My Turbo Ion hair straightener died. I had the choice to get another Turbo (it worked quite well, I thought , until the day it didn't anymore, had lasted over 2 years) or maybe try out the ghd. I am a cheapskate on many levels but also believe that if you buy the best then you only cry once. After a week of research and google searches of "better than ghd" I came to the conclusion that there was a general consensus that while a number of other brands are excellent, nothing surpasses the ghd. I then had the task of finding one at a discount, because I am congenitally incapable of paying full price for anything.
Never did find one at % off, from any online wholesalers or closeouts- clever people those ghd folks, they know not to chip away at brand prestige though discounting. I did satisfy my inner miser by buying the Mark IV (one inch wide) instead of the Mark V that has just come out. It was cheaper by $100 or so, and the guy at the store said it had all the same features, just no gold sparkly housing (who cares) and the new one had sliiiiightly smoother plates.
Well I don't know how much smoother they could be! The ones on the Mark IV positively GLIDE. I tried the thing the next morning. Straightening my hair (from dry) took less than three minutes. My boyfriend, who was watching over his bacon and eggs (I do my straightening at the breakfast table- what, you don't?), was amazed. One pass through the plates for each section and my hair seemed to 'drop' into smoothness. My hair is medium texture to perhaps slightly coarse (I'm getting ooooooold!), and reaches the bottom of my shoulderblades. The front sections of my hair are, for some inexplicable reason, quite curly whereas the rest of my hair has waves, We're usually looking at ten, fifteen minutes. The ghd IV not only made it flat, it made it SHINY, and with no static at all. I added the microdroplet of generic silicone serum I always apply in the hope that my straight hair will make it through my commute and walk through the weather (and which, upon reflection, had never proved effective in this). I am at work now, having walked through the park for a half-hour, with a fairly stiff breeze and a little bit of head-sweatage from the physical effort, and MY HAIR LOOKS FREAKIN' FANTASTIC, smooooooth and silky neat and shiny.
So glad I finally shelled out. Should have done it in the first place!
I've had my ghd for so long and it works great! it has an indicator noise to notify you when it's at the right temp, which only takes seconds. It personalizes to the temp you need so no more putting the heat all the way up. Major mistake for most, pretty much just frying your hair when it's at 400 degrees. It also shuts off after 15 minutes of not being used, so I never have to wonder on those super rushed days if I left it on at home, or more often when people want to borrow it and leave it on all night long!
Love my ghd so much. I bought the 'Precious' pack a couple of years ago because I love anything with sparkles! :D
Still works as brilliantly as the day I got it and I love the case it came with. I will never buy another straightener. I wanted the white one SO BAD when it came out but couldn't justify another $300 just for a colour change, lol.
Best hair straighter out there (also good as a hair curler). It straightens like a dream, no need to go back and re-straighten a section because it gets each strand of hair the first time without looking frizzy. Doesn't give me kinks after straightening and my hair doesn't look fried either. Still haven't quite mastered the curled hair yet with this, but there are tutorials on youtube on how to do so. Is an investment since ghd's are quite expensive, but worth it because mine has lasted me forever.
got mine from sephora recently and couldn't wait to try it out. i have straight hair naturally but i have these annoying flips at the ends of my hair that my previous flat iron (a drug store brand) could not eliminate. i've long desired the pin straight flawless look and one pass of this flat iron gave it to me! and it felt soo silky after as welll. i feel like im going to become addicted to this iron!! the tool itself is very sleek and heats up extremely quickly so i loved that.
One cautionary note when buying this online: there are many knock-offs out there. i originally bought one from a fake ghd look-alike site as it was considerably cheaper (that alone should have alerted me) but one google search after made me cancel that purchase immediately.
anyway ...i'm thoroughly enjoying my new love affair with the ghd gold series straightener
I cannot fault my GHDs. I don't think there is a bad thing I can say about them. They heat up in about 3 seconds and tell you they're ready by a beep, perfectly and effortlessly straighten my hair in about 2 minutes, and they even turn themselves off after 30 mins if I forget to. They are expensive but truly worth every penny.
I love my GHD. I got on the band wagon pretty early, and bought my 1 inch irons for AUD$300 in 2005. It's almost 6 years old and still going strong.
It makes my hair silky and smooth for days, and is super easy to us to curl. I wouldn't use another brand of straightener, and would replace it if it ever **sob** died on me.
5 lippies all the way. HG.
Oh I hope I dont jinx myself when I say I have had mine for 4 years or so and it hasnt quit on me yet! Im a Hair Stylist and I have tried them all CHI,Bio Ionic,etc...nothing touches this.I dont even use a curling iron,seriously it is my all in one tool! Short hair,long....bring it! I can curl a head of hair in less than half the time because of consistent heat!I To straighten,it is like silk! Do yourself and your hair a favor,try it!
The BEST straightener I've tried so far.
The only con is you can't control the temp. and it gets HOT.
I recommend the 1" because the 2" is heavier and doesn't make a difference (I've had both).
I was skeptical about buying one of these, since a) I hated fussing with my thick, dry, wavy blasian hair and b) it was hella expensive. But, I saw one of the LE ones (Pure Dark) for under $150 at my stylist's one day, and snatched it up before anyone else could. It's been several years now, and I regret the purchase not one bit. It's slim, easy to clean, starts up lightning quick, and the included carrying case makes it easy to transport. Back when I was using cheapo straightening irons my curl would come back within a day, but not with the GHD, my hair stays straight until I wash it out. Used together with the GHD hair protecting spray my hair is glossy, straight. and healthy. I used to always keep my hair short for ease, now I have it long and lustrous. The day this iron finally dies, I'll run out and immediately buy another...one of the blue ones if they're still available then. :)