Up until five years ago I was a girl that only ever used cheap hair straighteners, I never had the money or the will to spend £100 on a pair of hair straighteners. All that changed when my ex-boyfriend decided for my 20th birthday he really wanted to treat me, and when I opened the wrapping – there sat a pair of GHD IV’s in Black!
GHD are a company that makes hair products, from brushes, through to curlers, straighteners and dryers!
These straighteners are black and slim-line, they have gold coloured plates and a salon length cable – with a 30 minute heat cut off sleep mode.
From the very first time I used these straighteners I knew I’d never want any other pair, knowing how well they worked since I’d previously had them used on my hair in the hairdressers. I had been aching for a pair for a very long time – they’re such a simple pair of straighteners to use, turn them on leave them to heat up. The light on the straighteners go from a solid red, to a flashing red when heated and make a funny little bleeping noise. Once heated off you go, run down your hair and you might find it takes a couple of times to make it really straight – but it will get there and it will stay that way. Obviously depending on how well your hair holds a straight style – but brush through with some hairspray and it will keep it smooth even though the straighteners will do that for you!
The beauty is these straighteners will also curl your hair, trap a good sized section between the two plates – twist and pull down and you’ll have a good old curl ready and waiting for you. I find that as well as the straightening factor that last, the curls seem to last in my hair a lot better than with a normal curling wand. I don’t know what it is about GHDs that make my hair like to play ball, whether it’s something on the plates or just the heat they give out but I never have a better hair day than when I’ve used my GHDs. Whether it be straight or curly they make my hair look great, and now I’d never be without them!
You can still purchase these from the GHD website for just £99 but I’ll soon be upgrading to the V’s purely because of the colour!
I've owned these hair straighteners for approximately six years now and I have never had any problems with them. I use them daily and they still work just as well as they did when I first bought them.
My hair is very fine and damages and dries out very easily, I don't use any hair protecting products and haven't had much damage from this product. I do get increased split ends when if I've used it more frequently but I have found this with all hair straightening products I have used.
Many of my friends owned these straighteners, or other GHD branded straighteners, before I bought mine and recommended it to me when I was looking to buy a new pair and they were all 100% satisfied with them. I recently recommended them to my sister who has thick curly hair, and she has found they work extremely well for her hair as well.
I always wear my hair straight but it is quite thick and has a natural kink so, in order to look decent when down, I usually have to run some straighteners through it. Over the years, I have owned various different makes and models of straighteners with varying degrees of success. However, whenever I visit the hairdresser and have my hair cut and styled, they always use GHD straighteners and these have a noticeably improved effect on my hair - leaving in poker straight in a much reduced time.
When my straighteners no longer worked, I decided that I would treat myself to a pair of GHD's. Previously I had thought of them as too pricey as they were that bit more expensive than other brands but, having looked around, I found a pair of GHD Mark IV Styler Straighteners on Amazon for £89 and I decided to get them. Whilst still expensive, I thought this was a pretty decent deal.
The straighteners are quite slim and are black in colour. They have two ceramic plates that are yellow in colour. On the outside they have red GHD labelling. The electric cord is quite lengthy and the flex rotates around 360 degrees on the straightener for ease of use when styling your hair. The straighteners have a rounded design along the top and bottom - this is for the 'styling' aspect of these tongs, so you can create curls, flicks and waves as well as just use these to straighten. To switch on, you flick the switch located on the internal edge of the lower part of the straightener and there is a short beeping noise to indicate that they have been switched on. Once fully heated, which takes around 30 seconds, the noise is set off again to let you know that they are ready for use. They heat up very quickly and effectively - much quicker and to a greater heat than straighteners that I have owned previously. They also have an automatic sleep mode that switches the straighteners off if they have been left for 30 minutes - I have never tested this myself though as I am neurotic about turning things off.
In use, these are light and easy to direct. My hair is thick so I divide into sections as the straighteners are relatively thin so I need to do my hair small bits at a time. This still isn't too time consuming as I find that each section only needs running over once whereas with previous straighteners I have had to do them more than once to fully straighten the hair. The straighteners glide through my hair easily without catching it or breaking any hair. The heat is quite high so I only straighten from the mid lengths to ends as I do not want to burn my scalp. I love the ease of these and the finish they give to my hair - they leave it smooth and with a shine as they smooth the cuticles down well. They are also effective at just running through my hair quickly if I am in a rush - they still give my a relatively straight appearance.
Whilst undoubtedly more expensive than other straighteners on the market, I do think that they are worth the money as they are so effective on my thick hair. They come with a 2 year manufacturer guarantee - I have had mine for 18 months now and use every other day and have no problems. GHD's really do seem better than any other straightener on the market and I highly recommend this particular set.
