“ The mark of quality for hair straighteners, GHD Salon Stylers are an ever reliable and effective pair of straighteners. Whilst they are more expensive than most, it's not difficult to see why. „
This product has revolutionised my hair routine - I have very long, thick, frizzy, curly hair and used to only be able to tame it by putting excessive amounts of mousse on my hair and having it curly, or else face looking like the straw man off Wizard Of Oz (not a good look). After being given this as a gift because I am too tight to have made the initial purchase, I tried straightening my hair for the first time in years and have now permanently ditched the mousse for good! Despite straightening my hair two to three times a week, my hair is considerably softer and in better condition than it was when I was using no heat on it (mousse is awful stuff) and instead of taking 3 to 4 hours to straighten my hair and it last only one day, I now take 45 minutes to an hour and it lasts for 2 - 4 days. My hair is also less reactive to humidity and moisture - which is a godsend to anyone like me who has curly hair - you'll know as well as I do that the slightest hint of moisture in the air and your hair's a mess - well now as long as I use my GHD's that's not the case! Another brilliant thing about these is that your hair even stays straighter after you next wash it, making the next time you straighten it even easier. GHD's have changed my hair and my life!
I love my GHDs! I really, really recommend them. I've had them since I was a teenager, and have gone through three pairs since. Yes, they are very expensive - probably one of the most expensive straighteners out there, but boy - are they worth it!
I have really thick hair which is frizzy and curly, and GHDs are the only straighteners I have found which actually tame my mane. These particular ones have big thick plates which make it really easy to get through thick hair quite quickly.
Once straightened, my hair stays straight for days. And, unlike other brands of straighteners which use metal plates, the ceramic plates mean that it isn't at all frizzy. The ceramic plates also make straightening a nicer experience as, unlike metal ones, they don't tug on your hair.
The GHDs get really hot which is why they're so effective, however this does mean that they can damage your hair. As such, if you don't need to, I would recommend not using these every day. Also, use a protecting spray wherever possible to keep your hair in as good condition as possible. Also - be really careful of your ears/feet/hands when these are on - I have suffered many burns as a result of my carelessness around them!
My GHDs have always lasted really well. When I was younger I did use them every day (I don't now - I am too old to care what I look like most of the time), and they never died on me. The only reason I've needed three pairs is because I am horribly careless and dropped my first two pairs.
The newer models have a great safety feature when they turn off after 30mins if they haven't been used. This has saved me numerous mornings of worry thinking I might have left them turned on.
In my opinion, it's really worth investing in a pair of these if you have thick, untameable hair.
When I was 11 I bought my first pair of straighteners and to be honest, they were rubbish. They cost around £10 and they did nothing to my frizzy hair. I wasted time with cheap sets like that until I was 18 and I treated myself to GHD's I remember being so excited.
I have GHD Model 4.2B and they are now coming up to their fifth birthday. I have a feeling they may die anyday now, but I would except that. These are amazing, they heat up (even at the age they are now) in around 30 seconds and if left on for more than 30 mins they turn themselves off. The 'GHC' logo is rubbing off along the sides and there are some signs of wear and tear around the plates, but apart from that they are perfectly fine.
Also the straighteners create great flicks, and I can use them to define my curls. These are a wonder product.
They just do the job so well. They manage to get my very curly hair perfectly straight and it stays quite well throughout the day. This has not changed with age, proving this is a long term product.
I have had friends that have bought them and had to replace them year after year,but I have never had that problem.
When I bought mine they cost me £118 (I remember as it was the biggest purchase I had ever made!), they can now be purchased for a bargain for £99. I would seriously reccommend them. Stop wasting time with others and pick these.
I have been loyal to GHD straighteners ever since I began straightening my hair years and years ago. I love their straighteners and believe that they do produce minimum damage to my hair and always leave it soft and sleek.
When I saw that they had released the GHD straighteners in this wide model I was so pleased and looked forward to purchasing them. I actually sold my thin ones on eBay and got a great amount to put towards my new ones and had them soon after.
