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      17.09.2013 17:31

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      As good as GHDs

      I purchased these hair straighteners when they were on offer for £25 after breaking my third pair of GHDs.

      To begin with I was a bit dubious. I have had Babyliss hair stylers before and none have been able to cope with the thickness of my hair but decided to give these a go as I was too poor to splash out on a fourth pair of GHDs.

      The first thing that caught my eye was the fact that the top temperature is (or should I say was at the time of purchase) the same as the pair of GHDs I had just stood on and broken. Add to that the ceramic coated plates, 360 swivel cord and the heat proof mat and I was sold.

      Upon coming home with my frizzy lions mane of hair I could not wait to try these out and look human again.

      They took literally seconds to heat up and by the time I had brushed my hair and sorted it into sections it was already at it's top temperature. The fuzzy coating on the outside of the styler means that it isn't hot to the touch (as long as you avoid the bit where the plates join) and the heat proof mat means you don't have to worry about burning your furniture when you put them down.

      I was pleasantly surprised with the results after using these. My hair was straight and sleek and looked just as good as it used to after using my GHDs. 6 years on and these are still in use by me and working as well as the day I brought them. I truly cannot fault them.

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      12.10.2008 23:28
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      They work very well

      I love these little things. I bought them quite cheap at Argos about a month ago, to replace my old, thick straighteners which just didn't work well anymore. I'm another one who's got straightish hair, but not completely straight - which is annoying. I've also got a side fringe, so straighteners are often a must.

      I must say, I haven't been disappointed with these straighteners. They're slim, which is what I was looking for, so I can deal with my fringe more effectively - job done. They're ceramic, which means the hair is more protected from the heat (something about ions, etc?) They heat up very quickly, so I'm not waiting around for ages to use them, and they work very well - they straighten my hair very quickly, without any weird kinks or anything!

      It's also good that they've got an on-off switch on them, so you don't actually have to unplug them to turn them off - just switch off at the handset.

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      08.08.2008 13:53
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      A great buy

      I recently went travelling on a round-the -world ticket and knowing that my GHD wouldn't work I tried to come to terms with my frizzy hair. However, by the time I got to Australia I had had enough and bought the cheapest pair of straighteners. Having previously been a loyal GHD customer I am now converted. These Babyliss cost less than a fifth of my GHD yet they perform to an equal standard. They heat up to the same temperature and give the same great finish. It's ideal having a temperature dial so you can have it on a lower heat if you are straightening short hair or if you want to be nicer to your hair! I even think they are better in terms of the lever closing as this was not as functional on my GHD. If you need some new straighteners I would definitely recommend you try these rather than spending so much on better known brands.

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        03.01.2005 19:36
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        I bought these straightners in November from Boots at the offer price of £29.99 because my last straightners had clearly had their day and blew up in my hand! The reason I opted for these particular straightners is because they are ceramic, have 25 heat settings, a long cord to enable more movement and take just seconds to heat up.
        However, the box did not make clear that the plates on these straightners are narrow and so straight away I thought that they weren't going to be as effective as I had expected. When I first used these straightners I was impressed at their performance and the narrow plates do have the advantage of being good at creating flicks in the hair which is particularly useful for people with layered hair like myself.
        After using the irons a few times I began to notice that they weren't as effective as I first thought and my hair started to break and get caught in the plates. I also have to use the straightners on the highest heat setting for them to be effective, which cannot be good for my hair!
        Overall, I think that these straightners are ideal for people with shorter, layered hair which is not too thick. I will continue to use them for now but plan to purchase some more in the near future.

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          05.08.2004 15:08
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          Being a guy I was a bit stuck when it came to buying straighteners... I didnt want to pay too much for them but i also wanted them to be good enough so that i didnt need to sit for hours to get them to work. I found babyliss! These were on offer at Argos for £20 and I thought they were a bargain! What's more, there were so many complimentary reviews on it here that I thought I would giver them a try. When I got them home I tried them immediately. I was extremely impressed - they only took 5 mins to heat to a moderate 190°. I ran them through my hair and was fairly impressed with how straight it went almost immediately. Now, Ive been using these for almost 4 months and am not considering any other straighteners for some time yet. I simply have no need to, these do everything I need. You may think that men straightening their hair is a bit pointless... I must say that I used to think that before a friend introduced me to the idea. It makes your hair so much easier to style and you can control it. (For me, that was a first!) Being this hot, however, means that you run a risk of damaging your hair with them so it is a good idea to use a heat protection spray (I use one by Lee Stafford). All in all, this straighteners are great for the price, they do the job I ask and in a fairly small amount of time. Put simply, these are great!

