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If there was one beauty product I could not live without, it would be my GHDs.
I have my fingers and toes crossed here that me writing this review won't jinx them as mine have quite a few years so far.
GHD - (Which stands for Good Hair Day) were one of the first brands to use ceramic plate technology. The straighteners are basically two plastic arms, joined together at one end in a way that they open and close - a bit like old fasioned crimping irons. The last couple of inches at the end of each arm has a small ceramic plate - this is the part which is heated and you use to straighten your hair.
The straighteners, once switch on take at least a minute to warm up. Which in reality is not a long time, but when you're waiting can seem like an eternity. When you switch the irons on, there is a little red LED light which comes on, and when they are reday to use this flashes and it also emits a little beeping noise. The beeping noise is great for anyone who, like me, is usually multi tasking. SO for example I switch them on, put them down, and carry on getting ready. The beeping is a great reminder that "hey you've left the irons on". Always remember though that they will get hot, so best putting them on a solid surface that wont burn. (I have a small burnt patch of carpet!).
They also have a safety cut out, so if they were left on and forgot about they will switch off. A feature which has already proven its weight in gold to me more than once.
The cable is also really long, so it gives you plenty of scope for them to be plugged in and ample cable for you to manoever them around your hair.
The only slight downside to them, but this is with all straighteners, is that they do seem to dry my hair out. SO I use the GHD spray which prevents them from doing too much damage.
These straighteners are some of the dearest currently available, but they are a complete investment. Not only are they (for me) the only straighteners that did their job, but mine seem to have lasted a very very long time. I would recommend getting them from an authentic supplier however, as I know several people have been sold fake replicas which look very convincing but are simply not as good.
Overall I would say these straighteners are a complete investement and the only straighteners I will ever buy! Would recommend 100%
Absolutely love these straighteners. They are super amazing and i would recommend to anyone. I have really thick hair so these straighteners are perfect as they are easy to use and give a silky amazing feeling after use!
The straighteners are perfect and even though they are expensive they last for years and always give the finish that you want. There amazing and are one hundred percent worth every penny. I really love these and would recommend to anyone!
They leave your hair feeling really smooth and silky and it lasts for a really long time! My hair doesnt go frizzy straight after going outside because the straigteners are that effective and really are great!
If there is one beauty product that has really made my life easier and that I wouldn't be without, this is it!
As mentioned in previous reviews, I have rather unruly, frizzy hair. I hated my hair growing up and as a teenager spent many hours attempting to perfect the art of blow drying it straight. Then one day a friend showed me some ghd straighteners she had bought. I can't tell you how pleased I was that my battle with the frizz could finally be over!
Despite the very high price tag (around £120), I knew I had to get one of these and my family kindly gave me a set on my birthday. This was many years ago now and I still have the same set which still work perfectly.
The straighteners have 2 ceramic plates, each around 9cm long, which heat up to the maximum temperature from cold in under a minute and there is a little red indicator light which tells you when they are ready to use.
The glide through your hair very easily straightening sections at a time. I find that they work best on small sections of hair that have just been brushed. You can use them to curl or straighten hair but the curling requires a little more skill and patience than I have.
The result of using these straighteners is sleek, smooth healthy looking straight hair and even with shoulder length hair this can be achieved in under 15 minutes. Brilliant!
My main concern with the straighteners was leaving them on and causing them to burn something. However they have a built in safety mechanism which automatically switches them off after 30 mins of inactivity. I also purchased a stand from the internet which I pop them in while they cool down.
One thing to note is that you need to ensure your hair is completely dry before using them. If hair is still damp you will immediately notice a burning smell and hear sizzling as your hair is damaged.
In summary, this is a fantastic product which is long lasting and does the job brilliantly. Can't recommend it highly enough. 5 stars.
Being the very-concerned-with-her-hair child that I was back in the day, I got this straightener when I was 11. I was told that if I used it regularly it would only last a couple of years. Wrong. It's been eight years since that, I've used it almost every single day on my bangs and it looks like I just took them out of its fancy packaging. And believe me, I was not a careful teenager -it's been dropped, stomped on, put under water... and the list goes on. I think that speaks for its durability.
