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      14.07.2010 21:34

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      very good quality hair straighteners

      Fed up of having to straighten your hair by the plug whilst everone else is talking? These cordless hair straighteners are a perfect choice so that you can walk freely around the house whilst adding the finial touches to your hair
      As they are by Babyliss, they are a very good quality hair straightener, which do not burn your hair (whether thick or thin) even when used daily.
      I recently went to a salon where these straigteners were being used as they are similar to GHD's but without the costly price tag

      They look very stylish, with a base that makes the product stick up into the air so that it cannot burn precious carpets when left switched on for a long time
      The base heats us the straighteners so thatthey can be deattached and you can walk freely around your home for about 5 minutes before they start to cool down
      The flat plates also guarantee poker straight hair, with no silly curls at the ends to fret about when time is low. These straigteners het up withing 30 seconds, to 230 degrees to give your hair the very straight finish that you want. They also have a temperature dial, so that they can be tunred down or up to suit the users requirements
      I recommend this product as it is a cheap, easy to use and a great investment for your hair styling
      5 star *****

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      14.06.2010 14:00
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      Great value for money

      Babyliss Total freedom 230 straighteners are just as good as GHD's. I bought these straighteners 5 years ago for £34.99 and they were worth every penny. They havent broke and have stayed in pretty much the same condition from when i bought them 5 years ago.

      They are quite thin straighteners (like GHD's) and are great for thick and thin hair. They do not burn your hair either and are ok to use everyday but i would suggest using some heat defence spray if you are going to straighten everyday. These straighteners heat up extremely fast and there are lots of different heat settings to chose from. The highest temperature it will reach is 230C.

      You can use these straighteners in two different ways, either by keeping them connected to the cable so it constantly stays hot or having them cordless where the heat will last for 4 minutes but then you will have to put the straighteners back on the power base for them to re-heat. They re-heat very quickly though so you dont have to wait very long.

      The great thing about cordless straighteners is that you can wander around the house, or wherever you are whilst straightening your hair rather than staying in one place.

      Makes your hair extremely straight and can also be used to curl hair which is rather tricky. Very easy to use. Great straighteners at a great price and i would recommend these to anybody who is looking into purchasing a new pair of straighteners or GHD's.

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      06.04.2010 11:26
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      A good budget buy :)

      A couple of week's ago, my trusty old GHDs packed in on me. I must mention that I am obsessed with keeping my hair poker straight and in good shiny condition and have always had the "best" most expensive straighteners. Usually GHDS or similar.

      However, I wanted a cheap but decent pair of straighteners while my GHDS were away getting repaired and I picked these as they were reduced to £20.00 and heat up to 230degrees. I wasn't really too fussed about them being cordless but I did try it out anyway.

      First Impression: On opening the box I actually thought they looked like GHDs and was quite excited. They come with a docking station and a power cord.

      First Use: After washing and drying my hair I covered it in heat protection spray and switched the straighteners on. I waited on them heating up (which took longer than the 30seconds), removed the straighteners from the dock and started to straighten my hair in sections as usual. I was quite happy with the first few strokes but after about 2mins the straighteners were cooling down and I would have to put them back in to charge again! I then decided just to use the power cord seeing as it was long enough anyway. This was a bit better and

      Results: My hair was definately straight although still a little wispy/frizzy and I went over it again about half an hour later just to finish off. It also didn't have the same healthy shine it usually has from the professional/expensive straighteners and didn't have the same staying power either. It was looking a bit straggly and the ends were curling a bit after going outside for a little while.

      I was also a little annoyed at the slight burning smell given off these constantly (I can also smell it a little from my hair) although maybe this will lessen the more I use them.

      Overall, I was happy with them for my £20.00 and I would recommend if you want something for a basic/quick daily straighten of your hair.

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      05.10.2009 00:27
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      Very effective, inexpensive straighener - The best I've owned

      On a tight budget, I bought my Babyliss for £25, and at first was skeptical that a straightener so inexpensive would work well. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked great. Actually, it's the best straightener I've owned!

      It heats up in a matter of seconds and the heat is high enough that it straightens my curly hair on the first go, unlike other straighteners that take several runs through my hair.

