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I bought the Babyliss curl and press for myself a couple of years ago - I kept saying I wanted to curl my hair every now and again but ideally didn't want to spend much incase I had a change of heart. I got these for around £10 from Argos. Mine are slightly different to the picture here in that they are black with a pink and black curling section.
They came in a black box but with no bag, box or mat to keep them on which was a shame because I have to be careful how I store them but for £10 I think perhaps I was expecting a bit much.
How to use
They are electronic so need a socket nearby to be used - unfortunately the cable isn't very long on mine (I'd say around 1.5 metres at most) so I have to make sure I'm strategically placed near a socket and a mirror when using them! Looking on Amazon at the description today though, it looks as though that may have been resolved as it says it now comes with a 3 metre cable which I feel is much more appropriate. It has a swivel cord feature so is very easy to manoeuvre in use.
Once plugged in they don't take very long (around a minute) before they are hot enough to use. They work by clamping the hair at one end with the clip provided on the bottom of the curling section, then winding the hair around, leaving it for a few seconds and then unwinding. A curl has then taken shape in the hair. For a more defined curl, there is a button on the base of the curler that will press the hair together inbetween the curling section and create a stronger curl.
I think that this is a good gadget, although I think it takes a bit of getting used to and how it's used depends entirely on the individual. It took me a while to work out what was best for me and what gave the best results. I find that I never use the clamp clip on the base now, as after using it a couple of times I found it left kinks in my hair that didn't look good alongside the curls. They were very noticeable to me and very annoying. I just wrap my hair around the curling section independently now and hold it in place myself - although I do have to be very careful that I don't catch my fingers on the curling section as it can get very hot. I use around a 2cm wide section of hair each time as the ceramic barrel part to wrap around isn't all that thick really - partly due to it having a 'press' part built into it. It wouldn't hold any more than that and do a good job.
The heat also takes a bit of getting used to. It takes me ages (around 40 minutes) to get my whole head of hair done when I want to do a proper job and section my hair to do so. This means that the curler gets hotter and hotter. At first, by the time I'd worked my way around my hair, I found that the curls weren't even and the ones on the more recently done areas were stronger and more defined, even though I'd left them for the same time on the curler. I now don't leave the last parts for half as long as those I do at first to compensate for it and that way I get a more even finish.
I rarely use the press part. Again, that was something that I've realised over time just doesn't really work for me. It gave me very defined curls, so much so that I felt my hair wasn't too dissimilar from that of a poodle! I now just wrap the hair around gently, leave it for a few seconds and release and that way I get softer curls which is the look I'm usually after. But, this is an individual choice and the option is there for those stronger, tight curls.
I am really happy with the results from this curler, although it took a bit of getting used to at first. Once you've cracked it though, it gives lovely curls and a nice finish. The curls last for around 2 days too, before I wash my hair again. I would recommend this curl and press gadget as an introduction to curling hair. It's by no means the best out there but for £10 I think it's a good gadget to give the desired curled look for beginners. It's all about trial and error with it and finding the best way it works individually. The only downside is the huge kinks that the clamp gives - I've rated it 4 stars overall as I feel that's appropriate.
Thanks for reading :o)
I bought this a while after seeing it in the shop and on television, thinking it was a decent good product.
I was very disappointed.
Although initially easy to use, I found the time that it took to even attempt to curl all my hair was far too long, and that normal average curlers were a far easier option.
I found when using the curler, my hair would become easily stuck and caught between the bars when 'pressing' the curls. Which caused me to rip out my own hair and cause the rest of the attempted curl to frizz.
Thinking it was just my idiocy using the iron, i then lent it to my sister, and she found the same problems, especially for shorter hair.
The iron is now sat in my cupboard waiting for the next car boot sale, where some more unfortunate person can take it off me and experience how useless it is.
My sister bought this a few years ago but decided to get rid of it recently, so I thought i'd try it out. I have a different curling tongue that I sometime use but it isn't that effective and gives a funny smell. I usually use my straighteners to curl my hair but, again, they aren't always very effective so I was looking forward to trying the curl and press.
