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I've only been using straighteners for two years and can honestly say, I don't know how I managed without them! I bought these on recommendation from a friend, since they're cheaper than ghds but still do a good job.
My hair is thick, frizzy, very wavy and, up until I bought these, completely untameable. I usually use the hottest setting for about 5-10 minutes and find that they straighten my hair really well for a few hours. After a few hours, or being outside in wind/ rain, my hair does start going back to its usual frizzy wavy state. But this is just my hair type and for hair that is already mostly straight, they should do a perfect job.
I tend to forget to use heat protection spray but I've found that, over the years, my hair hasn't lost any of its shine or smoothness: in fact, I'd say that these straighteners make my hair feel smoother than before I use them.
They take a few moments to heat up, especially since I use them on the hottest setting (10, on a scale from 1 to 10), and take about 20 minutes or so to completely cool down.
The extras that they come with are also very useful: the heat mat is great and doubles up as a bag to carry them around in (very useful for people like me who can't deal with their hair in its natural state). I don't use the clips often but I reckon they'd be useful for layered or longer hair.
All in all, they're very good for the price. There are better ones out there, it's just whether you're willing to pay the price for them. As mid range straighteners go, they're perfect and if they can tame my hair, they should be fine on easier to manage hair.
I have been through a number of different straighteners by countless brand names due to breakages, sudden loss of quality or faulty plates and finally I tried these out as what was initially going to be a last resort. My previous straighteners were about 6 years old and had lost their charm and were starting to make my hair rather frizzy so I decided it was time to look for a new pair, but typically I had very little money to buy some.
I then came across these as they were on offer for a couple of weeks at boots for around £35 and that was all I could afford. I discussed the returns policy with a staff member and made sure that if I wasn't satisfied with the quality I had the right to return them, and they confirmed that this was okay so I took the risk of buying the straighteners as I'd always paid much more for straighteners previously and felt that cheaper ones weren't reliable but I had no choice at that moment in time.
And honestly, I have had them for about 2 years now and they're still giving me fabulous and sleek straight hair. The plates are still clean and smooth and the fabric around the plates stops you from burning your hands or being shocked from the heat as you find with a lot of straighteners on the area above the plates, this makes it easier to straighten your hair as you can safely put your hands on top without being scared of burning yourself - however obviously do stay clear of the plates themselves!
The straighteners came with a safety heat mat with an elasticated tie so you can wrap them up to protect them as well. There are also four hair clips included so you are encouraged to section your hair and straighten it one bit at a time for optimum results. The settings are really easy, far from confusing in fact as there is a dial that you can set the temperature to and just an on and off button to get it started.
I can honestly say that after using these there is no need to be buying rather expensive brands such as GHD as these do the trick just as well, if not better! I am one of those people that believes that if you pay so little for something you're not going to get the best quality from it - I have been proven wrong with these straighteners and I'm so glad I didn't have to fork out any more than I did. Absolute bargain and they're still going strong!
It seems that a life without hair straighteners has become unimaginable. I only need to look at pictures of me around 15 years ago to see the difference that a pair of hair straighteners has made to the appearance of my hair. I have never been good at styling my hair; however I no longer need to look like I have been dragged through a hedge backwards.
In need of a new pair of hair straighteners after my previous ones went 'pop', I popped along to Argos and purchased Babyliss Pro 230 Styler hair straighteners costing £29.99. The hair straighteners obviously can use be used to straighten your hair, but also to curl your hair thanks to the rounded edge. Also included in the box are 4 sectioning hair clips and a heat protection mat.
Babyliss Pro 230 Hair Straighteners are Black in colour and easy to use. You can use them to straighten you hair by closing the plates around a section of hair and sliding downwards or you can create wavy/curly hair by wrapping your hair around the straighteners and glide along from root to tip in a downward motion to create a curl.