      The ceramic and tourmaline plates protect hair so there's no need to apply messy products before straightening. The end result is hair that is perfectly straight and smooth in a fraction of the time that it would take to achieve with a different straightener!

      One of the things I like best is the fabric on the outside of the prongs that protect your fingers from burning when you handle your straightener. Not only is it effective in keeping away heat, it is also soft to the touch, which is a nice bonus.

      Overall, I definitely recommend this straightener. It's a great deal!

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      21.07.2009 12:46
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      Really good. Reccomend

      I brought these straightners when they first came out in argos. I have used them on occasion to straighten my hair. When i first got them i used them every day, but they seemed to dry my hair out.

      They work well, heating up quicker than any other straightners i have owned. The cordless aspect is really good aswell as you can walk round the house whilst doing other things. The end result is also very satisfying and poker straight.

      These straightners can also be used for curling hair, as i do on occasion also. Although difficult, the cordless function makes it so much easier.

      As it has no cord if you dont want it to, you can freely do your hair whilst doing other things. So if your in a rush in the morning you can mult-task.

      I would definately reccomend these straightners and, as they have some down in price, there is an even better reason to buy them.

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      16.07.2009 14:27
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      Well worth buying, excellent product!

      After my old straighteners started to get worn out, and weren't heating up as fast, I decided to branch out and buy a new pair. As I straighten my hair everyday, I needed a pair with a lot of heat, and that would last a very long time, I had my eye on a set of GHD's but when I seen the price, I changed my mind! But then a friend recommend 'BaByliss Total Freedom Straightener' to me, after some research and looking at other straighteners, I found that many people were pleased with these straighteners, so I decided to go out and buy a pair and I soon fell in love with them!
      I bought these from Argos a while after the straighteners were released, so I didn't pay as much as I would have if I had bought them sooner, and they were on special offer at the time, I think I paid £20 for them which is a bargain!

      In the box came the straighteners, the docking base, and 3m power cord if you wanted to connect the straighteners to a power socket. One of the advantages to me were that the straighteners were cordless, as I was always getting interrupted whilst straightening my hair, so I thought I would be able to take the straighteners with me if someone called! However, I found this not to be the case.

      To use the straighteners cordless, all you have to do is lock the 3m cord into the docking base at the back, insert the plug into a wall socket, and place the straighteners into the docking base. There is also a switch on the docking base to turn the straighteners on and off. Once turned on, a red light comes on on the straighteners, and a green light below starts to flash. Once the green light stops flashing you are ready to go!
      Initially I did started off using the straighteners cordless, and I would straighten a section of my hair, put the straighteners down to heat back up again and whilst they were heating up id section the rest of my hair. However on the box the straighteners say 'Up to 4 minutes cordless use' But I found that the straighteners did not last four minutes cordless but rather 2 and a half minutes, and then the straighteners would start to cool down quickly. Once they started to cool down I would need to reheat them as they wouldn't straighten my hair anymore it would just make it frizzy. When you need to reheat all straighteners, all you have to do is pop them back into the docking base and wait for the green light to stop flashing.

      After getting fed up of using the straighteners cordless, I decided not to give up on my straighteners yet but to try them cordless. This is where I feel in love with these straighteners! What a completely different pair of straighteners! To use the straighteners non-cordless, all you have to do is lock the 3m power cord into the straighteners, and insert the plug into a socket. Once again the red light came on and the green flashing light, and once the green light stopped flashing you were ready to go. The straighteners also looked like any other pair of straighteners when they had the cord attached. I instantly found a difference from before, the straighteners kept their heat and I was finished straightening my hair in minutes!
      The straighteners come with 5 heat setting so they are suitable for all types of hair, 150 degrees, 170 degrees, 190 degrees, 210 degrees, and the maximum of 230 degrees. To turn the heat settings, you simply turn the dial on the inside of the straighteners to your desired heat setting to match the little arrow on the straighteners. As I like to keep my hair straight all day, I like to use quite a high heat temperature. I found that the 150, 170 and 190 degrees weren't suitable for my hair and it didn't have much effect on my hair, however I think these heats would be suitable for someone who straighteners there hair on rare occasions, or a young person who is just starting to straighten their hair. The first time I used the straighteners I used them on 190 degrees, and they kept my hair straight all day long, and I was delighted! However, I found over time that my hair didn't stay straight all day long and that I needed to turn the heat up. I turned the heat up to the highest heat setting, 230 degrees, and this was a big mistake! My hair did stay straight all day, but it was kind of flat and had to life in it, it felt as though I had ironed it with a iron! Also my hair smelt of burning for a couple days after even when I didn't straighten it. However I simply turned down the straighteners inbetween 190 degrees and 230, and found they were perfect!
      The straighteners have 'Nano titanium-ceramic plates' which are a gold color. However the color fades after a couple of months but they still remain a gold color just not as bright as before. The plates on the straighteners are easy to clean, and they hardly ever get dirty and never have product stuck on them! They glide so smoothly through my hair that you never feel the straighteners pulling on one pair of your hair more than the other.

