Babyliss Big Hair - Worth it?

(46 Posts)
mrspaddy Wed 24-Jul-13 19:49:31

Hi, I have very fine (limp) hair to shoulder length.
I am really keen to get a Babyliss. Will it have more of an effect than using a large brush/dryer?

Also what products do you use with it? My hair tends to flop very quickly - even salon dried.

Thank you

I love mine. I use it with Nicky Clarke volume root spray (use sparingly on roots), GHD heat protecting spray, kerastase oil as a serum and a light hairspray.

This is one of the best youtube videos I've seen on it as it is the quickest way to look groomed using it. link there are other videos with more intricate instructions which give different results but for me this one was the best starting point.

FunnyLittleFrog Wed 24-Jul-13 20:00:20

Love mine. Been using for over a year now and couldn't do without it. I have fine limp hair too.

MrsPercyPig Wed 24-Jul-13 20:14:50

I'm the voice of dissent as I hated mine!

It made my hair really, really greasy.

Housewife2010 Wed 24-Jul-13 21:59:28

This is a handy video

superlambanana Wed 24-Jul-13 22:14:37

Absolutely - I have now all but ditched my hair dryer and use this instead! Has made a massive difference to my hair. I don't use any products on it and it still looks good, even though it is very fine and uncooperative.

LadyLech Thu 25-Jul-13 00:41:35

Yes, I love mine too.

DH had remembered me mentioning it once, and bought it for me for Christmas. At first I was a bit hmm as to why he had bought it (didn't remember mentioning it), but as soon as I used it, I became a convert.

I would agree that my hair is greasier for using it, and I have to wash it more often or use dry shampoo when I'm feeling really lazy, but as I have frizzy hair, it has meant that I have been able to ditch the straighteners (I now just use them on the top to finish off my hair) and so my hair is a lot healthier as a result.

The other downside is that it stays less styled than using straighteners, so again needs styling more frequently, but as it is less of a pita when I do do it, I don't really mind.

ThatVikRinA22 Thu 25-Jul-13 00:49:23

i love mine. it makes my hair look salon dried. i have fine boob length hair - its highlighted which gives it a bit of oomph anyway but i use a body boosting spray and then this - i find it easy to dry in sections (start at the nape of your neck for one section. then let a bit down and do the sides and rest of back, then the top - i wouldnt be without mine and when i dies i will get another! mine is a good 3 years old now - still going strong

MrsCocoa Thu 25-Jul-13 00:53:40

Wonder product. Transformed my ability to get reasonable results with my shoulder length fine hair. Doesn't seem to matter what products I use - still miles better than before. (Starting from low base though as hopeless at blow drying).

CerealMom Thu 25-Jul-13 09:51:32

This is the only way I can 'blow dry' my hair to make it look sleek and naice!

I have thick, heavy, frizzy below shoulder bob. I look like Crystal Tips if I use a normal dryer. The Babyliss gives me oomph at the roots (the weight of my hair makes the root section go so flat it's like I've got a comb over!) and this gadget will turn even the most cack handed into a blow pro ;-)

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 10:15:23

I find it good for getting volume but have stopped using mine so often as it was frying my ends (same as all heat tools I guess). I find a hairdryer and a GHD ceramic brush gets much sleeker, smoother results. But less volume.

middleagedspread Thu 25-Jul-13 12:02:14

I love mine.
I have a straight, lank chin length bob.
To get extra boost in the roots I use the Babyliss then with it still in I blast the roots with my normal dryer.
A warning though, when you 1st use it do section off your hair otherwise it's easy to get very tangled up.

jamster66 Thu 25-Jul-13 13:57:17

I'm toying with getting one. My once thick hair is getting thinner and breaking more as I get older sad. I've stopped using my (fab) Parlux hairdryer and have found using a less powerful/cooler hairdryer has helped stop my hair breaking as much. Also, I let it dry naturally if I can but it looks awful - flat as a pancake! But it does seem to be helping it thicken a teeny bit. Has anyone noticed if their hair has become more prone to breaking when they use their BBH?

ArcticRoll Thu 25-Jul-13 15:13:18

I couldn't get on with mine at all.

ajandjjmum Thu 25-Jul-13 15:26:23

I tried it and it just didn't work for me.

But why is there a regular question on Babyliss every few weeks on MN - far more so than any other product. I reckon their Marketing people are mnetters!

Hetaera Thu 25-Jul-13 15:47:00

Well if their marketing people are on here, I would like them to know how completely rubbish I have found their customer services department when my BBH stopped spinning (disgruntled face).

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 15:53:51

jamster yes my hair is fine and dry-ish and I had a lot more split ends and broken hairs when I was using the BBH regularly. I expect a Parlux or other decent hairdryer is much gentler - with the BBH the heat is blasting right against the hair shaft, in addition to rubbing it with the spinning barrel, whereas you can hold a hair dryer away from the hair.

SwedishEdith Thu 25-Jul-13 15:57:12

Mine's gathering dust under my bed. Never felt it gripped my hair properly- had to push it on.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 16:01:04

Mine has totally changed my life and my hair - I'm completely serious. I've got thin, fine, frizzy hair in a jaw length bob. The front is prone to kinks. My hair has never looked so smooth and neat and it takes literally 5 minutes to do in the morning.

I wait until it is basically completely dry, then I use frizz ease thermal serum (orange pump) and a sometimes a volume boosting blow dry spray - currently the VO5 one.

