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      28.10.2012 18:10
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      Quick fix to get thick, lifted hair

      I have always had rather flat hair, that when left down does not look particularly thick and would probably be described as limp and although I have tried many volumising sprays and shampoos I have never really been able to make much of a difference in terms of thickness and volume. However, I saw the root bost on offer in argos and thought I would give it a try.

      This product does exactly what is says it do... it instantly adds volume and thickness to your hair... you simply partition hair and 'crimp' hair only at the very base/root of the hair. It is best to start from the top of your head and work your way down, clipping hair to the other side of your head as you do so. It kind of gives you the same effect that an insane amount of back combing would give you, with out the birds nest that you can never brush out the next day!

      The only negative thing I could say about the product is that its obviously damaging your hair as it is applying heat... however... it is only at the root and not all over therefore its not creating split ends. Also, it does take a little practice to get used to it but stick at it, the more you use this product the quicker and easier you will be able to do your hair.

      Overall, I would definitely recommend this product. I rate babyliss anyway, as I have some curlers also by them and they are also great. Your hair will be lifted without any backcombing, hair products or shampoo and conditioners.

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      04.02.2012 01:02

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      Want to add volume, well this is your best solution unless you prefer back combing and hair spray!

      Ok so i am cursed with fine limp hair.. its annoying, especially when your friends have long dark thick full bodied hair!

      But in a bid to change this, i have invested in so many different hair products in order to volumize, boost, and thicken my hair! the result most the time- short lived success, generally by the time i have got in the taxi to the bar and had one drink i have limp lifeless hair again!

      But i really have to give credit when its due, this little device truly does have an edge on other products out there! essentially it does what it says on the tin! well in this case BOX.. it does give you volume and the volume i achieved with this i could only ever get form back combing and tons of hair spray- essential creating a birds nest..

      Ok so this product may have its flaws as it is a little hard to get at your own roots but with a little time and patience you get the knack of it and eventually you will be able to do it in under 10 minutes if that!
      it helps make use of the hair you have on your head, by crimping at the roots you create a sense of volume.. i think its well worth the price tag particularly if your as fed up as i was with waking up to a birds nest in the morning and having to use tons of conditioner to save what was left of your hair

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      30.12.2011 15:10

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      If you have lots of time to style then this will work

      When I saw this product I was so excited! I have very thin, limp hair that tends to just hang there and I'm always looking for ways to get more volume and height in my hair. I thought it was a good price for the root boost so I couldn't wait to use it.
      I had very high expectations and was not very impressed with this product at all. I found that because my hair is so thin- you can see the crimp that the root boost makes- and this does not look very nice at all. Also it's quite difficult to use as I found it very hard to get the root boost right up to my roots and often ended up with a crimp lower down in my hair than I would have liked.
      Also, I found it to be very time consuming which is not ideal for anyone with a busy lifestyle.
      On the whole, if you have a lot of time to style your hair everyday then the root boost may be for you- however, if like me you're looking for a quick fix for thin lank hair then this probably is not fir you and you should keep searching.

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      15.12.2011 16:29

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      Brilliant to add volume and Life but does require patience!

      I always found that when I wore my hair down that it was flat and limp. I always backcombed it to give it volume but I found after a few hours it would collapse again. Despite using different products I could never get the look I was after. I resorted to tying my hair up most of the time but then I saw Babyless Rootboost advertised on the telly and thought what a good idea.
      I bought them for £20.50, which is an absolute bargain and went straight home to try them out. It was alittle bit fiddly having to ensure the crimping wasnt on view on the top layer of hair and it is time consuming having to seperate your hair so you can do the roots but the finished product means that I can happily wear my hair down without the fear of it looking lifeless.
      I did find however when I used them a second time, immediately after washing my hair, they didn't give as much volume as hair that had not been washed for a day or two. Luckily I can get away with not washing my hair everyday but If you needed to, then I don't believe you would get as good of a result.
      Overall I would reccomend this product to anyone is looking for that added volume but would advise that if you find it difficult to style hair that it may not be the best product for you.

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      31.10.2011 01:19

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      Would buy again, but use sparingly!

