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What is the deal with hair bumps on frum girls?

I was at a cousins wedding in Monsey last night and noticed that all of the 19 year old single girls were wearing their hair with a big bump in the front. The frummer the girl the more likely they were to wear a headband, but headband or not, they had what I started telling myself was the “Frummie girl hair bump” which was really weird and not very good looking in my opinion.

The style kind of reminds of the early 90s when the style for men was to tuck in your shirt and then proceed to untuck it so it looked like a balloon in the front of your pants. This whole bump thing seems very inconvenient.

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  • Bracha February 23, 2009, 10:46 PM

    hey…we just talked about this :p

  • tnspr569 February 23, 2009, 10:50 PM

    Even last year, it seemed like that hairstyle was EVERYWHERE in Brooklyn. Ugh.

  • Rina February 23, 2009, 10:52 PM

    This is not a new phenomenon, BTW — it goes back at least to the 90s (maybe earlier)… But my kids’ babysitter just told me there’s some kind of device you can buy to put under your hair to make your bump higher!

  • duby February 23, 2009, 10:52 PM

    dude – its TOTALLY in style …

    i have to confess it was in when i was in …. 8th grade ? surprise surprise – – its back in …..

  • Drora February 23, 2009, 10:53 PM

    Ew, this is gross. Big hair, stay away!

  • Chana February 23, 2009, 10:57 PM

    Girls seem to believe that their success in shidduchim is directly proportional to the size of their bump.

    I call it “mating plumage”.

  • Just as I see it February 23, 2009, 10:59 PM

    Maybe they are trying to cover up the horns in their heads lol

  • buffalonian February 23, 2009, 11:00 PM


  • shomershabbossoprano February 23, 2009, 11:02 PM

    They’re obviously hiding some sort of transmitting devices. This way to the food, there’s a shadchan over there, hot guy alert, etc.

    Next time, when you get near them, listen for beeping. It means their batteries are low.

  • Frum Satire February 23, 2009, 11:06 PM

    Chana I hope you are kidding – if not please elaborate. The fact that I am wondering if you are kidding shows just how screwed up the shidduch world is.

  • Anonymous February 23, 2009, 11:07 PM

    One frummy decided that’s the frum way of wearing your hair, then everybody just folloed…
    Because if not… Shidduch problems…

  • Mikeinmidwood February 23, 2009, 11:09 PM

    A bump, who likes that?

  • Stacy February 23, 2009, 11:16 PM

    This trend is definitely over in Brooklyn we’re all about the feathers now.

  • Anonymous February 23, 2009, 11:19 PM

    This is not frummy exclusive at all. You need to pick up a Seventeen magazine more often or read the tabloids lol.

  • Chana February 23, 2009, 11:20 PM

    The sad thing is, I’m not kidding. I was told by a shadchan that since I’m from New Jersey, in order to get the boys I should try to “fit in” by wearing my hair in that style.
    (Which happens to be impossible for me since I have a part, and I don’t get a bump, I get rabbit ears.)

  • Mike February 23, 2009, 11:26 PM

    I see it in Brooklyn all the time. It is a horrible look.

  • Frum Satire February 23, 2009, 11:29 PM

    Anonymous – I haven’t seen a seventeen magazine since my yeshiva days when we high school guys would check out all the chicks.

  • Michal bas Avraham February 24, 2009, 1:23 AM

    You guys are absolutely right. This style is from the late 80’s early 90’s and methinks duby is around my age. I think part of it is that super schtark girls never wear their hair all the way down. However, there are alternatives to this giant bump, such as the headband mentioned by Heshy.

    I’m not a hair bump girl. I wear a bun when I work and a ponytail or hairband any other time.

  • Michal bas Avraham February 24, 2009, 1:24 AM

    I’m really from Buffalo, too. I grew up by the stadium. I went to Tortured Park High School.

  • yakidy yak February 24, 2009, 2:06 AM

    Chana- I saw the ‘rabbit ear’ thing on a girl coming out of J2 in Lakewood this past motzei shabbos it was like the hugest bump I’ve ever seen.

  • Leeba February 24, 2009, 3:36 AM

    I am in Australia and have not noticed that bump. Here, the married women who want to keep their hair long sometimes tie it up and a bump shows at the back of their head/sheitel where the pony tail is.

    According to the butterfly effect, if this was in fashion in the 1990’s then we should be seeing it in the Australian Winter Catalogues here for 2009.

  • Anonymous February 24, 2009, 7:55 AM

    Sarah Palin often sported a bump. I think that invigorated the trend. I agree its a horrid look.