I found the instructions very easy to follow. You take a small section of hair and tuck the ends under a small lever, then wrap the rest around the tongue. It is separated into sections so you can see where to put your hair to make it even all the way down. You then push a sort of button up which moves the black bits on the tongue, separating the bits of your hair, and compresses the hair. You are advised to hold it there for 10-12 seconds but I tend to leave it slightly longer. You then unwind the hair and release the lever and hopefully find a perfectly formed curl.
From my first use I was very impressed with how well it curled my hair. I loved the effect. One downside is that it takes me around 40-50 minutes to curl all of my hair. Therefore, I just use this for special occasions, not for everyday use.
The curls last all day and even the following morning, my hair isn't as nice but it still has a nice wave to it. However, I think that if i didn't spray it in place with hair spray the curls might drop out quite easily.
Overall I am glad I have discovered this product and in my eyes it is perfect. I have received a lot of compliments on my hair after curling it using the curl and press. Which raises the question: Why was my sister getting rid of it in the first place? I asked her and it turns out that, because her hair is very straight and quite greasy, this product down nothing for it and the curls just drop right out. So maybe it isn't suited to all hair types and maybe if you too have very straight, quite greasy hair, you should avoid it. But for everyone else it is definitely recommended.
It is available from Amazon for £20.10 and to me it's well worth the price.
I was bought these as a birthday present last year, as I've always wanted to have curly hair, but always fail when I try to do it manually... I decided I needed curling tongs to do the trick! A quick look on eBay shows me that you can pick up a pair of these for around £10 which is fantastic value.
They are very easy to use, although detailed instructions are included. You simply plug in the curling irons and wait for a beep to tell you that they are hot enough to start using. It heats up very quickly, it takes about 2 minutes in total. once the curler is hot enough you simple section off a small strand of hair. You take the tip of it and place it at the bottom of the tong, and use the leaver to press it against the body of the iron. Then following the guideline marks on the tong you slowly wind your hair around it until you reach the root or just before depending on the style you would like.
How long you leave it held in the tong depends on the style you want, for loose waves only leave it for around 15 seconds, but for tight ringlets you should keep it help in position for around 2 minutes. I also find it helps if you spray some hairspray on beforehand and it helps to keep the curl in place. Obviously you can imagine this ends up being quite a time consuming exercise. To do a whole head of hair it takes me about 2 hours, by which time I am extremely hot and bothered and very fed up!
One thing to mention is to be very careful how you hold the curler! On more than one occasion I have accidentally pressed it against my ear and caused a very nasty burn, or even tightened up towards my scalp too much, and burnt the top of my head! It does get very hot, so be careful when using!
Having said that, I am really pleased with the effects. My hair looks amazing, and I always use these if I'm planning on a night out! The style does tend to hold for the whole day but as soon as I go to sleep it flattens the curls and I wake up looking a mess the next morning, so it definitely doesnt have the longevity that straightening your hair does.
All in all, it does exactly what you would expect, and for such a cheap price, how could you possibly refuse?!
I received the Babyliss curl press as a Christmas present last year. I have medium to long length hair that has a bit of a natural wave in it but is neither straight nor curly. I mostly wear my hair down and straight but I occasionally like to curl my hair especially for nights out. Over the years I have tried curlers, rollers and tongs and my hair straighteners are not designed for curling so I was really pleased when I received this product. I was also pleased as the curl press was a Babyliss product and having used many Babyliss products over the years, I have always found this brand reliable.
The Babyliss curl press differs from the average curling tong. It is used in the same way as a curling tong by wrapping a section of hair around the barrel although in this case you follow the spiral guide and then clipping the hair in place. It differs as there is a button on the rear on the curl press which when pushed up also moves the spiral guide up - this is to set the curl which Babyliss claim gives you perfectly defined curls.
I have found the curl press to be the best curling product I have ever owned. My hair does tend to curl easily as I have thin hair but my hair never normally seems to retain the curls very long. When using the curl press my hair curls easily and also retains the curl with or without products. I do tend to use heat defence spray as a precaution but have never noticed this product causing damage to my hair. Every time I have used this product my hair is shiny and bouncy with really defined curls. I have also curled my hair and brushed out the curls which leaves an effective wave or by adding a product produces a lighter curl.
