Product Type: Babyliss Hair Styler
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Great results. Great curling wand.
Babyliss 2285U Curling Wand
Member Name: strawberry123
Babyliss 2285U Curling Wand
Advantages: Good range of temperatures, Sleek design, Produces good results.
Disadvantages: Takes a bit of getting used to.
I am a hair styling addict and cannot live without straightening the frizzball that is my hair!! So in order to 'dress up' on nights out I usually curl my hair instead. I bought these hair curlers as a treat for myself about a year ago after reading a lot of reviews on the various different types you can buy. The main reason I chose them was because they had a high temperature settings and they did not have a clamp, which I've found in the past leaves a noticeable kink at the end of your hair.
The hair curler is red and black in colour with a silver barrel. The design is quite sleek and the colour makes it different from others on the market! The barrel itself is cone shaped so when you curl your hair the ringlets gradually get smaller. It is not too heavy, so you can afford to keep your arms up whilst your curling your hair!! It has four heat settings ranging from 155 to 200 degrees. You can pick which one via the use of the plus or minus buttons, which take you through the selections. A flashing red light indicates that the hair curler is on, and once it has reached the selected temperature a solid light comes on. Initially, I found this really confusing since my hair straighteners work the other way round! I have quite thick hair and usually use the highest setting and the curls hold well without the use of hair spray but obviously results will depend on your hair type.
I found the curler quite difficult to get used to, because I'd been so used to having a clamp!! Initially my hair just slid off the end of the barrel when I was not paying attention!! The curlers come with a heat resistant glove, which helps you hold the hair on the barrel without burning yourself! The end of the curler is also plastic so if you are not using the glove you can hold the hair to this part without causing injury. Having said that, I have burnt myself on numerous occasions because of the sheer heat of this curler and maybe because I lost the glove!!
The lead for the wand is quite long, which is great if, like me, your mirror is nowhere near a plug socket!! It also twists and turns when your curling your hair so you don't knot up the lead. You can create big bouncy curls or smaller tight ones with the use of this wand, depending on how much hair you use. For best results you should try and get the hair flat on the surface of the wand, avoiding twisting it. This is quite tricky and takes a bit of practice!! It is also advisable to not curl up to the root, leaving about an inch or two from the top. I usually curl my hair for around eight to ten seconds on the barrel. The curls are easy to 'remove' from the wand because the barrel is silky smooth and there is no clamp to get the hair caught in. This was a major selling point for me!! It takes me slightly longer to curl my hair in comparison to straightening (around half an hour). I have medium length hair and quite a lot of it!! When the curler is not in use it can free stand on a flat surface without the wand burning into anything! I would advise getting a heat mat just in case mind you!
The curler comes in a handy sized box (I've kept mine to store them in when they're not in use!) and stores away nicely. The curlers are SO CHEAP. On Amazon at the moment they are £17.50 (£6.99 delivery) which is a fraction of other brands. I actually bought mine in Robert Dyas for about £29, but that was a while ago now!
In my opinion they're worth every penny, and I won't hesitate in buying the same model if they break one day! I would say they are a bit difficult to get used to, but people who have never curled their hair before shouldn't be put off. They take a bit of practice, which is why they lose a star, but produce good results. Remember your heat protector!!
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Summary: I'll be replacing mine when they die :)
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