Thursday, February 3, 2011

Product Review: Umberto Giannini Backcomb in a Bottle

I am a lemming.  Lollipop26 tweeted about this a while back before Christmas, and I had to try it being the sucker I am.  Sure I don't even backcomb my hair anyway!  But I thought, maybe if I had this marvellous invention, I wouldn't have to and still get the same effect :)

The full title is Umberto Giannini Glam Hair Backcomb in a Bottle.  At the time I got it in Boots, it was around €8 (forgot to keep receipt) so it wasn't hugely bargainous.  I usually read about or have already read about the products I pick up so this was the first one in a while that I bought blind.

It claims to give you "The instant texture and volume of backcombed hair...unbelievable!"  It describes how to "Spray from approx 6 inches to where you want backcomb effect and juji hair into shape as you go."  Not sure what to juji is but I was willing to give it a shot.

I took a section of my hair at the crown and brushed it and held it vertically.  I sprayed the product close to the roots and held the hair for a few seconds to let it dry a bit.  Then I let the hair go and tried to juji it.  I jujied as much as I could but wasn't getting much volume at all.  Then I got bored, so wandered around the house doing other things.  After a while I remembered I'd applied the spray into my hair and went for a quick touch and feel.  My hair was so crunchy where I'd sprayed it!  I haven'd had that kind of crunch in the hair since my debs where I used the cheapest hairspray that money could buy.  I took a brush to it and had at it, trying to get the crunch out. 

I don't know where I went wrong?  Did I not juji enough?  Has anyone tried this and had it work?  Juji tips are much appreciated.  Now I have that old song by Baccara "Oh yes sir, I can juji, all night longggg" in my head.


  1. This might help...I use it to get volume at the crown by taking a section of hair underneath the top section if that makes sense? So no crunchy bits on top of your head! I sometimes use a really fine mist of it all over just to add a small bit of texture and volume x

  2. I might try spraying it all over and see what happens :) The chunk of hair that I took a the top of my head was pretty thick, so dunno what else to do hehe

  3. This was one of the first products i reviewed when i first started blogging and i hate it! I still have nearly a full can in my wardrobe. I've tried many different ways to get it to work but i just can't do it. All it does is make my hair look wet and greasy and feel like crunchy straw. Glad i'm not the only one who is having trouble with it! Let me know if you have any luck! =)

    Stephanie xx

  4. I nearly peed myself a little bit reading this Karen, so funny. x

  5. Hey Karen,

    Had a similar experience with this - have really thick hair so hate backcombing it so thought this would be the perfect solution. Did nothing for me.

    Then I saw this and meant to take it out and retry but never did - must put it on swapshop or something!

  6. Aww, stunning review. I agree though, it's apparently not the greatest! I haven't heard that many good reviews either!

    P.S. I'm actually IN LOVE with your blog :) Your eyes in the picture you use as your header image are our of this world. Amazing lashes or what? I think soooo :)

    Love Britt xxx

  7. So glad you reviewed this, was on my shopping list for Saturday.

  8. I got this a few months back as I love backcombing my hair, but it's really fine and looses volume reakky fast, so I thought this might help.

    I too found it crap. I lift sections of hair and spray, then try and fluff my hair to give it volume... does frig all for me. I've sprayed it every which way, in sections, all over my head, I've fluffed and even bloody backcombed after using it and it still does nothing for me except make my hair tangle and it's impossible to brush out without damaging my hair. Not a fan of the smell either. Crap, overpriced product!!


© Lovely Girlie Bits - Best Irish Beauty Blog Image Magazine Blog Awards & Aussie Blog Awards 2014 | All rights reserved.
Blog Layout Created by pipdig