A few weeks ago, like the absolute sucker I am, I raced out and bought one of Goody’s Volume Boost Combs, which is designed to, er, boost the volume of your hair. That’s it in the image above, looking a bit like some kind of weird insect. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it looks huge here, either: it’s small enough to fit in my palm, which may make you wonder just how something so small is going to make your hair look so big? You’d be right to wonder that. I kind of wish I’d stopped to wonder about it when I was shelling out £4.99 for it, to be honest, but you know… I love my Bumpit, but it’s not without its issues, and I figured this might be a good option for those days when I was looking to create a smaller, more natural “bump”, without any of that pesky backcombing.
Well, I brought the comb home, and excitedly ripped off the packaging, deciding I’d try it out right away. According to the instructions, this is really easy to use: you simply place it in your hair, with the comb pointing towards the back of your head, and then brush some strands over the top, to create instant volume. I found that, for this to work, I had to do a little bit of backcombing, first – if I didn’t, the plastic comb was quite visible in my hair, and it was also much more likely to just slide off the comb, so this isn’t quite the simple, no-teasing solution I was looking for.
In fact, it really wasn’t the solution I was looking for at all. Basically, this is so small that I really don’t see much of a difference in the volume of my hair when I’m wearing it. Sure, there’s a bit of a bump, but it’s nothing to write home about, and because the comb is so narrow, I found that what little volume there was looked a little odd: like I had an actual bump on the top of my head, rather than a hairstyle.
The narrowness also made it tricky for me to get it right in the middle of my head – I kept ending up with it sitting slightly off-centre, which looked even stranger.
For comparison, here’s the volume I get just with a bit of backcombing and a few bobby pins:
Not that much difference, (and I say this at someone with very fine hair, which backcombing doesn’t work particularly well on: if you have thick hair, you’ll obviously be able to get much more volume than that), and I could’ve made it a lot bigger than that if I’d wanted to, so while the Goody comb didn’t exactly break the bank at £4.99, I just don’t think it was worth the money, for me at least.
That’s not, of course, to say it won’t be worth it for you, so if you think you’d like to give it a go, these are available at ASDA.