When it comes to its performance, I can't say I'm 100% pleased. Let me explain this. It straightens hair like no other: I've used it even on friends who have curly hair and it leaves it smooth and frizz-free, moreover, it last perfectly for about 5 days. It's also really nice that its edges are curved, as that -just like GHD claims- allows you to create really pretty loose curls or crimped waves, depending on how you use it. You basically need no other devices to take care of your hair's needs.
However, it doesn't have any means of adjusting how much heat you're using. This is pretty bad, considering this goes up to about 210 ⁿC and hairdressers recommend using at the most 180 ⁿC, and that's for thick hair. Apart from that, the fact that they're made of ceramic is supposed to make heat less harsh on your hair but it really doesn't. The burnt hair I sported all throught my teenage years (and bear in mind, I only heatstyled it once a week) can vouch for that. I know what you're thinking. Don't all straighteners eventually burn your hair? Well, probably. But does this one do it faster? Absolutely.
Overall, I would say that if you have really thick hair that doesn't hold the shape easily and ir's pretty relisient to heat, this will get the job done. However, if you have fine hair that doesn't go back to its original texture once you heatstyle it, you'd be better off getting somethinf that has heat adjusting settings.
I use my straighteners nearly every single day.
They can create the look I want effortlessly.
I have a natural curl to my hair if I leave it wet but with these I can either amplify that curl or straighten it out. I love the flexibility that they give me.
Even though I use them every day my hair still stays in good condition. When I am due a hair cut, my hairdresser always comments on its good condition and the only noticeable damaged areas are around my fringe because they bear the brunt of the heat whatever the style.
This is not the first model of GHD I have had. I have had three pairs. They have not broken by design fault, it has been my fault each time- so don't worry about the quality! My current pair have been going strong for over 2 years now despite daily use.
A brilliant product, a complete lifesaver!
I was bought this hair straighteners about 5 years ago when I was thirteen after my cheaper pair broke, and I haven't looked back since.
These straighteners are not cheap, coming in at around £100. I believe you are now able to pick them up cheaper as this particular model is not the newest, however they still work extremely well. Often in high-end hairdressers they use these straighteners as GHD have a reputation for being the best in the business when it comes to straighteners.
They are available to buy in gift sets with brushes, hair serums and such for more money but you can also buy them just on their own. They come presented in a box, with a heat mat. I have long since lost the heat mat, however I don't really need it. They are matte grey/black with dark yellow plates. Once you plug these in, they heat up in a matter of seconds, and they make a noise to tell you when they're hot enough, also they have a flashing LED light too. The LED light can be turned off if it annoys you, I generally leave it on though.
These are very hot, reaching 210 degrees which is hotter than most straighteners. Using a heat protectant is vital as your hair can smell a bit burnt if you don't and will not straighten as well as possible. The plates glide through your hair easily. They do a great job on my hair which as been bleached and dyed a crazy amount of times and is somewhat damaged. I have heard they are good on afro hair too.
You will need practise with these, but now I can go from very frizzy blow dried hair to sleek hair in around 15 minutes. You don't have to straighten it to the extreme either, if you just want it a bit less curly than normal, do it for less. You can also curl with it, and this works okay, however I prefer using a tong for curls.
They have the GHD logo on them and I do reccomend getting them from a reputable salon or the official GHD website, as people are known to sell fake ones. They are often on special offer from the GHD website, so keep your eyes peeled.
Try these out, and see what you think. They're a worthwhile investment if you want smooth, straight hair.
Looking back at how long I have had these straighteners I realised that I have had them for over 4 years, I am in shock. They will work as well as they did the day that I got them. I really wanted them but thought they were slightly expensive, I decided to just go ahead and buy them; I saw them as a sort of Hair Investment - wow it certainly was!
I love how they never let me down; my hair is always as perfect as can be. I not only use these for straightening my hair but also for curling which they are perfect for. They never damage your hair...Great especially for people like me who like to re-style your hair over and over again!
I love how quickly they heat up - 60 seconds and they automatically go into standby after 30 minutes, this is a god send! The amount of times I have sat at my desk at work and thought to myself 'Did I switch them off' but you know they go on standby mode so the worry is taken away.
I love the long cable, I can stretch all over my room and still be able to take my straighteners with me, they have never failed me and the day they do I will replace them with the same pair.
These are the most amazing straighteners and I will NEVER use another other brand than GHD.
