Bumper Bang Tutorial

Hi all,

Bumper bangs (also known as faux bangs) are a hairstyle that I’ve battled with for quite some time.  I sometimes try it and upon succeeding, take it out because it goes slightly wonky and I look like I’ve got a growth on my head! Anyway, after a lot of hard work, I’ve come up with a solution to my problem.  So, here we go!

You will need:

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A hair donut (a.k.a ‘rat’) that’s been chopped so it becomes a ‘sausage’

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Bobby pins


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Assorted hairbrushes of your choosing. Ideally you’ll need one that’s suitable for backcombing and another for separating sections of hair.


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A can of trusty hairspray.


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And a pomade of your choosing.


The first thing I did was make a slight adjustment to my hair ‘rat’.  The problem that I’ve had over and over again is that when pinning the rat into the front of my hair it can become loose at one end, therefore meaning I have to re roll it (this can happen multiple times before it goes successfully).  Because the rat is naturally a tube shape (or if it’s a donut that you’ve cut in half then it will likely lose its ‘u’ shape rather rapidly) its natural reaction is to return to its normal tube shape, rather than the ‘u’ that is desired.  My solution is rather Blue Peter-esque but I’ve found it successful nonetheless.

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For this next bit you’ll need some medium strength jewellery wire…(you can find it in any haberdashery/craft store)


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Measure out a piece of wire against your hair rat (if it’s too long it’ll poke out of the ends and may be painful!)


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Then simply cut the wire to size and double check that it’s the right length.

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Then thread the wire into the rat and bend it into the desired shape. If you’ve used a thinner wire you may want to do the last few steps multiple times, placing the wires throughout the rat so that there’s more chance of it holding the shape that you want.


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Take a large section from the front of your hair, making sure that it’s neat and even.


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I usually separate out a box section as it’s easier to work with, particularly if you want to put victory rolls in the sides of your hair too.


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Then backcomb this section of hair, and hairspray. You can use pomade at this point if you wish to help you smooth the outer hair, and give you control when rolling.



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Wrap the hair around the centre of the rat and roll to the scalp. At this point, the hair doesn’t need to cover the rat, don’t worry!


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Taking each end of the rat, bend them back towards the back of the head creating your ‘u’ shape. Then pin these in place.

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At this point your hair should look like this. Rat pinned in with the hair only covering the centre section of it. Now, you can gently tease the hair around the rat so it’s completely covered.


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Et voila!


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You can then neaten it by combing over the front of the rat, and finish with a vintage or chiffon hair scarf!


That’s all for now folks!

Miss B xoxo

6 thoughts on “Bumper Bang Tutorial

  1. I never thought of using something to make the rat keep it’s U shape but I will try to get hold of some wire for mine now as well – great idea! That would solve tons of problems, I think.

    • Hi Em,

      I don’t have a page for my blog (at the moment) but you can find a lot of updates for my blog through the Madam’s Vintage Facebook (that’s my specs shop)


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