Negative ions have been a longtime fan favorite in the hair care industry, and it is no surprise that this same technology would appear in our top picks for the best hair straightener. Negative ions have been found to reduce static and frizz while locking in moisture, and the same goes for your hair when you use the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron!
But, surprisingly, finding the best flat iron doesn’t have to be a nightmare (yes, really). First, know that the more efficiently your straightener works, the better it is for the overall health of your hair, which meant it’s time to throw away your gunk-covered flat iron from high school. Second, it’s 2019, and straighteners have come a loooong way in the last decade, so even though, sure, there are certain flat irons that are better for certain hair types (more on that below), you can kinda pick and choose whichever straightener seems best, and you really can’t go wrong.
I love these, they glide smoothly through my hair and leave it looking and feeling silky and healthy. My hair type is fine/normal and slightly wavy. My hair is bad at holding curls I can create some great beach’s waves with these that last all day. Only thins that annoying is the plastic casing of the plate has a seam in in which my fine hair finds a way to get trapped in, which never happened with my old GHDs that I have for 10 years. Also kinda wish the button was a switch like the used to be, the press and hold button to switch on and audio feedback just feels a little out of sync and devalues the experience for me. Still worth the $200 I paid for them though.
What are GHD straighteners?
This hair straightener is terrible. It was so damaging and it wouldn’t even straighten my hair. I have wavy hair, so it isn’t even curly or difficult to straighten. I noticed a ton of breakage after using this hair straightener as well. I had all these little short pieces of hair sticking up over my head. I’m not sure what the deal is because I’ve heard so many great things about this hair straightener, yet it was insanely bad for me. I ended up returning it to Sephora.
GHD Flight travel hair dryer – For a completely different take, check out this compact travel accessory. Designed to be stowed away safely in baggage and used anywhere in the world, the GHD Flight travel hair dryer comes with a clever folding handle to minimise its dimensions and is 50% lighter than a standard Air version. It's also around 30% less powerful, but that's excellent performance for a dryer of this size. Moreover, it's quite a bit cheaper than the Air, so it's also a good budget option for general purposes.
This tool’s unique feature is its real pearl-infused plates, which one reviewer says leave her hair “shiny and smooth. It doesn’t snag/grab pieces tiny strands of hair like some lower-end irons I’ve used. It is professional quality, no doubt.” Another compares it to pricey professional products, saying, “With frizzy hair, flat irons are a part of life. I’ve had tons of irons and even spent well over a hundred on a single professional iron my stylists have sworn by and this is the best I have ever come across, period … I had to go and buy everyone in my family one since I love it so much! Even bought an extra one to keep at my desk at work in case I ever need a quick fix.”
How often should you replace GHD?
Unlike the plain Jane ceramic plates of most hair straighteners, the tourmaline-infused ceramic plates in the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron are designed to keep your hair healthy during styling. Specifically, the tourmaline helps to more evenly distribute the heat during use which, in turn, creates a higher number of negative ions for shinier and healthier looking hair with each use. This reduces the static electricity created, meaning you get a sleeker, smoother style.
Sephora’s best-selling hair straightener and flat iron list is dominated by styling tools from big hitter GHD. The crème de la crème on the beauty retailer’s list is GHD’s Platinum+ Professional Performance 1” Styler. The flat iron operates at 365-degrees Fahrenheit, which the brand considers “the optimum styling temperature for even healthier hair,” has a 20-second heat-up time, and a heat-resistant plate guard to protect your furniture and other surfaces. While the price point is definitely on the higher side, GHD’s hair straightener uses predictive technology that adapts to your hair’s individual texture and needs, promising you a unique — and worth it — hair-styling experience.