Hair Tutorial: Voluminous Puffy Bun

Per your requests, here’s a tutorial for the voluminous bun I’ve been turning to lately (to conceal unwashed hair). In this video I share my secrets for extra volume both at the crown of my head and in the bun itself.

Tools used:
1. Velcro bumpit (search for “velcro bump” on eBay. Shipping took a few weeks.)
2. Elastic and bobby pins for flyaways
3. Teasing brush
4. Goody Spin Pin (comes in dark or light)

For anyone who doesn’t know what a flat head means…allow the photos below to explain!flathead1

A flat head makes one (or me, at least) look very childish. An extra inch at the crown of the head makes any updo look a bit more elegant and mature.


117 thoughts on “Hair Tutorial: Voluminous Puffy Bun

  • KC September 18, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    That…was…MAGIC! Thank you so much!

  • Really Petite September 18, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Great tutorial! Thanks Jean!

  • vonnie September 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm

    Hey Jean~!

    I use the Goody spin pins too but at $6-7 for 2 pins they're killer! I recently found a cheaper solution off ebay: 10 spin pins for under $1.50!

    Here's a link πŸ™‚;=270814231154&ssPageName;=ADME:L:OC:CA:1123

    I'm totally going to look for that asian bumpit now! It looks so much better!

    Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Maggie September 18, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    That was amazing! I`ve never heard of velcro bump-its. I wonder if I could dummy one up with a black shoulder pad and some scratchy side velcro… hmm

  • mary s. September 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    Hi! For your flyaway baby hairs I recommend using a clear mascara to comb them in place. Watch this video to see what I mean. Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

  • chungchungify September 18, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    hey, i have those annoying wispy bits too and it usually helps to twist them, pin with some bobby pins and then spray lightly with some strong hold hair spray.

  • alysiahh September 18, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    I would recommend using the hairspary by Tresemme. The one I think is called Extra hold or tres hold. something like that. I always recommend this hair spray because it really does keep those whispies secured and out of your face! :]

  • littlenashua September 18, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I bought those spin pins a year ago and I cannot get them to hold my hair in. I do have thick hair, so maybe I need more of them, or extra help from regular bobby pins. Hair accessories for updos are my crack – I've been buying various updo thingies at drug stores since I was in high school and most of them never work for me. My latest acquisition was a mesh donut from Claire's that makes a relatively smooth chignon, but I prefer the volume at the crown, so I never use it.

  • Ping September 18, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    lol my bf is terrified of the american bump it. i pointed to it one time and he gave he this horrid look. the japanese version is much better. i been curious those bobby pins and thought they were expensive too and wasn't sure if they would work. thanks for showing how it works!

    btw how much did u pay for ur bump it. i see them at the japanese supermarket. i think it's about $9-12…is it cheaper on ebay?

  • The Little Dust Princess September 18, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I used to have that velcro bumpit! Gave it to my little cousin though because it was such a hassle to remove! I was tangling my hair up. Does that happen to you or was I not using it right? lol If your flyaways are a result of static-y hair, I recommend putting a very tiny amount of lotion on your fingertips and rubbing it in your hair, as needed. It works for static-y hair, but for flyaways, it might not last. I've also heard rubbing dryer sheets on your hair work too. I've seen a lot of great products at my local drugstore to prevent flyaways so maybe you can check them out! I don't know any good brands though. Sorry!

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 18, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    @vonnie Thanks! I figured eBay may have it cheaper but I wanted mine asap to play with. I also wanted to patronize Goody to give them my few dollars for inventing this nifty thing. When I lose them, I'll turn to the eBay ones : )

    @Maggie My bf thinks that should work perfectly. Lol!

    @mary s. oo, I like it! Will give it a try, but wonder if the result is very gelled and hard.

    @chungchungify Thanks for the twisty tip!

    @alysiahh Thanks for the rec!

    @littlenashua Wow, I thought I had thick hair but they worked perfectly. I'm curious if maybe three or four pins will work better for you.

