I AM a dedicated devotee of Babyliss – ever since I discovered their Big Hair styler which has basically saved me from styling disasters ever since I got my hands on one.
You can imagine that I was very excited to try out one of their new stylers, the Smooth and Wave Secret that follows in the footsteps of their Curl Secret but with added straightening powers.
Confused? Let me explain. With the Smooth and Wave Secret, one side of the styler grabs your hair and whizzes it up in the barrel. Hold it for a few seconds while it beeps away and then release the hair leaving a perfectly formed wave/curl. Amazing!
The other side automatically squirrels away the hair into the barrel but as you pull the hair out you smooth it out, leaving you with a poker straight section of hair.
This is different to a traditional straightener or GHD as there’s no option for creating a little wave or volume when straightening, it really does give you super flat hair as promised.
The styler is £130, and as my hair grows I think I’ll be using it more and more. It’s time-intensive as you have to section of small centimetre-sized pieces of hair to curl, and therefore curl them later by layer.
Top top – I also made sure I used a few handfuls of a strong hold mousse, like this one called Big Head from the Bed Head range by Tigi, when my hair was damp so that when I dried off my hair with a dryer it had some stiffness and hold in it before I attempted to curl it.
Straightener-side wise, I love the effect I can get with my wide paddled GHD. I like a little bit of volume and bounce even with straightened hair so will be using this tool for curling only.