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With all the new hair gadgets on the market today it can be hard to remember the original GHD's that came about to stop us all bending over the ironing board and risking our scalps! GHD's have been an absolute god send to women all over the world since they were first created and the old ones are the best I believe. I have had my GHD's for 5 years now, they have never broken, never needed any repairing, had any faults, anything, they still work as perfectly now as they did when they were brand new so for the price at the time of £120 it was a worthwhile investment.
Takes literally seconds to go from off to on and ready to go which is brilliant when you have limited time to get ready. You are alerted to them being ready by a beep and the light flashing, but I usually just start straight away as within seconds they are hot and ready. Love love love GHD's! Nothing out there like these I feel.
I bought my first GHD hair stylers over seven years ago and have never looked back!
When the first pair finally gave up on me (due to a loose connection in the wire, I believe - I've since learnt that this is easily avoidable by not wrapping the wire around the stylers or tangling the wires) I purchased another pair right away. Unfortunately these stopped working about ten months later for no apparent reason but as they were still under warrantee GHD replaced them with a brand new pair, no questions asked. As the model I'd originally bought was out of date they sent me the latest version at no extra cost. I highly recommend registering your GHD styler online as soon as you buy them to make the most of the warrantee should they break within the year.
The GHD styler itself is fantastic at straightening any type of hair with ease. My hair is naturally very curly but I can transform it in a matter of minutes using my styler. As with any heated hair appliances continuous use can damage your hair but I've been using mine almost daily for years and haven't had any problems. Just be sure to use a heat protection spray and plenty of conditioner each time you wash it.
I've had my straighteners coming up to a year and a half and they haven't seized to fail me yet. I originally had mark hill straighteners which were good in some ways that GHD straighteners lack but not so good in other ways. Unfortunately one day my mark hill straighteners had a break in the spring so they were forever in an L shape if I wasn't holding either side together, needless to say this became a little awkward and so I decided to invest in GHDs I thought for the money that they may be longer lasting than just a year.
I paid £115 for my GHDS straighteners from Tony and Guy from what I can recall, GHDS have always been a top branded pair of straighteners that are not for everyone's budget and a few people I knew when they first came out usually had them as a Christmas or birthday present as apposed to a one off expense. There are straighteners that will do the same job and to be quite honest all straighteners are is two rods with an iron bit with some protection to help prevent damage to the hair - all straighteners are inevitably bad for your hair but equally they are all straightening your hair. The difference is with some GHD straighteners you are able to curl hair too but other than that you're paying for the brand and you know that they will last longer than others.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Straightening and Curling
I have quite curly hair naturally so if I leave it I get ringlets so when I straighten my hair it's a little awkward so for anyone that has really hard to manage hair then I would say it takes two runs over the hair with these straighteners and one or two with wavy hair or slightly curly and just one if you already have straight hair and want to tidy it up. Realistically they are like any other straighteners in the sense of how long it will take you to straighten your hair. What I like about these straighteners is the rounded barrel that also allows you to curl your hair without the need for a wand or tongs depending what you prefer although personally I still use a wand as it gives me better results in my opinion. One thing I will say is that with other brands my hair would need cutting probably once every two months as it damaged my hair badly and the straightness didn't always hold for as long as I would have liked, whereas GHD the hairs stays straight for longer and I noticed that my hair isn't damaged as easily so I feel like I have more confidence when I straighten my hair.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Ease of Use
Like any such brand of straighteners you plug them in and then some will just turn on some you need to turn on and adjust the setting some just require switching on. GHD straighteners just need sliding the on switch and then they heat up quickly and this takes about 30 seconds but you always know as the straighteners make two beeping sounds, if you happen to leave them on for too long then they beep at you as a reminder so I like the safety function of the straighteners too instead of just switching off likes others when you hadn't finished (and you keep straightening your hair wondering why it's not getting straight). One thing I don't like is you don't have control over the heat setting which is what I have on my curling wand and it's something I think can be important as sometimes I don't want 200 degrees on my hair I would rather 180 or say 120 if I was tidying up my hair if it had caught some damp from the air outside.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Appearance and Box
The box is black with gold squares and the GHD symbolic writing and the straighteners themselves are about 10 inches in length and a round barrel with golden irons which feel smooth to touch. The barrel itself is black apart from the gold GHD symbol at the end of the straighteners and on the slide switch on the inside of the bottom arm. It's sleek and stylish but nothing outstanding or eye catching it's quite simple yet modern. The cord is 2m in length so you have plenty of length to wonder off in front of the mirror to get a better view if needed.
