“ Brand: ghd / Type: Styling Oil / Subcategory: Spray / Further Category: Styling Products / Hair type: damaged hair / What it does: Repairs, Smoothes, Protects, „
GHD are one of Tony and Guy's ranges alongside their Bed Head, obviously they specialie in hair care products and many of you will be familiar with GHD (Good Hair Day) straighteners. It is also known that a lot of the time you are paying for the name tag and not the actual product but is this one in particular a good quality product?
What is it?
This GHD Thermal Protective spray is designed to help protect your hair from being damaged from heat when you are straightening, curling, crimping or drying your hair. For some people these heat protectant sprays are a complete godsend. This one in particular contains protein which also helps if you've gone blond as blond hair tends to be dry and this helps to nurish the hair.
What does it look like?
The bottle is approximately eight inches in height and three inches wide in a prism shaped gold bottle. The lid is slightly translucent but still gold in colour and there are little squares inside a half stretched oval on the front of the bottle. There is a spray button which the liquid is sprayed out of against the hair.
How to use
When your protecting your hair you want to do it properly as for some there is noting worst then having to go to the hairdressers because you've over processed your hair and the last two inches is too badly damaged to keep. I learnt this the hard way but due to an accident I lost 13 inches of hair and went to shoulder length - I would say a good 3 inches could have been saved if I weren't stubbourn and used protectant and had gone to the hairdressers sooner. So how do we use this one? Well like all heat protectants you spray at about a 20cm distance from your hair before using straighteners, crimpers, dryers, etc... However it doesn't say all over or just the top section. I asked my hairdresser and he said when using heat protection spray you need to spray once to each section that you are about to apply heat to as this will give you the best protection but straying too close will make your hair too wet and you'll end up singing your hair (hence the 20cm distance). I think the bottle needed to elaborate with this really because when people use it they'll just use a little and wonder why it's lasting ages but instead of three sprays you'll probably be using about six to cover the hair evenly.
Does it actually work?
My hair is less damaged then it could have been now that I am being more careful but I wouldn't say it'll completely save your hair. Any advice I would give to somebody who does straighten there hair is to avoid blow drying it if possible and leaving it to dry naturally as this is one process that can be avoided an it'll save your hair that bit more helping you to attain healthier hair and longer if that's what you want. I would also say that if you can avoid straightening then this'll help or even turning down the temperature to about 180-200 degrees will help. The worst thing you can do is put straighteners on your hair at 230 degrees because I find you can feel the moisture coming out of your hair and this isn't a good look when it's burnt. This heat protectant does help though but I would say it only helps prevent 40% of the damage so ideally you want to help prevent another 40% and you'll need to work on that one yourself.
I would say this product does last a long time if you take into consideration that you will only need to use up to ten sprays on your hair which should be more than enough to help protect your hair. If you use half the bottle trying to protect your hair then obviously this wont last long so I would say you need to think about the length of your hair and how much you're actually spraying because you wont need a lot because too much will actually make your hair too wet making it more fragile which you wont want.
Smoothing and conditioning
This does actually help make my hair feels softer and smoother which is always a thumbs up from me and it does help to put the nutrients back into your hair as it contrains protein and as most will know - your hair is made of protein and feeding your hair protein actually helps nurish your hair and helps it to grow.
I bought this from the local hair salon and it was £10 which is the going rate from any salon really but you can buy heat protectants for around £2 - £5 but saying that a lot will only protect your hair and this one contains protein will actually helps nurish your hair so if you are a blond or somebody who has damaged or dried out their hair then I would recommend using a heat protectant with protein in because it'll help get your hair back into shape - especially if you're blond because the bleach really does murder hair.
Value for money
I would say that £10 for a tony and guy product isn't too bad really but thinking about what it actually is I would much rather pay £7 or £8 which I think would be more justifiable in the market as you can get cheaper ones but it's finding one with protein and that's why the price I would prefer to pay is still higher than £5. Other than that it's conditioning and smoothes hair as well as it being long lasting I would say that it's OK value for money.
Overall I'm rating this a four star because It's OK value for money but it's not amazing value because you are paying for the brand name in some respects and I think it would sell better if it was cheaper. I would recommend this product because I'm a fan of protein in hair care products and for somebody that wants healthier hair I'd recommend this over a lot of over products and I will be buying this again.
