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These GHD IV Salon straight hair straighteners are by far, in my opinipon the best of the lot.
I have had my pair for 4 years now and they are still going strong despite the fact that i use them every day.
I have long very wavy hair so when i needed to buy some new hair straightners i knew i wanted GHD's but wasnt sure what type, when i saw these ones with the extra wide plates i knew these would be perfect for me as after using my friends thinner width plates which took quite some time to get all my hair done, i knew the wider plates would save time and get the job done quicker!
Low and behold i was right and they are brilliant for my hair, these particualr type of straighteners with the extra wide plates are reccomended for women with very curly and afro carabien hair, i would say these are deffinitly worth the money if you are thinking of buying for your very curly hair, i have very wavy hair so havnt tested them on hair with tight curls but i can safely say my self that these would do the job with curly hair, they glide through my hair effortlesley and do not catch or pull your hair or hair strands like some cheaper hair straighners do.
They take just minutes to heat up and are easy to hold and handle with a very long cable so you can move about with them easily.
After use my hair is left soft and perfectly straight with no nasty singed or burning smell!
Excellent straighterners and would recomend them to anybody.
The GHD brand has pretty much sky rocketed since it was first launched a decade ago. Standing for 'Good Hair Design', it's now the best known brand of hair straightener and is almost certainly the cause of most of the poker straight hair styles we see today. Celebrities endorse it, the public love it, but for nearly 5 times the price of a regular pair of straighteners, is it worth it?
GHD straighteners come in many different styles and sizes, from the mini styler to the salon styler (with the widest plates of all, great for thick and long hair). Not only do they come in different sizes, but periodically GHD creates and releases new designs; currently you can get a 'peacock' design (in teal, lavender or blue), a 'gold' series design or red gloss/black gloss. The different designs come with different packaging, plate or plastic body colour and are a nice gift if you don't mind paying a little extra. Some of them come with extra clips and heat protection mats but these aren't standard to the normal GHD straighteners. Personally, I can't tell the difference between the 'gold' series and the normal straighteners apart from a little more detail on the barrel, which I don't think is worth the extra £20, but there we go.
The first thing you'll notice when you buy a pair of GHDs is the packaing. Mine came in a silver and black box with the logo on the front, inside the straighteners were nestled in to their plastic home very safe and sound. Out of the box they look sleek and very professional - I have the standard salon styler IV model and whilst they're not pretty colours like some you get, they are instantly recognisable as GHDs. The outer casing is tought black plastic and the plates are a lovely gold colour, with the logo on the handle. The cord is fairly long - 2.8 metres long in fact - so you get a decent reach on them and can plug them in anywhere. The barrel of the plates is slightly rounded which means you can make curls as well as straightened styles, and the end of the barrels have finger holds on which make for easy gripping without burning your fingers. It is recommended that you use a heat proof glove when using these though as your hair will get very hot! The plates are also incredibly, skin melting hot. Don't leave them around children!
The only thing that I dislike about these straighteners is that there's no heat adjuster on them; it's one heat for everything. Sometimes I feel that my hair doesn't need such a high heat on them and so I'm reluctant to use them. As a result of that, I would never use them every day, I only use them for special occasions. However with a good heat defense spray, there's no real reason you couldn't use them a few times a week if you took care of your hair. It might be a good idea to look into a deep conditioning treatment if you're going to use these very regularly as well.
The way I straighten my hair with these is quick and easy, and even though I have fairly long (past shoulders) hair it takes at most 5 minutes to do it all. I spray all my hair with heat defense spray and plug my GHDs in, once I've sectioned the bottom part off I turn them on. By the time I've got that sorted, they've heated up - yes, from cold, these straighteners take about 1 minute to heat up, if that. I then grab sections of the hair I've left out of the clip and just run the straighteners down my hair from the root to tip; each section only really needs one or two going over. I make sure I have a heat proof mat to rest my straighteners on when I'm sorting out the rest of my hair and away I go, with the next section! It really is easy and simple. This is where the GHDs really come into their own and shine out from other straighteners. Others take a long time to heat up, or they simply don't work as well. Whilst this may not be a massive pro to some people; there's nothing worse than being in a rush in the morning and having to decide between good hair or good make up, which this almost instant heat up stops!
