Product Type: Babyliss Hair Dryer
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Babyliss Turbo Shine - an absolute steal
Babyliss 5116U Turbo Shine Hairdryer
Member Name: sbeach000
Babyliss 5116U Turbo Shine Hairdryer
Date: 20/10/10, updated on 01/11/10 (245 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap, less frizz, more shine, fast drying
Disadvantages: large size, loud to use
** 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
Summary: My exploding hair dryer turned out to be the best thing that happened to my hair