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.
Choose from the ghd hair straightener range, including the award winning ghd Platinum® Styler or to complete your kit of styling essentials. From waves and curls, to flicks and poker-straight hair, create a look that's stylish, effortless and professional. ghd stylers will help you create a multitude of hairstyles, producing shape and movement in each styling session.
This ghd Gold Classic Styler shines bright with a luxe, sleek design that gives a professional finish. The luxurious plates smooth your hair for an ultra-shiny result, with contoured edges that help to create perfect curls and waves. The innovative golden plates have a high-gloss finish to glide through hair effortlessly, giving you a salon perfect finish every time. The ghd Gold Classic Styler stay cooler to touch for longer and are lighter to handle, and the universal voltage ensures same styling performance wherever you are in the world.
The perfect tool for all your hiar styling needs. universal voltage for worldwide travel use. . The nose of the plates touch first, so it leaves a very small gap as you look down the plates, but if clamped down on tightly, they do eventually touch. ghd stylers have floating plates that help the hair glide through the hair effortlessly. The gap should almost disappear once the hair glides through the plates
I gave it three sticks because my hair did eventually get straight and at no point did I feel like it harmed my hair, but it's not even adjustable because again, the company claims that this iron auto-adjusts according to hair "conductivity" or some bullshit like that (this is a laughable claim). It does have auto-shut off but so do a lot of irons (or at least the high end ones). Honestly, I can only conclude that this is another one of those hyped up beauty products aimed at people who think more $$$= better product and performance but a straightener is a straightener so once you get past the $100 price point it all comes down to personal preference and there's really not much more you're gonna get for your money...

GHD Classic Styler, from the name itself, you can deduce that this simple yet versatile device was made to style and straighten. Armed with a rounded barrel and advanced ceramic heaters, you can curl, flip, tease, wave, and straighten any hair type and texture easily without damaging your hair’s external surface. The infra-red heat technology infused within the plates also releases more negative ions than other products so your hair’s natural oils and luster are retained despite repeated exposure to maximum heat. 
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