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!