How To Create Bumper Bangs

Posted on June 24, 2013



*As seen in Britain Does Vintage publications!

The bumper bang is a great way to create an instant rockabilly look. As well as being a unique hairstyle, it’s stylish, versatile and perfect for hiding bad hair days. You can wear the bumper bang with a ponytail, hair scarf, gibson roll, victory rolls and many more hairstyles besides. The beauty of this style is that you can really get creative. So why not grab a comb and express your inner pin-up girl with the hairstyle that perfectly embodies the look of the ’40s and ’50s?

Bumperbang      What you need

  • Brush/comb
  • Foam hair foundation/bun roll
  • Hair grips
  • Hair spray

The method

Get everything you need in front of you ­– this hairstyle can be quite fiddly so I find it useful to get everything prepared beforehand! A foam hair foundation should be available in most chemists, but if you can’t find one simply cut an ordinary foam hair donut in two.


Begin with the hair down. This style works well with slightly dirty hair (I find day old hair is best). Although you can still do the style with freshly washed hair – just use more hair product.

Take a large section of hair from the front of the head and brush until smooth. If you’re having trouble selecting how much hair to use, imagine you are choosing hair to cut into a fringe.

Grab your foam foundation and put it underneath the section of hair. Wrap the end of the hair around the foundation and in towards your forehead. *When rolling, try to keep the hair tight around the foundation (it Bumperbangs3can be loosened later).

Turn the ends of the foundation upwards to make a horseshoe shape. Use hair grips to pin the foundation securely to your head.

Gently spread the hair across the foundation, covering any exposed bits. You can keep the hair tight around the foundation, or loosen it depending on the desired effect.

Use hair spray to fix the style in position and to get rid of any flyaway hair. A strong hold non-sticky hairspray is best.Bumperbangs4

Done! How easy was that? Pair with a rockin’ leather jacket or tea dress for the perfect retro look.

The beauty of this hairstyle is its versatility. It can be worn casually – like I have chosen to wear it in the picture to the right – or it can be used to add a fun vintage look to a formal hairstyle such as the gibson roll.

If you want to add a rock n’ roll edge to the bumper bang, simply tie a hair scarf in a knot or bow behind the bumper bang. This hairstyle looks great with a hair tie, sunglasses and a leather jacket.

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