    @Ping Nick used to be terrified of the velcro bumpit when it was just chillen' around on the dresser or on the floor : ) He's way used to it by now. I think I paid $10 including shipping, but it's been too long to remember!

    @The Little Dust Princess I forgot to mention in the video but I meant to emphasize how easy it is to remove! I slide mine out with no tangles. I'm sorry to hear yours was causing so much trouble. I wonder if it has to do with what kind of velcro is used! And yes, I always have dryer sheets with me in the static season aka Winter. It's a necessity to tame staticy hair!

  • easy petite looks September 18, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    great tutorial! i'll definitely use these tips if i ever grow my hair out again. ive never even heard of those tools. i must be way out of the loop!!

  • billie September 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

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  • Anonymous September 18, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    That was so helpful. I am a moron when it comes to my hair (which is very fine and silky and not easy to work with), but I'm going to try this!

  • billie September 18, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Can you tell me the vendor you got that bumpit from? I really like the minimal high that your bumpit offers. I searched "velcro bumpit" and came up with only three results. Then I tried different phrases and got more results, but some look like they would give me a snooki bump

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 18, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    @billie I ordered mine over a year ago so I can't find it anymore, but I did a search and this one looks very similar:;=item3a69ed1984

  • Audrey September 18, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! I have the same flyaway problem, and I hate it!! Anytime my hair is up (usually just in a ponytail), I have to have a minimum of 6 of them to hold the hairs back, and mine are wavy, so that seems to make them especially stubborn…

  • Ellen H. September 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Great tutorial! I'm always trying to figure out what to do with my stick-straight Asian hair πŸ™‚


  • Megan September 18, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I spray hairspray on a toothbrush and brush it on any flyaway. Works like magic. Hope this helps!

  • Elaine A (TOBeautyReviews) September 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Excellent tutorial Jean what a difference a bit of volume makes!

    Gah sadly I can't do this without straightening my hair first! Might look for that velcro bump it to see how it works with my hair.

  • Our Wired Lives September 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    great tutorial. You really made me want to grow out my hair, so I could try out this look and these new tools.

  • Mary Ann September 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I love the before & after photos, thanks so much for this post!

  • Christina September 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Hi Jean — first, love your blog. You do such a great job. It really helps to see what proportions work on petites, and your hair is absolutely envious.

    For the flyaways, I use a clean mascara wand (like the ones they use for samples at Sephora) and spray the wand with hairspray then sort of twist/comb the wisps into the crown of your hair. It somehow intertwines the baby hair with the longer strands, and by spraying the hairspray on the wand instead of your head, you avoid the lacquered look that's so easy to get when you're trying to will your hair into submission with hairspray.

    Thank you again for all of your hard work on this blog!

  • xoladiihoneyxo September 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I should get one of those velcro bumpit! As for fly-away hair, I really don't know but it will be nice if you can share it with us when you find out… One of my friends told me to use a small amount of lotion if its static-like during winter months in the New England. It works for temporary usage. How do you take the velcro bumpit out? Not to be a weirdo but it makes the shape of your head more round which I wish I have! lol.

  • jkyw September 18, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    this is very helpful, Jean!

    I suffer from flat head ponytails and use a sport headband (elastic Goody one) for the flyaways but I would not suggest that for anything besides hitting the gym!


  • Ria September 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    This is probably the best blog I've ever read! I too am stricken with that flat pony tail look and always tease the crown of my head and use tons of hairspray to give it volume. So I end up having tons of tangles in my hair. I always thought you just had gorgeous voluminous hair that just looked good no matter how you styled it! Thanks for sharing. I hope you don't mind if I share this information on my blog as well ( with a link to your blog of course!

    On another note, i also bought the same gap sweater in beige. It's so comfy isn't it? You look great in the yellow!

  • Theresa September 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks for this! This is such a great tutorial! I bought one right away πŸ˜€

    as for the flyaways, I always battle mine too. But lately, I've been using hair wax, and it works phenomenally. Try opting for the dry wax. Hope this helps!

