How to Do a Cheer Poof

by Mimi Bullock

Whether you plan to cheer or just want to show some team spirit, a perky hairstyle with a front poof only takes a few minutes. Pair this youthful style with a ponytail, an oversized bow or leave the remainder of hair hanging down. You can easily create a small or large poof, depending on your style preference. Keep your bangs up and out of the way during physical activities with this pretty hairstyle.

Comb out the front section of your hair or bangs. Straighten this section of hair with a heated straightener. Even if you plan to curl the back of your hair, you should straighten the bangs. This will help you get a good poof.

Lift up the front section or bangs along with a small section of hair from the crown. Lightly spray the back of the hair you have raised with hairspray.

Tease the lifted hair at the back with a fine-tooth comb, about 2 inches from where you want to place the poof. The tease should be hidden from view. Cinch the teased hair with a small ponytail holder. Do not pull too tightly. Leave some room to get the poof.

Spray the poof with hairspray. Smooth down flyaway strands with your hand.

Secure the poof at the back with bobby pins or a bow clip. If using a bow clip, the ends of the bow should point to the back.

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Items you will need

  • Fine-tooth comb
  • Hairspray
  • Ponytail elastic
  • Bobby pins
  • Clipped bow


  • Do not try to poof wet hair. Clean, dry hair works better.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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