Before I discovered GHD's, I had a series of different hair straighteners that I tried, these being the most recent ones which I leave at my static caravan (in case of emergencies).
I cant quite remember where I purchased these from, I do recall though that I think I paid around £30 at the time and it would have been from somewhere such as Argos (this would have been several years ago as I have had my new straighteners for quite a while now). Having a quick look online shows me that these retail now for around £20 and are available from places such as Amazon, Tesco's Argos etc.
The straighteners are black and are standard length and measure around 21cm long, the widest part of the straighteners is at the plates which are about 3cm (these are slim-line straighteners). The straighteners are quite slim and lightweight so are ideal to take with you when going away, I also find because they are slim-line, it is easy to style my hair as it doesn't make my arms ache and it is easy to straighten even the shortest sections of my hair. The cord isn't very long, probably only around 1meter which is a bit of a nightmare but it does rotate 360 degrees at the base which helps to prevent the cord from twisting which I like because I hate it when you have to spend 10 minutes undoing knots.
On the casing the straighteners around the plates is covered in black felt, this is supposed to allow you to hold the straighteners but I actually find that this is a pretty useless feature as I would never need or want to hold my straighteners at that part.
When the straighteners are plugged in, there is an on/off switch which starts heating the plates up, to the side of this there is a red light on the handle which illuminates which I like as it lets me know whether I have left these turned on or not. The switch is easy to operate one handed which is idea when I style my hair. Once the straighteners have been turned on, the plates heat up fairly quickly too, because they are ceramic coated, they don't tend to get as hot as ceramic plates (but still hot enough to burn my fingers as I found out in the early days).
So far, everything seems quite good about the straighteners, the problem for me is really the results that they deliver; according to the instructions, you should straighten small sections at a time, which is great if you have short hair but my hair is below my shoulders, thick and curly so it takes and absolute nightmare to use. I also find that I have to go over the same area several times to get that sleek look so getting ready in a morning used to be an absolute nightmare and the whole styling process used to take around an hour.
Once I have finished straightening, I also find that it doesn't take much for my hair to start getting 'big' again and I can guarantee that by the end of the day, my hair looks unruly and frizzy again which is a nightmare. I remember when I used to use these for nights out clubbing, I used to have to start getting ready at about 4 o clock in the afternoon and by 2 o clock in the morning, it looked like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards!
Because the plates are ceramic coated, I have noticed now that the coating is starting to come away, this means that when I use them on my hair, it seems to damage my hair by causing it to break which is never a good thing. Although I have had these for years, I am still disappointed with this aspect as to be honest; they haven't had that much use because I had my GHD's not long after.
Although for me, these just aren't strong enough, my mum sometimes uses them when she comes to stay in the caravan, and she has fairly straight hair and actually likes them.
Overall, for the price, these aren't too bad and if you have fairly straight hair, they may be OK but I don't think I would recommend and for that reason, I would only give 2 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
We bought a hair straightener and got a cardboard box containing the hair straightener and a manual. The manual contains information about using the device. Cautions and warnings that you should take into account etc. This manual is written in English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Polish, Czech and Turkish
This hair straigthener does not have many features. There is an on / off button, no temperature control but a light that turns on when it is on. A cord 200 cm long which is long enough for me.
Inside are two ceramic plates that heat up to 215 degrees and provide a constant temperature. These plates are made of Ceramic Nano Titanium which is very smooth and thus can be easily used straigthening your hear. It Heats up very quickly to temperature namely in 1min and 30 sec.
The exterior is insulated and velvety; the heating element will never be hotter than 215 °C.
The hair must be dry before you can style. You plug the device in and after 1min and 30 sec it has reach the temperature and you can start. You don't really need a manual to figure out how to use the hair straightener and you can easily style your hair. I normally only have to do one layer one time but sometimes it need to times. You only have to squeeze gently to press the hair between the heated plates.
When you are done you need to unplug it and then leave it for a while before putting it away so that it can cool down. It's a very basic hair straightener and there is nothing fancy about it. I bought it for three years and think I got two years guarantee with it. The hair straightener works for me and for that reason four stars.
I love doing my hair and find it a really relaxing and pampering experience, as I have mentioned in my previous review, I own a pair of GHD straighteners, because the GHD's are so expensive however, I like to keep a cheap pair in the house that I can take with me on holidays or on nights away, just in case I lost my GHD's or they broke in my suitcase.
