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So babyliss big hair....

(25 Posts)
Greengardenpixie Sat 24-Jan-15 11:53:08

I keep hearing so many fantastic reviews but when I look up you tube videos what they end up like is nothing more than a normal flattish blow dry. I'm trying to be convinced but nothing I see convinces me. Is it really THAT good?

Greengardenpixie Sat 24-Jan-15 12:30:45

Sorry not baby loss...bloody phone babyliss big hair ha ha.....

DeliciousIrony Sat 24-Jan-15 17:38:22

I think the results will vary quite a lot person to person. I like mine, I have quite fine hair currently cut into a chin-length layered bob, and normal blow-drying can leave it looking either flat, or with bits sticking out at a peculiar angle.
I let my hair air-dry until it's about 70-80% dry, and then use a combination of the BBH and hair-dryer to give it a bit more lift and shape, so it looks more 'round', curving into my face if you see what I mean.

I've not tried it with longer hair, but back when my hair was long I found that just using a hair-dryer upside down gave it a good volume boost so it never occurred to me to get one.

Greengardenpixie Sat 24-Jan-15 17:58:46

Thanks for your honest response. I have been tempted a few times but then have looked on you tube and found it hard to justify. So many people really rave about it, but i cant really see it making a huge difference to their hair tbh. Dont get me wrong, im not after a big look myself. Maybe for me it would just be the more 'groomed' look!

Applebear Sat 24-Jan-15 18:13:54

If you like the look that you get when a hairdresser blow dries your hair with a round brush but struggle to do it yourself, then the bbh is for you. That's what it does IMO, it gives you the look of a proper blow dry. Nice and smooth and professional looking. And for me that's great as I can't do it myself at all.

DeliciousIrony Sat 24-Jan-15 18:15:06

What's your hair like, pixie?

HelloItsStillMeFell Sat 24-Jan-15 18:15:41

that's the most unfortunate autocorrect ever. confused

SpaghettiMeatballs Sat 24-Jan-15 18:17:09

I love mine. Makes all my chin length hair curl in and look smooth and sleek.

BUT, I'm not very good at all with a round brush and blow dryer. I think if you're good at blow drying your hair already you won't benefit.

Greengardenpixie Sun 25-Jan-15 09:42:24

lol... yes, it is the most unfortunate auto correct!!!!
My hair is fine but lots of it. Left to dry itself it is frizzy as I have that inbetween hair not straight or curly but just kinky everywhere. When dried by a hairdryer it is sleek and shiny.It is below dhoulder length!

Petal02 Sun 25-Jan-15 13:42:16

I agree with the posters who suggest that if you're proficient at blow drying with a brush etc, then you probably don't need BBH. But it's a godsend for those of us who are a bit cack-handed at that sort of thing!

Greengardenpixie Sun 25-Jan-15 22:17:14

Well i bought one and tried it and its good. My hair had been washed yesterday so just made it damp and its left it very nice and shiny. Quite pleased. I found it quite easy to use actually despite others saying it was awkward with the controls. Anyway, think its quite a good purchase.

hellsbellsmelons Mon 26-Jan-15 14:07:12

Yeah I got one too.
I used it properly for the first time this weekend.
I have thick and curly hair and it helps to smooth it over ready for the straighteners.
I would be great to not have to straighten but at least I don't need them on the highest heat any more.
Glad you've found it good.
It didn't take me long to get to grips with it either.

Paddingtonthebear Mon 26-Jan-15 17:18:00

Does anyone who didn't get on with theirs fancy selling it?? grin

Inthedarkaboutfashion Mon 26-Jan-15 17:20:44

I love mine. Since buying one my hair is the sleekest it has ever been when I style it at home. I'm getting a spare in case my current one breaks down or combusts as I have a habit of burning out the motors on hairdryers blush

maybemyrtle Mon 26-Jan-15 17:27:44

I picked one up last week too as it was £20 in Sainsburys. I've used it twice so far and I was hoping some experienced users could share their tips! Do you use styling products with it and if so, what and how? I have just-past-shoulder-length wavy hair that's normally "undone" and products are a bit of a mystery... blush The Big Hair is supposed to help me be more groomed and grown up, but instead I feel a bit like a clueless teenager wandering the aisles in Boots.

fatherpeeweestairmaster Mon 26-Jan-15 17:49:09

I find the trick is to section your hair with a clip, so you're not taking too much hair at a time, and to use a decent heat-protecting spray first, like the Elnette volumising one. I've got fine, curly hair, so I stop as soon as it's dry, or else my hair goes wispy, then put a little John Frieda Secret Agent, or something similar through the ends.

Petal02 Mon 26-Jan-15 18:26:26

Totally agree about sectioning - I use a brush and hair dyer to straighten my underneath sections, then use BBH to do the top layers, making my layers look smooth and defined.

I'm just hoping they bring out a travel version at some point, if you could take the brush away from the handle, it would be far easier to pack.

MsBojangles Mon 26-Jan-15 19:28:42

I'll sell mine if anyone wants it. Only used the thing twice, it's currently residing back in it's box at the top of the wardrobe.

DeliciousIrony Tue 27-Jan-15 11:28:13

Glad you like it OP smile.

Agree about the travel version...I am quite reliant on my BBH now, but it does take up a lot of space in my little suitcase. Maybe we could start a petition...

Petal02 Tue 27-Jan-15 12:32:36

delicious I too have become BBH-reliant. Over Christmas, I blow dried my hair at the gym (without BBH) just using a large round brush - it was a disaster, and then I realised that only BBH could deal with my layers.

I was rather alarmed because I hate being reliant on something that's not portable, there's no way I could pop it into my gym bag or hand luggage, and even in a suitcase I'm not sure it would withstand Heathrow baggage handlers .......

So I did My homework and found the Remington hot air styler, which looks just like BBH except the brush doesn't spin. However it does come apart (the brush comes away from the handle) and it comes with a heat proof travel pouch, making it fine for gym or travel. I've had quite a few practice sessions with the Remington, and whilst the BBH is still my favourite appliance, I've had really good results (providing I dry my underneath layers first) - nice smooth layers and volume in the right places, and no need for straighteners.

So until the travel-size BBH hits the shelves, I'll be holidaying with my Remington!

DeliciousIrony Tue 27-Jan-15 15:34:38

Ooh, have just googled for Remington hot air styler...there seems to be quite a few variations though. This looks more compact, sins and has two different brush attachments, so could be just the thing, not sure that's the one you've got though?
£10.99 is fairly bargainous, I might bookmark for next time I am going away anywhere...

Petal02 Tue 27-Jan-15 16:20:24

I bou

Petal02 Tue 27-Jan-15 16:23:41

I bought this one

WhiteHairReally Tue 27-Jan-15 18:34:36

I've got the Remington one. It's fine. I've been eyeing up the BBH, due to all the MN hype, but it's the twirling that's frightened me off. I am that cack-handed person that couldn't manage the round brush and hair dryer BUT, I am worried that in my hands, the BBH will twirl itself into a knot, ground into my scalp, with added heat.

So, Petal02, is it the twirl that makes you prefer the BBH over the Remington? And am I being just a bit of a wuss thinking that I'll end up in knots with a BBH? It would be great to replace the very basic £10 hot air dryer that I bought for my then 12 year old DD, (and long since discarded by her) that is currently in my gym bag, with the Remington.

Petal02 Tue 27-Jan-15 19:11:06

Yes, it's the spinning brush that makes me prefer BBH. But don't worry about getting tangled, the brush can spin in either direction, so if you did get tangled, you simply flick the switch in the other direction, the brush then spins the other way, releasing your hair.

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