“ Brand: Babyliss „
My boyfriend bought me this hot air wand for my birthday last year. I was looking for this for a long time but i would not relent to paying out almost £50 for it, but he got it in Argos for £35 on offer which i was very happy about as i am a complete bargain hunter. I was very excited to try this out and went straight home washed my hair and towel dried it and gave it a blast with the hairdryer. I have to say i was slightly disappointed because it was trickier to use than i expected. However this didn't last long and i got the hang of it pretty quick.. WARNING! be careful when using the rotation part if you use it the wrong way you will get a pretty painful tangle. However i used a little heat protection spray (tresemme) and this smooths and protects the hair.
The problem i had was that my hair was very long and tatty at the ends which made it hard to style, but once i got a trim the styling was much easier. The size of the barrel makes some lovely volume waves and some nice flicks. After these though due to the length of my hair it is difficult to do much else, but for a nice wavy Cheryl Cole style finish it works a treat. It is difficult to get this close to the roots for volume but if you get it near you can get a little boost.
I feel this product may be useful for people who have shorter hair styles, but it does have a lovely effect on long hair too. I would recommend it for people who would like to have a little boost/style and for daily use.
Hair does gather in the barrel which clogs it and stops the rotations and also NEVER leave it down without the purple protective barrel on it as this ruins the bristles.
I think the bristles definitely could be a little sturdier for this to work better on thicker and denser hair.
The Babyliss Big Hair Styler has been on my wish list to try for a little while now but I was a little concerned to invest in another electrical haircare item when my usual routine of using a hairdryer and straighteners gets me by. I was lucky enough to be given the Big Hair Styler as a gift and so far it has lived up to everything it purports to offer.
The unit is a bit larger and heavier than a normal large round brush but I have not found the size to be an issue. The barrel is large and probably most suited to hair that is shoulder length and longer. The bristles are not too firm and seem to be of good quality. There are two levels of heat as well as a cool option to set your style.
The first day I received the Big Hair Styler, I was due to a family lunch and did not have long to get ready so nearly put my new item to one side in favour of a tried and trusted method of drying and styling my hair. However, I thought I would give it a quick try to dry and style my hair in one hit and I am so pleased I did. It took me no more than a few minutes to master the technique of the rotating brush and, having pinned half my wet hair on top of my head, I set about taking sections of hair and rotating the brush through each section whilst on the highest of heat settings to dry it through. Once I had worked my way round my hair I used the cool setting through to set and moved onto the top section. I repeated the same process throughout the top and left the house with smooth, sleek hair but with the best volume I have ever achieved.
Having been an avid user of hair straighteners for the last 10 years, I can honestly say that since receiving my Babyliss Big Hair a month ago, my straighteners have not been used since. I am truly impressed with the results achieved and have no doubt this will be my regular hair styling routine from now on.
I bought my first Babyliss Big Hair styler about 2 years ago and paid around £45. I wasn't disappointed - as well as drying my hair it is great for giving added bounce and volume - it did take me a while to get the hang of using the device but Youtube had some helpful videos, after which there was no looking back! Now I tend to use it on my hair once it is dry as it makes the whole process a bit quicker if I blast it with a hairdryer first.
The Big Hair styler is quite bulky (though a version with a smaller head is available) but shouldn't need any more room in your drawer than a regular hairdryer. It also comes with a purple plastic sleeve for the brush end to protect the bristles and keep them straight, which I think is a good feature - be warned, if you place the brush down without the sleeve when it is still hot, the bristles might bend out of shape which is likely to affect the performance of the product.
You can rotate the brush in one of two directions at the flick of a switch, making it easy to either curl your hair under or out.
I am now on my second Big Hair styler as my first stopped working at the right speed and just rotated incredibly slowly, making it hard to achieve the same results as I had done previously. For the money, I would have expected the styler to last quite a bit longer - I'm hoping it was just a one off thing as otherwise I think this is a great product and one that I would recommend if you're looking for big, bouncy hair!