I would rate these straighteners 3 out if five stars as they're really expensive considering some are £50 and do the same job and there's nothing entirely special especially since you can't control the temperature settings for how much heat you want on your hair. Aside from the things I don't like I do like the fact that the straighteners are versatile in the fact that you can curl your hair if you wish and the look of the straighteners. I'm not sure if I would recommend as it would depend on the person whether they have naturally curly hair anyway or just slightly wavy as I think these are better for people like me who have hard to manage hair.
i have has ghd's very a few years now. overall i believe this product is definelty worth every penny for the quality and for how long it has lasted without any problems. i have went through numerous brands of straighteners before i cam across ghd's and these were the best i have ever had. there is one heat setting so i dont have to worry bout setting it to high or low. also the plates are quite thick so lift a large section of hair to straighten each time. also gives the hair a sleek, smooth and shiny finish. i would recommend this to beginners that are only starting to straighten hair cause it is not complicated in any way. i would recommend using a heat protecting spray when applying this product as it is very hot and this will help prevent damage to the hair. i wouldnt recommend it to those with very short hair as when i had short hair i found it difficult gettin g pieces of hair but this woiuld be the same with any full size straightener. i can do lots of styles including curling with this product.
Introduction about Professional GHD salon styler with ceramic technology
I have owned a GHD Salon styler for many years now. It cost me about £100 at the time and it still works in perfect condition. For those of you that don't know, GHD stands for "Good Hair Day" and they are well known for producing top quality hair straighteners and hair products.
To switch on the hair straightener,you have to plug the straightener into the wall, and then move the on/off switch to on, on the handle of the straightener. When you switch on the hair straightener,the red led light goes on. There is only one heat setting on the hair straighten and this is all that is required really. The GHD Salon styler hair straightener heats up immediately and I usually wait at least a minute until it heats up.The ceramic plate of the hair straightener is quite wide and is great at straightening the hair quickly as it can capture many strands at once! I have always felt that my hair is very sleek, smooth and soft after using the GHD hair straightener and that it produces excellent results.
The cord of the GHD Salon styler is very long and this is very convenient when straightening hair. However, I did once manage to burn the cord slightly
on the ceramic plate but this has had no effect on the quality output of the hair straightener. The GHD Salon styler that I own is black. The plug on the GHD hair straightener is very strong and has never required replacing. Even the fuse has never blown!
Prior to buying a GHD, I owned many straighteners,including straighteners where you had to pour water and steam the hair straight. After buying the GHD , I never had to buy another hair straightener again for many years and even though it was much costlier, it has defintely been worth it!I would definitely recommend that you use the GHD salon styler with ceramic technology as it is long lasting
and produces quality hair straightening results.
Oh my gosh!!! I love these!! Hi there everyone,
I am writing a review about these brilliant high end hair straighteners that I quite proudly own. I brought mine online from the official Ghd website, as I am aware of fakes and was scared of purchasing a fake one, due to some of the horror stories i have heard and read about.
I would like to start off with how gorgeous and professional they look and love the gold plates. I love the fact that it came with a protective plate as none of my many hair straighteners that i own didn't come with one of those.
These hair straighteners makes my thick afro curly hair so smooth and straight without hardly any effort and i only ever have to run the hair straighteners once through a section of my hair. oh did I mention how smooth the plates are while running the straighteners through my curly hair, no pulling or dragging sensation you can get with other hair straighteners if your not careful. These hair straighteners glides through my hair so smoothly its amazing.
