Love that body! Cheryl and Stacey prove big is back

Cheryl Cole is the queen of big hair, but it's easy to replicate if you know which products to use

Apart from the fact that big hair is de rigueur trend-wise, it’s an absolute style essential at Christmas, the only time of year when we can all go all-out on glamour.

And the current queen of big hair is Cheryl Cole, who looks to have been passing on style tips to Stacey Solomon, as both dominate The X-Factor with beautiful barnets full of body and bounce.

As usual, we’ve been road testing the best beauty products to see which give the best results and we’ve found the stylers guaranteed to turn the flattest hair into the fullest.

Here’s our top three which, used together, are unbeatable at building body:

Redken Body Full Carbo-Bodifier, £14.45, is our favourite volumising mousse of the moment. It’s specially made for baby fine hair and apparently contains carbohydrates to bulk up flat hair.

It’s not cheap, but it does last a long time and results are reliable. The range is being relaunched in January and Carbo will be replaced with Instant Bodifier, which will contain wheat extract, cotton and soya protein to add volume to hair.

Garnier Fructis Style Extreme Hold Gel, £2.80, is amazing at giving great hold, helping shape hair and building loads of body, without making hair sticky or hard (OK, it won’t exactly feel silky soft, either, but it won’t look as though it’s filled with gel). We’ve been fans of this product for years.

John Frieda Thickening Blow Dry Lotion, £5.49, is the gentlest of the three, so can be used on its own if you just want a little oomph and to combat static – and it doesn’t affect shine.

But it adds the final touch to roots when used with the mousse and gel - and the John Frieda Luxurious Volume shampoo and conditioner are great, too.