I Tried it… The Bump-It

Does the bump-it really work? A Bump-It review is the focus, with tips on how to use the bump-it and our honest thoughts on the product.

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Hey guys! I’m Elizabeth from the University of Missouri and I’m your new beauty columnist! I’m obsessed with everything beauty related from volumizing shampoo to coral toenail polish. When I’m not trying the 78th newest mascara on the market, I’m working out, watching the Real Housewives or jamming to Lil Wayne in the car.

You’ve undoubtedly seen the infomercial at 2 in the morning that features girls of different hair types all rocking the same voluminous bump in the back of their hair.

The premise is great: a fuller head of hair without the pain or breakage that comes with teasing hair. After all, who doesn’t want to look like Brigitte Bardot in five minutes? On the other hand, is this look too much for real life? I’m not sure how I really feel about girls with four-inch high hair during 8 AM Psychology 101.

Of course, as with all as-seen-on-TV products, I was always skeptical as to whether Bump-Its actually worked. This year, my Halloween costume required the inserts and I bought myself a pack at Walmart.

My Results:



What I Loved About Them:

The packaging:
Bump-Its come in a pink and black box that also has an easy to follow instruction pamphlet and a teasing comb. The packaging is cute and I liked the fact that they included a comb.


Their staying power:
Since I have dark brown hair, I bought the black Bump-Its, which never showed through my hair. After minimal teasing, a lot of extra-hold hairspray and a dozen bobby pins, my hair stayed put all night long, even after an extreme Backstreet Boys dance party and two rounds of karaoke.

What I Wasn’t Sold On:

The look:
I have a lot of long, thick hair, which made wearing a Bump-It easy. But my roommate, who has medium-length fine blonde hair, looked ridiculous with one in her hair. If you have hair like hers, I’m not sure if this would work without a lot of teasing. And if you’re going to tease your hair anyway, you probably don’t need a Bump-It for volume.

The shape:
The kit comes with three different bumps: a small one the size of a pink pearl eraser that’s supposed to be for bangs, a medium one that’s six inches long and 3/4 of an inch high and a larger one that’s five inches long and an inch and a half high. Basically, when I put the largest one in, I looked like a cone-head. Not so cute.

My Verdict:

Although the Bump-It might work for some girls with the right hair type and head shape, they didn’t work for me. I think the look is much too extreme for daytime but could work with an up-do. But for now, my Bump-Its are staying put in the back of my dresser.

What do you guys think? Would you try a Bump-It? Let me know with a comment.

43 thoughts on “I Tried it… The Bump-It”

  1. These days there isn’t really such a thing as “dated” when it comes to hair styles anymore, as everyone kind of seems to have their own style. ( which is how it should be ) There definitely is a such thing as overdoing though…..for example most of us won’t walk around with a bee hive hair do! There is nothing wrong with wanting to have volume, or hair that’s a little bit more full, after all flat and just hanging there is kind of boring, and really isn’t a flattering look on everyone, and I’m one of those people it definitely does NOT compliment! Unfortunately this bump it didn’t work well for me either when I tried it though….it kept sliding out of my hair just as quick as I thought i had it secured down properly! I tried it several different times, and several different ways and each time I had no success with it! I think they need to make something similar that is maybe a bit smaller, and actually has a clip or something on it to secure it down to stay in place,

  2. @Nina lol that’s exactly what i was thinking!
    and the commercials always make me laugh.
    i wouldn’t try them just cause they seem like too much of a hassle. and people do tend to look ridiculous when they have them in at school so early in the morning. i think the little ones are better though.

  3. im very glad you wrote about these… because I honestly had no idea what a bump-it was, and I kept hearing about them!

    Although… I don’t think I will be using one.

