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.

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  1. Ana M. wrote:

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

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  2. lin wrote:

    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˜€

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  3. 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.

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  4. Anonymous wrote:

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

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  5. Yani wrote:

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

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  6. Anonymous wrote:

    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?

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  7. 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.

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  8. Petite-ish wrote:

    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?

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  9. DSK Steph wrote:

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

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  10. Olyvia wrote:

    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!

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  11. Sue C. wrote:

    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.

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  12. Carrie wrote:

    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!

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  13. Danielle wrote:

    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!

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  14. 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™‚

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  15. Megan wrote:

    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!

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  16. Angie wrote:

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

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  17. Claud wrote:

    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 ^.^

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  19. girly girl wrote:

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

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  20. Michelle wrote:

    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. ^_^

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  21. 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.

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  22. Anonymous wrote:

    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™

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  23. Anna wrote:

    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!

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  24. Theresa wrote:

    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!

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  25. Ria wrote:

    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!

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  26. jkyw wrote:

    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!


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  27. 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.

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  28. Christina wrote:

    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!

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  29. Mary Ann wrote:

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

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

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  31. 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.

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  32. Megan wrote:

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

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  33. Ellen H. wrote:

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


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  34. Audrey wrote:

    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…

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  35. @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

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  36. billie wrote:

    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

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  37. Anonymous wrote:

    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!

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  39. 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!!

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  40. @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!

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  41. 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!

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  42. Ping wrote:

    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?

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  43. 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.

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  44. alysiahh wrote:

    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! :]

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  45. 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.

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  46. mary s. wrote:

    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™‚

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  47. Maggie wrote:

    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

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  48. vonnie wrote:

    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™‚

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  49. Great tutorial! Thanks Jean!

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  50. KC wrote:

    That…was…MAGIC! Thank you so much!

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