I've always had to wash and do my hair every day because its so fine as loses its style, but its so quick that its not an issue. I have noticed a few split ends, but I minimise the damage by only using it when my hair's basically dry anyway, anti-heat hair products and a cut every 6 weeks.

I couldn't take it with me when I went to the States (different voltage) and I was so upset - I had rubbish hair for two weeks and my wrists got so tired using a brush again!!

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 16:02:53

OP there are some MNers here who don't want their BBH. Why don't you offer to buy one of them and get a bargain an they've made a few quid out of something they're not using?

Bakingnovice Thu 25-Jul-13 16:06:21

Good idea! Anyone selling theirs?

Sorry to hijack OP.

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 16:26:32

Anyone who wants to buy mine, pm me smile

Keztrel Thu 25-Jul-13 16:27:45

Oh good idea btw Comtesse! grin

SirChenjin Thu 25-Jul-13 16:31:12

Yes - it's the only thing that works for my thick, coarse, wavy hair and gives me swishy, shiny hair - and much easier to use than a ceramic brush and a hairdryer. I'm onto my second brush, it's the one thing I can't live without (well, obv I could, I just prefer not to!). You have to blast your hair with the dryer first until it's about 80-90% dry and then go through your hair with it section by section.

DukeSilver Thu 25-Jul-13 16:36:07

I hate mine. Got it after reading all the rave reviews on here. I kept trying for ages and still go back to it hopefully every so often but all it has ever done for me is give me hair that makes me look like a middle aged news reader confused

Agnesmum Thu 25-Jul-13 17:20:14

It's brilliant, transformed my fine, limp hair.

RiffyWammal Thu 25-Jul-13 17:59:16

Like CerealMom I look like Crystal Tips (or as DH once observed Worzel Gummidge) if I dry my hair with a normal hairdryer. I love my BBH, and I'm not sure if this is a positive thing but I am on my third in about 3 years as the other two stopped spinning.

After washing my hair I wear an absorbent microfiber turban until it's about 70% dry, then I apply hair oil and heat protection spray and dry in sections with the BBH. I always get a great result - swishy and shiny. 'Like you've just stepped out of the sal-on' as the old shampoo ad used to say.

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Thu 25-Jul-13 18:14:16

Seriously, I just cannot emphasis enough how much I love mine. OP it's worth a try smile

NoGoatsToe Thu 25-Jul-13 18:39:30

The John Freida volume spray is good - I find it really thickens my hair and makes a big difference when using the BBH. Agree you need to section the hair.

MrsCocoa Thu 25-Jul-13 22:36:45

I quite like that look... smile

MrsCocoa Thu 25-Jul-13 22:38:14

Sorry - middle aged newsreader.

What do you mean, you can't use it in the States shock?!!!!

I was just going to take the plug adaptor. No?

SirChenjin Fri 26-Jul-13 09:35:09

Does a middle aged newsreader look like the rest of us who are middle aged, I wonder?

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Fri 26-Jul-13 14:27:16

Itchy US voltage is 110 to our 220. A lot of appliance work with a range of voltages (and will say 110-230 V9on the side) but not my BBH - if yours is newer, it may do. Check the raised lettering on the barrel.

I was so sad sad

zookeeper Fri 26-Jul-13 14:46:45

I love mine,; I have fine hair I need to wash every day otherwise it looks awful. I use it with any old thickener when my hair is nearly dry and it just bigs up my hair brilliantly.

the brush bit is looking worn out now and I,ll have to buy another soon...

valiumredhead Fri 26-Jul-13 14:47:11

If you are good with a round brush and a blow drier I think you would be very disappointed tbh.

Get one from Argos so you can take it back if it's no good.

It would take me a week to use mine as a blow driershock

Keztrel Fri 26-Jul-13 14:53:19

Newsreader hair is hair that's too perfect, too stiff, too much volume at the roots - over coiffed! Most of them have it, whether they're middle aged or not. The BBH gives me that look if I don't mess it up a bit after BBHing with texture spray or wax or something. As I have a bob and a heavy fringe the BBH can make me look a bit like I have lego hair or a wig...

ajandjjmum Fri 26-Jul-13 17:03:59

Anyone want mine?

celticclan Fri 26-Jul-13 19:11:09

Is it any good with a short bob?

ComtesseDeFrouFrou Sat 27-Jul-13 08:13:47

Celtic my bob is jaw length and I would say that's the perfect length.

celticclan Sat 27-Jul-13 08:28:45

Thanks. Is it easy to use? I am
about the most cack-handed person I know!

NonnaMai Sat 27-Jul-13 08:53:35

I thought it was useless. Didn't grip hair at all. I could do a much better job blow drying with a large round brush.
I sold mine on e bay.

However, the Babyliss pro curl is amazing and so easy to use. Very pricey but the amount I've used it on myself and DDs makes it well worth the money.

SirChenjin Sat 27-Jul-13 11:44:38

I find it very easy to use, but you do have to section off your hair. I have very thick hair which just sits on my shoulders - I'm not sure how it would be on fine hair.

Iwantmybed Sat 27-Jul-13 12:27:55

I love mine. I was worried because I already have thick hair I didnt want to make it bigger but its sleek and bouncy. Looks professional, finally spilled my secret to the girls at work and now they all want one.

Iwantmybed Sat 27-Jul-13 12:29:25

Ive always had unmanageable hair and for the first time I look like I have healthy styled hair. Its lasts for two days on my hair.

HongkongDreamer Thu 26-Dec-13 22:20:09

Anyone selling one by any chance?

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