I've tried to curl my hair with my GHDs before (if you're interested in this then have a look on youtube for a decent tutorial) but I simply can't get it to work consistently! And as my hair doesn't really hold curls very well, I never try very hard with it. Personally I'm more a fan of no heat curls that you leave in over night, they hold better in my hair too! I've heard that others have better results than me with the curls though, so it probably just takes practice. I also occasionally use them to run down over braids to make sure that the crimp I want is going to be really set; this works pretty well though you have to be careful if you use plastic braiding bands as they will melt. Apparently you can create waves with them too but again this is something I have never managed to do.
GHDs currently retail for around £100 and if you're not paying this for them, you really need to question whether they're genuine or not. There's a massive problem with GHDs at the moment with fakes in the market place; make sure that you buy these off a genuine website if you're going to buy them online. A tip is to see where they're coming from as most of the fakes are from China (but don't be fooled, there are some sellers in the UK). To be safe buy them either from the official GHD website (ghdhair.com) or from a salon that's a trusted GHD seller. On the internet you can find websites that will verify whether your purchase is genuine or not by the serial number; if in doubt check them out. The problem with fraudulent copies is that they're often not made properly and so can be very dangerous, with the plates heating up to unacceptably hot temperatures, becoming lose, the electric supply being dodgy or the safety gauge that stops them turning on at any time not being in place. In short - if you want to save money on straighteners, don't buy fake GHDs, just buy a different, cheaper brand. There are various mid range hair straighteners that do the same thing for half the price, and you're not going to hurt yourself or burn your house down with them.
Overall, I am massively impressed with my GHDs and think they are probably one of the most useful and cost efficient Christmas presents I will ever receive. I'm expecting to keep my GHDs for at least another three years which will total five years of use, more than worth it I think. Plus they look pretty smart!
I can't live without my hair straighteners. I wish it wasn't the case but it's true. I would go as far as to say they would be my desert island luxury, if there wasn't the issue over where I would plug them in.
I have been through numerous straighteners since I first started straightening my hair about 14 years ago. I was in sixth form when I bought my first straighteners. They would appear prehistoric now. It was before salons even had straighteners. You had to fill a little plastic container up with water and attach it to the top of the straighteners. The steam must have been aimed at helping smooth the hair follicles but thinking back those straighteners were a little to similar to an iron for my liking.
I have been through many cheaper pairs since, all shoved to the back of the wardrobe as I tried out yet another brand but when I got my first job in journalism after leaving university I thought it was time to splash out on some GHDs. I was earning a proper wage now so I could afford it.
I had jealously coveted my house mates GHD's at university. I had lived with two girls and they both had a pair. Their hair always looked so wonderfully sleek and straight. They were also the straighteners my hairdresser used on my hair and I could never replicate the look with my mediocre straighteners at home.
I was so excited I had my own - my first ones were called the GHD IV Styler. They lived up to all my expectations until about two years later, they literally blew up. A stream of smoke came out of them and they refused to turn on after that.
I had been getting ready for work and I remember rushing downstairs and jumping on the internet to get a replacement pair delivered ASAP. In my haste, I ordered the GHD IV Salon Styler. I didn't realise what I had done until they arrived in the post a few days later. My heart sank.
Five Years Later...
I am still using my GHD IV Salon Styler. Like all GHDs they are the best straighteners to use on your hair. With just one glide from root to tip the hair is immediately smoothed and straightened. The ceramic plates are designed so as to evenly distribute the heat onto the hair so whereas all straighteners will cause some damage to the hair, the GHDs - I can testify - will not stress out the hair as much.