  • Thomas Anderson February 24, 2009, 8:24 AM

    it’s bumptastic

  • G6 February 24, 2009, 9:08 AM

    It’s known alliteratively as the “Bais Yaakov Bump”.
    It comes and goes…

  • chutznikit February 24, 2009, 10:02 AM

    Yeah and it’s come to Israel too, can be spotten on all the Yerushalmiyot who wanna look “american”.
    I guess in Jerusalem, USA = Brooklyn.

  • Anonymous February 24, 2009, 10:36 AM

    Ha ha Michal, everyone I’ve known from “tortured” park I had a problem with.

  • Phil February 24, 2009, 11:37 AM

    Ma I’m getting old, I don’t even notice these things anymore. Only bumps I ever noticed are the ones caused by having long hair under a sheitel.


    I think you’re confused as to which “big bumps” are good for shidduch dating, you sure they were referring to hair?

  • G*3 February 24, 2009, 11:43 AM

    My wife and her sisters call it the “Brooklyn bump.”

  • tesyaa February 24, 2009, 12:01 PM

    I would have said that it makes hair look thick, = health + fertility, but the anonymous comment about Sarah Palin is obviously correct. Frum Jews simply loved her.

  • gp February 24, 2009, 12:17 PM

    I see it a lot on yeshivishe girls, it goes with the black skirt, shirt, tights and shoes. I’ve also seen a couple of HS girls in CH with the bump.

  • chutznikit February 24, 2009, 12:33 PM

    “The bump” came along long before Palin was in the spotlight BTW

  • Chavi February 24, 2009, 12:49 PM

    I saw a commercial last night for the hair bump thing. HOW WEIRD. It’s the “up-do” kind of style and everyone is doing it. I’m glad I have short hair … I stick out in a shul.

  • Klem February 24, 2009, 2:16 PM

    Just like all the other latest frum style trends, it’s horrible looking. It makes me want to sit on her head till it goes down. Or deflate the part of her head causing it. Maybe it is to hide baldness…

  • Chava Sheindal February 24, 2009, 3:59 PM

    Dear Publishers of Frumsatire BSD
    What you people do in your private lives is none of my buisiness.But to post a picture of an innocent Bais Yaacov girl online and comment about her hair is not only untznius but ruins her reputation and chances of finding a shidduch.

  • Chava Sheindal February 24, 2009, 4:07 PM

    I am am especially upset at the women who commented.It’s one thing that the men commented they have a special yetzer hara for these things.But the woman,how unsensitive can you be, just put yourself in her shoes.Would you want to be exposed to 1000s of frumsatire viewers(some of them with very bad machsovos)commenting on your hair?How dare you!

  • Phil February 24, 2009, 4:17 PM


    Chill out, it’s a comedy site. To suggest that a vague profile pic of the girl would ruin her chances for a shidduch is insane. Are you that insecure?

  • Chava Sheindal February 24, 2009, 4:25 PM

    Ah,excuse you
    how you like if your daughter’s picture was on frumsatire and people commented on her hair

  • Ramses February 24, 2009, 4:55 PM

    Chava Shaindal if you so disapprove of this site why are you reading it. That picture isn’t going to mess up he shiduch chances. And if it does then those shadchanim should be shot for being such fools. I would really like someone to bring a suit against shadchanim for not looking at whats important and merely looking at stupid things (which complaining about this picture in that context is)

  • Chava Sheindal February 24, 2009, 5:08 PM

    Ah actually due to the shiduch crisis an expose of this caliber COULD ruin a girls chances of finding a GOOD guy to marry.And NO they DONT deserve to be shot and they are NOT fools.Someone very close to me is a shadchan

  • Leeba February 24, 2009, 5:26 PM

    Dear Chava Sheindal,

    I doubt any of us know if the photo was used with permission or not. Only Heshy and her hairdresser know for sure.

    I have barely looked at the woman in the photo until your comment. Prior to that it was a glance to see the hairstyle being spoken of as it is quite alien to AU.

    This is getting the woman in the photo quite a bit of global visibility, btw. Not one person has commented on HER. We have been speaking of the HAIR STYLE and she is the model. Yet, I am a woman so I have only really looked at the hair until you mentioned your problem with the photo. I then realised I must go directly to my friend’s house and try and do something fashionable to get on these hallowed pages. Perhaps having 10,000 people view my photo might be a better way to meet a nice guy than to be working as a social worker in a woman’s shelter and spend most of my off time learning or doing things with other frum women who just happened to be married.

    *light bulb!*

    I need to get myself a publicist and manager like Heshy!

    (This is a comedy blog. On the bottom, right hand side of the comment box is a place where you can unsubscribe if you find the content too brazen for your taste.)

