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Hello everyone just wanted to tell you my experience on these hair straightners, i brought these about 5 years ago from ebay, think they cost me about £60 at the time when GHD were really big and costing in excess of £100. I ordered them and whilst i waited for my delivery i was at my hairdressers and decided to ask them what the difference was between FHI and GHD, the hairdresser hadn't heard of them so she went and asked another who said that FHI was just a cheap copy of GHD hence why the price difference.
After a couple more days of waiting my hair straightners finally arrived.
So they look good they have variable heat control 60°C (140°F) to 230 °C (450°F
mine came with heat mat extra long cord so didn't need to be close to a plug and with one stroke my hair was poker straight! and of course i would highly recommend using some spray or cream or serum to protect your hair!
a little on what they say
The widest temperature range within the industry, 60°C (140°F) to 230 °C (450°F).
Heats up extremely fast and stays at the required heat during styling.
Tourmaline technology which seals in moisture and colour.
With the solid 3 layer baked ceramic plates the resistance to scratching is increased.
Nano fusion technology which produces ultimate hair conditioning and shine
I have unruly hair and i have gone through my fair share of hair straightners over the years and i can honestly say these are by far the best i have ever used and they are still going strong today! i have never had a pair of straightners last me this long and i have used GHD and to be honest i really can't tell the difference except mine didn't cost a fortune, the other thing that i find alarming is if you go on ebay you can find loads of GHDS that are for sale that are faulty or broken and even spare parts where as there's nothing like that for the FHI is there a possibility that FHI are really that good? just my thoughts
anyway i would highly recomend these to anyone
I have had these straighteners in pink for six years and am happy to say that they are still working perfectly. The top temperature is 240 degrees which means hair can be made poker straight very quickly.
My hairdresser first recommended them to me when GHD's were first becoming popular and I had asked him to order me some GHD's. He told me they were the same thing and GHD was just a brand; I wasn't convinced at first, but now wouldn't have anything else.
The price is so reasonable compared to GHD's and they have outlived many of my friend's GHD's.
I like them so much that I bought the black pair for my mum soon after I bought mine and she has been as happy as me with them.
I didn't know they now do them in red and purple... would it be so wrong to buy another pair? For emergencies?
Oh my goodness what did I do before my FHI's. I have naturally curly hair but please don't befooled into thinking that my hair has perfect curls I have to work very hard to have my hair looking acceptable whether I want it curly or straight. My hair is quiet frizzy, it does not matter if I blow dry it professionally or if I use top of the range frizz ease brands when my hair is dry it starts to frizz. When I started to straighten my hair it was always a battle and a long drwn out process. When I had just about given up my hairdresser introduced me to FHI's. I gave them a go in the hairdressers and went home to order a pair straight away.
My FHI's are black with red plates which makes them look quiet posh. The plates are thinner than other straighteners I have used but I find this makes them easier to use especially on short layered hair. The straighteners have a really long lead which I find really useful there is nothing worse than not being able to sit by the mirror to straighten your hair because the lead won't stretch. There is a heat setting on the straighteners which goes up to 220 I keep the heat on this setting but I have used them on a lower heat and they worked just as good. There is a small light on the inside are which is situated by the on/ off switch. This will flash when the straighteners have reached the desired heat and are ready to use. The straights take seconds to heat up. I usual find they have heated up by the time I have brushed and separated my hair.
I do love these straighteners and rate them really high, they allow me to too look my best and give me added confidence when I want to look fabulous. Thank you FHI.
I'm so thankful that I live in an age where straighteners are available. Seriously, I don't know what people did before straighteners came along. They are one of my favourite and most reliable pieces of equipment in terms of trying to tame my otherwise ridiculously wavy and generally unflattering natural hair. My weapon of choice in amongst an ocean of straightener competitors is the FHI Heat Platform Straightener. This is the straightener that my hairdresser used when I was 16 and absolutely sick of my rubbish hair. I was so pleased with both the style and the look of my straight hair that I went back to the hairdressers the next day and bought one from them there and then. Four years later, they are still as good as ever, and go everywhere with me.
How do you...?
I'm sure you're at least vaguely aware of how straighteners work, but for those of you that might not know, they work as follows:
1) Switch the device on and set your preferred heat setting - the FHIs have a little dial which can be adjusted between 60 - 232 degree celsius.
2) Wait for the straightener's ceramic plates to heat up - there is a little red light on the straighteners that will go from being a constant light to flashing rapidly when the straighteners are at the preferred heat. The straighteners are advertised as having an 'ultra-rapid' heating up time of less than 15 seconds, but I'm pretty sure that GHDs have this as well.
3) Once heated, divide your hair into sections and straighten by clamping the plates near the roots of the section and run in a downwards direction.
I have owned both FHIs and GHDs (which I think are the most popular straightener sellers in the UK, although I cannot confirm this for certain). I bought my GHDs when I was about 18, thinking that they were better than my FHIs, and of course I needed the best make of straightener out there. However, I have found that FHIs have the longevity and reliability that GHDs lack. My GHDs broke just a year after I purchased them, while my FHIs are still going strong. For the ridiculous price of GHDs (you're looking at a minimum of about £100) I had expected them to last far longer. Meanwhile, my FHIs, which can be bought for £64.50 on Amazon, are showing no signs of ageing, and still work as well as they did when I bought them.
I think the greatest selling point of the FHI Heat Platform Straightener is that it has the ability to adjust the heat of the straightener, which the GHD lacks. The FHI can reach a temperature of about 30 degree celsius hotter than the GHD, meaning it is better able to style the hair. However, it can also go easier on your hair. If you're feeling that your hair has suffered too much heat damage, you are able to set the heat lower to be gentler on your hair.
Despite this, lower heat will obviously mean that you may not achieve the styling results on your hair that you desire. I generally use my FHIs at the highest temperature setting, as I feel this gives me the best results. However, I used to use the straightener on my hair without any heat defence product. The straightener does claim to have ionic technology, which supposedly leaves your moisturised and in better condition than straighteners that lack this technology. I would not trust your hair to survive defenceless without any heat product regardless of such claims. The constant exposure to heat had left my hair looking very straw-like, with split ends. However, I take the blame for such foolishness on my part, and now opt to use heat defence products as well as conditioners which are made to combat split ends.
Something you may wish to consider before you plunge straight in and buy it, however, is that this straightener is not suitable for all hair types. The ceramic plates on my straightener are 1 inch in width, and this is suitable for my normal-thick hair. However, if you have very thick hair, you might want to opt for the larger size ceramic plates. Similarly, if you have thin hair, there are smaller ceramic plates on offer.
Overall, I love my FHI Heat Platform Straightener, and will be using it until it eventually gives up and dies on me. Highly recommended!