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Most straighteners I've used, feel like they are burning my hair to a dry frazzle, despite being on a low setting, and despite spraying protector on my hair. Babyliss's Straighteners, however, are more gentle on my hair yet stills gives a definite flat style that leaves the hair looking just as well conditioned as it was before using them. Sometimes I've found I do need to stroke it through my hair a few times for the stubborn curls to straighten, but as it leaves my hair feeling smooth and not damaged, I don't actually mind -- it doesn't add much time!
It features three heat settings which is useful when I want to style my fringe (low setting), or thicker amounts of hair (higher setting). It also comes with a handy heat-proof bag with pop out mat that I rest my straighteners on when not in use, but switched on, and also when cooling. Plus it comes with handy clips to hold your hair whilst styling.
I'd recommend for anyone who has lost the love for the must-have styling product and at a great price too!
Up until early last year I had pretty long hair for a guy, but due to good advice from my hairdresser I took the plunge and had much of it chopped off - leaving only a substantial fringe (just enough to hide the fact I'm nearly 30 and suffering from a terribly aggressive receding hairline). Despite my hair getting thinner by the day, its actually still quite thick on top and I suffer (woe is me) from very fluffy hair after its been washed. If any men know the secret to nice, 'normal' hair, then let me know - but so far for my entire life my hair bouffants in an alarming way after a good wash. When I had longer hair, it had to be straightened after every wash, and I still have a pair of straighteners on standby to try and manage the mess if I need to be seen in public soon after washing my hair. My hair straightening solution previously was a very cheap pair of Argos Value Hair Straighteners - that are frankly terrible, but since moving in with my girlfriend I have notched my straighteners of choice up somewhat, using her Babyliss 2088U set.
In a former life, I used an ex's GHDs and I loved these - they seemed to straighten my hair quickly and perfectly, with minimal effort. When I had to fend for myself for a brief few months I picked up my Argos pair assuming they would all be the same - how wrong. They pulled my hair, didn't get hot and were such a chore - plus the irons were chunky and that meant I couldn't really get to the shorter frizzy parts of my hair. This Babyliss set, thankfully are more in line with the GHDs - heat up quick, have nice sized irons, can get to all parts of my hair and are pretty much hassle free. Turn them on, give them a minute of so and then I've fixed my hair under under 2-3 minutes.
The straighteners are a brownish color with copper colored irons and black wires, with grips on the handle that are shaped into the plastic rather than fixed on. On the handle there are three control switches and two lights. One buttons each for on and off and a switch that moves three notches to control heat. The heat settings are; 180, 200 and 230 degrees - so this when cranked up can get very hot. My girlfriend has thick, long hair and always has them set to full, which if her 20 minute daily routine, (including multiple smashes of the snooze button, a shower, hair dry and hair straighten are anything to go by), this on full setting gets the job done in no time. I use it on full - and have never used it on less setting purely because on full it does the job it needs too on this heat setting.
There are two little lights on this indicting on (blue) and heating up (red) - and this is handy as with my old Argos pair there was no light, so it was a bit of a guessing game as to if they were good to go or not.
When I asked my girlfriend what she liked about these, apart from them doing a solid job she said the best thing about them was the mat and bag they come with. They come with a heat proof mat so the straightener can be put down safely while still on/hot, and this also doubles a bag to carry the straighteners in - which in her opinion, resembles quite a stylish clutch bag. I personally, have no opinion on it looks wise, but it does seem like a nice, useful touch to have the mat double as a carry case.
One issue with the cheap straighteners was they didn't actually clamp together very tightly, which was frustrating meaning there wasn't much of a grip on the hair - but with these the fit is perfectly flush and very smooth.
A feature of these straighteners that didn't make its self known until recently was how long the wire was - its about 10ft and really counts, especially in our house where the plugs and mirrors are not exactly in places to suit each other, meaning it can be plugged in in the bedroom and used in the bathroom.
I say we didn't see this until recently - as a couple of weeks ago these straighteners after a couple of years service, died. One day all of a sudden the came on but no heat came out, but as far as I can tell 2 years of daily use is not too bad. Apparently this is common, so much so, and this is new to me, many online hair straightening repair companies exist in abundance, the choice is a bit overwhelming as I had no idea such a market existed was let alone popular.
When they straighteners died, she was unlucky enough to have to resort back to my pair, and she has not enjoyed using them - really taking for granted how effective the 2088U are in terms of heat up time and consistency. We also notice how good having a longer wire was, as now we have to stretch into the bathroom doorway and squint into the mirror.
We looked into getting them fixed, and this bring me on to the next point - and kicker of the review, the price. She paid about £50 for them at first, so seeing that it was £20 including P+P to have them fixed seemed like a decent fit, price wise. However, when she looked online for a new set - seeing an upgraded version of these (pretty much exactly the same in different colors) for only £25 was a bit of a shock. So now, rather than get them fixed we (she) is getting a new pair - a testament to how good they were, if considering spending £20 on getting them fixed was not testament enough. A newer set of these will not only include the handy bag/mat and instructions, but also 4 hair clips - but, I will be honest I have never even experimented with hair clips let alone use them regularly enough to give an opinion, but my girlfriend states despite they are long lost they were very handy.
All in, a these are a cracking buy.
I've had these hair straighteners since they first come out onto the market, not once have they broke on me. There is different heat levels, mine always stay on 230 just be warned though the handle on the straightener also gets hot so a couple of times I have dropped them when I have picked them up. When I bought my straighteners I got a free heat mat/carry case and a complete set of sectioning clips which I have used for basically everything from using them as section clips to using them for going out clips as they are gold. These straighteners also allow me to curl my hair or even re-style once curled or straightened as many don't. My straighteners even come abroad with me and even over there where the electric isn't set as high they still work extremely well. I would never swap these straighteners and if they did break them I would replace them with the same ones.
