I had my previous hairdryer for way too long, since I was a teenager infact, so when it started just blowing cold air I was gutted and a little bit lost. I hadn't bought a hair dryer as an adult so had no idea what to look for - what brand, what price, what size, what functions.
So after a little research I decided on the Babylis Turbo Shine.
It was a great price, at £14.99 from Boots. It was the same price at Sainsburys but I'm quite partial to my Boots points, so that swayed it for me.
This hair dryer came in a distinct Babylis box - black, sleek and looks classy. To be honest, it looked more expensive than the price I paid, so I was happy. It felt like more of a treat than just an essential item.
the one thing I didn't want, was a hair dryer with lots of different attachments and fandangled bits. And so this was great for me. It is relatively small in size (for a full size hair dryer - not as small as a travel one) and although there are a few attachments, they aren't essential. And it doesn't need the attachments to look complete, which is like some I've seen.
The look of the hair dryer itself is black and sleek, just what the box portrays really. The wire is long enough so I have mine plugged in behind the shelving unit and I still have plenty of give to use it freely. The function buttons works as a sliding motion. So slide up once and its on low and hot, twice is high and hot, and up the third time and its cold air. At first I wasn't sure if I would get on with this, but it isn't stiff so easy to use with one hand.
The other part I was worried about was the noise. And this one is great. My boyfriend complained continuously at the noise of my hair dryer, but he hasn't moaned once since I've had this one. I am able to use this in the living room and it can't be heard once the door it closed. I think this is probably more because it doesn't have that tinny noise that some hair dryers have.
In terms of its use, it is powerful enough to dry my hair really well and really quickly - and doesn't get too hot either. I have quite short hair so I can't comment on what it is like with long hair. I'm not sure if it has made my hair have more shine, but has definitely helped it look healthy.
Overall, this has been a great hair dryer so far. It has been two months and it is still looking and acting as new. I feel I've got a great deal and at £14.99 in store I couldn't have done better!
Here's to hoping it lasts as long as its predecessor.
I used the Babyliss 5116U Turbo Shine Hairdryer for years before recently upgrading to my current GHD Air. I bought it from Tesco and chose it mainly due to the price. At just £15 it wasn't much more than the budget brands so I wasn't expecting much but decided to give it a go as Babyliss seem to be a decent brand for beauty electronics. I'm glad I did as it was a great hairdryer for a good few years before it broke.
--- The Look ---
The Turbo Shine looks good with a sleek, shiny black design and the silver Babyliss logo on the side. At the top is a removable vent and below on the handle are two buttons; the cool air button and a switch which lets you vary the heat and speed settings. The handle ends in a loop which can be used to hang the Turbo Shine up for storage followed by a longish cable which is 1.8m in length so lets you wander reasonably far from the socket. The design is quite lightweight but it is quite large and would benefit from being slightly more compact - it was a pain trying to pack this when travelling. Aside from the hairdryer itself the box also contains 1 extra nozzle, an instruction booklet (which I've never needed to use) and a 3 year guarantee.
--- Features ---
The features are straightforward and exactly what you need from a hairdryer. First is the powerful motor which at 2000W allows hair to be dried nice and quickly. There are just 2 settings each for heat and speed so there's not a lot of versatility here. There's also the "cool shot" option for giving a blast of cold air to set a style in place. The extra nozzle narrows the wide opening into a much thinner one to concentrate air flow onto a particular area of hair. This is useful for giving control over which area to dry and is particularly good for straightening. The best feature however is the "ionic ceramic technology". This is now found in most modern hairdryers and basically reduces the static and frizz that can be caused by drying hair in this way. My hair is especially prone to this as it's quite fine and straight but I found the Turbo Shine was pretty good at making my hair look more sleek and smooth.
