Product Type: Tresemme hair care products
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Philips Tresemmé HP4696/07 Salon Multi Stylist
Member Name: walsha11
Philips Tresemmé HP4696/07 Salon Multi Stylist
Advantages: curls really well, hair doesn't drop, not too hot, work perfectly, had them for ages
Disadvantages: heat stickers have come off, unnecessary other attachments
I bought this multi styling set years ago now and have been using it happily ever since.
I always loved doing different things with my hair but always found hair curlers just weren't very effective and that my hair would drop a few hours later. This is the only curler I have EVER used that has managed to keep my hair happily curled and is therefore an essential one for me.
The idea of this set is that there are many different detachable curling barrels and straightening plates which you can use to achieve many different looks. Prior to owning this and throughout owning this I have used GHD straighteners to straighten my hair and so found the straightening plate pretty redundant. My main use has been the curling tongs but I will give you as much information as I can about the others.
The set comes in one of those flat fabric carriers you can roll up. I pretty instantly discarded this as I knew many of the parts I would never use and therefore I didn't need this for travel. If your plan was the travel with this though it might be handy to hang onto it because it neatly stored all of the connective parts.
The main body of this hair styler is a black plastic handle which has a twist part at the top that you twist across to either attach or release the current styling applicator. There is a plastic coated wire running from the base of the styler which ends with a standard UK plug. There is a red light on the side of the styler which shows you that it is switched on, though it does not indicate that it is ready at any point. The design is pretty simple, though the attachments aren't, and though not exactly stylish it is functional.
So, let's run through the various attachments that come with this styler:
Straightener - I used this once and decided that it wasn't really worth the hassle. The plates are very small and so unless I was desperate or my straighteners didn't work I'd avoid this really. That said, I didn't but it for this function so personally wasn't bothered.
Crimper - the straightening attachment has detachable plates which can be changed from flat (for straightening) to ridged (for crimping). I've never actually felt any desire to crimp my hair, maybe because I don't live in the 80s, though if it was required for fancy dress I might consider it and would be pleased to have this rather than buy new ones.
Thin curler - this is great for creating very neat and tight curls. I don't use this one loads as it makes my hair HUGE but it is nice for that high impact look once in a while. I also find it good for creating soft waves if you don't hold the hair in for very long.
Wide curler - this is the perfect size for curling my hair, it can create ringlets or waves and is really versatile depending on how you choose to use it. This is my favourite attachment and I use it all the time.
Black plastic slip on thingies - In all honestly I discarded these pretty quickly because they looked scary and complicated, but for those of you into reading instructions they might be useful...
Clips - these are black plastic clips which you can use to separate your hair. I actually think they are pretty pointless, and don't keep my hair pinned back very well. I tend to use a hair grip but it's nice to have them in case you can't find one.
All attachments heat pretty quickly (5-10 mins) and have these little heat indicator stickers on them. These are red and turn black once the item is hot enough. Most of these have since fallen off but because I've been using this styler for years I can pretty much tell when it is hot enough.
So, the best items provided are the two curling tongs. Everything else I've kept in case I'm ever desperate but generally avoid using as I had no real use for them. That said, the curling tongs more than make up for everything else because they are the best I've ever used. Although they don't get blindingly hot they manage to maintain curls in my hair all day and very often into the next day too. I'm not really sure how they manage to work so well, because every other curler I've ever used has dropped almost instantly, but they really do work on my hair without any products or hair spray.
I have a vague recollection that I paid £20 for these and bought them in TK Maxx many moons ago. That seems like a pretty good deal to me because they are on Amazon for £60 now...though there is a competitive set for £20 made my Philips which looks suspiciously similar. This set is also made by Philips so unless you want to pay an extra £40 for Tresemme endorsement I'd go for the Philips ones and hope for the best. I know mine will probably break at some point and I'll definitely be buying another one of these sets (or the cheaper alternative) because I know how good it is and have never found anything better.
Overall, a brilliant set of curlers with some other attachments which I didn't find useful.
Summary: A decent pair of curlers, the other bits are a little redundant.