Review: Goody Volume Boost Hair Comb

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.

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6 Comments

  • Suzanne says:

    i’d like to have one as a gift for someone. i’m living in holland, do you know where to get them from here?

    thanks!

    • Dollface says:

      I’ve no idea I’m afraid, I’ve never been to Holland so I don’t know where to buy anything there! Have you tried contacting the company themselves to ask about stockists?

  • kav says:

    ahhhh..to hair like yours. Half the time im trying to get rid of volume, because my hair’s so poofy!! :/

  • kahani says:

    Hey not running an ad here, but thought you might like to check out the Asian version. Our hair tends to straight and slippery and teasing doesn’t work too well either. So this one claims to stick like velcro and not require teasing. (I haven’t tried it personally though). Here’s the site , sorry it looks like it was designed by a meth addict. >_<

  • Rebecca says:

    I would actually like one of these! I have these teeny tiny no-brand bumpits that I use to get a little bangs bump, but they’re a bit rubbish and come loose really easily. I don’t tend to use the full size bumpits much because the curve on them is a little too steep and I end up looking strange, but the mini ones are great. So these are probably better for that.

  • Tiina says:

    One way to get volume with a hair comb is to gather the hair on the crown of your head in a ponytail (do not fasten) and slide the comb through it. To get the bump you have to move the comb higher towards the front of the head and secure the sides of the pony with bobby pins once you have the desired bump. It takes some practice to get right but it’s easier than backcombing and definitely more hairfriendly. It can also be done with almost any comb.

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