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      16.02.2004 02:12
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      • "takes ages to get hair reasonably straight"

      Firstly- I am suprised that this striaghtener has got so many good reviews. I have wavy hair which isn't too thick- but doesn't look very nice if i leave it in a natural style. I always used to wear my hair up- until my hair dresser told me about hair straighteners. I went down to my local store were I first laid eyes on these. It looked great and didn't break the bank at only £25.99. When I tried them the results weren't too dissapointing. The steam came out as a little trickle of hot water and it took me well over half an hour to get my whole hair to a reasonably straight state. I went to bed (as I had washed my hair that night and decided to straighen it then) and the next morning my hair was near enough close to what it was naturally. The only straight section was my fringe. Never the less I let them heat up again that morning and did my hair again until it was reasonably straight. By the end of the day it was back to normal. I was quite disappointed- and I couldn't take them back since they were used. But at least when I did straighten my hair it looked better than normal (while it lasted.) I thought part of the problem may be the steam. So I removed the water capsule that held the water that turned into steam- and the results were alot better. But still not perfect. My hair got in bad condidtion quickly and looked dull and lifeless so i decided to invest in some hair tool ceramic straighteners. They were and still are brilliant- they make your hair shiny and poker straight unlike the Babyliss straighteners. And the results last for a couple of days. They cost £35 (ebay)- which is quite a baragain because they can retail for around £80. They are the best things I have brought in a long time- and are worth your money. To sum up The Babyliss hair straighteners do not do as the blurb on the back of the box promises, the results do not last long and riun your hair. Not once have they made my hair shiny- which you
      would think they would. Especially with the name 'straight and shine'.

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        06.01.2004 22:19

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        rubish - Advantages: steam, quick heat up - Disadvantages: causes split ends, bulky

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        26.11.2003 18:21
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        skip this first bit to be able to read the review with capital letters intact. The cabin on our Russian river cruise was described as 'Compact. I could tolerate this inconvenience apart from one glaring omission on the part of the cabin designer. The only mirror was in the shower room-wet room-toilet above the minute hand basin. There was a shaver socket but dire warnings about using a hair drier with this socket as this could possibly fuse the power in the whole ship. Consequently I was forced to blow dry my hair in the compact cabin using a small hand mirror balanced on a tiny shelf above the only available power plug. I couldn't see a thing and had to direct the drier by instinct. This proved to be disastrous as I held the drier far too close to my hair and I smelt burning follicles more than once. However, the damage was done. Ever since then, leaving my hair to dry naturally leaves it frizzy looking and curls going every which way and completely out of control. Blow drying has proved no better as my hair feels dry and brittle no matter how careful I was. No amount of intensive conditioners has improved the look or texture of my hair. I like to have the choice of two looks. One left naturally curly and bouncy and the other sleek and straight and neither worked. What was I to do? My past experiences as a professional hairdresser have left me very dubious about using any form of electric hair straighteners because of the direct contact with the hair. There were many instances of scorched and damaged hair. Nevertheless, I had read some glowing reports about the latest breed of steam enhanced ceramic plated hair straighteners but the cost of the most sought after brand seemed exorbitant. Lately, the online beauty forum I regularly read was full of praise for the latest BaByliss 'Straight & Shine' steam condi
        tioning straighte ner (With extra shot of steam) with ceramic coated non-stick plates to glide ultra-smoothly through the hair. Further information revealed that the BaByliss hair product was around £30.00,a far more reasonable price than the original brand I'd read about, and indeed I bought them for £29.00 in my high street Superdrug store. I've been through the mill with technology over the last few weeks and was immediately put off the BaByliss steam straighteners because the two closely written columns explaining how to use them looked quite formidable. As regaining any quality concerning my hair is less retrievable in case of an accident than installing a new technology into my computer I was very wary indeed. I read the instructions thoroughly as there are little felt-like wicks that have to be positioned correctly and the instructions were very explicit. My fears were allayed as the steam straighteners work very simply and efficiently. A small reservoir is filled with water and then the appliance is plugged in to the power. The ceramic plates heat up very quickly. The steam straighteners are light and comfortable to grip and control. Simply section off dry or just slightly damp hair and, beginning from the underneath back sections, just glide the straighteners along the shaft of the hair from the root to the tip section by section. Let the sections cool before disturbing again or re-doing. I work all over my hair from the back upwards using the smoothing comb attachment which guides the Straight & Shine through my hair by holding the section of hair taut. Once done then simply slide the smoothing comb off and slide on a second attachment called a Hi-Shine. This does what it says-it polishes the hair by smoothing the cuticle to ensure as much gloss and shine as possible. Cursed as I was with uncontrollable kinks and fly away ends the smooth and soft results are amazing. Not only does my hair look good but my hair feels
        good too. A full tank of wate r in the reservoir produces steam for about twenty five minutes. My hair is an all one length bob and thick. This Straight & Shine process takes about ten minutes and uses about half the water. My main concern was the direct contact of the heated ceramic plates onto the hair shaft and my memories of the past and resultant hair damage. It appears that the narrow ceramic plates don't clamp onto the hair as in some straightening appliances as they are non-stick but give the user maximum control to move the plates on and certainly aren't damaging my hair at all. An extra Shot of Steam can be applied to areas of the hair that need more than one straightening run through, although BaByliss warn the user not to be over zealous with this function as excessive Shots of Steam can cause hot water to be emitted. Mmm! Scalded scalp? No thank you. The Straight & Shine can be used without steam but I won't do that as I believe the steam is a very important factor in the conditioning process. My aim was for straight hair but by using the appliance as a brush it is possible to turn the hair under to achieve a curved bob as well as reversing the brush to attain bouncy flick-ups. I am trying to imagine using these on short layered hair and wonder if the heated plates would be rather close to the scalp in order to get a grip on the hair section and perhaps proving a little uncomfortable I shampoo and condition my hair two or three times a week. The BaByliss straight and shine effect looks well after a night's sleep and will happily go through two days without kinking up and misbehaving. Stroking my hands over my hair as I type this is a pleasure as it feels smooth, strong and weighty with no hint of frizz and dryness. There are times inbetween shampoos that an unwanted kink can appear. Don't worry. Fill the reservoir with water and straighten them out. The usual maintenance of this electrical ap
        pliance is required as in a steam iron. To prevent scaling in the reservoir use de-ionised water and they advise operating the appliance once in a while with vinegar and water to prevent the steam vents from scaling up and there is also a contactable Customer Care Line. The BaByliss 'Straight & Shine' steam conditioning straightener (With extra shot of steam) with ceramic coated non-stick plates is a superb product. They have certainly made my life a lot easier and happier with no apparent damage. Here's hoping that 'Bad Hair Days' remain a thing of the past and no more 'Compact' cabins for me!

