Right, back to business!
A couple of weeks ago I posted about my gorgeous blowout at the Benefit Boutique. I’d love to be able to recreate the look at home, but the truth is that I am just not very good at styling my own hair.
Lord knows I’ve tried over the years! I invested in a barrel brush, but unfortunately what looks very easy when my hairdresser does it only results in tangles at home. I just don’t seem to have the coordination required to control both the brush and the hairdryer at the same time. I tend to use straighteners which gives me a nice glossy finish but takes away any volume.
I’ve been looking at various heated roller sets for a while, but was slightly put off by the fact that a) I’d have to put them in myself (that coordination thing again!) and b) most starting price sets only offer 12 rollers and only 4 of these tend to be large.
Then I came across the Babyliss Big Hair Hot Air Styler which I went ahead and bought after reading lots of positive reviews on Argos, Boots and Amazon. It promises to create a gorgeous high volume, glossy salon blow dry finish, which was exactly what I wanted!
So how does it propose to do this? Well it’s basically a 700w hair dryer but with a bristle brush in place of a nozzle. As you run the brush through your hair the air circulates to dry it and at the same time you can also rotate the brush either clockwise or anticlockwise electronically via button controls on the wand.
I have been experimenting with it for the past two weeks and here’s what I think so far:
- It’s fun to use! I could never perfect rotating a brush with one hand
whilst holding a hairdryer in the other and now I don’t have to. I can
use the other hand to keep the hair taut and guide the brush through it
which really helps.
- The instructions are not very clear, so it takes practice get the hang of the controls and know which way to rotate the brush depending upon what section of hair you’re styling. It took me 3 goes before I was comfortable.
- You are advised to use it when your hair is 80% dry which is hard to judge! My hair was slightly too dry the first few times. Now I start when my hair is a little damper which has worked out better, although it takes more patience as the dryer itself isn’t all that powerful.
- It’s hard to dry the roots of your hair if you just follow the instructions. Instead, I place the brush at the roots of my hair and do short brushes upwards a couple of times whilst rotating the brush so as to concentrate the air on the section closest to the scalp. This really helps to create better lasting volume. Once the roots are dried off, I run the brush all the way to the tips and then roll it up completely, which dries the rest.
- Surprisingly, my hair hasn’t once got caught or tangled. It rolls and releases it very neatly – especially if you use your other hand as a guide.
- You need to keep your hair sectioned, otherwise the rotating brush will pick up everything in it’s path!
- On the downside, you can’t concentrate the air in one direction like you would with a hairdryer so if you are prone to very frizzy hair I could see this being a potential problem. My hair IS prone to frizz at the very front, but luckilly for me I haven’t found this to be an issue.
The overall shape of the hair lasts throughout the day but with some inevitable volume decrease over time. It’s a bit unfair to compare it directly to the Benefit Boutique Salon Blow out, as the Benebabe used a variety of products and techniques including some backcombing to get the overall effect, whereas I have only used my VO5 volume spray at home and no backcombing.
On the whole, I’m pleased with my purchase and would recommend it if you have medium to long hair and struggle styling your hair on your own. You’ll feel like a pro… once you get the hang of it!
I bought the styler from Argos for £44.99, here.
N.B. I have no affiliation to Babyliss and bought this styler as a result of pining for bigger hair! All opinions are honest and my own.