  • Anna September 18, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    Jean, thanks so much for this tutorial! I'm one of those lazy ones who wishes she could do pretty things with her hair, but just ends up wearing it down or in a ponytail. Also, my straight asian hair usually ends up flat – I was actually going to buy some volumizing shampoo to help with this! I'm going to find these tools and try it right away!

  • Anonymous September 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    what kind of chanel earrings are those jean? they look diff from the turnlock ones that you have. i just cant bring myself to spend $200+ on fashion jewelry vs gold or plat! πŸ™

  • Cat in Calico September 18, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    This is EXACTLY what I need to try for my limp fine hair. Thank you so much! As for the flyaways, I dealt with them all the time when I did dance performances back in school. Hairspray never worked for my flyaways, since hairspray stiffens the hair, but it doesn't stick that well. It will seem ok at first, but the flyaways will come back after you move around. I recommend something sticky, like hair gel or hair glue.

  • Michelle September 18, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial! Lately, I've been real lazy and just throw my hair up in a high bun. I think I need to start taking the professional look a little more seriously. πŸ™‚ I really enjoyed the video. ^_^

  • girly girl September 18, 2011 at 10:57 pm

    thank you for this very helpful tutorial! you're my idol! lol

  • Claud September 18, 2011 at 11:07 pm

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  • Claud September 18, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Jean, I use Biosilk serum to control my flyaways. Put few drops on a (clean) toothbrush (or a small dense brush works too) and smooth it over your flyaway hairs ^.^

  • Angie September 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    this is beautiful, jean! it's so simple and effortless and grown up!

  • Megan September 18, 2011 at 11:52 pm

    Hi Jean! Spraying a bit of hairspray on your fingers and running it over the wispys should do the trick. I have the same problem with updos, and that method seems to work for me! The best hairspray to use for that is Aussie's "Opposites attract" strong hold hairspray. It'll stay semi-wet on your fingers as you work it through your wispys, and won't make your style look stiff when it dries! It really does what it says. πŸ™‚ Hope this helps!

  • Ella Pretty Blog September 18, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    Jean – I officially LOVE you now LOL…first you give awesome style advice – and now…the BEST hair advice EVER!!!

    I bought the nasty plastic bumpit…and was so sad to see it sticking out of my hair – I don't know WHO it would work on…I need this velcro bumpit in my life! My favourite hairstyle is a ponytail with volume at the crown – but I don't want to tease my hair too much…this velcro bumpit is going to be a lifesaver – thanks so much for making a video about it πŸ™‚

  • Danielle September 18, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I die. I didn't think this was possible with my Asian hair! Whenever I put my hair up it always, always flattens out. I'm so excited to try this!

  • Carrie September 19, 2011 at 12:02 am

    My boyfriend has been threatening to buy me a bumpit, but I've been telling him not to because I didn't want to look like Snooki … but now that I know about these, I might just point him toward eBay and let him pick up one for me after all! πŸ™‚
    I have the same problem with flyaways … hope you do an update on some of the solutions you try & what worked for you!

  • Sue C. September 19, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I always wondered how asian women got the nice bump on their hair. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I'm excited about the possibilities. I recently discovered spin pins. What will they come up with next.

  • Olyvia September 19, 2011 at 12:08 am

    Thanks for this tutorial! I've been jealous that you have such nice volume at the crown in your pictures. I've tried all those youtube tutorials on backcombing and hairspray to put volume at the top of my head, but without success. That velcro bumpit is new to me! I'm going to search for one now! Thank thanks thanks for introducing it!

  • DSK Steph September 19, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I love this video! The Asian "bump it" is too cool!

  • Petite-ish September 19, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Great tutorial as usual, jean. Your hair looks so classy and natural, I never would have suspected you were using anything to puff it up. One question though, does it hurt/pull out your hair to remove the spin pins and velcro accessory?

