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How to Get a Perfect Ponytail Bump - (No Heat, No Teasing, No Chemicals!)

Updated on December 13, 2013
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How Can I Get a Perfect Ponytail Bump?!

Ponytails are a staple in the world of women's hairstyles. They're quick, easy, practical...and insanely boring.

If you're looking to spice this hairstyle up but you don't want to murder your hair, try out this easy step-by-step tutorial. It takes less than thirty seconds!

You'll need an elastic, a brush and a mirror to check your work. That's it.

Step 1: Brushing Your Hair

This hairstyle works best on hair that is clean but not freshly-washed (your hair's natural texture will help the elastic stay in your hair better). If you must straighten your hair beforehand, know that you may need a no-slip elastic to keep your bump sturdy all day.

Using your brush (or your fingers if you like a really messy look), brush all the hair you want tied up backward over your crown, concentrating your hair on the area you're going to bump. Secure your ponytail as tightly as possible so that your elastic doesn't slip, preferably closer to your neck than your crown (so you have lots of room to bump).

If your elastic has lots of slack after you've wound it around your hair, your ponytail won't hold.

A lower ponytail is better so you have more room to bump!
A lower ponytail is better so you have more room to bump! | Source

Here are a few quick tips to remember:

  • Your elastic cannot be loose or have lots of slack, so use one that fits securely around your hair's volume
  • Your hair's natural texture will hold the elastic in your hair better as opposed to straightened hair
  • A lower ponytail will give you lots of hair to bump, so don't tie your hair too high towards your crown
  • Dig deep to grab hair, not wide; your fingers should be close together as you pull up
  • Never pull up and down or your bump will get squashed
  • Pull side to side, preferably the hair on the bottom of the ponytail near your neck
  • Pull up a bit of hair, tighten the pony, check the mirror, repeat until your hair looks exactly how you want it

Step 2: Creating the Bump

Firmly holding your elastic in place, pinch the hair directly on top of your elastic (in the center; not too far to the sides or your bump will be on the sides of your head) and begin SLOWLY pulling upward. Make sure your fingertips are touching your head! You want to grab all the hair so that you don't have gaps in your bump. More hair in the bump makes it sturdier so it won't shake around or come loose.

Also, don't worry about doing it really fast until you get the hang of things. You can always pull more hair up but you have to start all over if you pull out too much.

Don't rush!

During this process, pull the hair in your ponytail SIDEWAYS, splitting it between your two hands. Check your mirror from time to time to see if your bump is how you want it. If you want a larger bump, keep pulling up more hair and fixing it as you go along.

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Grabbing the hair directly above your elastic, pinch it and SLOWLY pull upwards. Tighten your hair and check your bump as you go!Don't pull up and down or your bump will get pulled down, too!
Grabbing the hair directly above your elastic, pinch it and SLOWLY pull upwards.
Grabbing the hair directly above your elastic, pinch it and SLOWLY pull upwards. | Source
Tighten your hair and check your bump as you go!
Tighten your hair and check your bump as you go! | Source
Don't pull up and down or your bump will get pulled down, too!
Don't pull up and down or your bump will get pulled down, too! | Source

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Step 3: Finishing Touches

If you're a no-fuss gal like me, you're probably fine with leaving it exactly how it is. However, you can spice it up a bit with a fancy hair accessory, or you can wrap a lock of your hair around it to hide the elastic for an elegant look.

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For those of you with shorter layers, you can use some hairspray to keep everything in place. You can also let some wisps of hair escape for a messy, fresh-out-of-bed look.

This look is insanely easy to do and quick, too! It takes me on average about twenty seconds from start to finish. Your hands will get a feel for how much is too much, when to tighten, and when your hair is in the best condition for your perfect bump. Don't give up!

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    rls8994 3 years ago from Mississippi

    This sounds really easy.... I'm going to give it a try! Thanks for the great info :)

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    Chace 3 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    Good luck! Let me know how it goes! :)

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    SmartAndFun 3 years ago from Texas

    I love the look of your bumped, slightly messy ponytail! I wear a ponytail almost every day, and sometimes dress it up with a bump -- but I use teasing, which I don't really like to do. I am going to try this today! I am really bad at doing hair, but this I might be able to accomplish, lol. Thanks!

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