--- Functionality & Usage ----
The simplicity of the Turbo Shine makes it really easy to use. I was really happy with the results in my hair and would probably still be using it if it hadn't broken. I could dry my hair quickly - in around 4 minutes on the hottest setting - and it didn't give many knots either. I could still get a brush through my hair quite easily after using it. I always dry my hair upside-down and point the air towards the roots and found the Turbo Shine gave me quite a bit of volume using this technique. The only drawback is that it is very noisy but then again the majority of hairdryers are. My hair always had a lovely smooth quality after using the Turbo Shine with a much smaller amount of frizziness that it would normally have. I would recommend this as a great hairdryer for someone on a budget.
I actually can't remember when I bought this hairdryer I've had it that long! I'm guessing at least six or seven years though and it's not as if I've treated it particularly well. When I bought it, it was a fairly new model and cost £15.99 from Argos which I managed to get free as I had a voucher. I chose this hairdryer as the BaByliss brand is trustworthy and the 2000W as I like to dry my hair superfast as I wash and blow dry my hair pretty much every day. (I surprisingly have quite soft and well conditioned hair!)
The hairdryer came with two nozzles, I didn't know which either was for and ended up losing them so I can't comment on them. The hairdryer is a very nice shape, not too angular which I personally don't like in hairdryers and it is black with silver buttons and detailing on the sides. It is very comfortable to hold, the handle is a good size and it extremely light for a hairdryer, my hair doesn't take long to dry at all but I have never had any wrist ache from using it. I have taken this on holiday with me and travelled back and forth between home and uni with it in my bag not being heavy or taking up a ridiculous amount of space in my bag too.
The hairdryer has two heat/speed settings and I nearly always use the hottest as it is quicker and another setting which you keep your thumb pressed down on to work, which is a cooling setting. I find on some of my friends hairdryers the cool setting is weak and not actually that cool whereas this hairdryer you can feel a difference. Although the hottest setting isn't uncomfortably hot I still like to use the cooling setting as it does feel nice on my head.
The only problem I have with this hairdryer is the part that sucks in the air gets very dirty and clogged with dust and fluff, I don't think this effects how well the hairdryer performs but it doesn't look very nice and can be a pain to try and clear as it gets stuck in the wiry mesh here. I tend to just use a tissue and a few cotton buds and then it's fine.
Considering that I have used this dryer almost everyday for atleast 6+ years and it's still in perfect working condition I would really recommend this hairdryer. It dries my hair so fast, I do have fairly fine hair which dries quick with most dryers but I haven't used many other hairdryers that do the job as quick as this one. I'm not sure about the 'Turbo Shine' effect it promises but I do have very soft, shiny hair which I get a lot of compliments for so I can say it definitely doesn't ruin hair. It is very lightweight and easy to transport around. I have just bought a second one of these so I can keep one at home and one at uni just so I don't have to worry about forgetting it (for someone who washes their hair everyday I can't be without my hairdryer!). This time is cost only £10 from amazon brand new which I was more than happy to pay as it really is a great hairdryer that I fully recommend to everyone!
Do make sure you use heat protecting spray as they really do help keep your hair in better condition from the heat of the dryer!
Having had a good few years with my trusty Nicky Clarke hair dryer it decided it had had enough and refused to work any more. This meant I had no more than 2 days before I had to wash and dry my hair again to buy a new hair dryer. Luckily I live near a town so I have a choice of several shops to choose from to buy one, my search ended when I found this Babyliss turbo shine 2000 in Boots.
**Main features of the hair dryer**
* 2000 W
* High shine ionic conditioning
* 2 heat/speeds plus a cool setting
* Slim concentrator nozzle
* Hanging loop for easy storage
**Why I chose this hair dryer**
I do like to take care of my hair so the main reason I purchased this hair dryer in particular was because it claims to condition my hair and give it some shine. With any heat products I use on my hair I try to chose items that use ionic technology as although I know the heat will damage my hair I like knowing that the damage is less with ionic products.
The model I picked up is black all over apart from the brand labelling and product label which are silver.
The cord for the plug is of a very good length, I think it is the longest cord I have personally seen and used with a hairdryer.
The handle is just the right size and shape allowing the user to get a good grip of the dryer.
The dryer it self is very lightweight, I hate heavy hair dryers! My hair usually takes about 10 minutes to dry and by the end of it my arms and wrists are not tired in the slightest.
