Product Type: ghd hair care products
Newest Review: ... 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 fantas... more
GHD Hair Straighteners Salon Styler
Member Name: walsha11
GHD Hair Straighteners Salon Styler
Advantages: last for ages, look nice, safety function, heat quickly, no static, no damage
Disadvantages: burnt my ears and neck before, intermittent issue with the wiring, price?
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.
Summary: A brilliant pair of straighteners that will last a lifetime.