Friday, 9 May 2014

Rediscovering Curls – With BaByliss and John Frieda

Babyliss has rebooted a fondness for curling my hair. I’ve always loved curly, but found the effort necessary to get my locks suitably coiled really not worth it. My freshly tonged or crimped wavy hair would look fab, but one sleep later and I’d be left with a head full of lifeless limpness.

Then along came BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl. Now, with this nifty gadget, which I bought last summer, I can create precision curls that last me from one hair wash to the next (that’s around 4 days!)

Sadly, the same enthusiasm cannot be applied to styling products. If money were no object, I’d stock my shelves with nothing but Living Proof (or perhaps my new crush R+Co).  But I cannot justify spending £20 on a shampoo and even more on a styling cream for week-in week-out hair.

So, I’m constantly on a mission to find good value alternatives (especially with my frizz prone hair). I was recently given samples of some new John Frieda ‘Frizz Ease’ styling products to try, plus a BaByliss Boutique hairdryer. Let’s get curling…


John Frieda – Nourishing Oil Elixir (with argan oil)




What the label says:
- 2x frizz fighting power (of non conditioning shampoo)
- nourishes
- smoothes

I applied this to freshly washed hair (can be used on dry). It is a rich golden oil (reminded me of pouring honey) and smells fruity. I dispensed 3 pumps into my hand (instructions say one but I have a lot of hair), rubbed my hands together and applied ready for drying…

BaByliss Boutique Italian AC Dryer 2400

 Key features include:
- 2400W
- heat balancing ceramic technology
- Ionic technology for smoother hair
- 3 heat/2 speed settings (and true cold setting)
- 2.7m salon length power cord
- hanging loop
- removable rear filter
- thermal hair brush included

I really wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this. I have been a loyal user of Parlux Professional dryers for years. They are workhorses and loved by many professional stylists.

The BaByliss is more compact, though a tad heavier – perhaps because it  has a more powerful 2400w motor (my Parlux is 2000w). I plugged it in, set power and heat both to max and switched on.

Goodness. The oomph of this hairdryer took me by surprise, even in spite of the higher spec. My hair was dry within minutes and I didn’t need to switch to a lower heat, as I do with my Parlux. My hair never got hot once. Dry, my hair felt soft, silky, shiny and nourished – no frizz! Next step – style prep…

John Frieda: Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Creme Serum



What the label says:
- eliminates frizz
- repairs damage
- treats split ends
- nourishes

A multi-tasker, this crème serum can be applied to wet or dry hair. I chose to apply this next as it has thermal protection, vital if you are using seriously hot styling tools as I am about to. I dispensed 3 pumps into my hands, rubbed together and applied ready for curling...

BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl

 It’s a cinch to use. Simply load a small section of hair near the roots in to the device’s chamber and clamp together. Hair is drawn automatically in to the chamber. Next you’ll hear an audible beep. When it stops, release hair and bingo! – gorgeous bouncy curls. 


To finish the style, I loaded more John Frieda serum into my hands, rubbed them together and raked my fingers through my hair to loosen, define and hold the curls. Finito!

Last words

I’m totally in love with the hairdryer. My Parlux may be getting rather ancient but I wasn’t expecting such superior results from another dryer. Both John Frieda products are good affordable options for every day hair but of the two I prefer the serum because it does so much.

BaByliss Boutique Italian AC Dryer 2400 costs £70 and can be bought here. BaByliss Pro Perfect Curl is available at Sally Express for £149.99 here.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Nourishing Oil Elixir 100ml is available widely for £9.99 and the 50ml Frizz Ease Miraculous Recovery Crème Serum is currently on offer at Amazon for £5.98 here.
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  1. Gorgeous hair. I think John Frieda are great for helping produce great curls. x

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    1. Thank you. Such kind words. Yes, so much easier to create big and bouncy curls that keep their hold when you find the right products. Tx

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    1. Thank you. The BaByliss tools really are easy to use and do exactly what they say will do. Tx

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  3. Firstly love the curls and secondly John Frieda = great love their products.

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    1. Thank you Miranda. The John Frieda stuff is so reasonably priced. Love that! Tx

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  4. Lovely review and the John Freida products are good I use the frizz ease and its great.

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    1. Thank you. I love it when you find products that work :) Tx

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  5. What gorgeous curls. I really want the babyliss x

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    1. Thank you Karen. I really can't rave about the Pro Perfect Curl enough. BaByliss do a retail version called Curl Secret. It's about £20 cheaper than the Pro version but I honestly think it better to pay the extra. The Pro version has controllable curl direction which the Secret doesn't and it also has more heat settings. For the small extra you pay, I think it worth it. Tx

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  6. I would absolutely love the Perfect Curl, especially now that my hair is long enough for it to really look good, I will have to try and save the pennies to treat myself. Great review.

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    1. Thank you Sharon. The Perfect Curl is in a league of its own I think. Superb tool. No other curling wand or tong has come close to the performance of this. The curls really don't budge - well that's how it performs for me but it is universally loved, so I'm sure you'd love it too. Tx

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  7. These curls are so beautiful! The Perfect curl does a really great job :)

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    1. Thank you. It honestly is the best tool for curling that I have used ever. So easy and so effective. I know it's expensive but I don't begrudge what I paid for it one bit.

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  8. love this, I love the waves you can create by brushing the curls out x

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  9. It is so versatile with options to keep curls tight, comb them for waves or even brush them for a tailored smooth glam wave look.

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  10. Your hair looks fabulous! I adore the curls! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

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  11. Wow! What beautiful hair :)
    Love it ♥

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    1. Thank you. But I'd be lost without the tools LOL!

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