      I have always had trouble with my hair, it is fine, straight and floppy, this is fine but a little boring! I was over the moon to fine this product that I bought just after christmas for £30, it was sold out everywhere and I had to drive to argos in Leeds to get it.
      The product is a mini crimper that you use near your roots on the under layers of your hair (do not crimp the top layer as everyone will see it!). It really does what it says on the box and 'boosts your roots, flattening then and causing them to stick out at an angle which makes your hair more volumous.
      Using this product is incredibly easy, I just section the top layer of hair and crimp quite haphazardly and still get really good results. It is recommended to use a little hairspray which sizzles a little when you crimp over it and this makes the crimp stay in for ages, really until you wash your hair.
      The only downside to this product is that I think the hot crimping plates really close to my roots damages my hair! My hairdresser noticed that my hair was in worse condition and seems annoyed by the concept of crimping so near the root.
      Overall I would say that it is excellent value for money, especially as the price has fallen. The downside is that the potential damage to your hair- use only for nights out?

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      30.10.2011 23:43

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      Actually does what it says on the box!

      I can honestly say this product is the best hair styling product I've ever bought (and I've bought a lot!).

      The root boost crimper is designed like a pair of hair straighteners except with ridges on the plates. The idea is to section your hair and apply the crimper to the roots of each section. If you take the time and section your hair thoroughly about an inch apart it really makes a noticable difference. I also find that unlike other hair styling products I have to leave it in a long time as my hair is quite thick, but the plates get so hot that a few seconds is all thats needed to make an effective crimp.

      I use mine if I don't have time to wash my hair before a night out as it acts like dry shampoo would and it last until the next day. It definitely makes my hair seems less greasy looking.

      Its lovely going out having volumised hair as bigger is sexier!

      If you are going to spend your money on any new hair styling product this is a definite must!

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      28.07.2011 10:50
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      If you are commited to doing your hair for 30-40 minutes in a morning then this would be worth it

      Babyliss Root Boost averagely retails for £30.49 from most electrical/beauty suppliers such as Boots,Comet or Argos.

      "The BaByliss Root Boost brings you the top hairdressers best kept secret for creating volume- using micro crimp plates to add texture to the underneath layers giving all the volume of back combing without the frizz!"
      To create volume you are advised to section your hair and crimp a small section (about 1 inch) of hair. To do this you hold the hair straight with one hand and with the other hold the root boost and hold it on the hair for 5-7 second as near to the root as you can. TO achieve the best result, repeat this all around your hair and at multiple layers if desired.

      To do this all around the hair with 2 tiers, this takes 10-15 minutes. If you wish to follow this with straightening, or straighten before, the whole process could take 30-40 minutes. Which, on an average day, takes up a lot of time. This has resulted in me only having used this 3/4 times in the past 7 months.
      The volume that this tool gives will last for 2 days and what makes this better than back combing is your hair isn't left frizzy and it doesn't need 'topping up'

      Overall, this is a great tool that will work but it does take time and commitment that many of us don't have. ..

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      25.07.2011 14:56

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      i would recommend it

      i bought this product for 30pound which i think is a good price for what it does. it has three different settings from low to high depends on how thick your hair is. i use it on the highest but if you put it to close to your head it begins to burn. you can also use hair spray with it but if your anything like me and after washing your hair you dont wanna put any hairspray on it coz i dont wanna re wash my hair the next day.
      its crimp affect days it through to the next day but towards the end of the night it does flatten down alittle depending if you have used hairspray or not.
      it is quite easy to use but like all hair products its fairly hard to do the back but i have found that if you put your had upside down it is easier to do it that way.

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      23.07.2011 22:48
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      Not worth the money

      A friend brought her Root Boost over to my house and done my hair and I was really impressed with the results my fine, flat had really did have volume. It even looked volumised after a night out and a sleep! So I brought myself one and I am not that impressed anymore!

      The product is basically a tiny crimper which your use on the roots of your hair thus uplifting it and creating volume. It does suggest that you use hairspray to help hold the crimp.

      I find that the crimp doesnt stay in very long, even with hairspray and I cannot get that volumised look myself. I don't know if its because she has had more practise or whether it is just easier when someone else is styling it. I no longer use this product as I was spending ages using it only for it to fall flat before I'd even finished. I am really disappointed with this product and feel like I have wasted my money.

      Maybe if you have skills at hairdressing, or someone to use this product for you then it'll work. However, if your like me maybe the results won't be as impressive.