**Using the dryer**
There are 3 settings on this hair dryer, 2 of which are a heat setting and the other a cool setting. When I am drying my hair I use the fastest and the hotter of the 2 heat settings as I find I get the best results from this setting. Personally I find drying my hair very tedious but using this setting gets the job done quickly.
Using this setting I am able to brush my hair whilst drying to make it look lovely and straight.
My hair is not overly shiny from using this hair dryer but it is certainly frizz free and looks more conditioned with a bit of extra shine.
With this setting I can also give my hair a quick blast with the hairdryer and my hair is dry in no time at all. Therefore I have to agree with the box in that the hairdryer provides powerful drying.
I do not tend to use the other 2 settings but it's nice to have the comfort in knowing that they are there I suppose for whenever I do need them.
The hair dryer itself is quite compact and doesn't take up a lot of room; this is especially useful when travelling. I do not use the hanging loop as I do not have anything to hang it from but I leave my hair tools in an area in my room and this does not take up a lot of space.
This product comes with a three year guarantee which I think is very generous and gives me great confidence in the product.
You also get a nozzle with the product which fits perfectly onto the top of the hairdryer.
This dryer is very affordable; having looked online I have found that you can expect to pay around the £14.99 mark.
I really like this hair dryer. The design is great and it gives my hair the results that I wanted. The only slight issue with this product I have found is that it is quite loud, however I think that it is worth putting up with as this is a great hair dryer. For this I rate this product the full 5 stars.
--also on ciao--
Reason for Purchase ~ 'Cut and Dry'
I wanted an inexpensive hairdryer for occasions where I needed a quick method of drying my hair after washing. As I only use a hairdryer occasionally, I didn't want to spend a fortune. I would have gone for a more expensive and multi functional styling unit had I required anything more than simply drying my hair and simplistic styling. Occasional usage affords less 'wear and tear', hence why a cheaper model is suitable.
The Product ~ 'Dry Cleaning'
This affordable hairdryer is a shiny black tool with the 'BaByliss Turbo Shine' wording prominently displayed in clear white lettering along the unit's nozzle. The control buttons are located on the handle section of this sleek designed utensil. The hair dryer's compact dimensions of depth 9.5cm x height 27.3cm x width 24.9cm supplies ease and comfort of use. With the addition of two speed settings, I am able to combine the fast speed for initial drying and lower speed with the directional nozzle to complete the process. I have incorporated these and the remaining features of this professional looking apparatus with my 'usage experience' to show how they furnish me with certain results.
Usage Experience ~ 'Hang 'em out to dry'!
1) As mentioned above, I only use the hairdryer when I need a quick drying solution! When I do use the Babyliss after washing my hair, I apply a 'leave in' conditioner before I dry my hair. The fundamental reason is because of the damaging effects that any unnatural method of drying one's hair can result in damage, especially when applying heat to dry! Such 'leave in' hair conditioners, especially quality brands, afford a certain degree of heat protection due to the product's ingredients. Additionally, these types of conditioners provide a lengthier time in retaining elasticity and suppleness within the strands of hair. I find that leaving in this appropriate solution has an excellent effect of helping me to easily detangle my hair after shampooing. By combing with a wide tooth plastic comb, and beginning around 4" from the ends, I remove the tangles. This method helps me to remove tangles further up near the roots far more easily than dragging them down throughout the hair's length; less damage and discomfort by far! But, I only apply the conditioner in very small amounts to avoid a lank lack luster result! I use one of the Avon Advance Techniques ranges, but any good quality brand will be fine.
2) I always give my hair a fairly thorough towel dry before employing the Babyliss; this reduces drying time by removing excess moisture from my hair. Although the apparatus has a 'concentrator' nozzle for directional usage, to begin with, I generally operate the dryer without this attachment; a far quicker overall drying process is produced. I find operating this light 2lb weighted dryer so easy on my wrist to hold with ease throughout the duration of the task. The Babyliss has a fairly powerful motor that affords 2000 watt strength to dry my hair, therefore, by holding the gadget eight to ten inches away from my hair as I dry, is plenty enough to accomplish good results. The dryer has two heat settings, low and high. Initially, I slide the pliant button to high, which really is considerably hotter; this generates a fast evaporation of moisture.
