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Babyliss 2088CU Elegance Blueberry 230 Degrees Straightener

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      28.06.2013 19:55
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      Definitely worth the £30 being charged on amazon!

      I've had these straightners for around 2-3 years now, not entirely sure when I bought them, and I am a fan of them. The reviews on dooyoo have an average of 5 stars. Not sure I entirely agree, but read on and see what you think. My previous straightners were wet2straight (they are SO bad for your hair, don't bother with them as an offside) and so I was excited about these ones. I LOVE the case they come in-I have actually used it as an evening bag before now, and they clips they come with are quite useful as well, though not the grippiest things ever invented-i just use hair band to separate my hair most of the time. I think the colour is pretty funky too. The mat they come with is super-useful, although it does tend to attract hair!

      My main issue with these straightners is how long my hair stays straight when I use them. When I first used them I was pretty unimpressed with the fact I had to use the hottest setting to get anywhere, considering my hair is really only wavy. Adie for that, they did an efficient job. I was disappointed however that 3 hours later my hair was definitely starting to 'wave' at the ends, very annoying! I found this could be reduced somewhat by going over my hair several times, but i want to avoid damage as much as possible really.

      On the plus side however, these are great for curling my wavy/curly hair to add a few extra curl for an evening look, which is what i use them mostly for and long may they live on, despite being dropped too many times for me to count!

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      07.03.2012 10:40
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      great pair of straighteners which heat up to 230 degrees

      I have very thick curly hair which can be a mission to straighten.
      I asked my dad one year for some new straighteners for Christmas as my old ones were broken.

      The hair straighteners:
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      My dad bought me the electric blue blueberry version which came with sectioning clips,
      a heatproof mat which also doubles up as a handy wrap to keep them from getting broken and a pouch to keep them in.

      The problem with the pouch for me was the straighteners didn't actually fit inside.
      I did wonder if it was a clutch bag but after looking on the box, the straighteners are put in the pouch for easy transport.

      My Dad bought these straighteners back in 2009 for me when he popped to Tesco and they were £42.99.
      At this point, the GHD's were taking us by storm and everyone was getting them that Christmas.
      When I opened these for Christmas I was so excited to try them out. They are very elegant and work really well.
      I have had them for just over 2 years now and the only problem I've had with them is that they have started to smell.

      I used to straighten my hair almost everyday as I had a fringe which with my curls looked terrible left naturally.

      When you straighten you hair with products, dirty hair or heat parts for too long,
      you are in effect melting it all onto the straightener plates so after all this time of straightening my hair, the smell has gotten worse.
      Luckily I don't often straighten my hair much anymore due being able to control my curls without heat.

      Heat:
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      These straighteners heat up to 230 degrees and have 3 settings. There is a sliding switch which has 1 dot, 2 dots and 3 dots.
      3 dots is the highest heat and 1 dot being the lowest for finer hair.
      3 Dots:230
      2 Dots:200
      1 Dot: 180

      There is an on and off button which turns red once it is on and flashes until it's fully heated up.
      It stops flashing after around 10-15 seconds as it heats instantly. This is where they are similar to GHD straighteners.

      Hot enought to curl?
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      These straighteners are very square. They are much better for curling too.
      I bought some barrel curlers which turned out to be a waste of money and were returned.
      I started curling my hair with straighteners which i found was much quicker and gave me a much better result.

      If you want to curl you hair with straighteners, all you need to do is start from the top of your hair and clasp you hair in between them.
      Then turn your wrist to be vertical and drag them down your hair in a curled position.

      Where to buy?
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      Amazon are still selling these £29.51 with a postage cost through an Amazon seller.
      Ebay sellers are selling them brand new also for £29.98.

      Are they worth that?
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      Definitely. I will be purchasing a new pair this month as mine now need updating.
      As i won't be straightening my hair as much with these I doubt the smell will return.

      Conclusion:
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      If you are on the hunt for some new straighteners, it is definitely worth getting these.
      They heat up very quick for those in a rush in the mornings, curl for body, give you a choice of temperature
      and come with a heating pad to save burning the house down.

      The only other issue i've found it that when i've turned them off and leave them plugged in, they are still warm even the next day.
      I would suggest un plugging them (like you should anyway) if you are leaving the house just incase.