My hair is very long and thick, and naturally kind of kinky - I will have straighter parts and then curls mixed throughout. My other straighteners never disappointed and so I knew these would be great - and they were. Previously to straighten my hair I would divide into 6 or 8 sections and straighten, however with these I now only divide into 4 sections and still get through my whole head very quickly.
I used to straighten my hair pretty much every day but now not so much, though I've never felt my hair has been damaged by the GHDs at all. I also find that having straightened my hair one day, the following day my hair is still very straight - making it easy to then go over and be done very quickly.
I think I'll always be loyal to GHD when purchasing straighteners because they do such a good job, last ages and are worth the money. I absolutely recommend these to anyone who is after a good pair of straighteners, especially if you have thicker hair - they are perfect.
I have had a pair of these for years now and I would well recommend for those with thick and long hair!
My hair is quite long and the normal thin straighteners dont seem to hold.
I have replaced these only once due to the last pair breaking through my own fault and i think they are fantastic!
The price seems alot to pay but for the quality and performance they are well worth it!
They heat up very quickly and do get very very hot so you must have a heat mat to put them onto whilst using and cooling down otherwise they have been known to cause small fires. Better to be safe then sorry and the heat mats are very reasonable too.
You do have to be careful with the heat as they are very hot and you need to be careful of your ears and forehead as they are quite large so getting really close to roots can be tricky.
Otherwise these are well recommended and excellent value for money!
I've always been rather proud to say I own some GHD hair straightners - the brand has a good reputation in the world of hair, and unfortunately a price tag to match. I was very lucky to receive these as a lovely Christmas present last year, and was very grateful as a hair appliance is not something I would willingly pay close to £100 for.
My hair is fairly fine, so these are probably not the right straightners for me, but it seems whatever the hair type, they really work! In a handful of strokes I was left with super straight, sleek and glossy hair. This was done in the amount of time it would take me to complete a quarter of my hair with other straightners. My friend who has substantially thicker hair than myself also likes to use them as they control her 'mane' effortlessly. If it's possible they were actually a little TOO effective for my liking as although the results were extremely long lasting (hair remained straight following a good nights sleep), it left mine feeling a bit limp and flyaway. This was more likely due to my hair type or my lack of hair styling skill rather than the product itself though!
One thing to be careful of is the heat that is emitted from the device. The reason they achieve such wonderful results is because they get so incredibly hot; hotter than standard heated hair appliances. The heat can be felt when it's just close by, and just the slightest brush against an ear, finger or neck will burn. The steam can be seen rising from the hair as soon as the straighners make contact, so definitely protect your hair using some specially formulated spray or serum prior to styling. I would also very strongly advise resting the appliance on a heat proof mat whilst cooling; to be honest I was a bit disappointed the product wasn't supplied with one. However, I did receive a manual with them which is fabulous. It explains exactly how to use them, tips on hairstyling and care, and also how to use them safely.
I've had them about 9 months now and have not had a problem; for what they cost I wouldn't expect to at this stage though.
Perhaps not ideal for me, but a highly recommended purchase for anyone with thicker/wavy/difficult to control hair, or simply anyone who wants super straight hair and fast.
I've been using GHD straighteners since I was 15. I first owned a pair jointly with my sister but when she moved away to University I decided to invest in my own set.
Both have been the wide plate straighteners as these were recommended by my hairdresser as being particularly good. I have used the narrower straighteners a few times when at a friends and found them quite different. I like that are able to curl your hair with the smaller GHDs but I found to be not nearly as effective as my wide plate ones.
The straighteners are primarily made from a very dark grey hard plastic, this makes up the main body of the straighteners. There is a rubber coated wire which leads to the plug, this length of the wire is pretty generous and suits the majority of uses for me. In between the two plates of the straighteners are two gold coloured metal rectangles. These are the plates that heat up and in which you clamp your hair and run it through to straighten it.
There is also a small red light inside which when initially turned on is constant and then begins to blink when the straighteners are hot enough to use. Opposite them is a reflective hologram sticker of a girl so if you can't see the light you can see the reflection and so check whether they are turned on or off. There is also a switch for on and off, but I tend to just switch them off at the plug when done rather than use this.
