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GHD IV Rare Hair Straightener

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Brand: GHD / Hair Care Type: Straightener

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      14.06.2011 16:27

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      LOVE THESE FOR LIFE WILL NEVER BUY STRAIGHTENERS FROM ANYWHERE ELSE

      After having the original styler for some 3years I decided to upgrade, and I love these ones even more, lovely packaging and little leopard rint bag to put them in, great cable length, look awesome witht he glittery plates, I use mine to striaghten, curl and flick my hair becuase of the rounded plates anything is achievable. Makes my hair look very shiny after use thanks to the ceramic plates and go up to 180 degrees, anything hotter would kill your hair so great and makes it straight. Easy to hold and although the price is high, these straightners last you soooo long so there really an investment. All my friends ask me to take them whenever we get ready to go out because your hair doesnt frizz up instantly once you hit a bit of moiture in the hair. I really recommend these and could gush about them all day definitely the best on the market! Also the free warranty is great if your clumsy and happen to step on them!

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      30.09.2010 14:54
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      Definately worth £130!

      I used to use my friends GHDs all the time when getting ready to go on a big night out and I could seriously tell the difference between her GHDs and my old Remington straighteners. So when I came into a little extra money, I decided to make the investment and pay £130 for my own pair of the new GHD Rare straighteners.

      The receptionist in the hair dressers took my bank card, put my box in a nice new bag and sent me packing, very very excited to get home and try them out!!

      When I got home I had a nice surprise. Not only did they come in a cardboard leopard print sleeve and cardboard leopard print box, but underneath these was a black hardware box, which is now used for jewellery, AND a leopard print heatproof bag! To me, this made the £130 seem like a bargain!

      Anyway, after the excitement of all the packaging, I went and washed my hair so that I could play with my new toy. When using my old straighteners, I would have to go over one section of hair 3/4 times to get it looking perfectly straight and kill the frizz. However, I let my GHDs give me the little beep that tells me they are ready for me and started to straighten. I only had to go over each section once to get it perfectly straight!!! To add to this, the effects seemed to last all day!

      I was absolutely devestated when, after only 3 months of use, my GHDs failed to switch on one day. I moved the cable around a bit and found that they would work in a specific position but, other than that, they could not be used. Looking back at this, I do not think it was a fault of the GHDs that they broke but, rather, my housemate not being very careful with them and locking himself in the bathroom with the cable under the door!!

      I took my GHDs back to the hairdressers where I brought them and they sent them for repair, free of charge. A new pair of GHDs were presented to me a month later, very quickly as I had taken them in 3 days before Christmas!!

      Overall, I am very very happy with my straighteners and hope that they will last for many years, if they do not I will go and buy another pair because they are well worth the money. They heat up very quickly and you do not have to spend hours trying to get your hair straight.
      Also, GHDs customer services are amazing. As I have just stated, they sent me a new pair of GHDs, with a years guarentee, and a letter of apology.
      If you have the spare cash, or if you don't, invest in a pair of these!!

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      30.12.2009 19:28
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      It's a must have investment for your hair!

      How may times have you heard about GHD's in passing from a friend or relative, a work colleague perhaps? And how many times have you heard them say they would not switch to another brand of hairstraightener?

      I decided to buy a set of GHDs earlier this year after going through several pairs of cheaper brand straighteners within as many months, I figured that the cost of replacing a cheap pair that 'had given up' regularly would probably match the cost of buying a set of GHD's which would last much longer and I would get to have a taste of what all the fuss was about.

      Now the key features of GHD's that I like most is that not only does it straighten quicker, and keep my hair straight longer (including out in the rain ladies!) but they also double up as curling irons. My set came with a free DVD showing how to create waves and curls with your GHD's, I have heard not all models had this DVD but the tutorials are free on their website and are simple to use and follow.