I have had my GHD mk4 straighteners for around 4 years and these are STILL going strong even though i have dropped them twice they are tough little things! You wont find a better straightener than these believe me i have tried lots and none compare to ghd's, they heat up in less than 30 seconds, you can straighten a full head of shoulder length hair in less than 5 minutes
I bought my GHD hair straighteners over 5 years ago now and have used them daily ever since without a problem.
GHD stands for 'Good Hair Day' and the brand specialise in hair products. The company was founded in 2001 in the United Kingdom. The company is based in Leeds.
My GHD straighteners are the standard black ones, but they have released lots of different colours. I have seen them in pink, purple, red, green, blue and white.
I paid £127.50 for my GHDs from a local hairdresser, but you can now get them on Amazon for £83.50 (brand new). If mine were to break I would not hesitate to buy another pair.
The GHDs have a long wire so that you can straighten your hair on the other side of the room to where you have them plugged in, which is incredibly handy, especially in hotel rooms etc. when the wall plug can be in unusual places or quite a distance from the mirror.
The straighteners have a swivel cord to prevent the wire from getting twisted. I always look after my belongings and never let my wires get tangled and knotted which is probably one of the reasons these straighteners have lasted me so long. My sister has gone through 3 pairs since I've had mine as she doesn't look after them.
The on/off switch is in between the straighteners, but I have never found it tricky to turn on or off and avoid the hot plates. There is an LED light which indicates when the straighteners are ready to be used. It stays on solid red when they are heating up and there is a single beep noise and then it flashes continuously when they are ready to be used.
They also turn themselves off after 30 minutes if they are not used and they will not turn on if the room temperature is too cold as this can mean condensation will build up inside of them and damage them. These features prove the quality of the GHD straighteners.
The GHD logo, which is "ghd" written in dots is on the hinge of the straighteners and there is also a hologram in between the straighteners to show that they are genuine.
On my straighteners there is also a label wrapped around the wire with a hologram on and a web address, barcode and code to verify that your GHD straighteners are genuine.
I think there are a few fakes knocking about and would suspect if you are buying cheap from an unheard of website/ dealer, they may well be fakes.
The GHDs only take about 10 seconds to heat up. They get very hot, very quickly and even after turning them off they take a while to cool down.
When you close the plates together they fit together perfectly resulting in quick and effective styling. The barrel of the straighteners is rounded to assist you in creating curls, waves or flicks with your straighteners by wrapping your hair round the barrel and pulling it through.
I find, even though my hair is rather thick, you only need to go over each section of hair once with these straighteners. This is because of the heat. The GHDs heat up to over 200 degrees which is hotter than any other straighteners that I have used which I believe is one of the reasons why they work so much better as well as the plates that fit together perfectly.
I do not feel that another pair of hair straighteners will do. These GHDs are the most effective hair straighteners that I have ever used and I do not believe that there are better out there. They reach a very high temperature and they are effective and reliable. Although they are expensive they last a very long time and are still as effective as ever after more than 5 years! The long wire is very useful, probably more so than I even realise and the swivel cord helps to keep the wire in good condition.
I feel confident that my straighteners will last many more years!
A very well known brand in the hair straightening world and this is purely because it is the best of all I have tried.
How they work
Ghd's look like any other straightners on the high street, they have 2 metal plates which are able to heat up to 210 degrees. Now this is extremely hot and I must say, if you have fine hair that needs just a bit of straightening these may not be the straighteners for you. However if like me you have thick untameable hair then this temperature is necessary to achieve a smooth sleek effect.
They are switched on using a small balck switch, a red light then comes on and a small beep can be heard. They claim to heat up in about 6 seconds (i'm sure mine take about 30 seconds).
Once they are at full heat they will beep again and the light will flash, this also helps remind you that they are on.
What they do
They straighten curls and waves, leaving a sleek and straight look. They do this because they have, now i'm going to quote this as I cannot say whether this claim is true or false "A negative ion charge (which) seals in moisture, natural oils and hair colour for total hair protection." I have to say that I straighten my hair everyday and it has taken it's toll on my hair. The ends do become dry and brittle but this is the case with all straighteners. I must stress here that it is essential that a heat defence product is used on your hair before straightening to prevent damage as much as possible.