  • Canadianpetite September 19, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Those bump-its sure makes a diff — thanks for sharing. I think I may have thicker hair than you do but I will give those twist pins a try. I have those wisps too around the temple (like wings) but feel that hairspray may be too severe looking. I tried mousse which looks softer but it depends on each hair type.

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 1:33 am

    Thanks for sharing with us your secret! πŸ˜‰ I just might get one of those bump-its for myself now..

    Your hair seems pretty volumized when it's down too. I have rather fine asian hair that just lies flat on my head when its down. πŸ™ Do you blow dry yours in a certain way or do you think its just a matter of hair texture?

  • Yani September 19, 2011 at 1:45 am

    i seem to always look like before pictures mmm… i will definitely do after now!!! thanks

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 2:08 am

    What kinda of flase eyelashes do you use? they look great on you!

  • PetiteLittleGirl September 19, 2011 at 7:07 am

    I’ve been waiting for this video. After several attemps, I think I've got the hang of it. Those spin pin are new to me. I have to try them out. Thank you for introducing the Asian bumpit to me. I think I paid $4.99 for a pack of 2 with free shipping. You’re right, shipping did take forever. My husband couldn’t even tell that I had it on LOL =) You look lovely in your video as always.

  • lin September 19, 2011 at 8:38 am

    jean, great tutorial. i'm going to have to get me some of those goody spin pins & the velcro bump it. thanks for sharing these great ideas! πŸ˜€

  • Ana M. September 19, 2011 at 8:41 am

    Never knew it makes such a difference!! You definitely look more mature in the 'After' pics!

  • My Dressy Ways September 19, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Love the tutorial! Another great gadget rec by Jean! So, let ME make a rec now! πŸ™‚ My husband's sister-in-law works for a salon products distribution center (Matrix, Paul Mitchell, Redken…you name it, they distribute it.) one of the perks of working there is that they come home with BOXES of hair products that can't be sold because of various reason. She gets so much product that she'll give me some from time to time so I've tried just about everything under the sun. I discovered Matrix Freeze Trix this way. It's an aerosol hairspray that they discontinued – but I found out that they just repackaged it and sold it under a different name. It's now Matrix Vavoom Freezing Spray This hairspray is MY holy grail of hairsprays. My hair (because of age and having babies) falls out continuously so that I have all these baby hairs ALL the time. This hairspray does wonders at holding all my baby hairs together without it looking and feeling like I have a ton of gunk in my hair. I smooth down my baby hairs as best as I can, cover my forehead and spray a little and then smooth down again. A little goes a long way this this. I also spray the top of my head along my hairline because I have a lot of baby hairs there too. I but it now when Ulta has their buy 2 get 1 sales. It's a pretty large can so it lasts a long time! If you try it, let me know what you think!

  • JING September 19, 2011 at 9:51 am

    great tutorial jean! Would like to try it out but couldn't have it done with my current super short hair. But still I feel like dropping by here to leave a msg, cuz u r one of my fav blogger who actually take her time out to reply those who left a msg here. It's really sweet. If only other bloggers are half as sweet as you πŸ™‚

  • FashionFreak/Mihaela September 19, 2011 at 10:03 am

    wow so cool πŸ˜€

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  • Jennifer September 19, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Amazing! I am new to your blog and LOVE everything I am seeing. The bumpit looks so natural on you; I already ordered one on ebay this morning. πŸ™‚ I can't wait until it arrives so I can try it out for myself!

  • AnnieR September 19, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Thanks for the tutorial Jean! The asian bumpit is already on its way to my house.. I can't wait until my hair gets long enough to do the bun part of the hairstyle!

  • Ly September 19, 2011 at 11:59 am

    I just ordered the bumpit!

  • GYC September 19, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    such a helpful video! you're so pretty ^^

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    you look so elegant in the bottom left after pic!

  • I Dream Of Fashion September 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    OMG! that was amazing! I need to buy that Velcro Bumpit ASAP. I always wear a flat head. πŸ™ Now that is about to change thanks to you. πŸ™‚

  • AubreyOhDang! September 19, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    subtle bump it. I'm diggin it. I definitely need help in the volume department.