  • Leeba February 24, 2009, 5:36 PM

    Chava Sheindal

    Regarding your comment “…if this was your daugther…” My daughter has long, blond (we think) naturally curly hair. She has a couple of her pre-marriage photos online. Of course, her husband is in most of the photos with her but that does not stop people from asking, “Where did you buy your sheitel?”

    Does that bother me? Nope. When she replies that it is last April and her natural hair does it make me chew them a new one? Nope.

    You see, I am a decent and very nice woman. However, at the same time I can also laugh at life.

    I re-red Ramses’ comment and even I can see he meant shot in the figurative sense. We don’t shoot shadchan for missing a match. We simply do not recommend them to anyone.

    Would you have been happier if he had said they should be slapped? Given a patch? Kicked out of New Jersey?


  • Ramses February 24, 2009, 5:36 PM

    I think that your views about shadchanim are too biased. I think that Shadchanim in general do more bad than good to the greater good of the world an individuals who are looking to get married. How many stories of inconsiderate, bad, terrible, uncontrolled shadchanim are out there? There are more bad stories than good stories. Tell them to actually be erliche yidden trying to do the right thing and not out to get their friends/daughters/sons/source of income married at any and all costs to everyone around them including the guy and the girl that they try to set them up with when they are so incompatible that they are like explosives wrapped around an atom of plutonium.

  • Elan February 24, 2009, 6:21 PM

    Chava Sheindel – You need to calm down!

    Yes, maybe it was wrong. But you don’t know if the pic was taken without permission and you certainly can’t prove it. In any case, as a guy, I can honestly tell you that while I registered the girl’s face, and took a look at more than just her hairstyle, I make no judgements about her as a person other than being a fool for wearing a ridiculous hairstyle. A fool amongst many other fools. And I too, was a fool for the terrible messy hairstyle I wore when I was in my teens, but that doesn’t impact on what kind of person I am, does it?

    It’s a hairstyle, lady. We all know that. Now, please chill!

  • ihateny February 24, 2009, 8:21 PM

    I HATE THE POUF (that’s what I’ve always known it as)!!!
    all the girls who wear it honestly think they look hot but they look like aliens!! It’s been around for awhile (I’ve been out of HS 3 years and they started in 12th grade) buts it gotten bigger over the years – I just thought of a reason why it should be banned – it’s origins actually come from the teased up “bedroom” look and is therefore provacative and untznius! By the way it’s not only a “frummie girl” thing I’ve seen plenty of MO girls with them
    The little fights in the comments here are starting to remind me of YWN…

  • Frum Satire February 24, 2009, 9:15 PM

    Hey in all fairness I found that picture on Google Images – google Images is searched by millions of people every day and has the largest library of pictures in the world. If you search for “bais yaakov girl” on google images go see what you end up with.

  • love that bump February 24, 2009, 9:59 PM

    sorry, but I’ll take the bump any day of the week over Japanese Hair Straightening, or wearing a headband at the beginning of the hairline (instead of the middle of the top of the head), or fake-looking highlighting, the severe side part, etc. etc. The point is, why (whether we are frum or not) is every single woman a victim of fashion dictates??? Why can’t we think and dress for ourselves, and do what looks best rather than what is “in fashion?” Sheesh.

  • HannaH February 24, 2009, 10:05 PM

    we have one new yorker in my bais yaakov and for some strange stupid reason, she brought the bump here! so now, since it is not really a style out here we have our own version that doesnt make you any taller than you are. it is just a nice way to pull your hair back and not look like an idiot.

    too be fair though, there are those girls who think it looks in style however, i have pointed it out to varius girls how stupid they look and -my how quickly those bumps deflate!

  • HannaH February 24, 2009, 10:13 PM

    HOLY COW!!!
    I looked up bais yaakov girl pix on google and i was mortified and i have to say, THAT DOES NOT REPRESENT MY SCHOOL!!!
    now, i am not going to say we are the most tznius of all bais yaakovs there are such things as elboes and knees (not that the principal is pleased with that), but any pic you find of my school, all the girls will be FULLY dressed.

  • Phil February 24, 2009, 10:54 PM

    Chava Shaindel,

    The girl in the pic would have every right to ask her picture to be removed, but until then it’s kind of public domain as it’s up on Google images, unless they are copyrighted by the publisher as is the case with all my online pics and content.

    These issues are bound to arise when people put their pics or allow others to do so, as well as other sensitive information all over the net.

  • Googler February 24, 2009, 11:16 PM

    I advise anyone not to Google “bais yaakov girl” looking for hair bumps or you will be seeing other bumps of theirs…

  • Phil February 24, 2009, 11:27 PM

    Do you think they actually attended bais yaakov?

