“ Brand: Babyliss „
The Babyliss Beliss 5710E Hairdryer was bought for £29.99. I thought that this hairdryer was going to be decent and at price and i wanted this one as you can straighten as you dry your hair, however i found that it didn't work as the hai would get tangled up and it would get too hot too have close to hair and so the hair is more prone to fall out. the Hairdryer was good at drying short hair but long thick hair i wouldn't recommend as it would take my sister 40 minutes to dry. Babyliss Beliss 5710E would also get too hot and then if you turned it off it would click and then you would have to wait 5 mins - 10mins for it to coold down before you could dry the hair again and so i found that i had to keep the hair dryer on constantly and so it is no good if you want to turn it off to brush the hair.
The Babylis Beliss was bought for me for Christmas as i have to have my hair straight as when washed mine goes really curly which is something I only like on rare occasions and I thought that this would be better than getting a normal hairdryer as with this one you can straighten your hair. It was £29.99 which I thought was a good price which it being multi functional. I found that it got hot too quick which I don't like as it felt as though it was burning me, i couldn't get on with the straigtner function i tried many of times but i found it was too hot, also after about 2months of using it, this red light would come on after using it for a minute then it would work for 30 seconds then go off, which meant I couldn't use it for a further 3/4minutes then about a month later my sisters stopped working this is not a product I would recommend to anyone as it should have lasted longer than it did.
Here's the thing I have thick hair, REALLY think hair. My daughter's is even thicker I couldn't possibly explain how think hers is. So this review is only truly relevant for thick hair I thought I should warn you.
What is it?
This is nifty little hairdryer that straightens as it dries. It looks like someone stuck a brush on the end of a squat hairdryer and thus like many preceding 'styling brushes' but it's not. The brush is actually in three part a narrow comb , a thinker comb and a velvet 'bumpy bit' What makes this different from the 'styling brushes' is the centre think comb, which is actually nine tiny ceramic plates.
How it works:
You brush it though the hair long narrow comb first. The narrow comb untangles the hair so it fits between the little ceramic plates, which are heated by the hot air from the dryer. The velvet bumpy bit smoothes the hair and help leave it glossy.
Does it work? Yes
I have found this to be really effective at taming my hair it is not salon straight nor as straight as my strengtheners leave it but it is a natural kind of straight, it looks styled and healthy. Most importantly for me it feels it too.
Is it easy to use? Yes&No
Compared to brushing your hair and then straightening it from wet it is much easier however that is not easy you still have to twist around to get the back tip you head to odd angles, it takes some getting used to.
I brought this when it was brand new to the market and would not swap it for the world. Having spent years keeping my hair to no more than shoulder length to cut down on drying and styling I have now grown it to nearly sitting on it because of this hairdryer . I can't think of a better recommendation than that. I think the fact that hair that is regularly straightened in this manner can grow to such a length is a testament to how kind this is to your hair.
Having wavy hair that I always need to both blow dry and then straighten, when I first saw the Babyliss Beliss advertised it really caught my attention. This is a combination hairdryer and straightener which claims to give your hair a straight, silky smooth finish.
Always on the search for more convenient ways to speed up my morning routine, I thought that this might help my cause and bought one at my earliest opportunity. When I purchased this it was a lot more expensive than it is nowadays and at the moment it can be picked up for £20.99 on amazon. I remember paying about £35 for mine!
This works as a combination hairdryer and straightener by gripping the hair between the ceramic prongs at the end whilst blasting the hair as a normal hairdryer would.
The end of the hairdryer which has the ceramic prongs on it swivels around to suit the angle at which you are approaching your hair which is good in theory. However in practise, this is the most awkward tool I've ever used on my hair. You have to sort of comb the hairdryer through your hair, whilst trying not to keep it in the same place for too long and frazzling it! Having rather thick wavy hair this was easier said than done!
I managed to get the front and sides somewhat straight, however whilst trying to do the back I got myself in such a tangle that I got fed up and went back to my old method. I thought that perhaps I had given up too quickly and tried to get used to it the next few times I washed my hair, but try as I might I just couldn't bend my arms into the right position to avoid getting in a mess.
This also comes with a drying nozzle to enable it to be used just as a normal hairdryer, and to give it some credit, as it's quite small this makes a nice compact travel sized dryer for packing in your case. I didn't find that it's drying capabilities were as good as my other dryer though so occasional use of this would be enough to bear!
This hairdryer might work for people who are more coordinated than myself, or those who have someone else who can dry their hair for them, unfortunately this was rather a waste of money for me and has sat un my drawer unused ever since.
