“ Brand: Babyliss / Type: Hair Straighteners / Relaxers „
I love this curling iron/straightener! It creates totally natural looking curls/waves in hair and has heat settings that are as close to personalized as you can buy at a drug store. The heat settings listed are:
synthetic hair: artificial, thin, damaged, easily broken, curls easily
fine hair: thin, damaged, curls easily
medium/normal hair: just the average hair
coarse hair: thick, doesn't curl easily, damaged
The heat settings are set to be hot enough to curl the hair types according to how mich it takes to get a curl, but are also set low enough that it will not burn or scorch these hair types.
The clasp on this curling iron does not leave an awkward crease in hair like so many other curling iron clasps do so the piece of hair being curled is smooth and kink free.
I use this curling iron all the time because I am obsessed with the natural looking curls it helps me to acheive. The curls can last up to two days (if you don't watch your hair). I even think the curls look best the second day.
I would recommend to leave the piece of hair being curled on the iron for anywhere from 8-10 seconds. Applying a heat protectant spray or foam to the ends of hair would be very beneficial to even further protect breakage.
Babyliss it's a good flat iron, but i personally prefer the karmin g3 flat iron, my favorite :)
For years I have been keen on styling my hair and I have tried a plethora of different products to allow me to have the beautiful curls that I have always craved. Now that I have finally cracked having curly hair whenever I want (a specific hair cut and certain products to boost curls) I have been able to stop always buying different hair styling electrical items. One item that I have owned for several years is this Babyliss You Curl styler. Now my husband purchased this for me one Christmas and I believe he paid around the £30 mark, however these can still be picked up now for around £25-£30 or even less on eBay occasionally.
The main reason for me wanting these curlers over the hundreds of other products available on the market, and several that I've tried before and probably owned at the time of getting this, was that this looked different. This particular styler has the ceramic heating plates that all good styling electrical items have now, however it has curved plates rather than straight flat ones and this really did appeal to me. Basically they have two flat straight ceramic plates, like a straightener, and then the two curved plates on the edge. This means that you can run your hair through the plates and with a simple twist motion you can curl your hair around the plates and get a lovely curl, in theory at least.
There are three different heat temperatures on these curlers and they can be adjusted simply by sliding the plastic adjuster up or down. This is very simple to use but there is nothing to indicate what the different temperatures are so I have always just used this on the maximum setting to be sure of a good finish. These heat up very quickly and are ready to use in under a minute, regardless of temperature. There is no need to wait between curling sections of hair as this stays incredibly hot and gives an even temperature for the whole time I am using it. There are plastic pieces with little dots on them at the end of both curling sections and these are the 'cool tips' which allowing you to pick this up or use it without running the risk of burning your fingers - perfect for an accident prone person such as myself.
I will be honest and say that while I have had these curlers for a number of years I have not always used them during this time. I only recently dug them out when clearing out my bedroom drawers and bedside tables. I then decided that I didn't really have any use for them any more and after using them on my niece last week before she went to a party for the day I decided that she could have them and have given them away. The reason for this is because I have GHD straighteners and I have shorter hair now which is far easier to curl and style as I want to, also I use better products now which generally help me achieve my curls with minimum fuss and not much electrical styling at all.
These curlers, as with any electrical hair styling product, will work in different ways depending on the length and thickness of your hair as well as the products used. You may find that you have the sort of hair that is of medium thickness and is easy to style and hold in place, however the ladies in my family don't normally get blessed with this hair! We normally have thick hair that is a nightmare to brush and style sufficiently and normally drops within a few hours. Now my niece has this hair too and she feels as loathsome of it as the rest of the women in my family. Now the next part of this review is going to centre around my use of this styling my nieces hair for her party last weekend.
I started using these after I had washed, conditioned and blow dried my nieces hair. I then made sure that I brush it as straight as possible but I didn't actually use any straighteners on this before hand. I then applied some curling product throughout her hair to try and aid the curls and then I set to work. I used sectioning clips to section off three areas of the top of her hair and three below. I then set to work with small sections of around 1 inch wide and spent around about 20 seconds curling each section. I then undone it gently and once I had done one complete section I then worked it with my fingers before giving it a generous spray with hair spray. Each curled section looked quite similar in appearance because I was able to use both hands for this to ensure that the curls were evenly sized before I curled them. I found that the curls worked out very well when I styled my nieces hair, as they usually did with my own.
