The “bump ponytail,” also known as the “cheerleader hairdo” is the go-to look for the hurried, the busy and the downright sweaty. It says, “Hey, look, I did something fancy with my hair so I'm TOTALLY trendy,” when in fact you spent less than five minutes getting coifed. It requires minimal effort and no blowdrying. It's my daily look nowadays.

bump ponytail how-to

I use the bump ponytail because A) I think it looks cute, B) it's easy and C) I desperately need a haircut. I'm actually getting one today, I swear! But in the meantime…I bump ponytail it up. And I look good doing it, if I do say so myself.

The Bump Ponytail

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First, wash and towel-dry hair. See that short-in-the-front, long-in-the-back thing I've got going on here? This is the result of spontaneously having all your hair chopped into a pixie cut. It doesn't grow very well. My hairdresser calls it “the ducktail,” and it's the main reason I've been wearing my hair in said bump ponytail every single day.

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Good products are the key to pulling off the bump ponytail without slowly unraveling throughout the day as your hair dries. This is all I use to achieve my daily look: a brush, two hairclips, a hairband, Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Repair & Finish Spray, and Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Boost & Lift Foaming Air Mousse.

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Brush through your hair to get all the tangles out. If you have kids, you inevitably have tangles (or Cheerios) stuck in your hair.


Mousse it up. Liberally. I use about a golf ball-sized glob for my medium-length hair. And yes, it must be mousse. Not gel. Gel dries hard and stiff and will make you look like you've just emerged from an oil slick. Mousse will help your bump ponytail dry big and fluffy. I like Vidal Sassoon's Pro Series Mousse because it gives my hair a major boost and it doesn't flake.

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Grab all of your bangs (approximately a four-inch-wide section at the front of your forehead) and gather them into a smooth clump. Clutching them with one hand, twist them ever-so slightly and hold them together several inches back from your forehead (taking care not to pull them tightly against your scalp, lest you flatten your bump!).

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Gently slide a clip through this gathering of hair, fastening it to the hair underneath.

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Bump accomplished.

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Use your hairbrush to brush the rest of your hair back and as high up as possible into one hand.

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Secure your ponytail with a hair band and spread it so it dries up and apart, not into a single clump.


Spray liberally with hairspray. Again, I choose Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Spray because it helps keep my hair light and bouncy, but it doesn't clump or flake by the end of the day.

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And you're off with your preppy little bump ponytail! It air dries within an hour and winds up looking like you went to a lot more effort than you did.

how to do a bump ponytail

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This post is sponsored by Vidal Sassoon throught he P&G Blogger Brigade. All opinions are my own.