Product Type: ghd hair care products
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My New Religion
GHD Mk4 Straighteners
Member Name: sy2kgbr
GHD Mk4 Straighteners
Advantages: They work.
Disadvantages: They're expensive.
Roughly ten years ago, I first met one of my friends. She was absolutely lovely, very pretty, the kind of person everyone wanted to hang out with at parties, but she did have the frizziest hair ever. I always thought this was nice, as it showed that even the happiest people weren't 100% perfect. However, back in 2002, I met her for coffee, and her hair looked absolutely amazing. It wasn't frizzy anymore: it was smooth, sleek and shiny. Damn her.
Despite having acquired beautiful hair and making her worthy of immense hatred, she was still a nice person, and as such, confided the secret of her transformation. GHD, she revealed, was the magic codeword, and after getting my hopes up, she delivered a crashing blow: details of the £100 price tag. Apparently she had her hair cut, the stylist straightened her hair as standard, and blown away by the results, she asked what had been used. The stylist tipped her off, and sold her a pair of GHDs right there and then.
Although I knew that the straighteners were magical things, I knew I wouldn't be buying them for myself, as they cost a stupid amount of money, but I do remember quite clearly thinking, "If only I had a pair of GHDs, my life would be complete."
Slight exaggeration maybe, but guess who was a happy girly in 2006 when Santa brought her GHDs? So, boys and girls, Santa does listen to what you want, there's just a bit of a time lag at the moment, with so many children coming into the world. Have a little patience!
THE HAIR SCIENCE BIT
An ion is a molecule which is either positively or negatively charged. Frizzy, dry and damaged hair carries a positive ionic charge, which makes it stand up and give you bad hair. The ceramic plates in GHDs emit negative ions, which neutralise the positive ions and thus the frizz.
Ceramic plates are also especially good for straightening, because they diffuse heat evenly through your hair. The heaters underneath the GHD plates are aligned to help boost this plus point, and make sure there are no odd hot spots.
GHD swear that the infra-red heat seals in moisture, but I find it hard to believe any hair straighteners can be good for your hair. What I will say though, is that these straighteners have to be the least damaging on the market, if nothing else.
USING YOUR GHDS
My GHD straighteners came out of the box with the cable folded in a zig zag and tied up, which apparently is how you're meant to keep it when you're done. Curl the cable round the irons and you do them no good. I have a special heat mat which I rest my straighteners on when I'm playing with my hair, and where I leave them to cool down when I flick the off switch and wander off and get distracted. I didn't use a heat mat with my last straighteners, but they were a bit rubbish, and GHDs heat up to around 180 degrees, so I think it's definitely worth investing in one.
There's a little on/off switch on the irons themselves, so you can leave the straighteners plugged in at the wall and have them off.
The straighteners heat up very quickly, and are very easy to use. For general hair straightening, they're a good size. Apparently you can use GHDs to create flicks and curls, but I haven't tried curling my hair with them, so I can't vouch for that aspect.
DO THEY WORK?
I haven't really tried sectioning my hair off yet, but even my half-hearted attempts have led to excellent results. After using my GHDs, my hair has been poker straight, shiny and the frizz has gone away. I do have "naturally straight" hair, but what this really means, is that my hair is sort of straight, with a huge kink in it, if left to do its own thing. I think my hair looks best in proper curls, or poker straight. It looks a bit dishevelled in the in-between stages, so I'm really pleased with the results I get from my GHDs.
As any other lady with long hair will confess, no matter how hard you try to look after your lovely locks, broken hair does happen from time to time, and this can result in a few random looking strands sticking up along the parting and ruining the effect of smooth and sleek long hair. GHDs do something magical to these annoying bits and make them vanish.
I might have straight hair, but I have been waiting to own a pair of these straighteners for a very long time, and now I have them, my faith has been proven. They give even regular straight hair an extra edge.
WHERE CAN I GET SOME?
As my GHDs were a Christmas present, I have no idea where they came from! Having looked around though, I can't seem to find them anywhere on the high street. You can buy them online from GHD direct, or I did find a couple of other sites offering them for sale.
I know that my friend bought her GHDs from her salon, so it might be worth enquiring at your hairdressers if you're interested in picking up this magical magical invention.
If you can afford to buy straighteners, and dream of smooth and sleek hair, I would definitely recommend these. The good news is, that if you're unsure if they're worth the money, you can get pretty much any hairdresser to straighten your hair using a pair of GHDs. I haven't seen a salon without them so far.
Depending on where you live, you might even be able to use them in your local club. I thought I'd include the link to the 'Straight Up' vending machine for fun, because it's such a great idea. However you style your hair girls, stay beautiful!:-) Thanks for the read.
Summary: Banish bad hair days forever.