Apart from ghd and Cloud Nine, BaByliss and Remington are the other two big names in the hair styling industry. They both sell a wide range of hair styling products ranging from hot air brushes to hair straighteners and curlers.
Their products incorporate the best in innovation and technology with features such as temperature control and ionic conditioning. Customer feedback for both brands is generally positive with many customers praising the ease of use and styling effectiveness of their products.
Both brands are often seen as cheaper alternatives for ghd and Cloud Nine, the two premium hair styling brands. While a ghd or Cloud Nine straightener might cost around £120 or more, Remington and BaByliss styles are often priced between £40 and £100.
BaByliss is part of the giant Conair Corporation, an American company dealing with personal care products and appliances. Conair itself has its roots in the hair and beauty industry. They started in 1959 by selling hair rollers and later hair dryers.
The company acquired BaByliss in 1995. BaByliss was already a sizable company by then, manufacturing hair styling products and selling them mostly in Western Europe. In fact, BaByliss sales were brisk enough to boost Conair’s revenue from $500 million to $650 million.
From inventing the first electric curling iron to their cutting edge straighteners and dryers today, BaByliss has remained at the forefront of the hair styling industry for over half a century. Their selection of styling tools has expanded rapidly to include tongs, crimpers, hair removal products, clippers and other beauty appliances.
One of the most interesting products they have ever produced was the Pro Volare V1 2200w Hair Dryer, which they launched a few years ago. This powerful dryer used actual parts from a Ferrari.
This kind of innovation has stuck around even today. Their hair styles are some of the best and most innovatively designed in the market.
Remington (known officially as Remington Products) is similarly a subsidiary of a major conglomerate. Spectrum Brands owns the brand along with several others including Rayovac lighting and Marineland aquariums.
The Remington Brand has its roots as far back as 1816 when a company called E. Remington and Sons started making and selling firearms. It’s the same company that later developed the first QWERTY keyboard.
Diversification into hair care products began in 1937 starting with electric shavers. From then on, it changed hands several times until it landed under Spectrum Brands.
80 years later, Remington has developed a huge catalogue of hair products, both for men and women. Their styling tools include curling irons, flat irons hair dryers and hair setters. They also sell a number of hair accessories as well as hair removal products such as epilators and IPL (intense pulsated light) devices.
BaByliss vs Remington
One of the obvious differences between the two brands is the variety of products. Remington has a far bigger selection of hair styling tools than BaByliss.
When it comes to straighteners for instance, Remington has over 30 different types. There are premium salon straighteners, men’s straighteners, 3-in-1 straighteners, 4-in-1 straighteners and so on. They also have many different sizes of flat irons to suit all hair types.
BaByliss focuses on a smaller but more popular collection of tools. They have almost a dozen flat irons including the popular 3Q straightener and the similarly well-liked Diamond Straightener.
It’s the same scenario with hair dryers. Remington sells many different types in a variety of colours and styles. BaByliss on the other hand has just around 10 of them but they are some of the most recommended in the market.
Looking at customer feedback and expert reviews, BaByliss generally seems to enjoy better brand recognition. Their products are seen as more cutting edge.
But Remington is not far behind. Their stylers attract plenty of positive feedback from customers and salon professionals.
Feature-wise, both brands are at roughly par. You’ll find a lot of similar features in their products such as ionic conditioning, heat control, auto-shutoff and others. However, BaByliss has a slight edge when it comes to manufacturing innovative hair stylers. Their products are usually a bit more expensive but with bonus features you won’t find in a Remington.
Here is a more specific comparison between two popular products from the competitors.
BaByliss Titanium Hair Straightener vs. Remington Keratin Radiance Straightener
Price-wise, there isn’t much difference between the two straighteners. BaByliss is more expensive by around £10. Both are way cheaper than most ghd and Cloud Nine straighteners. So if you are looking for a more pocket friendly flat iron, these two are a great place to start.
The BaByliss straightener uses titanium plates to provide a smooth glide through your hair. This provides ultra-fast heat up for quicker styling. The plates also contain ceramic to ensure heat is spread evenly through the plates, thus protecting your hair.
There are five heat settings to choose from ranging between 150C and 230C. So whatever your hair type, this straighter is perfect. Just crank up the heat if you have thick wild hair and keep it down if you have fine hair.
There is a digital display to tell you what temperature you are currently using.
Other features include ionic conditioning for a frizz-free finish, extra-wide 30mm plates for those with longer hair and a long 2.7m cord for comfortable styling.
The Remington Keratin Radiance stands out for its focus on safety.
First, there is the keratin and macadamia protective technology. What they have done is infuse the plates with a macadamia and keratin conditioner that is activated by heat. So as you glide the plates through your hair, the conditioner protects your hair from heat damage. It also gives your hair a glossy finish.
Another safety feature is the heat sensor. It is embedded in the plates. Its work is to detect moisture level in your hair and adjust heat level automatically to prevent damage.
Like the BaByliss Titanium, the Remington flat iron has variable heat settings (five of them) ranging between 160C and 230C. A digital display shows you the current temperature.
It also uses ceramic-coated plates for fast heat up and even heat distribution.
So, which is your favourite? BaByliss or Remington?