Product Type: Babyliss Hair Straightener
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Babyliss 2088U Hair Straighteners
Member Name: alexandjef
Advantages: Heats fast, nice to use
Disadvantages: none, apart from the break down but I consider that understandable.
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.
Summary: A great product at a great price.
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