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I bought this hairdryer a couple of years ago for £22 from Argos on offer. It caught my eye due to a number of reasons. The design was good as it looked like quite a stylish hair dryer and I liked the option of different heat/power settings. I also liked that it included a curling brush and it was quite cheap. Babyliss is quite a well known and respected brand when it comes to haircare so I didn't really have any reservations.
The first time I attempted to use the curling brush was an absolute disaster. It tangled my hair up and within a few minutes the brush had started to melt.
After a couple of uses, the hairdryer would occasionally start to glow orange and just turn off by itself. This became more frequent the more I used it until one day it just stopped working altogether.
The other brush it comes with is more suited to long hair I feel as it allows you to concentrate the heat on sections of your hair. The downside is that it would take quite long to dry all my hair (it is very long) even on the highest heat setting. The hairdryer was also quite heavy. As anyone with long hair will tell you, holding up a hairdryer for a prolonged amount of time will eventually make your wrist ache. This happened to me and would sometimes result in me leaving parts of my hair damp as it took too much effort to keep holding the dryer up.
The hairdryer is okay but there is a reason why it's so cheap. My advice, especially to those with long hair, would be to spend a bit more and invest in a more reliable hair dryer which won't burn out.
I had been borrowing my daughter's hair drier for a while now as my old one was so bad it had no power to it and was taking ages to dry my hair so I asked my Other Half if he would get me one as an extra present for Christmas.
The one he bought me was the Babyliss Pro power 2100 watt hair drier. It was quite a big box so I thought it would be a big drier and I wasn't wrong, it was quite a size up to the ones I have been used to. My first thought was that I would struggle with it as I have bad arms and can't lift them up properly for blow drying my hair but once I tried it out I found it was not that much heavier than the one I had used before.
There are three setting on the drier plus a cool button on the opposite side so if you are feeling it burning you can press this and it cools it down right away. I have found that I like to use the drier on the highest setting as this dries my hair the quickest and so means I don't have to hold it up for so long.
There are two styling brushes that come with the drier, ones is really good for my hair, it is one of those round brushes with the bristles, not just firm plastic. I find this excellent in conjunction with the drier for getting my short hair to style how I want it and giving it lots of body. The other brush you get is a flat brush which is more suited for long straight hair. I would not use this on my own hair but it has come in handy when I have my grand daughter over as she has really long hair and this brush does her hair without it tangling up in the bristles. You also get a couple of rollers in the box but again I would not use these on my short hair but you never know, they might come in handy for my daughter one day. Another thing you get is the end bit that you stick on the end of the drier so it sends the hot air in the direction you want it to, this is long and flat and I have tried it out but can't get on with it, it was either burning my scalp or missing my hair altogether so I have taken it off and just us the hair drier on its own.
I would really recommend this hair drier, the price is good, it is just £18 to buy on Very web site, might be cheaper elsewhere. It is solid and made really well and does a brilliant job of drying your hair.
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Whilst the rest of the world was mourning the passing of Michael Jackson back in 2009, and with the deepest respect to Michael, I had more pressing concerns... My trusty old hair dryer had come out in sympathy and passed away at the same time. Time and cause of death, much like Mr. Jackson, have never really fully been known. Perhaps my hair dryer had also taken on a bit more than it could chew with drying my hair ever day, who knows. With money being a tad sparse, I made do for a little while with the spare hair dryer before that too sadly died one snowy winter morning. Not wanting to have to go to work with soaking wet hair in the middle of January, I bravely drove to the local supermarket in search of a replacement for the morning.
Now to be fair, I didn't have an awful lot of choice, I could either buy a Babyliss hair dryer for about £30 or this one for £14.99. Seeing as I only ever intended this to be a temporary measure, I opted for the £14.99. Not a bad price for a hair dryer and I have often found, the cheaper ones to be the best. Not so with this one.
I find that the top heat setting dries my hair super quick but also leaves it in an appalling, weak, damaged fluffy condition. So I tried the middle setting which took forever in comparison and whilst my hair was quite smooth, it also felt a bit lank and greasy. I have never bothered trying the lowest setting as I suspect my hair would end up feeling even more greasy. So now, I have managed to work out a complicated switching method between the high and middle settings for temperature and speed but even that I'm not completely satisfied with. The cool shot is a useful setting and comes in handy when I'm switching through all the different heating settings trying to find my desired temperature.
The hair dryer is quite loud but to be fair, I dry my hair at 6am in the morning and everything is loud at that time! This one does seem to be louder than my previous one though.
The box doesn't state the length of the cord on it but I am 5'7 and I find the cord is ample length for me.
It's an okay hair dryer for the price but if money wasn't so tight at the moment - I would have replaced it some time ago.
Finally after hours of searching through amazon, I came across this. A reasonably priced hairdryer which I was in desperate need of as my last had recently given up its ghost and blown up.
Although a bit clunky and big, it does its job fairly nicely. My hair has never dried so fast, which for someone who is constantly running to lectures and seminars, this was a little bit of a godsend.
The hairdryer had three setting of heat, a 'cold blast' button and two other settings of power. Which if you want to take it slow and carefully dry your hair and minimize the damage and upping the styling this it is pretty good.
Thedryer comes with two attachments, a 'curl' attachment, which for someone with pan straight hair was pretty useless at first, but after some time on youtube I can now effectively 'crimp' my hair. The other attachment which focuses the air of the dryer is brilliant for styling, something I use a lot with a big round bristle brush in order to give my hair that extra lift.
Overall its a nifty chunky dryer, that I wouldn't recommend traveling with, but it does the job for the price your paying.