I absolutely love a blow dry. I hate a haircut but I love a blow dry. However, what I hate about a blow dry is the knowledge that every 10 weeks my hair looks the best it can look, to then look average the other 9 weeks 6 days, because I can’t blow dry
A few years ago I found the ‘Babyliss Big Hair‘, a rotating hot air styler which cost me about £40. I was so excited for it, I actually remember buying it. The name is misleading, ‘big hair’ to me sounded like frizzy hair, not smooth blow dried hair which is what it actually enables. It takes some quite a bit of getting used to, I’d say after 10 uses you’re getting there, 20 uses you’re a pretty much a pro
There are a lot of Youtube Tutorials on the Babyliss big hair which you may prefer, however this is what I do:
1. Comb/brush your wet hair, find your parting
2. With a hair dryer blast your whole head for about 1 minute, then apply heat protector and oil (I love the Organix Argan Oil)- Drying your hair a tiny bit first prevents your blowing the product away whilst your hair is still dripping wet
3. If you have a fringe/shorter layers to shape the face clip this up now, whilst still wet and ignore this for now
4. Dry your again hair until about 90% dry, brush and put into sections, I do 2 main sections, and then split each of these into two
5. With section number one, grab your rotating brush and gather the hair with the spin, pulling the brush up and down (like you would imagine the hair dryer doing). To add body/shape/hair flick when it is nearly dry, as you are pulling the brush towards the ends of your hair, slow down and hold the ends in the brush for 10-20 seconds, then remove the hair by either rotating the brush the other day or by lightly pulling the brush down (not spinning)
6. Important – the hair will have a bit of body/flick, don’t touch it! Leave it to cool, if you fiddle with it when it’s hot it will be more likely to fall
7. Repeat through all sections
8. The last section (front) requires a bit more attention, comb it through, split it into the parting and with the rotating brush on the slower function shape the hair round the face, leave to cool
9. If you have curly/wavy/frizzy hair you may need to do a once over with the GHDs also (I do) Let it cool, do your make-up, make a cup of tea, chat to a friend or anything to keep you busy, then use the GHDs to touch up, don’t go mad or you’ll lose the shape
Ok, so now we’ve got a rough idea of what we’re doing with them, lets discuss the actual appliance. The Babyliss big hair is definitely the market leader of these brushes, you can go cheaper but what’s the point. Also, bear in mind, some brushes don’t actually spin/rotate which is the bit of the brush which is really useful. The second decision is the barrel size, like hair curlers, air stylers coming in different sizes. I am going to solely discuss Babyliss sizes. The largest barrell is 50mm, this is for long, thick hair and in my opinion it is hard to add shape with this unless your hair is about 4-6 inches below your nipples. If you hair is on your nipple or up to about 4 inches about the 39mm barrel will allow you to create a bit of shape and flick. If you want both, Babyliss sell the ‘dual’ which has a 50mm and 39mm changeable brush.
Having been a 39mm girl for the last 2 years I realised that to give me more of a loose wave/curled Kate Middleton type look I needed a smaller barrel, fortunately, Babyliss have recently created a 32mm ‘Petite’ Big Hair. The 32mm barrel will enable my nipple lengthened hair to have a lose wave/curl which is much more likely to stay in then any curl with a hair curler (unless you are wearing hair extensions which hold curls a lot better)
Have you used the Babyliss Big Hair? What did you think?