I had this product bought for me as a gift last Christmas and at first I was very sceptical of how it would cope with my curly, unruly hair which is simultaneously wild and also thin. I used to spend hours straightening my hair, and struggled to blow dry my hair straight with heavy dryers and complicated brushing techniques. The Babyliss Big Hair has completely revolutionised my beauty regime through cutting out the extra complications - just drying my hair in one step leaves it straightened, sleek and volumised with a good level of shine and manageability. It's also particularly good for my sister's fringe, which otherwise would not lie flat!
The product itself is very well designed, and has an attractive and minimal look with some pretty purple detailing, whilst still being very lightweight and easy to use - even for those with musculoskeletal issues like myself. The brush itself is chunky and is therefore good for adding volume to limp hair, or for adding old-style Hollywood waves to longer styles. There are different heat settings, and the brush itself turns in both directions (or can be used whilst still) so hair can be effectively styled in a huge range of different ways and tangles are kept to a minimum.
There are very few downsides to this product, however any hair that gets caught in the brush needs to be removed as soon as possible in order to keep it working effectively. The top heat setting is also very warm, and should therefore only be used when necessary in order to avoid damaging hair. I have also found that the hair guard at the bottom of the brush can easily be removed, meaning that hair can become trapped inside if the user doesn't notice. Despite these issues, this is a great product which makes drying and styling hair much quicker and easier.
I originally asked for this as a christmas present back in 2011, the reason being that I was worried it would end up being another gadget used once and shoved in the back of the cupboard and therefore I didn't want to pay for it myself just in case! In actual fact I get regular use out of the hair styler and I would recommend it to anyone with fine hair such as myself.
HOW IT WORKS
The styler is very very straightforward to use, in fact there's only two buttons - one to turn it on and the other to set the direction of the spin. It works by spinning the hairbrush section around (two speeds) while hot air is blasted out through the core. You are advised to use on dry hair and I would agree; it does not replace the hair dryer so don't buy it with that in mind. I have however used it on slightly damp hair and it seems to be fine with that.
WHAT TO DO WITH IT
To use, separate a section of hair at a time, and run the styler through the hair from root to tip. By concentrating at the root you are increasing the volume and stopping your hair from being too flat, and by concentrating at the bottom you can style the hair to flick in or out, depending on which direction you set the spinner to. I would recommend that you test the direction before you start on your own hair to make sure that it's going the right way, or else your hair could get caught.
Another thing I would stress is not to use it on too large a section of hair at a time. The reason for this is that if the hair overhangs the end of the styler, you're guaranteed to get it tangled up. People have asked me about the likeliness of knotting your hair using the styler and it very rarely happens, provided you use it correctly. If it does get caught, simply change the direction of the spinner until it is free.
TIPS AND TRICKS
I was unsure what the best way of using the styler was when I received it, and the instructions weren't very illuminating. There are lots of YouTube videos out there with guidance and tips, which in my view are better than paper instructions anyway. This will give you a lot of confidence using the tool.
In conclusion, I would recommend the styler to those with fine hair who are looking for a simple way to style their hair - it won't do anything more complicated than I've described above, but I certainly use it on a regular basis.
I first saw this product advertised on TV and decided to treat myself to one!! I have quite fine hair and am unable to get much volume in to it which does become quite frustrating, but not any more!!
I find that by using the big hair styler my hair is so much easier to style and I have so much more bounce and body!! It is a god send to me!!
I start by drying my hair off until its nearly dry with a normal hairdryer, then i begin by styling it with the babyliss styler which doesn't take long at all. My hair looks so much better and don't think i could manage without one now! Before I bought this product I used to spend ages trying to get volume into my hair with my hair dryer and brush but the results were nothing like what i get now!! For some reason my hair also seems to be in much better condition now I have started using it too!! My only slight critiscm is that some of the 'bristles' have started to break off, but that wouldn't stop me buying another one when this one eventually stops working!!!
black / 700 watts / 50mm Rotating ceramic brush / 2 Heat/Speed settings