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            13.04.2004 00:38
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            My hair is straight, so why do I need a pair of hair straighteners? Well, my hair is very strange. It is just below shoulder lenghth with layers around the front. These front bits always decide to curl under and the back always flicks up. Not very chic! I mentioned to my husband that I wanted some straighteners and the little darling went out and bought me some, but, they were the wrong type. I knew that ceramic one were a lot better, so we toddled back to town to exchange the ones I had been bought. I spent ages in Boots looking at all the ceramic straighteners before I decided upon the Remington ones. The were marked up at £34.99 with free sectioning comb, clips and storage bag. Bargain! I thought. So I went to the till were the price came up at £29.99, even better! I know that this is VERY cheap in the ceramic straighteners world so I thought that I could try them and if they were not very good I could return them. I didn't need to. They are very good. They look just like ghd straighteners in size and shape and as far as I can tell work just has well. They only have one heat setting so if you have very thick/course hair they may not be as good, but for my own hair they are. For them to work it is simply a case of plugging them in turning them on and they are ready to go in less than 60 seconds. The box states that the ceramic coating gives even heat distribution and that they glide smoothly through even long thick hair. The straighteners have an heat distribution pad at the tip so that you don't burn yourself, but your ears can end up a little warm from the heat radiating from the sides. The voltage is regular UK voltage of 220-240 but I used them with no problems at all in Lanzarote. I have used these straighteners for a couple of months now and they make my hair look almost as good as it does when I come back from the hairdressers (I am no Nicky Clarke!) it is smooth, kink free
            and shiny, fantastic. Why spend £80+ on ghd or similar brands when you can buy these. I highly recommend them, in fact my hairdresser has just bought some for her own use and she thinks the same as me.

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              13.01.2004 03:22
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              I found these a bit disappointing. they work lovely on my boyfriends long hair but not on mine for some reason. they dry my hair out terribly, and only keep my hair straight for as long as an hour before i'd have to straighten it again. Even when my hair is conditioned and treated, they dry it out. I thought i'd give them a chance and so used them for about a week before my friend stepped in and kindly bought me a new pair of straighteners as a present! I don't have that curly a hair type for them to straighten so poorly, in fact it's only just wavy. Hairdressers have always told me how easily styled my hair can be give the right product. These evidently aren't the right ones for me, i would not reccommend them highly, and i certainly wouldn't use them again. The actual technical side of things was quite neat though. The light up indicator was a nice feature, as i am not the most observant person and sometimes forget to power up things i m using. The style and handling was also nice, they were easy to hold and move around the head, and the cord cable was a decent length. It did come with a warranty but as my point of fault was a statutory one i can't get a refund, and i lost my receipt. All over, the aesthetics of it were good, but the performance was pretty bad.

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                26.11.2003 01:50

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                I used to believe to achieve shiny poker straight hair , a trip to the hairdressers was the only option but I realised how wrong I was when I was introduced to ceramic hair straighteners! Despite the fact the GHD does a great job, i wasn't willing to spend nearly 150 euro on one no matter how straight my hair turned out! So I had a flick through the Argos Catalogue and found a Babyliss straightener for just 48 euro!...waut a minute! 48 euro?? What was wrong with it? Not convinced of its effectiveness, I asked around and the result was me purchasing one the next day! It took just five minutes to heat up and my hair was straightened free of kinks, even at the ends! It even managed to make my hair look extra shiny and really healthy! For myself, it was a great buy as my hair isn't really curly but does have kinks in it yet I never managed to keep it straight myself until now! In my oppinion, a great buy for someone with hair that tends to wave and kink and who is also on a budget!

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                13.11.2003 02:19
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                I am very surprised to see so many complementary reviews of these irons because i purchased them a few months ago and after using only once,realised they would not be effective. The first problem with these irons is that they break the ends of your hair off.If you heat style on a regular basis then your hair will be fairly fragile anyway and the last thing you need is a product like this breaking off your hair.I was a bit alarmed to see so much breakage when i used it because my other straightener does not cause so much damage.I think it has something to do with the ceramic coating which is fairly useless as it sticks to the ends and therefore the prolonged heat causes the hair to snap off. The second fault is to be blunt,it doesnt work all that well.Yes,it does straighten hair to an extent but when you compare it to other irons it is'nt half as effective.If your hair is really curly or prone to frizz then these straighteners will not give long lasting results. However if your hair is quite straight to begin with and you just want to tame unruly ends,it might be effective as a finisher.Anybody with curly hair should invest in a more professional model to do the job.