My hair type is straight HOWEVER it is extremely frizzy! Not a great look at all! I have tried and tested many different straightners. One time I left my straightners on all day and came home to a blue plastic melted puddle with a the lead still plugged in! Well you can imagine what was going through my mind, luckily enough it didnt set alight. It came to that time when I thought I must invest in straightners that does the trick and does have an automatic switch off - which this product has! And I have tried and tested this, which I think is around 30 minutes. These GHD's are now more reasonable priced compared to when they 1st came out. They are still pricey compared to others available but if your looking to tame that frizzy or curly hair, then i would suggest you recommend in this product. It works reasonably well if you do rush and only have 10 minutes but if you section your hair and take your time then it does a great job plus it lasts even in humid holiday conditions. The only thing I would mention is this is my 2nd pair as I use to wrap the wire around them when tidying away- DONT do this as this made the wire loose and eventually broke them! Not a problem with the product to be fair, just thought I would mention this! Also works brilliantly to curl and even stays put without hairspray!
I have very thick, curly hair which has a mind of its own. Six years ago, I bought GHD Mark IV Styler and can't praise these straighteners highly enough. Even after 6 years, my straighteners transformed my hair from frizzy to sleek and smooth. The irons don't snag your hair as i've found other straighteners do and they heat up quickly. I would never buy another hair straightener brand. My original straighteners have only just died after 6 years of frequent use (and being dropped, taken on journeys around the world...) and i've now bought my second GHD IV styler. These really are the best straighteners in the world!
I brought my first pair of GHD's in September 2009, but after 2 years of almost every day use they broke while in use. I researched repairing them but decided to invest in a new pair as a Christmas present to me!
I mainly chose this style because they were the cheapest in the GHD range and so far I have been happy. I have used friend's straighteners and never found the result as good as with GHD's so I would always recommend GHD's if you can afford it!
Some advice my friend once gave me was to always unplug them when not in use, and so far one pair of GHD's have lasted her 5 years so I'm giving this a test now!
AS for the result when using GHD's, it provides dead straight hair if you have the time and patients but will easily get rid of any unwanted kinks or curls until your next wash! Styling is also possible but personally I have get to try anything too adventurous! They heat up quickly and have the a setting which turns them off if they have been left unattended after 30mins which is a nice peace of mind.
My boyfriend bought me these as a Christmas present last year, I have never had the cheek to ask him how much they cost but I know they cost over £100. I have always been one for the cheaper straighteners, as GHD straighteners have always been so expensive, I had heard great things about them, but the cost always got in the way so I was well pleased when my boyfriend bought me these.
The straighteners came in a nice presentation box, which was easy to open, you just pulled the lid up and the straighteners where laid out in the box. Normally with my straighteners I have just thrown the box away, but this box is different it is made of pretty thick cardboard so does not get damaged easily, its also a nice looking box, and is just the right size to put the straighteners in. Also inside the box there was a booklet which has safety instructions and the manufacturers guarantee.
The straighteners are all black with GHD imprinted on the top and the bottom of them, there are also some black hole like dents on the handle too, which I assume are to help you get a better grip of the straighteners as my hands feel like they have such a good grip compared to my old straighteners. They also have the GHD logo on the end of the straighteners at both sides, with the official GHD sticker on the inside just below the plates.
The plates on these are ceramic plates although if I am honest I would not really know the difference I just know that ceramic plates are the best ones you can get.
The lead on the straighteners is not specified on the box but I would measure it to be about 6-7 feet long, which is quite a long lead, so you can move about a bit with these. Also on the lead is another label which again has the official GHD sticker on, and it does state on the label that if you remove it, it could then invalidate the guarantee.
How to use
This is quite simple, you just need to plug them in then you have a switch on the inside to turn them on and off, when you switch these on the GHD's will beep at you to let you know they have been switched on, then you will have a flashing red light to say they are heating up. Once they are heated they will beep again to let you know they are ready to use. Then you just run it through your hair and then turn them back off, however if you do forget to turn them off they do turn themselves off after 30 minutes of not been used.
How well do they straighten
With my cheaper straighteners I have found it has taken me ages to straighten my hair, as I have always had to seperate each part, with these you can seperate it when you want to straighten it as well as you can, and this takes half the time of using my old ones, I only have to go over each strip of hair once, I do run it down slowly but its really straight when i have done it. You can also do a quick straighten too, where you don't need to seperate your hair and you just go over it quickly, even doing this it straightens really well and it takes all the kinks out of my hair.
Can they curl your hair
Yes however they say they curl but you can either curl it or jut get it wavey, the styling depends on how long you wrap your hair round them. To curl is quite easy, you just run the straighteners down your hair as you would if you were straightening it, then at the bottom just twist the straighteners round your hair, then leave for as long as you like depending on how curly you would like it. You will need to put hair spray on though to hold it into place as they will soon drop out. This is hard to do your own hair like that, and I have never even attempted to do it, so you will need some help. I have only ever done my daughters.
These are expensive, but I do think they are worth it, I can now do my hair in half the time I used to and it does look even straighter than when I used to spend a lot more time on it. I would recommend to anyone to buy these, so far they have lasted me and I have not had any problems with them. Even if I do I know they have a guarantee of about 2 years I think it is, so you know you are guaranteed to get at least two years out of them, and I would buy some more should these ever break.