I had this bottle as a free "gift" after buying my first set of GHD's some years ago. I have tried to use it on and off, with GHD's and other brands of hair straighteners, but rather than throwing it out it remains nearly full in my cupboard. I don't know why, but for some reason it just doesn't suit my hair, and I was really disappointed with the effects of this product.
==What is it?==
This heat protection spray is designed by the Good Hair Day brand, to give heat protection when using hair styling products. It contains the GHD heat protection system and conditioning agents, and although it's designed by GHD, it isn't for exclusive use with GHD hair styling products. In theory, it protects hair against heat damage from straighteners, hair dryers, curling tongs, and environmental factors such as the weather.
==Price and Availability==
I've never seen this in the shops, and mine was a gift accompanying a large GHD purchase, so I wasn't too sure if anywhere actually stocks this stuff. Searching round online, it seems this is the best place to get it, with the cheapest I've seen being Amazon (good old Amazon!) costing £11.95 for 120ml. This is almost as expensive as their hair straighteners, and you'd expect amazing results for that price, right?
This spray is used in the same way as most heat protectors, in that you spray your hair before straightening and it is protected from the extreme heat of the appliance you are using. It is important to remember that you hair should be BONE DRY before using such appliances, as this causes a lot of damage to your hair.
Well, for me, using this product just made my hair unbearable. Although to look at, my hair was frizz-free and very smooth, the feel of my hair was horrendous. It stripped my hair of any natural shine, and instead my hair became very very dry, and felt like straw. It just didn't feel in good condition. Although it made my hair look nice, I wasn't so keen on the false look it gave it, I looked a little like I was wearing a wig to be honest.
I have returned to this product a few times, to give it another chance, but each time I am reminded why it ended up being shoved in the back of my cupboard in the first place. It's strange that a premium brand such as GHD produced such an awful product in my opinion, as the price tag is nothing to be scoffed at. If I'd paid full price for this product, I would have been fuming, but as it was it cost me nothing so I just took the hint that I shouldn't buy any more products from this range.
I have read mixed reviews about this product, so I guess it might be that it only suits certain types of hair. If you are considering splashing out on this, however, I would recommend that you try and get a sample first, in case you end up throwing money down the drain.
(This review may also be posted on Ciao under the username Gingerkitty)
I love GHDs, I have to have my everyday morning fix with them and for obvious reasons they can do damage to your hair if used regularly. I have probably had this GHD Iron Oil Thermal Protection Spray in my bathroom cupboard for well over a year, which I guess goes to show I am not overly keen on it!
The GHD (Good Hair Day) iron oil comes in a nice and snazzy looking black and metallic gold bottle. This is the same rounded shape as a can of hairspray; however it has a screw on top that has a squirty pump nozzle attached. On top of the nozzle is a cap that is there to protect the mechanism and product and stop leakages, this slots on and off easily.
I was sold this thermal protection spray in a salon after a haircut and colour appointment, I think it cost around the £12 mark for a 250ml bottle. I have bleached hair and GHD straighteners are not at all good for it, but as I still choose to use them I try my best to keep my hair conditioned. The intense heat from the ceramic plates really dries out your hair and can lead to fizziness and even singeing.
The GHD thermal protection spray claims to:
Strengthen and nourish your hair when heat-styling
Control static and improves shine
Contains ingredients which deflect and absorb heat, giving protection up to 200°C
Extra 50% protection against heat appliances and invisible hold factor versus styling without it
Contain an intensive strengthening ingredient designed to deliver optimal anti-breakage benefits
The GHD thermal protection spray can be applied to both damp and dry hair before using your straighteners. The spray mist has no colour but there is a really nice smell to it, quite like a salon, it smells rich and expensive! I would recommend spraying this from a good distance as the nozzle releases the product in a fast and strong burst and you could end up with 'clumps' of sticky, oily hair.
A small amount of the product does give my hair a nice shine to it after using my GHDs and when straightening my hair the irons glide easily over and through it. However this soon turns to a greasy looking mess. I have to wash my hair everyday as it goes greasy easily and seems to absorb smells and oils in the air, so this really does not mix well with this oil spray. Even though it does not contain oil, it feels greasy to touch and in my opinion is not nice at all.
I can tell that it forms a protective layer over my hair, but I really don't feel like my hair is clean after using this. A disappointing purchase recommended by my hairdresser! Most salons that sell GHDs sell their products too. I would say to avoid this and head to Boots for something half the price!