I love the fact that these hair straighteners only go up to 180 degrees because it means less heat so less damage. I just cant believe how smooth and silky it makes my hair in such little time and effort, which is so good for when I wake up late to go somewhere and I am in a rush to get my hair done. These hair straighteners are one of my favourite top end styling tool. I use them to straighten and curl my hair, when i want the loose curls and they curl my hair easily and gives the perfect bouncy curls that I love. Some people may think that it is too pricey but it is well worth the money. This item really glides smoothly throughout your hair and make your hair silky straight with little effort. It has cut my straightening time by 50% which is quite a lot to me.
I am so happy with my purchase.
Having thick, naturally curly and frizzy hair, I spent a lot of my younger years longing for sleek, poker straight hair (or praying that perms cam back into fashion!). As perms never took off since the 90's, I decided to try using straightening irons and when my sister purchased some GHD's, I knew I just had to have some.
My other half brought me these as a Christmas present several years ago and paid around £120. He actually brought them from the hairdressers in town so there were a little more expensive (due to the hairdresser adding some margin on) than if he had have brought online (although he brought them back around 2002/2003 when internet shopping was not a big thing). If you are going to buy online, I would always recommend buying from GHD (www.ghdhair.com) or a reputable supplier as there have been so many horror stories about fake GHD's or money debited from accounts and no goods arriving.
There are now lots of different versions available, I would consider mine to be the classic/original version based on the fact I have had them since around 2003. Mine don't have any fancy safety features such as auto shut off (or at least I don't think they do, I haven't actually tried it) or a beeper which operates when they haven't been turned off.
The straighteners measure around 20cm long, the widest part is where the straightening plate is and the plate measures around 8cm x 4 cm. Once plugged in, on the inside of the straighteners is the on/off button which slides across to activate and when turned on, a small red light illuminates. There is only one heat setting but this has never concerned me, the plates get really hot and really quickly, the fact that the irons are ready to use is indicated by the red light flashing really quickly
The cord rotates 360 degrees as the base of the straighteners which helps to prevent the cord from twisting which I like because I hate it when that happens. One think I do remember about the instructions was the note about not wrapping the cord around the straighteners when not in use as this can damage the elements or wiring inside and cause the wiring to overheat, catch fire or stop working completely. The cord on the straighteners is really long too (just under 3m) which is ideal, especially when I go away and the mirror always seems to be miles away from the plug socket!
Having used straightening irons in the past where I had to put my hair into really small sections and then go over with the irons about 4 times, just to get a straight look, I was amazed at how quickly I could style my hair. Yes, I still had to section my hair as its quite thick, but literally one sweep, and my frizz was gone and my hair looked sleek, if I wanted is poker straight, I just go over the same area a couple of times and the results are amazing. The fact that the straighteners get so hot means that they just glide through my hair, even on its frizziest of days. Because of how hot the straighteners get, I always use a heat protection spray before I use the irons to protect my hair.
I love the fact that once I have styled my hair, it seems to stay fairly straight too, don't get me wrong, it its really humid, the frizz starts to creep back but on a normal day, my hair is as straight at the end of the day as it was at the beginning.
My hair has always been quite long and I am amazed at how quickly I could 'do' my hair in a morning (my other half was quite happy too, before the days of GHD's it would take about an hour to dry and straighten my hair).
I must admit that late last year, I had my hair cut into a short bob and I did find it a little trickier to style my hair that I did when it was longer due to the sizes of the plates, so I would recommend the thinner versions if you have shorter than shouldn't length hair.
The straighteners can be used to create curls or flicks, I have used to make flicks before when I attended a 70's party but have never managed to get the hang of curls, if you are interested I would recommend looking on You Tube as there are loads of how to videos on there.
I must admit, if there is one thing I dislike about these is all the horror stories, there have been several occasions when I get to work in the morning and think "Did I unplug my straighteners?" and end up having to pop home just to check.