The way that you use this is very simple. Just place the open curlers over the section of hair that you want to start with and then you turn it halfway round to ensure that the curved parts are on the outside. You then curl these through your hair and at the end you should be left with a perfect curled section of hair. Ensuring that you take your time while using the curlers will give a better curl without a nasty ridge in it and ensuring that you do this without having straightened your hair will also give a better result as you won't end up with a nasty kink in it.
This really is very simple to use, as it should sound (I hope!) and this is why I have kept this for all these years. The only reason that I have got rid of these now is that I have moved over to rollers for evenings out and have hair that is cut in a manner and thinned too that allows it to be curlier than ever before and it looks fantastic (I think anyway!). This does curl my hair, effectively, but I have found that there are other methods that are simpler for me and give me a better result too. My nieces hair did look wonderful but then her hair is normally quite straight so this gave her a really different look. I used hair spray to hold her curls in place and they held for at least 5 hours while she was out and until she went to bed, by the morning her hair was just a big frizzy mess again like most of us ladies in my family wake up too!
I would definitely say that these are worth trying if you like to curl your hair and they work far quicker and far more effectively than standard curling tongs which is a huge plus. I feel that these are worthy of 4 out of 5 stars. They do not always curl effectively if you go in one of the two directions you can turn it in and I cannot see any logical reason for why this is. I have found it takes around about 20 minutes to do my hair with these which isn't restrictive to my day and if I want some light curls in my hair then I can just leave the curls without any hair spray and they gradually relax in to a tousled, almost bed hair kind of look that really suits my style. I have now handed these over to my niece and I know from Facebook (love her!) that she has been using these quite often this week already and it seems that she has got to grips with them too as I've seen lots of pictures of her looking fantastic. I liked that these have straightening plates on them as I could use them for straightening too if I took care and this was ideal as I didn't actually own a pair of GHDs (shock horror!) when I first got these about 3 or 4 years ago. They have lasted well, probably because they've been chucked in a drawer for months on end now and I'm sure they will do my niece a nice turn too.
I also receieved these Babyliss curling irons as a gift for Christmas last year I think, and made use of them straight away. I was fairly disappointed with their first outcome because my hair just looked messy. There are picture instructions that describe how you should use the curling irons but it is very difficult to get the intended result. I have had a lot of practice with these curlers but the outcome is still only average; and I certainly wouldn't use them to do my hair if I was going out.
I think the problem with them is that the plates themselves are too chunky, and unless you have really long hair - you end up with curls starting half way down your head. There are also limits to how they work, for example taking a very small amount, the hair won't curl, and taking about half a handful of hair also won't curl. Therefore, to get the most 'ringletty' style of curls you need to take about a cm width of hair each time; which takes FOREVER. The other problem with these curlers is that they create kinks at the end of your hair which looks really quite bad and no matter what I do I can't prevent it from happening.
In my opinion the only thing that the curlers are good for is for creating extremely loose curls, and if that's what you are after then this product has got to be yours. For all others like me who like more defined curls, and want curly wurly hair - these curlers won't give you that.
I got this last Christmas and I was really excited to start using it as I absolutely love curly hair and couldn't wait to try out this product. I read the instructions, and it seemed pretty simple. I knew it probably wasn't going to be the easiest way to curl my hair but this could double up as a straighter so I thought it was a really good idea.
The first couple times I used it I had no idea what I was doing, and decided that that was why my hair probably was even less curly to start with. It was tricky twisting it round and I didn't know how many times to twist it and my hair was getting caught in the sides and it was all a big mess. So when I kind of got the hang of doing exactly what was said to do in the instruction booklet and my hair was being straightened rather than curled, it was vert fustrating.
Occasionally, and I do mean VERY occasionally, the "curler" would make a slight dint in my hair and the rest would be poker straight. It does heat up very quickly and is pretty much ready to go as soon as you press the"On" button, but apart from that I can't think of any other advantages...
