How to put a bump in your ponytail

Updated February 21, 2017

Ponytails are sleek, versatile hairstyles that are suitable for all occasions, such as weddings, the office or a night on the town. To change the look of a classic ponytail style, add a bump to create volume to the top of the head. Teasing the hair near the crown and applying hairspray can achieve this fashionable look.

Take a section of hair from the back of the head just below the crown and pin it with a hair clip to the top of the head, leaving the sides and lower back of the hair hanging loose.

Grab the section of hair underneath the pinned section, and tease it with a rattail comb. Use hairspray on the teased section, and let it dry for 5 seconds.

Remove the hair clip from the pinned section, tease the top of the hair and spray with hairspray. Let it dry for 5 seconds. Use a round brush to smooth the top teased hair.

Brush the hair back, so it creates a bump. Place the rest of the hair into a high ponytail using an elastic rubber band. Continue to smooth the bump with the round brush over the teased hair and spray with hairspray. Style front and side hair sections as normal.


Make sure the hair is dry before styling it.

Things You'll Need

  • Hair clip
  • Rattail comb
  • Hairspray
  • Round brush
  • Elastic rubber band
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Yvonne Van Damme is a freelance writer based in Seattle. She has been writing for several years with a focus on criminal justice and legal topics. In addition to various websites, she has been published in several academic journals. Van Damme holds a Bachelor of Arts in law, society and justice and sociology from the University of Washington.