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I bought a this as an early Christmas present to my self . As I have Afro carribean hair I do struggle with it from time to time especially when its natural ,as it gets damaged quite easily with heating products .
But this straightener is one of the best I have ever tried (including compared to GHD's) .
I use the steam function on a medium to high heat setting and am constantly left with amazing results every time ! But you must remember first to put some sort of heat protective cream or serum in your hair before using as It does get very hot fast !
I only have to use this once and the results usually last until the following week even when my hair is natural without any straighening relaxers (chemicals) in it .
Would whole heartedly recommend this to all hair types as I My friends have also tried and loved it !
I received these straighteners as a birthday present around a year and a half ago now, my first impression was that the colour was FAB! It's a metallic red, and matches the nice carry case with detatchable cooling mat. However, I was disappointed in that the straighteners themselves are really quite heavy; my arms actually get tired straightening my hair! They are a lovely gift though, despite paying about £70 when they first came out (which is too much for them in my opinion). Their price now is around £35 which I think is more appropriate.
I thought I'd try reviewing a little differently this time, and so here are in my opinion the Pros and Cons of the Babyliss Straighteners:
They have a comb feature (which does prevent knots being straightened and thus damaging your hair more).
They are a really nice colour.
There are several heat settings so you can choose whatever setting you require. (I haven't had to use any higher than the 2nd temperature).
It has a swivel cord (i.e. you can twist the straighteners without having to be wary of the lead).
The lead is a good length, so you can move about if you really need to.
After a few months use the colour began to flake off around the straightening plates.
They are the heaviest straighteners I have owned.
Overall, although the weight is likely to be a big concern of many people interested in buying it, it really does keep my hair straight and usually for at least 3 days. I wouldn't spend more than £35 on them though unless you really want the colour but they do their job well at straightening hair.
I have been through many pairs of straighteners over the years, but these ones are meeting the test of time!
I got these on offer for around £50 from Boots, I had almost given in and bought the far more expensive ghds, but couldn't bring myself to pay that price for a pair of hair straighteners. In short, I am glad that I didn't. I have used ghds a few times, and although I admit they are fantastic, these straighteners actually do the job for me just as well. They are great if you have slightly thicker hair than the average person as they are a good size and will take plenty of hair in one go.
The straighteners have an adjustable heat option going up to 230 degrees and comb pieces inside the irons to help keep your hair untangled whilst straightening. They heat up faster than any other straighteners I have owned, being ready to use within about 30 seconds on the highest heat setting.
They come with a bag for storage, the outside of which also doubles as a floor protecting mat to keep them on whilst you have them switched on.
I would recommend these straighteners to anyone except those with the finest and shorter hair as they might find them a little too chunky for their liking, but everyone who has used these has found them quick and easy, and commented on how much they like them.
As a loyal GHD customer i was gutted when my faithful straighteners died on me, and My partner purchased the BaByliss Pro 230 as a replacement
On first impression was the pure bulky size of them, i thought I'd never be able to put curls in my hair or create the wispy hair look, and would have to live with just straight hair until these went to straightener heaven like many before them.How wrong i was...
The colour is striking which has helped extend the life of these straighteners as i spot them if left out on the floor. I love the bag and heatmat , because i now neatly pack it away after using and take more care of them.
With these i have managed to create some lovely hairstyles for special occassions, and the added bonus of ionic steam makes my hair look shiny as though i've spent hours conditioning it. I love the fact in no time at all my hair can be kink-free especially with the built in adjustable comb option, which really helps when trying to straighten the hair at the back of your head! Another amazing feature with this is the adjustable heat option which helps as my hair is prone to damage when v.v.dry /heat
I highly recommend these to anyone considering Ghd's
I bought these on sale from a large catologue store about 2 weeks ago after my old pair died. I got them for just under £40, which usually for me is too much to spend on a hair product, so I certainly would not have spent the £90 or whatever they were orginally asking for them.
As I opened it up I thought I had made a terrible mistake; the straightners seemed huge and bulky, much more so than previous pairs I had owned and often had trouble with. For that reason I nearly took them back, but as I was a little desperate I figured I would try them out.
