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.
Original GHD IV Styler - The most affordable straightener in the GHD range, the Original IV was where it all began. More than just a no-frills styling tool, this straightener includes a range of functions that are typical of GHD products, such as ceramic plates, universal voltage, sleep mode, and the rounded barrel. So while it's definitely a notch down from the Platinum or Gold versions, it's still superior to most of the straighteners you'll find in high street beauty stores.
If you lived through this particular time in our world history, then you probably remember the super straight hairstyles that we all sported a time or two (bonus points if you took a photo of yourself like this in your bathroom mirror using a digital camera!). For reasons we may never know for certain, sharp and straight hair was the hairstyle of choice back in the early 2000’s giving the good old hair straightener somewhat of a bad reputation.
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.
Good Hair Day started life in Leeds in 2001, when the core team of Susan Powls, Robert Powls, Gary Douglas, and Martin Penny decided to put their knowledge of the beauty industry into practice. Instead of designing the first GHD prototype from scratch, the team used contacts with the South Korean industry to import a style of straightener that had rarely been seen in the UK. But their real expertise was networking. In no time, the company had parleyed a few product launches into an empire supplying salons across the country.
For better or worse, we are B-U-S-Y nowadays. Running from meeting to meeting and trying to pick up our kids from carpool before soccer practice, it’s no wonder that we often place ourselves at the bottom of our daily priority list. This mindset typically carries over into our appearances and explains why more women than ever are rocking messy top knots and buns than ever before.
Featuring breakthrough ultra-zone predictive technology, the ghd platinum+ styler recognises each section of hair and adapts the temperature to ensure the optimum temperature of 185ºC is consistent across the two plates allowing for 70% stronger hair*, 20% more shine and 2x more colour protection. The heat is monitored 250 times per second and through its predictive technology, the styler recognises the thickness of your hair and speed at which you are styling and adjusts accordingly so you get unbeatable results personalised to you.
Before placing your entire head under unnecessary heat conditions, try straightening a small section of your hair with what you believe is your ideal heat setting. Take notice of the way your hair reacts to this temperature, paying close attention to any fraying or singeing that may result. Smoking and that dreaded burnt hair smell are a sign that you may need to tone it down a bit to avoid permanent damage to your precious locks.
The straighening floating plates of the ghd Gold Styler boast a new dual-zone technology and heat up in just 25 seconds. The dual-zone technology features two heat sensors that regulate the optimal temperature of 185°C from root to tip as you straighten, ensuring your locks are straight and ultra-sleek. The shimmering gold accents add a touch of luxury to the styler as the round barrel shape makes the Gold Styler perfect for easy, versatile, snag-free styling.
Research Director Lori Segal also gave the iron a go. She's used GHD's original Platinum Styler, but found that it didn't smooth her hair to her liking. "It still left my naturally wavy hair a bit fluffy, even when straight," she says. But she felt as if this iteration of the iron gave her a look that is more her speed. "There was a clear difference in this one making my hair flatter and less puffy than the previous model. And the finish is less frizzy and dry." While she mentioned she feelt like she needed to add a smoothing serum to get her hair as sleek as she wanted it, she does appreciate the temperature-control technology. "I like that it still heats to a 'safe' temperature for my hair type without scorching it and that it heats up quickly and evenly."
Fine or thinning hair can easily become damaged under too much heat, so cooler temperatures (i.e., those under 300° F) are ideal for these hair types. If you have very curly, course, or thick hair, then higher temperatures upwards of 400° F may be more suitable to your needs. With the ISA Professional Titanium Flat Iron, you can cool it down to 265° F if need be and also crank it up to a whopping 450° F for textured styled.
If your hair is plagued by tangles and knots on a regular basis (even in between straightening!), try switching your hairbrush out for a wide-toothed comb! The added space in between the teeth gently separately knots and tangles without the painful “Ouch!” with each stroke. If that still isn’t enough to tame your stubborn tresses, try a wet brush! These brushes are specially designed to work through knotted, wet hair without any tugging or pulling.