Overall, I cannot praise my GHD's enough and even despite the expensive price tag, I would still give them 5 out of 5 stars and recommend. In my opinion, these are the best on the market and a real lifesaver!!
Thanks for reading.
I bought my GHD Gold Classic Hair straighteners over a year a go while I was shopping for a birthday gift for myself. I wanted to treat myself and I also desperately needed a new one as my old cheaper pair of straighteners stopped heating up (guess that's what you get for getting the cheapers ones!). I had heard rave reviews about this straighteners from friends and had noticed countless times that these were the main ones being used at hair salons, therefore I decided to go shop online for any good offers or prices.
== Price ==
When I was looking around at prices I was a little shocked at the prices, the prices range from £100-140, and in my opinion a little bit dear for a pair of hair straighteners. However after some apprehension I ended up giving in and buying mine from Amazon for £139.99. There were cheaper options on ebay but I am always a little bit apprehensive about buying expensive things from ebay, as I am never really sure how reliable the sellers are and whether the condition is actually new and used. Amazon is a highly established company that I have had brought many things from in the past and have always been happy with the purchases and service, therefore if I was going to spend this amount I thought I might as do so at a reliable online store such as this one.
The price included delivery and I was more than happy with the delivery and dispatch time, which took around 2 working days for the item to get delivery. Item arrived brand new as expected and well packaged.
== My Experience ==
One thing about using straighteners is that once I started, I just couldn't stop! Nearly every time I went out I would make sure I straighten my hair before I go out. Therefore as you can imagine when my old one packed it I needed a new one ASAP, and thankfully I have not been disappointed at all.
The hair straighteners are very easy to use, all I needed to do is plug the straightener into the mains and then switch the on the power button. The button is very easy to see and once switched on it took literally 90 seconds to fully heat up, which I was very pleased about as my last ones used to take nearly 8 minutes to heat up fully and even then they did not work as well as these GHD straighteners. The light indicator will come on when the straighteners are fully heated, and is located clearly near the power button.
To straighten I just separate a few layers of hair and allow the straightener to glide down slowly and smoothly; top to bottom. I found the straighteners to be very easy and light to hold and allowed me to form a nice grip so I could easily control the motion while straightening.
As the heat pads are made from ceramic material they do not burn the hair and instead allows sufficient amounts of heat to build up to safely style your hair. The ceramic plates allow the straighteners to smooth out any frizz or kinks in the hair and leaves my hair looking straight and feeling nice and soft.
Once finished you can manually switch them off and take out the plug to be safe, however it does have a 30 second automatic switch off mechanism which is of course great for safety reasons.
== Conclusion ==
Overall I love my GHD hair styler as they are so easy to use, and heats up in flash so I do not have to wait around for the heat plates to heat up. The design and quality is of a high standard with safety measures built in, and overall this is great hair straightener that gives me the confidence boost I need thanks to its work of magic on my long curly frizzy locks.
I would say that in the end I am more than happy that I spent the £130 on these as they will last me for many years come thanks to the high quality.
When I was young I used to have dead straight hair much to the envy of some of my curly haired friends. When I was 17 I decided I really wanted to get my hair permed. I had lovely long brown hair and Ive always wanted curly hair so I took the plunge. BIG MISTAKE! As much as I loved the perm it completely ruined my hair, split ends galore, dry and broke easy. I decided that once the perm had grown out abit I would get it all cut off, which I did however since then my hair hasn't been the same, its now more wavy that straight, meaning I need straighteners just to sort it out.
I brought my on Ebay a few years back, up until that point I had used several different types Babylis, Lee Stafford to name a few and they were ok however I thought that they soon lost the heat and effectiveness, Christmas was coming up so I decided to treat myself to a pair of GHDs. GHDS had been recommended to me by several, and going into the hairdressers they used them so I figured it was a good brand to buy. I got mine for £110 which was a bargain. General price wise expect between £90-£160, if you buy online then it will be cheaper. You can get them in most hair salons or online you can buy from Amazon, EBay and some clothing sites. GHDs in general has a wide variety of types/colours etc out there and are easily available to buy.
