Ooh big hair, who doesn't want some?
This is a hair styling tool that has been designed to makes it easier to create a salon big hair finish. I always love how my hairdresser gives me that big hair look that's soft and shiny without the need of backcombing and hairspray. I hate my hair full of hairspray as it feels sticky and weighs down my hair after a few hours.
So I went ahead and bought this as I was hoping I could recreate this at home!
I used to style my hair with a hairdryer and a big round brush to lift my roots to get more volume at the crown. This technique I always found was too fumbly as I'd have in one hand the hairdryer and the other with a brush while trying to lift sections of hair to dry. My arms got tired and it was a hassle to do everyday. Does anyone else find this method hard or just me?
Bear in mind that this is not a hair dyer so your hair has to be around 80% dry otherwise it'll take forever to dry it with the Babyliss Big Hair. I air dry my hair first before using this to reduce the amount of heat I use on my hair.
What it says on the tin:
The tool is rather larger, thicker than a hairdryer so took a while for me to get used to the size. However compared to my hairdryer it's slightly lighter so I don't get sore arms after like a few minutes.
There are three settings available:
* Cold setting with no rotation
I Warm setting with slow rotation
II Hot setting with fast rotation
It's quite easy to switch up which setting you'd like as you dry the hair as the buttons are places in the right place.
To the left of the purple settings you can see two buttons which determines the rotation direction. I say buttons but they're more like tabs, very smooth to slide your finger across these to change the rotation while drying your hair. It takes a few uses to get use to the rotation direction required to dry different sections of your hair but you need to experiment what works best for you.
This is what the brush looks like, similar to your round brush but is a bit bigger than your usual round brush. The vents between the bristles is where the hot air is released and this whole brush spins in the direction you control.
Rotating it one way, the bristles grabs the section of the hair and wraps it round securing it in place almost like a hot roller. You then hold for a few seconds and let go by rotating in the opposite direction. Be careful it can hurt if you roll it too tight!
The bristles are nice and soft giving the hair a lovely shiny, soft finish. I always clean out the hair after every use with a rat tail comb. It comes with the purple protective cover that slots in and protects the bristles and prevents it from getting flat.
Do you need it?
I think this tool is great for those with shorter hair than mines. My long hair sometimes gets caught when the brush is rotating and I've snapped off a few hairs...I generally use the 'I Warm setting with slow rotation' to style as it's slower and the brush is easier to control. The faster setting is really fast! Good if you're in a rush.
I bought this hoping to cut down styling time but you'd still need a hairdryer to dry your hair first especially if you're in a hurry in the morning and don't have time to air dry it. I've heard from friends with shorter hair that this is a tool they swear by but now my hair is pretty long it doesn't work as well.
The Babyliss Big Hair is available at Amazon (cheaper than Boots) for around £40.
But please do check out other reviews and youtube video demonstrations before making up your mind if you are thinking of getting this.