      Thanks for reading my review!


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        05.12.2011 11:35
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        Fantastic hair straighteners that are highly recommended

        BaByliss 2088CU Pro 230 Elegance straightener

        My last hair straighteners were 'reasonable' but it didn't take long before they starting showing signs of wear. I don't see the point in paying a fortune for these, especially if it's mostly for a brand name, but I do like having something I think is a good investment, that's good quality and will be reliable. I've had these BaByliss ones for a little while and so far I've been really pleased with them.

        There are so many hair straighteners to choose from and consumer reviews, like on here, tend to help inform my decisions when it comes to electrical products. I was looking for something that would be reliable, effective and good quality, without spending a fortune. BaByliss are very popular in the hair care electrical market and I've had other products of theirs in the past so I trusted these to be at least reasonable.

        The Pro 230 Elegance Straighteners have a lot to offer, but I'll start with their good looks first. These come boxed along with a heat mat and what seems to be a silky case to keep them in (which could easily double up as an evening bag). You also get some sectioning clips (though I can't say I've ever used these) and an instruction guide (never used that either!). The straighteners themselves are 'blueberry' in colour, which is a deep yet shiny, metallic colour that looks very stylish without being tacky or looking cheap. There are a few more buttons than my last one had (which equalled zero) but they don't get in the way and they're not taxing to use.

        As for features, these heat up to 230°C in 15 seconds, after which temperature is maintained. It sounds very hot, which it is, so you do need to be careful, but most straighteners seem to reach ridiculously high temps too. The plates are made of nano titanium ceramic, which aids their ability to 'glide' through your hair, plus they're a tad longer than other similar straighteners to allow you to straighten more hair in one go. These also have an 'ionic system', which seems a bit fluffy to me but apparently a 'stream of balancing ions' is released to 'enhance hair condition and eliminate frizz'. The power comes in dual voltage (110 & 240v) so you can use them wherever (ie home or abroad).

        I think that these definitely score highly in terms of appearances; they're modern, quite thin and have a unique glossy colour finish. Their sleekness also makes them a bit easier to use and they fit more comfortably in your hand. The length of the plates makes them suitable for longer hair and I'd say short hair too, as I've chopped a lot of my hair off since buying these and still find them easy to use. Obviously it's harder straightening your hair when it's above shoulder length, but that's probably the case regardless of what you use. I believe their claim of the plates being 25% longer is with reference to earlier models of the Elegance straighteners, which makes these the newest model out at the moment (as of December 2011).

        These seem to be designed for efficiency and speed, with the higher temperature being reached in only seconds. You can adjust these settings, however, very easily with a button on the side, where you can select one of three temperatures (180/200/230°C). I like that you can vary this according to what you want, especially if you're concerned about damaging your hair and want a lower heat. Having said that, these do seem to nourish my hair, even just ever so slightly. Perhaps it's the ion system!

        How well do they work? I find these are very easy to use. Just plug them in, press what counts as the on button so you can see a little red light, and make sure your heat setting is where you want it. Give it a few seconds and you can start straightening. The cord isn't majorly long, which I guess is a bit safer, but it's adequate for moving around a room slightly so you can see your mirror, for example. These do seem to 'glide' through my hair fairly well, and the two plates close down smoothly to flatten my hair with ease. When finished, just unplug at the wall and rest on the heat mat for safety. You do need to be careful because the plates, obviously, do get very hot, but the plastic of the straighteners themselves is fine to hold whilst straightening your hair (I say this because I've owned a pair before that seemed to get far too hot on the handles!).

        The result is hair that's got some added shine, that you can style as you wish and that seems, overall, a bit healthier. You can get 'poker' straight results from these too, and it doesn't take too long. The speed at which you can get results is partly thanks to technology and partly thanks to the overall design and reliability, so if you want something quick yet effective to use then these are recommended.

        I would definitely give these a thumbs up over many other straighteners out there when considering how much I paid for them. I've not owned GHDs, though I have used them, so all I can really say is that they seem to deliver equal results in my opinion, just without the 'GHD' name tag.

        RRP £80, but selling on Amazon for £26.49

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          10.01.2011 16:25
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          Fantastic!

