A Different Kind Of Gel For Your Hair
I have straightening irons with all sorts of different coverings on them, and they go beyond just ceramic or tourmaline. Basically I’m a collector. What can I say, it might be a sickness! Anyway, while I was trying to find the right curling iron I was wondering if there were any with some kind of fancy covering like the silicon that is on one of my straightening irons. I went on the hunt for something “outside the box”, and I’m pretty sure I’ve found it.
The Babyliss Pro BABNT125S Professional Nano Titanium curling iron with sol gel technology is one of the rare older style irons made of titanium and uses nano technology that can be found on a lot of straighteners. Beyond titanium however, is an additional gel covering that goes on top of the heated element. And there’s the added trick I was looking for!
Gellin’ Like A Fellon
The Sol Gel technology covers the titanium, so it’s more likely to grip the hair without pulling it too close or frying it. Sometimes these coverings do amazing things for hair, and sometimes they actually cause bigger problems or slide off over time. I like the idea of putting the stress on the barrel rather than the clamp because the clamp is usually what puts an ugly line on the curls I attempt to make. Meanwhile the gel also smooth’s out your hair as you pull it out of the iron.
Titanium And Nano
Nano Titanium technology takes the frizz out of your curls and makes sure they stay that way. The negative ions counteract the positive ones that make your hair frizzy to begin with, and they combine with the heat to smooth and make sure you can keep your curls without a whole lot of product. Better yet, you don’t have to use as much heat to get the style you want.
High Heat Without The Wait
It’s really important to remember that you don’t have to use the full heat your iron is capable of. It may seem like it’s the faster way to go, but irons like this can get up to 450F. For a lot of people that’s going to be too much heat.
When you choose the temperature you want on your Babyliss Pro Curling Iron it will heat up almost immediately. This saves a lot of time when you’re getting ready, and it will reduce the amount of heat you have to put on your hair.
Mid-Range, Middle Value
Considering how inexpensive curling irons can be, this one actually comes in at the higher end of the price spectrum. This doesn’t make it incredibly expensive, but it does put it in the middle of the price range. For $50 you get a lot of perks, but you are paying about $20 more than similar irons.
Length Makes The Difference
The handle on this iron is actually really long which seems strange at first. It’s as long as (if not longer) than the actual barrel, and that’s a total change from what most irons have. Once you get used to this difference in design it helps you balance the iron in a way that makes it easier to twirl your locks around it.
You Won’t Get The Crimp!
Okay now I’m excited! Whatever the material on this iron does, it seems to make it so the barrel can hold without using the clamp as much. This means you won’t get the line a lot of irons can cause where the clamp hits the curl. Personally, I think it looks weird and I hate it when it happens. This iron skips that which is a massive plus in my book.
On /Off – Off/On – What’s The Deal?
While the curling on this iron is great, the controls might not be. The on/off switch is in a place where it gets hit while you’re curling – all the time! It can slide under your hand and flip off when you’re using it. All of a sudden you could have no heat and not understand what’s going on when your curls stop taking, so this is something to think about.
Not As Cool At The Tip
When the iron gets hot, the tip of it does too. This can be a problem when you’re trying to curl your hair because it doesn’t give you a lot of different ways to get your hair in order without burning your hand. The cool tip is a really important part of a curling iron because your fingertips kind of rely on it! That being said, you could invest in a heat glove.
So Close, But Maybe Not Quite
I like a lot of things about this iron, but I really need a cool tip in order to be able to use it successfully. It doesn’t seem like a huge deal when you’re not used to curling, but the few times I have attempted it I’ve really relied on that part. When I also consider that I have very long hair and need more room on the barrel than this one has, I don’t think it’s the right one for me. That being said, shorter hair and people who are more proficient with an iron will be just fine.