      On the outer side of the ceramic plates, there is a furry sort of material that is heat resistant. This is so when the straighteners become too hot, you won't burn your fingers if you touch the outside of the ceramic places. This is an advantage because you can now freely touch this part of the straighteners with out the fear of getting your fingers burnt! However there is also a downside. I also like to use my straighteners to curl my hair, by twisting my hair around the straighteners. However, because there is that furry material on the outer part, you can not use there straighteners to curl any hair because there isn't a lot of heat on the outside, and your hair will not glide across the furry material, it will simply be dragged across and you will feel an awful pulling sensation.

      The 3m cord is also very useful. I was able to plug my straighteners in far away from my mirror and still be able to sit over by my mirror and straighten my hair with enough cord to be able to sit down or stand up!

      Also these straighteners have an automatic shut off point after an hour. I found this really good as I don't have to worry if I think I've left my straighteners on as I know they will turn themselves off after an hour, and I wont set my house on fire!

      Also I have found if I have washed my hair in the night, and then straightened it before I go to bed (why you may ask but I've always done it! And I'm sure many other girls would agree with me that they do it too!) I can still wake up to straight hair! And I don't need to re-straighten the whole of my hair, I simply just have to go over the my top layers and fringe which takes me all of two minutes and I'm done!
      I would definitely recommend these straighteners to everybody! However I would advise people to use them with the cord rather than without. These are great straighteners, my friend even went out to buy a pair after her GHD's broke and said they were just as good but cheaper! I have had these straightens for just over a year now, and they are still working perfectly and I use them everyday! There a bargain for the price and are well worth buying!

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        13.08.2008 00:01
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        Worth the money, quick heat up and does the same job as GHD's for a fifth of the price :P

        I bought these straighteners when they first came out, for around £45 from boots.

        I bought them mainly because of the fact that you can un-attach the cord, as I find that sometimes cords aren't long enough, or I get wrapped up in the cord :P

        You can use them like normal, with the lead attached to the bottom, or you can plug the end of the lead (that would normally be in the straighteners), into the base, and stand the straighteners up in that.
        It's really handy if you have thick hair like me, and have to partition your hair to straighten it, as you can stand them up so that they recharge whilst you rearrange your hair :P

        They go up to 230 degrees C, and have a dial in between the ceramic plates so that you can adjust it. I usually have it on about 200-210, as I don't need them too hot.

        They heat up pretty quickly, in about 30 to 40 seconds, so are ready to use in your in a hurry :P

        They have a slightly furry material on the outside part of the ceramic plates, which is really handy because it means that the outside doesn't get too hot, so you can easily hold onto the ends.

        There are two lights on the front, a red one, which lets you know when they're on, and a green one which flashes until it reaches temperature.

        The price for these has gone down by around £20-£25 now, so I think that they're definitely worth it if you're looking for some high heat straighteners :)

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          06.07.2008 18:12
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          Excellent value for money.

          After two pairs of straighteners that just didn't do the job, I set off in search of a better pair. I chose the Babyliss Total Freedom straighteners because I'd read brilliant reviews about it, and at £19.99 from Argos (this was a few months ago, it may be in the sales now!) it was a bargain. I wasn't particularly interested in the cordless aspect because I'm not too bothered about the cord, but it claimed that the temperatures in excess of 200 degrees are better for straightening hair.