I use my straighteners every day, against my hairdresser's advice I must add, and these straighteners are still going strong, unlike their smaller sister who bit the dust after two years.
There is some wear and tear on the barrel section in the form of scuff marks but this is not surprising as they have been away with me on several holidays, a couple abroad, and moved house with me three times.
The ceramic plates are still intact though I suspect they have lost a bit of heat over time. There is not that satisfying steam that comes off them as you clamp them onto the hair any more.
The LED indicator on the inside of the handle still works the vast majority of the time but there have been a few occasions when it hasn't worked. A classic switch on and off remedied the problem but I do hope I don't lose this LED function soon. When you switch the strengtheners on, the LED light is red. When the straighteners have warmed up to the right temperature - 210 degrees - the red light starts to flash and the straighteners make a beeping sound.
Without this I would have to estimate when they are warmed up and it's amazing how reliant we as users become on these little gizmos aimed at making our every day use of a product easier.
The cord from the straighteners to the plug now resembles fuseli pasta, it is so twisted. Irredeemably twisted I should add. The end of the straighteners where the wire is attached has a little swizzle mechanism which should mean the wire moves with you and the wire shouldn't get twisted. After five years of being twisted about, the wire has finally submitted and there is no chance of fully straightening that wire out now.
So all round they have really lasted the distance. Pretty good really for a product which comes with a two year guarantee. My hair doesn't appear quite as sleek as is used to be but I think that whilst part of this is because my straighteners are losing heat, my perceptions have changed. You get used to GHD straighteners being so effective, I think you can start to expect a little too much.
Now to back track to that bombshell moment five years ago when I realised I had purchased the wrong straighteners online. With the power of hindsight, if the GHD fairy had come along and with a wave of her magic wand had been able to swap the salon styler for the original styler would I have taken her up on the offer - absolutely. But am I disappointed with my GHD IV Salon Styler overall - absolutely not.
To explain then...there is no real difference in cost with these two stylers. I bought my salon styler online for about £100, five years ago, and before that bought the original styler from my hairdresser for around £100, about seven years ago.
The ceramic plates, in terms of effectiveness are just the same but the big difference is the size of the plates. The original styler comes with plates about 2cm wide, the salon styler has plates 3.5cm wide.
The reason for this is the salon styler is aimed at people with long, thick hair and even afro Caribbean hair. The original styler is far more suitable for all hair types, except the thickest and coarsest. Over the years I have switched from long hair to bob length hair and back and then to bob length hair again, which is where I am now. My hair is thick and there is plenty of it but it is not coarse.
When my hair has been long I have fallen into the demographic of people the salon styler is aimed at but to be honest, I have been able to use my salon styler on my long hair and bob length hair with no real problem. It makes very little difference what length the hair is, within reason - you would obviously struggle with some shorter styles. What it means is you end up covering the length of the hair much quicker. The problem area has been my fringe which is slightly difficult to straighten with the larger ceramic plates and has left me with a few burnt fingers.
The other thing I miss is the versatility the original straighteners had to create waves. In theory, these salon straighteners should also be able to do this because of the slightly rounded barrel, but I find because they are that bit bigger, they may give the hair a kink but not a nice wave.
My conclusion depends on which element of my straighteners I am focusing on - the GHD part or the salon part. When considering the GHD part, well you can't purchase a better straightener. They give the sleekest, smoothest finish, the look lasts all day and the straighteners are easy to use and maintain. I could never go back to using another brand again.
In terms of the 'salon' aspect - this has caused me no real problems over the years apart from a few scolds to the fingers on trying to straighten my fringe and a few days when I may have wanted to have wavy hair left unfulfilled but they have really served me well and I think the larger size has made them that bit more durable. If you look at just my personal experience with the original styler and the salon styler, the salon styler has lasted three whole years longer, with life still in the old dog yet.
The salon styler makes straightening my hair a quicker process because of the bigger plates. However, I will be purchasing an original styler next time as it is the best one for me.