The hair straighteners have Nano-ceramic plates. Whilst I have no idea what 'nano' has to do with hair straighteners and have only heard of the word when watching sci fi programmes, the advanced ceramic plates enable the straighteners to heat up to 230 degrees in 15 seconds. After use, the straighteners take around 15 minutes to completely cool down. Should you forget to turn off your straighteners, the appliance has an automatic shut off feature for added safety and will automatically shut off after being left on for 72 minutes.
Babyliss Pro 230 straighteners do not have a digital display so there is a simple 'on' switch which flashes red as soon as it's turned on. After 15 seconds the light stays on continuously to show that the straighteners are ready to use. Babyliss Pro 230 has 10 heat settings. You can set the straighteners to the desired heat setting by turning the dial. Use number 1 for very fine, delicate hair and up to setting 10 for coarse unruly hair.
The plates are 12cm long and 2.5cm wide, making it easier and quicker to use if you have long hair. As they have a rounded edge I am able to get to within 0.5cm of the hair root. I think I could get closer to the root however haven't tried as I don't want to end up getting burnt or singeing my ears.
One thing which I like about the straighteners is that they have a 3 metre salon swivel cord. The swivel cord means that you don't need to keep on twisting your wrist all the time and don't end up using the straighteners upside down as the cord swivels 360 degrees.
My hair is of medium thickness, curly and can be frizzy at times. I first tried the number 1 heat setting, but this did nothing for my hair so I have to use the highest heat setting. Babyliss claims that the straighteners heat to 230 degrees, however I don't believe that they do (based on my previous Remington hair straighteners which did). Initially, the straighteners used to really straighten my hair, however after a month of use I have started to notice that the straighteners don't seem to be as effective and it now takes me a lot longer to style my hair and I need to section my hair in much smaller strands.
Part from a little texturing cream/wax, I don't tend to use any styling products on my hair, but I feel that after using the Babyliss Pro 230 straighteners if you want to keep your hair straight all day you will need to use hairspray. I sometimes find that despite taking time to section my hair and straighten it properly, my hair can develop a kink within 30 minutes, which it didn't used to do after using my old hair straighteners.
Overall I feel that Babyliss Pro 230 hair straighteners for those who have short easy to style hair or those who don't need to straighten their hair everyday. The straighteners are Ok but if you want poker straight hair it is worth investing in more money and buying Remington or GHD straighteners. They are reasonably priced at £29.99, however I feel that they have become less effective over time and could make straightening long or unruly hair time consuming, therefore they get 3 stars from me.
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© sweetdaisy 2012
A few years ago, I purchased these Babyliss straighteners. I spent a while thinking about which straighteners to buy and despite considering ghd's, I decided to go for these ones. Lots of my friends had ghds and although they are fantastic they are a lot of money. Because my hair is naturally quite straight, just flicky I decided to go for the Babyliss instead.
I bought the straighteners from Argos for about £30 which I thought was very reasonable as they also had a warranty on them. They came in a nice, portable box and were packaged very well. They were a very nice, simple design and came with a heat protective mat and hair clips. The protective mat is extremely handy, the clips are ok but do have a tendency to fal out of your hair.
They are extremely easy to use and just have a simple on and off button. They heat up very quickly (in about 30 seconds) which is great and heat up to 230 degrees. My hair is quite fine and with these straighteners, I can straighten my hair in about 5 minutes. My friends with thicker hair have also used my straighteners and have got on well with them too. The chord for the straighteners is nice and long which is really handy if your plug sockers are quite a way from your mirror like mine.
One negative of these straighteners is it is very easy to knock the on button off which is very frustrating. It doesn't happen all the time but it is quite easy to do and this is a problem I've had with another pair of Babyliss straighteners that I have owned previously.
I would definitely recommend these straighteners as they are good value for money and are very quick and easy to use!
I've had my BaByliss Pro 230 hair straighteners for around 3 years now and they still haven't let me down. I got them as a Christmas present and they are probably one of the best/most used presents I have ever received.
I used to have pretty long hair that was neither straight, curly or wavy; just kinky and frizzy so I had to straighten every time I washed my hair. These straighteners worked wonderfully then and they still do even though I have short pixie hair now so straightening isn't as necessary for me as it used to be.
