners.

  50. Being completely terrible and uncoordinated and clueless with this pack would definitely help transform my hair into an amazing work of art!

  51. Wow what an awesome giveaway! I am just starting to play around with vintage hairstyles so it would be so good to get all the tools.

  52. I have subscribed for official notifications rather than random fakebook stalking notifications LOL I have been working so hard to learn how to do my vintage hair more effectively, but so far it hasn’t been great, maybe more of these tools will help me.

  53. Ahhh I’ve been wanting a pack like this for ages! So hard to get started – I’ve just been using my straightener and hoping for the best! Fingers crossed!

  54. How lovely would it be to be able to do my hair in the style of my clothing how lovely of you to do this even if I don’t win thanks for the opportunity to enter

  55. Oh my word, this is lovely!! I’d love to win! I’m just trying to get into the vintage hair side of the pin up look now, and I am STRUGGLING.

  56. Thank you for this giveaway. I love your blog and even though i’m new the vintage style, you have inspired me to cut my hair shorter so i can style it the vintage way which is what i have wanted to do for areally long time now 🙂

  57. Aww what a perfect little set! I would love to be the lucky winner and thank you for the opportunity ❤❤

  58. What a treat, I would love to be so lucky. <3 I try everyday to perfect my style, and look to you my roll model Miss Victory Violet. I would love to be able to do my hair like you, God I try. These things would surely help me on my path <3 Thank you for the opportunity, to come a little closer to the perfect hair setting. .

  59. Good luck ladies!!! I need all the help I can get while I’m learning all these gorgeous hairstyles! Fingers crossed!

  60. Neat giveaway! I’ve struggled with vintage hair styles and having the proper tools would really help make it less daunting!

  61. It’s always exciting to read and learn from your blog posts, whether they’re reviews, tutorials, etc.! Thank you for sharing and for the opportunity to participate in this amazing hair product giveaway!

  62. I absolutely love the vintage lifestyle including the dresses, hairstyles and furniture. To win this wonderful prize package would help me to advance my hair skills to be like yours!!! Xx Dee

  63. What an amazing giveaway! I adore how you style your hair and not only is a giveaway kind it is also great to see what products you use, thank you

  64. What a lovely Give-away! I could need really hard but I am even happy when I will not win because I know now a lot more before! And thats I love your blog since a long time, because you do not only fashion posts ( I love them anyway !). And you are so honest and nice thats so great! Good luck to everyone!

  65. Great tips. To win this prize would be amazing for me I’d love to properly start vintage styling my hair and as I have fine hair, these products will be amazing

  66. I’m a hairstylist here in the states and just stumbled on your Paige and I am soo happy I did this absolutely is a great kit for someone wanting to get started with vintage hair dressing.

  67. Brilliant!! I’ve been reading your tutorial series but haven’t had much luck on first go – definitely need these tools!!

  68. Oh this would be so fab to win as I am only just beginning to try my hand with more vintage styles…eg. using rollers etc. If I don’t win thanks anyway for putting together a great guide for the essentials so I will purchase the items to get started.

  69. What a lovely giveaway! <3
    I have been dying to try something new in my hairstyling routine, my curls never seem to last trough the day, and I am really eager to master pageboy curls. This set would be such a good start! 🙂 I love your hairstyling tutorials, btw! Xx

  70. I never have the right products around to get my vintage hair completely perfect. just reading whats included helps! such a fantastic give away!

  71. Awesome giveaway, everything you need to get started with Vintage styling and you give so much great advice and tips…..I have such long hair and so much of it this would be an amazing starting point 😀

  72. Perfect set! I’ve been trying to learn how to style my hair in a vintage fashion so this set would definitely help a lot!

  73. Wow! This is definitely the definitive starter pack! I hope I will one day succeed in doing vintage hairstyling every day

  74. Oh my goodness, I just started looking around for a guide on what to have as a basic set up for vintage hair– I’d love to win the giveaway and save myself money, but I’ll still be thrilled because now I have a perfect list! Thank you so much for your blog, Miss Victory Violet. 🙂

  75. I pray to God that one day I’ll be able to style my hair as gloriously as you do. But I think it’s a long way to go still 😛

  76. To be honest, I love how informational this blog is to when it comes to being vintage the correct way with the best, simple, tools!

  77. Oh my gosh. Winning this would be fabulous!! I’ve been trying to teach my self vintage hair for a few months, this would help tremendously xx

  78. I love the giveaway. Since I recently started getting into all the “doing my hair properly” excitement I could really really need some of those wonderful products

  79. How amazing of you! Yes yes yes! Just trying to get my hair stuff together to finally be able to do the vintage look more often!