I have been using hair straighteners for years, as a teenager poker straight hair was the only way to style your hair. Almost every Christmas I would ask my parents for a new pair of hair straighteners always seeking the product that created the straightest style. Around 5 years ago I decided because I was no longer at an age where I could depend on my parents to purchase hair straighteners and decided to purchase myself a pair of GHD's because although expensive every hairdresser I spoke to recommended them as an essential investment. After 5 years of GHD's (the GHD IV styler) I decided although the product I had was fully functional and I was satisfied with the results I wanted the GHD IV Salon Styler in order to create more styles which were suited to my thick long hair.
***GHD IV Salon Styler***
The GHD IV Salon Styler is the largest of stylers in the GHD IV range suited to longer thicker hair types and styles and afro Caribbean hair.
The GHD IV Salon Styler comes in a white box with a silver pattern down the middle. Inside the display box the styler is neatly displayed. Immediately from the packaging you can tell this is a quality product. The feel of the GHD IV Salon Styler is very solid and well-made, however lightweight and not too bulky to use. The Salon Styler itself is a matt black styler around 8 inches long including the handle. The GHD logo is written on the outside of the handle at the base. The gold ceramic plates of the styler are around 3.5cm wide and 7.5cm long. These ceramic plates minimise static and are floating meaning even heat distribution on the hair. The plastic section of the styler around the plate is wider than the standard GHD IV styler which the outer plastic is the same wide as the handle. With the larger GHD IV Salon Stylers the plate section is about 1cm wider than the handle on each side of the barrel section. The barrel section of the GHD IV stylers is rounder than the previous GHD models in order to create sleeker waves, curls or flicks.
There is an on off switch which is located on the inside of the handle. Unlike many hair stylers GHD's only have one heat setting (which is 210 degrees). There is an LED indicator on the inside of the handle which is red when the styler is turned and then flashes when it gets to full heat and makes a bleeping sound. The styler has a swivel cord attachment meaning the cord does not become twisted. There is also a long cord length of around 2 meters which is much longer than most hair stylers which is great for occasions when your plug socket is not next to your mirror.
The GHD IV Salon Styler also has some safety features which includes a sleep mode. If you do not use the straighter and no change in temperature has been detected (i.e. when the straighter touches your hair) the heat to the plates will be turned off. The LED indicator turns orange and a bleeping noise can be heard alerting you the styler has not been turned off correctly. This is great for those forgetful moments when you may forget to turn your straighteners off before leaving for work on a morning.
There is also something called "shiver mode" which means the styler will not work in an environment less than 8 degrees and they will shut down. This is to stop internal condensation which would damage the styler.
The GHD IV Salon Styler comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty.
The GHD IV Salon Styler is available direct from GHD costing £100.00. I purchased my GHD IV Salon Styler for £91 from www.feelunique.com. In comparison to other brands of hair styler and straighteners GHD are without doubt premium priced however their reputation and performance does mean this higher price is considered reasonable.
You can purchase GHD's from salons; my hairdresser sells the GHD IV Salon Styler for £110 which tends to be higher than the online price for this product. However you really do need to take care when purchasing online because of the number of fake GHD products online.
GHD actually have a section on their website where you can check the site you are purchasing from is a genuine "GHD stockist" by entering their website into the search function. Quite shockingly when searching for the best price for these hair stylers the first three websites that came up from my Google search were not approved stockists and therefore selling fake GHD's. At time of writing (July 2011) the cheapest it appears you can purchase the GHD IV Salon Styler is £89 plus postage (from a genuine site). The sites offering this product cheaper than this price appear to be selling fake GHD's therefore take care that your "bargain" isn't too good to be true. Genuine GHD's also come with a unique hologram code on the styler. If you type this code into the GHD website you can register your stylers and at the same time check that they are genuine.