          I'm not a huge fan of cheap straighteners and after my beloved G H D s breaking just before Christmas I didn't want to pay out too much for a new set, so decided to buy these from Argos for £49.99 including a free hairdryer!

          Although my straighteners are a different colour - Black and Pink - they are the same model, and I have to say they are absolutely fantastic!! They do exactly what it says on the box! -
          They heat up within 15 seconds, they have 3 different heat controls for different types of hair one being 180 degrees, another being 200 degrees and the highest being 230 degrees. They come with 4 hair sectioning clips making it much much easier to make hair look as if you have just come from the salon. I naturally have really curly, but fine hair and it takes forever to straighten!! But with these straighteners it actually keeps my hair straight for a couple of days and I usually only have to ship them over my fringe in the mornings. They make your hair glossy, they also come with a free heat proof mat so you can leave them to cool without burning the carpet!! The straighteners come with a 5 year guarantee which is fantastic as I seem to break a pair of straighteners at least one a year!! The cord on the bottom swivels to stop the wires inside breaking *thank god! as this always seems to be the reason I break mine - either that or too much use!!!* And the cable is really long therefore no more having to use the extension lead!!

          I would defiantly recommend these to everyone that uses hair straighteners, and at half the price of those upper market ones .... BARGAIN!

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            23.09.2010 14:19
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            Salon Straight, Perfectly Priced a Must have for every woman who straightens her hair.

            After almost four months of using a cheap pair of hair straighteners I decided to take the plunge and buy a better set.I knew what I was looking for , something that would give me a salon look without the hyped price tag, so after a bit of investigative work on the Internet I came up with two choices, either buy the GHDs which had a price tag of £120 or take notice of positive product reviews take the plunge and buy the babyliss pro 230 elegance straighteners.

            Looking on Amazon.co.uk I came across the pro 230 elegance straighteners at the bargain price of £26.80 a 58% saving on the RRP so I decided to give them a go . The product reviews were all positive.I placed my order and eagerly awaited their delivery.

            Two days later my new Straighteners arrived..

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~In The Box~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

            Inside the box came The straighteners in an eye pleasing electric blue blue colour,( I know the colours got nothing to do with the effectiveness but they are aesthetically pleasing .)

            An electric blue satin storage bag , used for storing the straighteners when not in use.
            A heat protection pad for placing the straighteners on when they are in use to avoid burning counter tops and Four crocodile sectioning clips for the hair.

            A pamphlet with instructions and guidance on which heat setting is best for each type of hair,and the five year guarantee... Yes I did say Five Years !

            ~~~~~~~~~~~The Features~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

            These straighteners are Ceramic plates have 230 degree salon temperature performance, the plates are 25% longer..( great for getting more hair straightened in less time ) with three temperature settings,180, 200 and 230 c.

            They heat up in fifteen seconds. Can't believe I'm saying this but its True !

            Ionic technology which in effect keeps your hair from frizzing complete with its own , fluorescent blue indicator light which lets you know the ionic technology is working.

            They also have a Red indicator light which flashes until the straighteners reach their optimum heat.

            Two switches at the side one which switches them on and the other switches them off and a three way sliding switch for the heat control.

            A 3 metre salon swivel cord..This is fantastic as it almost reaches to the other side of the room.

            ~~~~~~~~~~~~The First time ~~~~~~~~~

            Well I had them so decided to see what all the hype was about, it states in the instructions that these straighteners take 15 seconds to heat up ...I was sceptical to say the least, but after switching them on in the time it took to turn around they were ready for use.

            Usually it takes me a good 40 minutes to straighten my entire head of hair so after sectioning it , I decided to time myself . I found that 200 c was the best heat setting for my hair and started , because of the longer plates , I was able to straighten more of my hair at a time , and just ten minutes after starting I was sitting in front of the mirror with my hair looking as sleek as it had the last time I came out of the salon.
            no more frizzy flyaway hairs , must be the ionic technology working ...to be honest I have NO idea what that means , but that's irrelevant as as far as I'm concerned it WORKS !

            ~~~~~~~~~Worth the price ? ~~~~~~~

            Absolutely ! every penny I probably would have paid more if I had known beforehand the results these straighteners can deliver.

