Retro Beauty: The Babyliss Steam Straightener

There was life before GHD’s girls (those of you still in your teens may not believe me) and one of the straighteners I owned a few years back was this Babyliss Steam Straightener:

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Steam technology – it didn’t have an interchangeable plate, but it did have an attachment you could stick on which had little teeth (so lazy people like myself would use it to brush my hair at the same time…) and there was a polisher, which looked a bit like a window cleaners squeegy, that was meant to leave a gloss.

The top section was what you removed to add water – the idea that you could steam as you dried. Yes, like you do with an iron.

There was a problem with this design in that if you caught yourself with the steam you could wave bye bye to part of your scalp. I know cos I did this. From what I remember, when you were pulling it through your hair you would have to press the white section down to release the steam.

Once I pulled it whilst the tool was still quite close to my scalp. The water is searingly HOT. The pain was unbearable as I realized what was happening, and the result was a scabbed up area of scalp and certainly some loss of hair.

It’s odd, cos back then I never thought about complaining to Babyliss, I just put it down to my own stupidity but really, that thing should have come with a health warning, a bit like babies and public swimming pools.

So tell me:

Have you ever had a hair tool accident?

  • Only sometimes if I'm not paying attention (53%, 9 Votes)
  • No, i'm not an idiot you know (24%, 4 Votes)
  • Only when I was younger and had bad tools (12%, 2 Votes)
  • I don't use electrical hair appliances (12%, 2 Votes)
  • Yes - I still do like every week (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I don't have hair (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

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  1. says

    Oh blimey!! That sounds like a torture tool.. thank god for advance technology and awesome new hair straighteners 😉