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      07.10.2001 18:17
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      I bought the original Babyliss Straight and Shine 4 years ago and couldn't live without it! After 20 years of struggling with round brushes and trying to achieve the perfect salon style, this product has made it possible. I have recently purchased the new Babyliss Straight and Shine as I live in a hard water area and had neglected to use distilled water, so my old one had clogged up with limescale (my own fault). My advice would be not to try to straighten too much at one time and DO section it (invest in a packet of butterfly clips)! Also your hair should be practically dry before you start...it takes forever on wet hair. It is quite time consuming until you get the hang of it but, in my opinion, a lot easier than with a hairdryer and brush.

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        02.07.2001 17:56
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        Ok, a little description for the torture product: anyone can notice that this silly machine can straight to hairs at a time. No. I'm not exagerating, it's what we can call a travel styling product. That, of course, it's pointless to take to a holiday in the sea. Imagine! wild hair will not surrender to this little joke! It would laugh at it! Is not the looks of it what bothers me, is the useless of it. It can not even straight! So don't expect any shine in there because it can not even deal with it's first reason to be! It can not reach the appropiate temperature to do something, so although you use it once and again the curls won't go away. I'm not going to waist time talking about it system to give that unique shine to the hair because it doesn't exists. Maybe their name wasn't a fantasy one, but a real one! Maybe it's design for baby hair, people with already straight hair that want to play that they ae hairdressers! So don't even think spending money in this "thing", is going to be much quicker if you pull your curls and keep them like that for hours.

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        31.05.2001 03:08
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        Ive had the Babyliss Straight and Shine now for a few years. Ive never had any other, so maybe its absolute rubbish in comparison to others - I dont know! But I very much doubt it! Ive got your traditional "love to hate" hair, it is horrid (or at least I think it is!!). Its quite thick, wavy and generally goes frizzy at the thought of rain or drizzle outside! As for chlorinated swimming pools! - well you dont want to know! However, when my parents bought me this little gadget for my 15th birthday I was really chuffed! What it does is quite simple! You have 2 plates that heat up (they do get very hot too, so be careful on your neck and ears!). You also have this little tank that you can un-clip and fill up with water. Then once the plates have heated up (only takes a minute or so), you can start straigtening your hair. The tank of water allows squirts of water, or rather steam, out onto your hair which, apparantly, gives your hair extra shine and helps protect it. Like I said - ive only ever used this, so I dont know if that makes any difference what so ever! You simply have to run the plates down your hair from root to tip. That is it! You dont even have to press any buttons or anything to do the suirting steam thing - its all done automatically for you! After a while the plates do get VERY hot, after all my ear can tell you!! (It sounds impossible, but I can tell you - you're ear lobes get in the way!) :P Also, after, well with me about 10 minutes, your wrist starts to ache because the "level action" on the plates' handles are quite awkward to hold tight on the hair for any length of time. The overall effect is quite good. (Apart from at the back, which I can never reach properly!), however when I do have enough time [and patience] this little machine gets my hair straight all over! Considering you dont need to apply any harmful chemicals, spend a for
        tune at the hairdressers, this little machine is well worth the effort (and money!) It takes me about 20 minutes to get my hair straight all over, however thats when im in a rush! I doubt this product would work great on really curly hair, although im not sure. It would certainly help. If you want REALLY straight hair then you could always put some hair spray on, then straighten, then re-spray. However that really would fry your hair! Talking about frying of hair, if you're going to be using this product a lot, like once a day, then dont forget to keep the conditioners handy - otherwise you will end up with pretty dry and damaged hair. Having said that I give this product a whopping 9/10!!

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          21.05.2001 10:48
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          I have hair that has always had a natural kink in it, which is very annoying, as I prefer to have my hair to be very straight. Over the years I have tried everything from attempting to iron it straight or just blow-dry the kink out with my hair-dryer, but none have been totally successful. Then about 6 or 7 years ago, I started using the normal type of hair straightener’s, these helped a lot, but I found out they were actually ruining my hair and drying it out. Then about 2 years ago, I was bought a set of Babyliss Straight and Shine for a Christmas present. Since that day, I have never looked back, and have never had to resort to the drastic measures beforehand, as these straightener’s are superb. They actually make my hair appear sleeker and smoother, and also put a shine onto my hair. The Babyliss Straight and Shine comes with a comb attachment, which goes through your hair with ease, unlike the other type of straightener’s, which tend to drag and pull your hair, which causes the main damage to your hair. It is very easy to use these straighener’s, as they have a detachable water refill attachment, so you can fill it as much as you want. This enables the steam to work on your hair, giving it that superb shiny straight look. Babyliss Straight and Shine can be bought in most department stores or mail order catalogues, and they sell for around £16 to £18, which I find is superb value, and I would strongly recommend them to anyone.

