Sometimes when I'm looking for blog inspiration I visit my local Infomercial store. I hit pay dirt today with the Bumpit. It was on the shelf right between to the breast separators and the electric eyebrow tweezers.
For those of you not familiar with the Bumpit, it is a beauty apparatus that magically transforms boring, flat hair into voluminous pageant hair.
I couldn't resist. It was tax free weekend for back-to-school necessities, and what would be more necessary for back-to-school than a Bumpit?!! (Ignoring the fact that I've been out of school for decades.)
My Bumpit kit included 4 plastic devices that look like ramps for Hot Wheels cars. Although it included instructions, they left me with an unsettling sense of foreboding. Sure, there was a page of step-by-step directions and accompanying photos on the back, but after my wine rack test drive, words like 'simply place' and 'give hair a gentle tug' heightened my suspicions and made me doubt my Bumpit abilities.
So, being the Nerdling that I am, I watched several how-to Bump It videos on You Tube prior to my first attempt.
And it's a good thing that I did! Nowhere in the instructions did it mention that you had to tease your hair first and coat it heavily with hairspray before installing the Bumpit! In fact, when I tried to install my first Bumpit without the teased sprayed hair, it stayed put for less than a nano-second before sliding south.
So I teased, sprayed, placed, tugged and...voila! I look like a princess. See?
Especially from the back.
But those instructions did come in very handy.
I almost missed it. It was written at the very bottom of the right hand column, in small print, with an asterisk:
*Bumpits are not edible.
And to think how close I came to eating that Bumpit sandwich.