I know some people claim that the curls last 2 or 3 days but I have never actually tested this as my hair gets greasy easily particularly after styling. As I mentioned I tend to only curl my hair for a night out or event but I do find that the curls are always intact the day after I have curled my hair. This means they have survived a night out and a night's sleep so the effect is quite long lasting.
I find that the Babyliss curl press heats up really quickly in comparison to other curling products I own and have used in the past. This a big advantage for this product as it drives me mad waiting for an appliance to heat up before you can get started. Another advantage of this product is the thoughtful design. I find the 3m cord allows you to move around when curling your hair and although I don't have an issue with plug sockets, I think the cord is very long and wouldn't cause a problem for most people. I also like the swivel on the cord. This allows you to move and curl freely without limiting your movements or risking tangling your hair.
There are very few negatives I have found to using the curl press but I do find this product very time consuming when curling all my hair. This could be due to the length of my hair but as I said I have thin hair - this could be a real issue for people with thicker hair than mine. I also find that the clipping mechanism used to secure the hair when curling does tend to trap hairs every so often.
I received the Babyliss curl press as a present and therefore do not know the cost of the product when it was bought. I have since seen this item in the shows and I think that it is reasonably priced in comparison to similar products on the market.
Overall, I have found this product a really effective hair styling product that was a very well received present that I still use on a regular basis. I would recommend this product to anyone as it delivers exactly what it claims with very few negatives.
Around this time last year, I was looking through my gadgets and things (for my hair) and decided that I would quite like some curling tongs. Not that I had a desperate need for them, but I felt that my GHDs may be too strong for daily use (for curling) and the heated curlers I have (which are heated in a compartment and then applied to the hair) did not work as well.
I didn't want to spend too much though because I did not have a pressing need for them but I guess I wanted something new to play around with, so I began by looking online to see what was available and gauge a price range but there were so many different types which offered different options, and prices that I soon bored of this mission and thought I would just see what I saw out and about around Christmas time, and who knows, maybe someone would miraculously know to buy me one as a gift (they didn't!)
It was around January time when I was shopping in Boots and was browsing through their electricals while waiting for the assistant to come back after checking something for me when I saw these Babyliss curling tongs on special offer, making them £12 (plus a few pennies). Instantly, given the branding and tourmaline used on the tongs, I knew this was a bargain so snapped up a box.
When I got in, I wanted to have a play around with them straight away. Partly to see how they curled, and also to see if there was something hidden in the offer making them undesirable! I remember the packaging wasn't too extreme, the box was quite sturdy and once opened, the tongs were inside wrapped in a plastic bag accompanied by a page of written instructions regarding usage and safety. I unwrapped everything, had a quick read, plugged it in and was ready to go!
** Usage **
While the tongs are quite easy to operate, in that you plug them in and they begin to heat up, there is no way of knowing when they are ready for use (i.e. a beeping noise as on my GHDs) so I have always taken a guess and touched the metal and made a start. They do warm up quite quickly though so I guess maybe this is a personal preference rather than it affecting the product at all.
I do also find that the tongs can be a little fiddly due to my hair cut/styling which has lots of layers which are choppy and various lengths. I find the trick is to divide the hair into sections of similar length rather than where they happen to be on your head (as I do with the straighteners) so that most of the section will hook into the lower part of the barrel and most of the hair will then be intertwined around the barrel of the tongs meaning the tongs can be pushed up and everything gets heated and curled.
At first I found that some of my hair was falling out of the section while curling it around the tongs and that meant half of the section was curled, the rest was not - leading to a look that is not quite what I was going for (!) so sectioning by length helps.
** Verdict **
If these were all I had to rely on to curl my hair I really would not be too happy because it is time consuming and I really have to concentrate to get the desired effect! Having said that, I am in a position where I can compare to other means and I find they sit somewhere in the middle.
They take longer than my GHDs to do the job, but not as long as the heated curlers and also I have more control with them as to where the curl will sit (something I struggle with sometimes with the straighteners and always struggle with when it comes to the heated rollers).
