How to Make a Poof Hairstyle Without Bobby Pins

Written by angelique de la morreaux
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Poof hairstyles create instant style and can add interest to an updo, French twist or braids. It can even change the appearance of a round or square face, as it draws the eye upward and creates an illusion of an elongated face. Although most poof styles use hair clips to create and secure the poof, several other methods exist that will yield the same results if you don't have any pins.

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Things you need

  • Rattail comb
  • Hairspray
  • Blow dryer
  • Gel
  • Clip
  • Elastic band

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  1. 1

    Back tease the hair. Comb a one-inch section in front of the section to be poofed and push it aside. Pull the poof section straight up. Start close to the roots and bring the comb down to the scalp pushing hair close to the root, called teasing. Continue this process until the poof is at the desired height. Spray with hairspray. Comb the front section over the teased section and continue styling. Spray with hairspray again.

  2. 2

    Use a clip. Pull the section to be poofed, usually about 2 inches, and twist it clockwise. Push it forward and apply a small clip to hold hair in place. Finish your hairstyle.

  3. 3

    Blow dry the hair. Gather all un-poofed sections of hair into a ponytail. Bend upside down and blow dry your hair against the direction you plan to wear it. Apply liberal amounts of hairspray to the roots as you blow dry the hair. Flip your head back up and apply more hairspray. Remove the ponytail and continue styling.

  4. 4

    Use a small elastic band. Pick up the section you want to poof and back tease it lightly. Secure hair with a small elastic band and push it forward for the poof.

  5. 5

    Grab the hair to be poofed and apply gel to the root. Allow it to dry. Pull the gelled section up and apply hairspray. Add a little backteasing to the hair. Apply hairspray again. Complete your hairstyle.

Tips and warnings

  • Teasing combined with hairspray helps to keep a poof.
  • You can also use a hairstyle comb or barrette to secure the poof.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo weekly to remove hairspray and gels from the hair.

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