The packaging is in the distinctive black box which is quite small considering older straighteners seemed to come in massive boxes! The old style straighteners used to take a good 5 minutes to heat up and I had a pair that had the little box which had to be filled with water and connected, GHDs is completely different. Plug them in, switch the on button and they heat in in about 90 seconds and no water needed! Using them is quick and easy, the hair glides through without pulling or feeling like its burning, the heat of these straighteners is amazing, very rarely do I need to keep going over sections of my hair but this will vary on different hair types. To straighten my hair takes between 5-10 minutes but as mine is wavy it doesn't need as much straightening as those with curly hair.
For £110 I was expecting the best and that's what I got, I do have wavy hair so it does not require loads of straightening but a friend of mine who has very curly hair has commented how pleased she was with them. It leaves my hair straight until I wash it again and doesn't leave it feeling dry or damaged. I know that there are other straighteners out there for a much cheaper price but I brought these in 2006 when they were "new" and they are still as going and still as good as they were first day I used them and I very much doubt there are any other branded straighteners that would last even half this long. To me these are most definitely worth paying out for, for anybody who uses straighteners it will be the right choice!
My daughter bought me a pair of GHD straighteners several years ago. I had a different brand which was much cheaper but it didn't seem to work as well and my daughter got fed up of me spending so long on my hair and bought me these. They work so efficiently that they don't take long to use at all.
One of the things I love about these straighteners is that it doesn't take very long to get to the full heat it needs to work. I would say within 60 seconds it's hot enough. A light is red when you turn it on and when it reaches the right heat it begins to flash so you know it's ready.
They are not too wide so they are comfortable enough to hold and the actual heat plate is quite large so you can cover a good amount of hair at a time.
The straightener itself is not too thick which means you can get as close to your scalp as possible really which is good as otherwise it can be tricky to straighten hair properly.
I put a section into the plate whilst holding the straighteners, this can all be done with one hand it's very easy. I gently pull the straightners down so that it covers the full length of the hair. I find that just once over each area is enough to make it straight.
My hair is very hot immediately after but within a couple of seconds it has cooled down.
The effect is very straight hair. It takes the volume out which isn't always something I want but on the days that I am after straight hair this is just perfect.
The GHDs do get very hot so you have to be careful where you put them and make sure you turn them off. You can buy special mats to put them on that are heat proof which are very useful.
You can also use these to curl your hair apparently but I have never tried this.
The lead isn't all that long which is the only negative I can think of, it would be better if it could stretch a bit further than it does.
It's important to not let children near these as they could burn themselves.
All in all I really like these GHDs they straighten hair very quickly and effectively. They cost my daughter £99 which is a lot of money but they are very good quality
Have had my GHDs for about 4 years now and they are still working like new, even after I use them every other day. They have been dropped a number of times (by accident) and they are still working perfect!I would definaly recommended them to anyone!
My hair is fine, flyaway and almost like baby hair so it is very unruly. I do have naturally curly hair, and like most people, i would rather have a different hair type i.e. straight. I have straightened my hair now for many years and besides my first pair of straightners many years ago, i have always used ghd's because i feel they provide the best finish for your hair. The ghd gold which is the one i have now comes with a protective plate guard which keeps the two parts of the straightner plates together after use, preventing burning if you place it down when finished.
I have had my current GHD's for about 3 years and the pair before this lasted a good 7 years. As i use them most days, i feel i want reliablilty and i do get this. The styler has a very long cord so can be used without fear of having to be right next to a mirror. They heat extremely quickly and a red light will appear and will flash until ready. When ready the straightners make a tweeting noise to let you know they have reached the desired temperature. The product is very easy to hold and the ceramic plates provide a very smooth finish. They also give the hair a great shine. GHD's are more expensive than most with an average pair being about £99 but are well worth the extra as the quality of the ceramic plates and the lifetime use is far more superior to all other makes in my opinion.