  4. i agree with others, the style bump-it creates is a little dated for me. reminds me of late 80’s early 90’s souther beauty queens…no thanks
    thanks for testing it out though, i love when CF tests out products and gives honest reviews!
    i’d love to see something on that smooth away nonsense

  5. I second Lalalina. Can you cover other popular products nowadays. And it would be great if you can do articles on the best type of mascara or eyeliner (it always smear off!) etc? Thanks, and great review!! Please do more!! 🙂

  6. Thanks for the review! I have incredibly flat hair, and, though I’ve always wished for more volume, this post confirmed what I already suspected – the Bumpit is just too much. Why the huge, tacky volume bump in the back of the hair, anyway? If you can’t get pretty, allover volume, leave the style alone, girls; that’s my take on the matter.

  7. This thing scares me…. A LOT. Probably teased hair would be ok in some ocasions, but would be very disturbing to bump into people at school with their hair like that…

  8. One of my friends bought it two weeks ago, fixed her hair, and came out to show her mother. Her mom’s response?

    “You look like you have a tumor.”

    I think that says it all. Great post though!

  9. I think the whole look is ridiculous, bumpit or not. My boyfriend and I have named teased-up hair, especially when it is just the bangs, the dinosaur poof, because it makes girls look like they have some sort of dinosaur-like bone growth on top of their head.

  10. I don’t find the Bumpits hair inserts useful for day ware. Also I have fine red hair. While the brownish ones don’t show color through my hair you can see the teeth through my hair. My daughter has thick long brown/blond hair and the Bumpits are perfect for her. She adores them for any time and gets mad when I refuse to let her wear them to school. She’s 6!! 😛 They are excellent for dance performance or dressing up for pictures or a special evening. I’m a photographer and borrowed my daughter’s medium sized insert for my niece’s pictures 4 months ago, she’s still not given it back! She says she keeps forgetting but I keep seeing new pictures on her Facebook with some pretty big hair. I have to buy a whole new set for my daughter! Again, thick hair loves them, special occasions, performance, portraits a plus, day to day – not so much. Just to reinforce the original post.

  11. My hair is a medium length and it worked just fine and he more I try different styles and hair-parting techniques the better it looks. Definitely try it and don’t give up if you don’t master the styles immediately.

  12. I agree with Bailey, if done properly it comes out super cute but if not you look quite foolish!! I have blonde and very thin hair and the little bumps on the top of the bump-it’s shows through and looks really bad!! But for people with thicker hair it looks much better!!

  13. I too tried the volumehairbase product from Japan. I actually purchased it when I was in Asia, but had lost it. Thanks for the link!

  14. I tried, them but the “bump” looks totally un-natural…..very disappointed with the results. I tired this new thing that is like a way better version of the bumpit….the website is http://www.volumehairbase.com. It’s made of velcro so it sticks on really well and it doesn’t fall off at all!! It’s also like a hump-shaped thing, so it looks really natural, and it comes in 2 sizes, a small one and a big one. You can also use it when u have your hair down, or tied up in a ponytail, or half-up…..super easy to use….u can use hairspray if u want, like at night-time, but in the day-time I don’t need any. I think it’s made in Japan, but you can buy it in Canada or the US….I totallyyyy luv it!!!!!

  15. A friend bought this for me, I’ve never sen her wear it but she swears it works. Personally I have long straight hair and it doesn’t look like it does on the box on me, maybe my head is shaped funny. But he worse thing in my experience with this, is that it feels like it’s gonna fall off my head.

  16. I bought it the first time i saw it on the infommercial. I have NEVER bought something from an infommercial but I thought I would give this one a try. And let me tell you… the commercials make it look a lot better than it is. My biggest problem with it was taking it out of my hair… OMG it hurt incredibly bad. I had to get my roommate to take it out by pulling each hair piece by piece… Let’s just say i have never put it in my hair since.

  17. What were you for Halloween that required a Bump-It?

    Me and my cousin would always see the commercial during the summer… and laugh at how ridiculously huge headed the models looked when they wore the biggest Bump-It. I don’t really think Bump-Its are worth your money.. but that’s just my opinion.

  18. Blah. I tried them, returned them for a refund.

    I was so excited when I bought them because I love hair with volume but.. I HATED the way they looked on me. Looks like it worked for you though, looks good..