It seems like a good idea, because having had my hair curled with straightners before professionally, I thought this would be a really good idea, an easier way to achieve perfect curls, but this product did disappoint me. It doesn't curl my hair at all! Of course I have to take into consideration that maybe my hair isn't the best when it comes to styling, it is quite thin and doesn't hold curls for that long, but I at least expected the You Curl to create some nice curls that could have been held in with the help of some hair products.
I now use it as a hair straightner, I'm not a big fan on really straigh hair and I would rather just leave it naturally, but it works perfectly fine as a straightner, the only problem is it is meant to be a hair curler. If you are looking for something that will give you wonderful curls, stick with the curling wands which give much better results. You will be disappointed if you invest in this one.
Although it is a reasonable price, it still doesn't do the job that you expect it to so in my opinion, it is not worth the money.
It could have been a great product... If it actually worked!
This products promises the creation of soft, easy curls using the basis on a straightening iron, but with curled plates which enable a better, more fluid result.
But personally, I've had nothing but trouble with these irons. I'm definitely far from a hair styling pro, but I could not achieve the curls I want or the curls which I should be able to get. I tried following their video help, and others, and yet couldn't easily get a hold of it, and just never got curls, no matter how hard I tired. And curling the ringlet tightly with your finger afterwards is a no no, it's too hot, and if you wait for it to cool down, it makes no difference.
They have quite a flimsy, cheap plastic look to them, sort of easily broken if bent too much. They buttons for temperature and on/off are right were you put your fingers which can result in an accidental turn off. There was no heat proof part to it in order to protect your hand from the irons throughout the long process, and the plastic could get quite warm, though not too hot or damaging. The existence of the metal plates meant that the process of curling your hair was a lot more 'fiddly' for were you then put your hands, which just added to the difficulty of using the irons 'correctly'.
I bought these originally for around £40, and on the pure basis that they didn't work for me and are now just sat in a draw, they were definitely not worth it. £40 is not expensive for some styling irons, but these irons even looked cheap - flimsy plastic with some metal. I couldn't possibly recommend these, even if more people than not got the great result they wanted, because they aren't that easy to use, and you can't guarantee a great result for £40.
Getting hair to curl, perfectly is pretty imposible it is much easier to straighten and unless you are a professional hairdresser or just know how to curl hair then you'll be fine with an ordinary straightener.
I was looking for a remedy to curl my hair and came across this, on the box, it looks perfect so simple and it was on offer (at £17.99 which I thought was a good buy) so it was great but thats just, on the box.
The curler is very simple and will fit anywhere, the wire is long enough most of the time and it does not usuallly tend to get tangled up like others.
The curler heats up incredibly fast, once you have plugged it in you have to press the on button and select the heat you want to use, there are three different setting, low, medium and high.
But then comes the curling part, it seemed so simple on the adverts but actually doing it was a nightmare.
I couldn't get one curl to stay well, curly! The instructions make it look so easy but when you are curling your hair it is rather awkward. I didn't know what way to twist or turn.
I ended up with straight hair, for me this is like my second straightener, it does the job perfectly but that is to straighten it curling it does not even pop up in m mind.
I do not recommend this to anyone looking for a curler it is too complicated and it will probably never be used or taken on trips or journeys like I do.
If you are looking for a curler, any wand or stick however you like to call it, is miles easier by far and probably cheaper and it will actually curl your hair instead of straightening it.
Overall not pleased with this product at all, regret buying it and do not recommend it to anyone looking for a curler.
I bought these curling irons after seeing their fantastic advert on the television. They seemed like a really quick and easy way to curl your hair. They work supposedly in a similar way as you would use your traditional GHD's do to curl your hair, by wrapping the hair around once and then pulling the irons down your hair to produce the curl.
I have to say they do work, but it took me quite a bit of practice to get them to work in the first place. About an hour after starting to practice I had managed to create one curl. After you have got the hang of how to use them, it becomes easier to curl your hair.
Despite them working (eventually), I'm not keen on these curlers. I find that they are poorly made and they pull strands of your hair out as you are using them because they get caught on the plates and this can be quite painful. They are cheap at £19.99 but you get what you pay for in quality and reliability.
