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Video demo: BaByliss Big Hair – a Mumsnet Best!

(62 Posts)
VikkiMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 30-Dec-14 09:51:38


You may know that the BaByliss Big Hair recently became a <drumroll please> Mumsnet Best. You may even be among those who let us know about it by posting your reviews here.

As Big Hair Talk comes around every Christmas, we decided to invest and put together this video so you can judge for yourself what all the fuss is about! Do have a watch and share on the thread your thoughts or, if you have one already, your top tips!

Ooh – and don't forget to let us know what other style and beauty vids you'd like to see (we're always after fresh ideas for our shiny new YouTube channel - you can subscribe here if you haven't already!).

Wishing you added oomph and swish in the New Year!

Letthemtalk Tue 30-Dec-14 10:09:39

But you're using it wrong! Hair should be 80% dry before you start, you're not meant to dry your hair with it, takes hours!

teddygirlonce Tue 30-Dec-14 11:03:56

It inspired me and looks very easy to use, although I have a more than enough hair for two, so not sure I need to make mine 'bigger' fwink.

luckygirl322 Tue 30-Dec-14 11:19:44

Yep-it's a 'styler' NOT a 'dryer'. Start with hair that is almost dry-not damp as shown in your video.

Darkchocsprinkles Tue 30-Dec-14 11:24:28

It's all wrong!!

Use it on 80% dry hair.

Also, for a better curl, hold the barrel stationary for five seconds at the end of the section, then release with a quick tap, tap of the button.


AuditAngel Tue 30-Dec-14 11:52:58

I was quite keen to try one of these, but to be honest, the video has put me off. I get a result as good as this using a styler with a static barrel. Now I don't feel the need to put one in my birthday list.

Deeray Tue 30-Dec-14 11:53:33

It would be good to see what her hair looks like styled without the bbh because it looks like she has the type of hair that doesn't go wild when not styled and I think the big hair is best for using on hair that really needs a lot of taming. I like it because it gives me a polished look that I can never get from just blow drying because my hair has a mind of its own.

Deeray Tue 30-Dec-14 11:56:28

Audit angel - I wouldn't bother if you can get a good result from blow drying yourself. If I had hair like the women in the video then I wouldn't bother. My hair is very thick, wavy and will frizz of left to it's own devices. Blow drying takes ages and my arms ache, the result is never that good. Bbh makes it much, much easier and gives the same result that I get from a professional blow dry.

CalamityKate1 Tue 30-Dec-14 11:58:41

Blimey I wouldn't have bought one if this was the only video I'd seen!!

Like others have said, hair needs to be FAR more dry than that. And she ends up with flat hair anyway!

My hair is far finer than hers but I can get loads more oomph on mine.

CalamityKate1 Tue 30-Dec-14 12:00:54

AuditAngel - honestly, ignore the video. BBH is really effective if it's used properly.

BowiesJumper Tue 30-Dec-14 12:34:26

I was considering one of these.

But her hair doesn't have any volume at the end of it, is that always the case? Or is it because she's started too wet as some have suggested? Not sure I'll bother if there's no va-va-voom!

CalamityKate1 Tue 30-Dec-14 12:39:43

She's just doing it wrong.

I blast my hair mostly dry with my head upside down.

Then break out the BBH. There's a knack to it - you need to keep some tension as it's rolling to keep the shine and smoothness. And pull your hair in the opposite direction to where it hangs so you can get right up into the roots for lift.

It's hard to describe! Youtube has some decent videos.

SirChenjin Tue 30-Dec-14 12:46:58

No no no noooooooo

Almost dry hair, sectioned off, and then keep the hair taut as you lift and pull. I have thick, wavy, coarse hair, and the BBH has transformed my hair - literally. I cannot say enough good things about this product - it straightens, smooths and polishes it, and makes it 'swishy'. This is the one thing I cannot do without in my life, and after DH and the DC would be the thing I would rescue from a fire.

Can you tell I love it? grin

Rafflesway Tue 30-Dec-14 12:50:21

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Chewbecca Tue 30-Dec-14 12:55:02

I got one of these for Christmas, my hair is not dis-similar to the person in clip. I wouldn't have asked for one if I'd seen this first!

MNHQ- if I were a Babyliss marketing employee, I'd be asking you to remove this clip it as it has the opposite effect to that desired!

Rafflesway Tue 30-Dec-14 12:56:21

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Rafflesway Tue 30-Dec-14 12:57:02

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CarmelasFridge Tue 30-Dec-14 13:09:45

She's only drying the ends of her hair. So wet roots and a bit of a curl at the end. Nice!

pinkrocker Tue 30-Dec-14 14:30:42

What products would you suggest to put on before and after? I have a BBH and yes it works, but I have so much mad hair it flops very soon after, despite hairspray!

SirChenjin Tue 30-Dec-14 14:43:57

I use a heat defence spray and then mousse (rediscovered mousse after a MN thread, and it's brilliant for giving my hair control and smoothing it)

ElizabethHoover Tue 30-Dec-14 14:46:06

her hair isnt very big after though, is it?

Lovely as she is

ElizabethHoover Tue 30-Dec-14 14:46:31

ANd agree - it shouldnt take 25 bloody minutes!!

WaxyBean Tue 30-Dec-14 15:18:56

Agree with all those who say it is all wrong! If I try rolling it on my hair I end up with a frizzy and knotted mess. I saw a you tube vid where you held it at the end of the hair and rotated it up the hair curling the hair around, then held it there stationary pulling away from the roots for 30 secs or so. This works far better for me. And agree that you need hair that is 80% dry and it takes less than 10 mins....

ElizabethHoover Tue 30-Dec-14 15:21:59

i do both. Rotate AND hold.

* looks about swaggeringly *

you need to hold it still till it burns your ear ime

LikeABadSethRogenMovie Tue 30-Dec-14 16:48:33

I roll it upwards on the top of each section then roll it downwards on the underneath. Works for me and gives a lovely shine.

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