          The straighteners came in three pieces in a big box. There was the straightener itself, the cord and the cordless stand part (plus instructions). I only used the instructions to check how to put it together, as the rest is fairly straightforward. There are two ways to use these straighteners: cordless or corded. To use the straighteners with the cord, you simply plug the cord into the mains and the straightener. To use them cordless, you plug the cord into the mains and the stand, and then place the straighteners in the stand. Both ways take about 30 seconds for the straighteners to heat up, which is pretty fast. However, I find that with cordless, the straighteners cool down fairly quickly, and need to be charged again, so it can take longer. I usually use them with the cord because it's quicker and easier, although there is no on/off switch on the straighteners themselves, only on the cordless stand. Overall, the cordless option is nice, but it's a bit too much effort in the morning.

          The straighteners are black with gold coloured plates, and two green and red power lights on the front. They are 24cm in length, about 4cm wide and 3cm in height, so they are pretty slim. The plates are 3.5cm x 9cm, which is really good because it's quite a big size compared to other straighteners. The large plates are good for thick hair, and makes straightening so much easier. You can also choose the temperature you want using a little dial in the middle of the straighteners, and you can choose from 150 degrees to 230 degrees. I usually use between 200-230.

          They are really simple to use. I use little hair sectioning clips and divide one side of my hair into three layers. Starting with the bottom layer, I spray on some heat protection spray and straighten my hair in small sections, then work my way up to the top layer, repeating on the other side. So that's how I straighten my hair, and the results are always fantastic. My hair feels lovely and silky and soft, and it stays that straight all day! I am very impressed with these results. And not only does my hair stay straight all day, it stays straight for days afterwards (and I wash my hair every morning). It's fantastic, I can just straighten my hair every 3-4 days and it'll stay nice. I figured this is probably better for my hair (let's face it, putting your hair under that much heat so often can't do it any good) as I'm not straightening as often, and my hair does feel nicer than it used to. I've straightened my hair everyday for a few years before I bought these, and as soon as I started using the Babyliss Total Freedom straighteners, people kept saying "have you straightened your hair?" even though I always did anyway, and it just shows what a difference it made.

          I've had these straighteners for a few months now, and I love them. They are brilliant, and so worth the money (which was only £20 anyway!). They were cheap, are simple to use, and really straighten my hair well. The handle doesn't get hot, and I've never burnt my fingers, so I'm pretty pleased with them.

          (May also put this on Ciao)

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            01.05.2008 19:38
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            Good striaghteners if you have less sensitive hair..!

            I bought these hair straighteners about a year ago from Argos on offer at around 29.99, being Babyliss I thought they would have the pre-conceived build quality and reputable ability to straighten my hair minus any major issues. Unfortunately I found this not to be the case..! Don't get me wrong these straighteners are good if you rarely straighten your hair, but for someone who does on a regular basis they are not worth the money.

            ~~ Product Specification ~~
            Either cordless or corded
            Tourmaline coated plates
            Thermo-ceramic heated plates
            230 degrees maximum
            Variable temperature
            Fast heat-up
            5 different heat settings
            LED indicator
            On/off switch on base
            Cool touch heat resistant housing

            ~~ My opinion of use ~~
            For infrequent use these straighteners are the perfect pair, as they can be controlled in heat, so are more suitable for those with younger hair, or someone who only straightens their hair for nights out. The docking base is a great idea as long as you have the base closer to the place you are doing your hair but be warned the cable is only 3meters and if your mirror is further away than that you will struggle to straighten and see what you are doing to your hair. Which sometimes does seem to be nothing as you can have the highest heat setting smell burning but nothings happening to your hair, and after spending around £30 is a little disappointing.

            Right rant over..!

            Each specification in more detail;

            With the cord connected to the straighteners in the bottom the length of cable is the same as being in the base but for some reason when plugged into the base if you pull the cable to far it will not heat up quite the same as when directly connected with the cord. When used with the base alone, the highest heat setting lasts around a minute before they become totally ineffective, even then when plugged into the base be careful that they don't fall out as for some reason they are a little top heavy.
            After about six or seven months use the cord began to lose power, and not heat the straighteners at all. For a while the 'Power' LED stays red but the 'Ready' LED remained blank and the plates cold.