They heat up relatively quickly, 5 minutes to get to an appropriate heat to straighten. This is perfect if in a hurry, I tend to switch them on when I begin blow drying my hair. The plates are smooth and it is easy to run your hair through them. You have control of how hard they are clamped down so there is little chance of pulling your hair. I do find the plates are very hot and the sides are not protected so I have burnt my ears and neck on numerous occasions. I am pretty clumsy so not sure if this is just me or everyone's experience too.
The wide plates make it ten times quicker to straighten your hair as they cover a greater area of hair in one sweep. I tend to find that each section of hair needs roughly two sweeps before it is straight and sleek. The straighteners are extremely easy to use and I've really never had any trouble with the way in which they function.
I've owned my current pair for roughly 5 years now and have experienced a few technical difficulties with them. After a couple of years of use I thought the fuse had gone because they failed to light up or heat when plugged into the wall. I discovered there was a slightly loose connection between the wire and plug and that if I pulled the wire taut they would heat up just fine. This obviously isn't overly convenient but weirdly enough the problem seems to come and go. I can use them for well over 6 months not experiencing this issue and then it will return to a few months. It hasn't been inconvenient enough that I need to replace them yet, though I imagine I might at some point.
There have been times when I have accidentally left them plugged in and heating up and then left the house to go somewhere. Usually there is someone at home to help but in the case where there is no one the straighteners have a safety system to prevent them overheating. After they reach a certain heat they switch off and then once cooled enough will turn back on. Obviously this isn't ideal for the straighteners but it does prevent a fire so I'm glad it has this function.
Originally I think I paid £90 for these straighteners, though prices vary depending on where you buy them. To a teenager this was ridiculously expensive but now I'm a bit older I see the value in forking out a little extra for these. I've used far cheaper straighteners and found you get static in your hair and damage, both of which are far from ideal. I've never experienced either of these things with the GHDs and this is reason enough to pay a little extra.
Overall, a great pair of straighteners with minimal issues.
This GHD professional salon styling iron is perhaps one of my most treasured possessions. Yes, I know it sounds overdramatic to be quite so fond of a hair-styling appliance but I am. These are simply fantastic.
I have the misfortune of having not quite straight, but not quite curly hair which has to be the most irritating type of hair ever. It just needs so much help to look half decent. Over the years I have tried so many styling tools. My first straightening tool (a Babyliss 'steam' straightener) was bought fifteen years ago and since then I have always had some tool to help control my wayward hair.
These were my first pair of GHD's. I chose these rather than the originals as I have thick long hair which these are perfect for with their wide plates which cover more surface area of the hair, cutting down styling time. That was 5 years ago and they provided me with 2 years of excellent service. That is until I failed to pack them away properly. Instead I left them on the heat mat in front of my full length mirrored wardrobe. My lovely boyfriend accidently crushed them with his huge feet and I was left quite literally bereft.
I tried to cope without my beloved ghd's but I couldn't do it and quite willingly bought a second set for just under £100. These were almost identical to the first with the same wide plates, speedy heat up time and smooth, floating ceramic plates but ghd has cleverly added some extras:
* The iron will beep when it has reached its desired temperature.
* The shape is less square enabling users to use the irons for creating curls by wrapping hair around the plates just like GHD's slimmer versions.
* The iron now has a sleep mode which is activated after 30 minutes of inactivity. This cools the irons down and a warning beep is sounded every twenty seconds.
* The iron now has universal voltage meaning that you are able to use the styler abroad with adapters.
I use my ghd's mainly for straightening my hair and it does the job perfectly. I have tried to curl my hair with them on occasion but in my opinion this is easier to do with the slim versions and you will probably get a better result. For those that are interested in learning how to create different curls and styles using their ghd's, Google ' ghd curls' for online tutorials or see the official ghd website.
My only issue is not with the actual product but with the amount of counterfeit versions available online or 'off the back of a lorry'. Buyers beware, if it seems too good to be true it probably is. One way to be sure you are not buying fake ghd's is to buy from an authorised stockist, a list of which is published on the GHD website.
When buying a second-hand set, ask to see the hologram code on the label attached to the power lead. You can verify authenticity by entering this number on the ghd website under the section 'product registration'.