  19. I had a good friend of mine use it nearly every day this past month and it looked amazing on her, it was clean and didn’t show. The bump was the right smooth look.

  20. I like hair with volume, but I think bump-its are too dramatic and anyway, never look as good as someone who just spent the time to tease their hair.

    And (I really, really hope this doesn’t come across as rude) Kammy, nobody’s going to tell you that it looks dated. IDK about anyone else, but if I notice something out of the ordinary and find myself compelled to say something about it, my words will never be, “God that looks tacky.” I ALWAYS say something complimentary or don’t say anything at all. And I don’t look good 100% of the time, but the comments I get on the way I look are always 100% positive. I’m not saying that teased hair is dated (again, I actually like it in moderation) but saying that nobody ever says it’s dated isn’t proof that no one thinks that. Just bringing up a point. 🙂

  21. My mother actually had someone buy these for her. She has super thin hair and they just didn’t work for her.
    She did pass them on to me though and I really love them.
    I have kind of think, shoulder length hair and the first time I put the bump it in it looked perfect- even before I’d done much to it. Depend a lot on where you part the hair and place the bump it.
    I stayed in with no problems- sadly though, I am a brunette and my mum’s a blonde. For the most part my hair covers the light yellow bumpit, but I am definitely considering buying the proper color for my hair.

    I think the success of this product depends on your hair type and length, plus where you place the bump it (further forward, back of middle) and how you feel about the “bumped” look in general.

    Personally I love wearing them for formal occasions and then with headbands or partially up for more casual outings. Great way to look like I spent time on my hair when all I did was throw a piece of plastic in and clip the hair.

    I honestly however would likely never have bought it on my own.

  22. Hmmm…. I tend to tease my hair up bump-it style almost everyday. It stays on its own with just hairspray and I always wear a big head band with it. I have only ever had good comments never anyone saying its dated and I really like the how it looks. You kinda have to have the right haircut for it to work, though… Different strokes for different folks I guess.. just saying…

  23. I have Bump-its, the little one for bangs is good for the day, the medium one was really good for nighttime. I have thick hair so it looked fine. But I’ve seen people with thin hair wearing it, kinda ridiculous. Definitely only for people with thick hair.

  24. I love this! I also like that there is beauty columnist now:) I have never wanted to try Bump-Its, the style they create are dated. I was wondering if you were taking suggestions for other products to review? I would love to hear what you think about some of the most popular mascara brands, Lash Stiletto, Cover Girl Lash Blast, and others. I would also love if you could cover hair removal products. I have always been tempted to try smoothe away. This series looks really promising and I look forward to what you come up with next!

  25. Thanks for doing a review on these. I always wondered if they were worth getting.

    I never thought the people in the commercial looked good with the bump-its the right way, but this just proves the point more! lol

  26. I tried Bump-Its, too, but the results were hilarious. My sister and I decided we looked like dinosaurs. My head was oddly square-shaped no matter where I put the darn thing! I’m sure it would’ve stayed just fine, but my head seriously looked weird.

    Thanks for giving the “it’s not for everyone” disclaimer. 🙂

  27. I have to say, I think teased hair is a little outdated. But some girls like big hair, and I’m all for a little bit of volume. Overdone though, and it can be kinda scary. Every time I saw the Bumpit commercials all I could do was laugh, seeing how big some of the hairstyles were. I think it’s just too much for every day wear.

    Honestly, there is a way to have more volume without teasing or wearing a weird plastic thing in your hair all day, hoping it doesn’t fall out as you search for your notebook in Calculus.

    My tip is this: I wear my hair half up and half down a lot. When you pull your the top half of your hair back, after gathering your hair in a ponytail, twist the ponytail once. Then push the ponytail up a little bit so the top of your hair looks “bigger”. This gives a little volume, but it isn’t as crazy looking as a Bumpit. Keep in mind not to push your hair up a mile, though. Then clip your hair and go. Sorry if I wasn’t totally clear, but I prefer doing that over teasing hair. It takes less time, and a lot less energy.