    I wonder what kind of a girl i'd be if i lived in japan with all these girly cosmetics, hair tools, beauty supplies etc etc etc available to me & made for me. what a dream!

  • JC September 19, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing that. I'm definitely going to order a "bump it". Normally I just back comb my hair like crazy & use A LOT of hair spray only to have it go flat by the afternoon since there's nothing underneath!

  • kt September 19, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! My color processed blonde hair is very fine, so a regular bump-it was not an option for me! I would like to make two recommendations: 1. Kenra hairspray (13) is the best stuff on the parket! They sell it at Beauty Brands/Beauty First etc. The Kenra (25) is great for extra hold. I love it because it brushes out and doesn't weigh your hair down or make it look like you have a ton of product in. 2. Dryer sheets (I prefer Bounce brand, unscented) are amazing for fly-aways! It sounds rediculous, but you can run one over your hair before or after styling, and it really tames the fly-aways!

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    I am a big fan of your blog. This is the first comment I've ever posted on any blogs. Thanks for sharing your beauty tips with us. awesome job!

  • Chocolate, Cookies & Candies September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you so much for the tutorial. I've wondered for years how to get rid of the horrible flat head ponytail look but never succeeded. I don't like my hair all over the place so I tend to tie it back. I've tried teasing it (I look like I've got a bird's nest stuck on my crown! Not a good look cos all I need is a bird to lay an egg on it). I've tried smooshing my back forward….I won't bore you with the details. Off to get one of those velcro bump. You're a lifesaver, Jean!

  • Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    are u using falsies here? ur lashes look super long! btw jean, what makeup brushes do u use? any tips?

  • Nancy September 19, 2011 at 6:27 pm


    I just wanted to say that you can find those Japanese Velcro Bumpits at Japanese markets now. If you have a Marukai (where I got mine) or a Mitsuwa around you, they'll probably have it.

  • Curvy Petite September 19, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Jean, my bun seriously looks like the first pic! I shall invest in that Asian poof thing!

  • Charissa September 19, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I'm so impressed by your poise and presence in this video! I'm an occasional visitor and have appreciated your blog as another petite woman, but it's a real pleasure to see how articulate and confident you are on screen. Thanks!

  • Mrs. Smith September 19, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I LOVE IT!!
    I must get one, but I have light blonde hair. The ones I've seen are darker for black/brown hair colors. If anyone sees one for blondies, let me know!!

  • MagSue September 19, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Jean,

    love your blog, wonder if you usually have problems with belts that are too long? I usually will buy size xs, but still have problems with the length especially when wearing skirts with them..I have resulted in having double sided tape to avoid the ends flapping about…
    If you have any solutions/tips, that's be much appreciated.

  • Gjee September 20, 2011 at 5:21 am

    hair wax is a must for the fly aways! its not as stiff as gel. i noticed hair wax is sort of hard to come by in american drug stores (garnier fructis came out with one recently but i haven't tried it yet) but asian hair wax is the best i've ever tried. it really makes the hair look as if there isn't an product in your hair and keeps it really light!

    and wow i'm totally loving the velcro bun! i always have my hair up in a bun these days (with the goody spiral pins haha) but the bun makes the look so much classier! thanks <3

  • simplyvonne September 20, 2011 at 10:01 am

    i actually have to goody spin but dont know how to use it! I won it from a giveaway so Im going to test it out when I get home! πŸ˜€

  • Anonymous September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Hi Jean, you've just inspired me to buy the bumpit as well! Is there any style that doesn't look good on you?? On a side note, where is your pearl necklace from? I've been looking for one just like it, so that I can do the double or triple wrap around my neck. Please let me know! πŸ™‚

  • Andrea September 20, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Great tutorial! Instead of back-combing your hair, to achieve the 'huge bun' effect, try a nylon mesh foam hair donut. It's very popularly used in Asia where i live πŸ™‚

    Also, for hair products that prevent flyaway hairs (I've very fine hair and I totally get what you mean). Lucidol has a good range

    And finally, OSIS hair powder is one of my favorites for keeping styles especially if you are doing backcombing. I heard it's not easily available in the U.S, the alternative is got2be hair powder available at Fred Mayers', Walgreens etc. It's consistently sold out! It's under the same brand that sells OSIS.