There have been several other updated versions of this product released more recently, however none of them look as if they are a vast improvement on this model, to be honest now I've tried out one version I can't get on with I'd rather go back to my trusty old combination of hairdryer and GHD's thanks!
I usually opt for expensive hair devices but took the chance on this cheaply priced hair drier when my old one broke a few months back. However, this has been the best hair drier I've ever owned. The end nozzle is remarkably effective upon my frizzy hair and has left it feeling straighter and somehow, softer and shinier than before. It helps direct heat on to one area which stops you from over-drying your hair. It is also very easy to use and the end part can be tilted to allow you to dry your hair with ease. It does not tug or snag your hair either.
I have found that I have can use straighteners less which is very good if you don't want to straighten your hair too much and thus ruin your hair. I can now go out some days (say a trip to the shops or library) without even straightening my hair.
The only criticism of this product is that I think the heat settings could be extended more and a cool shot added to any future models or improvements of this model.
Got it for a bargain price and am very pleased! Proof you don't always have to opt for expensive options for more managable hair.
My hair is naturally thick, stubbornly wavy and turns to frizz the moment I step out the door. For years I have spent ages every morning blow drying my hair and then straightening it with hair straighteners. I had always felt that straighteners were bad for my hair because they are so hot and was fed up of the amount of time it took me to get ready in the morning - at the same time as being frizzy my hair also gets greasy very quickly so I don't have the option of not washing and drying my hair every morning. It was with great joy that I saw an advert on television for a hairdryer that straightened my hair at the same time as drying it. I was hoping that the hairdryer would be kinder to my hair than the straighteners I was using and also save me a bit of time in the morning.
I rushed out to my local Boots and forked out £29.99 for a Babyliss Beliss hairdryer. At £29.99 this hairdryer is at the upper end of the market but I figured that as it was a straightener as well as a hairdryer it was actually quite good value. The hairdryer is purple in colour and comes with two attachments - one for blow drying and one for straightening. It is about the same size as a normal hairdryer and looks quite modern and stylish.
My tactic was to rough dry my hair using the blow dry attachment and then to start straightening. The hairdryer itself is not as powerful as other hairdryers that I have had in the past and my hair took longer to dry than I was expecting. However, the hairdryer does operate very quietly which is a bonus. There are two settings - slow and fast. I've never really given the slow setting a go because I had already found that the fast one wasn't that powerful.
After rough drying my hair then I switched to the straightening attachment. This is a difficult manoeuvre to perform as the blow dry tool gets very very hot while the hairdryer is working - you need to be very careful to not burn yourself while trying to change attachments. The attachment is a brush with about five prongs which are very thick and are have ceramic straightening irons on either side. Hot air is pushed through the brush which dries your hair while the hot air also heats the ceramic plates which (supposedly) straighten your hair. The straightening tool is a bit difficult to operate becuase of the angle you have to hold it at but this gets easier with use. However, I haven't found the straightening attachment to be very effective at all. I acknowledge that my hair is very stubborn and that it takes a lot of make it straight but this straightening attachment did next to nothing for my hair. It does a good job of drying your hair but I found that my hair was only marginally straighter than if I had just blow dried it normally.
I didn't keep using the straightening tool so can't comment on any damage that it does to your hair, but I'd imagine that it would be better for your hair than most straighteners because it seems to be less hot than other straighteners that I have used in the past.
I have kept using the hairdryer attachment and it's kept working for more than nine months now but the straightening attachment has stayed in my cupboard - even if it takes longer to use a separate straightener I'd rather have my hair actually be straight. However, I have taken this on holiday with me sometimes when space is at a premium and I don't want to take a haridryer and straighteners. If you have thin hair that straightens easily then this might be a good alternative.
I am a self confessed murderer of hairdryers and hairstyling equipment, I usually manage to destroy them after about a year. I don't tie them up and chop bits off them and bury them under patios or anything like that, but I tend to overuse them, shove them under the bed before they've cooled properly, wind their cords around them and never clean them. Just generally don't care for them in the way I should. I should be put away for crimes against them as well as crimes against my hair.
This has all changed cos I have a new friend, my BaByliss BEliss, now known in our household as Hairy (we name all our appliances cos we're sad). Hairy popped out of my stocking on Crimbo morning. I am glad to say my 3 months of hinting about this dryer hadn't been wasted. I had seen him on TV and was intrigued by the manufacturers claims:
'Revolutionary dryer with unique straightening attachment that straightens, smoothes and adds shine to your hair as you dry.'
Oooh fancy a bit of that I had said to myself and everyone in a three mile radius. Once I'd figured out how to get Hairy out of his box (it was a bit difficult at 4am in the morning - wasn't early cos of the kids, no it was cos of the husband, he gets a bit over-excited by Xmas)), I was all set to go. My husband pointed out it would work better if I actually had wet hair but I was a tad over excited. As I've said before I lead a sad life.
