Saturday, 21 December 2013

Babyliss NEW Big Hair Review

Now my hair is the longest it's ever been, I've been struggling to style it myself. I'm determined not to cut it off though so when Elizabeth (who blogs here and keeps me sane at swimming classes each week) told me her Babyliss Big Hair means she finds her long hair so much easier to manage AND she no longer goes to the hairdressers for regular blow-dries, I knew it was time to try one out. 
So I took the people at Babyliss up on their offer for me to review one of their products. The next day, my New Big Hair arrived (impressive service) and I've spent the last few weeks trying it out.
It's called the NEW Big Hair because it's an improved version. It's got a more advanced bristle brush than the older version and has ionic technology which helps the hair to look even more shiny and super smooth.

Now if you're interested in buying one of these, I urge you to look at this video from QVC - click on the Video Tab on top of the photograph to start the show as per the image below! 
It shows celebrity hairdresser Beverley C demonstrating the Babyliss live on TV. I personally found this really useful to watch because even though I'd read the instruction manual, I learned a few tricks from Beverley for getting the best finish. There are also loads of video tutorials on You Tube that will show you how to get the best result.

For the best results, use it on hair that is already 80% dry. So either blast dry your hair for a bit or leave it to dry naturally.

Then you take a section of hair (big grips are your friend here!), turn on the Big Hair and run the brush through the section. Once you've got the hang of that, you can start using the rotating brush to style the hair. Now this does take a bit of getting used to. There are two buttons that rotate the brush either way. You will very likely have a few moments where the hair gets wound up a bit too fast but just rotate the brush the other direction to unwind. There are two heat settings with the lower heat setting having a slower rotating brush so you might want to start out using it to prevent any knotted hair as you become accustomed to the technique.

This double rotation means you can curl the hair outwards or inwards or both ways for a gorgeous tousled hair look.

The verdict? I used to go for a blow dry about 3 times a month as I couldn't manage my hair myself. I've only been once for a blow dry since I got my Big Hair and that was because I had a voucher that was about to run out. I normally pay £8 for my blow-dry so I've already saved myself more than the Babyliss cost. I'm enjoying doing my hair when it suits me and achieving a salon look at home. I only wish I'd gotten one a year ago!

The Babyliss is available in most good electrical outlets and online stores...the best price currently with a reputable brand is in Boots, where it's £39.99 with 156 Boots Advantage Points (and more if you've Advantage Card vouchers) and free pick up from your local store (£2.95 delivery). It's also available here on the QVC website for £36.36 plus £4.95 postage.

If you are searching online, just make sure you're not paying over the odds for the older version. Look out for 2885U if you want this newer version! Some retailers are still charging around £40 for the older one (2777U).

Ax

Disclaimer - my Babyliss New Big Hair was provided to me free of charge but the review is all my own. I only keep and review items that I genuinely use and am happy to recommend to readers.

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24 comments

  1. Whoo sounds great, my hair is so long now and I need something new to try :)

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    1. I've noticed your hair getting so long too Claire! I think it would work great for you. Takes a bit of getting used to but I now no longer dread washing & styling my hair. Ax

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  2. Oh blimey sounds like this would save me a fortune. My hair is awful if not blow dried at the hairdressers, I did it myself the other week and the kids started laughing, it was so big they said I looked like Hagrid! x

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    1. Lol! Hagrid!! Isn't it fab what our kids say to us?! Liz xxx

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    2. Nothing like kids to keep you grounded, eh? I think you'd totally love it..though you might find the girls stealing it on you! Ax

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  3. Ooh, it sounds really good Avril. My hair is the longest it's been in a long while too so this might be worth a try xxx

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    1. For sure Liz - your hair is the perfect length. Off to check out your Christmas posts now - have lots of blog catching up to do! Ax

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  4. This is one of my desert island top 5s Avril. I use it every day albeit the older version and I love it! In fact I'm considering buying a new one as a back up as I'm sure my current one must be on its way out now. I actually dry my hair fully and then whizz the Babyliss Big Hair through for about 5 mins max. It's brill! Can't remember the last time I used my GHDs - anyway they only give me smoothness, the Babyliss gives me root lift and bounce as well. Tip: keep the bristles free of hair otherwise they don't grip as well. Can't wait to see the results on your hair. Merry Xmas. Donna xx

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    1. Great to hear your experience Donna - especially as you've been using it for lots longer. Thanks for sharing it here and for the tip about clearing the hair out! Ax

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  5. I keep hearing great things about the Babyliss Big Hair, just wondering if your hair needs to be particularly long first though or if it would work well on shoulder length hair too? Have a great Christmas Avril. Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. Well, my sister has one Jane and she has shorter hair than you and loves it! Maybe if a friend had one, you could try it out? Thanks for your Christmas wishes - hope you had a good one! Ax

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  7. You can but these on Tesco Direct ..and they are in the double up clubcard points exchange. Managed to get mine and only had to pay £1.00...

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    1. Thanks for the tip Donna - I didn't know about that! Bargain!! Ax

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  8. I have one waiting on me from 'Santa' (mum) cannot wait to get trying it out- I'm sure much hair tangling will ensue before I get the hang of it though!! X

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    1. Can't wait to hear how you get on with it Trea - I'm sure you'll love it and it's perfect for you in the busy months ahead Ax

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  9. I've been thinking about one of these for a while but my hair is so thin & so I'm not sure if it would work?! I need some drastic action as I'm seriously tempted to go for the chop in the NY! Ax

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    1. Don't do it! I always say if your hair is driving you mad and you're trying to grow it, go for a blow dry. It will settle your head (scuse the pun). Getting it cut only lands you back where you started. Hang on in there lovely! Ax

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  10. I bought one of these on your recommendation as couldn't get in a trip to hairdresser over Christmas and then away, have to say its brilliant and love it, thank you for top recommendation!

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    1. Oh I'm so pleased to hear that Vicky - thanks for letting me know, Ax

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  11. This is something that I would love to try. Not sure if it is available in the states though. Thank you so much for sharing!

    xo,
    Janise

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    1. You're welcome Janise - hope you've had a great Christmas. Thanks for dropping by! Ax

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  12. I have heard these are very good. Would love to see your hair styled with it.

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    1. I did make a video and then chickened out of showing it - maybe that should be my NY Resolution...videos! Ax

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