The straighteners have a nice long cable which means you don't have to be sat right next to the plug to straighten your hair. They heat up quickly and to a high temperature. Once straightened the style stays until my hair is washed again or exposed to high levels of moisture.
They are very light which is a bonus for me as it takes me so long to straighten my thick hair. They can also be used for curling your hair and this works well, however it did take some time to perfect this.
If you do leave your straighteners on (I have to check mine 20 times before i leave the house) supposedly they do switch themselves off after a while, although I have never witnessed this for myself.
The down side
The price. GHD's are known for being expensive with prices generally around the £80-£100 mark. However if you choose one of the limited edition ones (they are generally a different colour and may come with some added extras like heat defence spray) you can be looking at spending about £120-£140. Saying this I have seen them on ebay for just over £50 so shopping around is essential.
They cannot be bought in a shop but have to be purchased from a hairdresser or online.
I am now on my 3rd set of GHD's and each one has gone wrong in the same way. They end up having a loose connection in the wire, near the plug and switch themselves on and off regularly. This effects their performance and makes straighten difficult. Each one does last on average about 3 years.
Overall a fantastic product with a few flaws which hopefully they have 'ironed out' since my last purchase.
Hair straightening is part of my day to day routine and has been for years. I am now on my second pair of GHD hair straighteners. I was bought the current pair of GHD straighteners I have for Christmas in 2010 so I have had them for almost 2 years.
GHD straighteners cost £99 with free UK delivery at the minute from the official GHD website, but if you shop around online they can be bought from as little as £78.
These straighteners are black with gold coloured ceramic plates. They have n on/off switch and an LED light. The LEDlignt switches on red when you first turn the straighteners on. When they are heated and ready to use, the straighteners will beep and the LED starts to flash. The heating up process takes no more than 5-10 seconds. GHD say these straighteners heat up to 210 degrees.
During use these straighteners glide smoothly through your hair. I find I only have to straighten a section of hair once for it to be straightened to perfection. They leave my hair smooth, soft and frizz free. My hair is also really shiny after I use these straighteners. The GHDs can also be used to create waves/curls however this is not something I often do so I couldn't comment on how well it works.
One function of these straighteners that impresses me is that they automatically switch off if they are left idle for 20 minutes. They will also make a constant beeping sound to alert you that they were left on. This is great as it leaves you with peace of mind that if you ever do accidentally leave them on, they will automatically switch off.
The straighteners will not turn on if the room temperature is below a certain level, this has only happened to me once on a really cold winters morning, and it is to prevent condensation forming and damaging the internal components of the product.
GHD straighteners come with a 2 year warranty which I have never had to use. In my experience these last the test of time and are a top quality product. My last pair I had for almost 6 years before they broke after I accidentally stood on them! It is reassuring to have a 2 year warranty in case anything goes wrong. You can register your GHDs online to activate this warranty when you buy them.
As with most heated hair products, daily use will cause damage to hair. I try to use a heat protection spray but find that my hair is not in too bad condition, as these straighteners only need to be used on each section of hair once to get great results. The smoothness of the ceramic plates means these do not catch and pull out any hairs.
I really love these straighteners and think that although they are costly, the price per use is minimal as they are so long lasting!
I have annoyingly thick hair and with thick hair comes a big job. Styling it every morning is a huge hassle. Even shoving it in a ponytail can be quite a job. Getting it straight is a very difficult challenge. I have had many straighteners stepping up to the challenge and these are the first that has done the job well and with much less hassle.
I bought them after a very frustrating week of frizz and fat hair. Id had enough so trekked into town looking like a lion with my massive afro and got them from the hairdresser for £120. It was a massive dent into my student loan and probably should have gone on food but am still to this day, one year later, very happy that I spent so much on some straighteners.
They came with a trendy box which now holds all my hair products and a safety cover to place over them once used so to prevent damage to furniture. Another safety add on they have is after 30 minutes of not being used, they will automatically turn off and beep like crazy at you to tell you off for leaving them on in the first place. Something my mum appreciates a lot as I have always had the terrible habit of leaving the house with them left on.
The plates heat up extremely quickly and beep at you twice to let you know when they are ready. The plates are thin which is great for styling hair though I wish I had bought the ones with a thicker plate just so it made it quicker to finish. Even with GHD's my hair can take up to an hour to straighten.
