Product Type: Babyliss Beard & Hair Trimmer
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Babyliss Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
Member Name: Nar2
Babyliss Nose & Ear Hair Trimmer
Date: 08/08/07, updated on 08/08/07 (1138 review reads)
Advantages: Small, compact, easy to use, easy to clean.
Disadvantages: The looks - it looks like a sex toy!
My boss asked me when I was ever going to trim my nose hairs. They were only viewable whenever I smiled and even more so if I thought something was hilarious and the hairs peeked out of my nostrils at the same time to say hello.
I have been in the market for an ear and nose trimmer for some time. I havenít been able to find anything that looks like a quality product other than a Remington model coming in between £15 and £20-00
A friend suggested then that I should try out a shop called Sally Beauty Supplies. This shop usually sells all kinds of professional hair shampoos as well as acrylic nail kits and varnishes etc that you can buy at half the cost that most nail bars charge for the artistry and time needed. You can even get a trade card if you are eligible at the till.
** Rivals **
Armed with this information I found a local outlet in Greenockís shopping mall, the Oak Mall. There were cheaper alternatives on display plus a manual scissor that you can buy if you really want to be daring. Personally ever since I was three years old and had a pencil shoved up my nose by mistake which made it bleed, I havenít really put anything other than a tissue near or inside my nose!! Of the rivals that do exist, two makers such as Remington and JMB sell ďhygienic trimmers,Ē which are of the small shaver bar types. Both currently come in under £10-00 but these models are DRY only which means that they canít be washed under a tap to ensure that all the hair has completely gone. The next model upwards from Remington that can be used ďwet/dryĒ comes in at £15-99
This model is priced at £11-99 including VAT.
** Babyliss Nose & Ear Trimmer Model 7010**
Most products like these have a small toothed shaver arrangement similar to a beard trimmer but I donít like the idea of putting something like that near my nose. The fact that this little product came in a box which had a big green sign on it displaying ďConvenient & Safe,Ē quelled my fears almost immediately.
It doesnít look like a small beard trimmer but it does have a small dome shape which is suitable for even the biggest of nostrils. The product comes with a safety acrylic lid which could be lost after some time unless you put it down in a safe place and put it back once you have used the machine.
This high tech silver gadget could almost look like an adult toy! A shame really as if it was black in colour, it could almost look quite classy and understated. Hand grips are already built into the design so that it cannot slip out of the hand when using it and there is a picture of a man on this blue and green box supporting the idea that it can be used on the nose and ears.
**Using the Product**
The Babyliss doesnít do anything out of the ordinary but the fact that it only uses an AA battery to supply its power ensures that this item is not at all bulky. The Remington rivals currently on sale at Index are bulky to hold and to store away but in terms of size, this is rather like a small travel shaver, or in terms of height about 7 inches. What I do like about the fact that it has the wet/dry feature means that this product can be washed under a running water tap. I also like the fact that the shaver can be held like using a pen. I also use this for getting rid of ear hair too as well as trimming my eyebrows Ė anywhere that has overgrown or unwanted hair, this little gadget is good at getting rid of.
Battery life depends on how often you use the shaver but in general since owning this for the last three months I have only used one Duracell AA battery type. Please note that the shaver does not come with a battery included.
** Cleaning The Machine **
To get into the blade area, simply twist the head until it comes off revealing the blade. This blade is very light to touch and since it is permanently fixed and uses a spring to ensure that each hair gets a cut, you cannot hope to cut your finger. I have noticed that there has been no decrease in cutting time even when the blade area is full of hair. I have only ever washed the blade since I bought it since I just usually blow away any unwanted hair thatís trapped in the blade canal.
** How Does It Feel?**
Closer inspection reveals that this blade spins when you put the head back on and that the head cover (the part that goes into the nostril) itself is serrated which, when put into the nose, the hairs grab onto the blade and are cut down. I didnít feel as if my hairs were being pulled at all when this machine was used. It does feel safe thanks to its circular cutting system and thanks to its size it does feel convenient. Less than a minute for both nostrils and all the hair is gone.
There is no sensation that I can feel when this is cutting nose hair, no picking and importantly no pulling. The machine just has a little buzz to it when you put it into your nose or ear. Iíve found that itís excellent for unwanted overgrown eyebrow hair Ė which this machine isnít really for but thanks to its pen like shape you can hold it against the eyebrow without any fear that it will shave away all the hair. You simply point the machine to the affected area and it gets rid of the hair.
** The Manual **
The manual is a small booklet and has 13 different languages including English. Other languages such as Norwegian, Greek and Russian indicate that this machine is probably sold worldwide. 3 diagrams on the front cover in black and white show the shaver unit, the first diagram showing how to put the battery in, the second diagram showing how to lock the head in place and the last diagram showing how to clean the blade (by putting the blade under a running tap) Itís a very simple process.
The manual does warn not to take the whole unit into the bathroom and never to immerse the whole unit into water.
** Any Downsides? **
The only thing I donít like about this machine is its black plastic silver casing. Frankly it looks like a dildo! Around the flip up/down slide switch for power on and off, you can see that the silver body is black plastic but for the price I am not complaining. Babyliss are a well respected maker of personal care products and this is one to add to the list.
** Conclusion **
If like me you are worried about putting machines up your nose and into your ears to get rid of hair, then this could be the gadget for you. I love the fact that itís thin and portable as it means that I can take it on holiday with me. The circular cutting system ensures that hair is cut and without worry. All in all, Iím glad that I made this purchase. I have kept my receipt as well as the product comes with a 1 year guarantee. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2007.
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Summary: Quick and easy appliance for pesky hairs!