Overall, this is a fantastic product and I would recommend to everyone. I do not know anyone that has bought a set and been disappointed. To the contrary, I know dozens of people who have a set and could not be without them now... like me.
These are expensive, I bought mine for about £100 about five years ago, but they really are worth it. I have long, fine hair which is layered and a fringe and the GHDs work well on all of it. I use my GHDs most of the time (although I sometimes don't bother if I'm at work or uni), especially on my fringe. To get hair really straight, it's best to seperate your hair into sections, use some heat-protection spray and slowly straighten it. It always gives great results; a nice shine and very straight hair which will stay this way for a long time and even if it's windy or lightly raining outside. So, I don't need to use hairspray. You can creating waves/curls by twisting it/your hair while you are straightening it but I've never gotten great results doing this.
It's very simple to use and has a little red light which blinks when it's hot enough to use. It's a long lasting product and still works just as well as it did when it was brand new. It does get really hot so, obviously, you have to be careful with it. The only real problem I have with it is that it doesn't work in America, I go over about once a year and I have an American pair of straighteners (not GHD) that I bought which I have to use instead.
Overall, a really great product that's worth the money and does exactly what it promises to do. I've reccomended this to friends who've bought it and been really happy with it.
Use - 5/5.
Value for money - 5/5.
Design - 5/5.
I have now had these straightners for 6 years and they are still going strong! I have had probably six other heair straightners before buying these all leaving my hair dry and kinky not a good look. My cousin suggest I pay out the £120 for these which I thought a little steep but wow - she was right this is exactly what I needed.
My hair is thick. long and curly it is a hairdressers nightmare and takes over an hour to blowdry! straightening my hair is not something I do too regularly as it does take time, however not as long as it used too (11/2 hours down to 30mins not bad). The head on these are slightly wider than the normal ghd's therfore I am able to do it in about 30mins. The finish is always perfect leaving me with shiny, straight sleep hair which last about 4days before needing to be washed again.
I use the straightening protect spray from ghd which is a must, I have had my bottle about 2 years and it seems to go on forver as a little bit goes along way. I love my hair and take good care of it and I feel these hair straightners are not doing it too much damage. Hot plates on any hair are going to damage it however you want to look at it.
If these hair straigtners were to go worng as I am sure one day they will, I will ost definately save up for another pair as they have been life changing for me. I now have a choice how to wear my hair and I would definately suggest to anyone to get these straightners over any other make. I know all the girls in my family have a pair now and even my mother loves them and wouldn't have anything else.
I personally do not feel there are any disadvantages to this product, the price is fair as they go one forever, if going abroad to America there is an adapter you need which I didnt have and therefore could not use them.
I have given them a 5* as they have chnaged my hair style life, I can not have my hair straight or curly which I could never do before. Thank you GHD!!
I have used GHD hairstraighteners for the past 5 or 6 years.
I was drawn in by their good reputation and high promises, and for a retail price of £80 - 100 plus, I was hoping that they lived up to their name.
I was not disappointed, and I am now on my third lot of GHDs.
GHD hair straighteners leave your hair poker straight and silky soft, with relatively little effort. If they had been invented 10 years earlier I would have been a much happier teenager!
They heat up super quick, in approximately 10 - 15 seconds, a little longer than claimed, but who can moan about waiting 15 seconds for something to heat up to 230c!
They beep when you switch them on, then beep again when they are up to their optimum temperature. From then on you can use the straighteners to great effect.
My hair is quite long, and it takes me all of ten minutes to straighten my hair with these straighteners, and so long as I do it thoroughly, it stays straight all day (so long as the dreaded rain doesn't get me!).
One bad thing about GHDs is that in my experience they tend to have a fairly short life span. As I said I have been using GHDs for about 5 - 6 years, and I am on my third pair. That said, they seem to last about two years before they either die completely, or do not straighten as well as they once did.
So in conclusion, they are the best on the market, but I do feel because of their seemingly short life spans, they should not be as expensive as they are. I think the price tag is due to very clever marketing, rather than pure quality of the product.