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        15.06.2011 19:27
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        A rootboosting tool

        For Christmas I was given a £20 gift card for boots so that I could treat myself to makeup, bath products, perfume-anything I wanted really. The truth was, I didn't really need anything as the things I did need and want I had got as gifts for Christmas! Despite this I couldn't resist nipping to my local Boots store to see if they had anything new in so that I could spend my voucher.

        I've backcombed my hair for as long as I can remember as my hair is so flat otherwise! Sometimes its lightly teased other times it's quite volumous and if you have any experience with backcombing you'll know how hard it is to restore your hair to its smooth self afterwards!

        I noticed the Babyliss 2123U Root Boost Micro Crimper simply by chance when scouring the electrical goods shelves looking at hair dryers and straighteners. With great curiosity I read the item description and thought of all the times I've fought with my hair the day after I've backcombed it to death and decided to try it out.

        The product boasts that if you crimp your underneath layers then place your top layers over the crimped hair then you will achieve the look and volume of backcombed hair without the mess, fuss and painful combing-out process!

        The plates are ceramic like GHD hair straighteners and I swear by GHD's and know that ceramic plates have many advantages, the plates are quite thin but they have a big enough surface area to do the roots quickly. It has a swivel cord which allows for easy root boosting action! Alongside this it has 3 heat features reaching 200degrees; I tend to use 200degrees as I have found this has more lasting power than lower heat settings.

        To use the root booster really is simple, you need to take the top layer of your hair and clip it up out of the way and then grip the underneath layers at the root and hold it in place for a few seconds, after you have completed the root boosting process around the crown you can unclip the top layer of your hair and you should see a difference... But this is where my qualms come into play.

        The effect is minimal on my long, dry hair and perhaps this would work better on short, bobbed hair with thinner layers but it doesn't actually specify this anywhere which is disappointing. It really doesn't compare to the effect that backcombing has, I have tried numerous different ways with the root booster for example, holding the ceramic plates down longer and using bigger and smaller amounts of hair but to no advantageous prevail.

        The overall price was £30.49 which would have been reasonable, if it had delivered, but it didn't so I'd say this is vastly overpriced. I had to add £10.49 of my own money and I thought this product would be the answer to my volumous hair dreams but it wasn't to be-on some occasions you could see the crimping effect even when I had placed my top layers over the top especially in the wind it exposes the crimped parts of your hair which looks like you haven't straightened your hair properly.

        The ease of this tool to use and the features are good but the concept of this product is beyond their reach; it doesn't produce noticeable results so I'm back to backcombing until I find a better alternative as this product isn't it.

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        29.05.2011 23:02
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        Long lasting volume but with awful consequences of breakage.

        I am constantly on a mission to volumise my hair. i have used various products, from mousse, to teasing brushes and now this: the Babyliss Root Boost.

        I originally saw the advert for this product a few months ago on television. I spent a while looking up reviews and eventually settled on purchasing it. I don't think that it was badly priced. When I purchased mine, near its release date, it cost about £29.99, but I believe you can now buy it for around £25. Most hair and beauty shops, such as Sally's and Boots and online shops such as Amazon stock this product.

        It came in a nicely presented box and when I opened it it was slim and light to handle. The crimping sections were about 0.5 inches wide and there were 3 alternate heat settings: 140, 170 and 200 degrees C. It is recommended that 140 C is for fine hair whilst 200 C was for thick hair. I have always been told that I have thick hair so during the 3 months that I used it, I used it at this setting.

        The actual process involves taking sections of your hair and clamping it with the crimpers by the root for about 5 seconds. the same is then repeated directly infront of the sextion you have crimped. This can be repeated all over your hair (bar the top layers) to create long last volume. And yes, the result was incredible! Nothing has ever lasted for me with volume, but this did and I loved it. I become reliant on it for making my hair big and really was delighted with the result.

        However, in February (I had started using the product at the ene dof November) I noticed that a section of hair around my ear had broken off to about 1 inch long. I was confused, and figured I must have caught it in something. Over the next few days I noticed mroe and more had broken off and it had spread to the other side of my head. It was spreading up and around my head and to my utter distress I was losing an incredible amount of hair. I figured it had to be the babyliss root boost due to the position of where it was breaking off: close to the roots where it ahd been clamped at a high heat and in the places where I had used it.

