Why the Babyliss Big Hair Styler?
I’ve been a “tomboy” all my life, and over the last few years, I’ve slowly started to become more feminine – now all of a sudden my nails and hair are a big deal!! As you can imagine, I never asked my mom to teach me how to do my hair, and it’s not something I would be inclined to discuss with other girls... which makes learning to style your hair a little complicated :) My current hair routine – wash, dry and up in a pony tail!
I’ve tried a GHD, a barrel wave styler thing, rollers, a wand etc – the easiest to use is the GHD but it still leaves my hair feeling flat and it has virtually no body... I also hate having to fully dry my hair before using it. I don’t like piling products into my hair and I really hate burning myself with different appliances. I needed something easy to use and fool proof.
Enter the Babyliss Big Hair Styler – a gift from my hubby for Christmas this year. I had originally seen this on the Boots website and the reviews looked good, so I hopped onto YouTube to see some actual results... I was IMPRESSED! All it took was some pleading puppy-style eyes and hubby agreed to get it for me :)
Turns out the hubby got mine from Argos for £34,99 – on sale! It’s regular price at Argos is £45,99. If I think about it, the price is 110% worth it – I can get salon quality hair at home in about 20 minutes, I don’t need to use any extra products and I don’t waste time drying my hair before straightening.
On to the product – it looks like a big barrel brush, black with purple accents, and a turquoise bristle protector. The cord is nice and long – unlike some of the other stylers I have! The bristles are nice and soft, and the brush itself is surprisingly light for its size.The boring stuff
- High shine ionic conditioning
- 50mm ceramic barrel, soft brush bristles
- 2 heats (warm and hot) and a cool setting
- 2 rotation speeds – this varies according to the heat you have the brush on – fast for hot and medium speed on the warm setting
- Protective cover
- 3 year guarantee
More info can be found on the Argos website:
How does it work?
I’ve just washed and conditioned my hair and left it to dry slightly – I’m not a huge fan of hairdryers as they tend to make my hair quite frizzy and they make me sweat... kind of defeats the purpose of washing your hair in the first place. I let my hair get to the point where it’s still damp but starting to dry in places, and not dripping anywhere (don’t want to drown the brush!). I sprayed on a few pumps of my GHD heat defence spray and run my fingers through my hair to distribute it evenly.
At this stage, my hubby is watching with anticipation – he knows how terrible I am with girly things. I’ve already read the instructions included in the box, so I quickly section my hair before running the brush through a section of hair to detangle it, before starting to use the heat. Here’s where the brush becomes really cool – I’m sure most women can relate to how difficult it is to dry your own hair while using a barrel brush, and how sore your arms get? This thing not only turns but dries your hair too – all at the same time! The brush rotates both ways, so you can curl under, giving you lovely body, or you can curl outwards, giving you body and flicks on the ends of your hair. I’m partial to turning outwards – it just seems easier to me.
The first few sections are a little scary – you push a button to make the brush rotate, and let go to stop it... and there were a few times where I went a little close and panicked a bit (it’s amazing how you forget to let go when you get nervous!). The motion takes a little getting used to – a fact that was mentioned in the YouTube videos – but once you’ve got it, it’s easy as pie. The only point worth mentioning is that this is a little noisy - but less noisy than my current hair dryer.How long does it take?It took me around 20-25 minutes to get all of my hair done, and I imagine that the next few times I use it I’ll get faster and faster... I can’t see any reason why this would take more than 12-15 minutes when I get the hang of it. Drying and then straightening my hair with a GHD currently takes me around 30-35 minutes, so it’s easy to see how this will save me some time :)The resultsI’ve been able to see the results form right in front of my eyes – even hubby agrees that my hair is noticeable softer after using the brush. My hair is soft, shiny, full of body and not frizzy at all... all this with no extra product in my hair! The next day my hair was still great, and it was left down – something I NEVER do the day after I’ve washed it as it’s just too flat. 2 days later, my hair is still soft and in reasonable shape, but I can’t wait to wash my hair and use the brush again :)Is it worth the money?Hell yes!! I was amazed by how my hair looked – and it lasted even after sleeping on it :) I always love how full and bouncy my hair looks after a trip to the hair salon, and this leaves my hair looking just as good – there are very few products that I could recommend so highly.
I would recommend this product to anyone who has difficulty doing their own hair, or anyone who wants super easy flowing locks at home.
My rating: 9/10, only because I can’t just sit there while it does it all for me ;)