They handle much better than first thought and are much eaiser to use than you would think. My only complaint with the design is where the on/off and temprature setting switches are placed; they are on the side of the handle where I hold it and I have sometimes changed the heat levels and even turned the whole thing off while I am trying to use them.
I have probably had a dozen pair of straightners over the years, and so far I am liking these ones the best. I have fairly short, thick, wavy hair, and after using these I often find that my hair hair stays straight well into the following day of using them.
My parents gave me these straighteners the Christmas before last Christmas, so it in was Christmas 2008. I still have these straighteners and use them, and they still feel like they are brand new to use. Most straightening irons that I have owned in the past have only ever lasted me about a year at the most. So one thing these straighteners is, is definitely durable and long lasting.
One thing I really love about the straighteners is the way they look. They are bright shiny red and the ironing bits themselves are silver. They came packaged in a matching shiny red cardboard box, with a picture of a girl with shiny red hair on it. And when you opened this box there is like a red pouch that the straighteners are wrapped up in, to protect them. You can use this pouch as a travel case for the straighteners whenever you want to transport them around, for example if you were going on holiday somewhere as it is just the right size and not too big.
I like the red theme as I think it is quite unique, and vibrant. It looks good on my dressing table as it isn't just a boring black like some other straighteners I have owned in the past.
These straighteners go up to 230 degrees. There are five heat settings to choose from, which are 170, 185, 200, 215 and 230. They have a proffessional looking LCD screen on the side which tells you which heat setting the straighteners are at, and there are + and - buttons on the side that you press to change temperature. Next to these two buttons is the on/off button.
On the silver irons there are like some bits of dark grey plastic that you can change to stick out to use them like a sort of brush which separates your hair out when you straighten it. I never really use these as to be honest I can't see much of a point to them but I suppose you could say that they make the straighteners seem more impressive- friends who have used the straighteners before seem pretty impressed by all the fiddly bits, I suppose you could call them.
You can also control how much steam is let off by a dial on the side that you slide one way or the other depending on how much or how less steam you want to come off them. Again I don't really see the need to use this so I have just left it in the middle, not sure which way was best.
I have tried ghd straighteners a lot of times because of all the hype surrounding them. They do work really well. But to me they always seem to make my hair go greasy much more quickly and they also dry out the ends of my hair so fast. Plus they are so expensive.
But with these Babyliss straighteners I found them to work just as well, without making my hair greasy or drying it out at the ends. My hair is naturally incredibly curly and rebellious - it hates to be told what to do so it is so hard to make it go straight. Now and again, though I want to get my own way and wear it straight. The look I like is not the deadly, deadly poker straight look but straight and still with a bit of volume. I found these straighteners were absolutely perfect for me and what I wanted and I will never go for a different brand again.
If you want your hair to be really flat and poker straight then you should go for ghds, but if you want straight, healthy looking, volumptous hair then these are what I would personally recommend.
As I was very lucky and received these as a present I didn't have to pay for them. But I should think these were really expensive, however they are a couple of years old, or older now so hopefully the price has gone down. They are currently around £40 at amazon which is so worth it.
Definitely recommended :)
I have thick, frizz prone hair that has a strong kink in it [I stupidly decided that having waves 'loosely' permed into my hair was a fantastic idea...]. I rarely bothered to use straighteners on my hair as it would take a long time & the finished results didn't last for long.
One thing that makes a difference to the results is the heat of the straighteners. Professionals rave about the brilliance of GHD's & their great results. They work every time because of the 200.c heat they produce. These BABYLISS straighteners are better, if you have thinner hair you don't need to make do & fry your hair. The straighteners have 5 heat settings; 170.c, 185.c, 200.c, 215.c & 230.c, making it easy to pick the right temperature for your hair.
The main difference to the RADIANCE 230 is the ceramic-titanium plates. These have a `comb' built into them. It's a simple, yet fantastic idea; you only need to use one hand - you don't need to juggle a comb around to get the knots out of your hair! The comb is retractable; you can pick between 2 different height settings depending on your hair type, or they can be fully retracted. Your choice.
Another choice you have is to steam or not to steam. If you would like that mirror shine effect there is a small water tank on the top of the straighteners. You can then pick between 2 different heat settings for the steam, again depending on hair type.
I also love that the ceramic plates are wider then a lot of other brands as it takes less time to straighten my long hair. Let's be honest; if it takes a long time you just get bored & don't bother.