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great set of 'original' ghd's... Had similar back in the 90's and I loved them then. I had them for years before they gave up then I tried various other cheaper makes of straightners as well as some of the limited edition ghd's ...none as good as my original ghd's. Noticed these at a good price and bought them in time for the christmas festivities I have no regrets love them
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Eight embedded sensors regulate and evenly distribute the heat on this ceramic iron, minimizing damage and increasing shine and smoothness. With adjustable temperature settings that go as low as 140 degrees (the coolest we've ever seen), it's ideal for anyone with super fine hair, or to smooth out the tiny frizzies around your hairline. It also comes with a lifetime warranty, which is never a bad thing.
Featuring the same 1.25-inch plates CHI users have loved for years, the new CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron make it easier to style longer hair! If you’ve ever tried to use a non-professional hair straightener on your hair, then you know just how quickly the process can become a literal pain! From hand strain to sore wrists and arms, most hair straighteners stick to old adage of “beauty is pain.”
The plates in this techy tool house an internal microchip that constantly measures and maintains an even temperature. With no random hot or cold spots, you'll get smoother, straighter, strands in fewer passes. (Spoiler alert: Fewer passes equal less damage). Adjustable temperature settings — from 260 to 410 degrees — make this ideal for any and every hair texture.
Thankfully, we’ve learned a lot about hair care and preserving your hair’s natural integrity while styling. However, this wasn’t always the case. If you ever had a perm done in the 80’s or teased your hair to holy heaven in the 90’s, chances are pretty good that your hair has endured a bit of damage. The same can be said if you color your hair on a regular basis or recently went from your natural brunette color to a bright platinum blonde. No matter how the damage was caused, there are certain features you will want to shop for when selecting the ideal hair straightener for your course hair type:
Well they replied to my email apologising and sent me another code £38.28. So reordered using both codes (y) . Straighteners arrived today and cost me £50.72. So after a bit of a hiccup. My personal experience with the customer service centre was great. They’re replies were quick, polite and helpful. Even had some early hours of Sunday morning as I was working a night shift and messaged them. (y) (y)

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This feature is particularly beneficial for users with naturally wavy or curly hair, which can have a tendency to easily snag in hair styling tools. This floating design, combined with the heat sensor, also ensures that your gorgeous curls won’t become permanently damaged just because you decide to straighten things out a bit for an evening or two. After all, those curls are coveted by beauty pros the world over, and you never want to damage them just because of a styling trend!

Can I use my GHD straighteners in America?


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.
Introducing ghd platinum+, the SMART styler that predicts your hair's needs. Platinum+ is the award-winning styler with the ultimate advancement in technology; so intelligent it predicts your hair type and constantly adapts the power to ensure the optimum styling temperature at all times. Get ultimate results and hair that is stronger and visibly healthier* than ever before!
Beachwaver Co. has reached cult-level status for its super easy-to-use Beachwaver, yes, but this styling iron from the brand is equally as notable. The beauty of it is the fact that you can achieve multiple looks with it. Use as is for a sleek, straight look or apply the black Coast Pro attachments (that are shaped like a round brush) and glide the iron down each hair section, rolling your wrist under towards the ends to create the illusion of a professional blowout.
Featuring the same 1.25-inch plates CHI users have loved for years, the new CHI G2 Ceramic and Titanium Flat Iron make it easier to style longer hair! If you’ve ever tried to use a non-professional hair straightener on your hair, then you know just how quickly the process can become a literal pain! From hand strain to sore wrists and arms, most hair straighteners stick to old adage of “beauty is pain.”
Let’s face it: styling your hair is a 360° job. That’s why the folks at Cloud Nine have designed their Original Flat Iron with a swivelling 360° cord! No more tangled messes or twisted cords, with this hair straightener you can easily reach delicate fly-aways and seemingly invisible back sections without the hassle of a tangled or knotted cord ever again. When it comes to hair straighteners, the Cloud Nine Original Flat Iron really proves that perfection is in the details!
Perfect for all hair types, this flat iron needs only 20 seconds to reach its maximum temperature of 365 degrees. According to the smarties in research and development at Ghd, this is the optimal straightener temperature for changing the shape of your hair with as minimal damage as possible. So if you’ve already got damaged, brittle hair, get yourself this straightener ASAP.

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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.
For frequent travellers universal voltage is a real boon. There's nothing worse than being away from home, wanting to look your best, and then discovering your hairdryer is about as useful as someone blow drying your hair through a straw, or that your straighteners just can't get up to the temperature you need to achieve the look you want. Performance from the Platinum+ is going to be the same wherever in the world you are.
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