      Other features included is an auto switch off feature after 30mins which can help eliminate that feeling of 'did I turn them off before I went out?', not to be used as a switch off option though. It also has a shiver mode to protect them if the temperature drops too low. Automatic heat setting which reaches the perfect temperature for straightening rather than other brands which may require you to guess your ideal temperature. Swivel cord which is a blessing for anyone who has had to replace many a cheap straightener, swivel cords help eliminate the connection being broken at the cord which seems to be a common problem amongst cheaper brands.

      I must admit I now have two pairs. I originally had one set which made a 'pffff' sound at around three months and would not work afterwards. I promptly sent them back to GHD who sent me a new set which arrived 10 days later. They assured me that it was highly uncommon and could not tell me what the problem was. The new set are working perfectly and have done for going on 6 months now. I keep the second set as my backup, I couldn't live without my GHD's now.

      If you are looking to buy a set of straighteners, GHD's are definately the way to go, worth every penny in my book.

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      22.11.2009 22:25
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      Overall an excellent product which is worth its hefty price tag.

      Simply gorgeous these are worth every penny and I expect them to last for many years to come.

      Having had three pairs of straighteners in 2 years from other haircare brands I was dubious that spending the dosh to get a pair of GHDs was actually worth it - it was.

      These are beautiful, although there is nothing wrong with the standard set (I've tried those out too), these are just a step above. They look sleek and create a sleek look. Although the plates shimmer and generally look lovely, they are also smooth and don't get 'gunky' from product. This no-gunk performance is worth every penny, as previous cheap brands gunked up after a few goes.

      However, there is a downside and a reason behind my 4 stars (rather than 5), they get very hot. Heating up in around 30 seconds, their performance is excellent, although it's an all over body performance, with the handles heating up pretty fast and pretty hot too. Although on reflection and discussion with my hairdresser it transpires that I am able to send them off to GHD for them to be fixed- brilliant news and a brilliant service!

      Overall a great product, worth every penny but make sure you use the GHD 'fix-it' service.

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      10.11.2009 18:31
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      A Great Investment!

      I got these GHD's as a present, I already had a pair of GHD's at the time but after seeing the difference these can make to your hair I would 100% recommend investing in a pair of these!! Not only are they very pretty, with glittery plates!! but the shape of them means that they are ideal for both curling and straightening! My hair takes much less time to straighten and I am able to curl the back of my own hair which I could never do with my old GHD stylers! And of course there is the added bonus that you will never have that panick of not being able to remember turning your straightners off again, they have a feature that means after reaching a certain temperature they will turn themselves off! The lovely heat proof bag and velvet box that they come in is also a definate bonus! I'm always taking my straightners to friends houses and on trips and used to have to store them in a sock so that the cord wouldnt get tangled! but now my problem has been solved! The bag is perfect to chuck in your handbag or overnight bag and the box is excellent for travelling! All in all a great investment and something that I am benefiting from everyday!!

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      28.10.2009 00:10
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      Excellent if expensive

      I bought these GHD straightners five months ago and they are the most reliable and best straightners I have owned.

      As the name implies these GHD straightners are limited edition and do cost slightly more than the usual GHD's but they do come with a limited edition leopard print heatproof bag.

      They are extremely efficient, you only have to run them over each section of hair once unlike other cheaper straightners reducing damage to your hair. They heat up in 30 seconds, great when you are in a rush in the morning.

      They are compact and easily fit into their carry case which is handy for holidays. Another useful feature that they have is that the plug converts into a European two pin plug easily.

      The lead is about a metre long so you don't have to worry about being close to a mirror when using them.

      I know the cost might put some people off (£105 for normal and £119 for limited edition) but I've had GHD's before and they lasted three years and I had numerous pairs of straightners in the past that only lasted a few months and were nowhere near as good so in my opinion cheaper straightners are a false economy.

      Once you've had GHD you will never go back!