They are by far the best ones I have bought and I have been through plenty in my time. I would recommend these for anyone with difficult hair like mine.
I bought these straighteners about 4 years ago and have never looked back!
Before owning GHD`s, I had bought 2 other cheaper straighteners and not been satisfied - they took ages to heat up and didn't straighten very well. My hairdresser recommended GHD`s, saying that although they were expensive, they were the best on the market and made straightening your hair a breeze - and she was right.
They really do heat up in 6 seconds so you can switch them on and tidy your hair in a hurry! And they straighten your hair like a dream although you can also use them to add curl - flick your ends under or over or even create bigger waves (although I haven't personally tried bigger waves). As with any straighteners, excessive heat can damage your hair so make sure you use a heat protector on your hair too.
These are perfect for regular use - they are a professional quality product which is well built, easy to use and execute the task in hand perfectly :-)
I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to straighten their hair on a regular basis, and particularly to people with thick, unruly hair like mine - I wouldn't be without them!
So this morning I reviewed curly and now it uis time to be straight, straight hair that is and these are a top quality hair straightener from a brand you can trust, however the downside to quiality is price and these are not cheap. I had to save up a number of Dooyoo vouchers to get the £74.99 I paid Amazon for these a few months back. They were a replacement for a pair of straighteners that I had used for about four years so I have big ex[ectations from these when I bought tyhem and they have not disappointed.
They are nicely designed, with gold ceramic plates and a stylish black finish, one big plus point is that the power cord is nice and long making then very convenient to use no matter where the mirror is in proximity to the power point.
They heat up really quickly and the heat is over 200 degrees so they are extremely hot, one thing I did not know before buying these but the room temperature has to be at a certain level to use them, if it is too cold condensation can build up and damage the ceramic plates so they beep at you and will not switch on if the room is too cold, I have never seen this function in action but the instructions said that it is present. Another safety feature is that they have an automatic shut down after 30 minutes and a again a noise is made to warn ypu of the fact.
When it comes to using these it is so easy to get nice straight hair that lasts. They can be used to create a number of styles and it is fun to experiment with them. I use a good quality heat protection spray to minimise the damage to my hair and my hair is nioce and straight with a good shine after using these.
They are a top quality product and well worth the expense in my opinion which thankfully has started to come down on some sites. Highly recommended from me and a product that I expect to last a few years of use.
Straighteners have been part of my hair styling routine for about 6 years now and I very rarely go anywhere without straightening my hair first. Not only do they improve the look of my hair they also make it feel softer and more manageable. For years I used a cheapish brand of straighteners that was ok but when I could I always borrowed my sisters GHD's and the difference was huge. I set my mind on saving to get my own and eventually I had enough. I decided on the original styler because it seemed silly to me to pay more simply for a pretty design.
The original styler has a sleek black design with light orange plates. It is a pretty simple design but afterall who is going to see it?. It is rather lighweight and is not chunky at all so is easy to hold and control.
-Improved temperature control for even better styling, feel more confident with the ghd styler 4.
-Heats to 210 degrees in 6 seconds.
-New sleep mode safely turns the heaters off of the ghd styler 4, if left unattended for 30 minutes.
-The ghd mark 4 styler conveniently allows you to turn your styler off without unplugging.
-Rounder barrel for curls, flicks, waves or straight hair.
-With universal voltage you can get optimum performance wherever you travel.
-2 years manufacturer's warranty.
I absolutely LOVE these straighteners. They transform my hair from being messy with flicks, waves and slightly frizzy to stylish and sleek on a daily basis. You only have to go over a section of hair once before it is perfectly straight so in my eyes they help with reducing heat damage. They are better than any straighteners I have used in the past and I would not go without my GHD's now, i'm hooked! Unfortunately I can't comment how good they are for creating curls as I only ever use them for straightening. Anyone with unruly hair will fall in love with these straighteners after the first use.
These GHD's retail at £99.00 but are currently being sold for £82.95 with free delivery on Amazon. You may think this is a lot of money but they truly are worth it and you get great value for money.
GHD Professional Ceramic Straighteners / Heats to 210 degrees in 6 seconds / Seals in moisture and natural oils in the hair without drying and gives a fantastic smooth finish on those frizzy bad hair days!