I made a vow in 2008 to one day master the art of big hair. After seeing Cheryl Cole on Xfactor every weekend, I had hair envy. My hair idol was born and I knew that one day I had to achieve the big hair look that she wears so well. Okay so fast forward five years, I have tried many hair tools, from bendy rollers that have left me looking more like Mrs Poodle than Miss Cole and trust me when I say that is not a good look. So I’ve tried many tools, and also many products. I have tried products that have left my hair feeling chalky not voluminous, sticky instead of bouncy and after attempting a bouncy blow dry.. I may of got a brush stuck in my hair. However after a few years of mishaps, I feel I finally have big hair down to a T. I mean it’s only taken five years.
Okay so you’re probably all going to know my hair tool of choice for big hair, the Enrapture Extremity Heated Rollers of course. I’ve had them for almost two years now (time flies when you’re having fun) and I really couldn’t live without them. Okay slight drama queen moment there, but it is pretty much true. These rollers create volume that you struggle to create with tools such as hair wands and straighteners. And if blow drying leaves you in a tangle, like it does with me, it does the job of all those hair tools in one. Although these rollers can leave you a little fingers and thumbs when you first start using them, once you have the hang of them they are really easy to use. I heat them up and once they reach the five bars, I switch them off. If you want your curls to last all night, leave them on five bars for longer so they’re hotter, but maybe invest in some gloves to put them in. I use the larger rollers for the volume, so they go in the roots of my hair, and the front section. I then use the smaller rollers on the lengths of my hair so it creates more of a curl. I then tend to leave them in whilst I’m doing my make up *usually 15/20* mins and off I go. Obviously for a night out you can leave them in for as long as you like, the longer the better. Just don’t try having a nap in them, they’re not very comfy.
So with the hair tool sorted, it’s also really important to get the products right when you’re trying to achieve big hair. Invest in a good hair spray; L’oreal Elnett is always a winner for me. But usually it’s what you apply to your hair pre styling that is the most important products. I’ve always been a big fan of dry shampoo, I mean it gives you extra time in bed cause it saves you washing your hair which is a winner for me. For nights out and days when I want my hair super big, I use Batiste’s XXL volume dry shampoo. It’s a bit of a love and hate product, love cause it makes your hair super big and hate it cause it can feel a bit chalky in your roots. I spray this to my roots, rub in and voila your a step there already. Then I have been using Bumble and Bumble’s thickening dry spun spray* it’s a thickening volume inducing hair spray. I tend to spray it through my roots and the length of my hair to create thickness and volume. It doesn’t leave my hair feeling chalky or dry.
Finally the brush you need for making your hair super big, is a dressing brush. Mine is from ghd, but you can also get them from denman from boots. A tail comb also does just a good job and probably is cheaper too! Use these to backcomb at the roots, if you want really, really big hair.
So there we have it, my favourite hair products and tools for creating big hair. I will be doing a step by step tutorial soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that 🙂 I hope you’re all good and have a great weekend!