3) I move the component slowly back, forth and around me scalp but concentrating mainly from my roots to the ends of my hair. If I do not intend to use my tongs to curl my hair after drying, this method furnishes me with a really smooth and silky result. Reversing this method gives my hair a fuller, natural, fluffy and tousled appearance. The ample 1.8 meter cord length provides me plenty enough room to maneuver the hair dryer around. My hair is just past shoulder length now, which means I can dry my fine textured hair in approximately ten to twelve minutes. To complete the drying, for certain areas that are taking longer to dry, I simply click on the directional device. This neat gadget directs the airflow through a smaller area which allows me to dry stubborn patches with great effect! The nozzle also assists me in the final stages of straightening my hair for a sleeker look. Added to this, the dryer has a 'cool shot' button to set the styling process. This changes the warm heat to cool almost immediately. To create volume and body I simply lean my head fully forward so that my hair falls completely down, and then direct the high speed setting towards the roots of my hair. This has a great voluminous effect on the fine consistency of my hair. But when I want to adopt a sleek very straight effect I simply separate my hair into small sections, attach the directional nozzle, use my soft toothed hair brush to gently pull my hair taut and curl the ends underneath as I dry my hair.
Within twelve minutes this powerful Turbo hair dryer accomplishes the task of getting my hair completely dry. I have previously found with using powerfully air propelled dryers that they do tend to leave my hair with static and frizz. But with the technology of ionic conditioning built into this little device, it provides a continuous flow of stabilizing ions for a much smoother effect.
Tips ~ 'Wet Behind the Ears'
It is crucial to not hold hair dryers any closer to the one's hair than eight inches, as this can result in longer hair getting entangled in the motorized fan located at the back of the dryer's nozzle. Added to this, one runs the danger of causing burn damage to the scalp and face. If heat protection preparations are not used prior to using the device, a lower heat setting would be more beneficial to avoid damage to the hair through the application of a higher heat setting. Co-incidental to this, exposing any portion of the hair to the heat of any dryer for too long may also cause heat damage. Please forgive me for stating the obvious, but dryers including any other electrical devices should never be used around water, such as in bathroom areas!
Maintenance ~ 'Caretaker'!
The hair dryer needs very little management other than removing the odd strand of hair and removing with a soft brush any dust accumulated in the filter periodically. Although, a task not very often needed to be undertaken, it is still a very important one as this helps prevent the mechanism from overheating, thus prolonging the life of the hair dryer and promoting safety in usage. As for the external aesthetics, I find that a baby wipe removes finger marks well, then using a dry soft cloth to buffer, leaves the comperent in a gleaming 'as new' condition.
Would I recommend? ~ 'How quick come the reasons for approving what we like' :D
Yes I certainly do! This is a very effective and powerful instrument for drying my hair quickly without leaving it full of static and frizz. Its light weight capacity means I can use the apparatus with comfort. The compact dimensions avoid the device being clumsy to maneuver and handle. Having a choice of heat and speed settings, although only two of each, is enough to furnish me with careful drying application. The 'cool shot' extra control affords a style setting result. The concentrator nozzle attachment assists me in focusing directional air flow to chosen areas with total control. This is an affordable attractive looking tool that comes with a comprehensive manual and full three year guarantee.
The Babyliss 5116U Shine 2000W Hairdryer, available at my favourite store, Tesco, currently for £12.25 with 24 clubcard points. This is the cheapest selling price as of 12/08/11. This model is available from many stockists, online and on the high street. Though Amazon is presently selling the dryer for £25.00! But the Babyliss is also available for £14.95 from John Lewis, £14.99 from Currys, Asda, Dixons and Comet or £15.49 from Argos.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review xXx
I bought my Babyliss Turbo Shine Hairdryer near the start of last year after my usual hairdryer broke; I didn't want to spend too much buying a new hairdryer as I knew this is the sort of thing my Mum would buy me for Christmas. I had a look around on the internet, I first thought about going to Argos but having a look on their website there wasn't anything that really stood out to me apart from a couple which were unfortunately out of stock.On a trip to Tesco I saw this particular hairdryer priced at £15, it looked impressive and was a decent price so I decided to buy it.
