I had a solia flat iron that just died after about 8 years I looked to repurchase the same brand but it looks as though it no longer gets good reviews. Ugh... So after a few days of reading reviews and such I went with the ghd. I wasn't sure I would like not having control of the temperature. I have long curly frizzy hair. I usually use a higher then should temp. 400 ...anyway took a chance and really like it thus far. It doesn't get as hot as my solia but it straightens quicker how's that possible and the 1 inch makes it easy to curl my ends. Love it so far. Hopefully it lasts me as long as my solia.
This is an amazing styler I've used regular curling irons for the last couple of decades with my preference being a fatter iron. This is the first time that I've used a flat iron. I had a lot of fun playing with it and was surprised by how well and how quickly it worked. It heated almost instantly sounding a chime when it was ready to use. I sectioned off my hair and used it according to the directions on their website. It felt so slick and smooth as I pulled it down my hair that I wondered if it even made contact. However my hair was warm and perfectly straight so it did the trick it only took a few minutes for my entire head of hair to be stick straight. That's not how I wear it I was just playing. I found directions online for curling with the ghd styler and went to work. It was a little tricky at first because I was using it a way that I never used a curling iron. It didn't take long for me to get the hang of it and soon I had loose waves and curls that looked and felt wonderful. I'm thrilled with it the ghd classic styler that I received is genuine. Based on the comments here I immediately went to the ghd website and registered it and verified that it was the real deal. The only problem I had was reading the tiny date code printed inside the unit. I finally had to take a picture of it with my phone and enlarge it a little so I could make out the numbers.
Was worried following some negative reviews about this not being a genuine ghd product. However product arrived with ghd tag with details on how to register with ghd. This was done on the official ghd website and ghd have verified the product.