    Hope that helps! Cheers!

  • In-Between Sizes September 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    This is perfect for an Asian girl like me! When I lived in Manila, everyone wanted long, straight, non-voluminous hair. It was just straight hairstyles and Japanese rebonds for everyone. But when I moved to New York, I was so envious of the curls, waves and volumes all around me. One time, I paid $60 for a soft curl and my hair turned straight within the hour. Curse my Asian hair! But these bumpits are the perfect solution for those ladies night out, date nights and events that need that extra elegance for my super straight hair. THANK YOU!!! <3

  • Thu September 20, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Yes, thanks so much for this post and video!!! I bought the "asian bump-it" last year on when I was looking through their hair stuff for volume aid. But I didn't know how to use it properly, so it just sat in my cabinet untouched. After watching that you mentioned it and demonstrated how you use it, I immediately grabbed it and tried it. It works much better now!!:) My hair's hopelessly thin and flat now, and I keep losing hair so this is much needed! With my flyaways, I just secure them with those black clips. They're conspicuous, but because they do the job for me, I don't care.:)

  • Kiki September 20, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Great video! Check out Aveda's Air Control hairspray… It is light and helpful for little pieces. Also, I recently blogged about the sock bun, another voluminous bun method… It is still on the main page of my blog if you scroll down a bit. I am also a fan of spin pins, though my hair is so fine at I actually use the mini version for my hair. πŸ™‚ Kiki

  • Anonymous September 20, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    Hi Jean, for flyaways, you should look into John Freida Repair Flyaway Tamer. It comes in a tube with a mascara-like wand. You just brush it in the hair and it keeps flyaways in place. I use mine almost daily when needed and it really does a good job all day long.
    Great tutorial BTW. You look fab.

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 21, 2011 at 12:51 am

    @Anonymous They're the standard crystal costume jewelry studs…I got them a few years ago when it was $200 something I believe, but yes I agree, it may be a bit exorbitant for low quality costume jewelry! I wear my two pairs of studs a lot though.

    @Petite-ish Hi Puyao! It does not hurt me at all! I remove them in seconds! But, another blogger did mention the bumpit caused tangles in her hair during the removal process…my hair might just be coarser and it gives me no issues.

    @Anonymous I always clip the crown part up with a butterfly clip, pull out an inch of "volume," and let it dry (air or blowdryer) in that position. I demonstrated it briefly in an older loose waves tutorial, but it may not work for everyone!

    @Anonymous @Anonymous Thanks! They are Model 21 lashes in # 7 (I think, they do a terrible job of labeling their styles). It's not my favorite because the length is too long…I'm looking for something just as affordable but denser and shorter! As for makeup brushes, I use one R&R; blush brush but the rest is from eyes lips … the $1 brushes.

    @Nancy Oh you're right, I remember them there! I was tempted but it's quite a bit cheaper via ebay, the downside is the long wait for shipping.

    @MagSue I used to have the same issue but now I always loop my belt ends (learned it from the fab Anh at In every post that I show a belt, I think I have the extra length tucked in a loop!

    @Anonymous I got it last week from Nordstrom Rack! It's about $20…I think the "pearls" are glass, and it's three strands in one containing all different sizes which I love. If you don't have a Rack near you, I think they ship for a fee to homes. The pearls aren't perfectly white though…they have a greenish tint. I didn't mind, as I've been looking for something like this for a while!