In terms of staying power, the curls tend to stay in for the day or evening but not much past that. This could be due to my hair as it is quite thick and any curls begin to drop out quite quickly, but GHD curls last for a full day quite easily and heated rollers last a few hours at most.
I do like having the choice between styles and find that when I want quick curls in some areas rather than doing all of my hair (i.e. with a hair up-do) then this is a quick option.
I'll admit that I do not use them very often, but I much prefer them to the heated rollers and definitely do not regret parting with £12 for the purchase as I still feel this was a bargain!
So..... on that basis I would rate these tongs four out of five stars.
It could be improved if it an indicator of some sort to show when the tongs are heated and ready for use rather than me having to touch them and just guess as I'm sure that cannot be safe!
Thanks for reading (",)
I bought these curling irons in boots when they were on offer for £12.99. My hairdressers advised that I try curling irons on my hair as my hair is so thick and naturally straight that when I curl it with straightners it only seems to last for a couple of hours then the curls fall out (even if I use a whole can of hairspray) So when I saw these on offer I thought well I might as well give them a go! To my surprise they work really well (up until now I thought my hair was immune to lovely curls!) they provide lovely curls not too tight or too loose that stay in for hours. I think that these work better as the irons are tourmaline ceramic coated and have dual heated spirals therefor they heat up every part of the hair. I would recomend using on clean product free hair once your hair is curled then spray a little with hairspray. Remember the more strands of hair you curl at once the bigger/looser the curl will be and don't forget to tuck the ends of your hair under the spoon part of the irons as otherwise you'll have a funny crimped edge at the bottom!
I brought the Babyliss Curl & Press a few months ago when they had a 1/3 off sale is boots and this cost me £14.66 if I remember correctly (although I'm sure somebody brought this for me - probably my fiance! Anyway, on with the review!
This product is very simple in design, just a silver/gold barrel which your hair is wound round & a push up and hold button for pressing the plate against your wound hair to create the curl, then a button to release the hair afterwards.
To create curls I washed & blow dried my hair before adding some curling/heat protection serum and rubbing through my entire hair, I think brushed through once dry to ensure I did not have any knots.
I took a section of hair approximately 0.5-1 inch thick and then I lifted up the lever and placed the end of my hair underneath before releasing again (to keep the hair in place) and then proceeded to wind around the barrel, then once all in place I pushed up the large button to press the plates up against my hair.
I held this in place for about 20-25 seconds to ensure the hair was heated enough then I unwound and released the end which was held in place.
I then twisted the curl in the opposite direction to help set it before spraying with hairspray to hold in place that bit longer.
I found that for longer hair (mine is past shoulder length) these were not really the best gadget to use as it was very time consuming an my hair was a bit too long for the barrel.
I would recommend these for people with shorter hair (below shoulder length) and anyone with thinner hair would find these a doddle!
They heat up in about 1 minute which is great if you are in a hurry.
Don't forget to be careful if you place these down when in use and make sure to use some kind of heat protection on your hair to avoid damage where possible.
I would recommend buying these from somewhere like ebay as they are 10 a penny, I guess a lot of ladies with longer hair are trying to sell them off!
i wanted to get some curlers.. everyone i have tried didnt really do the job well...it would take forever to heat up and the curls wouldnt last,,
so one day i decided to try babyliss press and curl.
How to use
you have to take a little section of hair (about an inch) and put the hair in the bottom part and twist the curler up.. leave for 10 sec..if you want loose curls but If you want tight curls then push the button up and leave in for around 15-20 sec and it will give you that result ..Also i recommend you put some heat protecting spray on before..as this much heat isnt good for the hair..and a lil hairspray after so the curls last longer.
I bought mine for £16.50 from salon international..it was cheaper there..you can get them from amazon for around £18
I have long thick hair so i didnt find it easy to curl my hair as it took forever plus all my hair would not go in..i only curled the bottom bits..but the result was good..the curls lasted and it looked great..i wouldnt recommend this for people with long thick hair but if u have short thin hair this would be good for you.
Also It took a min to heat up..which was great as others take around 5 mins..
hope this helps =)
Hair Straighteners / Relaxers. Moving spiral presses the hair to give more curl definition. Automatic temperature control.