I got my bottle of GHD Thermal Protection Spray free with my first pair of GHD's and was told by the hairdresser to spray over my dry hair before using the GHD's. The spray was left in the bathroom untouched for the first few months as I just couldn't be bothered to use it and a little foolishly used my GHD's on unprotected hair. If I am honest the GHD's still didn't damage my hair so I thought I didn't need the spray.
Then when I was getting ready for a Christmas party I thought I would give the spray a go and as directed sprayed onto my washed dry hair. The spray has a nice smell, which is a flowery note to it. Each time you spray the nozzle dispenses the spray widely over sections of hair. So even with my long hair 5/6 sprays covered it all. When I applied the GHD's they did steam a little which worried me a little but I noticed that my hair straightened so much better. I am not sure how it works but it seems to improve the look the straighteners give you. The only problem I have is that after I have straightened my hair it does feel very dry to the touch. This dry feeling stays on my hair until I have washed it, and considering my hair always normally feels soft and in good condition the dry feeling was quite a shock.
The spray comes in a stylish spray bottle with the GHD gold and silver designs on the top and the gold and orange writing. The bottle is normally around £10, so for GHD I was expecting it to cost more but I will still not be buying a bottle .As although the results are impressive when it is used with your GHD's, I will try a different heat defense spray next time I need to replace it due to the dry feeling it gives to my hair.
I love this product. My sister bought me a GHD hair straightener a couple of years ago for Christmas and she also bought me this GHD Iron Oil Thermal Protection Spray. I think it works brilliantly.
You can apply it to wet or dry hair and it says to use it sparingly. It is after all oil so would make your hair greasy if too much were used. I avoid using it near my roots as well. I prefer to use the protection spray when my hair is wet, I think it covers your hair more evenly when you brush it through. It also protects your hair from the heat of the hair dryer then, if you blow-dry your hair. I have used it when my hair is dry but I don't think it is so effective.
I actually used this product last night, it helped make my hair much easier to straighten and I also think it has helped make my hair stay straighter for longer. When I woke up this morning the style was held in place much better then previous nights when I hadn't used it.
My hair also feels softer when using this product and it doesn't look greasy at all. I think it has certainly helped protect my hair from the heat of the straighteners over the past couple of years.
I couldn't tell you how much the product is, as it was a gift but no matter what the price I think it is worth every penny. It also lasts for years. I still have the original bottle and I'm only about halfway through! Admittedly I don't use it everyday but I still feel it would be good value for money.
This is a must buy for me. I don't know where I'd be without it (or my GHD's).
Many of you will have heard of the name GHD (which stands for 'good hair day') in relation to their famous (and rather expensive!) hair straightening irons. In the last few years GHD have become an extremely famous creator of salon-professional products which not only includes their high quality range of hair straighteners but also items like shampoos, conditioners, brushes, various styling products and finishing products. GHD products, especially the hair straighteners are known for being expensive (the hair straighteners costing around £90) but I swear by them as they straighten my hair better than any other straighteners I have used. The product I will be reviewing however is the GHD iron oil which is designed to be used in conjunction with GHD hair straightening irons.
The GHD iron oil comes in a rather stylish black, 250ml, pump action bottle. The bottle looks very proffesional ( I will include a picture). The writing on the bottle is mostly white and there is an attractive gold pattern on part of the bottle. The bottle has a black plastic cap covering the pump, which is pulled off when you want to use the spray.
About the Spray
The iron oil spray is a salon approved oil free formula (rather strange considering it is called iron OIL!!!!), which is designed for use with ghd ceramic hairstyling irons. The intention is to create straighter, smoother, static-free hair the professional way. When you use the formula you are greeted with a really nice salon product smell, which is not strong or overpowering at all which makes the product pleasurable to use. Because only a very small amount of the spray is needed, the bottle does last an extremely long time (a fair few months).
How To Use
The iron oil can be used on either dry hair or on wet hair before blow-drying.
To use on dry hair before using ceramic straighteners it is recommended that you use sparingly and lightly mist over dry hair. In terms of using the spray, I would recommend that you hold it about 15cm away from your hair and then press the pump to get an even but light spraying, it is then a good idea to comb through your hair before styling so that it evens it out and covers all of your hair!
To use on wet hair, spray in the same way before blow-drying and then style as usual.
When using ceramic straightening irons after using the iron oil spray, you will hear a fizzling noise while straightening and steam will come of off your hair as you style so don't worry - its not smoke!!