GHD's are very simple to use. You simply plug in, flick the switch to the odd setting and wait for them to heat up. A criticism I have heard about GHD's from others is that the temperature is not variable and it is not possible to style your hair on a lower heat setting, however in order to create many styles you can't use a styler at a lower temperature as it simply will not style it therefore I'm guessing this is the rationale behind one heat setting.
When you turn the styler on it bleeps and the LED turns red. The styler then makes a double bleeping sound and the LED flashes when ready to use. This will occur in around 10 seconds. Yes you read correctly 10 seconds to get to 210 degrees. This is the shortest heat up time of any hair styler I have used therefore perfect for those who are usually getting ready in a hurry.
Once heated up you simply run the plates through your hair holding the handle and applying some pressure so the two plates are clamped around your hair. When creating straight styles I do this in sections as my hair is both long (half way down my back) and thick. What is so surprising when using GHD's is the speed it straightens hair but how effortless it is to do so. The plates on the GHD's and the design of the barrel means hair does not snag the styler simply glides through hair. With previous hair straighteners I have often felt that my hair is being pulled by the plates clamped together with GHD's this is not the case. My hair prior to styling is straight but has some kinks it which blow drying alone will not remove. After 5 minutes of using the GHD Salon Styler my hair (which is thick and half way down my back) is completely straight and smooth and all these kinks have gone. After straightening on a morning my hair remains straight sleek and frizz free all day even in humid conditioners. Other brands of straighteners I have used never seemed to create this smooth effect which lasted.
To create curls and waves with the GHD salon stylers takes more practice but once you have practiced this it is very easy to do and I can curl my hair within 15 minutes and feel that my hair looks better that if I had spent 1 hour using rollers to create the same style. I also find my straight hair curls and waves better with the GHD IV Salon Styler and this style lasts and the curls do not drop out. To create this effect you take sections of hair hold the styler 180 degrees away from your head and slide down the hair. The technique is very similar to how you curl ribbon with scissors. The slower you move the styler down the hair the tighter the curl therefore to create waves you simply run the styler through the sections a lot quicker.
I feel for creating curls and waves the GHD IV Salon Styler is far better the smaller IV Styler that I also own. The smaller IV Styler creates tighter curls which looked a little too curly on longer hair. For longer hair like mine the IV Salon Styler creates bigger bouncy curls which look more natural. I find the design of the barrel makes the styler easy to hold and create curls which minimises burns.
The damage heat styling your hair can't be ignored. GHD's are not "good" for your hair however I feel that my hair has suffered less damage using this brand than with previous brands of straighteners that I have used. With the GHD Salon Styler the plate is large therefore inflicts a lot of heat on to the sections of hair but because they style your hair quickly you do not need to continually run the styler over your hair and go back over sections. I have found on my hair now it is bleached my hair suffers more damage from heat styling but I take this into account when styling my hair.
I have owned my GHD Salon Styler for over a year now and encountered no problems with it even when it has been used daily, and based on past experience with GHD's I expect it to be functional for a long time in the future. My smaller GHD IV Styler I have owned for 5 years and it is still fully functional. I have heard of a very small number of people encountering a problem with the wire but this can be solved with a replacement wire for £12. Reliability wise I have found GHD's better than other brands of hair straightener/ styler; in the past some of the hair straighteners I owned lasted less than a year.
Maintaining your GHD's is very simple. They just require a wipe over around the barrel every now and then (when turned off and cool) to remove any product that has been on your hair. I have dropped my GHD's on a number of occasions and they are still fully functional.
I don't consider many items I own as essentials however my GHD Salon Stylers genuinely are essential being an item that I use every day. I have tried many brands of hair straighteners/ stylers and not one pair I have used come close to the results GHD's create. The initial cost of GHD's are the biggest downside to the product, with the Salon Styler costing around £100. However if you consider this is a product you can expect to use daily for 5 years plus at £20 a year makes GHD's a worthwhile investment.