The hairdryer is very stylish it's a shiny black colour, with the Babyliss logo on a grey rectangle on the main body of the dryer. The hairdryer is very large in size, which isn't ideal for anyone tight on space or someone who travels a lot, having said this though the hairdryer is quite light in weight. The handle is the perfect size for fitting in the hand and the dryer is very easy to use with just five buttons to get your head around. Firstly there's a hot and warm setting, I use the hot setting as I have very thick hair although it is recommended that if you have thin hair you just use it on warm to avoid damage. There's also a speed setting, the stronger speed really is turbo as the name says but I do use this as I find it perfect for quick drying. The cool air button is also available as with most hairdryers and there's also a nozzle attachment for concentrated drying.
In use, I found the hairdryer to be very effective, its 200w which was a lower wattage than my old hairdryer however it is certainly very powerful. I have found that it leaves my hair a lot sleeker, straighter and although my hair isn't majorly frizzy because it's so thick and wavy I can get a bit of frizz and when using my Babyliss this is pretty much gone. As the hairdryer is so strong you don't have to take forever drying my hair, meaning it's less dry and feels in really great condition. As I said before the handle is a very good shape and in use it's really easy to hold and the buttons are really easy to adjust in use. The only downside I've found to the hairdryer is that it's incredibly loud, I like to watch tele whilst drying and I've found this near impossible to do.
Overall, the Babyliss Turbo Shine Dryer is a great product for a great price; it makes hair look smooth, sleek and shiny and almost like it's been done professionally every time. I was impressed by how it easily reduced the amount of frizz in my hair at the same time as quickly drying. There are a couple of downsides, as it is big and noisy but at £15 I can put up with this.
After having gone through a considerably amount of hair dryers during the last couple of years, I have finally settled for this.
I have got A LOT OF HAIR and so drying it does take a very long time and since it´s very wavey it tends to go very fluffy and bushy.
You chan choose how fast you want it to blow and the fastest setting really is something special! It feels like you have switched on a jet engine and your hair gets dry in no time at all. So it´s one powerful little thing.
I do think that the result you get from drying it might be slightly more shiny and definitely not so bushy and fluffy. I like the way it feels in your hand, like a weapon that you want to use. You can take the front nozzle off if you prefer drying your hair that way, but i definitely prefer it with the nozzle on as it concentrates the power and heat.
I know you can get hairdryers that are a lot cheaper than this one, but I do think it´s worth the money!
This is a great cheap and cheerful hairdryer with plenty of functions that will have your hair looking great. There are plenty of products to buy on the market at three or four times as much but at £15 you really cannot go wrong.
The look it gives my hair everytime I dry it matches anything I have had before and with its 2000 watt power dries my hair within a really short space of time even though I have quite long hair. It is powerful but do not let that put you off as it still takes care of your hair too. My hair does not frizz apart anymore and split ends do not effect me now I use this. It leaves my hair smooth and soft and this makes things alot easier to style too. It has certainly given me increased confidence so when I am going out I love using this hairdryer as I know I am going to get a good look.
I find it easy to use even if the functions are a little basic. There are not lots of varieties in settings but the heat generated from the dryer does a good job. I find it an easy dryer to move around all aspects of my hair because it is lightweight. This makes it easy to dry all parts of your hair effectively.
It has however been commented on by my housemate that it does make rather a large noise when it is in use. We have a cat too and to be honest it is not a big fan of the dryer simply because of the sound it generates. They are meant to be noisy I know but this is certainly a downside to the product.
You will be able to find this in a number of large retail stores including Argos and Tesco. It comes with a 3 year warranty and so this gives you piece of mind. Plus you are buying a good name too and at the price I paid for it you are getting a steal.