I much prefer my plain old GHD straighteners, which you can do exactly the same thing with, much easier and they are top quality, do not pull and leave your hair in lovely glossy condition. They cost an awful lot more, but they do everything you would want to do with your hair so I don't really need anything else.
I only bought the babyliss curlers because I didnt realise I could curl my hair with my GHD's as my hairdresser has since taught me. If I had know that in the first place I wouldn't have bought them. So now they sit in my cuboard, redundant and useless.
All in all I would give the Babyliss You Curl curlers 5/10 because yes after plenty of practice they do give you the desired effect, but they are cheap and poor quality, they pull your hair out, and they are basically pointless if you have decent quality straighteners.
Babyliss You Curl Curling irons!
I saw the babyliss you curl and watched the adverts of it and I went on their site and it seemed really good and that it is really quick and easy to do! So when my sister gave it to me on christmas day I was really happy, so I plugged it in and read the instruction which were a bit confusing and the images don't even help as they all look like they are showing the same thing! But I started and it was a bit difficult even getting the irons to the right position as my hair kept sliding off the irons and becoming twisted and tangled, which is not the look I want to go for!
I followed what it said on the sheet and pulled it down a small section of my hair which was very difficult to do as they kept jerking down my hair, instead of my slowly and smoothly gliding down my hair, which gave my hair a crimped look instead of a curl! It doesn't curl my hair and it straightens it!! I am very disappointed with the results and I would not recommend anyone buying it!! A waste of money in my opinion, but other peoples hair is different so it might work on someone elses.
Thank you for reading my review, I have not put anything about the price as I don't recommend anyone buying it, but you can buy it from boots, superdrug and argos if you want for about £18. :D
So i bought these hair ncurling tongs for my girlfriend at christmas time. I got them cheap as there was a pricing error on them. They cost £23, bargain!
Considering that my girlfriends hair is of medium length and very thick they work really well. They are very easy to use and she tells me the hair style is maintained.
One thing that the curling tongs do do is get extremely hot around the outside barrels so do be extra careful when using them.
A good investment that put a smile on the gf's face. They are durable and definatley worth the money, especially the price they are now.
they can are portable...but when they get extra hot they take longer to cool down. The cable is a hassle when cooling or putting it away. overall, my girlfriend is impressed with them and uses them alot. She would defo recomend them to others esp for the price they are nowadays.
Having poker straight hair, and wanting a new look just now and again, I took the plunge and purchased these in a sale for £18.
My decision was based on how easy it seemed to make those suttle waves, along with being quick when your running out of time.
It appeared that you could use them what ever length of hair you had (mine being shoulder length), and the curl was variant from loose and at the ends only, to a crown to tip wave.
In my mind this was the ideal styler, ticking all the boxes. How wrong was I!
On rushing home, I set about putting it to the test.
I read the instructions, and even checked the demo video on the website, but i would not get it right no matter how hard i tried.
I might left handed, but that shouldnt make a difference, but even following the instructions to the letter, I was left with something that in no way shape or form resembled a curl?
On brushing once the hair was cold, my hair became fuzzy, and in all honesty looked a mess.
I even had the girls round who also gave it a go, trying it out on each other, all of whom got the same result as me.
hence i have found this product a waste of money, time and effort.
unfortunately, as it was used, i couldnt return, so its now sat in a box in the junk cupboard.
so girls, if you are looking for a quick fix to get the curls, there isnt one - stick to the straighteners or curling tongs - they do a far better job
Its always been something of a mystery to me why my hair cannot decide if it wants to be straight or curly - so I have always had to use a bunch of hot styling products to keep it from being statically wavy.. Since I decided I wanted curly hair occasionally I knew I would have to buy something that could provide those curls with as little hassle as possible.. Having tried a few curlers in the past with no luck, this was the next on my list!
~*~ So what is the Babyliss You Curl? ~*~
Advertised as a revolutionary curler, this curling iron has a different look to all other curlers on the market.. Gone is the traditional barrel curler in with a new type. A half barrel split into two sections and two hot plates between.. In essence they are a straightener with curved cooling plates that heat up in seconds!