            When the straighteners are actually working the variable heat settings are pretty useful, depending on hair thickness and hair type. If like me you have quite thick hair the hottest heat setting is a blessing, but make sure you have some good heat protection spray. The plates are tourmaline plated and for the initial few uses they do make hair shiny and give it a sleek feel, but after the first months or two they become less effective, and they have a lot of heat spots that are really annoying as they only straighten a little at a time and if you have a very little time on your hands well, to be honest you're a little out of luck. Being thermo - ceramic the heat is meant to be more evenly spread across the plates but with mine it seemed they gathered heat around the edges and if you happen to catch your hand on them.. Ouch..!

            Despite this the plates are good at staying clean, product doesn't tend to stick on these plates very easily and if they do its just a matter of wiping the residue off when cold and then you are away again..!

            These straighteners have five different heat settings which I found was good for different effects, and the lower hear settings are perfect for short hair close to the skin to save multiple burns..!
            The settings are;
            150 degrees
            170 degrees
            190 degrees
            210 degrees
            And the maximum of 230 degrees

            The lowest heat setting is better on hair closer to the skin so you don't end up with 230 degree scorch marks, but it is possible to be used on a lower heat setting with longer hair if you have the patience to sit and run the plates over the same strand of hair numerous times, which would be just as lethal as using a higher heat setting..! I will warn everyone though that if you know you have sensitive hair prone to splitting not to use anything above 190 degrees, as I found out, it splits your hair really badly and leaves you needing a hair cut more often than every six weeks..!

            The plates I have to admit despite my obvious negativity toward these straighteners is that they do heat up very quickly (if they feel like working obviously) so if you are in a rush and can risk the highest setting you can be straightened in around 15 for medium length hair..!

            As I said before the LED indicator is a good idea if it actually works, in a year and a half the bulb hasn't given up the whole system has, the power switches on but doesn't heat up..! I cannot stress how annoying this actually is..!

            My last down point on these straighteners is that I have to do my hair again the next morning which after being initially straightened on such a high setting is quite annoying and time consuming.. But I guess this totally depends on your hair type..!

            The base the straighteners can be connected to is a great idea if you only have a little bit to straighten as the plates do not get as hot as they would normally connected to the mains, which is a shame for such a good idea..! The base is heat resistant so you can get away with touching it without burning your fingers off..!

            There is a automatic shut-off point after an hour with these straighteners which I do think is a brilliant idea as a few times now I have wandered off and left them expecting to come back and find something of a charred mess that once resembled my straighteners..!

            These straighteners despite their age, are still a little expensive for the quality, at least in my opinion..!

            Comet = £34.99
            Shop.com = £25.47
            Argos = £29.99 (under the name of total freedom straighteners)

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              06.01.2008 20:18
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              The buttons can be worked around, and the price and quality of them makes up for the fault

              Just before i went to university, i was borrowing a pair of straghteners from my girlfriend. They were one of the cheap pairs you can get for £10. They were terrible. I was skint at the time and so they had to do. However when i got there i really didnt want to stick with them, and found these. They had great reviews, and the were not wrong.

              They can heat up to 230c, which is the same as GHDs, and come with the ceramic plates and all. I don't really know much about the ceramic stuff, and what difference that makes, however i can tell you that these work great.

              I have used GHDs from a friend before, and i liked them. Those died shortly after (which ive heard happens to all GHDs after about a year). That along with the price tag meant that i was not going to buy one of those. These are around £30 (thats a lot cheaper the GHDs) and i cant tell the difference.

              There is however one design fault. The buttons to turn it on and off are on the outside, and so it is easy to catch when using them. However i find that the way that i hold them stops this from happening.

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              16.10.2007 13:00
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              Babyliss 230 Hair Straighteners

              These ceramic straighteners are the best straighteners I've ever had (and my last ones were ghds at nearly triple the price at around £100!!). They really are excellent value for money at around £40 or less.
              They heat up very fast (in just under 30 seconds) and they can be set to any temperature from 180 up to 230, I usually set them to 200 and they work brilliantly. I have very long, thick and wavy hair and these make my hair poker straight within minutes. You can also curl your hair very easily with these straightners.

              They're small and light and very easy to use (the plates are around an inch wide and 3-4 inches long).
              They come with 4 free dividing clips and a 5 year guarantee which really is an advantage when it comes to hair straighteners! Another advantage of these straightners is how quickly they cool down, I hate the thought of leaving hot straightners on my floor or chest of drawers!!