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                  07.09.2003 23:46
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                  Woo Hoo my First Review.. My old straightners, Babyliss Steam and shine, Used to be very usful.......but slow, and my sister forgot to turn them off one day and they turned brown.Then the water tank fell off.But i got these well before "ceramic straigtners" were ever even heard off.But i was happy as i didnt know any better. Then comes the The Babyliss Professional Slim Ceramic Straightning Irons, i was VERY impressed. After my Old Straighters exploaded, i decided it might be time to get a new pair.I was thinking about buying GHD's as a girl at school had them.At this point i didnt realise this girl was RICH! £95 for straightners, i couldnt afford that! I asked my Hairdresser what would be a good alternative for my oh-so cheap budget.She told me Solid ceramic plates(such as ghd and hairtools) would wreck my hair and recommended High Heat Ceramic-Coated Ones instead, such as Futura, or Babyliss Pro's. Futura looked alfully bukly for my thin fluffy, fly-away hair, so i decided to look in my Argos Catalogue for These Babyliss Pro's. The Catalogue said.... -High Heat Professional Hairdresser straightener for ultra easy shaping and styling. -Ceramic COATED non-stick plates give even heat and glide ultra smoothly through hair for a perfect finish. -Ultra Fast Heat up. -Automatic Temperature control. -Cool touch, heat resistant fabric outer housing of plates for cofortable control while straightning. -Multi Voltage Woah, sounds good for £30.00 anyway! I decided i was goin to go into the nearest city the next day to buy them. While Shopping in my local boots store looking for Charles Worthington heat protector spray (which i highly recommend if u straighten your hair alot) There was my beloved Straighters in a Cute Little Orange, Black and Silver Box lying Peacefully on the top shelf. Being 5ft 1in i needed to ask an assistant to help me get them down.I didnt think twic
                  e about buying them as they were so cheap! I didnt even have to travel to get them! They are very easy to get a hold of if i managed to get a hold of them in a pathetically small town like mine. When i went to the desk to buy them, The Lady told me she actually owned these straighters and said i had made a very good choice, as she loves them! Chuffed as i was i made my way home to use them straight away. According to the box they had.... cool tips,Easy grip handles, cool touch heat resistant fabric,Floating plates for even pressure, Ultra slim ceramic coated, high temperature plates, on off switch, and swivel cord.Under Close Inspection, i saw the product had all of these, but to be honest i was slightly worried about the slim plates as i was used to big ones.The Appliance is quite classy in appearance too.Long,Slim, and Black with a small On/off switch and red indicator light. The Fabric on the outer side of the plates looked different as it's the first of it's kind i've seen.These proved to be very useful when straightning. The Actual Straightning After My shower i blow dried my hair with extra care making sure it was bone dry as The Instruction Booky highlights MAKE SURE HAIR IS DRY AND COMBED BEFORE USE.Taking off the PVC Wrapper, i was expecting the cord to be slightly longer than it was considering it was designed for salon use, but it's all good.The Book says to leave them to heat for 5 mins but i found they were hot enough by 3mins.The first thing i smelt was a burning plastic-ee smell, which i put down to them being wrapped in PVC for months.I sprayed on my Heat Protector Spray ( Remember Ladies, very impotant if u dont want hair like straw) then straightned away.It slid through my hair very easily and made it poker straight in one stroke and there was no frizz whatsoever! Just Shiny,Smooth, Sleek Hair. It made my hair look so long aswell as every single kink had been staightened away! It took only about
                  5mins to do my whole head! The Slimmer Plates werent a problem at all the were actually a huge advantage. And the Smooth straightness wont leave your hair until u get it wet ( a little rain or moisture wont wreck your style though!) Unlike my old straightners which kept ur hair straight for no time at all. UPDATE:DONT LEAVE THESE ON 4 LONGER THAN U NEED AS THE CERAMIC GETS DAMAGED!! These Straightners are the best ive tried so far and for £30.00,Its a miracle i reckon. I highly recommend these straighters to anyone and everyone. A definate 5/5.

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                    02.09.2003 02:25
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                    On reading all the positive points of this product in argos!, i purchased this straightener for £49.99 which probably makes is a fairly good appliance. On testing the straighteners they heated up very quickly as it says on the box and have a large variaty or heat setting for different hair types. I used heat setting 25, which is the highest and claims to give a salon finish, as i have slightly wavy hair which is very frizz prone . The straighteners were on the whole very easy to use however the box claimed the material on the top outside part was a cool spot but i found it actually go quite hot. On staightening my hair i found they had taken the kinks out of my hair so it was very straight however it was not less frizzy or flatter as i had expected. If you are looking for straigheners to get rid of waviness these are great, but no so good for making your hair less frizzy. You also need a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair from the heat.