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          05.11.2003 21:00
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          • "Litle plastic comb does nothing"

          This was the first straightener that i owned when the straightening craze first started.I thought the straightener itself looked really nice and was impressed with the premise that steam would add condition and aid straightening. Well,it didnt work as well as I had originally hoped.The plates are really difficult to get to grips with as you have to force them down yourself to clamp them together.After a while this really hurts!It took me about half an hour to straighten one side of my hair and my hair is not that thick and only to mu shoulders. But here was the problem which entertained my family when i told them about it.The thing leaks.You have to put water in the little container at the top for the steam and i did so but the steam function proved interesting to say the least.Sometimes it just wouldnt produce steam just hiss in a sinister manner.Other times it would steam up but mu hair would feel moist and start to go wavy.Other times it would leak small droplets of water and burn my hand.I tried it out on my mother once and burned her neck.She has never let me straighten her hair since. I feel the basic problem with this straightener is its plates arent adequate.The straightener is relying on the users strength to work properly and my hands used to get tired.The moment i used to walk outside my hair would turn into a frizzy mop no matter how long i speent straightening it.Not good.

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            03.09.2003 04:50
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            • "No power indicator"

            Let me start by saying that I'm surprised there are so many good reviews for these straighteners. Unfortunately, my experiences aren't as great. I'd only ever got my hair straightened at the salon before, and decided I'd like a pair for myself - especially for those bad hair days. I didn't want to spend too much, and seeing as my hair is pretty much straight anyway, I thought a cheap pair of straighteners would do the trick (I only wanted to make my hair sleeker, after all). I looked around at a few places and at the time Boots were doing an offer on these (£17 - a bargain, I thought!) on the newer version - the white and purple colour, model number 2012A. Got home, and couldn't wait to try them out. They have a couple of attachments to them as well, which I thought was pretty cool - one to make your hair shine and another to comb as it goes along. I thought it was great. It took about a minute to two minutes to heat up and away I went. I wasn't getting salon results, but the frizziness from my hair was certainly disappearing and it was looking sleeker. One of the things I noticed on the first day and I was vary about was the fact that there's no indicator to show whether the straighteners are plugged in (there's no switch, so as soon as they're plugged in, they heat up until you unplug them). Fortunately, there are no kids living at my home but it's a potential hazard for someone who may accidentally forgets to unplug them after use. However, it's when the "testing" period was over, and I was using it wanting to keep my hair sleek and frizz-free all day that I realised you get what you pay for. The actual straighteners are quite bulky. For someone like me, who has very little patience and isn't the most dexterous person when it comes to styling my hair, the process can become quite frustrating. Firstly, you either have to go through the same segments a few times and
            s-l-o-w-l-y work your way through the section of hair. Otherwise, forget it. It's not easy when they're not exactly that light either. By the time I got through my hair, the parts I did at the beginning weren't as sleek so I'd quickly go over them again. Plus, I started to find that I wasn't getting perfectly straight hair. There were a few kinks here and there. Within a few hours, my hair would still be straight, but not sleek. I may as well not have used straighteners. The first time I asked a friend if she could tell I'd used straighteners (she's the one that suggested I try them), she said that she hadn't noticed. They obviously weren't having the desired effect. When I bought them, I had long hair. But a few weeks ago, I had my hair cut shoulder length. I thought it would be easier to use my straighteners on shorter hair. I was wrong. If anything, the problem got worse. My hairdresser had cut and straightened it so it looked so sleek. I didn't want to wash my hair because I knew it would never look the same. But of course I had to wash my hair. I added some straightening serum, and attempted to use my straighteners. The ends wouldn't stay straight, they kept flipping up. My hair is really thick and it was just a bob of volume. No matter how much I went through it, I couldn't create even a slightly sleek look. I have to admit it actually looked a little better after about half an hour, but it was still bad. My Mum even tried to straighten it for me later that day. She did a better job of it than me (I just find them too bulky to use on myself). However, my hair still wasn't perfectly straight and it wasn't as sleek as it could be. I must add that most of the time, I didn't use it with the steam function, simply because I found it tended to make my hair a little frizzy after about half an hour. My hair seems to hold in moisture, which when it dries, causes sli
