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I had this Babyliss Elegance 5560DU as a Christmas present three years ago from my husband and have used it ever since. I wash my hair every other day so I have certainly had a lot of use out of the dryer and my children also use it when they come to stay.
The dryer itself is blue co and I would say that it looks a bit retro and seventies looking which is a look that I love. There are the words Babyliss Elegance on the side in silver and it has a silver trim around the nozzle, the switches and a flash going round the sides and rear of the dryer. There are two switches, the top one is for heat and has three settings, cool, medium and hot. The lower switch is the power button and also the power settings and has two settings, medium and fast.
The cord is fitted into a casing and a sort of ball and socket at the bottom of the dryer which makes it easy to twist round and use at all angles without the cord becoming tangled or twisted. I would say that the cord is about 2 metres which is plenty long enough for me as I use it in the spare bedroom where the plug is underneath the mirror. There is also a cool shot button at the front of the dryer but I have never used this. I would say that the dryer is medium in size and weight and is easy and comfortable to hold.
It has 2100 watts of power and does feel quite powerful and it certainly dries my hair quickly. There is a nozzle which attaches to the front which gives you a more directed heat but I have never used this and it is still in the plastic packet in my drawer. To me it isn't particularly noisy and is a similar volume to other hairdryers I have had.
This dryer has a 3 year guarantee and Ionic technology enhances hair condition and eliminates frizz for glossy shine which doesn't mean that much to me. All I know is that it dries my hair quickly and efficiently and has never let me down and I am sure still has a good many years use out of it.
I have asked my husband how much he paid and he seems to think it was about £35. I have looked online and Amazon are currently selling it for £28.99.
I chose the babylis elegance hairdryer myself as a Christmas present after my old Nicky Clark one had begun to smell a little worse for wear. I had been looking on the Argos website when I seen the babylis elegance which was reduced to £16.00. I liked the look of the colourful blue hairdryer and was convinced it was quite good after reading the features.
* 2100w for ultra speed drying
* 2 x air pressure high power airflow.
* Ionic conditioning for frizz-free shine.
* Heat balancing-ceramic technology.
* 3 heat / 2 speed settings plus cool shot.
* Hinged rear filter for easy cleaning.
* Slim salon concentrator with smooth airflow vents.
* No tangle swivel cord.
* Cushion Brush for smoothing and shaping.
* Manufacturer's 3 year guarantee.
The high wattage of this hairdryer means that the hair can be dried even faster yet it can still be protected with the 3 different heat settings.
My hair can be prone to frizz and sometimes hard to dry since I have a good few kinks running through the back so I need a hairdryer that is hot enough to really set the hair as well as conditioning to smooth out the frizz. I was happy that after the first use of this dryer I could tell it was going to work well with my hair.
The appliance dried my hair so straight and sleek that I only had to run the straighteners over the ends of my hair to seal it. This is ideal for me as I feel like I don't have to rely on the straighteners as much to create my desired look meaning less damage as my hair begins to recover from all the constant dying and bleaching.
The hairdryer is really lightweight which is also a benefit when drying your own hair there is nothing worse than a heavy dryer. I have purchased hairdryers in the past that have been too heavy and I have ended up with an aching wrist half way through drying and blasting the rest of the hair off. This dryer is light enough to manoeuvre quickly and efficiently without causing too much strain on the wrist.
The nozzle fits onto the dryer perfectly and really directs the airflow onto the hair making a smoother drying experience. I am really over the moon with this dryer and would recommend it to anyone who had frizzy or curly hair as not much work has to be put in to get the finishing desired effect.
Not only did I require my own hair straighteners, but a hair dryer as well. I've always regarded hair dryers as having a simple concept; blow hot air on my hair to make it dry. It is not that simple so I've heard. I've used plenty of cheap hair dryers that tend to die within a few months and have a nozzle that appears to melt under its own heat. A 'decent' hair dryer is not so cheap. However, due to the huge sales on the BaByliss products I decided to get the hair dryer at about £15 which goes nicely with my BaByliss 230 Pro Elegance straighteners also in blueberry colour.
--What's in the box?--
Not much at all. Packaging was kept to a minimum and only contained 2 plastic bags. One for the hair dryer and another for the blueberry coloured brush that accompanies the dryer. There is also a small leaflet which contains some general usage tips.
--What's on the box?--
Advanced fan technology gives high power airflow for super fast drying
High shine ionic conditioning
3 heat, 2 speed settings for total drying control. Plus cool shot to set and finish your style.
The hair dryer is quite small generally compared to some of the bigger ones I have used such as the Sassoon hair dryers. It has a swivel cord to prevent tangling and 2 metre cable. The plug is 3 pin with the plastic pin being stuck in place unlike some appliances I've used. The dryer has a plastic shell and a high precision removable nozzle. It is quite weighted for its size but not too heavy that you cannot hold it above your head for 5 minutes. The back can be opened to allow easy cleaning of the filter. This becomes important after long use of the dryer due to dust possibly being caught in the filter which would affect the suction power. The heat level and speed settings are toggle switches and the cool shot a push to make switch. From left to right, the heat settings are 3, 1, 2. For the speed, 2, 0, 1. This seems slightly odd to me considering I need to go from speed 2, to off before I reach speed 1. But it isn't often that I need to change settings so it isn't a big problem. The cool shot button is very easily pressed during the drying of the hair which is unfortunate but can easily be solved by remembering the button placement. Since it is a push button you need to hold it in during the cool shot duration which can be a little tedious. I've found the cool shot seems to let you find hair that is still wet easier.
--Turning it on--
It doesn't make too loud of a roar on the highest setting which is good considering the high speed motor. The temperature settings are quite nice. Even the top one does not manage to scorch your scalp but still dries quickly. The ions that are produced help reduce static in your hair and also dries the hair faster in a healthier way. The cool shot is pressed quite easily and is not as cool you may expect, but cold enough to take away the heat from your hair. Drying only take about 3-5 minutes on my thick hair. I tend to check the nozzle after use and find that is significantly cooler than the cheaper dryers I have used which tend to have a nozzle that is piping hot afterwards. The nozzle is also a little stiff to come off which ensures it will not fall off.
Hair was left softer and less frizzy than if using a cheap hair dryer and felt generally healthier. Split ends have begun to occur less often which contributes to the overall look of the hair. For £15 it is a really nice hair dryer. Although I have my doubts with the button placement, the performance of it is superb for the price which is backed up by a 3 year manufacturer warranty.