** Babyliss Turbo Shine Hair Dryer **
After an unfortunate hair dryer explosion accident I had to replace my trusty ancient hair dryer in a hurry. As a struggling student I didn't have much money to spare for something that wasn't going to improve my grades, so I went straight to Tesco and chose the cheapest one they had available - the Babyliss Turbo Shine Hair Dryer. At only £15 I wasn't sure I was going to be doing my hair any favours, but boy was I wrong! To be fair this hair dryer didn't have a lot of competition as the one I was using prior had been made circa 1980(!). I have been extremely satisfied with the Babyliss Turbo Shine however and feel this product deserves at least one review on Dooyoo...
** Product and Availability **
You'll be able to pick up this hair dryer in Argos, Boots, Tesco, Amazon and many online shops, for around £15. It's one of the Babyliss ranges of hair dryers that dry your hair with ionic technology. Basically this means that inside the hair dryer the air is reacting with an ionic generator to create negative ions. These negative ions stream out of the nozzle and result in less static, and therefore less fizzy hair - all very exciting.
This hairdryer has a simple sliding switch on the side to give you two heat settings (warm and hot), as well as two speed settings. It has a further button on the handle which when pressed makes the air cool, for finishing your style. It is surprisingly lightweight considering it is not the smallest hairdryer out there. It comes with a nozzle for drying hair straight but no other fancy diffusers or nozzles, you might find with other hair dryers. It has three year's warranty and full instructions inside the box.
** My experience **
The first time I used this I was amazed with the speed with which it dries my hair. The wattage is 2000W which is around average these days for a hair dryer. I think perhaps the speed of the hair drying is down to the ionic technology. Reading up on it, it seems that the ions split the water molecules into 'micro-molecules' resulting in faster hair drying. It all sounds a bit gimmicky I know, but in my experience it seems to be working. I use the hottest and fastest setting, although Babyliss recommend for anyone with thin hair to use the warm setting.
Since using this hair dryer my hair seems in much better shape. I really used to suffer with split ends, but now I have significantly less. I haven't changed any other part of my hair care or styling routine or products, so I can only put it down to this hairdryer. The ionic technology means I don't expose my hair to its heat for as long as before, so perhaps this is why. My hair is also noticeably less frizzy and dry, and even looks shiny after using the Babyliss Turbo Shine with the slim nozzle.
I use the styling nozzle to direct the heat down my hair, giving a straight finish. My hair is naturally wavy but just using this hairdryer (and I don't bother with a big roller brush I just use my fingers) I find I get a pretty straight finish before I even get out my straightening irons.
This hair dryer is nice and lightweight and won't give you arm ache. It's comfortable to hold, and the buttons are in a good location for quick changes of settings. I've had this hair dryer for about 10 months now and it seems to be holding up well.
** Downsides **
The Babyliss turbo Shine is light but not small and so I've found it a pain to pack for going away. If you plan on buying a hairdryer to take on all your travels I would not recommend this one, it is simply too large.
This hair dryer is also very loud! I know that finding a hair dryer which will simply purr my hair dry is never going to happen. But this is not going to enamour anyone to their housemates or neighbours at 6 in the morning. It certainly lives up to the 'turbo' in its name- unfortunately this hair dryer sounds like a rocket taking off.
One other thing worth noting is that when drying my hair upside down I have to be very careful not to get my hair stuck in the fan. If you have long hair then watch out as this hair dryer is so powerful it will blow your hair everywhere, and unfortunately the covering to the fan is not very effective. On more than one occasion it has sucked up stray hair strands and left me with a frazzled knot of singed hair attaching me to the back of the hair dryer - not recommended!
I'm not knocking off any stars for these negative points however because all the positives more than outweigh them. And I'm sure Babyliss or someone else make a quieter and smaller version of this, but it would cost considerably more no doubt.
** Recommendations **
I'd recommend this hairdryer to anyone who wants to achieve good results on a very limited budget. If you have thick, frizzy or wavy hair like me, then this is the hair dryer for you.
This review also appears on Ciao under my username sbeach000