Hair volumizing inserts, or bumps, are hard plastic hair accessories used to create the illusion of more voluminous locks. However, many people find them rigid and uncomfortable. The bumps can be pricey, too. But you can make your own very effective hair bump accessory that is soft, comfortable and adjustable, and it may cost you next to nothing.

Things You'll Need

Roll a stocking leg into a tight cylinder, beginning at the toe. Decide whether the cylinder looks as if it would create the volume you want when you place it under your hair, or if it might be too much. You can unroll it and cut some of the leg off to make it smaller. Use the other leg to create another cylinder. Place them together end to end to see your new hair bump accessory.

Wash your hair and dry it as you normally do. Comb it well so it’s very smooth. Divide your hair with a part from temple to temple across your crown with a rat-tail comb. Hold the front section of hair with one hand while smoothing the back portion with the comb.

Secure the front section of your hair out of your way with a clip. Place the rolled stocking cylinders end to end directly behind the parted front portion of hair. Center them from side to side. Secure the stockings with bobby pins.

Remove the clip from the front section of your hair. Comb it carefully over the top of the bump, covering it completely with the hair. You can leave the new hairstyle loose just as it is, without a part. Or you might want to gather and secure the front section with a pretty barrette or stretchy ponytail band placed directly behind the bump.

Look in the mirror to view your hairstyle from all directions. If you’re happy with it, spritz with hairspray to hold it in place.

Remove the bump before retiring for the evening or leave it in place. It’s comfortable enough to sleep in, if you wish. Hand wash your hair bump accessory between uses and hang it up to dry. It will keep its shape much longer if you don’t machine wash and dry it.


  • For a smaller bump, use knee-highs instead of full leg-length stockings.