  28. yea I hate them, I like to tease my hair so my first reaction was excitment that i didnt have to damage my hair but it did not work at all!!!! WASTE OF MONEY

  29. I bought the bump its and I love them! I have medium-long length fine brown hair. The large one is definitely way too large for anyone but the medium is good for a night out when I want some drama. I tease my hair at the crown, put the medium sized bump it in and then do the half up/half down look. I would definitely use it to do other updo styles, but I agree that wearing it with your hair down isn’t the way to go. The little one is the easiest to use – it works great when I want to pin my bangs back with a little poof.

  30. I totally agree with Bailey. I have bumpits and when I pull some or all of my hair back, it looks cute. The headband is another must for it to look good in the front.

  31. I always thought bump-its were kind of a…….funny joke. Sort of like the other products advertised on late night TV, like those vibrating belts that were supposed to give you great abs. I had no idea so many people actually bought them.

    Personally I would never wear one, though. I think teased hair is a little dated.

  32. I have to agree with Jenny and Norah, both about the results at the picture and about the daily usage of those. And I haven’t heard about Bumpits before – maybe because I’m an European.

  33. I bought the Bump-it during the summer, and for some one with lots of thick hair, it didn’t work too well for me. I tried using them every day so I can get some practice and yet it didn’t look too good.
    It looks better when I tease it on my own.

  34. I’ve only seen the bump-it used up close and personal once, from a girl at work. I have to say it looked good, in the sense that it did exactly what it was suppose to. However, I think the style in general, even if it does look flawless is just simply too much. This of course is coming from someone who much rather seem naturally polished than overly done up.

    Although it did look good, you could obviously tell that it took a lot of time and effort to make it look that way … not to mention way too much hair spray.

    I could see them being useful for special occasions or maybe for a little fun for hitting up the bar scene but to see it in an everyday situation just kinda looked over the top.

  35. i will never try it because it looks stupid and obviously from your picture it in fact DOES make the user look like they have a tumor. Besides, “volume” like of the girls in the commercial looks idiotic and not cute at all.

  36. Elizabeth, the picture of your results doesn’t look too great. It looks unnatural and perhaps even obvious that your hair is sticking out in a weird pointy way. I tried the bumpit once, and unfortunately, I couldn’t get it to look perfectly voluminous like the box, so I returned it. I think it’s a little too uncomfortable for my liking.

  37. I tried Bump-its over the summer. I have dark brown hair and I agree, they definitely didn’t show through. But I wasn’t incredibly committed to them…I think if I had teased my hair and used a bunch of hairspray they might have been cool. As it was, they were okay.

    I would say they look best with pulled-back or at least half-up hairstyles. That also helps them stay easier since there’s less weight. Plus it’s easier to make your hair bigger that way.


  38. I have to respectfully disagree. When done properly, the bump-it actually looks good. My roommate has the full set and wears them frequently, and you would never know she had actually put something in her hair – it just looks like she’s awesome at teasing.

    We’ve also found that it works best when you pull part or all of your hair back, to give it some definition while the bump-it is in – just like when you tease your hair, you usually don’t just leave it all hanging.

    As for the cone-head situation, wear a headband in front of it to lessen the blow. I agree it can look ridiculous if you don’t do it correctly.

    Hope this gave it a little defense, and maybe something else to think about next time you try it.

  39. beauty columnist? awesome, I look forward to many more articles like these!

    Most attempts to use the bump-it that I’ve seen weren’t that great. I’ve heard so many girls say that they don’t have enough hair to use the bump-it properly. Kind of defeats the purpose! You can usually tell when someone is wearing one, they look like they have a giant headband hiding under their hair.

    I bet anyone could make a better device by cutting a foam shoulder pad or bra insert into the right shape. I’ve never tried this but it might just work better.

  40. I think bump-its are one of the most outrageous inventions. I agree, I do not want to see cone heads roaming around my school! I’m glad to see someone actually trying it in real life – it proves to be just as redic as seen on tv!

    Great, informative post.
    Spread peace and happiness



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