This is an expensive straightener, but it's worth every penny! I've had mine now for over a year, and I know I'll have it for many years to come. The iron itself is black and gold. I have long, thick, straight hair, but it gets a little wavy underneath if I let it air dry. If I blow dry it, it gets a little poofy and I use this to give it a more smooth, sleek look. It takes a couple passes of going over my hair before it's completely straight, but with cheaper ones it takes longer. It doesn't take too long to do all of my hair. It heats up super fast, and if I'm in a hurry and forget to turn it off, it turns off by itself after thirty minutes. I have dropped it a few times, and it's still going strong. I recommend this for everyone.

"About to re-purchase!My GHD has lasted going on 9 years (literally through THICK & THIN).* Nice firm/gliding grip/No tug/pull of the hair. Opens and closes gracefully (doesn't sound like it needs WD40 LOL. EASILLY CLEANS. NO Lines are left on the hair strand , easy for clients to use with confidance as well. Doesn't project a burning steam with product close to scalp. Bevels well. Works great as a waver..... this is a Universal Flat Iron for all ethnicities!"
In 2001, ghd revolutionized the way women styled their hair with the launch of its first styler - a professional tool designed for salon use that could also be easily used at home. ghd continues to be one of the leader and innovator in hair styling with its range of professional brushes, hair straighteners and hair dryers, and ghd Style styling products.

Inferior hair straighteners take a very long time to heat, and you really need to make sure that they’re on their highest setting to have any effect. But that means getting lots of split ends, and you hair often looks frizzy, dry, and generally unhealthy. And once you go outside, if ever you live in an area that’s a bit humid the straight hair quickly goes to its default pouf settings. 
I worked in the hair industry for a while so I've used a lot of high end flat irons and I got to say, this one did not impress me at all. I'd never used a GHD before this btw (none of the stylists I know have one) but I ended up ordering the GHD classic styler--which btw seems to be the same as the "IV styler"--instead of the CHI Turbo due to the fact that at the time, the GHD was on sale and basically the same price yet it offered more versatility (the turbo has a velvet cover so you can't use it to curl).

ghd will always be one of our top picks when it comes to straighteners and stylers. This brand have been around for almost two decades, and have easily established themselves as a go-to for celebrities and professionals. As if you weren’t already spoiled for choice, we’re excited to announce the release of the new ghd Gold, a professional-quality straightener with all of the bells and whistles you want from your day-to-day heated tool.
As far as we’re concerned, this is the best hair straightener we’ve tried. Not only does it heat up in record time (only 30 seconds until it hits 365°F), it’s also been lauded for its frizz fighting capabilities—as mentioned above, a must down South. What’s more, it lasts. One editor’s trusty Classic Styler is still going strong after 4 years of almost daily use.  
This overpriced iron is good if you have naturally fine, soft or wavy hair. If you have coarse, thick hair it will not do the job, or it will take you several passes. This is not unique to the GHD, this applies to ALL CERAMIC straighteners. The Auto shut off and dual voltage is awesome, but it is not worth it if the iron does not provide sleek, durable straight hair. If you have kinky, unruly, poofy hair go with TItanium, hand down!!
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