“Everything that glistens IS GOLD”
GHD – or Good Hair Days to give it its official long name, are THE aspirational brand of straighteners in the UK. GHD are the gold standard of hair straightening there, so with this pair being actually named gold in their title, surely these must be destined to exceed all straightening expectations?
Tangled – not Disney style
‘Tangled’ may be a hugely successful Disney film based on the fairy tale of Rapunzel, but when it comes to even the longest of locks with the GHD Gold stylers, tangling is not an use. Smoother plates mean that the hair is smoothed and de-tangled so any prince would want to rescue you from the tallest of towers. The term professional finish is one that is thrown about a lot when it comes to straight hair but the GHD undoubtedly delivers salon look hair. Ker-ching!
Beach babe waves
Go to a salon, and the best stylists are now attached to their favourite pair of straighteners like a bee is to nectar. The days of using straightening irons just for the purposes of straightening are well and truly gone, and they are a versatile tool that creates stunning curls and waves. This is where the GHD Gold Styler starts to truly excel. Shaped plates have been designed to make any type of styling as stress free as possible and with the emphasis on a professional salon finish. I am happy to admit that I’m as amateur as it gets yet was quite impressed at my curling prowess with the GHD Gold. It is also worth mentioning that I curled at night, and was beach babe ready in the morning – no further styling needed. However they manage this, the curls are almost set in rock, something that I haven’t managed to achieve with other straighteners.
I can’t go any further with the review without bringing in the GHD Gold’s looks. If less is more, and style is minimal, then these are a classy act. Matte black with an array of gloss circles, randomly placed, and just the right amount of gold, is perfection for me. These are not cheap straighteners, so if I’m spending my hard earned cash on them, I want them to look A-MAZING. These do. They really do. GHHD are such an iconic brand that you may well want to leave them out so others admire your exquisite taste, and when your straighteners look this good, it’s almost a shame to put them away. But that seamlessly leads me on to the next point.
Plate it up – now!
Plates – a bit like when we’re on a diet, the size of your plate and what you put on it helps. GHD Gold is all about the ceramic plate, known to produce superlative results. I’ve already talked about them being smooth which increases shine and minimizes tangle, and I’ve raved about the contours that enable you to easily achievable a whole host of contemporary styles, so why oh why do I need yet another section dedicated to the plate?
Well the reason is simple – heat…quickly. We all could do with gaining a few extra minutes or even seconds in the day so the fact that these heat up in a flash is a real plus point. As instant as it gets, once you’ve switched them on, it’s hardly worth moving away as you will hear the tell-tale ‘I’m ready!’ beep by the time you’ve turned away. And I do mean heat that is effective. There’s no point straighteners heating up quickly if they still need a little longer to actually straighten well. These are ready to use, straighten and go – genius!
Health and safety executives not needed
Straighteners have come in for a fair bit of criticism when it comes to both health and safety over the years. Tales of burnt ears and necks needing hospital admissions as well as stories about appliances overheating are not just the stuff of folk-lore. But the technology has come a long way and the GHD Gold Stylers are a great example of just how far.
The body of the styler is lighter and cooler than ever before. Not only does this mean easier styling, but also less strain on the arms, hands, neck etc and less risk of burn.
And there is an auto shut-off after 30 minutes, meaning that however forgetful you are, it doesn’t really matter, although this is never a guarantee of course.
Another feature I hadn’t seen before on any other make is the plate guard that means you can put the straighteners away straight after use. To be honest, as fab as this seems, I’m a little wary and would still be tempted to leave them out to cool, but the facility exists for those a little less paranoid than myself.
But with me raving about so many positives and so few negatives, in the fairness of balance, he’s a summary of major pros with a selection of cons.
PROS –GHD s have an amazing reputation and come with a 2 year guarantee, results are so good professionals don’t hesitate to use them for straightening as well as waves/curls, plate guards are a nifty feature despite the fact that they would panic me
CONS – errrr, errmmmmm, lack of manual temperature control and no temperature display
You’ve guessed it, I am a GHD fan and the GHD Gold Stylers have done nothing to make me think that my loyalty is misplaced. These are impressive and will deliver – there’s not much more I can say!