            ~~~~~~~~~Negatives~~~~~~~~~

            As far as I am aware there is only one small niggle I have about these straighteners, They don't cool down very fast so you could be spending more time waiting for them to cool than you initially spent straightening your hair, I leave them now for a good fifteen minutes to cool before placing them back into their storage pouch.


            ~~~~~~~~Summary ~~~~~~~~

            Who needs GHDs when these do just as good a job at a fraction of the price.the five year guarantee is is huge bonus as you know you will be covered for a complete replacement if they fail in this time...I say If you want salon silky straight hair at a knockdown price get over to amazon and purchase them now !


            * This review is also published on Caio under the name Tara91

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            03.09.2010 15:03
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            The best Pro 230 yet...

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            This limited edition version of Babyliss' Pro 230 line of straighteners has been designed to be more user friendly, so it's lighter then earlier models and the ceramic plates are 25% longer than standard Pro 230 releases.

            The Babyliss Elegance series includes a blueberry coloured hairdryer, for those of you that likes to have everything matching.


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            The ELEGANCE has three different heat settings [180.c, 200.c and 230.c] making it easy to pick the right temperature for your hair type [lowest for fine hair, middle setting for medium, highest for coarse hair], instead of making do with one setting like many other brands do.

            The main difference to the ELEGANCE - compared to my other Pro 230 straighteners - is the length and width of the ceramic plates. They are thinner and longer then my other pro 230', so they heat up extremely quickly (15 seconds); great for when you're in a rush.

            Also, the slim plates have a rounded edge, making them great for adding flicks and waves to your hair, without dragging or snapping your hair. Putting the words 'Nano titanium' in front of ceramic to describe the plates meant nothing to me, so didn't help sway me, but I can honestly say that I do feel a difference - there is noticeably less of that pulling sensation during straightening and/or styling.


            The ELEGANCE comes with a heat resistant carry pouch [in the same shade of blueberry] and four divider clips [also blueberry toned] to help make styling even easier.


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            My hair is coarse, below shoulder length and permed, let it only takes 10/15 minutes to straighten my hair, even taking the slimmer plates into consideration. It takes around 15 minutes to straighten my hair using my Pro 230 Radiance too, but the difference in the weight is immediately obvious, so I much prefer to use this set as my arms don't ache or cramp up during styling.

            The ELEGANCE is very easy to use; it's lightweight, comes with a long swivel cord to make it easier to style the back of your hair and they're easy to grip. Plus, although it has no bearing on the product's function, I am fond of the cheerful colour.


            I think the ELEGANCE would make a great gift as not only is the quality great, but it is also pleasing to the eye.


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            The straighteners cost £80 in store, but are available online for half the price.

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            08.07.2010 20:18
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            Quality product with free 5 year guarantee!

            GHDs are a total rip off! When they first came out there wasn't really anything else like them on the market but that is a completely different board game now. I have never owned GHDs myself as I couldn't bear to fork out the money, but have tried them several times. I can honestly say these Babyliss straighteners do just as good a job for a fraction of the price!

            I saw them in Boots a while ago on offer for a really good price and so I thought I'd give them a go. They have performed brilliantly and I have quite curly hair. They are a really nice shape and are very easy to use. They have three heat settings, but I usually just leave them on high! They heat up within seconds of turning them on, great if you are in a hurry. They also straighten your hair very quickly. I can take quite big chunks of hair and straighten it all at once. My hair is fairly curly and shoulder length and it takes me just under 10 minutes to do my whole head.

            There are lots of good straighteners out there now for a good price, but the thing which really sets Babyliss apart is the brilliant 5 year guarantee you get. You can buy them knowing that if anything goes wrong they will replace them immediately (this has been tried and tested by my cousin. She sent hers off and got a new pair within a week completely free of charge)

            The ONLY problem I have is that they don't have an automatic switch off after a certain amount of time. You just have to remember to turn them off!

            Great, reliable product!

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            13.02.2010 21:40
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            Very good straighteners at a budget price

            The BaByliss Elegance Straightener really does work very well indeed, but with a top temperature of 230 degrees and extra long nano titanium ceramic plates, what else would you expect? The straighteners come with a heat-proof mat, four sectioning clips and a "luxury pouch". The straighteners don't actually fit in the luxury pouch, but that's a trifle.

