The only reason I wouldn't buy this again is because I won't have to: four years in, and it's still going strong. Or it would be if it wasn't in a different country (different voltages in Asia *sob*).
AMAZING. Absolutely amazing. I'm British and this is a British brand, I think, and every hairdresser worth their salt has one in the UK. Has done for the last eight or nine years, as far as I know: everyone I've been to anyway. And every single one says "this is the best hair straightener in the world".
So: heats up quickly, leaves hair smooooooth and shiny and STAYS that way until the next wash.
BUT BUT BUT - and here's the best bit. My hairdresser taught me how to "style" with it as well, and you will honestly never need curlers again. To make "beach waves", run the straightener down the hair to make it smooth. Then run it down again, slowly. After an inch or so, bend the barrel 180 degrees and slide it down another inch, then bend it THE OTHER WAY and slide it down another inch. Repeat to the end. If you want BIGGER waves, leave it two inches or three inches before you bend it. Smaller waves? Less. I tried this SO many times - just bend my hair with it and coming out with nothing at all - before I realised you have to PULL it along the hair while it's bent at 180. That's what gives it the curl. Gives you perfect, wavy, smooth, shiny hair.
And curls? Does them too. You know how you get a bit of ribbon, and then the blade of a pair of scissors, and sort of turn it on the edge and slide it along the whole of the ribbon and it curls? Do the same to your hair with the GHD. Hairdresser showed me this one too. Curls it exactly the same. And it's smooth, controllable curls: bigger or smaller depending on how tight you do it (as with the ribbon).
Honestly - you actually never need another styling product again (apart from a hairdryer, and if you want to you can use this on natural dry hair. Wouldn't advise it on wet hair though because it gets REALLY hot and will snap it).
Straight, waves, curls: all of the above. Lasts forever, looks amazing. Light and easy to travel with. Worth every penny.
Oh, and I don't know what the deal is now in the UK but they have seasonal specials. Normally it's black, but they did a gold one a while ago, and a pink one for Breast Cancer.
It upsets me hugely that it won't plug into the voltage levels in Japan. :(
So I know most of you guys have seen or heard about the GHD hair straighteners and are probably like "260$ for a hairstraightener? WTH??" But trust me this is well worth the money, and it's deffinatly a big splurge but you get what you pay for and this just proves it. And if you don't want to spend the money just ask for it as birthday present or christmas. That's exactly what I did:] So it was two days before my birthday and my lovely boyfriend took me to the watertower to pick out a gift for me, and we went into sephora and I saw the GHD dazzle gift set which comes with a really adorable black case with glitter and a bow, and you get the mini hairdryer with it also. And of course you get your beautiful GHD hair straightener. And right then I knew I had to have it, since I saw so many people rave about it on youtube and I thought that is way too much to pay for a hair straightener, especially since my hair is already naturally straight with some wave to it. But seeing it at sephora made me change my mind.It just looked so sleek and polished and expensive. Not too mention I was gonna just get a bunch of makeup but instead decided to get this since it's definatly a good investment and will last me for quite some time. So my boyfriend bought me the GHD and we got to my house and I imiedietly plugged it in and I was amazed at how quickly it heated up; 30 seconds!! that's fast and I used it on my hair and it looked amazing. So shiny and silky as if I just came back from the salon. Seriously this makes any dull hair look so beautiful, like the name GHD states you will truely have a GREAT HAIR DAY when you use this. And now it's been 3 months since I got it and everytime I use this, I feel like my hair just goes from ok to beautiful. It's truely amazing, and my boyfriend who is usually very skeptical about splurging on makeup and hair stuff uses it and loves it as well. I love everything about this hair straightener and recommend it 100% I don't think I would ever replace my GHD with any other
Use this to curl my very straight Asian hair. Don't need to go into too much detail as this is a product I'll love and all my friends love it too. Heats up quickly (180 degrees I think the newer models go upto - which is better IMO), nice and sleek although I've loving the new colours that are out... and perfect for curling. So quick and easy to use. Everyone, if you are unsure what to get just go the safe option and get the GHD.
I am biracial and my hair is naturally very thick and curly. I chemically straighten it but there is still some curls/waves to it so I have to straighten it every time I wash my hair (once a week). The GHD does get my hair nice and straight, however, it comes at a price. GHD's are incredibly hot and they do damage the hair. The price I pay for straightening my hair with GHDs is dryness, split ends and general damage. Notice that I only used the straightners once a week yet they still really damaged my hair. I don't get this with my other ceramic straighteners because they do not get as hot as these. I was sick of the damage GHDs caused my hair, so now I only use it to straighten my bangs. Since stopping using them on all of my hair, my hair is now much more healthy and not split at all. I've burnt myself 2 times with my GHDs and both times I had to go to hospital...I burnt my thumb back in my early teens which formed a massive blister that burst, bled, and got infected. Second time I burnt my ear and the same thing happened. So be really careful because man, these GHDs are HOT! But I do like that the GHD keeps my hair straight for a long time and stops humidity affecting my hair as much. I'll only use this on special occasions.