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          14.05.2001 21:50
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          I bought my daughter one of these for her birthday last year and she had some fun with it for a while. She has really curly hair and like everyone with curls she wanted it straight, heavens knows why but what does a mother know about these things. You crimp your hair with it and it gives out a shot of steam to straighten it out. It took her about ten minutes to acquire the straight look but it did make her hair go very dry. She added some conditioner gloss the second time and it did improve the effect. I did tell her to read the instructions through first but she had to get straight in there. I had a bash on my locks then, well I love to play around with new gadgets don’t we all? It did smooth out my frizzy hair and it looked quite nice, but I wouldn’t use it everyday because it was too much messing about. I prefer to just whip my trusty ten-year-old hair dryer out and give my locks a quick blast for two minutes. For a night out to change your look then it is handy but used too often I think it would damage your hair and make it very dry and brittle even with the moisturiser gloss. You can buy one at most leading electrical retailer for £24.99 but I think it is expensive, especially when you might only use it twice and then stick it in a cupboard to gather dust.

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            17.04.2001 04:22
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            After buying this I realised what a stupid move it was. I had long, thick and wavy hair and this didnt straighten it! I handed it on to my sister who has long almost straight hair, which tended to only look on the thick side. It worked fine, it thinned her hair considerably and after using the smoothing attachment it gave her hair an extra shine. Don't buy this if you have hair like me. I'd suggest you go to your nearest salon and pay that bit extra for the REAl professional straightners! I did and they really work. What made me laugh though was the ones I bought were babyliss and the professional ones you can get from some salons are babyliss too, yet the different is amazing, and its really conning the general public. Straight n shine costs around £20 and to be fair there a waste of your money. It takes about an hour to straighten your hair, in tiny sections and the straightens gave me blisters, the affect is short lived, if you get any affect at all!

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              31.01.2001 05:42
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              This product seems to have received mixed reviews, so I thought that I should write about my experience with it. I first used my housemates set of staighteners, and she had bought hers after borrowing her sister's pair. I was most impressed. After straightening a friend's hair before a christmas ball, she bought a set too, as well as my sister, and her friends too. All in all it has become a bit of a phenomenon. They seemed to work excellently, so I decided to get a set myself, as I thought that they were reasonably priced. Yet when I used my set for the first time, it started pulling my hair, and as they got hotter, on some occassions boiling hot water drips down your neck. This is not the most pleasant experience, especially if you use them first thing in the morning... it can make you feel quite irritable and grumpy. Having had experience with quite a few of these 'straight and shine plus' it really seems to be the luck of the draw whether you get a good set or a painful set. The overall result, when you get through the pain barrier, is good, but I think that the product will only work successfuly on wavy hair, rather than curly hair. My overall view on this product is that beauty certainly comes at a painful price for some. Hold on to your receipts!

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              08.01.2001 06:12
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              If you are really desperate to get your hair straighter, then the Straight 'n' Shine will make some difference. But unless you have pretty short hair that's quite willing to be sculpted, you'll be standing there a very long time. The device requires that you clamp the hotplates over your frizz, squeezing and releasing as you run them throughout your hair. Since this means your arm hangs there at an awkward angle while your fingers constantly grasp the plates, be warned: your arm will be aching. Whether all this is actually good for your hair is debatable. There's an option to pour water into a little detachable case that attaches to the plates and then releases steam as you straighten your hair, which helps flatten and sleeken (is that a word?) it. But if you start to think about it, is it really right to *steam* hair? Let's be honest here, this is an iron. The marketing may have moved on from the sixties trend of literally ironing out unruly locks, but the principle's just the same. And this thing gets so hot that if you were to use it every day, your hair might not end up in the greatest condition. But it's not just about the long-term - if it can make the insecure love our hair for even a short while, it's got something special. Ultimately, it's a good investment for those with short, wavy hair who get a thrill out of making it sleek (I really doubt it can dramatically alter curly, as opposed to wavy, hair). I find it most useful just for flattening the pieces of hair at the front, since it would just take too long to do the whole head - especially since your hair needs to be pretty dry before you even start straightening it. One more thing - it's nice to style your hair in perfect silence rather than with the noise you get from a hairdryer. This makes the Straight 'n' Shine a non-intrusive addition to any bathroom. But for one final drawback - it does get very hot indeed a
              nd I never can think where to put it once I'm finished with it and it feels like it's going to burn anything it touches...

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              22.12.2000 02:30

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              This product is supposed to straighten and shine hair. I decided to buy one as my hair is straight but not completely. It is a crimper with a little bottle type thing on the end which you can take off to fill up with water. You use it on dry hair. You are supposed to be able to use it with the water bottle off but I found it was no good, and when the water bottle was on it did not do any better then. Also when you are straightening you hair the water skirts out like it does on an iron and scalds your neck. Not very nice.

