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GHD Mk4 Straighteners - A True Life Saver in English Weather
GHD Mk4 Straighteners
Member Name: hanmillie
GHD Mk4 Straighteners
Date: 07/10/11, updated on 07/03/12 (98 review reads)
Advantages: Great Results, Salon Finish, Smooth and Straight Hair
Constantly wishing for straight hair which fell effortlessly into shape and fed up of misty winter days in which my hair would gradually turn from a smooth blow dried bob in to a frizzy mess I was drawn to GHD hair straighteners at a young age after my hairdresser finally solved my frizzy problem. Although the price at that time was enough to make my Mother balk (just over £100), it took several weeks of hard labour at my temporary weekend job to save the money. I approached the salon with trepidation to make the purchase, and with excited enthusiasm finally plugged my new purchase into the wall of my bedroom for instant hair taming - I can safely say that I have not looked back to this day.
The Product ~
The GHD Mark 4 straighteners are one of the most successful of GHD products which vows to tame and straighten unyielding hair. As with all GHD products, the straighteners come in a smartly packaged shiny black box with a hinged lid which opens to reveal a neatly stored set of straighteners a DVD to illustrate the application and a heat resistant pad to protect those furniture areas where the product will be placed to cool down. The straighteners themselves are black in colour with cream ceramic plates and this rather efficient look makes the product perfect for both a male and a female market.
Unlike its predecessors, the GHD Mark 4 has much smaller tongs which mean that with use the straighteners are much easier to rotate and position. These tongs are also slightly barrelled which means that they can be used to create an array of styles from straight hair to curl ringlets.
To use, the product requires plugging in to the nearest mains and the small switch button located in the middle of both tongs pressed, in which a red light will come on and a beep noise will be omitted. When a double beep is heard and the red light begins to flash the straighteners are ready to use, and this usually takes in the region of 10 - 15 seconds. The rapid heat up of this product, as I understand it, is attributed to the infra red technology used in the ceramic and this is quite unlike any other straighteners on the market. This means that they are good retainers and heat and can still be effective when unplugged.
The straighteners come with a very long and strong cable, which means that in larger rooms it is possible to plug them in and then walk to the nearest mirror with no trouble. Although this cable is very useful for flexibility, it does tend to coil after multiple attempts at storing the straighteners with the cable wrapped around the tongs; therefore I have found that regular straightening of the cable is required with use.
GHD advise that the straighteners are used on dry hair, and from experience I would not use them on damp hair due to the heat damage that this would cause. However for extra protection, and an extra squeeze on your wallet, it is possible to purchase a GHD hair protection spray which will protect the hair from damage.
A particularly useful feature of these tongs, which applies to all us who are forgetful or simply get distracted easily, is that they switch off after 30 minutes of inactivity. This gives piece of mind to all of us who rush around in the morning and can't remember when they get to work whether they left their straighteners plugged in. However, the temperatures that these straighteners can reach mean that they should definitely be stored somewhere high up, to save little hand or pets from getting hurt.
My Experience ~
As stated previously, my initial introduction to GHD's was at my hairdressers, and although I still cannot replicate that poker straight look that the hairdresser achieved, I can still achieve near perfection by myself.
I have relatively thick hair although the hair strands themselves are quite fine and I therefore find that by pinning my hair into sections I can straighten each area quite effectively, although I struggle with the back of my head. The type of hair that you have does not seem to affect the quality of results that these straighteners produce; I have used mine on a number of people including my sister who has the very thick and curly hair (the type which many TV adverts love). The difference in hair type just seems to effect the time if takes to use.
Although expensive, or as I would term 'an investment', the straighteners can be used to achieve a number of different looks which more than justify the costs of buying straighteners and curling irons separately. I use mine most days on my fringe to keep it in shape and will do my whole head for those special occasions. I have found the main benefit to using these straighteners over any other on the market is that they manage to keep hair in shape all day, despite light drizzle, and this makes them ideal as a travelling companion or at events where you need to look you best all day, i.e. a wedding.
Despite the damage that I am sure the heat does to the hair (if viewed under a microscope) I can report that they have caused no visible damage to my hair, however I do not use them daily. In fact the straightness of the hair only makes it look more shiny and healthy. The only time that they did do bad damage was during a time in which I had overly bleached and processed hair and to this day I believe that the damage was mainly from the bleach not the straighteners.
Overall it is fair to say that this is an exceptional product which continually delivers straight and salon professional looking hair, as they say if they are used by professionals then they must be good!
Thank-you for taking the time to read my review.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.
Summary: Out of control hair a thing of the past with these straighteners