In the past when my GHDs have failed me, I have used my friend's Remington straighteners, and being honest, as much as I love GHD and am loyal to them, they did pretty much the same job and straightened my hair perfectly fine, and cost my friend a mere £30.
ghd hair straighteners are the best hair straighteners EVER. Fact. I have had some shoddy hair straighteners in my time; I have tried 11 different types to be exact. And none, absolutely none even compare to the ghd's.
I bought my ghd's back in 2005. As I write this review, it is 2011 and they are still going strong. That's six years of amazingly straight hair. I bought the extra wide ones as I have lots and lots of hair that is quite thick, for £120. I do believe that they go for about the same price today.
They are so simple to use. Just one switch; on/off. They heat up to 230 degrees in about thirty seconds, although I understand that ghd have had to lower the temperature to around the 160- 170 mark.
The smooth plates of the ghd's glide through your hair, and don't catch or snag as many other hair straighteners do. I section my hair and only need to straighten each area once for smooth, silky results. The results last all day, and even through to the following morning. I think these straighteners also have helped with tangliness, as my hair seems tangle- free and smoother.
The only piece of advice I would give is to make sure you always use a heat defence spray as ghd's get very, very hot and do damage your hair.
Highly recommended, if mine ever broke I'd cry!
These straighteners are fab! They heat up quickly and the cord is extra long so you don't find yourself getting all tanged up and in a mess. They look really posh and stylish in their black and gold colours and they come boxed in official GHD packaging.
I purchased these off the official GHD website so I knew that they weren't fake. The irons smooth the hair quickly and easily without knotting your hair or ripping it. The irons are suitable for dry hair but I also use mine on partly dried hair and they work well to dry and straighten my hair at the same time.
The irons heat up quickly so you don't have to wait around for ages for them to heat up. They also cool down quickly but I suggest that you buy a heat proof mat to rest them on as they do get pretty hot and you don't want them to burn your carpet!
I get great results from these irons. I have really thick hair and these somehow manage to tame it without making it frizzy. The results I get from the irons last all day and my hair feels really soft and smooth after using these. They are also really strong and durable and you can tell that they are of excellent quality.
I am pretty certain that these irons will last for years and they are the only irons that manage to tame my thick hair.
I first discovered GHD's at the hair salon when I was 16. At that time I had a horrid perm and wanted to get rid of it as soon as possible and decided to try and have it cut out! My hair stylist decided that rather than cut the perm out, she would re-style my hair and show me how to use GHD hair straighteners (I have previously had bad experience with metal plated hair straighteners!)
I found these so easy to use! With my hair being in quite bad condition, she recommended I used the GHD hair oil or straightening serum at the same time to protect it. I have never been happier than using these hair straighteners. And no matter what the length of my hair, I have a pair that fits the length. I started with the large size, moved to the middle size, and now have short hair so have a pair of the thinnest ones.
They always leave my hair in good condition and silky smooth without frizzing the ends.
Ok so these straighteners are DEFINATELY for those with thick hair,they are very hot and make your hair go from frizzy to straight in seconds. The only thing I would say is that if you have shoulder length hair or shorter then this product isnt for you. The styler is too wide for short hair you need a much thinner styler. My hair was shoulder length and it was quite difficult to use this styler because of the width. Now my hair has gone abit longer they are great! Better for the length of your hair rather than the layers though again because of the width. So overall, if you have long thick hair these are perfect, but for short choppy layered styles I'd choose the thinner ghds'. However definately stick with ghds they are the highest quality you can get in my opinion. But just as a tip use heat protection at all times as these do make your hair dry and damaged if you use them everyday without protection.
If you have got thick hair that needs straightening then the ghd Professional Salon Styling iron is perfect for you / Its advanced ceramic technology straightens and smoothes your hair / The GHD Salon Styler uses the same technology as the original ceramic hair straightening irons but its wider plates mean that this iron is ideal for thicker or heavier hair / As well as straightening hair beautifully, this versatile iron also allows you to create movement, curls and texture / Thanks to its unique built-in microprocessor, the GHD Salon Styler conducts heat fast and retains it more effectively too / The result? Instant long lasting heat for optimum styling control / Plus its advanced infra-red heat actually protects your hair by sealing in its natural oils, moisture and hair colour /