It is wise to avoid your eyes when you are spraying! (trust me!)
The bottle makes several claims, which I will evaluate individually:
- Protects against heat -
Although this is a hard thing to judge, I have not noticed any difference in my hair whether I use the spray or not. Because of the reasons which I will explain below I no longer use this spray and my hair is in no worse a condition than it was when I was using the iron oil, so in regards to the claim that the spray protects against heat, all I can say is that there is no real difference.
- Increases shine -
I believe that I have given the iron oil spray a fair few trials, yet every time I have used it, as soon as I straighten my hair it makes it feel and look really greasy and other people who have used the spray have commented on this too. Now unless you class greasy looking hair as 'shiny' then the spray really doesn't fulfil this claim. Even when the most minute amount of the spray has been used on squeaky clean hair, it makes my hair go greasy so there is no shine, just greasy dullness.
- Improves hold -
I have found that my ghd straighteners are so effective that my hair keeps its style well anyway, and I have not noticed an improvement in hold when using this spray, unless it is assuming that the greasiness will hold your style!
- Eliminates static -
Usually when I straighten my hair without using the iron oil I do get a few static areas of hair but I can normally deal with these easily by slowly re-straightening them. When using the iron oil I have to say that I have noticed that my hair is less static but this is only when a more generous amount of the spray is used which unfortunately means my hair becomes even more greasy than when just a small mist is used! It is a shame because although the spray does help reduce static, the effect of the greasy appearance just isn't worth it.
- Helps repair damaged hair by revitalising every strand -
Again, this is not an effect, which I have noticed. My hair was in no better condition when I was using the spray than it is when I do not use the spray. I know that it is better for your hair to use a spray that protects against heat but I really do not think this spray makes much of a difference.
- Helps you achieve straighter, smoother hair -
My ghd hair straightening irons are extremely effective and by just using them alone I can get very straight and smooth hair. When using the iron oil spray there is no real difference other than the hair looks more lank and greasy.
The Cost and Availability
The GHD products are only available in some salons or on the Internet. The price for the iron oil on the official ghd website is £13.45 which in my mind is far too expensive for a product which doesn't do as it says.
Unfortunately I cannot recommend this product because I was extremely disappointed with it. I was so impressed with my GHD hair straighteners but this iron oil just does not live up to the ghd hype. Obviously different peoples hair will react differently to this product and it may well work for some people, however everyone who I have spoken to that uses this product has complained that it leaves their hair far to greasy and does not do as it says on the bottle so I have nothing positive to say about the product in relation to effectiveness. The only real positives I can come up with are that firstly the bottle is very stylish and attractive and secondly that the product has a very pleasant smell. Other than that I am afraid to say that I could not possible recommend the product because my hair actually looks and feels better if I don't use the spray at all! I will be on the look out for a heat protection spray that works well and doesn't leave my hair looking lank and greasy.
I have been using GHD's to straighten my hair for about 3 years now and although I don't use the Iron Oil Thermal Protection Spray every time I did purchase a bottle a little while back.
The image on the packaging is instantly recognisable as that of GHD with their logo displayed towards the bottom of the packaging. The bottle is a good size and has lasted atleast 12 months so far without any faltering in the quality of the product.
The spray has a citrus fragrance and can be used on towel-dried hair before blow drying or lighty misted onto dry hair prior to using the straightening irons. On wet hair it can feel a little sticky on application, however once the hair is dry the stickiness is no longer noticeable. I suppose this is the product coating the hair so that it's protected from the heat.
After straightening the hair it looks really smooth and shiny. The heat protection spray makes the hair appear healthy and will stay straight and styled for longer.
A great product and a must-have for use with straightening irons.
Although I use GHDs to straighten my shoulder-length hair everyday I've never used any special products on it. I've seen both my daughters occasionally use this GHD Iron Oil but it wasn't until the other day that I tried it myself.
I was tempted because of the effect on my younger daughter's (& friend's) hair plus the gorgeous smell when they'd finished using it.
The bottle is exactly as shown & is very smart with it's black & gold design. It's made of a durable plastic & has a pump action dispenser which means you can just squirt sparingly as directed. I'd advise just spraying a little onto the top of the hair as the GHDs will ensure that the oil's evenly spread once you start to starighten.
Don't let the word 'oil' put you off - it's not at all greasy or oily. It seems to freshen & soften the hair as long as you don't use too much & the GHDs go through it even better than when used on their own.
