I bought these straighteners several years ago for just under £30.
They were just a cheap alternative to GHDs at the time and I thought I would only use them temporarily. They turned out to be one of the best investments I have ever made.
The straighteners have a number of different heat settings and I've found that it normally heats up within a minute. I like the fact that they have quite a long cord so that it enables you to sit in front of a mirror whilst you straighten your hair as opposed to being glued to the plug socket.
I don't really use them much, normally only after I've washed my hair. I'll sometimes go over my hair with them if I'm going on a night out but that's about it. On average, I would say I use them around 3 times a week.
I've never had a problem with them and never had to use the warranty. Also, I have quite long hair and even though the straighteners are quite slim in size, they are perfect for straightening my hair.
I would definitely recommend these straighteners as they have lasted me a while and do the exact same as GHDs in my opinion and therefore I can't justify the extra cost of splashing out on a pair of GHDs. If anything, when my current straighteners stop working, I will most likely just buy them again.
My hair is quite fine so I don't know how effective they would be for people with thicker hair. Also, they probably wouldn't last as long for someone who straightens their hair everyday but if, like me, you plan on using it occasionally then you really can't go wrong! They also seem to be cheaper now than they used to be which is always a good thing!
INTRO - HOW WE MET....
I always say my hair is like a separate entity living on my head. By that however I don't mean it does the ironing, talks to me when I'm bored and brings me oranges when I feel ill. No - by that I mean not only does it have a mind of it's own, it sometimes seems to actively thwart my style plans for the evening. The day I bought this product is that I was having a particularly bad hair day, and had an important party the next day. I bit the bullet, ran into boots, and picked this product.
WHAT THE HECK IS IT?
These Babyliss straighteners are handy and compact - they're slim line which means they're nice and handy to carry around for potential emergencies or to take on holiday. I scooped these in Boots for a relatively cheap price (between £15-20)
MY EXPERIENCE AND THE GOODS/BADS
I've found these to be reliable and easy to use. They heat up quickly and seem to be just as good now as the day I bought them. It should be noted that I use them rarely, like 3-4 times a month, but whenever I do I have consistently good results. They have a pretty good wire length which is handy for people like me who like to move around and perform other tasks one-handedly whilst straightening. Make sure you use a good protection product in conjunction and you should be fine with these!
OVERALL - IS IT WORTH IT?
If you're an irregular straightened like me, then these will be well suited for you. You can carry them in your handbag and no one will be any the wiser.
I don´t use a straightener very often so I didn´t want to shell out a lot of money on something I only use 3-4 times a month.
So in the end I decided to go for this one. It heats up quickly and so far I have not noticed any difference from when I bought it.
The hair gets really nice and straight but I would recommend you use some sort of protecting product as it haven´t got all this special protection as the more expensive models have. But once you put it on the result improve and the hair looks very nice and healthy.
My hair is naturally wavy but it still straightens it out very well, so good in that department.
I would definitely recommend this to a person who like me, doesn´t use it on a daily basis. I think if you straighten your hair daily, you need a more expensive one that has more protection for your hair as hair can soon look very ragged and tired after using a straightener a lot.
In my opinion, GHD straighters are the best straightners money could buy. However, I also own these and I have used them on occasions when I couldn't use my GHD's. They are a cheap alternative that I bought for £15 at a shop in Edinburgh. Did they meet my expectations.
The babyliss straighter that I own are very small and portable. I have taken them on occasions travelling when I was only allowed 5kg hand luggage because they were so light and portable that I could get away with it. They are a plastic metal and I find they are very square shaped compared to other models of straighteners. However, they do not look cheap at all and in my opinion they look better than they work. The cable is very average, I compared them to my GHD's and it was slightly smaller, and I then compaed them to my hair dryer and it was slightly larger than them. So, they can stretch pretty far but it is nothing special. The area around the ironing plated are a furry material, it is quite strange but I will explain how it effects the performance later.
First of all, these straighteners aren't very hot. If you want them to be hot enough to have some sort of effect on your hair you have to leave them for at least 20 minutes. This is abnormally long, but it is the only change of getting them to work. As I said before, they are pretty small, so it doesn't cover a great area of you hair at the one time. It is pretty thin so if you have thick hair you will have to section it into tiny bits and straighten. It takes longer than normal to get a straightening effect, You must clamp the straightners on your hair and move them down bit by bit. They are not like GHD's where you can just glide them freely. It takes a while to straighten, and in all honesty the end result isn't even that good even with slow and careful straightening. They don't heat up very much, I could easily sit my finger on the iron plates, then take it back off with no serious burning done to my hand. So these are pretty safe straightners that you could possibly give to an 11 year old who wants a little go of straightening her hair for a school disco, or for a friends birthday party. If you are an overly-protective parent, you may even consider giving them to a 12 year old. Also the furry area around the opposite sides of the straightning plates allows less heat to be spread through meaning there's little change of getting a burn from touching anywhere else on the straightners other than the plates themselves. Also, my plates have burnt. Not good.