            ght frizziness. So that's my experience with these straighteners. I do think that they would be suitable for someone who has thinner hair than me...my hair is just too thick for these. I also found they are a bit difficult to use. Not the functions - just the size and weight. These may also suit someone who's looking to get their hair straight, rather than sleek. I already had straight hair and unfortunately it's not good enough to make your hair sleek. I know that I can get my hair sleeker than what these did for me, because I have since bought a new pair of straighteners and I am actually amazed at the results (opinion on that coming up soon). But if anyone still would like a pair of these...I have them for sale, second hand! I was inclined to give these a two star rating, but am opting for average, because they are quite cheap and I know I'm too impatient to actually take the time to use them. If you want to spend 45-60 minutes a day straightenening your hair, then it probably can be done (and I know many people do). But I need quicker solutions, and these weren't the right ones for me.

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              30.08.2003 04:07
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              • "The filter can get fragile from the heat and break"

              I have what I can only describe as kinky, frizzy hair. Either when long or short, it will dry and shape itself like a puffy, fluffy mushroom (this is helped by the fact that I like to have layers in my hair). This is all the more frustrating as both my sisters have hair that dries straight and sleek. My previously short bob was getting too long for the Braun Straight & Shape to be very effective and so I went into Boots on a whim to see if I could find a more 'heavy duty' straightener. I was attracted by the Straight 'n Shine due to it's 'shot of steam' feature. It summoned up the image of clothes ironing and, well, that always works better with a little steam. Somewhere in the blurb (or perhaps it was the manual) it stated that the steam is good for your hair, helping it to retain moisture. To this day, I still don't know whether this claim holds true. The price was around £25 and seemed a lot to me at the time (well, I had only just left my student days) but it is quite reasonable now that I have seen the prices for some of the others. Before using the Straight 'n Shine, I read the manual in detail and followed the instructions for use almost to the word (I'll get to the reason for that 'almost' in a moment). There is a small filter that needs to be soaked in water for 10-15 seconds (a little longer if you haven't used it for a while). This filter is then attached to a plastic tank which you would have filled up with water. Now, the manual advises that you should use distilled water if possible. I don't have any distilled water (does the average person?) and so I filled the tank up with tap water from the bathroom. The results: I have to say, I remember thinking "Wow," this thing works like a dream. The steam really does aid in the straightening process. I didn't really need to use the shot of steam as the plates have holes where steam is slowly released (just like a
              normal iron). The positioning of the button for the shot of steam is such that you will accidentally press it numerous times. I admit, I used this straightener almost everyday at first, not thinking twice since I had been encouraged to think that the steam was good for my hair. You can apparently also use it without filling the tank with water. My hair has always seemed a little dry and I can't say I noticed it getting any worse. After a month, upon detaching the filter from the water tank, a piece of plastic from the filter broke off. I found that it still worked although some steam did escaped from the filter. After a while, I noticed that limescale was beginning to build up on the interior of the straightener. No problem. If you don't use distilled water, the manual advises filling the tank with diluted vinegar and leaving it on till evaporated. I did this and my overall impression was that it wasn't a very effective treatment. It also smelled and turned the filter to a brownish colour. The maintenance process didn't seem to work and so over the two years that I used the Straight 'n Shine, the holes in the plates gradually clogged up with limescale. I essentially had a plain old Straight 'n Shine. It didn't work as well without the steam and after one final failed attempt to clean it, I dumped it in the bin and reverted back to the humble Braun Straight & Shape. I have read the other reviews here and nobody else seems to have encountered any maintenance problems so I guess it's really up to individual experience. On the whole, the Straight 'n Shine worked well for me at first and I got quite a lot of mileage from it. I wanted straighter and sleeker hair which I got for a time but I could've done without the bother of limescale of all things! Today, I received my new Hairtools straightener (I ordered it after having read a review on it here at dooyoo) and it is amazingly good.
              But that's a whole other review.