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      20.10.2009 10:04
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      Rare edition of GHD straighteners

      If you had £129 what would you spend it on? Well although I didn't have £129 I would spend it on some new GHD hair straighteners, infact the NEW Rare GHD hair straighteners to be exact, but as I didn't have the money I decided to explain to my Dad just how much of an impact they would make on my life - yep he fell for it and I am one happy girl! Okay so £129 for a beauty product is quite a lot of money, but when you compare it to some of the handbags I own and how often I use them, I think the GHD's are far better value for money.

      For those of you who do not own a pair of GHD hair straighteners, I am sure my review might convince you to try even if you don't buy!

      Although I have blonde hair which can sometimes be a nightmare to deal with, I have the sort of hair that my hairdresser tells me most people want, it naturally curls and if I put some effort in, I would have some nice curly locks, but guess what? I don't want curly hair I want poker straight hair and the very second I was introduced to hair straighteners I bought some. Over the past 4 or 5 years I must have spent a combined total of £250 on 4 pairs of hair straighteners, and only one of them has been a pair of GHD straighteners which were stolen, the last pair that I owned and still have are a bright pink pair called FHI straighteners which cost me £55 and I was led believe would be better than GHD and although they do the job, the finish isn't the same. So on a recent visit to the hairdressers, my stylist insisted I took along my own straighteners that I would use on my hair and he showed me how different my hair looked by using the GHD Straighteners on one side and my own Straighteners on the other side and the difference was quite shocking and I almost threw my own straighteners in the bin there and then but had to relent when my stylist insisted I could not 'borrow' his pair.

      So with my naturally curly/wavy hair not being how I want it to be, straighteners became my lifeline and if I have an important meeting, am going out or generally want to look good I always wash, condition and blow dry my hair and apply some conditioning balm to protect my hair from the heat of the GHD's and then after ensuring my hair is completely dry, because I don't want to fry it and end up looking like Albert Einstein, I section my hair using grips before attempting to apply the straighteners using the advice I was given by my stylist, he told me that if you part your hair into manageable sections it is easier to straighten and your hair will remain straighter for longer. The one thing I did notice is how easy they glide over the hair and straighten my locks in one go, the last pair I had I needed to re-iron my hair two or three times to achieve the same results, so already I am really pleased that my GHD's have lived up to my expectations.

      The one thing I like about GHD's is that they are not like normal straighteners; they are not as big and clumpy or heavy to use. The plates that you run through your hair are also a lot slimmer than normal. When it comes to the heat settings, they heat up to 210 degrees in less than 7 seconds whereas my old ones took a good few minutes to heat up and they never reached the full 210 degrees they claimed to. So already I am impressed that all I need to do is literally plug them in and before you get a chance to section up your hair there hot and ready to use.

      Before I decided which straighteners to buy, I decided to have a look into what options were available to me and my dad's credit card, so one morning I just typed in 'GHD Hair Straighteners' into Google and within a few seconds I had and literally 252,000 pages to choose from, so after looking at some sites which I recognise or have used before I went to the GHD home page and without so much as a second glance, grabbed the phone and rang my Dad and pretty much within a few minutes I had a pair of GHD Rare straighteners on their way to me.

      So why did I want these particular ones? Firstly they were the newest ones available and the word Rare jumped out at me, okay I am easily led, but the main reason I wanted them is because they arrive in a leopard print carry case and a hard black suede covered box which is used to protect them when they are not being used, not to mention the free heat mat to stand them on when I am sorting my hair out, the heat protection mist, 2 sectioning clips and the mini shampoo and conditioner, all of which slightly swayed my choice in buying them. So with that decision made I only hoped they lived up to the expectations that I was expecting.

      GHD's as a brand has grown over the last few years and they now have a range of straighteners which come in all shapes and sizes and for all hair types. So whether you have thick short hair or long thing hair you can guarantee there is a straightener for you, for example there is a small plated straightener for either a men or women who has short hair, or for those people with curly hair which is called the GHD Mini Styler. A medium sized plated one that is the normal GHD IV salon styler which is designed for those people who have long, thick or both long and thick hair and a few other options for other hair types and styles. The price that you pay for GHD Straighteners do vary depending upon which website you choose to use in the end to make your purchase and different websites also offer different incentives in order to convince you to make your purchase but whichever site you choose to use, you can expect to spend in the region of £80 to £135 and that is before postage and packaging which on one website is charged at £10 but I actually got my postage for free.