If you want straight styles GHD's create sleek straight hair by quickly running the plates through your hair and the style stays sleek and smooth and kinks in the hair do not return. If you want waves and curls GHD's allow you to create this style and with some practice this can be done in less than 15 minutes to long thick hair, whereas using rollers you are looking at over an hour to create the same style. My hair is straight and I find curls and waves are longer lasting using GHD's and the style does not drop out whereas using rollers my hair will be back to straight within 4 hours.
The GHD Salon Styler in my opinion is more versatile GHD choice in my opinion perfect for those with hair longer than shoulder length wanting to create curls as well as straight styles. The GHD IV stylers are just as effective but in terms of styling with the larger Salon Styler you can straighten hair quicker as the plates are larger and create larger waves and curls which suit longer hair. The larger plates on the Salon Styler create larger bouncy curls which are more suited to hair longer than shoulder length and it also allows you to style larger sections of hair meaning you create your style quicker.
A 5 star product that really does live up to its reputation!
I absolutely love my GHDs, they are magic. My hair is super thick and likes to be wavy, so if I want any kind of straight style I need a straightener. I have used cheaper straighteners in the past but they take so long to get my hair straight I often didn't bother. Yet I still hesitated, mainly because of the cost, they are a huge investment (mine were almost £130).
Anyway I finally relented and when they arrived I got a free heatproof travel case for them which is brilliant, because you can pack them away before they have thoroughly cooled down.
When you turn on the straighteners they take seconds to get to super hot temperature (so watch your fingers). They have ceramic plates, which allow them to get a lot hotter than other straighteners. I separate my hair into sections before trying to straighten it because it is so thick. So after doing that my hair tends to be straight after one go with the straighteners. I manage to get my whole hair straightened in about 15 minutes which is great when you're rushing to get ready on a morning.
These version of the GHDs have solved the problem that previous versions had where they caught fire if left plugged in, so that's always a bonus!
There isn't really much else to say about these, I think they are well worth the investment and if you look after them they should last a long time. There are also plenty of things you can do with them other than just straightening your hair and you just need to have the patience and time to play with them...oh and don't burn your fingers!
For years I used a Babyliss hair straightener to not much effect as my hair is quite frizzy, thick and unruly. I had heard so much about the GHD straighteners (and had also seen them being used) so I decided to invest in some of my own. (I say invest because they are fairly expensive at around £100 which certainly isn't cheap, especially as you can get other hair straighteners for around £20/30) I would definitely say that they are worth the higher price though. After using them my hair is noticably straight, which had never happened with my previous straighteners, and becomes quite sleek and smooth, only I would advise that you use some sort of heat protection product as, with most or even all hair straighteners, there can be some heat damage such as split ends.
The plates are ceramic which is meant to ensure a "static free sheen" and I would say that it lives up to this assertion. The GHDs only take about a minute to heat up, you're told when it's done by a little beep and there's a red light that starts to flash. This is pretty handy for when you're in a rush as it means you don't have to wait a long period of time for the appliance to be ready before you can use it! There is only one set temperature so if you want a straightener that you can adjust the temperature on then this product probably isn't for you. It also turns itself off it you've left it on for too long which is a useful safety feature, especially if you're one of those people who tend to forget to turn things off.
These straigteners would be good for taking on holiday, both within and outside of the UK. The website says that it has universal voltage so you can use them without the use of an adapter. They aren't too big to pack up but if you travel often and tend to have very little space in your bag or suitcase then you might want to consider getting one of the smaller models.
These straightners are amazing!They straighten your hair quickly and easily and it stays straight.They are by far the best straightners ive ever had.They dont catch or pull your hair as some straightners do, they glide through your hair without catching. They quickly heat up and quickly cool down quickly.Ive bought these straightners twice and they lasted over a year. I then bought a different make to try them and i wish i hadnt because they were no where near as good.I recently purchased these ghd's again and i will definately not be buying any other makes from now on.These may be quite expensive but are definately well worth the money.You can alos curl your hair with these although i did find it quite difficult at first, i soon got the hang of it.so if you want a great quality product that does exactly what its supposed to and more then the ghd straightners are for you.