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                13.07.2003 03:04
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                Hair straighteners - one of the most fantastic inventions in the modern world. And I mean it, finally there is a chance for us girls with curly hair to have stylishly straight hair, and try out some new styles! The value of hair straighteners is undeniable, the real question is what type of hair straighteners to get? I have thick curly hair which can take ages to straighten if the hair straighteners aren't up to scratch, which is why it is vital that I find a half decent set. I am constantly buying more pairs of straighteners in order to enable me to straighten my hair quicker than before, so I have built up a stock of numerous sets, therefore making me ideal to assess their quality. I had battled with curly hair for 17 years when I finally gave in and tried using some hair straighteners, originally I used a pair of my sisters for straightening my fringe, but eventually I saw the true value and decided to attempt straightening all my hair. I gave myself a fantastic day out to the shops and bought myself a pair of babyliss straight and shine hair straighteners, I went home and within an hour I had straight hair. It felt great! These particular straighteners are hand size and have a "see-saw" system which allows you to easily position them on your hair. They are mains powered, and once plugged in turn on automatically and begin to heat up, I tend to leave them about 10/15 minutes before using them as the hotter they are the easier the straightening is. The hair is straightened by placing a small section of hair between the plates and slowly moving them down to the tips of the hair. depending on your hair type this may require repeating several times in order to have a noticeable effect but eventually the effects can be seen, and the effect is really great! When straightening all my hair it takes just over an hour to get my hair straight enough for going out, which is a long time when straightening everyday. I have found o
                ther straighteners to be more powerful, sometimes reducing the time to 20 minutes, this is due to the heat which the straighteners reach when fully heated. However I sometimes find that the hotter straighteners make my fringe stick out a bit, and the babyliss ones are perfect for shorter styles. I also prefer using the babyliss ones for quick touch up's as they heat up quickly and more easily manouvered that many other sets. I use these straightners all the time and they have proved invaluable in the long term, I have had them for 3 years now and they are still going strong, and haven't found themselves into the back of my cupboard yet. I still get them out about 3/4 times a week for some small straightening jobs i have for them, I can't find any other straighteners which are as versatile as these ones. They are also handy for taking away places which have plugs, as they are smaller than my other straighteners they can easily be packed into bags and can do any job you require them to do, although admittedly at times they do take longer than other makes. Well in conclusion I would definitely recommend these to anyone who wanted to buy a pair of hair straighteners, particularly if they were looking for a pair which could be used for shorter styles. They are a fantastic buy, especially if you're looking for something general, maybe your first pair of hair straighteners...ideal! And top marks to babyliss, I love what they've done to my hair!

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                  21.02.2003 04:57
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                  The day I got my first pair of straighteners I was far too excited for my eleven years (ah, youth). And my excitement soon came to an end when I realised it took THREE HOURS to straighten my hair, and mine isn?t particularly troublesome. It's thick but shoulder length so it and as a child it was a crowd of curl and ringlets but since I had it cut (above the ears, crazy girl) it's been wavey but free of frizz, split ends and your other hair nightmares. So a few years after my first encounter with straightening irons, the day I got my Babyliss straighteners was a godsend. My hair looked gorgeous, sleek, shiny and best of all, they got me the jealous look of all the girls at school. I loved having people tell me how pretty I looked with my gorgeous straight ?new? hair. However, go out in the rain or if there's even a slight touch of damp in the air and the you?re back where you started. Not at all like the sleek, gorgeous hair I once recognised. Gradually it only gets worse. I am not a girl who usually gets split ends so this was NOT a welcome side-effect. As a temporary fix on hair that is in good condition (and yes, I mean good condition, you may think your hair is terrible now but long term use of these shows you what terrible hair is like) these are fine and leave your hair nice and sleek without all the wax/moose/hairspray on top. When I first used them I loved how free my hair was. Like a scene from a movie or something. My hair would blow crazily in the dry wind but still look gorgeous rather than a big inflated mess. Long term use, now that's another story. My once good conditioned hair (oh, why didn't I notice at the time?!) is now a weak, damaged mess. Straightening it with this damn contraption now keeps my hair straightish for all of an hour and then it starts to wave. The frizz is just a nice little extra. If there's even a touch of wind and I don't have wax on my hair it blows up to huge pro
                  portions (sometimes it does this even if I have the wax) and it doesn't blow beautifully and separately in the wind. It's a stuck together (even without the wax) straight for a while mess. And don't even think about not using the steam function! That's about the only part of it that helps my hair now. Like with all things, you get what you pay for and these are on the cheaper side of the scale.

