Tha Happy Pompadour bumper bang tutorial

Wednesday, January 28, 2009 15 No tags Permalink

I title this pompadour hairstyle, the Happy Pompadour. Because when the light hits it, it looks like a smile. ๐Ÿ™‚ You’ve also heard it refered to as bumper bangs. And here is a version of it that you can pretty easily do yourself. I am sort of letting the cat out of the bag on this one. I had planned on using this in a second edition of Vintage Hairstyling, but what the heck.

It will make it easier if you have the book and can refer back to it to refresh your memory on creating a victory roll. That is basically all this is.

And girls with bangs who want to try something different, this would be good for you too. To get it to look like this, you need long layers on top, but if you have shorter hair, you can try it too. I did this on myself with my 6 inch long hair and got a cute poof that I just added curls around. I’ll post that picture later.

Start by using some hot rollers or a curling iron to get some bend in your hair. A roll is a million times easier if there is bend. Then part out a big triangular chunk of hair with the thinnest point back where the head just starts to curve towards the back. The two other points of the triangle are above the outer points of your eyebrows.

Now take that big chunk of hair and put it in a small ponytail holder that is the same color as your hair. The holder should be about 1/2-1 inch from your hair line.

It will be easier if you prep the hair with some pomade and teasing to get it in a sort of stick together state. Then roll it downward till it meets your forehead and the hair line.

Spread the hair gradually using your fingers in a sort of scissor fashion back until you have this half circle shape. Then pin to the scalp hair through the back with the pins inside the roll.

It may take a little practice to get the roll to dip more in the middle and fan upward, but once you get it, it looks awesome! I finished with some more victory roll-ish pieces on the sides. You can also do some full on victory rolls on the side that are spread to connect with the pompadour for an all around pomp, like Dita often does.

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  • Nikki via The Scarlett Rose Garden
    January 28, 2009

    This is awesome! As you can see from my Sock hop post, I wore a faux pomp… but the hairpiece doesn’t always match my hair color just so.

    I’ve tried this without the elastic, but I think the ponytail would be a big help. Thanks for the tip! I love how it looks with the victory rolls, I’m certainly going to try it!

  • Candaroo
    January 28, 2009

    Wow…I have been looking for a great style for my 40’s themed wedding, and I think I just found it!! Seems like it would be pretty easy to do as well.

  • Roxanne
    January 29, 2009

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now. I never KNEW all the work involved in getting the hairstyles of the past!

    I’m ashamed to say that I pretty much wash, air dry or blow dry with a brush and call it done.

    I’m LAZY compared to what they used to do!

    I’m also very bored with my hairstyle. Hmmmm.

  • Ruby
    January 29, 2009

    Thank you so much! This one has been stumping me for ages. Nikki pointed out your blog just in time,since I am styling hair for a Burlesque Event and was feeling stumped and out of practice.
    I’m buying your book now,you saved me!!!

  • Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinnersยฎ
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  • Shrinky Inky
    January 29, 2009

    Hey you’re a mind reader! I was just wondering last night how i’d look with faux bangs a la dita and there you go – the ponytail holder is a GREAT tip!

  • Atomic Mama
    January 30, 2009

    wow, that is a fantastic tutorial on that hairstyle! thanks SOOOO much!

  • Helen Highwater
    January 31, 2009

    That is fab! Great tut too.

    I’ve got a fringe (bangs) myself, but I’m thinking now it might be possible by using hair from either side of the fringe, in the triangle shape. My hair’s just beyond shoulder length and although the individual hairs are fine, there’s so much of it that it’s very thick. I think it’s do-able! I shall try…. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • vintage_girl
    February 1, 2009

    Finally I’ve found very good tutorial. I always want to know how to do this and now I’ve discovered that it;s not so difficult as I thought.

  • Fleur de Guerre
    February 2, 2009

    Fab tutorial! This os one of my favourite hairdos, but I have to say I cheat and use a rat! There’s a pic of me with it on my blog…or rather there will be as soon as I finish writing the entry! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Helen Highwater
    February 4, 2009

    I couldn’t manage it with my bangs! However, I combed all my hair up into a pomp and it looks very Betty Grable! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • rockymtmama
    February 9, 2009

    oooh! I can’t wait to buy your 2nd book…I looooove the 1st one. It’s been a huge help. Thank you thank you thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Gregory in San Diego
    November 4, 2009

    I love it, I love it, I love it!! One of my all time favorite hair styles!

  • Gregory in San Diego
    November 4, 2009

    It’s really amazing seeing your step by step pictures of how to make these styles!

  • collegaproul
    April 20, 2010

    It looks like Rebecca Cunningham in Disney’s TaleSpin series. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great stuff! Thanks a lot.