I have used hair straighteners for around the past 10 years and have used various different types. About 4 and a half years ago, I asked my mum for a set of GHD's for Christmas as I had heard only good things about them.
I got the salon styler version as I have long thick hair and it takes too long to straighten with smaller straighteners. The straighteners are black with the GHD logo on both outer sides and they have wide ceramic plates. If you just touch the plates (obviously not when they are switched on or you'll burn yourself!), you will be able to feel the difference between these ones and the ones in other straighteners as they feel much smoother. I remember having straighteners where the plates appeared to be some kind of metal and they had to be dragged through my hair, GHD's feel a lot nicer and are kinder to your hair. You won't end up with a million split ends from dragging these through your hair as with other straighteners, instead your hair will be left feeling extra smooth and looking nice and shiny.
My first set of GHD's lasted well for about 3 and a half years and then they would go off while I was using them and I would have to fiddle with the wire to get them to come back on again. However, this was due to me wrapping the wire around the straighteners so be sure not to do that! I immediately went out and bought another pair as I cannot live without my GHD's. They cost about £130.00 and usually for something so expensive I wouldn't just rush out and buy another one straight away but these really are worth the money.
It is coming upto the 4 year anniversary since I purchased my straighteners and I can honestly say hand on heart I cannot live without them!
Design: simple but effective
Protective plate guard: so burnt fingers are no more!
Ceramic heaters and contoured plates: glides through very thick hair easily leaving it shiny, snag-free styling.
Sleep mode: heaters automatically switch off if not used for 30 minutes so no house fires.
The big ceramic plates makes thick long hair a breeze to style saving a mountain of time too.
In my short 28 years I have gone through many different types of straightener stylers which have generally last only weeks after the warranty ran out but these have lasted 4 years and still going strong which is suprising as I'm a daily user!
The average cost for straighteners are about 30 pounds but if you consider these last 4/5/6 or more times as long they are an investment!
I love them and you will too!
I had tried several straighteners before investing in GHD's but nothing compares to them. Previous straighteners i had took ages to straighten my hair and i had to go over sections several times before it became straight. However with GHD's it takes a matter of seconds to straighten a section. I have quite long hair with layers and it takes me around 10-15 minutes to straighten my hair with these wide GHD straighteners whereas, with previous ones it used to take at least 30 minutes.
I have had my GHD's for a few years now and have encountered no problems with them. I paid around £100 for mine but i think they are well worth the money as they are in my opinion the best straighteners on the market. I chose the wide plated GHD's as my hair is quite long so it is quicker to straighten using the wide ones. However if your hair is quite short you may be better with the slim plates. If you have quite curly hair the wide plates may be more effective and quicker.
These straighteners also come with a 3 year guarantee so if they break they will give you a new pair within these 3 years. Also the GHD website and others sometimes have special offers on so you can get a good deal. I bought mine off the GHD website for about £100 and i got the GHD's, a heatproof mat and a heatproof styling spray.
If you want a pair of straighteners that are easy to use, heat up within a minute and straighten your hair very smoothly and quickly then i would highly recommend these straighteners for you, you will not be dissapointed!
I have recently bought a new pair of GHD IV Salon Styler straighteners after my other pair of these GHDs finally gave up on me after 4 years! I love these straighteners as I have very long, curly and frizzy hair. Before these came along I used to blow dry my hair straight, and it used to take a few hours to finish styling my hair. Straightening my hair is a lot easier with these wide GHDs and it only takes me 30 minutes now, which is a massive improvement. As well as straightening large amounts of hair at once, I find that they are also useful for straightening small amounts of hair and I use them to straighten my fringe too - they are not too big for a small job like this. I think that its great how long these straighteners last and I would never dream of buying another brand of straighteners, as I feel that GHDs give me a sleek and shiny finish. However, there is only one problem.... even after straightening there is no protection from rain and humidity, and so I find that if the air is particularly humid, or if I go outside in the rain, my hair sometimes goes a bit frizzy. This of course has nothing to do with how well the straighteners' work, but what type of hair I have.
