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When I first moved out of my parents house (Age 18) I had to make a list of all the essentials I would need to buy - and on a budget! There was the obvious things like a Hoover, Washer, Fridge etc. etc. but then of course I remembered I needed a Hair Dryer! One of those essentials people may forget when making such a list!
My first stop to look for a reasonably priced Hair Dryer was the good old Argos catalogue, I was astonished at how expensive some of the dryers were! Really would "extras" could these extortionate dryers do?! To be honest I had little choice but to go with the cheapest and that surprisingly was this Babyliss model. Babyliss is a brand I've always trusted as I've used many of their hair appliances before with great results, which is why I was surprised at the low price tag of £9.99.
When it came to use the dryer I wasn't very optimistic since it was so cheap and I suspected that I may find blowing on my hair myself quicker at drying! But what a pleasant surprise to find that this dryer is just as good if not better than any I've used before. I had 2 heat settings depending on how hot or fast you want your hair dried, I personally always use the highest and my hair which is shoulder length, is dry within about 5 minutes which I think is brilliant!
There is a detachable nozzle, so if you want to give it a proper blow dry you can and this is easy to take on and off. There is no Cool button like a lot of other dryers, but I'm not too bothered about that personally.
I've had this Hair Dryer now since 2009 and it's still going strong so I can't ask for better value than that! There is only one fault I have found with it (and it's something I don't think is unusual for most dryers) and that is if you switch the dryer off say half way through drying your hair, it will not allow you to switch it back on for 5 minutes or so while it cools down (a safety feature probably) so if you want to continuously quickly dry your hair, then don't switch it off until your done.
Valuable product from Babyliss.
This is a very cheap hairdryer, perfect for just straight forward drying but not a lot else to it. It is quite powerful considering it's size and has two speed settings to choose from. The hairdryer is very small in size and perfect to fit in a bag or suitcase if going away for a few days. It comes complete with a shaped nozzle to apply heat directly when styling. To be honest the nozzle doesn't work very well because of it's size. i can't decide whether it's badly designed or it's me thats used to a larger heavier model when styling and just can't quite get used to this. i also find this quite noisy considering its size. its not too bad on the lower setting but the high speed is definately louder than what i was previously used to. The cord is not very long either which has it's drawbacks when deciding where is best to dry and style your hair. There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to reach a mirror from the plug. It's straight forward and easy to use but doesn't have any outstanding features. A bit of a let down if your used to a professional finish.
I have since bought another hairdryer which is much more what i wanted and nowadays i only use this to dry my toenails quickly. I wouldn't recommended this to anyone who wants a more professional finish but for plain old getting your hair dry, i suppose it does its job.
If you have read a few of my other reviews, if you've learned nothing else you might have got the impression that I'm really quite lazy about a lot of things. My hair being one. Until quite recently I had really long hair, and its length usually reflects whether or not I can be bothered to go get it cut.
Now for some reason, I didn't have a hairdryer, I would always just let it dry naturally. I guess in my bone idle state of mind I told myself that it was better for my hair, less heat damage and all that. Here's the really weird part...due to my work patterns I'd often either go to bed with wet hair (yuck) or tie it back wet and go to work...and yet it never occurred to me to BUY A HAIRDRYER!
Anyway, when my mum found out I didn't have one she was horrified, and slightly confused as was I as to why I didn't just buy one if it bothered me so much to have wet hair at annoying times of day. So on Christmas this was a very welcome present!
DESIGN AND FEATURES
The Babyliss 2000 is, quite unsurprisingly, a 2000 watt dryer. I quickly checked out other dryers online (due to my complete ignorance) and this seems to be standard of pretty decent competing models. It has two heat/speed settings, and "heat balancing ceramic techology". This and the "slim concentrator nozzle" promise to be beneficial for straight styling. Can you tell that this is really all Greek to me? The dryer weighs 0.42kg which is pretty light and comes with a three-year guarantee.
I think it looks quite nice, I mean hairdryers are never going to be the prettiest of things but the dome at the end is electric blue which I really like. It's not too bulky and has a "hanging loop" on the handle, although I really cant see anyone trying to hang it from this. I'm not sure what hook is going to fit through it easily enough for you to be able to get it back off again. Babyliss seem proud of it though and boast it on the box.
PUTTING IT TO THE TEST
My hair is currently just past shoulder-length but very thick. I was able to dry it in five minutes, and this from me, a rookie hairdryer user! I prefer to use the concentrator nozzle and it actually really did help to make my hair straighter. Obviously it would be a lot better if I had run the GHDS over it (I know, they are totally wasted on me) but that's a little too much effort. Baby steps. I'm not always happy to wear my hair down unless I've straightened it since the hairdresser did a crappy job last time and, guess what, I WAS TOO LAZY TO GO BACK AND GET IT REDONE, but it actually looked really nice. Result!
I found the dryer light to use and at the highest heat setting it wasn't so hot I could feel it burning my head! Best of all it is very quiet even at the highest setting.
My one quibble is that the cord isn't all that long, definitely shorter than on my GHDs. I couldn't reach the mirror which isn't a huge problem for me, but if you're wanting to style your hair and like to see what you're doing, unless you have a mirror near a plug you might not like this!
I'm really glad I got this dryer. Obviously, any would have improved my situation but I'm really happy with this model. If it can dry my hair in five minutes and make it look sleeker and straighter, I can't really see anything to complain about. I'm a reformed character, and perhaps one of my New Year's resolutions should be to make more effort with my hair!
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
You can pick the Babyliss Turbo Dry 2000 up at Argos for £11.69. I feel this is pretty good value, especially as it comes with a three-year manufacturer's guarantee. There is also a version for curly hair, with an extra attachment, which sells for £14.69. I believe you can buy Babyliss dryers at Wilkinsons as well and most likely department stores/larger chemists too.
High power 2000 watt dryer for fast drying. 2 heat, 2 speed settings.Heat balancing ceramic technology. Slim concentrator nozzle for straight styling. With heat balancing ceramic technology and slim concentrator for straight styling. Lightweight for ease of use.