            The straighteners have three heat settings of 180 degrees, 200 degrees and 230 degrees. Despite the top temperature nearly matching that of a soldering iron, the straighteners heat up in just 15 seconds as indicated by a red light. I noticed that as they heated they made a rather unnerving crackling sound, but perhaps that can be attributed to the stream of shine-inducing ions that the manufacturer claims this product emits. I tried the straighteners on the highest setting to begin, with poker straight results. My hair is wavy and quite dense but the straighteners glided effortlessly through and I didn't even have to use particularly small sections of hair. My hair was soft and shiny afterwards, although I can't say it was really any more shiny than it usually is, so perhaps the stream of ions isn't doing its job. After trying the straighteners on the highest setting, I decided to see if they were as effective on the lowest setting of 180 degrees. The results were almost as good, so if you're not keen to use 230 degree heat on your hair, fear not, you can still get great results with lower temperatures.

            Overall, you couldn't ask for a better straightener. Quick and effective, what more could you want? Do be careful not to hold the straighteners in one place for too long, however, as you may end up with slightly crispy hair.

            Originally written for Amazon.

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            17.01.2010 12:29
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            Leaves hair poker straight and makes a great gift

            The BaByliss Pro 230 Elegance are the straighteners I use most often. Drawn to the gorgeous blueberry colour and matching evening bag they are slightly bulky with their long plates but I'm always very happy with the results.

            Because of their size it does actually make them difficult to put into their bag leaving little room for the sectioning clips (also in blue) and no room for the heat proof mat. The bag could be used for something other than the straighteners though as gladly it doesn't have the brand name on the outside - just the inside and the quality of it isn't too bad although some may have the satin look a bit tacky.

            Taking only 15 seconds (I counted!) to heat up there are only three heat settings (180/200/230 deg C) so they are very easy to control. At 230 degrees I didn't have to wait long for poker straight results with the nano titanium ceramic plates just gliding through my hair. Because of the quick results it meant I didn't have to keep running them over my hair causing less damage but as always with straighteners I do still use heat protecting products.

            Sectioning off my hair with the sectioning clips, which are of decent quality and haven't yet broken, ensures I don't miss areas. With the long plates they are easy to use on long hair but I'd probably recommend something different for short hair. The cord is fairly thick again not helping with storage but a great length so I can still stand straight with still space to move around.

            There is a blue light showing the straighteners are using Ionic conditioning stopping my hair going static, leaving it very smooth. I love it when I get comments on my hair and the main ones are usually shine, straightness, softness and smoothness after using these. I do have naturally straight hair but the results are still very noticeable lasting even to the next day which is definitely a positive I look for but I can't comment on how long it would last on curly/wavy hair.

            Priced at around £35 at the moment they are not the cheapest straighteners around but far from the most expensive with impressive results. BaByliss have a great range of products with matching products in the range including hairdryer in the same blueberry colour (although I've never tried that) so they can make a great gift for those preferring a slightly different colour to the normal black or red.

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              09.01.2010 14:52
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              If "names" are your thing, go GHD, but for the same effect at a fraction of the price, buy these

              My 12 year old daughter has been trying to straighten her hair with a pair of hand-me-down Andrew Collinge ceramic straighteners, with not much success. Her hair is wavy and quite coarse and tends to frizziness. Just before Christmas her hair was straightened at the hairdressers with a set of GHDs and she set her heart on a set for herself.

              She was a bit put off by the price and a lot put off by the fact that many people reported them only lasting a year or two! £100+ is a heck of a lot of money when you splash out once, without having to find it on a regular basis, especially when you are 12 and trying to save Christmas and birthday money!

              So we went looking, read some reviews and settled on these. People seemed to be saying they were as good as GHDs, so we have put them to the test.

              The bottom line is - they are!

              These straighteners have 3 heat settings, so we tried them on the middle one first as she has coarse hair, but we really didn't seem to need them so hot, so we went back down to the lowest setting. They heat up in seconds - no need to go away and make a cuppa like her old ones.

              Within a couple of minutes her hair was needle straight - no kink left in it at all. Well, apart from the one little bit at the back that has to have the last word! That little bit can get blasted with the middle heat - we won't be beaten! The effect has also lasted really well - she was lucky if she got 3-4 hours of straight hair with her old ones.

