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Having long, thick hair, finding a hair dryer that dries my hair quickly and efficiently, yet at a cheap and affordable price, has been a torturous task. Unfortunately it was on I had to undertake once again after my hair dryer broke just recently. Normally I would go to places like boots or Argos to find a hair dryer but as I was in need of one quickly I took a quick trip down Wilkinson's which is the nearest shop to me to sell such items. To my surprise there was quite a few good quality hair dryers there at a very affordable price, and the BaByliss Dry and Curl 2100 soon caught my eye, costing only £17.
*Finally A Guarantee*
Now, first and foremost I think it important to point out that this hair dryer comes with a 3 year guarantee. BaByliss say that they will cover this appliance for "defects under normal use" from the date of purchase. Now this is a heaven send for me as, technology and me just don't get along. So far over these 2 years I have managed to break 4 hair dryers now being on my fifth, and I swear it's not me, at least I hope...
*In The Box*
With the 2100W hair dryer comes a concentration nozzle - ideal for creating a straight sleek look, a diffuser allowing you to add volume and enhance natural curls and finally an instruction manual which contains all the information you need. For the price I believe that these extra bits and bobs a very impressing, especially the diffuser which you would not normally get with dryers - and it really does work!
*The Several Settings*
I am very happy with the different settings on this dryer, ensuring it can cater for all hair types and styles. It has 3 heat setting and 2 speed setting, all easily accessible, and user friendly (even for the technically baffled like me), as all you need to do is flick the 2 buttons on the front. But it doesn't just end there, oh no, there is also a cool shot button to make the air cooler which gives your hair more of a shine and also is better for it. However one thing that has become an annoyance for me is that the diffuser can only be used on the lowest speed and heat setting which means it take me longer time to dry my hair, especially as it is so long and thick.
A hinged rear filter allows for easy cleaning - all you have to do is unplug the appliance and ensure it is cool, then simply holding the handle pull the top of the filter towards you. Then using a soft brush, clean any debris and hair from the filter. Moreover, normally, my hairdryers have to make home on a random patch on the floor of my bedroom with all my other clutter, but not anymore as this one comes with a hanging loop. However it's not all perfect. Unfortunately the cord is only 1.8m long, which isn't extremely short for an hairdryer but as all my sockets and very low near the floor and I am quite tall (5ft11) i find it difficult to dry the top of my head near a scalp at a reasonable distance. I Guess I should point out I have to stand up when drying my hair due to the length.
*A Bold Claim*
Everyday living can lead to a build-up of static electricity in our hair which can make the surface of the cuticle to become rough, giving it a dull appearance and can also lead to 'fly-aways'. BaByliss claim that an " ion generator produces a stream of negative ions which act to neutralise the static charge, smoothing the scales on the cuticle for shiny, smooth and manageable hair'. To this just seem to be commercial waffle and I have seen no difference in the quality of my own hair, however I will not deduct any stars for this as I didn't buy this dryer for the ions but to dry my hair.
*The Big Question*
Yes, I would definitely recommend this hair dryer, the value for money is amazing and the extra features are a bonus. It is definitely fast drying with the exception of when using the diffuser tool.