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              05.12.2000 06:06
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              I have quite dry and damaged hair which tends to go really really wavy and a bit frizzy. I have used these Babyliss strightners for about 2 years and they work wonders! The steam prevents your hair from drying out which is the last thing my hair needs!! The smoothing attachment makes your hair shine and finishes it off. The straightners are easy to use really work. I would be lost without these!! The only downside to them is that they do get very hot and you have to be very careful not to burn yourself, especially if your hair is very short.

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                02.10.2000 01:59

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                YOU MAY THINK I AM EXAGERATING WHEN I SAY THIS IS THE BEST HAIR PRODUCT THAT I HAVE EVER USED, BUT THIS IS THE TRUTH! AS A FOLLOWER OF HAIR FASHION IN THE PAST I HAVE USED MANY PRODUCTS TO TRY AND GET 'THE' HAIRSTYLE JUST RIGHT. I NEVER GOT TO HAVE THAT SILKY CURLY HAIR WHICH PRODUCTS PROMISED. I TRIED THE ROLLERS, THE BENDY HEAT CURLERS, SCRUNCHING, CURLING TONGS.....NOTHING GAVE ME 'THE' LOOK! HOWEVER, NOW THINGS HAVE CHANGED AND WE ALL NOW WANT SLEEKY, SHINEY, STRAIGHT HAIR.....AND THIS PRODUCT GIVES YOU EXACTLY THAT. IT STRAIGHTENS YOUR HAIR BEUTIFULLY AND DOESN'T DAMAGE THE HAIR AS THE STEAM HELPS STRAIGHTEN, BUT ALSO WORKS AS A BARRIER BETWEEN THE HEATING IRONS....SO YOUR HAIR ALSO ENDS UP VERY SHINEY AND LOOKING EXTREMELY HEALTHY. BUY IT!

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                17.07.2000 16:00
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                If your hair is longer than 3 inches long, don't bother with this painful product. I have hair down to my bra strap and it's also got that slight curl that is just really annoying, therefore i have about 4 different types of straightners. This is one i do and will not use anymore. For some unknown reason, they decided to add little combs on one side, referring to their website they are apparently 'removable de-tangling comb guides hair through keeping hair taut for best results' ~ No, that's not it, they are for your hair to get caught up in and for ripping it out! I took the comb off, to try without, but it is still pants, it takes an age to warm up and the metal plate is about 1/2 inch wide so it takes about 4 hours to do your whole head. The water bit at the top holds about a teaspoonfull of water, which if you forget to empty, goes green within 2 days! Stick with the cheapest straightner you can find, it will do the job as well as this product ~ or of course, you could try using the iron! (honestly, this works with a teatowel!)

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                  09.07.2000 03:13
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                  I too have very wavy hair and i hate it. It is also quite thick. The straightener is a god send in the morning when my fringe sticks to my face or curls up. In just 5 minutes the straightener is at the right temperature and gets my hair just how i want it. In no time at all. It will easily fit in my bag also. The straightner uses gas, this lasts quite long and doesn't cost that much! It makes my hair silky smooth and de-frizzes it after being exposed to rain.

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                  03.07.2000 22:26
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                  What do you buy for the teenager with everything? Hey, I thought (after seeing a pretty impressive ad promising amazing hairstyles) that's just the jobby for a fashion conscious babe, and so easy to use. Wrong! You fill up a fiddly little thing with water and then try to re-attach it to the flat thing that's supposed to straighten your hair - a feat in itself. Turn it on and then - the really tricky bit wish you were a contortionist as you try to hold this thing at the right angle to actually hold your hair. Unless you've got the grip of a boa constrictor the hair slips straight out. I'm sure there must be a knack, but I didn't bother to find out what it was - life's too short. Needless to say, it went back!

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                    01.07.2000 21:19
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                    Resillient, stubborn and wiry hair deserves punishment! These thick frizzy strands are driving me crazy! You can never win them, you can't disown them, cos wearing a wig in such windy weather in the UK will make you a super star on the high street when the wind decides to be more active. So what can I say. All I need to do is spend about 25 pounds for a BabyBliss hair Straightener. My frizzy hair has no choice but to succumb to the volcanic heat when then super hot plates iron it from head to toe. And yeap, i mean super hot, so better watch out! My Babybliss is not so cruel after all. It has a steam system that emits hot steam to moisturise the hair. The only drawback is the steam would stop working when you don't plug it at the right position. It demands a lot of your patience to get it plugged properly. Another tips. This product is more suitable for you gals with longer hair. You need a roller brush for a shorter hair.

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                  A hair straightener with steam mist to protect hair and improve straightening