Be warned though, hair straightening is addictive (at least in my case) and therefore can cause damage to the hair by thinning it and also burning the ends so use a good heat defense spray when using any hair straightners.
I got bought these about 5/6 years ago now as a birthday present. Before GHD's I was using Babyliss £30 ones and my mum spent over an hour every morning going over and over my hair with them to try and get it straight (my hair is wavy/frizzy, not even nearly curly). These little bad boys were an absolute dream of mine so when I got them I was over the moon, rather than spending an hour in the mornings to get straight/wavyish hair that would kink as soon as I walked outside, I only spent 10-15 minutes on my hair and ended up with perfect, long lasting shiny smooth straight hair.
Now when I got bought these they were about £130.00, however I believe you can now get this model for approx. £95.00 and although it seems a lot to pay out in one go for a hair styler, these are the best of the best and will LAST! Mine are still going strong (touch wood) 5-6 years on. It is definitely worth paying extra for, for quality.
Ceramic plates - fantastic for a good finish, makes your hair look shiny and silky.
200c heat - all straighteners will damage your hair, though these are maintained at a constant temperature which is proven to be the lowest heat to effectively style hair. Also at such temperatures it means you only need to run the plates over your hair once for a good finish whereas cheaper ones you have to go over your hair many times, causing more damage.
Heat up time - Another reason why paying the extra is worth it. They heat up in 5 seconds from turning them on and have a light AND a sound to make you aware that they are now at the correct temperature.
Safety switch - After they have been on for 30 minutes the red light that turns on to let you know they are hot enough, turns yellow and they beep to let you know that the safety is on and they are turning off. If it takes you longer than half hour you simply turn them off for 5 seconds and then turn them back on again. Some people may find this a nuisance but so many people forget to turn them off and this causes fires so better to be safe than sorry in my eyes.
They straighten quickly and efficiently and the results last all day! Now not only do they straighten but due to their curved edges they can also curl your hair. The outside of the end does heat up but not enough to burn you, only enough to enhance the curling abilities.
It also comes with a booklet with different ways to style your hair and how to go about doing so. (Loose curls, wavy, tight ringlets, straight etc)
One word of warning when using ANY heated styling products is to buy a decent heat protection spray.
Bought these on a whim after losing my last pair of cheapy straighteners. I have never looked back. My hair has been abused by bleach and even though ghds are hot they don't singe like other straighteners. I love experimenting with different styles. I no longer need straighteners, tongs, crimper etc ghds are the one stop shop.I'm a but clumsy so thought of attemting anything other than a straight style was slightly adventurous but after practise iam now styling like a pro. The cord is a great length as my plugs are quite a bit away from my mirror so it means i dont have to re- arrange my bedroom everytime i want to style my hair.The ocd-ness in me loves the 30 minute turn off. Out of the door and down the street thinking bugger have I turned my straighteners off !Mine have lasted a year and are still going strong even though I would love them to break so I had an excuse to get the gold ones!
At one point GHD's were the only hair straighteners I had ever used my whole life and I used to share them with my mum which was a pain as I didn't have my own which I could take away when I travelled or to at least keep in my room so I didn't have to go downstairs to get them all the time. So one Christmas I asked for my own and got these ones. They were amazing, but unfortunately they suddenly stopped working and kept making a funny noise when i tried to turn them on. We still haven't found anywhere to get them fixed.
WHAT I LOVE
I have naturally really curly hair and it makes it straight and manageable really quick. It also heats up really quick to a really high temperature. I'm not sure what it is exactly but I know its hotter than most others - it comes with a heat proof matt which is helpful since you don't want it to burn your floor!
WHAT I DON'T LOVE SO MUCH
It broke. I'm heartbroken honestly! I'm not saying this will happen to everyone as the GHD's I used before are still going. Also I always feel I need to clean them. And you have to be really careful with them because they get so hot, and they make your hair really hot so be careful not to burn yourself on your own hair!
Overall these straighteners are amazing and I'm gutted mine have broken.