bump it up?

How High can I go without props!
How High can I go without props!

hair trends

Ever since I can remember, I have had a love-hate relationship with my hair. It has been closely cropped, chin length, and a little past the shoulders as I search for the perfect hair trend to suit me.

Having fine yet wavy (frizzy really) hair, I have always limited. If I let the curl take over, I get volume, otherwise it is super flat. A friend pointed out a remedy that could transform me from limp and lifeless locks to voluminous and sexy in a matter of moments.

enter the hair bump

Either by teasing or inserting molded pieces of plastic into my hair, I could be a fashion trendsetter? The problem is that I find the hair bump looks silly! Is it me or does the pouffy bump on the back of the head look like a deformity?

pouffy hair 101
pouffy hair 101

Originating sometime in the 1960’s or 70’s (when Aquanet was queen) poufs were abundant. I guess the bigger the hair, the more beautiful a woman looked. Did men really enjoy that look or was it the pointy torpedo bra’s that were actually garnering male attention?

does it hurt?

Not only does the bump look somewhat ridiculous, but it also appears painful. Pulling on the hair, back-combing and matting it in a design can’t be all that comfortable. I wonder how many brushes get broken everyday performing a pouffy do?

Visions go to Geisha girls teasing hair until they went bald in an effort to create the perfect bump. Didn’t they sleep with their necks in some sort of wooden cradle in order to keep the hair in place? I learned everything I know about this from Memoirs of a Geisha.

When I Googled articles about hair bumps and poufs, most of the articles found were about ingrown hairs and how to avoid them. Wow! I sure want a hair style that conjures images of unsightly razor bumps (sarcastic font should be used here)

Grandma and the roll of toilet paper…

I am probably seriously dating myself, but how many of you had grandma’s or moms who wrapped their hair in toilet paper at night in order to preserve a hairstyle? I had recurring nightmares about waking up covered in toilet paper for years (major damage here!)

I believe she also had a partial wig, or fall, that she would attach at the crown of her head. Maybe it was my mom. Whichever it was, I was not overly traumatized by the experience.

My own experience with wigs of any sort is that they itch and make my head sweat. Hence, the reason I am currently growing my hair long instead of opting for a wig when dressed as a mermaid.

famous poufs

Both made up characters and real people have sported hair bumps to varying degrees. They include:

  1. Marge Simpson

    Portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, ...
    Portrait of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, 1775. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


  2. Kate Pierson (B52’s)
  3. Barbra Streisand (early years)
  4. Samantha Stevens
  5. Marie Antoinette
  6. Rupaul
  7. Tracy Turnblad
  8. Bride of Frankenstein

This post was inspired by Mama’s Losin’ It weekly prompt a trend you can’t stand? What trends make your head itch with confusion? What is your favorite type of do and what makes it so? Share your picks (and pics).

10 thoughts on “bump it up?

  1. about100percent says:

    I think your bump-it do looks really professional-looking. A friend of mine got one for her Mad Men costume on Halloween and she had to go to the salon. Perhaps you could do bump-it dos on the side while the trend is still with us.


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      Thanks for the compliment! I’m slightly embarrassed to admit this, but I actually kept the do when I went to work this afternoon. I was able to get the volume and the weird bump by simply teasing my hair. Does that make me a hypocrite?


  2. Melanie says:

    My hair is so straight and flat that I’ve tried just about everything to get some volume and some sort of hairdo that doesn’t make me look like a drowned rat, but those poofy updos have NEVER looked good on me. Yours, however, looks great.


    1. miriamgomberg says:

      Welcome Melanie! Isn’t it funny how we are never happy with our hair no matter what? Mine is super fine and in this weather has become a giant frizzball. Maybe I should do a perma poofdo until spring.

      thanks for stopping by. M


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