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I bought this last year for £15, I just wanted a small hair dryer that was easy to pack, rather than my bulky thing. I came across this Babyliss travel hair dryer, the thing I have found in the past with travel hair driers, is that they are never as powerful as normal ones, and they have taken ages to dry my hair. This stated that is was fats drying, and so I decided to try and give it a try, with it been cheap too.
The hair dryer is black in colour, with Babyliss wrote on the side with a few small flowers on, thats it apart from that it is pretty plain and basic. The hair dryer does come with a concentrator nozzle, which to be honest I have never used. It also comes with a little carry case, I say little because it is actually smaller than the hair dryer is. The reason for this is that the handle of the hair dryer actually folds down to make it a little smaller. To do this you just push it and it folds down, its that easy.
The hair dryer has two heat settings, and two speed settings. Both high and low. I would recommend to use the high speed to initially dry your hair, but then when you want to style it use the low setting, as the high one just messes up your hair.
On using this when I was on holiday for the first time, I was not too sure what to expect. I had not actually tried it before we came away, which maybe I should of. So away on holiday, dripping wet hair, and wanting to get out as soon as I could, so just how would the hair dryer work for me.
Well to start I had the dryer on the high setting, I was quite shocked at how powerful the dryer was, with it been so small, it has an easy to grip handle which made it easier to move it around my hair. Normally my hair does take a while to dry, because it is so thick. It actually was not much different with this, but the thing I expected was for it to take longer to dry, and it did not, it took about the same time, and it was dry as a bone. Normally I have patches of wetness in places, but I did not seem to have any with this.
I would recommend this to buy, as it was cheap, and it does work very well, I will be taking this on every holiday I go on, in future. It fit well in my suitcase, without taking up much room, and is very easy to use. I never used the slow setting, as I do not really need to style my hair, I just brush it and it falls in to place, but some people may need this setting. I would buy one of these again should mine break, it was well worth the money.
When we booked our holiday in February, I had intended to do what I normally do when I go away and borrow my Mum's travel hair dryer. It wasn't until a couple of weeks before we were due to go away I remembered that my Mum & Dad were going on holiday two days before us so I wouldn't be able to use Mum's.
So I logged onto trusty old Amazon and had a browse through the various travel hair dryers they have for sale, after looking at several and reading reviews I settled on on the catchily named BaByliss 5344U (just rolls off the tongue doesn't it) it just fell into my budget of up to £15 being priced at well £15, so I went for Amazon's super saver delivery option and waited.
A couple of days later just as I was getting dressed after a shower, there was a knock at the door and on the otherside was the posty with my parcel - excellent timing!! I decided to use it straight away to dry my hair.
Looks wise the black BaByliss is nothing special, however the little flower design underneath the branding brighten it up a little and the coral coloured power switch co-ordinates with the design. It comes with a concentrator nozzle too. You can adjust the voltage from 240v to 125v if needed. The power lead is over 150cm in length so great if there isn't a plug socket next to the mirror. The plug is of the UK 3 pin variety so you will need an adaptor if going abroad.
It's not the smallest travel hair dryer I have seen, but the handle folds up when not in use to save space and it only weighs around 400grams so it is nice and lightweight. It comes with it's own little pouch to store it in as well which is very handy, the pouch has the BaByliss branding and matching flower design, so that you know what it is for I presume. It is slightly larger than the hair dryer when folded and you can fit a small hairbrush and travel sized styling product in there too.
20cm x 25cm (handle unfolded)
20cm x 15cm (handle folded)
26cm x 16cm (in pouch)
I was impressed with how powerful the hair dryer is for something which is fairly small, packing 2000w (when set to 240v) it matches my "everyday" hair dryer for power, and it dried my shortish hair pretty quickly. It actually seemed to dry it faster than my usual hair dryer does. It has two settings I & II these don't seem to alter the heat just the powerfulness of it.
With it having a folding handle I was a bit worried it might collapse while I was moving it around when drying my hair, but it seems to be quite secure and only folds when shaken really violently (for test purposes).
I have since been on holiday and I'm really glad I bought this hair dryer, it took up hardly any room in my suitcase and worked really well.
I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a new travel hair dryer.
The Babyliss 5344U Travel Dry Hair Dryer is a compact 2000 watt travel hairdryer with a folding handle gives fast drying results at home or away.Helpful HintsThe high heat and high speed settings are for initial drying then use the low heat and speed settings for styling.The concentrator nozzle is great for straightening or styling hair with a brush. Use the professional concentrator nozzle for directing the air just where you want it. For additional control use one of the lower settings and point the air-flow along the surface of the hair to be dried.For extra body and volume in the hair, lean forward so the head is upside down when drying.