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I'm not a person who usually spends hours faffing around with my hair, I don't have time in the mornings while trying to get Harry ready for school and straightening my hair would be the last thing on my mind. However, when I had my hair cut into a bob recently, I couldn't get it to sit the way I wanted it to, and so borrowed some straighteners to see if it would help. Luckily, it did and I quickly had to invest in some for myself as I no longer have any. I didn't want to pay a lot since they won't be used all that much, so when I saw these BaByliss ones in a very cheap deal at Tesco, I thought they would be perfect for what I intended to use them for, and luckily they were, all for the bargain price of £11.98!
These straighteners are made by the company BaByliss who produce lots of electrical hair care products. You can find these products online or in many shops, so they are a widely known company, and known for being good quality too. This model is part of the Pro 210 range, and as they are now making the Pro 230 range, I would say that it's an older model but they still suit my needs perfectly. They have ceramic coated plates which help the straighteners to get really hot and glide through the hair more easily, obtaining that salon smooth effect that many people crave. They are all black, except for the plates which are a soft yellow colour, and look very sleek. They are a patent plastic so look very good if left in your bathroom.
When I went to turn on the straighteners, I was pleased to see that there was actually an on switch so they don't automatically start to heat up when you plug them in, handy for forgetful people like me. You press the small oval switch at the bottom to get them to switch on, and a light comes on. There are actually 2 heat settings, and you adjust this using the 2 buttons which are located above the power button. They are + and -, so a higher setting for longer hair, and a cooler (although still very hot!) setting for shorter hair. I use the lower setting, which is an amber light on the product and it always works fine for me. The higher setting shows a red light on the straightener, probably to warn you they are very hot. The plates heat up to around 210 degrees, so they are super hot and will burn you if they touch your skin, so do be careful when using them.
One thing I like about these straighteners is that the power cord is on a rotating cord, so that you don't break the internal wires bending it this way and that depending on which side of your hair you are doing at the time! To use them, simply section of a small portion on your hair that you want straightened, place the straighteners near the root of your hair and squeeze the straighteners together, and pull them slowly down the length of your hair. I find that my hair is properly straightened after one go and I don't need to keep repeating it, which is great cos I'm a person of very little patience! I read a review that says the effects don't last very long, but that isn't really the fault of the straighteners. I find it lasts most of the day, and if I'm doing something in the evening, I just give them a quick go-over and there's no problem for me. Try to avoid using hairspray before you straighten as you'll coat the plates and it might hinder their performance.
Overall, I'm really pleased with these straighteners, and for the price I paid, I think they are really good value. They do the job asked of them with ease, get nice and hot and stay that way for a prolonged period of time which is great if you have long or thick hair. While they are an older model, they have 2 heat settings, and a separate on and off switch too switch which is great too so that they don't heat up until you are ready. Once switched on, they take around 30 seconds to get up to the required temperature which is pretty good if you're in a hurry. I'd definitely recommend these to anyone looking for a budget set of straighteners which actually work, and do the job too.
I believe these are now a discontinued model, as I picked up mine on a clearance deal at Tesco for just £11.98, down from the RRP of £30.
Thank you for reading.