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                    11.12.2002 01:13
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                    In the day and age where most men are either gay, married or taken, we women have to make the most effort we can to pull the leftover ones, even if they are only half decent. I know that sentence will be controversial, as some women say that they take care of their appearance for themselves, and that is partly true, but then there?s that part of us that always wants to be looked at fondly, or fancied. Anyway, back to the point. Most of my make-up bag is pretty pants, but I get on with it, so after a bit of a relapse with my hair, I decided so get off my lazy arse and do something about it. My hair has never quite been straight; it has almost always had those really irritating ?natural kinks? which really piss me off. If it wasn?t for them, I wouldn?t have to spend time on my hair, not to mention money, which at my age is hard to find anyway!! After receiving the Braun straight and shape cordless straighteners for Christmas a couple of years ago and persevering with them even though they barely straightened my hair and the gas refills were £2 each, I received some Christmas money early the other day. I decided to splash out and actually treat myself amongst the wild spending spree I went on to buy others gifts. I?d been told by a friend that these were the best non-professional straighteners I would find in the high street without having to pay £80, so of course, I was very up for buying them. I?d looked around previously to find the best prices, but when I went to Argos to buy them, I saw the queue and nearly had a heart attack. I headed off to Boots where I could get points, and the straighteners were only an extra 24p. The grand total of my purchase was £24.75 and I earned 99 advantage points, so technically it worked out better than Argos in the first place! These aren?t just any old straighteners you know! They use the revolutionary power of steam, to both naturally straighten and preserve your hair at the same time, therefore not
                    leaving you with frazzled hair. They also have a unique ?shot of steam? function which means you get extra straightening power just by pressing the button. Another handy extra with the straighteners were the two attachments: A comb and one to smooth your hair. These slide around the plates of the straightener and are easy to get on and off. The brand new version which I bought also has white ceramic plates, which are non-stick and help to get a smoother finish. So, onto actually using the straighteners. They are so easy to hold and maneuver through your hair, so it becomes a lot easier to work your hair into a style. You can easily create flicks at the ends of your hair. I?m a bit of a novice myself, and my feathered, layered cut looked just like it did the first time the hairdresser did it, so I can truly say I was chuffed! In order to use the steam functions you must first fill the water tank with water. This is relatively easy as the tank just slides off the side and once you open the plug, you just fil it up and slide it back on.simple! The little booklet you get with the straighteners recommends that you separate your hair into sections and straighten sections about 5cm big each time, so that the straighteners can get your hair really straight. I have to say they worked really well on my hair, which is generally thick and unruly, so I?m sure that no mater what type of hair you have they will work, with perhaps the exception of afro?s, which I?m not sure, as I can?t say I?ve tried. After straightening my hair the style has lasted for around 36 hours, even lasting overnight which is an achievement considering how much I generally toss and turn! If you or your children have unruly hair, then I would certainly recommend this as a Christmas present. So mums surprise them, and husbands, wrap it up nicely and insist you weren?t trying to hint that they have awful hair!! Thanks for the read, any comments are very
                    welcome. Laura xx Oh and by the way, I aint pulled yet, so any offers... ok, i won't push it...

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                      04.12.2002 04:05
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                      Like most young girls, I?m sure they'll agree that no matter what you've got you are never happy with it. My main problem has to be my hair. Although it is relatively straight on top, no matter what I try or how I blow-dry it I can never get the ends straight, I quite often find myself with pieces of hair flicking in places that they frankly don't belong - my hair is very annoying! About 9 months ago, my sister bought a pair of Babyliss Straight and Shine hair straighteners, which were a godsend ? at least that?s what I thought! The first time I used them, I thought I?d been sent this miracle which would rid me of my annoyingly flicky hair for good! I admit that at first (the first couple of months) they did work in straightening my hair, but I soon found that although it claimed on the box that the steam was meant to put moisture back into your hair. Instead of doing this, it dried my hair out, which went dead which meant I had to have it cut off because I couldn?t do anything with it. I also found the straightener to heat up very slowly - about 15 minutes to reach a temperature which actually straightened your hair, which is a long time when you don?t have long, get ready in the morning. A main problem that I found with it was that with the water tank filled, the boiling water used for steam often dripped out of the holes where the it comes from, onto me. It happens literally every time I use it - and I tell you, it HURTS! A few weeks ago I was complaining to my friend about my hair and she suggested that I try her straighteners, I thought this was completely ridiculous because she?s always had poker straight hair. It was at that point that I found out that her hair is actually naturally extremely curly, and that she uses her GHD straighteners every day and has done so for the past 6 months. There is no way that you would know this though, because her hair is in its best condition - soft, silky and straight all the time! In
                      my opinion Babyliss Straight and Shine hair straighteners are a waste of money - they don't work at all well. It would be far more worth your while if you invest your money in a good quality well known set of ceramic plate straighteners which are guaranteed to work and make you look beautiful for the whole day or longer! So hopefully this year someone in my family will be generous enough to purchase me a set of these GHD (Good Hair Day) straighteners for Christmas. Although exceedingly expensive (£80 - £100), they are a very worthwhile investment as every single person I know so far who has them, has had not one complaint - they all have absolutely gorgeous hair which hasn't been ruined by using them everyday and which stays straight no matter what the weather! - Perfect!