After doing a little bit of research I decided to buy these Babyliss straighteners, partly because they were very cheap and partly because they have lots of great features that are similar to the GHDs.
These straighteners heat up to 210oC at their hottest, which is quite impressive for a cheaper pair of stylers.
They also have ceramic coated plates, which stops hair from becoming frizzy and reduces the risks of hair splitting.
They also come with a 3 year guarantee, I have had mine for just over a year and they haven't broken yet, though it's nice to know if they stop working or fault, I can get a new pair sent to me.
I think that these are a really good pair of straighteners, however, I do think that the GHD's are much better quality and much easier to use, I find the Babyliss straighteners very chunky and they make it quite fidgety to use sometimes.
Also my hair is quite thick and I find sometimes it can take quite a while for these straighteners to work though my hair, they are definitely not as good or as fast as the GHD's however, with a little bit of perseverance, the job does eventually get done and they are much cheaper than GHD's.
You cannot do any curling styles with these stylers, though I have a curling wand at home so this doesn't really bother me.
Price and Availability
These are a very cheap pair of stylers, they cost just £10 in Debenhams at the moment, I picked mine up for £20 in BnM last year, so it's probably best to shop around for these if you want a good deal.
I think that these straighteners are great value, they do not have the same quality standards as my GHD's, though they do cost one tenth of the price of them, and they still straighten my hair and do their job, even if it does take a little longer. These are the perfect straighteners for me to take travelling and away with me when I stay over in different places. Overall I would give these straighteners 4 out of 5 stars.
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When ever I go on holiday the last few years I always buy myself a cheap pair of hair straighteners before I actually go. The last few years I've lost so many pairs on holidays that I've stopped taking my expensive ones with me. I always used to have problems with cheap straighteners that they would never heat enough and I'd never get the results I was looking for.
That was until I came across the Babyliss 2025HU professional slim ceramic straightening iron on Amazon. With an RRP of £19.99 I only actually paid a partial £12.99 for these and as they were quite cheap they seemed to fit the bill in case I was to lose them on holiday. Of course they do not give me the same performance as my Remington straighteners but as they cost a whole £50 less I never expected them to.
One of the problems I've had in the past is the straighteners not reaching a hot enough temperature to actually do anything to my hair. My hair can be quick think and curls quite a bit if it dries when it is wet. So I was quite surprised that these reached a temperature that not only got to grips with the thickness of my hair but also got hot enough to give me a finished result I was very happy with.
It normally takes me about 15 minutes for these to really do the job on my hair. At times I wish I hate my friend Lindsey's hair as hers is always done so much quicker. They have a cool to touch, heat resistant fabric on the outside that makes them easy to handle. The automatic temperature control really helps to get the straighteners to a temperature that really gets results.
For a cheap pair of straighteners these really do a good job. They aren't a pair I would personally use on a daily basis for work but for a holiday or the odd night out they are brilliant. Thankfully this time I didn't lose them but if I were to I'd happily buy another pair of the same.
I have thick wavy hair and i like to have my hair straight and thin.. what i like about these ones is that you can only go over the hair once or twice and its done..saves so much time..They heat up in under 60 seconds and cool down very quickly. I comes with a heat proof mat which is good as you can put them on that and not worry bout your surfaces.
How to use
Comb all hair- hair MUST be dry...clip up all hair with the section clips provided but take a small section at the bottom..straighten that hair and comb..Go over the hair twice if you have curly thick hair...work you way up..
I got really good results with this..hair looks great... shiney and silky..BUT this was the first few weeks..i did straighten my hair alot..and after a while my hair looked dry and didnt give that same finish..i do reccomend that you buy heat protecting spray as this gets really hot..and dont use this all the time..maybe once a week and your hair will look nice...using this a lot will ruin you hair like it did mine..
A nice straightner with big plates which means you can do more hair and that really does save you time..the on/off button is at the top...this is a lil annoying as when your straightning it switches off..theres also a light at the to to tell you if its on or off
I got mine for £40 on amazon..but that was a year ago..i think they are around £30 now..which is much cheaper than GHDs
good overall results if you dont use them all the time...my tip would be not to put them on such a high setting...I was happy with them
Professional Slim Ceramic Straightening Irons /