If you have curly,wavy or even frizzy hair this will be the best investment you can make!
The GHD's heat up very quickly and can be used almost instantly, they also have a safety mode which turns them off after 30 minutes if they have not been used. This is a great feature, if like me you often wonder if you have left your straighteners on, and will save you rushing home to find out!
You can also create curls,flicks and waves with GHD's and they come with a DVD which shows you how to do this.
I would recomend buying these straighteners from a source you know you can trust as there are alot of fakes floating around.
They come in a variety of colours and every year there is a new limited edition version out. So if you have a favourite colour its worth checking out the /GHd website to see if they have this one.
Using my GHDs has cut down the time i do my hair dramatically and they are easy to use and salon recomended.
These straightners are very good i feel if you have thick and afro hair because they really get the hair straight and the look you want were the others I have had in the past havn't given the best result.
They go up to a very high temperature and it heats up very quickly you can also put alot of hair through the plates at a time and still get it looking straight you are also able to flick the hair upwards using them and have tried on my own hair that is very thick and curly but I couldn't get the result i wanted from them. I have tried using them on my friends hair that is not as thick and did flick it up a bit to much so it does work on the right hair type.
The worst thing about the product is that they are very expensive I paid just under £100 for them but did get a special deal and got some spray to protect your hair as well.
I have also heard a hairdresser say once that the thinner plates straighten the roots better than the thicker ones but it is advertised that the thinner ones are for people with normal hair unlike the thicker ones that are for thick hair so when chooseing the ones that are best for you I feel it is a little misleading and you could end up buying the wrong straightener.
After using them for 2 years I have been very pleased with them and if you have chemicaly straightend hair it is defently worth the investment to keep your hair looking healthy.
I don't actually own these GHD straighteners: I have only ever bought BabyBliss straighteners, but once my current set of straighteners goes 'ka-put', I will be looking into investing in the phenomenon that is GHD brand straighteners!
What happened is that I was attending a friend's birthday party straight after work, but was having dinner at another friend's home prior to attending. As it was the Friday of a very busy week, I had failed to do anything with my hair that morning and neglected to pack my BabyBliss straighteners in my bag - I therefore asked my friend if she had any straighteners that I might borrow. She had these GHD's on hand.
I'll admit that I always thought the love for GHD was all hype - and these in particular were not that impressive. It's either 'on' or 'off', no temperature settings or anything.
However, once I put it to my hair and straightened the first section of my head, any doubts I had flew out of my mind! My hair was remarkably SMOOTH and SHINY - I thought a lack of sheen was an unavoidable side effect of straightening my hair, but found that the GHD's made it look like I had just sat through an hours-long blow dry. My hair looked so incredibly healthy - and despite not having any fancy temperature settings, it did the job, and my hair stayed straight the entire night.
Like I said above, these weren't mine, but I will be jumping ship as soon as my latest straighteners bite the dust!
I have curly hair that is very fuzzy, so when these wide GHD hair straighteners were released in 2007 I just had to get them. I never entertained the normal straightenes as I would take me hours to do it with the thinner irons.
These straightenes come with thicker one and a half inch ceramic plates, which are basically used to straighten difficult and thicker hair types. at first I found this very hard to use as they are very bulky but once I perfected holding them they have proved to be perfect.
I really like these as they come with a longer length cord which can be plugged in and then pulled half way across the room, so you can move around with out pulling the plug out.
These heat up within 30 seconds, so you can really straighten and then go without having to wait.
I got my GHD wide plated straighteners from ebay for 89.00 plus 5.95 postage, but you can buy these at hairdressing shops for around a hundres pounds.
I really dont know what I would do without my straightners, gone are the days when I used the iron and ironing board.