They heat up very quickly, I only tend to wait 10 seconds if that, there are different heat setting you can have them at and despite the high amount of use they have had they work just as well as they did 3 years ago. The only bad point I can think of is that I occasionally press the off button by accident in the middle of straightening as the power buttons are on top rather than on the side.
I have had my BaByliss 2085U Pro 230 Straighteners for 5 years they were bought as a present for me and they are still going strong! After using a friends GHD's aswell I would say the BaByliss work exactly the same for a cheaper price! The straightners come with a heatproof mat and 4 sectioning clips. They have a adjustable temperature dial going up to a maximum temperature of 230 degrees! The plates glide through your hair and the clamping force isnt too hard allowing the straighteners to create the smooth and sleek look. The straightners heat up in about 20 seconds which is very good if your in a rush! After using the straightners your hair is so soft and shiny and poker straight! I also use mine to curl my hair and add bends in to create a style. I know these straighteners are a lot cheaper than GHD's which is a plus point and they work just exactly the same! Fantastic product!
A few years ago my first pair of straighteners went bang, this happened to be around the same time my auntie bought her first pair of GHD's, that meant that her old straighteners were going spare. I jumped right in and took them for myself, kerching, that saved me a few quid!
* What are they? *
After taking them home and inspecting them I found out that they are the Babyliss 2085U model. I'm not one of these people that have to have GHD's, as long as they do the job they are supposed to do I'm happy.
The straighteners have a gauge numbered 1-10 so if less heat is required it's easy to turn them down. Although I have thick wavy hair so mine are always set to 10. There are two buttons on the top of the straightener, one for on and one for off. Once the straighteners are turned on the red LED light will illuminate so you know they are definitely turned on. Once on, they will only take 30 seconds to heat up. This is fantastic if you are in a rush, you know you wont have to wait for a lifetime waiting for them to heat up, wasting valuable minutes in the morning.
* My experience *
Once the straighteners are ready and in hand, they feel quite lightweight. The cord attached to the straighteners is quite long (3 meters) so I can plug them in and reach my mirror with ease. Another good point is where the cord meets the straightener it's not fully stuck in, meaning it can swivel, this makes them much more easier to use whilst doing the hair at the back.
To straighten my hair I do it in layers, section by section. Generally it only takes one go on each section to leave my hair straight, however more curly hair would take a few goes. The ceramic plates glide smoothly through my hair leaving it soft and shiny (I use TRESemme heat defence spray so I'm guessing this a contributing factor also).
The only problem I have with these straighteners is the on/off buttons are placed on the outside, and the way I hold them means I usually end up turning them off without realising. This is quite annoying when you realise you are trying to straighten hair with no heat. But as the straighteners heat up speedily it's not a huge problem.
* Finally *
I've had a quick google and can't find these straighteners anywhere to purchase online so my guess is that they aren't being produced anymore, but if you get a chance to pick some up second hand, grab it! I couldn't recommend these enough. I've has them for about 3 years now, and my auntie had them for a good year before I took them off her hands, so they have loads of life. Sure, they aren't GHD's but they certainly give them a run for their money!
I had gone to stay with a relative in Reading and forgot to pack my hair straightners. I can't believe I did it! I was waiting for them to cool and then just left without packing them. I couldn't cope without them for the short time I was there (just five days) so I made it my first mission to head into the town centre and buy some. I only wanted to buy a cheap pair, I was happy with my ones at home so I just needed some which could do an average job to get me through the next few days.
I went to Debenhams and spotted this pair reduced to £20. This was a combination of original reductions and the fact the blue cross sale was on. The box was really battered, but that didn't matter as they were for me and not a gift.
The straightners have a black body and beige heating surfaces. They came with a heatproof mat, which was very useful and I will probably use this beyond the use of the straightners. They also came with four hair clips, which are not much use to me!
The straightners plug in to the wall socket and heat up very quickly, within about five or seconds they can reach over 200 degrees so very convenient and easy to use.
