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GHd ceramic vented radial brush
GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush
Member Name: louisechackett
GHD Ceramic Vented Radial Brush
Advantages: helps hair dry quicker and create a sleeker look with practice
When I was looking for ideas for my sisters Christmas presents I came across the GHD ceramic vented radial brushes and decide to purchase one for her but also got one for myself as I am a bit bad when I dry my hair and I just blast it and then nail it with the straighteners to get a straight look. I thought that if this brush helped make my hair straighter to begin with then I would find my styles would last longer as well.
The GHD ceramic vented radial brush comes in four different sizes depending on your hair type and what you need from the brush:
Size 1: Best for shorter hair or for blow drying fringes or shorter layers in your hair.
Size 2: This one is suited best to short to mid length hair and is the brush I bought for my sister as it seems to be quite a versatile size.
Size 3: This one is best for mid to long hair and again seems to be quite a versatile brush.
Size 4: This one is for drying extra long hair and is the one I purchased for myself as my hair is generally pretty long.
You are looking at paying anything from £15-£20 for one of these hair brushes and I purchased mine from the very catalogue so that I didn't have to pay for them immediately but it would seem the best prices come from ghd direct where you get free postage and packing as well. I have to say that I was very hesitant about ordering one of these brushes simply because of the price because I am the kind of girl that would grumble at paying a fiver for a brush that I may or may not get on with but I took the plunge and trusted the ghd name.
The brush came nicely packed in a black ghd plastic box which I think fits well with the brand and immediately looks expensive and stylish. All of the brushes look pretty much the same in that they are a vented radial brush in black but the only difference is the varying sizes of the barrels on the brushes with size ones being 25mm and size fours being 55mm. The brush features a silver metal slanted end to the bottom of the brush which has the ghd name on there so that you can show off and say "look I use a ghd brush too!" if you wanted to!
I have to admit from the off that I am really rubbish with these vented brushes and I can never seem to get the brush too roll in my hair and pull it through like they can in the salon but I hoped that with this brush I would have more luck. My hair is very thick and curly naturally and so it does take a long time to dry. The main selling point for me with this brush was the fact that it claims to make easy work of blow drying hair and will also make it quicker to blow dry your hair too. The fact that it has a ceramic barrel means that it holds heat from the hair dryer and will transfer this heat to your hair as you pull the brush through it and thus make quicker drying.
After a bath I nearly always blow dry my hair and the advice with this one is to blast your hair until it is around 80% dry and then to section your hair and work from the root to the tip directing the heat of the hair dryer on to the barrel as you work through your hair.
Initially when I used this brush at first I was quite shocked at how spiky the bristles felt on my head as my normal brush has those little bobbles on the end so it isn't too scratchy on my scalp but this one doesn't have those and so it is quite scratchy feeling! The handle on the brush is easy enough to hold and nice and smooth. It would perhaps be better to have some form of grip material there to make it even easier but it isn't a massive issue.
When I got over that feeling it was a case of learning to wrap my partially dried hair sections around this brush and I have to say that I did, and do still, struggle with this. There is something about the effortless way that the hairdressers go through my hair with brushes like these drying it straight but I suppose they have a lot of practice! I find that some sections of my hair are more manageable with this brush than others but I think that is the case with any brush as certain areas are just easier to reach. Once you get used to going through your sectioned hair with this brush it is less of a chore and my arms don't ache as much as they did initially! I think that it takes some getting used to using a brush like this as it is quite heavy to hold and manoeuvre being a large brush.
I do notice that when I am using this brush that my hair is dry quicker and that it isn't as wild looking. Before this brush I would simply blow dry my hair by waving the dryer all over it and then intermittently running a paddle brush through it so the end result would be something resembling Hagrid from Harry Potter but with this one it is a sleeker result. I am not good enough with this brush yet to not want to run through it with the straighteners but I do think that straightening is also quicker if I have used this brush to blow dry my hair as there are less kinks and bumps in my hair.
This brush is also good if you want to add some volume and bounce to your hair according to my sister. I am quite bad in that I like my hair to be poker straight as I am cursed with wavy hair and so despite being told often to go for big, curly hair on nights out and things I always opt for the straight look but I can see that big hair could be created with this brush quite easily really. There are tips for use on the ghd website and places like you tube as well.
So do I recommend this brush? Well yes I do. Do I think it is worth the £20 I paid for it? Not really. It IS a very good brush and it will probably be even better in someone more competent hands but I just hope that I can become better at creating sleek straight hair with this one and then will see the value of it more. I would probably say it is better at around the ten to fifteen pounds mark.
Thank you for reading my review!
Summary: An expensive brush which could do with being a few pounds cheaper but which is a good product