              These straighteners are available in many shops such as Argos and Boots, I however bought them from my local Asda where they were around £10 cheaper so keep a look out for them!
              Overall there is absolutely no need to buy expensive ceramic straightners at around £100 when you can get these which are just as good if not better and at least half the price! You really would be hard pushed to find better straightners in my opinion and I should know as I've gone through a lot of them over the years!!

              www. babyliss.co.uk

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              04.06.2007 11:23
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              Bteer than GHD haha!

              Seeying as my old straightners blowed up in my mums hand and gave her a electric shock thought id get my dad to buy me some new ones.
              So he went on a mission to currys ask what was the best ones and they said babyliss.
              So dad came home with these and it took me 5 minutes to straighten my hair!
              I really love my straightners and dont no what i'd do without them these are by fair the best striaghtners ive ever used even better the GHD's i personly think.
              Both of my best friends use my straightners even though they have GHD's as my striaghtners do a much better job!
              Oh And also they keep my hair straight for 24 hours plus!
              There cheap come with a 3 year garentee and heat up within 20 to 30 seconds =]
              Hope my reviews helped apart from my spelling propbally isnt ver good!
              Much love Helen__x

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                06.12.2006 02:24
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                Excellent value for money, I don't believe you'll find better!

                ok, I have only had these straighteners a month, but in my opinion they are excellent. My hair is thick, and always tends to frizz when I wash it and leave it to dry. I always used to have to buy the really expensive hair straighterners, as they were the only ones which could deal with my hair.

                Up until a month ago, I had some straighteners which were made by Morphy Richards. They cost me £79 and reached 200 degrees celsius. However, these broke within a year of having them. They didn't heat up any more, also they had melted the heat mat which they came with, which consequently meant that the mat stuck to the plates, this smelt foul. So I went on a mission to find some straighteners which worked well at a reasonable price. (preferably with a heat mat that didn't melt or no heat mat at all!)

                Firstly I looked into the reason why my straighteners broke. In the end, I discovered that the Morphy Richards straightners were only ceramic plated. Straightners which are only ceramic plated will only last for so long, this is because, with time, the ceramic plating will wear off. This means that for longer lasting sraighteners you should get solid ceramic ones instead! Thr babyliss straighteners are solid ceramic.

                Next I looked into the temperature, The morphy Richards straighteners varied from 130 degrees celcius to 200 degrees celcius. This was ok, but when set to 130 degrees the straighteners had hardley any effect even on finer her. The new babyliss straighteners ranged from 180 degrees celcius to 230 degrees celcius. This proved to be much better, because 180 degrees was perfect for straighteneing finer hair without dameging it and 230 did a better job of straightening thicker hair like mine.

                Another benefit of the babyliss straighteners was that they had a cord which was able to turn 360 degrees this mad the sraighteners more flexible and easier to use. The Morphy Richards Straighteners didnt have this feature. Also the babyliss straighteners have a soft fabric section over the plates which doesnt get to hot to touch. This makes them easier to use.

                The only disadvantage which I found with these straighteners was that they had to be connected to a mains socket for use, and were not portable. However, to be honest, you will find this with most straightners, and the portable ones cool down really whilst using.

                Finally I looked at the prices. The Morphy Richards straighteners which I had bought cost £79. The babyliss straighteners cost me £39.99 and have so far proved to be more reliable at a much more reasonable price.

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                  21.02.2006 12:07
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                  Effective straighteners with 5 year guarantee

                  “HOTTER AND FASTER THAN THE BEST KNOWN STRAIGHTENERS”

                  ( Fighting talk!!)

                  Having watched with sadness the tragic demise of my very pink ghd straighteners, there was panic in the house. Himself frantically tried to remedy the situation and took the things apart but it was to no avail; the pinker than a pink thing had to go.

                  There followed, the very next day, a desperate trip to the Metro Centre, to purchase a new pair. I must have looked more than a little confused because the very pleasant assistant started giving me lots of help and advice, and these are the ones she recommended.