The downside I found with these straightners is that they pulled at my hair and my hair got caught in them. After using them I did end up with more split ends and slightly worse condition hair. They did make my hair straighter, but it certainly didn't last all day though, like GHD perfection! This wasn't a huge problem though as I used these as a temporary measure and I only spent £20 on them, however if I had spent more on them I would be quite disappointed.
I first bought these BaByliss 2085U Pro 230 straighters about a year ago, they come with four hair clips and a heat resistant mat. They are great value at around £30 - £40 and tackle my very curly, very frizzy hair with great ease.
They have an on off switch on the front with a red light on them which comes on as soon as you turn it on, so it doesn't indicate whether or not they have come up to temperature, although it does only take around thirty seconds or so to be the right temperature so it's a bit annoying but not a big problem. There is a temperature dial on the inside which goes from a number one to ten, I find I have to use the number ten setting, my hair won't straighten with any of the cooler settings.
Another thing that does annoy me about them is the on off buttons are both on the front so I keep accidentally turning them off whilst trying to straighten my hair.
They do straighten my hair well and don't take very long at all, about 20 minutes and my hair is very thick and curly and just below shoulder length.
The clips are very handy because the easiest way to straighten hair is to do it in small sections and they easily hold the rest of your hair out of the way. The heat resistant mat is a good added feature and essential when using such a hot product.
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I recieved these hair straighteners for christmas and despite them being a good hair straightener to begin with, I found that they just don't straighten my hair as good as they should do and also find the button increasingly annoying!
These straighteners are / were sold in Argos at a price of around £30 and as they claim to be a 'proffesional hair straightener' I thought that this was a good price.
They come in a box with four hair clips / sectioners and a heat proof mat that comes in very handy.
The hair straighteners are very easy to use, once plugged in you simply press the 'on' button and the red light will appear. However thie thing that frustrated me was that the button didn't turn off once they had heated, neither did it flash so just had to guess.
You can also choose the heat as on the inside of the straighteners there is a little dial labelled from 1-10, with 10 being the hottest heat and 1 being the lowest!
The did heat up quickly in about 30 seconds or so, which is nice as I remember the first pair I ever had and you had to wait for about 20 minutes until they heated up.
To straighten the hair I find them too big and clumsy and find that they simply get in the way! I have hair just longer than shoulder length and even with using the partioning clips find it hard to straighten the underneath layers and then after an hour or so my hair just ends up flicking out! These may not do this with longer hair, but my hair isn't too short that it should do this!
I also don't think that there is any way that you could curl your hair with these as I just find them too wide!
I also found that the button was located on the outside of the straighteners which meant when you held them I repeatedly found myself pressing the 'off' button accidently and then wandering why my hair was going static rather than straightening!
I also found that the clips aren't 'grippy' enough and as you are straightening your hair they often begin to slide out, meaning a layer of hair is getting in the way of the layer you are trying to straighten!
The heat proof mat is perhaps the best thing in the box, it works well, does not burn and avoids carpet or surface tops from burning! I also use it for my curling tongs and it works just as well with these!
I definitley think that there are better straighteners on the market than these!
I have quite think hair which is fairly straight after blow-drying, so my main use for straighteners is to smooth out my hair and make it look and feel thinner (less 'bush' like). I don't require great expensive straighteners, and I can't afford them - but these do a great job anyway. They're quick to heat up, about 30 seconds. And they're really easy and quick to use, they have a nice grip and they don't pull on my hair or burn it to the touch. I'm denying that I could probably get a better end result with 'better' straighteners, but these do just what I need.
In addition to the straighteners you get 4 hair clips for separating, and, more importantly, a heat proof mat. This is essential for not burning any surface or floor. It's really great you get it with these straighteners, though I've found most straighteners do offer one.