              DD's hair is in a bob, with the hair at the sides a bit longer than at the back, which made her nervous of straightening the back as it was less easy to get at and also shorter, but these straighteners are tapered, so she can even do the back bits easily and without any risk of burning herself.

              The set comes with a case (which is snug - not totally easy to get them in and out), a heat proof mat and some clips. She doesn't really need the clips with short hair, but doubtless some people will find them useful. The other big plus is that the cord on it is about 3m long (it was a measly 1m or so on her others) so she can easily access mirrors from the power socket to see what she is doing.

              My only problem now is that since straightening her hair has become so easy she wants to do it every day, and I worry about her ruining the condition of her hair. At least with useless ones she didn't want the bother so much!

              The best bit, from her point of view, is that they were on offer at Amazon for £26.40, so within her budget. And they came the day after ordering, so a big thumbs up for delivery too.

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              I've always tried to avoid big purchases. Luckily BaByliss seem to be answering my cry for help

              Straightening my hair is not something I've had years of experience with. I've used horrible travel pack irons that rip and tug your hair and second hand pairs which were barely working. My sister currently has GHD IV straighteners and I found them to be incredibly better than what I used, giving me effortless straight hair to combat the waves. I longed for my own pair of straighteners so that I could get closer to the ever more popular Japanese rock style. I bought the products, the wax, the hairspray, tried lots of different shampoos but I didn't get much closer. Gatsby wax is only a fraction of getting the style, without proper straightening then thick wavy Caucasian hair has not got much of a chance. So, all I need is new straighteners right? At least, that's what I thought until my sister reminded me that she paid £120 for hers. GHDs can't be the only type though I pondered. But my mother and sister both insisted they were the 'only' brand to get. After much googling I came across reviews on the BaByliss products which persuaded me to give them a shot. Thus I'm repaying the favour and writing a review on the BaByliss Pro 230 elegance hair straighteners.

              I got these for £35 from Boots as a Christmas present. I know you can purchase these cheaper elsewhere such as Amazon have them for £28 at the time of writing this. Excellent deal considering the RRP is about £80. They come in a regular box with the straighteners, a bag a heat protection mat and 4 hair sectioning clips.

              Although the box shows them to be mostly blue, I find them to have a slight purple colour which isn't a problem due to my acceptance of the colour. It has a 3 pin plug so it doesn't have that terrible loose plastic pin you need to hold in whilst plugging into the wall. It's still double insulated, so no earth wire, but the faux pin is secured in place. The bag has a leathery silk fabric around it, has a button to close and is used to store the straighteners. However, there are no straps on the bag so it would essentially need to be carried within another bag if travelling. The clips are not something I've ever used before, but I now understand their purpose. They can be used to hold sections of hair together, such as the top of your head whilst you straighten your fringe for example. It prevents you straightening the same piece of hair whilst trying to straighten another layer. They are like big clothes pegs with a sort of grip inside to keep your hair in place. A warning however for those inexperienced with these. Make sure to fully release the clip before pulling it away, else you end up with a few hairs on the ground that got caught in the mechanism.

              Here is the details stated on the side of the box:

              Up to 230 degrees C
              Advanced Ceramics gives 15 sec. Heat Up
              High shine ionic conditioning
              25% longer smooth nano titanium ceramic plates

              3 temperature settings
              luxury storage pouch
              4 easy grip sectioning clips
              3m salon swivel cord
              Multi-voltage for use at home or anywhere in the world

              The straighteners themselves are quite lightweight and have a VERY long cable for straighteners. It is also a swivel cord so it doesn't tie knots in itself. There is also an absence of that of that irritating squeak from clamping the straighteners. Looking side on and you will see all the buttons for the straighteners. ON/OFF buttons and the temperature control slide switch. The temperature levels are measured by dots. 1 dot = 180, 2 dots = 200 and 3 = 230 degrees Celsius. There are 2 indicator lights, one to show when the iron is still heating up and the other to signal that a stream of ions are being ejecting out of the small hole near the plates which apparently reduce frizz and improve the condition of your hair. The buttons do not get accidentally pressed whilst straightening.

