Product Type: Babyliss Hair Dryer
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Babyliss Elegance 2100 Hairdryer
Member Name: rosaliecullen
Babyliss Elegance 2100 Hairdryer
Date: 19/09/12, updated on 19/09/12 (44 review reads)
Advantages: Affordable & does the job
Disadvantages: Limited additional features
This hairdryer from Babyliss can be bought for £15-£20. I received it as a Christmas gift at least five years ago, possibly more. At the time it came with a bag and a set of hair clips. The hairdryer is metallic bronze/brown in colour and looks stylish and a bit different to the typical brown/silver hairdryers that are usually around.
It is quite a large hairdryer, including the nozzle, it is about 25cm in length but doesn't feel too heavy to hold or too heavy to pack in a suitcase.
In the past I have had hairdryers that have diffusers and volumisers and all kinds of extra add-on's, but this time I decided I wanted a normal hairdryer that worked and did the job quickly and efficiently. The hairdryer has limited features which was fine by me. It has 2 switches: the first switch controls the speed of the hairdryer, so you might want it on a lower speed so that you can dry hair if it is in rollers without blasting the hair and making it fall out of its rollers. I usually have it on the highest speed so I can get my hair dry as fast as possible. The other switch controls the heat, again for people sensitive to lots of heat (children, the elderly etc.), it allows you to dry the hair on a cooler setting. I very rarely use this but it is handy to have available. The last feature is a "cold-shot" button which was popular at the time these hairdryers were first sold. You press and hold a button (in a very convenient place so it isn't awkward) and a cold shot of air comes out, apparently it is to "set" the style or curl or however you have blow-dried your hair. I only really use this if I feel the hairdryer is getting too hot for me.
Although the nozzle isn't really a feature, it is a welcome addition as it allows you to focus the heat on a particular section of your hair really well and allows you to blow dry it quite straight should you want to. I've never mastered the art of blow dried curly hair so never attempt it.
For around £25 at the time, this hairdryer was and is a brilliant buy, it has lasted me literally years. I suspect it is actually older than five years old but couldn't say for sure so can conclude it is at least five years old. Unlike previous hairdryers which start getting that burning smell, this has performed really well since I have had it and continues to do so (hope I haven't jinxed it!). I towel dry my long hair (past my shoulders) and I would say it takes about 10 minutes to fully dry my hair. I do only rough dry it straight and then proceed to straighten it as I have unruly hair that doesn't like being blow-dried straight (even the hairdresser hates doing it) but still, ten minutes is fine for me.
I would be happy to buy this hairdryer again. I don't need any fancy gadgets and I'm not aware of any major break throughs in technology in the last few years that would make me buy a new hairdryer. I'm happy with my good old Babyliss and hope it remains faithful for a good while longer!
Summary: Would buy again in a heart beat