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I bought this Babyliss Curling Tong around five years ago, my daughter (who was ten at the time) had been nagging for a set and I ended up buying these in a special deal with other Babyliss products. Since then they've been brilliant, I've had other curling tongs in the meantime but for such a relatively old set they still get a good amount of use and remain in excellent condition.
The barrel heats very quickly, far quicker actually than a much more expensive set of tongs my daughter owns although a little slower than the Argos Value tongs I bought recently. Once you've pressed the 'on/off' switch you'll get useable heat within 30 seconds with the tong heating up to optimum temperature within a minute. The temperature is marginally variable but to be honest I can never see much of a difference between the different heat settings, the maximum temperature is 200*C which is perfect for coaxing my girls' stubbornly straight hair into the ringlets and curls they all hanker for.
The barrel is ceramic coated to be kind to hair, this is much better than the harshness of the metal barrel on my Argos tongs as you don't get that awful burnt hair smell that sometimes happens when using an uncoated tong. The bit that holds your hair in place around the barrel (very technical I know, but I have no idea of the terminology for it!) is quite tightly fitting which is great as that prevents the semi-curled lock of hair from becoming unravelled and means you should never have to 'start again' once you've starting curling a section of hair.
The one bad point regarding these curling tongs is the odd placement of the 'on/off' switch. At first glance you'll probably think it's a good idea to put it actually on the front of the handle of the tong instead of awkwardly at the edge where it usually is - that is until you come to use them and realise you're actually covering this switch with your hand and turning the tongs on and off each time you twist the barrel! A very silly and avoidable design flaw in my opinion.
The cord is quite short which means I can't always use these in exactly the place I want to, on the rare occasions when I'm using them to curl my own hair I have to move the mirror nearer to the plug socket rather than the other way round. More up-to-date curling tongs tend to have longer cords though so this is more likely to be an issue with this 'older' model.
These curling tongs, for some reason, are better for creating tighter cascading curls rather than looser wavy curls - this is fine as this is the effect my daughters' prefer when they are curling their hair. We used them as straighteners temporarily while my GHDs were being repaired and although they're not as poker-ish as actual straighteners they do the job quite well in an emergency.
I can't really fault them. Sure there are a few minor aspects I'd change if I were in charge of developing these tongs but overall for the price (around £13) I can't moan about these small issues. They're reliable and comfortable/easy to use - and for me that's all that matters.
I bought these curlers for £18.00 from Amazon and so far have been pretty impressed with them. The time taken to heat up to temperature is exceptionally fast (about 30 seconds) and the different heat settings allow you to find a heat which will curl your hair without damaging it by excessive heat. I have quite fine hair so have found the middle setting (180 degrees) to be the most apt. If you have thicker hair, however, you might need a hotter tempterature for the curls to hold their shape.
Which brings me to my slight gripe with this product (which otherwise I love) - the curls don't seem to last very long. I'm wondering, however, if this is just my hair type (it has a tendency not to hold any style very well). In this case some kind of style-enhancing spray is probably needed.
The barrel is a suitable width to create curls which are neither tiny and pinched nor just waves. This product is NOT, however, as easy to use as the tutorial videos and instructions make it look. I am still trying to get the hang of creating good curls. When you have the knack though the results are very impressive.
This has definitely been a worthwhile (and cheap!) purchase which I would recommend to others. It gives my hair the volume and lift it needs, being naturally quite flat and lifeless.
I have had this same Curler for two whole years. I bought this for around £25 but I've seen them for around fifteen pounds nowadays.
The design is very simplistic, black and silver and looks quite professional, It has a dial which allows you to easily change the heat settings, because my hair is damaged I use the lowest and it is still effective and it has on and off black buttons. The tong is fairly long so it's really easy if you have longer hair and it means curling extensions only takes around 5 minutes. The curlers take around three minutes to heat up.
The ease of use depends on if your used to a wand or not. I don't like the wand because I always seem to burn my hand. This has a clip which I find much easier to use than the wand, I simply clip the bottom of my hair and roll up, it gives a gorgeous curl which you keep with hair spray, Clipping the tongs to the root of your hair and dragging down gives good flicks.
So is it worth it? yes, this hasn't broken in the two years I have had it making the £20 you will pay for it much more worth it, considering I use it every week its a good investment of mine.
I bought these curling tongs from Boots, costing me £17.99 (plus points on my advantage card which is why if you have a Boots card and want these curlers I would recommend getting them from Boots) and they will also cost you £17.99 from Argos. On Amazon they currently cost £18.00.
The main reason I bought these curlers is because they are from BabyLiss, a brand that I really trust and like ever since I used their pro 230 straighteners. Also I didn't think they were too expensive and the box makes them look good, as it promises they will give you 'soft and shiny' curls. This is just what I wanted.
Even though I naturally have curly hair, it can look messy just to leave it natural sometimes and not do anything with it. Usually when it gets like this I like to add a few curls using these curlers, to the bits that look messy. And they really do work to make your hair look shinier and softer.
The curlers have got five temperature settings, which go up to 210 degrees. I always think that 210 is too hot so usually have them a bit cooler at 180 degrees. The curls still hold in place how you want them to, but the heat isn't as damaging so it seems like a good compromise.
They make my curls just thick enough as the tong itself is not too wide but not too thin, so your curls aren't too big but they aren't tiny either.
I like the silver and black design of the curlers as I think they look quite professional. To me they look like they belong in the salon.
All factors considered I would recommend these I really like them.