  • PetiteAsianGirl September 21, 2011 at 12:53 am

    Thank you, thank you thank you everyone for sharing your "wispy" tips! I read every single comment and am on my way to experimenting. I tried the hairspray on toothbrush and also on fingers this morning (a generous amount) and it didn't work…thick wispies fell down within 5 minutes. I'll be trying better hairsprays soon, also the waxes, "mascaras," and other tricks suggested here.

    For all who ordered the velcro thing…welcome to the bumpit brigade! : ) Please let me know how you like it after it arrives.

  • little asian September 21, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I'm a hairdresser and the best hairspray for flyaway is L'Oreal Elnett Satin Hairspray! I use this every time for formal up-do.

  • Rainy Days and Lattes September 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Omg, that velcro bump makes a BIG difference. I have poofy hair but I still lack volume on the crown of my head. Great hair tutorial!! πŸ™‚

  • milk tea + polkadots September 23, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Ooh, that velcro bump-it is SO MUCH more natural looking than the plastic bump-it's! And probably more comfortable too. I got suckered into buying the plastic one, and it looked HORRIBLE. I felt like Snookie! Needless to say, that quickly went back to the store.

  • grace September 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial =) I need to try that velcro bump-it as soon as possible – and try some of these tips for flyaways that commenters suggested. I have CONSTANT fly aways I always look frazzled and unkempt!

  • Monica September 23, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    I ordered some spin pins immediately after I watched your bun tutorial video. I tried them out and they are AMAZING!! I was completely impressed with how simple and quick it is to secure a bun! Thanks for sharing!

  • watercoloursky September 23, 2011 at 11:53 pm

    i am soooo getting that asian bumpit when my hair grows long enough for a bun! thanks for the great tutorials – been a longtime silent follower and glad to see your blog grow πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous September 24, 2011 at 12:16 am

    @PetiteAsianGirlTry that Swarzkopf Got to be Glued (yellow tube). It's a paste and a little dab 'll do ya! The tube will last you forever.

  • Anonymous September 25, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    So impressed by this I just bought some off eBay! Thank you for this, I've tried doing the "quiffed" high up-do thing before but could never manage it and I have the same kind of face so the flat head thing makes me look so young. Thanks, love your blog and style!

  • Anonymous September 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    I love this hair tutorial! This is a huge help for me bc I have to wear mine up for work. Thank you for taking the time to show us this!!

  • Jess September 30, 2011 at 3:08 am

    I had to run out and get the bump after reading this post last night!! Good thing I live near a Japanese shop filled with makeup! I am now a proud owner and will sport it tomorrow!! πŸ™‚

  • SewPetiteGal September 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    HOORAY for the Asian Bumpit! I've tried the American version and teasing every which way but it never looked right. I think this velcro bump will do the trick – thanks so much for posting this tutorial! I can't wait to try it out!

  • Lora October 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Haha you were adorable when you did the faux-creepy "Oowhoooo~" with hand gestures.

    I miss blogging and reading fellow bloggers blogs! Browsing through yours today, I'm pretty set on getting this velcro bump it!!! Love all of your recent looks, Jean!

    Okay I'm commenting as I go through your video… "But hair grows back!" hahaha. I'm still learning how to backcomb. Once I thought I did a really good job and went to work with my hair as was. Good thing I decided to drop into the ladies room before a meeting because my head looked like BIRDS NEST. Frazzle galoreeee. (and then you just mentioned birds nest in your video lol). But I'm talking like super frizz galore.

    I also have the wispy hair issues. Haven't figured out how to tame them yet. I tried hairspraying and bobby pinning them down but it doesn't help for that long. Let me/us know if you find something that works! πŸ™‚

  • Meigan October 15, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Fantastic video and GREAT hair!! πŸ™‚

  • megan alissa design November 4, 2011 at 9:17 am

    très chic!

  • Brooke November 6, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I love this! I just purchased the screw pins and velcro bump! Thanks so much.

  • chanster November 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Great tutorial! Just a tip for the wisps,even though there may be several here already. Spray with hairspray and comb them in with a toothbrush! It works!