I bought these from Argos for £40, and judging from the top of this page, you can also get them for the same price from Amazon. They're a great 'medium' price for straighteners, definitely cheap enough for most budgets when it comes to hair stylers. For £40 they are a great deal, I've had them nearly a year now and they're still going strong. Well worth what I paid for them, and they do deliver on results.
overall /price range
When my old faithful GHD straightners broke I needed a quick fix until I could afford some new GHD's so when I seen these in boots I thought I would give them a try.
overall, these were a good purchase. They heat up fairly quickly to a hot temperature and the results were adequate on my fairly long fine hair. they have a temperature dial which allows you to adjust the heat to your preference, but I found that I mostly had to use it on the hottest setting to achieve decent results. i found my hair did not stay as straight throughout the day as it does with GHD's.
Also the on/off button is situated on the handle and it is very easy to switch them off as you are doing you hair, I found this got really annoying after a while. The handle also seemed to get quite hot after using it on the highest setting, which does not happen with GHD's.
I have since purchased another pair of GHD's as they are simply miles better than these. I thought the babyliss ones were a reasonably priced substitue, but just did not give the results of GHDs.
I got these straighteners 2 years ago with my boots vouchers. They were on offer at the time and they cost about £30.00, but I think they are a bit less now.
I have never had GHD straighteners, as I always think they are a bit of a waste of money, but I would usually but a more expensive brand.
I mainly use straighteners of this width to curl my hair (I know it's a bit weird, but it works the best out of everything.) I have very thick hair, so for actual straightening I have some wider ones, which are better for straightening, but not for curling, however I have used these a couple of times to straighten.
These came with a heat proof pouch & 4 plastic hair clips.
The heatproof pouch is very useful, not only does it have a zip compartment to keep the straighteners in, it also has another zip compartment which you can keep the clips and hair products in. Mine has a handle on (not on the picture) which is great if we are ever staying away and I want to take them, I can just grab the bag and I know everything I need to do my hair is in there.
The plastic clips are very similar to the ones they use at the hairdressers, they are flat and black, and can actually hold quite a bit of hair, but they are great for sectioning off hair so you can do a bit at a time. They are about 10cm each in length and fit easily into the zipped compartment, as they are quite flat.
The straighteners are actually very good. I have never really used babyliss products before, as I always thought they were a bit cheap, but I actually like these. They are extremely basic though. They have an on and off switch and they have a temperature changer, you can go up and down using arrows depending on how hot you want them. I tend to use them on about 200 degrees but they do go up to 230. The only thing that lets them down is that they don't have a temperature lock button, and the buttons are very close to where you have to hold them so I do find myself actually changing the temperature by accident while I'm using them.
The straighteners are very easy to use, the ceramic plate means they do slide over hair very easily and as they are thin they are easy to hold and manoeuvre. They never pull my hair like other straighteners have in the past, and as I curl mine they never get tangled or stuck, and they do the job very well.
When I have used these for straightening it always takes me quite a long time, but that is because I have thick medium length hair, so I wouldn't recommend them for speed if you have similar hair, a thicker paddle is loads better and quicker, but for curling they are an excellent width, and very easy to use.
I would definitely recommend these to use for curling hair, but not if you want straight hair quickly and it's thick. If you have short or thin hair though these would be ideal for straightening.
P.S they also work for ironing clothes if you are in a hurry and despise ironing and the evil ironing boards that go with it. Works every time!
My hair is quite short really, shoulderlength when it's straight. I don't usually bother to straighten it but my grandaughter thought it would be a brilliant idea and I let her give me a makeover with her straighteners. The end result was actually impressive and I liked it. A few weeks later, my daughter, her mum, bought her some GHD's and so she gave me these because she wouldn't use them anymore.
They have a little dial on the inside numbered 1-10 which lets you turn the heat up and down on them although I don't. I think if you're worried about damaging your hair, you should definitely turn them down but this isn't something I worry about anymore. The straightners come with a heat protective mat to put them on when using them and that you can roll them up in after use to avoid burning anything. You also get 4 hair seperation clips although I don't bother with them because my hair isn't thick or long enough.
The straighters are simple to use, plug them in and there are two buttons on the top of them, you press one to turn them on and a little LED red light comes on so you know they're on. They're not like the old ones though where you have to wait ten minutes to get them hot, they're hot within a minute and half and ready for use. They reach a maximum temperature of 230°C which is very hot.
