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~*~*~ Babyliss Turbo Shine 2000 Hair Dryer ~*~*~
~ What is it? ~
This is a hair dryer from Babyliss, it's a 2000 watt dryer with 3 heat settings and three speeds.
~ Why I bought it ~
I had this hair dryer bought for me by my step mum a few years back and although I have had other dryers bought for me since then I do quite often revert back to using this one as it's the lightest one I have!
~ The dryer ~
It's nothing spectacular to look at, it has a black plastic body and the switches are housed on the handle. It came with a concentrator nozzle that I have since lost but it functions perfectly well without it.
It's a decent sized hair dryer but is quite light to use so your arm doesn't start to ache from using it, which is a good thing.
It has three speed and three heat settings I tend to use it on the lowest heat, maybe medium sometimes and at the fastest speed and this will dry my hair off fairly quickly.
~ Using it ~
This is nice and easy to use, simply plug it into the point and use the switches on the handle to choose you speed and heat setting, it's also easy to change between whilst drying your hair and the cold shot button is also easily located at the top of the inside of the handle.
Being light to hold it's comfortable to use and I can easily give myself a complete blow dry as easily as I can rough dry my hair.
When used with the concentration nozzle you can direct the heat down the hair shaft to ensure a good shine on the hair.
~ Overall ~
I like this hair dryer, I haven't been particularly careful with it and it has lasted well, it's usually just thrown into a draw and just pulled out when needed, even so it show little sign of wear and still has it's nice black glossy finish.
It can be bought for around the £10 - £15 mark which I think is pretty cheap for a decent hair dryer so I would recommend this if you want a decent hair dryer at a low price.
Thanks for reading :o) x
I have had my Babyliss hairdryer for quite a while now but it has lasted me and is still going strong. I have always liked Babyliss as a brand and have owned a lot of their hairstyling products and so when I saw their hairdryer range after my last one broke, I knew they would be good. I bought this 5116U on Amazon about a year ago and it is a very good hairdryer, one of the best I've ever owned, it is a 2000W Turbo Shine hairdryer and has a few different settings on it. It comes with the nozzle on the top but I always take this off as I never tend to blow dry my hair straight.
This hairdryer is nice in design, it is black and has the Babyliss logo on the side in silver. It can be adjusted on the handle by in terms of which setting you want it on and it also has Turbo Shine written on the side. The nozzle that it comes with is a concentrator nozzle which is meant to help with straightening and styling. This hairdryer comes with a hanging loop to make it easy to store it and also it has 2 heat/speed settings. The other great thing about this hairdryer is the fact that it is light to hold so makes it easy when drying hair, The handle is so easy to grip onto and hold and control when in use.
BABYLISS 5116U HAIRDRYER
So, the heat settings on this are very good, there are two heat settings and two speed settings as well as a cool shot button which I never tend to use. The speed setting I tend to use is the highest, the same goes with the heat so that it dries my hair quicker as I have quite thick hair. However, if I am styling my hair, I will take the heat setting down to the lowest so that it does not bend and damage the brush. With the speed settings there are only two but I find this enough as both will do for different styling. This hairdryer also has an iconic conditioning system inbuilt to finish hair making it look frizz free.
With it being a 2000W hairdryer, it is very powerful and dries my hair really quickly and also makes it look a lot straighter than I normally get with other hairdryers as it is as powerful as a salon hairdryer. It has lines on the handle where fingers can grip onto so it is easy to get a firm hold on the handle to really style hair. The hairdryer comes with a 3 year manufacturer's guarantee but thankfully I have never had any problems since buying the hairdryer so have never had to do anything. The nozzle is good if you want to style hair as it is slim so easy to direct it to get hair looking great.
The cord on this dryer is long enough also for plugging in and standing up to dry hair. It blasts out hot air really powerfully and makes it an easy job drying my hair which I usually dread. Since having this hairdryer, drying my hair has been a quick task and my hair has still felt soft after drying with this, I always use the nozzle when styling my fringe and it looks brilliant by the end as having it on the low heat doesn't damage my hair. The dryer is easy to switch off as the switch just goes to the centre but it did take me a while to figure out that turning it up made it go on the highest speed.
In terms of hairdryers, this is a great one as being salon quality it finishes better than most normal hairdryers. It doesn't have a lot of features but it is enough for me. It isn't too expensive either for the price either and that is why it is a good purchase. If you like to blow dry your hair straight and style your fringe or your hair then this is good for the nozzle and the power. If you have quite thin hair and only need to quickly blast hair then you may find this might be too much for you and you might not need the salon finish. For the price though, the power is great and it is worth it alone for this.
This hairdryer costs only £14.95 from Amazon and that's with free delivery which to me is a great price for this type of model and they are easy to buy from.
The official Babyliss website is http://www.babyliss.co.uk/.
I distinctly remember buying my Babyliss Turbo Shine. I was in my third year of uni and my hairdryer broke, so I bought a new one in with my food shop at Morrisons. I remember being really resentful at the time at having to spend £20 on a hairdryer!
Well, I graduated 5 years ago now and my hairdryer is still going strong so it was certainly a good investment. My straighteners are Babyliss as well, I've always found them to be an affordable but high quality hair product brand. The dryer currently sells for around £15-20 online.
The hairdryer is the perfect size, the barrel (full length) is 22cm and the handle is 17cm. It is incredibly lightweight and easy to hold up for long periods of time. I'd say the size is just perfect - not too small but not too big and a good weight. The cable is 177cm so again a good length, although it doesn't 'twizzel' where it meets the hairdryer, although that's never bothered me.