  • tesyaa February 25, 2009, 6:49 AM

    Japanese hair straightening is almost immoral for a girl in shidduchim. Are you misleading guys to think you have straight shiny hair when you really have a frizzy bird’s nest? And it’s $300 a pop, so abba’s going deeper in debt to get you married off.

  • Chava Sheindal February 25, 2009, 9:03 AM

    Ahah you got the picture from google, in your article you SAID you snapped it at your cousins wedding.Does this girl KNOW she is on the internet?Maybe someone took the picture of her without her consent and put it on the google WITHOUT her permission?Even if she consented to the picture did she consent to be put on the internet?Even if she consented to google did she consent to frumsatire?Even if she consented to frumsatire(which we know is not true)did she consent to be commented about?NO!NO!NO! AND NO!People there are halachos be broken her lemean Hashem!

  • Chava Sheindal February 25, 2009, 9:10 AM

    Dear YouKnow Who(I’m not going to mention your name that would embarrass you but I am mechaiev to give you mussar)
    Honey its one thing to be a zonah it’s a hole nother to make a blog spot to that affect.Please do teshuva, hashem loves you

  • Phil February 25, 2009, 9:31 AM

    He never said he snapped the picture at a cousing’s wedding, he said he noticed the hairstyle at his cousin’s wedding.

    Regardless, the shot is a profile shot, so most people wouldn’t recognize her unless they knew her well, at which point they would already know what her hair looks like too.


    It whole other not hole nother…

  • wowzers February 25, 2009, 1:05 PM

    Hesh they are officially termed “SPEED BUMPS”

  • Michal bas Avraham February 25, 2009, 1:37 PM

    I’m not a rich pampered snob. I lived on the edge of the town where all the other blue collar and working people lived.

  • Michal bas Avraham February 25, 2009, 2:04 PM


    As for Chava Sheindal,
    Are you this girl’s mother? If so, then your daughter can ask to have the pic taken down.

    Actually, Heshy, you could throw her a bone and block out the little bit of face that’s showing even though it’s really not that deep.

    Besides, Mrs. Sheindal, many of the readers here aren’t even super frum. The readership is almost entirely people MO maikil and less religious. So, really, no one she knows will likely see this.

  • Chava Sheindal February 25, 2009, 3:44 PM

    Dear Michal ba Avrahum
    “Throw me a bone”ah excuse you, what do you think I am honey, a female dog?!
    What bais yaakov did you go to, apperently not a very good one or youd have a wee bit better middos. And to a accuse me an unmarried bas yisroel of having relationships outside of marridge i.e.”are you the girl’s mother” is motzie sham rah.You know there is institutions for people like you!!!

  • Chava Sheindal February 25, 2009, 3:48 PM

    Besides the fact if a was her mother I would have been like two years old when I gave birth to her(a physical impossibility).

  • Chava Sheindal February 25, 2009, 3:50 PM

    Besides the fact if I was her mother I would have been like two years old when I gave birth to her(a physical impossibility).

  • wondering February 25, 2009, 4:14 PM

    Still not sure if she is serious, and a bit disturbed, or just playing with us and “having a laugh” as we all get riled up.

  • Anonymous February 25, 2009, 5:32 PM

    Chava Shandal
    Your intentions are noble and your heart and soul are in the right place. People should be jealous of your madrigah.I word of advice: you come off like a typical bais -yaacov-goodie goodie-holier-than-thou attitude.This kind of harcore massur only works for girls who are still in bais yaacov and want to challange themselves to be the best. If a girl is on frumstire the chances are they allready hate girls like you at the very least or maybe even got kicked out of school for b*tch slapping a girl like you.

  • Anonymous February 25, 2009, 5:39 PM

    Remember “Hocheach Tochach es amisechah”but “lo sisa alav chet” if you make them hate you that is the issur of “lo sisna es achichah belvaechah”. The best way to give mussar is by example once people earn your respect they will start following in your ways cause they know that thier ways have caused them thier messed up lives and your ways have made you sucessfull

  • Astrid Schenck February 25, 2009, 7:19 PM

    Right after initially reading this I saw a commercial for hair inserts to give “the bump.” The commercial advertises that you can look flirty while showing footage of a little girl playing dress-up, kind of disturbing.


  • HannaH February 25, 2009, 8:09 PM

    chava shaindel, if you are as richeous as you seem to strive to be, why do you even have internet?

