L’Oreal Studio Line Hot & Big Heat Protect Spray, €5.99. Press samples featured. Disclosure policy here.
If you thought my hair was big before, you should see it now that I’m using the new L’Oreal Studio Line Hot & Big Heat Protect Spray. It’s massive. The highest part of my hair is obscured by clouds.
Like its straightening sister, Hot & Big is a styling spray that you use with your hair dryer. In this case, you apply it liberally and flip your hair over (a bit like yer wan from The Ring) to dry it upside down.
It’s a light, fine mist. I heap it on haven’t had issue with lingering scent, residue or extra weight. Some areas feel a little bit stiff, but only just. It’s not like the crispy crunch you get from hairspray or mousse, and I’m only mentioning over it because I’m neurotic about jamming every detail ever into my reviews.
After a blast of the dryer, my hair is huge. Lift starts right at the root, so there’s no mushroom effect or puffiness. It looks like natural volume, only higher. Seriously, much higher. I put a picture up on Instagram, where only a bit of my hair fit into the frame.
In real life, lots of my friends have commented on my ‘new’ hair, which says a lot about how dramatic the boost is (they usually wouldn’t even notice if I was on fire, wearing a Shrek mask and singing hymns).
Day one is best, but volume carries on until the second. That’s when I have to wash my curly hair, because it’ll be more knotted than a scout’s practice rope. I’d imagine, if your hair isn’t rat king, you’ll get the promised three days out of it.
If want volume, there’s not a product I’ve tried that I’d recommend ahead of this. Take note of the name too, if you’re interested in it. This one is called L’Oreal Studio Line Hot & Big Heat Protect Spray. There’s another version in similar packaging that’s for fast drying, not volume. I’ve mixed ’em up, so be careful!