Is the Cordless BaByliss 9000 Hair Straightener Worth the Hype?
We test the BaByliss 9000 and put the highly anticipated new gadget through its paces
11 September 2019
All Credits: PA
When posts started appearing on the BaByliss Instagram account promising nothing less than ‘a new era in hair styling’, my interest was piqued to say the least.
What could it be? A hairdryer to rival the Dyson? A curling wand that delivers perfect waves?
But it turned out BaByliss was hinting at something I’ve always wanted, but never believed could be perfected: a cordless straightener.
The technical specs are impressive
Powered by lithium-ion, the BaByliss 9000 uses something called Micro Heating Matrix technology to ensure the ceramic plates are consistently heated.
It offers three temperature settings – 160C, 180C and 200C – and is fully charged in three hours to provide 30 minutes of use.
It also comes with three-pin (UK) and two-pin (European) adaptors – but can be used worldwide – and has an auto-safety shut off so you don’t have to worry if you’ve left it on by accident.
It’s a very effective straightener
This was the real test for me. Could the 9000 be as good as my beloved Cloud 9 Touch?
The answer is, in short, yes. With a 200C max temperature it’s actually 10 degrees hotter than my usual straightener – and I need the heat to iron out the frizzy kinks in my fringe – but you can always use a cooler setting if that’s better for your hair.
There’s a nice weight to the device and the ceramic plates give an extra-shiny finish to my bleach blonde strands, plus it only takes one pass over each section to achieve the sleek, smooth look I desire, which is the sign of a great straightener. It can also be used for creating waves and curls, too.
I would say I’d prefer a little bit more grip between the plates, and the barrel is wider than I’m used to, so I have to make sure to lift sections of hair properly to be able to get close to the roots, but I quickly learn to adapt.
Retailing at £250/AED1,133.99, the BaByliss 9000 isn’t cheap, so the ultimate question remains: is it worth a price tag that’s at least £75 more than the average straightener?
For me, it is, because the convenience is amazing. Just touching a button instead of having to unwind and plug in a cord is brilliant and saves valuable time when I’m getting ready in the morning.
If the 9000 wasn’t as good as my other tools I wouldn’t be convinced, but since it is, I think the extra cost is totally worth it. I’m waving goodbye to my old straighteners and saying hello to the new cordless era.