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                        I?ve always had curly hair so think of my delight when I actually found a product that straightened my hair. The BaByliss Straight & Shine Steam Straightener is extremely easy to use and the results are excellent. If you have curly hair then this is a fantastic product to have. You can use it straight after you have had a bath, simply place your hair in the middle, and drag along. Immediately you will see the difference, your hair will look longer because it?s straighter and it actually looks better. If you have long hair like me you can get someone to do the back bit of your hair for you, that way all your hair will be straight rather than just the front part of your hair. The BaByliss machine has got a small tank where water is placed, this acts as the steamer to give heat which helps to straighten you hair. So the heat given of from the water is used to straighten your hair. Quite simple really but very effective. Like I said the results are very good and for £24 it?s a very good buy especially if you have curly hair. The other good thing is that it is lighter than a hair drier so instead of blow drying your hair which also can help straighten your hair, you can take this product with you as it fits easily in any bag and use it instead. However, I wouldn?t recommend using the BaByliss Straight & Shine Steam Straightener daily simply because the effect isn?t as good. When you use it once or twice a week you notice the difference. Your hair looks better as well as straighter but when you use it every single day, you do not notice much difference and as a result you don?t feel it?s done much to improve your hair. Although, young teenage girls will love the BaByliss Straight & Shine Steam Straightener since it?s a great product, care should be taken when using it. It can get hot if used for too long and of course if you use it for too long then there is a risk of over-heating. Also make sure you check the water level
                        because without water the product won?t work as well and it can be quite dangerous. It?s like a kettle on with no water. This will make a really good affordable Christmas present. It?s easy to use and works well on curly hair to give hair a natural straight appearance. I was sceptical when I first purchased the BaByliss Straight & Shine Steam Straightener because on adverts they make products look so much better than they are and in any case it?s nearly always the case that what they show on the adverts, the results are never duplicated when you purchase the product. But, thank-fully there was no such problem with this product and it was well worth purchasing. Overall I would say that this is a very good product. I have had it for a couple of months now and it has worked really well. You can buy BaByliss Straight & Shine Steam Straightener from most catalogues, superdrugs, Boots and even supermarkets.