        Nothing can be done to save the hair that has been damaged. I am now terrified that it will continue to spread and I will lose almost all my long hair. To grow out the damage on the hair that remains will take three years ebfore ti catches up to my current hair length and I don't think that it is strong enough to last that long anymore...The hair that has broken off also has three years before it will match what remains of my hair. I now have to wear hair extensions to cover the damage that it has inflicted upon my hair.

        I have always been aware that heat is not good for your hair. I have been straightening my hair with GHDs for many years though and they have never caused damage like this, so I never could have imagined what damage the babyliss root boost would cause.

        Please be careful if you want to buy this product. The result is amazing but it can literally tear your hair apart.

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          31.03.2011 22:06

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          a good product

          As soon as this popped up on my television screen I knew I would own it. I am a hoarder of hair gadgets and I knew this had to be mine. I have forever had devastatingly limp straight hair and no amount of wax or backcombing ever seems to help it defy gravity or fool anyone into thinking my hair had any sort of volume until this. Now I am not saying it is a wonder product it is just crimpers and it did give me and nice little natural boost which also ave my confidence a little boost but it was also very time consuming, something you would probably limit to a night out unless you like getting up hours before going to work (which some of you do) also as you can probably tell they are just small crimpers so instead of forking out the price on getting them you can buy unbranded alternatives from most websites, ebay, amazon or play all do mini crimpers for around 12 quid as opposed the much larger amount I paid for these. But I can be a sucker for jumping after an advertisement and not thinking it through. All in all it did what it said on the tin and I would definitely recommend this or a similar product.

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          30.12.2010 23:36
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          Volume that lasts

          Babyliss Root Booster was one of those beauty hair products that I had to have as soon as I saw it advertised. I have log hair which I would say is quite medium in thickness I would love to have thick hair but sadly it just was not to be. I also have ears which sometimes stick out of my hair which I hate my usual way of dealing with this is to clip in extensions which thicken up my hair hiding that pesky sticky out ear. Anyway I asked for the Root Booster for Christmas and had it out of the box as soon as it was un wrapped I could not wait.

          Taking the root booster out of the box I found my new product it is half the size of my regular straightner in thickness and the same size in length - my regular straightner is a Wet to Dry one which is about basic size for all straighter's I think. Anyway instead of flat plates on the irons I found a mini style crimper 4 little bumps which are there to crimp your hair giving it lift. I do actually still own my original crimpers from the 90s and know that they are great for giving lift to my hair but the crimper on these is much smaller than the one from the good old days.

          The left hand side of the crimper has 3 heat settings the hottest being 200 degrees which of course is the one I slide it onto. It also has a power button once the power button is on sliding the heat setting up illuminates 140 170 200 on the top of the boosters the heat setting will flash and then stay lit once the boosters have reached the temperature you want to use it takes around 20-30 seconds to heat up to 200 so they are very quick at being ready for action.

          On the box is a demonstration of how to use the root boosters you are supposed to section your hair at the top then crimp near the root. On my first attempt I found that my hair did look a bit lifted but no where near as much as the girls on the box so I tried again. This time I moved the booster a bit away from my root which seemed to lift my hair up alot more effectively so the key to using these is to experiment for yourself and find what is right for you I do a couple of layers with mine to lift my hair more which I find is more effective for me. I use my root booster as I straighten as I section my hair off for this anyway so it's easier to do it all in one go. Once you have boosted your hair it will last all night and until you wash your hair as with old style crimpers once your hair is crimped its like that until you wash it out.

          The root booster has a long enough cord to enable you to be able plug it in under a dressing table and use. It is around 2 metres in length which I feel is enough and it does have a 'swivel cord' which allows you to use the root booster around your head with no fuss.

          The Root Booster costs around £30 which is quite a bit I think especially if you are only going to use occasionally but as mine was a gift I am not complaining I give it 5 stars.

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            15.12.2010 00:56
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            Brilliant for a freebie, personally I'd say these Micro Crimpers are also brilliant when paid for!

            About six months ago I was picked to trial and review the Babyliss Micro Crimper, before it arrived I didn't think it was going to be anything too exciting as I'm just old enough to remember the vile crimped hairstyles of the 80s. Not old enough to have them though! I thought I'd end up trying it, passing it onto my daughter and eventually Ebaying it after re-understanding that crimping should never be back in fashion.

