Better Hair – Big Hair, Curl, Tong, Volumise, Blow


A hair device, and even a great brush, can make all the difference when you want to create a hairstyle at home, without a hairdressers appointment.

1) Babyliss Big Hair

A bit of a phenomenon. I wrote a blog about this amazing hot hair rotating brush last December. Since writing that blog I have become better and better at using the brush, that takes a little bit of practise.

My friends adore it. I adore it. It’s fairly fool proof.

My top tips for using it would be to use it on hair that is still damp but not wet – so on very very thoroughly towel dried hair, or on rough dried hair. It is important to do it section by section for best results.

I would say to use it with a styling spray – I would suggest that for any heat styling you may be doing – for protection – but also for helping whatever hairstyle you create to remain for as long as possible!! This photo below, is a picture of me when I was first trying the Babyliss Big Hair, so I still wasn’t particularly experienced!

It is priced at £45.00 but has the cheapest price on the internet £30.50



2) Babyliss Conical Wand

I find a conical wand so much easier to use for waving the hair – than a hair tong. You simply take a section of the hair, and with the conical wand pointing downwards, the slimmest part at the bottom – you wrap the section of hair around it, hold for a few seconds, and you have a perfect wave. I have the wide version of the conical wand, but for shorter hair or if you want a tighter wave then try the wand with the slimmer barrel. The cheapest prices are at, usually £24.00 on there – more expensive elsewhere, but currently £19.20 with free worldwide delivery.

Tip – If you really want the wave to hold, and almost ‘set’, then spritz the section of hair with hairspray before wrapping it around the wand

The Babyliss Conical Wand Wide 19-32 mm £19.20 (the ones I have)

The Babyliss Conical Wand Slim 13-25 mm £19.20

The Babyliss Conical Wand Narrow 16-9 mm £19.20


3) Heated Rollers

The way to really get your hair to curl, look voluminous, shape, and stay. I used to get the regular unheated rollers, that they would use in the hairdressers while blow drying, and quite honestly me trying to use them at home was a worthless mission. The heated rollers are perfect for shorter or longer styles. I got the black set below, as my Christmas present from my sister (at my request)! I was speaking to the fabulous stylist Ciler at Nevilles Salon and she was saying the only way a hair style would last on her – overnight even – is with heated rollers. I love that the day after using them – after a nights sleep – my hair may no longer look curly, but it will look full of volume. Perfect for 60’s hair. Also great for up styles to give volume.

The black set of rollers below, I own and love. The coloured set is bigger, and possibly better – bigger variety of sizes and ten more rollers in the set. They are both currently cheapest at the places I have found below.

Babyliss 3035BU Thermo Ceramic Rollers £26.00 (ususally £35.00) –

Babyliss 30 Piece Ceramic Rollers Set £31.95 (usually £39.00) –


4) A Great Blow Dry Brush 

My friend Jen, who I work with said to me a couple of weeks ago on a Monday that my hair looked nice. The reason for it looking nice was because I had been at home, as it was a Monday, and I had properly blow dried my hair – using the MoroccanOil Ceramic Round Brush. I bought this brush in LA last October, and it gives fantastic finish to the hair. I also discovered, after buying it, and googling it, that it was more expensive in the USA than it is in the UK. I think I paid $28.00 plus tax!! It gives perfect ends.

It glides through the hair as you blow dry, and for me is a perfect size. I highly recommend this as a blow drying brush – a brush can make all the difference. It’s light in weight too, so easy to travel with, and less ache on the arm as you blow dry!! For much shorter hair, get the smaller sized ‘Medium’ Brush which is £13.85. The large size that I use, pictured first below, is £16.15 at with free worldwide delivery.

MoroccanOil Large Ceramic Brush £16.15 –

MoroccanOil Medium Cermaic Brush £13.85 –


5) Hair Irons

I still think that nothing compares in terms of hair irons with GHD’s. The latest from GHD are their mark 4’s. Hair straighteners are not only for straightening. Some people – not me – are wonderful at curling the hair with them. I like to use mine if my hair has frizzed a little – just on the top layer. And I love to use them for flicked ends if I am in a hurry. For people with extremely curly hair naturally – these will easily take it under control – if you want it under control that is! My Mum has curly hair and whatever you want you want something different, I know she would have loved a pair of these back in her 20’s! Universal voltage so they can be used worldwide. I remember the painful days of my hair straighteners working at half heat in the USA, and my hairdryer too.

They are usually £99.00 but are £79.20 with free worldwide delivery at –


6) Corioliss Hair Dryer

I have a Corioliss hair dryer. I got it from lookfantastic at least 6 years ago – and I will not replace it until it gives out on me! I think they are very well made – I haven’t had one problem with it. I love using it, it’s very powerful. I travel with a small Babyliss travel hairdryer. And it is so wonderful to get home to my proper hair dryer. I think a good hairdryer if you use one frequently makes life a lot easier. I have only had my travel one for a matter of months, and it overheated last week! My hairdryer is the same as the red one below in a different print. But I also thought that the striped one was worth mentioning as well because of its candy colours!!

For the Candy Cane Stripes £49.99 – (this is now sold out I will update if I see again)

For the Red Leopard £49.99 –

6 Comments on Better Hair – Big Hair, Curl, Tong, Volumise, Blow

  1. Nicky
    June 25, 2012 at 9:54 am (7 years ago)

    Hi Susie

    Just ordered my MoroccanOil Medium Ceramic Brush I love their products great for my very thick frizzy hair. xx

  2. Andrea
    June 25, 2012 at 10:04 am (7 years ago)

    Really informative post, thanks a mil Susie. One thing I would add is if you want to get a salon-worthy curly blow-dry in the comfort of your own home, the Babyliss Pro Ceramic Dial a’ Heat 38mm curling tongs is amazing. I think it’s the largest diameter curling tongs on the market. I got it on for €25.50 (£20.55). It’s really easy to use, and there are some great YouTube tutorials online to show you how to get the best out of the product. (this is the link to it)

    • Susie Amy
      June 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm (7 years ago)

      Fabulous – thank you so much for sharing – it looks great!!

  3. Beauty Salon In Farnborough
    June 30, 2012 at 11:36 am (7 years ago)

    Well said. There are several ways of getting curly brown hair. I have a method which you can use. Do deep conditioning of your hair once a week but do minimal shampoo. Use conditioner & anti fizz in your wet hair. Allow your hair to dry up. I noticed this process in a beauty saloon in Farnham.

  4. Sarah Brautigam
    July 7, 2012 at 11:19 am (7 years ago)

    I just wanted to say a big thank you! Thanks to the blog I bought a babyliss big hair .. And the results are amazing and I’m still only just getting to grips with it! Thank you, as I’m starting to get arthritis in my hands and it used to hurt quite a bit to blow dry my hair!


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