Finally: the protective mat & carry pouch is great. I don't accidently scorch any furniture during use & the straighteners are safely put away from inquisitive cat noses!!
These straighteners are helping me to make a style transformation. Yes, I know nice hair isn't earth shatteringly important, but I do get a confidence boost when I've made an effort & have gotten good, long lasting results (I tied my hair up & when I later combed it back out it was still super smooth).
These straighteners cost a bit more, but the results are worth it, I promise!!
Before I start I should mention that I am/was a loyal GHD customer as such was very reluctant to try something different(major downpour while out shopping and had to borrow my freinds before a night out!) but was pleasantly surprised with this straightener. They seem a little bulky in comparison to my usual straightners athough they are quite easy to get used too.
I have quite fine hair but there is a lot of it, its layered and have a natural kink (frizz) that I previously though only GHD's could manage but these left my hair totally poker straight. Took almost no time at all, in fact I could have sworn it was GHD's that I was using. My hair was left lovely and shiney, in fact it looked really, really healthy! It was even straight when I woke up the next morning (a miracle)!
I particularly like the feature to adjust the heat as it feels like I can keep it just war, enough rather than burning my hair each time I use them. A feauture that GHD may wish to introduce to their products. The heat resistant mat is also really handy if your like me and have a habit of leaving burny hot straightners lying on the floor.
Now I have been using GHD's for at least 5/6 years and although I have replaced the set (I wanted the new ones) they have lasted exceptionally well. My mum is still using the old pair. Unfortunately I do not know anyone who has had the babyliss straightners for any length of time. So I cannot comment if they will last the test of time!
I can say though, that a lot of my friends feel that this product is superior to GHD! Me, however, I still love my GHD's but if they broke tomorrow I may just invest in a pair of these.
this straightener done sod all for my hair. my hair is really thick kinky wavy curly and frizzy! i tried these straighteners and was alright with them for a while but they didnt really straighten my hair. went out at the weekend to tescos and got some babyliss plain ceramic straighteners that cost me £12 pounds and they are wicked! they have straightened and smoothed my hair nicely. dont be fooled into thinking the more expensive the better!
Having long wavy hair i find it hard to keep it looking nice,and was totally upset when my straightners stopped working and for a few weeks untill i had the money to buy some decent ones i went around with my hair mostly tied up or having to moose it,which doesnt look great!!!...lol
I thought that i might as well get the best i could afford and after reading up and asking friends i thought my best buy would be BaByliss Pro 230 Radiance,i purchased mine from argos for £97.89 and i thought that even though this was expensive they were still much needed.
For the price you get bright red,Up to 230°C salon temperatures,5 digital heat settings,4 hair grippers to help seperate the hair during straightening,also a heat protection mat to place straightners on and a handy storage bag.
I found these straightners quite heavy to handle and as my hair is long its takes quite a while to straighten so get arm ache,also i was to keen on the fact that you have to take the little chamber on and off to fill with water for the steam function to work,they do work really well on my hair though and i find that if i straighten my hair first thing in the morning it will keep straight untill the evening,only down side id that they make my hair quite static.
Over all they are pretty good straightners once you have got used to using them.
I really think that you can buy better straightners alot cheaper, more stylish and don't dry out your hair and strip them of nutrients as much as these do! Using these my hair began to become fly away and the steam didn't help either. They were pretty big and when you wern't steaming they completely miss out sections of your hair because the extra plate wasn't in.
I could feel my hair burning, see it burning and i really didn't like the way you used them. I much prefer GHD straightners and although they're just under double the price they are so much better in value, style and overall performance. Also they gurantee 5 years at least i think which i think is a really good deal.
It doesn't last twice as long as other leading brands because no matter what happens; if rain hits my hair then it will go frizzy. GHD and Babyliss lasts alot longer than these do. It doesn't give that great straightness and it doesn't give salon straightness either.
I think they are over rated and i don't like them.
I had been considering buying these straighteners for a while, but had always been put off by their usual RRP of around £99.99.
**Before reading on; this is a bit of a lengthy review, as I have written about the things I would've like to have known before buying these. Feel free to skip to parts of interest!**
There had been a lot of hype around these, and claims that they were better than GHD's etc. On top of the positive reviews; one of the girls I work with had bought a pair of these, and she absolutely swore by them.
