All of the experts we consulted unanimously agreed on one thing: that sunscreen is, hands down, the most crucial skin-care product. It’s “of utmost importance as part of your year-round regimen,” Dr. Charles points out. “Daily and consistent sunscreen use helps to prevent the development of fine lines and wrinkles, textural imperfections, and changes in the appearance of pores over time. More importantly, daily sunscreen use can help to prevent the formation of certain skin cancers.” To make it easy to remember, experts recommend using a daily moisturizer with a built-in broad spectrum SPF of at least 30.
The GHD Platinum+ Styler claims to be the world's first predictive straightener, meaning it takes into consideration the thickness or thinness of your hair in order to determine the amount of power it needs to get your hair straight and maintain the ideal 365-degree styling temperature. That way, you can straighten your hair evenly with minimal damage or having to worry about the iron getting too hot. Say you have super thick hair or are styling a thick section. The Platinum+ Styler will exert more power to straighten it than if you've got thin hair or are passing the iron over a thinner section. GHD says to expect 70 percent less breakage, 20 percent more shine, and twice the color protection if you use their brand-new, $249 iron.
So, when it comes to hair care, it is no surprise that the healing benefits of infrared technology would make their way into the industry sooner or later! The far infrared technology in the CHI Air Expert Classic Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron leaves your hair looking and feeling smoother and silkier than ever before, while helping to restore your strands to their naturally strong and beautiful thickness.
If you are unsure what exactly your hair type is (or if it has changed over the years, which happens more often than you’d think!), check out this incredible overview by the hair professionals at Redken! Don’t stress if you have combination hair (i.e., fine and curly or thin and straight) either; we recommend choosing a hair straightener based on your biggest hair complaint and focusing on that problem first. So, if your curls are driving your nuts, you will want to select a hair straightener with higher temperatures, thin hair needs moisture, etc. You’ll find that your entire hair type can usually benefit from the extra TLC!
Titanium straighteners are the most popular choice in both salons and professional hairstylist kits, but that doesn't necessarily mean they’re the best for your own hair type (ahem, read the whole titanium vs. ceramic debate above). Regardless of the flat iron you choose, keep the heat low (the lowest and safest temperature possible to still straighten your hair) and use a good heat-protectant spray beforehand.
Any hair texture can benefit from this iron — wavy, curly, coiled, you name it. The black titanium plates fight frizzies and strengthen hair at the same time (even though you're still clamping it between fiery hot metal plates) thanks to their infrared heat technology. Feel free to take yours anywhere in the world, as it’s made with a dual voltage that’s perfect for travel.
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?
GHD Air Festival Collection – As with the firm's straighteners, GHD has released a festival edition of the Air dryer. There's not a huge amount of difference between the two models, both in terms of features and price, although the Festival Edition does come with a couple of extra filters. However, fundamentally, it's just an Air dryer with a slightly different look.
Breakthrough ultra-zone with predictive technology intelligently predicts your hair’s needs and constantly adapts to ensure the optimum styling temperature of 365°F at all times. It monitors heat 250x a second and recognizes your hair type and the speed at which you are styling to control heat more effectively than ever before. Now thanks to Platinum+, get ultimate results with visibly healthier hair.
Do GHDs ruin your hair?
Most of the hair straighteners we reviewed heat up in under a minute, but the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron has to be one of the fastest on the market! In as little as 20 seconds, this hair straightener transforms from cool to hot, hot, hot! With this model, there is no need to wait around for your hair straightener to warm up, which means you spend less time getting ready in the morning and more time getting on with your day.