I've had this for 2 and a half years now. As far as I know the only difference between mine and the one now available is the traveling bag (mine only had the protective pad, that rolls and works as a case).
I have never tried other good quality flat iron, so I can only compare it to cheaper ones (supermarket type).
I loved it from the first day I used it! Of course I didn't get the same results I get now, but still it was better than what every hairdresser had ever done by blowdrying. And I had been trying to get my hair straight since I was 14!! (Honestly very tired of getting my ears burnt and scratched by all the lovely hairdressers... maybe it's just bad luck).
The steam does help in making the process quicker, but I don't use it because one deposit is not enough to do all my hair and I don't feel comfortable refilling it while the iron is hot (maybe I'm silly hehehe).
It is sturdy and strong: you can see that it has been well used on the plastics, but other than that it is still in great condition.
Without comparing it to other good flat irons, the only con I can think of is that it is maybe a little bit too big... it doesn't allow curling, for example.
The price was OK: 130€ on April of 2009.
first i purchaced a pair of codo creative straiteners from my salon at£130........brilliant.....untill my daughter jumped on them,these were better than GHD,i like to vary the temp.
i saw the babyliss pro 230 radiance in argos half price and thought WOT THE HELL try them. i wouldnt have if still £100 but £49.99 i could.
i have very thick/curly/coloured hair so straitening is HARD work!
i do realy like these they get my hair poker straight.
i do miss my codo creative but i can live with these and they didnt break the bank.
id say if you have normal hair your hair would look like glass.
I have thick, frizz prone hair that has a strong kink in it. I rarely bothered to use straighteners on my hair as it would take a long time & the finished results didn't last for long.
One thing that makes a difference to the results is the heat of the straighteners. Professionals rave about the brilliance of GHD & their great results. They work every time because of the 200.c heat they produce. These BABYLISS straighteners are better, if you have thinner hair you don't need to make do & fry your hair. The straighteners have 5 heat settings; 170.c, 185.c, 200.c, 215.c & 230.c, making it easy to
pick the right temperature for your hair.
The main difference to the RADIANCE 230 is the ceramic-titanium plates. These have a `comb' built into them. It's a simple, yet fantastic idea; you only need to use one hand - you don't need to juggle a comb around to get the knots out of your hair! The comb is retractable; you can pick between 2 different height settings depending on your hair type, or they can be fully retracted. Your choice.
Another choice you have is to steam or not to steam. If you would like that mirror shine effect there is a small water tank on the top of the straighteners. You can then pick between 2 different heat settings for the steam, again depending on hair type.
I also love that the ceramic plates are wider then a lot of other brands as it takes less time to straighten my long hair. Let's be honest; if it takes a long time you just get bored & don't bother.
Finally: the protective mat & carry pouch is great. I don't accidently scorch any furniture during use & the straighteners are safely put away from inquisitive cat noses!!
These straighteners are helping me to make a style transformation. Yes, I know nice hair isn't earth shatteringly important, but I do get a confidence boost when I've made an effort & have gotten good, long lasting results (I tied my hair up & slept on it overnight. The following morning I combed it back out, and it was still super smooth).
These straighteners cost a bit more, but the results are worth it, I promise!! continued >>