To use them, you hold them and get a reasonable sized section of hair inbetween them then slide them from root to tip. For curlier hair this may need to be repeated once or twice more but I do it once and then brush it and it stays straight. You repeat this until all of your hair is satisfactory and thats it, turn them off by pressing the other button and wrap them in the heat mat to make sure nothing gets singed.
These get my hair really straight and manageable. I can style my hair easily because of the swivel cord as well so I don't end up tangled in wire when trying to get to the back of my hair which is a problem I face with the hairdryer. I will say though, be careful once you've straightened a piece of hair not to touch it too soon afterwards. I straightened a section then went to run my fingers through it which burnt a lot! So be aware that these get your hair really hot. I also had the misfortune of leaving them on my bed and sitting on them which gave me a lovely big red V on my thigh for a week.
You can also curl your hair with these, it's awkward and fiddly, I can't do it, my daughter can. You have to grip the hair and twist it as you slide down the hair, it's fiddly but the result of that is really nice as well.
Because of the temperature of these you're able to style your hair easily with these, you can create wispy styles curling your hair inwards or flicking it outwards easily. The ceramic plates slide along your hair really nicely too so they don't snag at all.
Overall, these are definitely recommendable to others. I have noticed that if you straighten your hair one day, your hair remains straight for a day or two afterwards which is great! I know they're bad for your hair but I don't use them all that often and when I do, they help me to feel great. I'd definitely recommend these straightners to others as they're really good. Well Done Babyliss.
Now, to be honest, I have naturally relatively straight hair. Sometimes it may get a little wavy, but I normally quite like it to a certain extent, so until recently I'd never even considered owning a pair of straighteners. If I needed my hair to be particularly straight I'd just blow-dry it straight and that'd do the job alright.
After a while though, I figured it may be easier to invest in a pair of straighteners, after all, when my hair is around shoulder length, it often tends to style itself in all sorts of different direction. Considering they'd only be for occasional use, maybe once or twice week, if even that I didn't want to spend a small fortune on the things. My sister owns a pair of GHDs which I've tried a couple of times and do the job well, but I simply couldn't justify spending around £100 for straighteners and so in the hunt for a cheaper alternative, I discovered the Babyliss Pro 230.
I bought mine off Amazon for about £25 + postage, they may be even cheaper now! A much more reasonable price for what I was after. They arrived promptly in a simple black box, carefully packaged.
In the box you get the straighteners, 4 clips and a heat protection mat. The cord for the straighteners is about 3 metres long, so they're very easy and comfortable to work with. The straighteners have ten different heat settings up to 230 degrees! I never use them that hot, myself, I usually a couple of settings below and that does the job just fine.
Turning the straighteners on is where I discovered the only real problem I have with these straightners, the switch for turning them on and off is on the outside, which means it's quite easy to turn them off whilst using them accidently. However, if this does happen, the ceramic plates heat up very quickly, 15 seconds is the time they give on the box and in my experience is about right, so it's not too much of a problem and after using them for a while, I seem to have learnt how to avoid accidently turning them off.
For my hair, I can usually get the job done in 5 minutes, at most 10 if my hair has been playing up, though as I've said, my hair is only somewhat wavy, so I imagine that if you have curly hair, it would take a lot longer. They glide along my hair very easily and give excellent straight results. I would certainly say they're as good as my sister's GHDs, for my use at least.
So, would I buy these again - most definitely. They are perfect for tidying any areas where the hairs decided to go in a different direction. They're easy to use and I would say comparable in quality to GHDs but for a fraction of the price. If you're looking for quality at a small price, these straighteners are the way to go!
The Babyliss Pro 230 is a true professional straightener with all the features you could ever want. It has a top temperature of 230¦C, for super sleek salon performance. Advanced Ceramics TM heater means that the Straightener heats up fast in 30 seconds; and once it has reached your chosen temperature. The ultra fast heat up means the Babyliss Pro 230 maintains constant high heat during use for ultimate performance and no cooling between sections.