How to do a hair bump: The must-know styling trick

Up your look with a chic hair bump!  

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Where would we be without the classic ponytail? A staple for everything from work to workouts, it’s one of the quickest and most practical hairstyles to adopt. If you’ve mastered the look with a messy or polished finish, we’ve got a styling trick that will up the ante on your styling know-how. Ladies, it’s time you learned how to do a hair bump.

Much like a mini beehive, the hair bump is created by taking a section of hair from the crown and backcombing it at the roots. This ‘bump’ of lifted hair adds a retro feel to the look with a fun throwback to the ’60s – think of a modern-day Holly Golightly.

So, get your styling tools at the ready, as ATH have curated an easy tutorial to walk you through creating a chic, everyday hair bump…

How to do a hair bump


Start with a texturising spray.

First things first, you need to give your mane a texture boost!

Brush through your hair and spritz it with the VO5 Dry Texturising Spray to add texture, refresh your roots and help your style last longer.

Girl with blonde hair spraying texturising spray onto hair

Backcomb small sections.

Now grab your comb and divide the hair into small sections at the crown. Gently backcomb each section towards the roots to create a voluminous, lifted hair bump.

Blonde girl backcombing section of the top of her head with a comb

Smooth the hair.

Next use a brush to smooth out the surface of your hair, being careful not to undo or disturb any of the backcombed roots.

Blonde girl using hair brush to smooth hair into a ponytail

Tie the hair into a ponytail.

Pull all the hair back into a ponytail and tie it with a hairband at the nape of your neck. Make sure it’s loose enough so your backcombed hair bump is not pulled flat against your head.

Take a loose strand of hair from your ponytail and wrap it around the hairband to conceal it, securing it in place with a bobby pin.

Blonde girl tying hair into a ponytail and looping hair around hairband

Finish with hairspray.

Make sure you have no unwanted flyaways or loose tendrils and then secure the style with the VO5 Ultimate Hold Hairspray.

Spray it from front to back, concentrating on your hair bump.

a beautiful blonde woman spraying her long hair

And you're done!

That’s all there is to it. It’s never been so easy to add a chic touch to your everyday look!

Blonde girl with hair bump beehive ponytail standing to the side

Hair bump styling inspiration: 3 easy looks to covet

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Voluminous hair bump

Once you’ve mastered the basics of the hair bump, go big. Teamed with an undone ponytail and tendrils that frame your face, a hair bump adds high-impact height to the look. Credit: @timpascoe_

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Braided hair bump

If you don’t feel like a hair bump has satisfied all your styling needs, we suggest adding a few braids for good measure. Try a halo plait if your channelling festival vibes or check out our Braids page for more inspo. Credit: @francesco_group

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Bun with a hair bump

Don’t just give your style a nod to the ’60s, channel full-on mod vibes with a made-for-Insta mane that’s straight out of Mad Men. After you’ve created your hair bump, tease the rest of the hair into a chignon for an instant evening-ready update. Credit: @morgancarroll_hair




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