REVIEW: BaByliss Curl Secret

BaByliss Curl Secret

This is going to be short and sweet. BaByliss Curl Secret does work brilliantly, but on me, the curls looked absolutely ridiculous.

The BaByliss Curl Secret has pioneering Auto Curl™ technology to effortlessly create beautiful curls with long-lasting effect.

Hair is automatically drawn gently into the ceramic curl chamber where it is softly held and gently heated from all directions to form a curl.

It is an (overly) expensive piece of kit, although I bought mine cheaper than the recommended £120.00 price back in November, during Black Friday week. But then again, didn’t most of us splash out over £100 on our GHDs? It shows how much we’re willing to pay for technology to make our life easier, especially when it comes to our hair.

Back in the 80s, when poker straight hair was considered boring and old-fashioned, everyone had huge and scrunched i.e. curly, hair. I wore mine up in a banana clip – smooth at the sides and scrunched in the centre, held in place with a can and a half of Rock Hard (that might’ve been the brand name), hair spray. This style looked great on me, although it was impossible for anyone to look bad in the eighties, we were all in the same garish boat – it was the best of times.

Anyway, when those loose wave styles aka wavy gravy, were all over the place a couple of years ago, I bought the BaByliss Boutique Soft Waves Styler. Frustratingly, I just couldn’t master it and the styler now resides in our gadget graveyard, keeping my George Foreman Grill and Carmen Heated Rollers company.

I bought Curl Secret thinking that my fine hair would easily make the curls drop, and I’d be left with the gorgeous waves I’ve always longed for.

It’s extremely easy and straightforward to use, I followed an excellent, no frills tutorial (below) by Sinead, from The MakeupChair, and got the technique down after a few false starts, although I found the back tricky.

My hair did get stuck in the chamber a couple of times and I felt a fluttering of panic, but it soon releases it.

When using Curl Secret, you can’t apply any hair product first (it would gunk up the insides), so I naturally assumed my curls wouldn’t hold. So wrong! Even waiting for only 3 beeps, my hair curled up into tight bouncy ringlets.

Giving them time to drop, I spent 40 minutes doing my make up (I can do a reasonable job in 10, but Mark never needs to know this). Afterwards, the curls were still looking fairly robust, so I applied a couple of drops of heavy-duty Josh Wood Radiant Shine Oil through the lengths.

No word of a lie, the curls held solid. Nothing, NOTHING would flatten them. I had to actually go out that night looking like a cross between Shirley Temple and Baby Jane (if you don’t know who they are, then Google is your friend, dear younger readers ). I knew I looked awful, I spent the entire car journey tugging at my super shiny, super curly, hair, luckily, it was only the cinema.

I didn’t wash my hair the next day, yet the curls of evil held on tight.


Curl Secret is an amazing hair gadget, it’s just not for me. My hair is slightly below shoulder length, but because of the long layers, the curls were short and springy. I think Curl Secret works best on longer hair – regardless of age.

I’ve carefully packed it away and because it’s only been used once, I will pass it on to my long-haired cousin – my expensive loss is her gain!

BaByliss Curl Secret £120.00  sell a pink version with 2 heat settings for £80.00

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