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                          25.10.2002 01:58
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                          Oh don’t you just love technology? Scientists are the best people on earth. No, not because they discovered penicillin and have hence saved millions of people over the years. No, not even because they discovered the chemicals that make up chocolate (although that takes some beating!). Nope, the invention under the name of ‘straightening irons’ has to win hands down. No one is ever happy with what they’ve been blessed with are they? If you have brown eyes you want blue eyes. If you have straight hair you want curly hair. If you are tall you wish you were shorter, if you are short you wish you were taller…. You get the picture. Seriously though. I’m not a happy bunny. I reeeeeally wish I had straight hair. If I could change just one thing I’d have straight hair (assuming I couldn’t use the wish to have world peace or similar of course, I’m not THAT selfish!) I was ‘blessed’ with blonde, wavy hair when I was born. I used to like it. People would always comment on how nice my hair was. In fact everyone said I had the nicest sort of hair, they all wished they had been blessed with my hair. Up until the age of about 9 I was completely satisfied with my hair, I loved it. After then though I started noticing that 99.999% of the people advertising shampoo’s, conditioners, etc all had straight hair. Their hair looked gorgeous, straight, shiny and really healthy looking. It wasn’t fair. Why couldn’t I have hair like that? I got sick of all the complements too, especially when some weird old bloke who owned a hotel we stayed in one year called me ‘goldie locks’ and asked me if I wanted porridge EVERY morning for breakfast. That was it. I no longer wanted wavy blonde hair. I didn’t mind being blonde, I wanted to stay blonde all my life (after all, blondes have more fun don’t they?!). I really wan
                          ted to banish those waves though. I spent my early teens just wishing I would wake up one morning and have straight hair. When the hormones started racing through my body my hair suddenly went from soft wavy hair to uncontrollable, much curlier and generally yucky hair. Now I really hated it. I thought I hated it before, now I meant it though! I couldn’t do anything with it, even if the weather was perfect (i.e. no drizzle and no wind, not even a faint breeze) it would still flair up as if I’d just been dragged through a bush backwards. Even tied back in a hair band it would go all puffy/frizzy at the back. I then opted for a dramatic hair cut. I had always had long hair, right down to my hips. Long frizzy hair doesn’t look good. I thought shorter frizzy hair would look much better. I went from hip length to just above shoulder length and had a fringe in one fowl swoop. This was possibly the worst things I could have done (particularly the fringe!). It was one windy night (incidentally, we were staying in a hotel again!) and I was flicking through the Christmas brochures dropping hints as to what I wanted Santa to leave this year. I was looking through the Boots brochure and stumbled across these miraculous machines. They sounded like heaven on earth. They claimed to perform miracles they really did. They actually straightened your hair! (I’d not come across these before, they were a complete novelty to me). I dropped some major hints and hey presto, there one was on Christmas morning! It wasn’t long before I wanted to give my new toy a good old testing. I opened the box hurriedly and had a quick flick through the guide provided in the box. It advertised all they different hair styling products, I flicked and flicked, they were all hair curling products though. Then, on the last page I saw it. The model had dead straight hair. Miracle. It showed a before and after on the box. Mirac
                          le. There was no more flicking through manuals for me. Oh no. I wanted to try it on my own hair! I swiftly filled the little tank on the machine with water, plugged it on, switched it on, removed my hair bobble, got a brush and then waited for it to heat up. Oh, the excitement! I know those of you blessed with naturally straight hair won’t understand but please bare with me! Five or so minutes later it felt plenty hot enough. It was time! I grabbed a small section of my hair and ran this machine over my locks. I felt nervous. It felt really hot and it was making a sort of hissing noise (I’ll explain later!). What if it completely wreaked my hair? Ah sod it, my hair couldn’t get much worse! I went at it full-pelt. After running it over one section of my hair a few times it did feel smoother and looked remarkably straighter. Its easy to do the front sections so I kept doing these bits. When I looked in the mirror I had straight hair! (Well, the sections at the front of my hair were straight at least!). It is very tricky to do the back of your head, especially if you have medium length hair. If you have really short hair then at least you don’t have to spend too long on any one spot for long (it gives you arm ache after a couple of minutes!). If you have long hair then you can pull the back sections around to one side making it easy to do. If you have medium length hair though you have to endure pain if it’s too short to pull around to one side. This is a minor problem though. After a good 15 minutes my hair was definitely looking straighter and healthier and a bit shinier. I think this is a good time to mention that hissing sound. You see this straightening machine has the special tank of water attached I mentioned earlier. The heat converts this to steam which leaves the top straightening iron through 4 or so little holes. This helps prevent too much damage and makes your h
                          air shinier. This is what the funny hissing sort of sound is so please don’t be alarmed, it isn’t your hair being singed! --------------------- ~ TIPS FOR USE ~ --------------------- · Firstly I’d recommend you don’t use this too often. With it having the steam capabilities it probably won’t harm your hair as much as other straighteners but I wouldn’t recommend using it each and every day. If you do then I’d use a good conditioner regularly because it will dry your hair out. · Don’t use this one wet hair. This really will damage your hair. It says you can use it on damp hair but I’ve found this dries your hair out a lot, so much so I decided to re-wash my hair and condition it after attempting to use this on damp hair. · Don’t keep the straightener on one part of your hair longer than necessary, it would burn your hair. · Use this carefully because it gets very hot, it would be quite easy to get burnt. In fact I’ve been lucky so far, quite a few times I’ve skimmed my ear lobe, I swiftly move it because it hurts, I’ve never burnt myself though fortunately. · Don’t leave the machine heating up on something flammable or that could melt because the outside of the machine gets hot (apart from the handles of course!) A friend of mine has straightening irons (a different make to this though), she used to leave it heating up while she ate her breakfast on her bedside table. One morning she burnt a dent in the wood though (oops!). This make only takes a few minutes to heat up though. · Make sure you switch this machine off as soon as you’ve finished with it. I always check mine a few times to make doubly sure its switched off by the plug…. Except one time recently. I don’t know how I forgot but I left it turned on and it was on my bedroom floor one top of some file paper, which, incidentally, was still in a plas
                          tic carrier bag. I only went and left it on all night didn’t I! How the hell it didn’t catch on fire I’ll never know. I guess I was VERY lucky. The machine still works perfectly though so there’s no damage done at all. There could easily have been major damage done as far as house fires go though so take care. So, is this really is heaven on earth? I’m afraid its not quite that good. There are some bad points…. · Don’t expect miracles. If you’ve got really curly hair then you won’t get dead straight hair by just using this machine, you’ll need an array of styling gels and sprays (and preferably a top hair dresser to do the back of your head for you!) · Living in Britain I’m afraid your hair won’t be straight for long. The slightest whiff of drizzle or wind will revert your hair back to its natural state. · Even if you do get perfect weather (lol, good luck!) your hair won’t remain straight for long. I guess it’d stays straight for about a day if you didn’t get wind or rain, once you wash it or sleep on it though (assuming you sleep with your hair down) your hair will revert back to its natural state. · You could burn yourself on this machine, it gets very hot. · Lastly, you get arm ache from using it, particularly if you have awkward middle length hair when you get to straightening the back of the head sections! When Santa bought me this it set him back £25, I suspect they’ll be a little cheaper now but I’d expect to pay around about £20-£25 for one. You can pick up one of these in most high-street stores, e.g. Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets.