I love my hair, I really do, but sometimes it can be a bit hard to handle. I am african american with a full head of thick, tightly coiled hair that is not relaxed. Nope, I'm 100% natural. My hair's dry and frizzy and I generally keep it held back in a bun because it's so much to deal with.
I've always wanted shiny, straight, soft hair and have tried every hair product/tool known to man. Sedu, Chi, Babyliss they all left something to be desired - either they fried my hair or didn't get it straight enough. I finally found GHD and I think it's the one I've been waiting for - true hair love! My hair is bone straight as I type this. It's soft and so shiny you could see your reflection in it! There are a few tricks to acheiving this look however - here's what I've found...
1. Make sure your hair is of course freshly washed and deep conditioned - but also trimmed! I tried the GHD once and my ends didn't get as straight as I would have liked, so I trimmed them and tried again. The difference was amazing. My ends are perfectly straight now.
2. Of course use a heat protectant spray or serum (I like the IC Fantasia - it's cheap and really works). But beyond that use as little product as you can get away with. You definitely want some kind of leave in conditioner - but save the oils and oily creams - they'll only way down your hair and you won't get that swingy, bouncy hair we all crave.
3. Use a rat tail comb to guide the iron through your hair in it's coarsest places. This detangles the hair allowing the iron to touch each strand and do it's job.
4. Skip the curling iron and make your curls with the ghd. This will save your hair even more heat damage, plus this iron makes great curls that really last.
Just remember if you're going to use heat tools on your hair (no matter what brand) you have to take really good care of your hair. Regular trims, deep condition at least once a week (for girls with my type of hair), moisturize like crazy and treat your hair like it's gold. Then let the Ghd do the rest!
I have super thick, frizzy, long, curly hair. Before i got my GHD I was blow-drying my hair and THEN staigthening it, and even then it never held. But then I got my GHD and I just left my hair air-dry, and i get my hair done in about 20 minutes... it works absolute wonders and almost changes the texture of my hair. THE best straightener out on the market!
Excellent quality, works perfectly, no issues whatsoever. Works great on all hair textures giving beautifully shiny, smooth, straight hair. Also curls if you want.
OMG I can't believe I haven't reviewed this so far. It is THE perfect straightening iron. Leaves my hair smooth, shiny and silky. It has saloon length swivel cord, it's very easy to handle, glides nicely...
The only downside is that it doesn't have adjustable temperature settings, and it heats up to astronomical temperatures, so this can be a bit much for fine hair...
It's expensive but definitelt worth every penny. Invest in a good hair strainghtener!
Note I ordered my from Sephora, it says it is the "Classic" flat iron so I'm not sure if it is the IV style or not.
I have thick, frizzy Asian hair and have tried different straightening methods over the years. The best result was with Japanese Thermal Reconditioning, but I had to stopp doing that because it was very costly. I had tried different moose, gel, spray and none of them do anything except weighing my hair down and makes my hair look greasy. I have heard that ceramic hair iron works but didnt want to shell out hundreds of dollars so I got a couple of cheap ones over the years, and they make my hair frizzy and dry instead of silky and smooth.
I had given up on my hair when I was talking to one of my friends, who has blond, thin hair and whom I had always assumed had naturally beautiful straight hair. To my surprise she revealed that she actually uses this GHD everyday to make her hair look nice. She was an absolute believer and did such a good job on convincing me that this is the best thing ever that I bit the bullet and ordered this from Sephora just to try. I figured that if I don't like it I can always return, because my friend and I had completely different types of hair.
Well it worked amazingly well! I have never achieved this kind of result with any other product except the Japanese TR. I am absolutely hooked! In the morning I only spent about 5min using it because 1. I don't have the time to and 2. I dont want to damage my hair too much. I have received several compliments from coworkers and people are always surprised that I only spent 5min doing my hair. So far I'm loving my new toy and although I promised myself not to use it everyday in fear of doing too much damages to my hair, I find myself reaching for it every morning! I do use a heat protectant spray with it as it gets VERY hot. So far, loving it and yup, I threw and way that Sephora receipt after I used it for the first time. It's a keeper!
The bet flat iron ever! I've been through a few and this is by far the best. It leaves my huge curly frizzy poufy hair sleak and shiny. I love it. Worth ever penny!