My Thoughts on the "Utah Poof"

When I was a sophomore at BYU, the trendy hairstyle was big back-combed bobbi-pinned hair. I have heard it called the "Utah Poof", though I'm sure it was and maybe still is popular in other states. Here are a few choice examples.

(Why, Hilary, why!?)

I remember having strong hateful feelings against this hairstyle. I swore to myself, "I will never, ever, ever wear my hair in a Utah Poof!"

That was in 2006.

I asked my sisters in law for their beauty secrets. One of them was, "Don't use a bump it." I had to do a google search to find out what that was. Lo and behold, you can use a little plastic thingy to get this hairstyle. What!? Whoah.

When I was talking about this with my MIL, she said, "Oh yeah, that's like a really old technology." She then told me about how Victorian women used to save the hair from their brushes and make "hair rats" out of them, and put them underneath their hair to form the big, poofy styles of the day. Here is an example:

Whoah. That's pretty insane to think about.

My personal opinion now in 2010 is that a little bit of poof is not necessarily a bad thing. My hair looks horrible if it's parted straight down the middle and just hangs down the sides. Not to mention, it's so annoying because my bangs are always in my way. But if I pin the bangs up in a very, very slight poof, I think it looks great. I never would have thought that four years ago. Maybe I'm wrong. I will run it by my sisters/sisters in law to see what they think. I'm a little shy with asking the blogging world their opinion of my looks.

But yeah, my SIL is right. To be in style, avoid bump its. And hair rats...even though they technically are made of your own hair, somehow it just seems so...gross. Maybe four years from now, that will be the "big thing".

Tomorrow: thoughts about being self-conscious about trying to be in style. (Sorry I didn't post this sooner, the research on hair rats and bump its just got really interesting. Besides, yesterday Danny and I got kinda caught up in an interesting debate on our friend's facebook wall with somebody who ended up being a descendant of Korihor. What a waste).


  1. as soon as i joined the church i had to learn how to do the "pouf" i actually call mine the 'polyg pouf' and i own several bumpits! love them. they make it easier. i think height makes my face look less round. but im also a big fan in the bouffant and beehive, so to each his own! :) hahaha!

  2. Hahahahaha "polyg poof"! That is hilarious!

    I guess it really DOES depend on face shape. For the record, I have always thought your hair (and the rest of you) looks really beautiful. So apparently this look "works" on some people!

    I think it's seeing it on nearly prepubescent girls with platinum blond dyed hair, poofed really high only in the very front that I really, really don't like. I guess there were a few other styles too, like the wedding pics with the HUUUUUUGE poof in the back on the bump it site, that I didn't like either.

    But you're right, to each his own.

  3. I would love to be able to do the poof, but it's just not in the cards for me.


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