  • MzAshleyQ November 19, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Love this! Whatkind of teasing brush is that? I haven't been able to find anything but combs and they do nothing for my superthin hair….

  • JWN November 21, 2011 at 5:45 am

    Wonderful tutorial! Please do more hair!

  • A Sunday Kind Of Love November 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I have tons of wispies and what I do when I want them under control is to spray my hairspray (frederic fekkai, sheer hold) onto my boar-bristle brush (the marilyn "tuxedo" brush) and then brush my hair. I find that that particular brush already smooths most of hair into place and adding the sheer hold hairspray just helps. I have super-fine baby hair though, so you might want to use a stronger hairspray that you prefer πŸ™‚

  • Jo December 8, 2011 at 12:14 am

    I just got these in the mail the other day! Im excited to use them! As a tip for other users/readers – I found these on ebay for a really good price. It's understandable why they are so affordable. The materials are very simple and it is all sewn together pretty simple and kind of roughly. I found my bumpits to be the right height and the velcro works great but they were a bit too wide for my head shape and the bumpits slightly stuck out on the sides. I because too self conscious to wear them.

    So what I did tonight was trim them down a tiny bit and sewed them back together! Works great now!

  • Ashley December 10, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I'm a stylist and I always use a decent pomade for flyaways. You can get any brand really (I prefer Sexy Hair) but I promise it'll be your new favorite product.

  • Anonymous December 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    I have fine hair and also have the wispy hair problem. I use Moroccan Oil on towel dried hair and the Aveda Control Force hair spray to help with that.

  • Carol January 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks so much for this great tutorial! I watched it with my nine-year-old, petite Asian daughter with bum-length hair πŸ™‚ We use the spin pins for her bun for ballet class with great success, but this is a much prettier bun for special events. We really love Goldwell "Unlimitor" spray wax for those flyways. I also like a clear brow gel on my own hair, but I don't use much since it does dry harder than a wax.

  • Anonymous January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    This video was so helpful! I was just wondering what salon you go to to get your haircut?

  • MarianaLuisa January 29, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Great simple tutorial! I reaallly need to invest in one of those velco bump its!

  • Truly Smitten March 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I just went through all of your videos and looooove your hair and make up tips!! Thanks for sharing and you are so dang cute!

  • Tina April 15, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Loved it! Ordered the bumpit and spin pin immediately~~ πŸ™‚

  • tejl June 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Great tutorial! And I think you are beautiful πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous July 10, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Hi Jean. I love the look and size of your Chanel earring in these photos.

    Mind if you send me a close up look of the earring?
    my email is :

    Am between mind which Chanel earring to get right now, and this would really help πŸ™‚ thanks.

  • Jessica July 29, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    LOVE the velcro bumpit, what a lifesaver! Now I want to go back to the Asian market and see if they have one. We were just there yesterday, but I am way too impatient to wait for shipping to buy it off ebay, haha. Thanks for the tips on the Goody twists too, I've been wanting to try them but wasn't sure if they worked as advertised. Maybe this week will be the start of no more flat hair for me. πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous September 3, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Hi! Just a quick question about the orange zippered box you have…where did you get it??? Thanks! Love your blog!

  • Kristen Tam September 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    A good way to fix wiskies is using a brush and hairspray.. simply put hairspray on the brush and brush it into the wiskies.. it does the trick!

  • Anonymous October 21, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Hi I love your hair. I live in Boston too, and was wondering where you got your hair cut? Thanks so much.

  • Anonymous October 22, 2012 at 6:42 am

    Hi there, I've just gone on ebay for the link you put up, but sadly they no longer sell it – too many people here buying it I think! What other similar ones are around on ebay?

  • Anonymous November 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm


    I was wondering where you got your CC earrings from?? Thanks!

  • PinTutorials November 28, 2012 at 8:16 pm

    Looks fantastic. Better than when I tried to do it.

  • PinTutorials November 28, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Looks fantastic. Better than when I tried to do it.

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