Anyway once I washed my unruly mop of hair I decided to read the instructions on my new, purple, shiny ray gun (well that's what it looks like), but that took too long so I switched it on without bothering. (I did read them later but got confused - doesn't take much)
This BaByliss Beliss hairdryer looks like it has a comb attachment at the end and has four settings, I correctly (very proud of myself there) assumed that these were for tension and straightening and started combing through my quite long, thick hair. I quickly realised that holding the end of each piece of hair made it easier for my Hairy to grip and smooth. I found that running Hairy through the hair a few times not only dried it completely but also straightened it too. My first use of this appliance was a bit haphazard but I think I got the general gist of what I was supposed to be doing. It has two heat/speed settings and I did find the high one did get uncomfortable after a while, but is canny for a quick blast of heat. It also has a cool shot button too which helps to set the style. Being lightweight it didn't make my arms ache as much as my previous heavy duty hairdryer.
The straightening attachment has three functions:
- the detangling comb detangles and prepares the hair ready for straightening
- the tourmaline-ceramic plates straighten the hair
- the shine pads give the hair a high shiny finish.
The straightening attachment can be rotated through 360° to make it easier to comb through your hair but to be honest I find it ok in the one position. Maybe as I get more adventurous I'll try it other ways. (Ooh Er sounds a bit rude!)
The Tensio Control System (sounds like a coffee maker), which I had previously assumed controlled the appliances tension can be adjusted for the thickness and unruliness of the hair, the instructions say to start off at 1 and gradually increase the tension to suit, I started at 3 as my hair is very thick (like it's owner!).
I was not sure if I was supposed to comb my hair with Hairy on top of the hair or underneath and after a consultation with a colleague at work (who has the same model and hasn't understood the instructions either) we decided that it wouldn't harm doing it both ways. It is a bit difficult at first to get the dryer into the roots of my hair but I think I have the knack now.
Hairy cuts down considerably on my faffing on time each morning before work as I used to take about fifteen mins to dry my hair and then another fifteen clarting on with it trying to straighten it, now it takes less than ten in total. It doesn't give a total straightening-ironed appearance but takes all the kinks and waves out of my unruly hair. When it's first done my hair looks a bit frizzy but usually calms down and becomes shiny when its cool. I don't know why that happens it is a bit strange. I find using a anti-frizz styling product counteracts any problems. Hairy can get very hot and I have tried to burn my forehead on a few occasions but luckily I have a heavy fringe so if I did totally injure myself it wouldn't show (not that I was planning to, I'm just a wee bit careless).
I did worry in case Hairy would affect the condition of my hair as I have been growing it and by this length I usually have thousands of split ends, but on daily inspection my hair seems fine, in fact its had loads of compliments. I suppose only using one piece of styling equipment instead of my usual dryer and straightening irons had cut down on my hairs' length of exposure to high temperatures.
I'm really impressed by this piece of equipment and have promised it I will look after it, letting it cool down properly after use and not throttling it with its cord (which is nice and long so I don't have to sit at the plug socket with it), so hopefully it will last me a long time. The manufacturers guarantee it for three years so that's not bad. Hopefully I won't have to test the guarantee out. At under £30 it's a bit of a bargain as I usually pay that for a heavy duty reinforced beast of a hairdryer anyway.
The BaByliss Beliss can also be used as a proper hairdryer but that's boring and most people by now should know how to use a hairdryer correctly so I'll not patronise you all and tell you how to use it. It has a concentrator nozzle which clicks on instead of the straightening attachment and ionic drying technology which stops hair going frizzy and dolally (apparently). I don't think I shall be using Hairy as a normal dryer as I am well chuffed with him being a hi-speed straightening dryer.
And he's a nice shade of purple too.
I spied the Babyliss BEliss a few weeks before Christmas last year and proceeded to leave plenty of heavy hints around the house to ensure I would receive one on Christmas morning.
As it turns out I almost ordered it myself as my other half was completely prepared to buy it from Boots at £29.99 when Argos were offering 20% off all their hair styling products that week, making it a much better £22 approx. december 07 it's still the same price in the Argo catalogue.
There was one main reason why I wanted to try out this new gadget that my other half was quite insistent I didn't need, and that was because it claims to be able to dry and straighten your hair with one appliance. Sold!
I am a sucker for the new things on the market if I feel they will improve my lifestyle and make mornings easier.
