I was a bit nervous to try out the BaByliss Big Hair 50mm styler. My hair is already pretty big, did I really want it to be any bigger?
In fact I kept the appliance in the box for almost a month, imagining Chaka Khan sized hair if I dared use it! I told myself I was being ridiculous and decided to give it a go last night. I washed, conditioned and gave my hair an intense treatment, added some of the new Toni & Guy Classic Smoothing Lotion (£6.99) a couple of drops of Moroccanoil (£30.99) and was good to go.
Not quite sure how to proceed, I read the instructions which advised starting with nearly dry tresses if you have long or thick hair. Applying all the above product on towel dried hair takes time so my hair was already pretty dry. The dryer-cum-styler has a rotating brush on the end, is 740W and has two heat settings. I kept the styler on the highest heat for its whole use.
I divided my hair into nine sections and first of all used the dryer as a heated brush to just dry and straighten my hair. Once it was almost dry I used the rotating brush to add flips and volume from root to end. It takes a while to get the hand of the rotating brush but because the bristles are so soft, it doesn’t matter if you get the hair slightly tangled or caught up in the brush; it’s very easy to just slide the brush out of your hair again.
Two sections in I could absolutely see the difference between drying with a hairdryer plus comb attachment and BaByliss Big Hair. There was no frizz, lots of volume and body and a great shine. As this was the first time using it, it took longer than usual to dry my hair but the results are definitely worth it. I’ve never been able to get that ‘just stepped out of a salon’ finish by blow drying at home as I don’t know how to do it with a hairdryer and a brush. BaByliss Big Hair gives you the kind of smooth, bouncy, swishy finish you get from the hairdresser.
As this was my first attempt, the results weren’t perfect but they were certainly a far sight better than my usual blow dried finish.
I went over the surface of my hair very quickly (and on a much lower temperature than usual) with my BaByliss Pro 230 ceramic straighteners (very old but very good) to give it a more sleek finish. I usually spend 25 minutes straightening my hair with irons; this time I spent 5.
I love the BaByliss Big Hair 50mm dryer, it’s great for even very curly hair like mine and it’s the perfect way to get salon hair at home. I will never go back to a normal hairdryer again!
BaByliss Big Hair 50mm – £45