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Babyliss Boutique Straighteners Review

Readers who haven't thus far managed to avoid my Twitter rants may be familiar with 'ghd-gate' from a couple of months ago when my GHDs packed up mid-'straighten' before I was about to go and deliver a training course.  This made me cross not only because it meant standing in front of people with a bird's nest on my head but also because it was the third pair of GHDs I'd bought in just over ten years.  In my opinion, in the modern age, electrical appliances, not least those that cost in excess of £100, should be made to last.  And I don't mean made to last just beyond their warranty period.  GHD, however, disagreed, and despite multiple tweets and emails to their Customer Services, all they offered me was discount off a further pair (bringing them down to the price they're sold at pretty much everywhere but the GHD website).  I thought GHD had the market monopoly on straighteners but a quick poll on Twitter found lots of other people out there who'd found really great quality straighteners outside of the GHD brand, with lots of people also getting fed up of having to repeatedly replace their GHDs.

So when the lovely people at Very.co.uk contacted me to let me know about the range of Babyliss products they were currently stocking I jumped at the opportunity to review one.  And of course, of the range of applicances, including curling wands, hairdryers and 'soft waves' stylers I had to try their straighteners, eager to see how another brand would match up against 'the one we don't we do not mention'.


At first look I was super-impressed with the design and features of the straighteners.  My favourite feature is that there are 12 variable heat settings, so if you don't want to crank it up to 235 degrees you can toggle the setting and vary the temperature using the digital display.  It also shows you on the display as it heats up, though it gets to full temperature in 15 settings so you don't have to wait long.  The design is really sleek with slim, long plates and a really long cord which is another useful feature if, like me, your plug socket is not as close to your mirror as you'd like.  It also comes with an auto shut-off feature so you don't have to rush back home if you suddenly panic that you've left them on (Mum, I'm looking at you right about now).

But do they work? The short answer is yes.  As you can see from the reviews on the Very website these easily match up to GHDs, and more.  They effortlessly straightened my fairly thick hair and made it feel smooth as well as straight.  They didn't pull my hair out or make it frizzy and flyaway like GHDs used to, and the extra features make them well-worth the price tag.  A big thumbs up from me.

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9 comments

  1. I used to have a pair of ghd's until they blew up after 5 years! I've since used Babyliss and haven't looked back since.

    I'm probably due a new pair now so I'm going to check these out!

    x

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  2. I've had the same pair of Babyliss straighteners for the past 8/9 years. They've been through the wars and are still on the go. My hair is really thick as well and LOVE how sleek they make it without making it really static-y. Have always hankered after a pair of GHD's but if it ain't broke don't fix it.

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  3. My one biggest hate with GHDs is that you can't adjust the temperature, seems a bit silly as anyone with fine hair will just burn straight through it- this is where babyliss have the selling point I think. I am also on my third pair of GHDs in about 9 years & the casing is all cracked and splintered off so I am going to need to buy some new ones- for the first time in a long time i'm thinking of buying outside of the ghd box :)
    Poppy | far away

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  4. I'm always wary to use GHD's if I'm honest. I have a pair now, but I always have my old Kodo straighteners that are 8 years going strong as a backup because 2 previous pairs of GHD's have broken. I'd never even considered Babyliss if I'm honest, but these sound great, especially the heat settings! Hope all your hair woes have been sorted now lovely :) xx

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  5. There are so many good alternatives to GHD's I think other brands are realising that they need good straighteners if they want any chance of competing. I'm happy with my straightners at the moment but have been wanting to get some GHD's but think I probably wont bother now...

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    xx

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  7. I got my first pair of GHD's for Christmas from my boyfriend and I like them but I'm not overly impressed, the no heat setting is annoying, luckily I don't use them that often xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  8. So refreshing to hear this Rosie! My GHD's are honestly pretty rubbish. I think their original model was the best, before demand got so high that they were exploding all over the place. Have heard so many stories of it happening! Think I need to branch out soon and get a new pair, I have the white ones at the moment but I don't know how much longer they are going to last me xx

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  9. There's so much hype about ghd's but I own both ghds and some babyliss straighteners and I reckon they're both just as good as each other xx
    Alex-Rose xxx

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