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The Gibson Roll

Sam Villa

Author Sam Villa | CO-FOUNDER SAM VILLA©


This elegant twisted hairstyle is perfect for weddings, events, prom or even a casual hair day! This vintage style is easier to create than you may think, and with a little practice you can achieve this look in less than 5 minutes.

The Gibson Roll Before Look

For best results, texturize your hair with the Sam Villa Textur® Iron to create volume and soft, moldable texture making your hair easier to work with. To texturize your hair, take horizontal sections and spray a minimum of 6-8" away with Redken quick tease 15 backcombing finishing spray to protect the hair from heat and for maximum iron results. Use the Sam Villa Textur® Texturizing Iron tapping the plates down the length of your hair to texturize the entire head.

The Gibson Roll Step 1

After you have texturized the hair, brush through thoroughly with the Sam Villa Styling Brush to smooth the hair. Next, part your hair to the side using your Sam Villa Detangling Comb

The Gibson Roll Step 2

Gather your hair on the side with the least amount of hair just behind your ear. Pick up a strand of hair behind your section and begin to twist away from your face.

The Gibson Roll Step 3

Continue to gather the hair, adding strands behind your main section and twist until you reach the opposite side of your head, behind your ear.

The Gibson Roll Step 4

Secure the twisted section of hair with large hairpins to keep in place.

The Gibson Roll Step 5

Repeat the same process on the opposite side of your head beginning with a 2-3" section at the hairline and twisting with a strand of hair behind your section and twist hair away from your face.

The Gibson Roll Step 6

Continue to gather hair, add to your section and twist away from your face until you have added all of your hair to the ends.

The Gibson Roll Step 7

Lay your second twist on top of the first twist. Once you have all your hair hidden and tucked away, pin it in place with long hairpins. Spray your hair with Redken Control Addict 28 hairspray for a high-hold, high-shine finish.

The Gibson Roll Step Finished Look Front

You're done and looking FABULOUS! Here's a view of the finished look from the front.

The Gibson Roll Step Finished Look Back

The back of your head will appear to be a twisted roll that wraps around your head, beginning and ending at the part line.


Try this at home and share your results on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #SamVillaHowTo.

Production Team: Geneva Cowen, Tina Calzaretta, Mary Urban, Rafa Bertelli and Jeremy McDougle

Photographer: Shalem Mathew