            It's been a brilliant gadget though. Not the sort of thing I'd use all the time because it's a bit more time consuming than I'd like, but between me and my two oldest daughters I'd say we use it at least twice a week between us.

            The idea of the Micro Crimper is to give your hair volume from the roots, its also known as a Root Boost but that makes the name ridiculously awkward to say! It has a slim crimping plate which you use at the very root of your hair, this will crimp that section of hair and provide a more volumous base to layer your hair over. It is suitable for all thicknesses of hair, mine is quite average thickness but does lack volume due to how long I keep it.

            The Micro Crimper has three heat settings, you're supposed to pick the setting which will suit your hair the best. Let's be honest though, most of us girls go for the highest heat straight away when it comes to styling gadgets. Stuff the burned straw-like hair, we're all about saving time in the morning! It doesn't take long to heat up and once they are at the correct temperature the crimping is very fast, a few seconds is all it takes to do one section of hair and it's much easier to do than it looked on the instruction video sent to me at the time of the trial.

            How you use it is up to the look you're trying to create. My very long hair means volume really stands out, that means I only tend to bother when I'm getting tarted up for a night out. The tousled look doesn't suit me so I don't crimp many sections of my hair and keep within my natural layers, for a lightly volumised look just crimp lightly around the roots at the crown of your head but you can do more for a sexier just-got-out-of-bed-with-the-boss look. For my hair type (and non-style) I straighten my hair first with the GHDs and then crimp as close to my scalp as possible, the top section of my hair will obviously be left un-crimped and styled with mousse for even more volume. The trick is not to either over straighten, or over crimp.

            Tonight I watched my fourteen year old daughter use the Micro Crimpers and the effect is much more pronounced and natural on her shorter hair. She didn't bother straightening her hair and crimped a larger area, it took quite a long time but it looked absolutely brilliant and still does hours later. That's an excellent thing about Root Boost, the effects are very long lasting. I wash my hair every morning due to the length of it, but wish I could get out of the habit as my hair looks perfectly volumised when I get out of bed after using this gadget and it's a shame to wash the effect out!

            The plates seem to be gentle on my hair, I don't use any heat protection spray and although they heat up to an impressive 200 degrees they don't leave my hair dry or stressed. The crimps themselves are very narrow as the plates are just 15mm, you're advised to crimp each section twice but I can't see the need for that as they are effective enough to work perfectly the first time providing you're not trying to do too thick a section at once.

            There's a knack to the Micro Crimpers, holding them feels different to holding a set of straightners or curling tongs but once you've got your hand and wrist into the correct position it'll become second nature. I remember writing exactly that when reviewing the Micro Crimpers for the survey site who had sent them to me, and also saying that within a week of owning them I'd got the knack and have never looked back.

            The cord is well designed, it's two metres long and swivels where it touches the Micro Crimpers. This is good news as I'm not much of a hairdresser so it allows me to get into the weird positions and angles I need to access the back of my hair. My curling tongs don't have a swivel cord and I'm always getting myself wrapped up and burning myself thanks to having my hands or arm (or even neck!) restricted by the cord! There's an easy to operate power switch, with the Micro Crimpers also having the safety restriction of turning off after being on for 72 minutes. Although honestly, a product that heats up to 200 degrees could easily burn your house down well within 72 minutes so try not to rely on that!

            This is one of the nicest freebies I've ever had. I didn't actually realise how new the product was and am even happier now! The effect the Micro Crimper has on my hair is fantastic, and even though I don't use it every day (or even every week) I'm happy to give it cupboard space as when I'm having a night out it's nice to be able to spend some time on my hair rather than just washing and blow drying it. The crimping holds well even without using a root volumising spray, although you can get a more dramatic effect if you can also be bothered with using styling products.

            £37.99 from Amazon.

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            Inspired by hairdressers, loved by style goddesses, the Babyliss Root Boost is the must-have tool for creating long-lasting lift and volume. The slim, micro ceramic plates add texture to the roots to give a backcombed effect without the frizz. Simply add texture close to the roots, to the underneath layers of your hair for instant fullness, that lasts.Helpful tipsFor maximum volume, divide the underneath hair into several layers, using Root Boost close to the root on each layer. Use hairspray on each section to enhance results.Product Features: Ceramic micro-crimp plates