Review: Babyliss 889A Superhood Hair Dryer

6 November 2013

I’m writing this on the bus having just about caught my breath. This is the third time this week I’ve had to embark on a mad dash to the bus stop and it’s only Wednesday! My biggest fear in life is running for the bus, getting to the door and the driver driving off, with everyone inside laughing.

Anyway, there’s something you need to know (my sister laughed when I told her). I bought this big girl recently (sorry about the dodgy photos, it’s impossible to make this hair dryer look in any way glamorous):
Babyliss hood dryer review
It’s an outlandish claim but it’s changed my life. Yes, I know it’s not the most elegant thing in the world (she lives in my study which now looks like a dodgy backstreet salon) but I urge you to look beyond appearances!

Now, I’m not saying it is specifically the Babyliss that changed my life. It’s the presence of a standing hair dryer at home that has done wonders for my hair care routine. My hair is classed as Afro-European which means it’s very, very, very curly, thick, coarse and a pain in the ass. Which meant painfully high levels of GHD usage for years.

Since I’m at the gym sweating like a pig most days, my previous routine of washing my hair 1-2 times a week wasn’t gonna cut it. Unless of course sweaty curls are your thing, then work away. I thought the hood dryer would make it easier to wash and style my hair more often with minimal damage.

I bought my Babyliss 889A from Argos for £64.99. You can get it for slightly cheaper on eBay but I was too impatient to wait for delivery, plus I live near an Argos and had access to a big, strong willing man to carry the box. Also, literally every time I go into Argos, there’s someone kicking off – has anyone else noticed this?

Anyway it comes dismantled in a box. I was able to put it together with no some male assistance but it was quite easy to be honest. There are two screws to put in so you’ll need a small screwdriver, the rest of the pieces just slot together. Altogether it took about 10 minutes to assemble.
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Babyliss hood dryer review
Now onto the juicy part. It’s height adjustable and has three heat settings: low, medium and high. I’d read some reviews before I bought it and most people (mainly fragile grannies I suspect) said the hottest setting got a bit uncomfortable after a while. Maybe it’s my thick hair and/or scalp but I didn’t experience this. I happily sit under it for the 45 minutes it takes to dry my hair – no problem.

Another plus is being able to put in jumbo rollers and more or less managing to fit my head in.

The only other thing I’d say is when you’re sitting under the Babyliss, it is LOUD, so conversations are out (maybe a good thing?). But I gladly sit there on the iPad and feed my Monopoly habit or try to play the lipreading game when EastEnders comes on.

Verdict: Since I’ve bought the Babyliss, I’ve NOT used the GHDs to straighten my hair ONCE. With some cheapo jumbo rollers, I get my hair straight with bounce, shine and happy ends. Project Long Luscious Locks can commence.

Has anyone got one of these standing hairdryers? Has it changed YOUR life? Do you secretly sit under it for five minutes when you’re cold?

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