  • Chava Sheindal February 26, 2009, 2:18 AM

    im loving this Chava Sheindal…please keep it up

  • Chava Sheindal February 26, 2009, 5:28 AM

    Last message was not mine.
    I hear what your saying yasher koach

  • Anonymous February 26, 2009, 5:42 AM

    Sometimes you got to be on the outside looking in. Chava your the worrior (a wish I had balls the size of yours and Im a man)but guns and gauges is not always the proper artillery

  • Anonymous February 26, 2009, 6:04 AM

    Anouther good approach is massage yourself into a retlationship with them, no one likes “mussar on the fly”,after youve built their trust and respect and they can “relate to you”(it might take a few years, somtimes never if you don’t come off as “thier type”(just ask some parents with teenagers)than start the conversation with”I was just thinkin man what’s up with (insert appropriate topicBE VERY CARFUL WITH WORDING ALWAYS USE HIP- COOL-COLLEGE -DUDE-possibly-weed-smoker tone of vioce)” I stress this because if get busted as a traider how will loose his trust in you(he will think your on “the rabbi’s side”and not a “real friend”).SO IF YOU CANT COME OFF NATURAL FORGET IT

  • Anonymous February 26, 2009, 6:16 AM

    If you indeed suceed in him telling you the reasons for the wrongs he is commiting .Respond(in tone of voice mentioned above):”I hear ya man”(wow someone that could understand the reasons for me “being who I am” this guys smarter than my parents) ” but check it out (add approriate langauge in appropriate tone of voice)”

  • Chris_B February 26, 2009, 1:44 PM

    Is Crawling Axe married? If not maybe someone should introduce him to Chava Sheindal

  • ilikebumps February 26, 2009, 3:08 PM

    Brocha on the first comment….whats your last name? i might know you i think..

  • Phil February 26, 2009, 4:04 PM


    You trying to mix fire and water (Lubab vs snag)again? They’re more likely to argue to death than get married. Nice try at being the Shadchan though.

  • Chris_B February 26, 2009, 11:17 PM


    I’m not seeing the problem here…

  • Phil February 27, 2009, 8:51 AM

    Problem is that on the morning after the wedding, they would be more likely to come out of the hotel with black eyes than sore crotches.

  • Leeba February 27, 2009, 3:16 PM

    or both

  • Veebee February 27, 2009, 3:57 PM

    I love it when people give “mussar” thinking they are required; I always remind them of the halacha of NOT telling mussar to a person who will not listen.

  • Jenny February 27, 2009, 8:42 PM

    the 80’s will always haunt us…

  • Leeba February 28, 2009, 8:54 AM

    I agree, Jenny. Big hair haunts me. I had major Jew Fro…no matter who cut it. I now wear it long and natural and never even attempt to blow it dry or put product in it. Works better for me.

    Doesn’t look quite so ’80s. I would never wear the bump, though. I think it is ghastly.

    Remember The Wall of the gang bangers in the late 80s early 90s? That was pretty bad too.

  • laughing old person March 11, 2009, 2:07 PM

    Hello kids,

    Go back farther in history to the 1930’s , 40’s and 50’s, you’ll find hair bumps were in almost every womans hair and called hair rats. It was a Hollywood must for lifting the hair into those huge big hair things with tons of teasing and hairspray.

    Go back even farther to the the days of the French court and women who wore tiny bird cages in their hair, including the live bird.

    I’ve found there are no new fashions, someone somewhere did it already in another time

    Non quo locus, non quo tempus, quonium par unus, infinitus, spatium

    Tis not the time, tis not the space, for all is one, infinite, space

    found this site while looking for those hair bumps for my grand daughter…. had to comment…hope you enjoy

  • Anonymous May 4, 2009, 10:01 PM

    I agree…those hair bumps are horrid..makes girls look like dinosaurs.

  • rivkah January 4, 2011, 11:14 AM

    Watch out Warren Jeffs!

  • Mickeyy June 15, 2011, 10:18 AM

    I’m a soon to be college freshman who graduated from a mo school and i can tell you why these girls (including me) wear these bumps: they are fun, flirty (in a tznius way), and make you stand out!!! many of these bais yaakov girls, besides loading on the makeup and wearing expensive looking clothes, dont do much to stand apart from the crowd. however, a cheap thing that is readily available is a hair bump, and it is definately less expensive than a nice blowdryer or straightener. what they do not realize, however, is that by wearing them they are defeating their origional purpose, as they now join in the evrgrowing BY Bump wearing girls looking for their besherts/

  • Klein June 25, 2012, 9:13 PM

    Hate the poof! This is all you see in boropark seriously comes out like these young girls are desperate to get laid!. You see these young girls literally pulling their skirts down in the middle of stores where are the morals? What are they teaching in the yeshivas now a days!

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