Hair Products and Tools, Reviews

Review: GHD Hair Straightener

GHD produces one of the top selling hair straighteners on the market. Folica.com rates it as one of their top 10 straighteners and professional hairstylists have been using them for years. I had to opportunity to test one out and It’s been making my job a lot easier.

Features

  •  With a GHD, you don’t have to limit their use to just straightening. The rounded barrel allows you to curl, flick and add volume all with the one iron.
  • GHD’s advanced ceramic technology senses the porosity of your hair, applying the perfect amount of heat each time (eliminating too much heat on areas of your hair that are damaged).
  • GHD stylers seal in your hair’s natural oils, moisture and color.
  • The best feature of the GHD is that they have a “Sleep Mode” which shuts the styler off after 30 minutes of no use. I can’t even count the number of times I have left my curling irons and straighteners on all day long because I forget to switch them off before I leave the house.
  • They have universal voltage for travelers.
  • Last but not least, the irons go into “shiver mode” if the room temperature drops below 5 degrees. Shiver Mode fights condensation that occurs in such low temps, which could damage your iron. I don’t know about you but I always find myself straightening my hair in less than 5 degree weather..

I have been testing my flat iron out on set for several weeks, on all different hair types. The very best thing about it is how quickly it heats up. I usually need turn my hot tools on way before I actually start using them, but with this flat iron it makes a chirping sound within 30 seconds, letting me know it’s hot enough for use! It straightens hair perfectly, leaving it shiny and soft. Last week, I was working with a model who had very straight hair already. The photographer wanted to add a little bit of body to her hair, while keeping the straight style. I used my GHD to add lift at the roots and movement at the ends. It was so easy, and made her hair look voluminous and full. I’ve been experimenting with it,  making curls and crimps and it’s amazing how many styles you can create with just one tool. I have already replaced my current straightener (a CHI) with this GHD.

Which Styler is Best for You?

There are three different sizes of the GHD stylers. The regular size is their most popular, and will work with all hair types. They have one with wide plates which is great for super long hair, or really thick hair. The wide styler will create larger curls. Lastly, they have the option of a ministyler for short hair. This one is also great for men!

regular

wide

mini.

Cons

  • Unfortunately, GHD stylers are on the more expensive side. Expect to pay between $200-300 depending on where you buy it.
  • For some reason, after about 4 weeks of use my flat iron stopped heating up. I contacted the company and they sent me another one free of charge. My second one hasn’t shown any sign of malfunction.

What flat iron do you use?


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me by the company.  I pride myself in providing my readers with honest feedback of the products I am testing. I will not recommend something I would not use personally or professionally. Sending me product does not guarantee a review and I accept no monetary compensation for in exchange for reviews.

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20 Comments

  • Reply Cheryl March 23, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I’ve been saving to buy one of these! and this makes me wish I had the money right now lol!

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey March 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm

      It will be worth the wait when you finally get it 🙂

  • Reply Alli March 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I have the regular straightener and I LOVE it!!!! My hair is super thick and curly but when I use this, it makes it soft and straight. :mrgreen:

  • Reply Chelsea March 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I love love love the GHD flat iron!!! I cannot stress how important it is to be careful when choosing the *right* flat iron for your hair. It doesn’t damage your hair like most irons, and cuts down your prep time in half!!!!! 🙂 Even though it is expensive, it saves you from spending more money on a curling iron….LOVED YOUR BLOG..didn’t know about the shiver mode:)

  • Reply SOLD March 31, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    buying one!

  • Reply hediat April 14, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    It is simply matchless 🙂

  • Reply herve leger fan June 3, 2010 at 1:41 am

    wow… so nice GHD , i like 😀

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    ghd is a magic and it is classic.

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  • Reply Christina March 18, 2011 at 10:35 am

    I have to say this is by far the best flat iron created. It does not damage your hair and gets the job done with one use, while other straightening irons leave you pulling through your hair over 3-4 times.

    I am a hair extension specialist to actresses, models, & socialites. I have developed my own system of hair extensions without damaging your natural hair. Every other hair stylist will tell you the same exact thing, “These hair extensions will not break off your hair,” however my technique has proof. I have post Cancer patients, whom I’ve helped grow out their natural hair within less than a year.

  • Reply Barby August 23, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    I just bought one!!!!

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey September 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      Yay! I hope you love it!

  • Reply Julie January 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Please beware….if your GHD flat iron breaks after 2 years it is not repairable! GHD does not repair their flat irons. They offer $30 towards the purchase of a new one. Mine broke after 2-1/2 years. For $200 it was a waste of money. Just fyi, I did go through their customer service to no avail.

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey January 30, 2012 at 4:44 pm

      Hi Julie!
      Thanks so much for your comment about your experience. Definitely something people need to consider if they decide to purchase a GHD.

  • Reply Sng June 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I bought my first about five years ago and it was always over heating, I got a new one about three years ago and this one could switch on and off, I had a room mate and one day came back to see a bit of it chip off, it fell from my hand yesterday and broke into pieces, I don’t see why if they advertise ten years warrantee, why should it not be replaced, I’m tempted to get a new one, but that would make it £ 300 on GHD. I’ll try a cheaper brand this time.

  • Reply Stephanie November 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

    I’ve had several hair straighteners now. Most of them failed after 6 months of use. Ok i admit they are not the expensive type of flat iron. Now I’m tempted to give ghd a try. But i’m still doubting if that is really worthe the money. Is it really true that ghd hair straightener breaks off after 2 years?

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey November 29, 2014 at 6:20 pm

      Hi Stephanie,
      I’ve used this GHD in my hair kit since writing this post 4 years ago, and It’s still going strong. I have heard that they do break, but mine has not. I’ve also heard good things about Rusk flat irons.

  • Reply Faith June 24, 2016 at 1:07 am

    nice hair straightening tool

  • Reply Emilia Stark February 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Rounded barrels of GHD Flat irons ensures you to create voluminous hairs without any effort. Your detailed information helped a lot, Now I am pretty sure to add this flat iron to my cart.

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