Product Type: GHD Hair Straightener
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GHD's - Amazing!
GHD IV Styler
Author Name: daisylee3
GHD IV Styler
Advantages: Good quality, easy to use, range of features
Disadvantages: Price (but worth it)
I've got very thick hair that curls and frizzes if it's not brushed thoroughly and properly straightened. I love my thick hair and get a lot of compliments on it, but it does take some taming! Up until I was in my late teens, I managed with a cheap pair of straighteners that my dad had got me one Christmas from a more than likely cheapo knock-off warehourse. When I was seventeen, I decided that I was fed up of nearly getting eletrocuted everytime I used them and the static they produced was doing more harm than good to my hair.
I am not the kind of person who nags and begs and stomps their feet and so I put some GHD's on my birthday list and let my mum decide whether she would get me them. I chose these particular straighteners because they were so popular amongst my college friends and were a must-have kind of item - in fact, they still are. My mum got me the GHD's and I was over the moon. My old ones went straight into the bin and I was keen to try them out straight away. They were so much slicker and lightweight than my old straighteners, and even three years on they still look in top-notch condition and work as well as they did back then.
I'm sure that most of you will of heard of GHD's, they've been around for a while now (over 10 years I think) and are still hugely popular. GHD is a brand that sells high quality, salon standard hair care products including hair spray, blow dryers and so on. Their range of hair straighteners are simply know as GHD's and there's a range available including mini ones, full sized ones and limited edition ones. I have the GHD IV Mark straighteners which have a wide range of features. GHD's are used in a majority of hair salons and many professionals reccomend them.
My GHD's came in a black cardboard box which made them look and feel really special and good quality. I kept the box for around a year to store my straightners in and keep them nice but one of my dogs got hold of it and managed to rip it up! Which isn't a huge shame, it is only cardboard, but I thought that the box was nice to keep as it was like a storage box for the straighteners. I also got a DVD free with them which explains how to use them and tells you about the features. A booklet with basic information (safety, how to use etc) was also included.
The straighteners are available in a range of colours for example green, pink etc but I have the original black ones with orangey yellow ceramatic plates. I like that there's a range of colours as there's a colour to suit everyone and a pink one would make a nice present for a girlie girl. I also like that there are more unisex colours, as a lot of men are taking more care of their appearence nowadays and aren't ashamed to admit they straighten their hair. The design is simple which I like and they look very expensive and sleek - I think that some straighteners can look cheap and tacky but you can tell by looking at these that the quality is amazing. The straighteners are slim and neat and are also very lightweight. Because they're lightweight it makes them easier and more comfortable to hold and I don't have to keep switching the hand it's in to make it more comfortable.
Because my hair is so thick it usually takes me about 20 minutes until I have straightened it (which with a cheaper brand of hair straighteners would be more like 40 minutes). Even though I am holding them and using them for 20 minutes though my hands don't ache at all as they're so lightweight and they're easy to handle. They glide along my hair as the plates are smooth and even, and I don't worry that my hair will get caught or anything like that. I find that the handle part of the straighteners (the end part at the opposite end of the plates) is a good size to get a grip of and it doesn't heat up, so it's not uncomfortable or awkward to hold. I find holding the straighteners comfortable and not at all heavy or bulky.
The 'on' button is easy to access, as is the 'off' button. They're both clearly labelled and easy to access. Due to the buttons you don't have to turn the straighteners off at the wall in order to turn them off although obviously they need to be plugged in to heat up. The plug works fine with all of the plug sockets in my house and in the time i've been using it i've never had issues with the plug prongs breaking. The cord is a decent length so I am able to plug my straighteners in to a plug socket and then sit on a chair or my bed while using them - I don't have to sit near the socket. The ceramic straightening plates are a decent size and heat up very quickly once turned on - it takes less than 20 seconds until they're at their peak heat.
This is fab for when I am in a rush as I don't have to wait around and once done I can switch them off and place them on my GHD heat pad (bought seperately) to cool down without worrying i'll come home to found my house burnt down! They also have a sleep mode which turns the straighteners off after 30 minutes of been unused which I think is great. The heat they reach is 230 degrees which is obviously extremely hot, so make sure that you don't leave the straighteners on one part of your hair for too long and keep them moving when using them. Don't use them too close to your scalp and make sure you don't touch the ceramatic plates. It also sounds silly but make sure your ears aren't anywhere near the straighteners as I have burnt my ears so many times using these lol. Also, do not use them on wet hair.
As they get so hot I would reccomend buying a heat pad, which can be purchased either from the GHD range or you can get an unbranded/different brand one. This will protect surfaces such as wood etc from the heat and will prevent any fire risks and damage to the surfaces. I would also reccomend using a heat protection spray on your hair when using them to prevent heat damage. I use the GHD heat protection spray which I find is amazing and I would reccomend it.
Straightening my hair with these is quick and easy and they leave my hair feeling soft and silky, as well as poker straight. I do my hair in sections to ensure every strand is straightened and I simply move the straighteners in a downward motion over the section of hair. I do not hold it still due to the heat and it only takes 2/3 times of moving it on the hair to get it very straight. Even though they make my hair so straight, it doesn't go lifeless - it still has volume and can easily be styled - and it's also possible to style your hair with these rather than just straightening it - you can curl it and all sorts.
GHD's overall are fab. They are expensive and average at £100 plus, however they're brilliant quality and well worth every penny. Reccomended!
Summary: I love my GHD's & would reccomend them!
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