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                            22.08.2002 23:02

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                            I brought my Babyliss tongs about 1 year ago from Boots. What a great investment! Firstly it was under £30 and it also came with a 2-year warranty. I was impressed by this and actually had to exchange one before as I left it on all weekend by mistake and it more or less packed in. My hair is naturally wavy and I love having it straight without having to get it straightened at the hairdressers. This little tool lets you do exactly that and it doesn?t take long. I actually find that it woks better when there is no water in it and none of the accessories are attached to the front. Don?t ask me why but it straightens better and quicker! It is great but not that great- I am sure there are better but for the price you can?t complain. My main problem with it is that I keep leaving it on and coming home to find I have singed the carpet or something. It would be better if they had a power light on it so that silly idiots like me don?t forget to turn it off. Another major problem is it?s size- my hand often hurts from straightening my hair and I swear my skin has hardened around my thumb after using this. I did also go the hairdresser recently and she informed me that it is not good to use this type of tool regularly because it stretches the hair and causes untold split ends- yes as a result I have lots of slit ends but I still swear by this product. I mean if I had to choose between the hairdresser and the Babyliss tool- I would 100% choose the Babyliss product- cheap, not time consuming and you get the end result.

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                            15.08.2002 05:09
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                            Is this little piece of equipment the greatest creation ever? Is this man's greatest discovery? Does this marvellous machine boldly go where no machine has gone before? The answer to these questions is quite simply- no. But one thing that this quite scary little machine can do is what it was built for- it straightens hair! "Wow, so what?" I hear you say. So, where shall I start... It was just the other day that I didn't even realise there was such a machine as this. It was only when I saw my cousin plugging one of these into the wall that I thought, hmmm what have we here? She told me that her hair wasn't really straight (isn't it??!) and that it was all down to this. I decided to try it for myself. Some might say I already have straight hair so what could it possibly do for me? But after running this thing easily through my hair, I was surprised at how soft it felt and how long and shiny it looked- it was gorgeous (if I do say so myself) and like the sort of hair I have always craved- that long sleek sexy look that only film stars seem to be able to achieve. I had always put that down to the fact that anything was possible if you had loads of dosh, now I know it's just down to a simple regular everyday hair straightener! I went straight to the nearest town and bought one for myself. It cost me £25, which I would've been more than happy to part with had it been my last. Immediately after getting home, I washed my hair and let it dry naturally (something I wouldn't dream of doing normally, much to the dismay of my hair particles!). My hair looked unruly after it had dried as I had really gone to lenghs to ensure this by lying on the sofa and going to sleep! I'm sure any girl out there who has hair will know that if you go to sleep on wet hair, you will wake up looking like something out of a horror movie! Now for the test. Would this tiny liece of equip
                            ment transform me from goblin to goddess? I started to find out... ...The straightener was so easy to use! One relatively quick run through each strand of hair and it was completely straight and shiny with the help of the built in steam system. Just five minutes (yes, five) I had worked it throught the whole of my hair and I looked like I'd just stepped out of a salon! Top results! Needless to say, I went out that night woth confidence coming out of my earholes! And everyone seemed to notice that something was different, I received many a compliment and felt like a star! This all may seem like a load of over-hyped nonsense- does something so simple as a hair straightener really make so much difference? But the fact is that it does! I am really generally excited about my purchas of this item as it completely transforms hair, even if it is already relatively straight. You can also use it in the mornings when you can't be bothered to have a shower just for flattening down those stray bits at the front, or after a day of wearing your hair tied up, this thing will work wonders on kinks! Oh, by the way, you can get this in any good multistore such as Argos, Superdrug, Boots, supermarkets etc. etc. in case you wondered. For every day use or for a top night out, this is a god-send to me and- although this time last week I didn't even know there was such a thing- I have come to rely upon my Babyliss Steam and shine hair straightener like I rely on my own two feet!

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                              13.08.2002 23:30
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                              I bought my BaByliss straight and shine from boots. I didn't know whether to buy straight and shine or shot of steam so i bought shot of steam for £25.00. I got home and used it straight away. I used it with the detachable comb then with the smoothing finishing attachment. I was quite suprised that my hair was straight as i have very curly hair. Finally i decided to try out the shot of steam - but it isn't excactly a "shot" it was very slow and didn't make much difference.The button for the shot is in a very akward place on the handle. But still it made my hair very straight and shiny - and you can even style and mould your hair into a bob or a inwards or outwards flick.

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                              Straightener with gentle steam mist to protect