Admittedly I spent a little longer on my hair than usual but having used this Iron Oil I felt as if I'd just come out of the hairdresser's & it stayed straighter for longer. I was well impressed as it only cost around £9 for 250ml & lasts for ages although I think I'd only use it for special/important occasions or to cheer myself up?
It gives lots of information on the bottle regarding ingredients but I would need to get my magnifying glass out to read them I'm afraid. The directions are clear though.
Although it says 'for use with GHD ceramic hairstyling irons I can't see why you can't use it with any other ceramic ones. I'm not quite sure what they mean by 'a new religion for hair' though?
The only thing I've found after using it that whereas I used to wash my hair every other day, after using Iron Oil I prefer to wash it daily as I'm one of those people who don't like texture on my locks.
- seems expensive but salon-approved (cheaper than a salon) & bottle lasts ages.
- fantastic results.
- hair seems to stay straighter for longer.
- lovely smell.
- recommended product if you like to straighten your hair.
Who are GHD?
As I am sure you all know GHD are most famous for their hair straightening irons. GHD stands for Good Hair Day and over the last few years they have become a household name with their range of professional hair products. This range of products includes styling products, brushes, shampoos, conditioners and finishing products.
What is the GHD Thermal Protector?
The GHD Thermal Protector is a lightweight protection specially formulated for fine to normal hair. It is designed to protect the hair with ingredients which deflect and absorb the heat from styling products such as hair straightening irons. This spary protects your hair against temperatures of up to 400c.
GHD hair straighteners became so famous because they can heat up to 210 degress in less than 10 seconds, but as we all know the styling results may be amazing, but this amount of intense heat can be very damaging to your hair - This is where the GHD thermal protector spray comes in.
I paid £9.50 for mine from http://www.ghdhairproducts.co.uk.
The product comes in a stylish, sexy gold pump bottle. It looks extremely sleek and professional.
Directions on bottle
Spray onto clean, damp hair prior to drying or, before using your ghd styling iron on dry hair, spray lightly onto each section as you style.
Benefits for me
* It smells nice
* Light, so it does not weight down my hair
* Makes my hair shiny
* Protects my hair from heat damage.
* It is Oil free
I usually straighten my hair with my GHD hair straighteners every 2 to 3 days. Over the last year I have become more aware of the damage I may be doing to my hair and so started to look for a way to protext it but still be able to style and straighten it. I came across the GHD Thermal Protector about 8 months ago and I have been using it ever since. I have only just had to buy a new bottle as I have never needed to use much. Initially I thought that £10 per bottle was quite expensive, but now I think it is pretty reasonable for the amount of use I have got out of it and the time it has lasted me. I think you will probably only need 2 bottles per year (obviously depending upon how often you need to use it, and how long or thick your hair is).
Wet & Dry Hair
I have used the spray when styling both wet and dry hair. I probably use it on dry hair the most. For both I recommend holding the spray at just under arms length away from you and spray a light mist over your entire head of hair. one pump should do it. I usually then run a light comb through my hair to make sure it is evenly spread out and then go about styling it.
Since I began using the thermal protector spray I have found that all the claims on the bottle are true - Straight, smooth hold and a brilliant shine to my hair. Any although I would never have said it was tricky or difficult to straighten my hair in the past, my straighteners do just seem to glide over my hair now, and it is easier to style my hair.
While the bottles can be a bit on the expensive side, when you consider how little you need to use and how long a bottle lasts it makes it seem much more reasonably priced.
I tend to straighten my hair with irons about three times a week and although I always condition it well I'm always conscious about the condition and damage straightening can cause. I purchased a bottle of GHD Iron oil for weak/damaged hair. The first thing to be aware of is that they make the oil for different hair types so make sure you get the one thats right for your hair. You need to use it sparingly otherwise you'll look like you've been hanging out in the chip shop all evening, just spray a small amount of the mist onto wet or dry hair prior to using the straighteners. It will protect the hair against temperatures of up to 400c causing less breakage and it contains a glycol based formula (meaning non-oil. The overall effect is good as long as you practice how to use it as with most hair products. I've also used it prior to blo drying my hair and it does prevent breakage and leaves a lovely sleek sheen to the hair.
GHD iron oil is a salon-approved oil-free formula / Used together with any ceramic hairstyling irons, it creates straighter, smoother, static-free hair with improved hold and increased shine / The advanced formula also protects against heat and repairs damaged hair by revitalising each strand /