  80. Thank you so much Ella. For the last 3 years, I was trying to find great tools for “vintage styling” my hair but they are not easy to find. I didn’t know this store so I will take a look at the website for sure. Thanks again xx

  81. I always wondered where you got your sponge rollers from
    Great giveaway, I’m a newbie so these items are a must have

  82. This is such a great giveaway and such a great way to start the pinup look . I’ve been wanting to try this look for years . I just can’t get the hair look right but with this starter kit be more of a reason to try it

  83. This is such a nice giveaway for beginners. I love watching hair tutorials on vintage styling hair and there are some things I just don’t have. This would really come in handy.

  84. Amazing giveaway! I have cheap and cheerful alternatives as it’s all I can afford, but I know some better tools would get me better results!

  85. I’ve always admired the beauty of vintage hair styling. Now that I have short hair I would love to win this amazing giveaway to help me style my naturally very curly hair properly and keep it healthy 😀

  86. What a great list! The giveaway is wonderful too! I bumbled my way into a vintage-y hairstyle and I’m really looking to move to something more authentic that uses less damaging heat so perfecting a foam roller set is my next goal!

  87. Hair styling is sadly a skill I serious lack, I want to improve so much. Hopefully Fran can teach me what to do with my long fine hair, this would be the ultimate pack to get me on my way 🙂

  88. This kit would be amazing as I am getting supplies for myself and my oldest daughter (pre-teen) as she is wanting to style her own hair as well.

  89. I’ve been reading your tutorial over and over the last several weeks trying to practice and haven’t quite gotten it down but still trying with what I have! 🙂 🙂

  90. This is such helpful advice – I’ll have to use some of your tips for my first-ever pin-up contest coming up soon! Your hair always looks flawless!

  91. This would be a Godsend for me! Being a new momma is quite the job, and this would give me some Me Time! Getting yourself ready for the day is so important! 🙂

  92. Ahhhhhh this giveaway is amazing I can not wait for your youtube tutorials. Your hair is always perfect and I really want to learn how to handle my very fine hair.

  93. This is so handy to know what you use because I absolutely adore how you style your hair. I love wearing gorgeous clothes but feel my hair always lets me down. Its such a pain to style because it never holds any volume and whatever I do to it always seems to fall out so hopefully with the right tools I can conquer my mane and make it as beautiful as yours!!!!

  94. This is a AMAZING Giveaway! I’m kinda New in Pinup/Vintage Fashion and I’d love to give Hairstyling a try!
    X Gretchen

  95. I always look forward to each and every new post! Your style is so wonderful and sets my goals for my own personal style!

  96. Oh goodness, I hope I win this! I recently wrote in with a question about hairstyling– receiving this starter set would be the best answer I could hope for! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  97. I would loooove to win this competition! I am a very vintage passioned person but the only struggle left is my hair. If anyone else do it, it looks so cute but by myself… I think those items are perfect for experiments! <3

  98. This is such a great giveaway 🙂
    I will try my luck and hopefully this set can help me Little dumb Miss to create something on my head that is not a mess and perhaps Looks a Little bit amazing like your hairpower 😉

  99. This is exactly the guide I’ve been searching for! I own hot rollers but my curls drop out within a couple of hours. Maybe I need to have another go!

  100. This is absolutely fantastic! I really want to get started in vintage styling to have something else to do with my thick, curly hair, and this would give me the push to try new stuff out! Good luck everyone!


  102. I never enter any giveaways, but I feel it’s time to give the sponge rollers a second chance! I had a disastrous attempt a few years ago and gave all mine away to my sister, but your tutorial and advice on them makes me definitely want another go! <3

  103. Your tutorials are always so helpful and I leave my computer knowing that my next wet set or pin curls will turn out better than the last time. My road to pin up has only recently begun but thanks to you I’m already feeling like a pro

  104. Thanks for sharing so many styling tips with us! I love your tutorials and seeing what you’re wearing each day 🙂

  105. This is such a great giveaway! I am still learning how to complete my favourite vintage styles with my hair and this would certainly help! X

  106. Fantastic, fingers crossed for this. Do you have any tips for styling fine hair?. I have lots of fine hair and can never get a curl to stick.

  107. Thanks For the advice & tips, I’ve just started learning about vintage hair but so far have only managed a back comb mess. This pack would be so helpful!

  108. I often dress up pin up style. But my hair is very straight and very thin so I’m usually just limited to two styles or so. I would love to get more adventurous with this set!

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