                  Apparently, these have been featured on morning tv and are the ones most like ghd straighteners, so if you can “handle” ghd, these will be a breeze

                  ~*~The Hype~*~

                  • 230 degree temperature heat up with 10 temperature settings
                  • Heat up in 30 seconds
                  • Ultra fast heat recovery for constant high heat
                  • Tourmaline ceramic
                  • 25% longer plates
                  • Poker straight high shine finish
                  • 5 year guarantee

                  ~*~The Packaging~*~

                  These came in the usual type of box, and once opened, as well as the straighteners, included:
                  • 4 sectioning clips
                  • Heat protection mat on which to place the straighteners when hot but not in use or to wrap round them for storage
                  • Full instructions

                  ~*~The Straighteners~*~

                  Take them out of the box and the straighteners are about 26cm long and about 3cm wide. I am actually giving the sizes because I noticed quite a variation in sizes and wanted some I knew I could handle!!

                  They aren’t pink, but are quite sleek looking- clack with a red on/off switch indicator and a dial at the side to set the temperature.

                  They also have a very long (3m) swivel cord, apparently for easy use but it did worry me- how would I ever get the knots out?

                  ~*~How to use them~*~

                  First of all, I have to make sure that my hair is completely dry; I have been known to use straighteners on damp hair and the sizzling sound is not good.

                  Then, surprisingly, the appliance has to be plugged in (?) and the on/off switch set at the on position (yes…). Turn the temperature dial to the desired heat and let the straighteners heat for 30 seconds. Separate a section of hair and place it between the plates and close. Slide down the length of the hair and repeat as necessary.

                  After use, allow the appliance to cool down, switch to the off position, unplug, wrap in the little mat and put them away.

                  Great, very specific instructions, and hurray, I have been doing it correctly for years-apart from the odd wet straightening but needs must.

                  ~*~Be Careful…~*~

                  • the appliance gets very hot
                  • Don’t immerse them in water
                  • Do not use if damaged
                  • Do not leave unattended if plugged in and switched on.

                  ~*~Guarantee~*~

                  This, I think, is one of the selling points.

                  The appliance comes with a full 5 year guarantee and covers defects under normal use. It is not valid if the straighteners are repaired by someone unauthorised by Babyliss but if fault is found to be caused by normal use, they will be repaired or replaced.


                  There is a section with the instructions giving information of what to do in case of a fault, and who to send the straighteners to.

                  ~*~ Contact~*~

                  Conair Customer Care Line: 0870 5133191 or ukinfo@conair.com (was there a film called Conair??)

                  ~*~Website~*~

                  www.babyliss.co.uk

                  As expected, lots of information informing the consumer of the superb quality of their products.

                  ~*~ Availability and price~*~

                  Argos, Boots and other leading retailers

                  These cost me £40 but at the time they were on offer- normal price £60

                  ~*~What do I think?~*~

                  Given that myself and my ghd straighteners go back a long way- 3 sets/pairs of them and a number of years, these had a tough act to follow.

                  I do believe they passed the test with flying colours.

                  Handling: Great
                  Result: Sleek and smooth as my hair will go
                  Ease of use: Simple as can be

                  I did think that the extra long cord was going to cause me some problems, but it has actually been a bonus- I feel like a hair dresser- very professional and can swivel about the place with ease.

                  They do glide easily down my hair and after use it really is shiny and straight. I have even tried them after a quick burst of rain caused a major hair frizz and they performed beautifully. For this, I did find the heat setting excellent, and used a lower temperature. A word about the heat setting- have a practise until you find the best and most effective setting for your hair.

                  The 5 year guarantee is a bonus because I have usually had only one year guarantee and have found that I need new straighteners after the one year but before the two year mark. Hopefully I won’t need to get them repaired though, because I would have to buy new ones if I sent them away.

                  For me, the heat pad is a bit of a waste, but handy if you are putting them onto furniture/ carpet they could burn. Similarly, I don’t use the sectioning clips, but nice touch on Babyliss part- thanks, all freebies greatfully received.

                  So, all in all, a great purchase.

                  Remember, if they DO last 5 years, that’s only £8 a year for poker straight hair- good enough for me!!

                  Thanks for reading

                  Daniela xx (aka the straight haired one)

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                • Product Details

                  Straightener. 230C top temperature. Ultra fast heat-up. Constant high heat. 25% longer slim Tourmaline-Ceramic plates. Up to 4min cordless use. Replace to power base and it will return to full temperature within seconds.