              < On has been pressed >

              Turning the straighteners begins the red light blinking. Once the red one is constantly lit, then the straighteners are heated to the temperature requested. I found them to heat suprisingly fast which is good for a hurry. Grabbing my first piece of hair and quickly sliding the plates over it I was most impressed. It gave me exactly the same, if not better straight look in only one pass and didn't leave me with sweat on my forehead from too much heat. Since the GHDs have no adjustable heat, I found them to be dangerous. I have thick hair but 200 degrees is definitely enough and I have never ventured beyond that point for I fear it will be too hot for my hair. They just glide through my hair effortlessly, with no crackling or tugging. It doesn't take a long time to completely straighten my hair which lasts even until the next day. My hair feels somewhat softer and has very little static, perhaps this is to do with all those ions.

              After finishing I can just place it on the supplied heat mat which rolls up to prevent the heat damaging anything. There is no timer which automatically turns the straighteners so make sure you turn them off. Make sure to securly hold the straighteners whilst in this position, they have and may slip out, even with the velcro strap on its tightest.

              I used heat protection sprays and I haven't seen any residue from the product appear on the plates yet. However, there was a very faint bubbling coming from them the second time I turned them on. This may have been some of the product melting onto the plates. If it does happen that residue forms on the plates, then a baby wipe will do the trick.

              I must say I'm most pleasantly pleased that these straighteners that I got for 1/3 of the price of the apparent messiah of straighteners ( GHDs ) can deliver the same, if not better performance. To top it all off it comes with a 5 year warranty, so these should be money well spent!

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                04.01.2010 13:18
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                Bad hair days a thing of the past with these great straightners

                I received these straightners for Christmas after my Remmington ones stopped working and I have to say I am really impressed. The first thing I noticed was how light they are, which is great when travelling as my old Remington ones were often the heaviest thing in my suitcase! Another great feature is the rotating wire, which allows you to turn the straigtners for curling without the lead getting twisted.

                The outer case is made from plastic, which at first I thought felt a little cheap, however the plates themselves seem to be good quality ceramic and the overall design and colour look good.

                They heat up within seconds and there are three different heat settings, which is perfect for different hair types. My hair is long and thick with a tendency to frizz so I use them on the highest heat setting, whereas my daughter has much finer wavy hair and therefore uses the lowest setting making it kinder to her hair. Each section of hair is straightened without the need to go over it again and unlike my Remington's and there is very little static. I've also used the straightners to curl my hair and they are quite effective; the plates are just the right width and thickness to rotate easily and as they get to quite a high temperature (about 230 degrees)so can be run through the hair quickly to create a nice smooth wave.

                The straightners come with a lovely matchig satin purse (however it's a mission to fit the straightners in the bag along with the wire!) a heat resistant mat and 4 clips to pin the hair during styling.

                Overall these straightners do a fantastic job and are great value for money (currently on offer in Boots for around £35) They come with a 5 year gurantee, therefore even though they feel a bit more 'plasticy' than some of the more expensive brands you do get great value and peace of mind.

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                28.12.2009 17:23
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                Great set of straighteners, very good value

                I received these straighteners for Christmas and they are brilliant. I have long fine hair which is wavy after washing. As it doesn't take much to straighten my hair I don't/won't buy expensive straighteners, and I don't need a certain three little letters on my straighteners to tell me if they're any good!
                Firstly, I love the gorgeous blue colour of these straighteners- they look really good on my dressing table! They also come with a heat mat to rest them on while you're using them (very handy), and a clutch type pouch which is also very beautiful. No wonder they called them 'elegance'!
                There are three heat settings on these- the maximum being 230 degrees. The first setting was fine on my hair, and I would imagine that the highest setting would straighten even the curliest of barnets!
                They heat up incredibly quickly- it took about 15 seconds to heat up on the maximum setting- and the light stays on to let you know when they're ready- another useful feature.
                The plates are ionic nano titanium-ceramic which ensures a smooth, frizz-free finish with no static.
                I have only used these straighteners twice but so far am very impressed with them. They also come with a five-year guarantee so no need to worry if they break in the near future.
                Although they were a gift I know these staighteners were bought on offer so they were fantastic value for money. Even at full price they are much cheaper than the leading brand, and in my opinion, just as good, if not better.

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