Well, they don't exactly straighten hair very much, same people use straightning irons to curl hair. However, this is almost impossible. You can't roll you hair into a coil and clamp to make curls, and you most certainly can't curl the traditional way due to the furry outing of the straightners. It would be impossible to glide your hair over these so it wouldn't work out, sorry.
Well, if I said these are absolutely useless I would be lying. Why? I melted a bit of platic with it once, it was fun, I enjoyed it. So there!
But in all seriousness, don't buy these. Just don't
to start of my hair grows out and not down ( pain in the bum :( )
well my hair was growing out and i hate going to the hair dressers so i thought id get my self some straightners, and being on a budget i was looking for decent yet cheap ones.
i went home that night to test them out and thought they were really good! my hair reacted well to them and they became my saviour of hair.
ive had them for about 2 years now and they still going great, so i would say they are durable, yet there are a few problems with them, but not big ones.
As they were my first pair of straightners i didnt realise that 5 minutes was a long time to wait for them to heat up, after seeing what my friends GHD's could do i realised that it was a very long time to wait, but i live with it. Another is you cant really choose the heat setting, its either on or off :S, and being off would obviously do nothing for my hair. my last problem is leave them on for too long and the outside ( around the ceramic plates) gets extremley HOT! and can make it difficult to straighten but like i always say nothing is perfect. Well not to me anyway.
the price of these straightners when i got them was £14.99 reduced from £19.99 yet i cant exactly remember where i got them i think it was asda or boots? i think 2 years + is very good for these and would recommend them for back up straightners ( which i use them for now) incase the "good" ones happen to fail on me, or if a friend stays over, they could use them instead of sharing??
Overall these are a good pair of straightners for people on a small budget, or for one-off straightning.
thank you for reading this review. :D stay well
I'm part Chinese, and one of the side effects of this is extremely thick dark hair - everyone in my family on my mums side has this thick incredibly dark hair, which makes styling and colouring a pain in the bum.
With the trend having been for poker straight glossy hair for quite some time now, I decided it was time to pick up some straighteners . I didn't want to spend a fortune, since I knew I wasn't going to have time to use them everyday, so I opted for the Babyliss Pro 200 Slim Ceramic, which cost me £10 in Asda (reduced from 18.99).
It comes with instructions (very simple ones, in English) in the box, and also a 3 year manufacturers gaurantee. To use these is simple - place on a heatproof surface, turn on, and in 5 minutes it should be hot enough to use , working from root to tip of your hair to flatten it.
So, how easy was it to use in practice ?Well, I found the five minutes quite a long time to wait for them to heat up, although I've no idea if that is a standard wait. Also there is no variable heat setting, and the cord isn't very long . At the moment I'm on holiday and the plug point is nowhere near the mirror, so I'm having to style my hair at some distance from my reflection. The power cord swivels to, which can be a pain in the bum as when you rest the straighteners on a surface, if you've been storing therm with the cord curled around the cord moves around and gets in the way.
I find that with my hair being naturally thick and rather full of kinks, it took a fair few sweeps with the straigteners to get it straight, although I never did quite achieve the glossy poker straight look I get from a trip to the hairdressers. My wild hair did look a lot straighter and tidier though, but the effect was a lot of hard work to achieve.
There are some good points with these that I feel are worthy of a mention - I like the fact that the plates stop a cm or so short of the end of the appliance, and that the heating end is covered in some kind of black material - this keeps it cool to the touch and minimises the chance of me burning myself.
They are slim, much narrower than many other similar products. Now, this means of course that less hair at once is getting straightened , but it also means they take up less space in your suitcase. In fact, the straighteners are compact enough for me to slip them into my handbag should I need to .
The ceramic plates made it fairly smooth to straighten my hair, although I did get the occasional pulled strand.
Considering I only paid £10 for these, I can't really complain . Their top heat is 200, so it is a fairly slow and laborious process to get my hair straight and under control, and I don't think this product is going to achieve that salon look on my particular brand of mad hair - but they do tame the madness, and my hair does look better for it
If you're looking for something quick to use before work, you'll probably want something with bigger plates and a higher temperature than this - but for the occasional smarten up for me, these are time consuming, but effective .