The dryer is black all over with silver detailing. Mine used to say 'Babyliss Turbo Dry' along the nozzle but after 5 years that has almost completely worn away! There is a clip to the back so that you can remove any dust that gets caught. I've cleaned it out maybe twice in five years so it doesn't need much maintenance!
The dryer has three settings, all increase the intensity of the blow. Personally I always use it on the highest setting, but my hair is very long and thick. The settings are on a sliding button which is really convenient, and located to the outside of the handle so it's easy to change when you need to but you don't catch it by accident. There is a 'cool' button to the upper inside of the handle. I wouldn't say it's in a very convenient place and you have to hold it in so it does kind of hurt your thumb. However I never really use it anyway as I don't find the dryer gets uncomfortably hot.
When using, this fairly small dryer packs a powerful punch! I find it has a strong airflow and a good heat, and it dries my long, thick hair quite quickly. I tend to dry my hair through, let it go crazy and then straighten it, but I have dried it with a barrel brush before and this hairdryer leaves hair shiny and sleek. I've never had any problems with my hair looking dry or dull after using this dryer, but then I always use heat protection and good quality shampoo/conditioner, as well as a vast array of other hair care products.
I've done some research on Amazon and apparently this dryer uses 'ion technology'. I've discussed this in a review before - I have no idea what it is but it sounds good. Apparently it keeps hair frizz free and shiny. My dryer did come with a removable concentrator nozzle but this has long been lost. It clipped on and off, as is standard. The motor is apparently 2000w (again, means nothing to me but might be helpful to you out there!)
Top drying tips;
* Always use a heat protection spray to protect hair
*If you want volume, flip your head upside down and dry, then don't strraighten from the roots. Use straighteners from about 3-4cm down from your roots.
*For a sleek look, use the concentrator attachment, and blow dry hair in sections using a barrel brush (if you struggle with this like me, invest in a hot brush - see my previous review!)
*Always angle the dryer down your hair as opposed to at 90 degrees or up, as this will encourage your hair to dry straight and not cause it to get blown upwards and tangled
I've used this hairdryer approximately 3 times a week for 5 years. That's approximately 468 times and it's still going strong. That works out at 0.04p per blow dry (so far!) which is pretty cool. I can see this dryer lasting for much longer, there's nothing wrong with it and I don't spy any distress signals. Overall, this dryer is the perfect size and weight, dries hair effectively and the ionic technology leaves your hair smooth and frizz free. I think I've got a great product, and definitely a huge bargain! If it ever does die, I will definitely get another Babyliss dryer
After being away for a few days last week, we returned home and I was gutted to realise I had left my hair dryer behind!
Very gutted in fact as we had checked the room before we left to make sure we had everything.
Anyway, a girl can't live without her trusty drier so out came the Argos book to look for a cheapish replacement.
I say cheapish because I don't really spend hours on my hair so just need one that dries it in a reasonable time.
The babyliss turbo shine jumped out of the page at me and at £14.99 it wouldn't break the bank.
It came in a black box with a picture of the dryer
Turbo shine 2000
Powerful drying with shine
High shine ionic conditioning
2 heat/speeds plus a cool setting
Slim concentrator nozzle
Hanging loop for easy storage
Did it live up to expectations?
Well, it was very light weight which will be great for travelling and I did notice a slight improvement in condition after using. My hair felt more sleek and looked a tad shinier than it usually does, which is a bonus and maybe with continuous use this may improve further.
The dryer was quite noisy but then most of them usually are but I don't find that a problem. Hair was dry in about just over five minutes. The cable is also plenty long enough .
All in all a very good quality, reasonably priced hair dryer I would recommend.
A couple of days later I found my old dryer in the bottom of my bag! I hadn't lost it after all! How annoying! No worries though. Me and daughter can have one each now. But I get to keep the new one.
I bought this a few years ago as the cheap old travel hairdryer I'd been using blew up in my hands!
I had to borrow my flat mate's super-charged 'cermaic' hair dryer and was so impressed with how sleek and shiny my hair looked after use I decided to invest in a really decent hairdryer.
I was looking for a compromise between performance and cost and found this item in Boots for just under £30 which was a good price (the £15 listing on Amazon is an absolutely bargain!). It was the lowest price 'performance' haridryer in stock. I've had many Babyliss gadgets before and have confidence in the brand.
This came with minimal packaging and instructions (which again I didn't read, as it's simple to operate!). Mine is in silver and has a rubber 'valve' on the end so it can be hung up for storage when not in use (like in the hairdresser's).
It comes with a detachable diffuser (as pictured) and which I use all the time as I find the directed heat helps to keep hair smooth during drying.
It comes with three settings which increase the power of the warm air rather than the temperature. It also has a button for cooler air. I use this setting all the time as I find it is perfect for damaged or over-processed hair (my hair can't stand exposure to a lot of heat). I find it takes a bit of dexterity to hold the dryer and depress the button with one hand and this is my only criticism - it would be much improved by having a cool air switch rather than a button, but this is a minor quibble. I do have some RSI and problems with my thumbs but have managed with it so far! The button is quite small though so not sure it would be suitable for anyone with arthritic joints in their hands.
Sincce using my hair has been more manageable, shiny and healthy looking.
I liked it so much I bought one for my mother too.