The one valuable piece of information I can tell anyone about this product before going out and buying it would be to actually spend the couple of minutes reading the short information leaflet before using it for the first time. I never do, and after nearly a month and I was only just getting the hang of how to get the most out of my new gadget.
Designed in a glamorous dusky pink, the BEliss is a fairly lightweight piece of equipment, and not too bulky in your hands considering the functions it offers.
It features a fairly long handle to grip compared to the shorter stumpy body of the machine.
During my first couple of uses, I really wasn't sure what each button / switch was there for and just fumbled my way through. After considerable playing around, I have now found the perfect setting for my particular hair. This is something you will have to test out yourselves if using it.
We start off with the heat settings on the handle which comprise of two different settings. I personally find it's easier to start with the hottest setting, generating the air needed to start drying my hair, and then can reduce it to aid styling.
There is also what is described as a "cool shot" button just above the heat switch. This is supposed to help with the straightening of your hair, but to be perfectly honest I haven't found anything different whether I use this function or not, so generally I don't bother.
The head of the hair dryer is what makes this particular gadget interesting. It acts as a hair dryer, but also as a straightener due to the Tourmaline ceramic plates that are sticking out of the head. There is a switch placed on the side just by this removable head indicating the thickness the plates sit at, depending on the thickness of your hair. It's really trial and error as to which setting to use. Out of the four, I settled on number 3 and have found the plates to grip my hair sufficiently. I have fairly thick locks so play around until you feel it's comfortable.
I admit it took me a while to work out what the switch was for, but now it makes drying and straightening easier.
The actual head is removable and you are supplied with a normal hair dryer head should you wish to use it just for drying the hair. Personally I don't bother changing, and use the straightening plates at the same time.
As well as removable, there is also the added perk of being able to twist the head around to get the perfect angle for different side of your hair. I have tried twisting and finding my most comfortable position, however I do find the head of the dryer can become very hot during use so I tend not to move it very often, and usually find I can reach most of my head using one position. Again this will be down to trial and error of yourselves and what you find most comfortable.
I have found it doesn't take too long to dry and straighten my hair compared with before using a hair dryer then a straightener to get almost the same results.
The one thing I personally have found is that if I want immaculately straight hair I would probably have to go over with my straighteners as well, but compared to just using a hair dryer of old, my hair comes out a lot straighter than it ever did in the past, and is perfectly acceptable for day to day wear.
This will depend on your hair type and if you are lucky enough to have the straighter kind of hair instead of my wavy, unmanageable mop, then you will no doubt get better results than me anyway.
The manual does reccomend frequent cleaning of the straightening plates due to hair getting stuck etc.
My hair does appear smoother using this dryer than using both dryer and straightener, and this could be down to the Ionic technology which boasts condition and shine apparently.
Overall I am very impressed with my new toy and will continue to use it daily. For the price as well I would definitely recommend it as compared to some of the other wet to straight gadgets on the market it is a bargain.
I always worry about the condition of my hair when using drying products etc, adding damage to it all the time, but with a good trim regularly, I think we will all continue to use gadgets anyway to make ourselves look beautiful each morning. We can't control our hair against the weather all the time anyway can we?
The one down side to this product is the length of the lead, it's way to short in my opinion.
Please note this review has also been posted on Ciao where I am also a member.
I have very dry, thick frizzy hair which goes into 50's style waves as it gets longer makes me look about 60. I have had to keep my hair cropped and sleep on it to flatten it before the invention of straighteners it grows out rather than down. I have now managed to get it down to my shoulders and couldn't wait therefore to try this hairdryer bought it in Boots last year for £29.99 but have seen offers since for £19.99.
You have four settings, setting 1 when hair isn't too bad just needs a few kinks straightened upto 4 for I can't leave the house without putting straighteners through my hair.
I set it to 4 and I was able to work it quite easily with one hand. The combs do not catch in the hair (I thought they might) and I found it dried my hair much faster than a normal hairdryer. The end result was actually quite good. The hair was 90% straight and only looked half as thick as it normally would after blow drying. People with thick hair should understand why thats a good thing.
It left my hair that I would have been willing to answer the door and invite someone in without being embarrassed (I couldn't normnally without straightening) Going to the corner shop would also have been acceptable. However before going to work or out for the night I wouldn't have been comfortable without running the GHDs through it.
I also found that having blow dried it with the Beliss the results after straightening were much better than straightening alone and I believe I am not damaging my hair as much as one quick run through with the straighteners leaves a really good result.
I would recommend this product but believe it enhances the effect of straighteners rather than letting you do away with them.
Hair Straighteners / Relaxers. 1750W, 4 heat settings and slim concentrator. Tourmaline-ceramic plates grip and straighten the hair for a silky, shiny finish.