The curlers themselves have three separate settings which have no actual temperatures on, which isn't so good in the first place..
The curlers are at the desired temperature in literal seconds, so no long wait before you can use them..
No worries about burning your fingers while you curl, there are cool tips on the end to hold whilst you use them to keep away those burnt fingertips..
They also have ultra-fast heat recovery, meaning you get maintained heat for all curls..
~*~ Sounds good - but does it work? ~*~
Well given I have had my curlers 6 months I thought I have had enough time with them to give you a full and frank opinion about them..
Just to start with one thing I will say it that the effects of the curlers will vary depending on what type of hair you have.. Personally my hair is quite fine, and in essence a total pain in the behind!
However, when you open the box you are faced with your new curlers all wrapped up in plastic with the usual ties and plug covers, also in this box you get a guide which is to help you use your new curlers.. There are step by step plans, with pictures to show you how to create perfect curls.. As I said before, if you have the hair they seem to think you have these instructions, will happily curl your hair to the desired curliness..
This is how your meant to use your curlers...
Place your curlers with the curved edges to your head at the place you wish your curl to start..
Turn 180degrees so the curved edges are now facing the outside..
Then guide the curler through your hair until it reaches the tip of the strand..
Release - and you should have your perfect curl..
The instruction manual actually suggests you can do this either, with the curved edges facing your head or away when you start, providing you turn through 180degrees it should make no difference.. However I had an issue with this method and it just seemed to make the ends bend on my hair without really making any definitive curls... So, I devised a new method for creating curls..
I now place the curlers curved edge facing my head inside of on their side, vertical, and then as if I was using a normal curler, glide the hair through it that way.. That may not make a lot of sense, but trust me it works better.. It gives far better defined curls than the way Babyliss suggest and it is also a lot quicker in the long run..
~*~ Check out the curls ~*~
As always with curlers, the tightness of the curls is based around the thickness of the strand you use to curl it with. The thinner the strand the more defined the curl will be, I have also found with these that the thinner the strand the longer the curl lasts. Of course having thicker bands of hair to curl means larger curls with more bounce and movement, which also gives your hair a little more body.. I tend to mix both into my hair so it doesn't look too full of body before I leave the house..
One of the things I have found with this curler is that even if you haven't had time to put on any hairspray, you don't need to worry about the curls falling flat and uninteresting, as after a little while as with any curler they do fall slightly, thus leaving a more tousled look.. Which is something that looks good in summer! If that is the look you are going for, it is not easily created with the curlers alone, once curled it is best to run your fingers straight through while it cools, so the hair isn't going to stay in complete ringlets until it decides to go flat.. Be in control of your hair..!
~*~ Overall ~*~
These curlers definitely pick up were others fall down to be honest, I have a normal pair of curlers and these, if I could only pick on these would win out.. They have something that others don't, for example if you mess up a curl with a normal pair of curlers you would have to turn on your straighteners to get rid of it, however with these having the flat plates you can just run those over your mistake and within seconds have a strand ready for curling again..
The heat up time too is pretty amazing, from the moment you turn them on, you can usually have the time to perhaps grab a clip to section your hair and they are ready for using, and that is on the highest setting.. That is pretty good development from older curlers that took 4/5 minutes to heat up to full heat.. Meaning it doesn't take as long to do your hair as it used too!
These curlers are lightweight, with a salon length cord, with a swivel base in the bottom of the curlers meaning you don't have to move around them - they happily move around you.. The curls take a matter of seconds to form.. This is a revolution in curling and straightening because with these you can do both in seconds..
As always there are heat damage risks - as there are with most styling products, so I recommend using a heat defence product, (I use the Aussie one!) to ensure your hairs safety, and some good hairspray for after.. Other than that if you were considering a pair of these, you have my recommendation! They are a really effortless pair that you can use on a daily basis or for a more special occasion!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
The recommended retail price for these is £40 but they vary from shop to shop, each sale will promote them a different price, so it would be useless for me to write a price now because perhaps in 2 weeks time it will have changed..
Babyliss say these are available at the following..
Amazon, and Argos..
