Review: The Bumpit!

I know, I know: beauty blogger in “Bumpit review” shocker! It seems like everyone has been trying out these lately, and I’m a little late to the party, but a few weeks ago I finally succumbed to the lure of the Bumpit, which, as most of you will know, is a plastic hair grip designed to create lots of volume, or beehive-style bumps.

I bought my set on eBay, and it only cost about £3. For that, I got one large Bumpit, two regular sized ones, and two mini “bang Bumpits”, like the kit below:

The Bumpit is supposed to allow you to create volume without backcombing, but I have very fine hair, and found I did need to backcomb it slightly before using this, partly to get it to grip properly, and partly to hide the teeth of the grip. Even then, I found that the grip can still be seen if you look closely: I’m not sure if that’s purely because of the type of hair I have, or whether I need to do a bit more backcombing.

That aside, it’s very straightforward to use, and you simply place it on your head (the teeth will grip onto your hair) and then comb hair over the top of the Bumpit to hide it. Here’s what the regular Bumpit looks like from the side:

And here it is from the back: as you can see, the grip is quite visible in my hair (I had to buy the brunette version as they don’t make one for redheads, so it may be less visible if it’s a better match for your hair colour):

The largest size falls into “costume party only” territory for me, as it’s a bit high for everyday use. I didn’t get any photos of it because I just put it in very quickly to see what it looked like, and I didn’t secure my hair at the back well enough, so it all fell down almost instantly.

This size of Bumpit is even more visible from the back than the regular size, and even with backcombing, my hair just isn’t thick enough to cover it properly, although I’m guessing someone with more skill in the hair department (or just more time than I had!) will be able to do a much better job.

I’ve yet to actually wear the Bumpit outside of the house: although it does feel fairly secure when it’s on, I’m still a bit paranoid about it dropping out, or my hair somehow sliding off it and leaving me walking around with a plastic semi-circle on the top of my head. Perhaps with a bit more practice, though, I’ll take a chance with the regular sized Bumpit one of these days!

If you want to try one of these out for yourself, the official Bumpits site is here, but you can pick one up from a variety of different retailers, or do what I did and have a look on eBay!


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8 Comments

  • lindsay says:

    Wow, love that last pic Amber, i’ve been wanting to try bumpits too but my hair is quite fine and i’m useless as using anything in it, looks great on you though x

    • Dollface says:

      Hello! And thanks – I do love the big hair look, I just wish I had enough of the stuff to make it work properly! I’m useless at doing anything to my hair too – my arms always get really sore, so a ponytail is generally the limit of my skill!

    • Trina says:

      I always found that the Bumpit stayed in my fine hair better if my hair was mildly dirty first, since I don’t use product. I bet something like a pomade would make it easier too.

  • Rebecca says:

    I’ve got ridiculously huge thick hair, but it’s difficult to manage and definitely hard to backcomb properly, and I love beehive styles. So I’m really looking forward to trying these out. I’ve seen them in stores lately (they’ve just hit Australia) so I might pick some up. I’d probably use the big one for everyday wear but I’m just a nut that way!

  • Emma says:

    You look like Brigitte Bardot in those photos, amazing! Now I want one :-)

  • Sarah says:

    Mine came in the post today!

    Backcombing won’t stay in my hair but these do. I’d been looking at them for a while but your post finally pushed me to get a set. The brunette ones are DARK so you did well to mostly hide them I’d say.

  • Fi says:

    I bought some Bumpits last week too! Got mine in ASDA for £10 – didn’t think to look on eBay – d’oh! I thought the large one was a bit too big but the medium one I would definitely wear out. And I went out on Sunday afternoon using the mini one in a fringe quiff.
    xx
    .-= Fi´s last blog ..Outfit: Sunny Wednesday =-.

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