She has really wavy, quite thick hair, and I have to admit that I was impressed by the result the first time I saw it straightened with these.
Argos occasionally sell these for half the recommended price, and having missed the offer the first time round, I decided to get a pair when I saw they were back to half price.
PACKAGING - - - - -
The packaging is as shown in the dooyoo picture; a nice shiny red box, giving you all the info about the product, and the claim "for straightness that lasts twice as long".
When opened, you will find another cardboard box inside, plus some plastic, PLUS a foamy/plastic covering which houses the product.
Personally I don't think they require quite so much packaging as the straighteners are already protected in their own carry case...
WHAT DO YOU GET? - - - - -
* A set of BaByliss Pro 230 Radiance (red) straighteners.
* A heatproof mat.
* Protective carry-case.
* Four plastic hair clips.
MY FIRST IMPRESSIONS - - - - -
I quite excited (yes I know its sad) to get these out of the box and start using them, after all, I'd heard such great things...
I was impressed with the design of the carry pouch and the heatproof mat.
They are both a metallic red; not as bright a red as I was expecting, but I think it is a good colour choice nonetheless.
Each item is separate, but both have 2 sets of magnetic poppers on them, so that they can be merged into one item.
This means if you just want to use the heat proof mat you can, without having the pouch attached and getting in the way.
Similarly, if you wanted to take these somewhere with you, the heatproof mat folds round the zip pouch to encase it & protect it.
The mat is a good size - you can lay the straighteners on it with plenty of room to spare. It is also re-enforced, so it is by no means flimsy, and will only bend on the pre-scored places to allow it to fold.
Most importantly, it IS heatproof, which means you don't have to worry about damaging any surfaces when your straighteners are left on & lying on the side/carpet etc.
The plastic hair clips provided are a nice enough touch, but a little flimsy, and I don't think they would last very long if used regularly. I don't really bother with these anyway, as I don't really feel that I need them when straightening - they tend to get in my way more than anything else.
THE STRAIGHTENERS THEMSELVES - - - - -
My initial reaction to the straighteners was a little mixed.
On one hand, they are a lovely deep shiny metallic red which all looks very nice. Yet I thought they looked a little 'cluttered' & cheap with all the buttons and bits and pieces on them.
In the past, I've been very much used to the 'set the heat required, plug in & you're ready' kind of straighteners, so these are a bit of a change.
FEATURES - - - - -
* Steam function (for "no-frizz shine")
* Retractable fins ("de-tangling fins for total straightness")
* 230 degrees C ("salon performance")
These also have a 'digital display' which is really a mirrored panel on the straighteners, containing 5 heat settings (ranging from 170 degrees, up to 230 degrees), of which you can increase & decrease by pressing the '+' & '-' buttons on the side of the product. A little LED light will appear next to the heat setting of your choosing.
At risk of being a bit miserable, I wouldn't really class this as a digital display; just different coloured lights for different settings!
ADJUSTABLE FINS ---
The switch for setting these is on the outside of the straighteners, behind the heat plate that contains the fins (makes sense!).
There are 3 settings; no fins, medium, maximum. These are adjusted by pushing the switch up and down to the required setting.
What I didn't like about this, is that because of the switches position, if you want to readjust the fins whilst the straighteners are on, you have to be careful not to toast your fingers!
I also found that I prefer the medium setting, but it can be a bit fiddly to get it to medium, it tends to just slide up to maximum!
STEAM FUNCTION ---
The steam function was not of any real interest to me, as my hair is not thick enough to warrant using it. I did however give it a try a couple of times, and personally I think it made no difference to the end result at all.
If your hair is thick enough to warrant a good steaming, you may still struggle with these due to to:
* The 'reservoir' is a small (red) transparent tank that is integrated into the side of the straighteners. It can be unclipped fairly easily, but filling it up is very difficult as the hole for the water is quite small.
* Due to the colour of the reservoir, it is quite difficult to tell when you have filled it up properly.
* It holds such a small amount of water that you will quite likely end up (literally!) running out of steam before you've finished straightening.