      To look at the GHD Rare are not to dissimilar to similar products within the GHD range, they are about 8 inches long from top to bottom and the handle where you place your hands has an on and off switch, when you switch them on, they beep to let you know that they are switched on and then beep again when they are ready to use, which is around 7 seconds later. Whenever I am using my GHD's I never seem to be able to finish styling my hair in one go, so I am constantly putting my straighteners down on the heat resistant mat (to avoid burning my floor or furniture) whilst wandering off to finish ironing a garment, answering the telephone or whatever else occurs during that time, the one good thing about these GHD's is that if you leave them unattended for a period of up to 30 minutes they go into sleep mode and cool off, however there is a red indicator light which tells you that the appliance is plugged in, which again is good so you won't go out and leave them plugged in.

      The straighteners are a deep black colour with the GHD logo emblazoned on them in a gold colour with the words 'professional styler with ceramic technology' beneath. The actual ceramic plates are black in colour but to me they look quite small in comparison to other straighteners that I have used and owned, size wise they are approximately 1 and a half inches wide by 3 inches long so not really that big but they are absolutely brilliant at ironing out the natural waves in my hair, which really irritate me.

      The first time I used these straighteners I was instantly impressed at how easy my hair transformed from being a wavy mess into a poker straight, sleek looking hair style in no more than 15 minutes. Often when you use GHD or any other straighteners you often find little frizzy bits of hair that stick out at the top of your head, usually where there is some new hair growth and although I always use a straightening balm on my hair, which also protects it from the heat of these straighteners, it was always a nightmare to control, with these straighteners there was no frizz, no ends sticking up just poker straight hair that looks as though my stylist in the salon had straightened it for me, an effect I have tried to re-create myself on so many occasions and failed.

      As ever with hair straighteners such as these there is always a word of warning and that comes by way of a reminder. These straighteners heat up to 210 degrees which is obviously extremely hot, so you do need to be careful about how you handle them because it is really painful if you happen to pick them up the wrong way, something I have managed to do on a few occasions now, but in the same thinking you also need to think about where you will put them if you have to set them down for a few minutes, even though they have a built in sleep mode filter that effectively hibernates them until you begin to use them again, they are still hot, so my advice would be to buy a heat resistant mat to place them on, unless like mine, it is a free extra gift within your package. A heat resistant mat can cost anything from £10-£35 online. The other warning relates to your hair, if like me you use your straighteners on an almost daily basis then your hair is going to need some extra TLC because no matter how good your hair looks after using the straighteners, the damage these things can do to your hair could be irreversible. So I asked my stylist what I could do to ensure the damage was minimal and as well as purchasing some hair protection balm which is best suited to your hair the answer was to not use them every day because I shouldn't need too other than maybe the odd few strands of hair which have become kinked. So even though you can't be 100% sure that you have managed to totally protect your hair, by using a conditioning balm. I use the GHD Thermal Protector for normal - fine hair which retails at £9.95 and it has been designed to help protect the hair by using ingredients which deflect and absorb heat, protecting the hair shaft as it states on the bottle.

      As for the results? Well I used to re-straighten my hair every day which meant getting up 45 minutes earlier than I do now to ensure my locks were straight. Now I only need to be up 20 minutes earlier every other day because one my hair is straightened it remains practically perfect for two days, there are a few strands which rebel but dealing with them takes seconds and not hours as they did previously.

      Overall I love my new hair straighteners and I believe that GHD offer the best tools on the market for straightening your hair, for me you get what you pay for and having tried and tested a few hair straighteners over recent years for me there is no looking back. These GHD's also came with a 1 year Guarantee and a warranty card which my Dad has filled in and posted before I even saw it. So go and buy some!

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