However, if you look in places such as Wilkinsons in their catalogue and other supermarkets, it is usually stocked there too!
I was really excited to buy these curlers as on the advert the looked excellent, easy to use and got the exact curl i was looking for!
After going to a few shops and finding they were sold out in many places, it uplifted by confidence in the product because if everyone wants them they must be good!
When I finally found them I couldnt wait to get home and try them. They came in a professional black box and inside came a booklet on how to use them. After reading the instructions i decided to give them a go, it looked easy enough.
It definatly wasnt. When using them how it instructed it left my curls limp but also frizzy. My hair isnt normally frizzy and i definatly didnt want a product that made it frizzy- no way! I gave it a few attempts and have tried it many times since but the curls just look untidy and it takes so long to do as you have to have loads of attempts. The curls dont stay in long either and ive tried loads of products to get them to hold but they just wont!
I was really dissapointed with this product and have since given up evening trying to use them.
I know when I admit this your all going to think I am sad! But after watching Lauren Conrad on The Hills again I couldnt help but feel jealous! I wanted the tumbling beach curls she had. I had tried nearly every product under the sun to get it from the sea salt sprays to curlers which gave me afro like hair. But a few weeks later I recieved Babyliss You Curls for my birthday, and I was excited to try them out!
They come in a sleek black box with a picture of them women on the front sporting the exact curls I wanted! On the back is a step by step instruction of how to achieve these curls, after a quick look I decided it seemed easy enough.
Pulling out the curlers they looked quite odd! They were similar to straightners with the metal silver plates to put your hair inbetween but on one side the metal curved out the edge and around. Although they looked odd I thought they seemed quite funky!
Plugging them in and you'll find you can set the tempreture to whatever you want I didnt set it to high as my hair is quite thin. Then it'll beep to let you know it's reached the tempreture. Now for the fun part.
The idea is is like straightners to put your hair inbetween the plates at the roots of your hair and as you slide the curling irons down you gently twist the hair and on reaching the bottom your hair should have a nice beach wave to it.
After the first curl I did, and I was really impresses second and thrid also went well. However on reaching the otherside of my hair it became increasingly difficult and instead of creating lucious tumbling curls I was creating frizz!
Maybe it is because Im a bit caggy handed, but I find these curling irons exceptionally difficult to use. When I get it right I get the style I want however it seems once one curl goes wrong every other one after that will too.
My opnion is that there not as good as advertised and there definatley not that simple to use!
I have got into a bit of 'hair rut' over the past couple of months, I tend to wear my hair 'au naturelle' (ie wavy) if I am feeling lazy, or poker straight if I can be bothered to plug in the straighteners! Following a recent visit to the hairdressers where I left with a tumble of cascading curls I decided that maybe I could introduce a further style to my repertoire...new year, new me!
I saw this product on sale at my local Boots store (£35) and it resembled the gadget that my hairdresser had used, so decided to give it a go. The appliance resembles a cross between a pair of straighteners and curling tongs. There is a straight flat plate that heats up with curved plates on either side which stay cool. There are 3 heat settings on the appliance, and a really, useful long cable.
The instructions say that it is easy to achieve curls in just one easy stroke, so eager to prove them right I plugged in my new toy. The theory is that you place a section of hair between the heated plates, then gently pull down the hair shaft twisting the iron through 180 degrees and by the time you reach the end of your hair you will be amazed by the beautiful curl awaiting you. Well, as I say that is the theory, the practise was a whole different ball game!
After following the instructions to the letter I was left with a section of poker straight hair, not a curl in sight. I persevered for a number of times, but still not a single curl was on my head. I re-read the instructions again to see where I was going wrong. I found that in some sections it tells you to turn 180 degrees . sometimes 90 degrees, sometimes clockwise, sometimes anti-clockwise. Very confusing!
I looked on the internet and found a video on the Amazon site that showed how to use this appliance, but to be honest, I am still no wiser. I am really disappointed and feel that I have just wasted my money on yet another pair of straighteners that I really don't need. Perhaps I am missing something really obvious, but for now, my bottom drawer has gained another item that seemed like a good idea at the time!!!