I bought these straighteners about two years ago and they're still going.
There are three heat settings, so you can choose depending on what type of hair you have. The temperature goes up to 230C. The straighteners don't get too warm when you're holding them even when you have them on for a long time. They don't overheat.
There is an on off button on the straighteners and a blue light indicates that it's on. This is really useful and makes it much less likely that you'll leave it on by accident. The blue light flashes until it's ready to use and then just stays blue, which only takes about 15-30 seconds.
The plates are titanium-ceramic with ionic conditioning to prevent frizz. They're supposed to be good for straightening larger sections of hair and taking less time. I've found that they are good for this. I'm quite impatient when doing my hair and I've found that it takes less time to get a good result with these than with cheaper straighteners.
The cable is a good length, 3 meters, and it attaches to the straighteners on a swivel so it doesn't get awkward when you want to move them a certain way.
The straighteners come with a few clips and a case, which opens up into a heat-proof mat. This is really useful as in the past I've burnt surfaces by putting my straighteners down on them.
My Babyliss straighteners have lasted over two years, and I'm not that careful with them and have dropped them a few times. There are a few scratches on the ceramic plates due to my carelessness but they don't seem to be wearing at all and seems like they'll last a while yet. It comes with a 5 year Guarantee.
I got them on offer at Boots. These days you can get them from just under £50 on Amazon and maybe a bit cheaper on ebay. Even though there are newer ones on the market, they're not much better than these ones and this is a really good price.
Do they work?
Yes. They work amazingly. I've got quite curly and sometimes quite frizzy hair and these get it straight in absolutely no time at all. I also find that my hair stays straight all day, unlike with some other straighteners I've tried. Using them makes my hair look shiny and healthy, they don't pull on my hair (which is something I've experienced with straighteners at hairdressers) and they don't make my hair go static.
So, there I was one day happily straightning my hair with my GHD's when they stopped working I went into a blind panic for several reasons 1. my hair without straightning is like Sideshow Bob's; 2. GHD's cost around £100 and 3. I can barely afford the essentials, therefore, no chance of affording a new paid of GHD's and my birthday isn't till October!
After remembering my Mum bought some straightners that she never used as she decided she couldn't live without GHD's it was my only option to use to Babyliss 2088U. The last time I uses anything other the GHD's was around 6 years ago so was skeptical about these straightners working.
After doing some research on the internet, these straightners retail at around £45-£50. They come in a gold colour, it has an on and off switch as well as 3 temperature settings, the hottest being 230 degrees which is the setting I use, a swivel cord which is 3 meters long makes the straightners easy to manouvere to complete your hairstyle.
As mentioned above my hair is extremely thick and frizzy and not only this I have a lot of hair even though it's only shoulder length (I have to inform the hairdressers when booking 'it's gemma with masses of thick hair' so they can give the hairdresser extra time) I found this straightners did a really good job with my hair, the heat was good and the ceramic plates glided over my hair to create a smooth, straight look. They heated up quickly and are ready to use in around 30 seconds and the heat was evenly distributed across the plates and retained heat. I used to find the cheap straightners weren't as hot as GHD's but in this case they are.
A downside I find is that the straightners are quite bulky and a lot heavier than GHD's therefore, making the task of getting my hair straight a bit harder.
I bought these to replace another pair of Babyliss straighteners. They weren't as nice as the 2088U (cost me £20-30, can't remember how much exactly) and were a couple of years old, and one day overheated and singed my hair! After that experience I typically would shy away from the brand but I knew many people who had premium Babyliss straighteners and swore by them; Boots was luckily having a sale so I managed to buy these for 40% off. I have not been disappointed! The heat-up time is very low, and the tongs get very very hot. I have wavy Oriental hair so if straighteners do not get hot enough, my hair is likely to curl up again. Once I've straightened with these, however, I'm literally good for the night into the next day - really, until I wash it out! My hair is also quite short, so the slimness of the tongs is very good in terms of that - I can do smaller pieces at a time, which gives a sleeker look. The swivel base also makes getting ready by yourself that much easier. Overall, great straighteners at less than £50, and the heat-resistant mat it comes with is great - I scorched so many sheets by putting my old straightener down on them, so it's fantastic for storing (especially if you need to pack them up in a go - don't need to wait for them to cool down!).
I got these straightners about 6 months ago and I think they are great. I have tryed GHD and I think they are the same as them. My hair is naturally kinky and wavy so I need to have a good pair of straightners. I love it when my hair is straight.
When mine other pair of straightners stoped working for me I had a look around and I saw the Babyliss 2088U pro 230 elegance. I bought them for £75.00 but now you can get them for about £35.00 from amazon and ebay.
They take about 30 seconds heat up and top temperature of 230°C. The first time I used them I washed my hair and dryed it. I put my new straightners on and I sectioned my hair by the time I had done that they was really to use.
They was very quick to heat up. The straightners have a swivel cord so they are easy to manoeuvre around your hair and head. when I was straighting my hair it moved nice and easily down my hair without getting caught or pulling my hair.
I was really stunned with the results my hair was really soft and very straight. They also come in a bag so you can put your straightners away. The bag also has a heat resistant mat.
There is 3 temperature on it the 1st one is 230°C the 2nd one is about 200°C and the 3nd one is 180°C. I use the first one and my hair is really straight with it. I have also used the 2nd one and my hair still very straight.
They have a 25% longer plates, On/off button and a 3meter cord. The straighteners are very lightweight.
Overall I am very pleased with my straighteners and I would recommend them to any one who wants to get Ghds because they are as good as them.
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