* When turning on the steam setting, you're supposed to give it some time (I'm impatient, so it usually ends up being 30 seconds), to heat up. This isn't great either because of the small amount of water you've managed to put into the tank, a lot gets expelled as steam before you even get to use it on your hair!
The steam adjustment switch is also on the side of the straighteners, and is another 'slider' style. However, I find the steam settings easier to adjust than the fin switch.
HEATING UP ---
With regards to speed of heating up, I cannot complain. They tend to be up to the required heat in 30 seconds, or less for the lower settings.
This is excellent, as it is almost a 'plug in and go' item in that respect.
ANYTHING ELSE? - - - - -
My other issue with these is that I think they are rather heavy for a pair of straighteners!
I've used many different ones in the past, and I have to say these are the heaviest of the lot. I'm not sure whether its all the bells & whistles that BaByliss have added, although I wouldn't consider the extras to weigh that much!
It may not be the end of the world, but for me personally I think they are a bit chunky & clunky, and that combined with their weight means that they can be a bit awkward sometimes.
The issue of noise has to be mentioned too.
I have never owned such a noisy pair of straighteners! The first time I turned these on, I thought they were faulty as there was such a strong buzzing sound coming from them. I did find this a little unnerving, and now I just find it a little irritating.
It is not just electrical noise either! The water tank has a mini tube/hose to allow the water to pass through and change into steam. This means that if you choose to straighten your hair with the tank left on the straighteners, all you can hear is this little tube rattling around. It drives me nuts!
At the same time, it annoys me to have to fiddle with and remove the reservoir when I'm not using it, just because it makes a lot of noise.
On a plus point, I will say that the cable for these is a good length (a 3 metre swivel cord).
SO DO THEY ACTUALLY WORK??? - - - - -
Well yes they do. My hair is straight after I've used them, and I feel that it stays straighter for slightly longer than it did with my last pair of straighteners (I would not agree with the "twice as long" claim though).
I do not feel that my hair looks any different though with regards to shine; I don't think that having water go through my hair whilst straightening makes any difference. At the end of the day you are still baking your hair, which is no good for it!
I find I'm better off just using my usual heat protection sprays BEFORE straightening my hair. It gives a better result in my opinion.
Although the 'fins' are a nice touch; for my fairly straight, fine hair, I don't think they are of any real use to me. However, I can see how they may benefit somebody with thicker, harder to manage hair.
CONCLUSION - - - - -
Would I buy these again? Well, I'm afraid the answer is 'NO'.
Although I think they're a fair product for what I paid for them, I would certainly have been disappointed if I'd have paid £100 for them. In fact, I think I would've taken them back and exchanged them for something else.
Yes they look nice, have some nice accessories, and heat up quickly; but in my opinion, the additional features that you seem to be paying for are just not up to scratch.
I'm sure these work brilliantly for some people (as my friend at work will vouch), but this leads me to believe that people with finer (but more manageable) hair, may not need this kind of thing, and could probably find something sleeker & cheaper to do a better job for them.
I will keep using these until they die (they come with a 5 year guarantee which is reassuring), but I won't be replacing them after that.
These aren't for me I'm afraid!
2 weeks before Christmas my straightners (GHD's) finally died. They had been in a bad way for a few months but in the run up to Christmas there was no way I could afford to replace them.
So I had to walk around with my curly hair sticking out everywhere, which I was really embarassed about but there was nothing that I could do. Its amazing how you come to rely on thing like your straightners, hairdryers, lady shaves etc, it was almost like I was grieving for someone.
I have to say that I am lucky enough to have a caring husband who understood and kindly presented me with a set of brand new straighteners before my christmas night out. When I opened them I tried to hide my disappointment at the lack of the GHD name and thought at least I could try them for his sake.
Well I have to say as I started to straighten my massive curly locks I stared in the mirror in amazement. One swift stroke through and my hair was poker straight, without the usual anti frizz creme or sprays, just pure heat from there special ceramic-titanium plates and that was it. I loved the fact that they heat to 230oC in 30 seconds and have a digital display.
My hair is well past my shoulders and really thick and unruly but in 15 minutes it was gorgeous.
I didnt use the steam the first time as it said it made it really shiny and I wasnt sure I needed that but having now used the steam I think it makes it look like I have just walked out the salon. To use the steam you have to fill up a little compartment with water and it very quickly runs out so I only use the steam setting on special occasions.