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                      28.08.2003 08:43
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                      I have these too. They are good ... but not as good as my sister's GHDs. That said, she has curly hair and mine is only wavy so these are enough for me. The price is good, they are easy to use and they have a good 'cool touch' bit on the outside to help with styling and creating flicks etc. However, if you have 'difficult' or very curly hair you might be better off with solid ceramic straighteners to get the best effect. Babyliss have just brought some out for £50 - see Argos. Also, beware of using metal sectioning clips when doing the layers of your hair because the plates scratch quite easily.

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                        24.07.2003 01:22
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                        It's the usual catch-22, you have straight hair- you want curls, you have waves- you want it to be straight. Whenever I put effort into transforming my waves/curls/kinks I want to get it as straight and sleek as possible. The only place that has ever been able to achieve this to perfection was at the hair dressers where she could take her time to blow dry to perfection.

                        At first I thought: "What about relaxer cream," but I later found out that this was merely to calm tight curls and frizz, not for the likes of my hair.

                        Then a new innovation came out: Ceramic hair straighteners. And in the best salons you were able to have treatment from the £100 straighteners such as GHD. So that was the solution: GHD Ceramic plates?..one problem, did I really want to fork out nearly £100?

                        Then for my 16 birthday I was given the Babyliss Professional Slim Ceramic straightening irons. I really want to go over them carefully with you because it took me AGES to find the ceramic irons to suit my needs and every review didn?t seem to have enough information.

                        So what?s so good about these irons?

                        Well firstly they have the ceramic coating that any girl mad about hair will rave about. By being just coated though (rather than solid) the price can stay pretty low, without damaging product quality. I mean, only the top layer is need anyway, the rest of the plate is just to conduct heat.

                        What else I loved about these straightening irons, which applies to most slim ceramic irons is the sleek shine that is left on the hair. But remember, this can only be achieved by keeping your hair in good quality condition by either using a serum, deep conditioner or using a heat protector spray, all of these will steer your hair away from becoming dry, frizzy and damaged. I STRONGLY recommend that you invest in the Charles Worthington Heat Protector Spray and either the John Frieda Serum or Relaxing Cream.

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                        ABSOLOUTLEY NOT. They may seem too thin to some people but this is a great advantage. Compared to larger straightening irons, the Babyliss Slim Ceramic Straightening Irons can glide over the hair with less effort and there is a lower weight for you to have to hold up. Also the thinner plate means that these straighteners heat up instantly. Some people think that these are only good for short hair or fringes: WRONG. These can be used for everyone, the only difference is the width of the plate and the amount of plastic on the outer body, so theoretically they are much more efficient that larger straightening irons?

                        Why are these irons considered "Professional"?

                        Well firstly because they have the ceramic coating, these hair straighteners are considered ?the ones to have? by professional hair dressers. Secondly, they are fitted with a long cord that can swivel around the straighteners due to a special fitting. Gee, it sounds like I work for the company!

                        The box doesn't say that they work universally?

                        If you ever see a product that says "Works Universally" it's just trying to win over the innocent customer. The fact is this: All products work all over the world, all you need is the adaptor, which can be purchased all over the world at duty free shops and electrical shops. Even the brands that say "Works Universally" would need these adaptors, they are just trying to make it sound like all of the other brands would explode if used elsewhere. Rest assured, I have taken my straightening irons outside the UK and they were a God send and worked perfectly!

                        What other features do these straightening irons have?

                        They have a fabric coating above the ceramic plates, which protect your hands whilst in operation. So let's run over this one more time:

                        * Slim and professional
                        * Long, swivel cord (Salon Use)
                        * Ceramic Coated plates
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                        Fabric coated for protection
                        * On/Off Button with indicator light
                        *Thermostat, so that plates do not over heat

                        NOW, I was about to give these irons 5 stars without a shadow of a doubt but am inclined to give them 4 because of this:

                        The other day my friend came around and told me how she tried to dye her hair purple but nothing happened, and the dye actually looked blue in the bottle. So there I was straightening her hair and when I looked down at the plates they were stained blue! Now I phoned up the Customer Service, who were extremely polite, and assured me that this would not affect them but if it did I could get a replacement. I am still going to give this product 5 stars because really this was not the fault of the straightening irons but of my idiot friend!

                        So there you have it, if you want perfectly straight, shiny hair that will not be damaged through heat exposure and you are on a budget look no further that the Babyliss Professional Slim Ceramic Straightening Irons.

                        They are almost as great as my first google whack: disenthralled stalagmites (to all google whack fans- see what I did there :)!)

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                        Hair Straighteners / Relaxers. Cool touch, heat resistant fabric on outer housing of plates for comfortable control while straightening. High temperature for less hair stress and faster styling. Automatic temperature control.