These straighteners are heavier than your average ones and the plates or quite large so not great for short hair but they have a 3 metre cord so you can move about with them. And I have to mention that they make a noise, just a little buzzing noise, to me I find this reassuring as I know they are working and that I have turned them off.
They are a beautiful red colour and come with a luxurious looking red bag and heat mat. 4 sectioning clips are also included.
I noticed they were on offer in Argos when my husband go these at £49.99, so at half the price of GHDs and the fact they straighen my hair faster I will not be returning to GHDs anytime soon and I will be recommending these to anyone looking for straigheners.
I have had all sorts of straightners in the past some which were ok, some which the ceramic stuff came off and some which were vauguely useless. I spotted these on TV and they promised to keep my hair straight for twice as long as other brands. Not only that but they were a deep shiny red enamel colour.
I looked them up online faster than you can say "crimpy hairdo" and found them on Amazon reduced from £100 to £40.
After a few days pacing around with frankly wavy hair, they arrived and I was delighted to spot the new features.
They heat all the way up to 230 degrees c in 30 seconds (which must be what the 230 in the name is referring to), they are ionising, so you dont have to go up a mountain to be surrounded by the possitive effects of negative ions, which incidentally makes you feel bright and refreshed (at least up on a mountain you do), eliminates frizz and is the opposite type of ions to the ones your pc gives out. They also have two features never before seen on a straightner (by me at least) one is the "retractable fins" which help detangle hair and the other is a steam facility.
The straightners come with a handy bag - sadly not as red as the irons themselves but which has a handy detachable mat to give a surface to rest them on during, before or after use. The bag also is heatproof and they throw in some sectioning clips for good measure.
Do they work - yes - my hair looks radiant soft shiny and straight, well not at this second because I havent used them today.
Drawbacks - occasionally I get a hair caught on the water resevoir, this could be overcome I suppose by taking it off when not in use or by being more careful. Also I returned a pair because some of the aforementioned shiny red enamel came off. The new pair still look as shiny as ever.
I didnt know this before but the blurb on Amazon says they have a 1hr auto off, which saves you driving miles home to "check the straightners".
The cord is very long - about 3 metres and is swivel - which is excellent as I used to get my old ones in a nasty tangle.
Small update - the red enamel is coming off these too - from the same side - around the heat indicator- have decided to peel it off and live with it as they are still fab!
To be honest, I was quite wary before purchasing this as I was quite surprised that a claim could be made that a straightener had the same or even better effects than a GhD. I mean my hair is quite thick and although all straighteners work on me, I was looking to buy GhD's so that I had the ultimate flawless finish. Around this time, I had seen an advert on TV and I had also been looking through the Argos catalogue, and I came upon the Babyliss Radiance, so naturally I read the product description and it made me tempted to buy it. I do not regret it though as it is by far the best straigtener that I have owned.
Product comes with a mat [for heat protection], 4 sectioning clips and a pouch to store everything in. Maximum heat is 230°C which can be heated up in half a minute and although you may be thinking 'well a lot of straighteners have maximum heat of 230°C so what's different about this straightener?', it's not the heat that makes the difference, it's the additional features. On the ceramic plates, there are these sort of fins that are easily retractable and they sort of comb the hair as you're straightening, giving a salon finish and these fins have 2 levels depending on hair type and thickness. Another factor is the ionic steam that gets rid of frizziness and allows your hair to be shiny as well as straight. Not many straighteners can achieve both, but Babyliss Radiance is true to its word. Also a unique factor about Babyliss Radiance is that it has 4 ceramic heaters whereas normal straighteners only have 2, therefore as you can imagine, these additions aswell as the maximum heat will really give you that flawless salon finish. Truly amazing. Well worth it, and you wont have to spend hundreds just on a GhD, when there are loads of places which are selling it for about £60, amazon included.
Get ready for a brand new straightening experience. The Babyliss Pro 230 Radiance gives salon straightness that lasts twice as long as other leading brands (proven in independent tests). Giving a perfect finish that will shine on all day & all night. The ceramic plates with the ionic steam technology straightens & conditions at the same time giving results never seen before. 230 Degrees in double quick time, along with a 5 year guarantee.