* * * Update: After returning the above-described item, I bought a ghd Classic Styler in-person from one of their authorized salon dealers (info at ghd's site). When I went to register the hologram and date codes, the ghd site accepted them on the first try. Also, the second unit I bought HAD country-of-manufacture information on the box and on the date sticker (made in China, which some other comments said isn't legit, that seems to be wrong). My unit labeled made-in-China is the one that registered successfully with ghd. Also my second purchase - from the authorized dealer - had a lot of information printed on the bottom of the box, including a bar code, web info, consumer information phone number, design info and information about the product. The unit I purchased from Amazon had NO printing on the bottom of the otherwise authentic-looking box. Draw your own conclusions. Bottom-line: if you buy a ghd styler here, double and triple-check that your unit is for real.
This iron claims to heat up in 15 seconds; it also claims to use some bullshit technology that allows it to "self adjust" temperature according to hair type. Well it got warm but it sure as hell didn't heat up enough to seriously straighten or curl my hair in a mere 15 seconds--in fact, I found that it didn't ever straighten my hair enough to satisfy me. 

The ghd heat protection spray is a must-have if you blow-dry and straighten your hair on a regular basis. The light formula protects your hair against damage without weighing it down - and it smells amazing, too. Get a professional-standard blow dry with a ghd hairdryer, using the innovative cool shot button to set your hairstyle and lock in volume. Finally, the chic carry case and heat resistant mat let you take your straighteners with you wherever you go, for good hair days every day.
"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!"
Against the ghd Platinum Styler: On the other hand, the Platinum Styler features more sensors and heaters than the new ghd Gold. This essentially means it will heat the hair quicker, and is a little safer in terms of heat delivery, too. Six sensors and heaters work to deliver optimal heat to the hair, instinctively adjusting to give you a transformative experience. Where this is the top-of-the-range choice, the ghd Gold Professional Styler sits perfectly in the middle, a great mix of affordability and professional quality.
Everyone from the pros to at-home haircare lovers will adore this new model from ghd, as its range of benefits and features promise an experience like no other. Easy, light and stress-free, you’ll love straightening your hair on the regular with this soon-to-be coveted product. Stylist Bryce Scarlett created this gorgeous look on Aussie babe Margot Robbie using the new ghd Gold.
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.
In 2001, ghd revolutionised the hair styling industry with the launch of the first ghd hair straightener. An instant hairstyling phenomenon; ceramic heat technology was introduced to create smooth, sleek results that lasted. Since creating the original professional styler, ghd have continued to work with ghd scientists and stylists to develop innovative, breakthrough technology to ensure that all ghd stylers style faster and give amazing results; whatever your hair type.
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.
This original hair hero uses ceramic heat technology to style at the optimum styling temperature, for perfect results every time. Simple, effective, iconic. A rounded barrel and floating plates makes this original ghd styler glide easily through hair, creating beautiful styles that will be the envy of your friends. Plus, with automatic sleep mode and universal voltage you'll have peace of mind to create great results at home or abroad.

It’s not just poker straight hair that can be achieved with the fantastic range of stylers from ghd, but you can also curl, wave and flick your hair into any desired hairstyle. With a vast range of hair tutorials on the ghd website, as well as online, you will never be short of looks to create. The great thing about ghd straighteners is that you can create almost all styles, with one model of Ghd hair straighteners.
Best flat iron, 2 year warranty when bought from the website. Don’t have to adjust any heat settings you just flip the switch on. Smooths out all hair textures hair really well! And if you forget to turn it off the heat element shuts off and the flat iron beeps at you until you manually push the switch to off which is amazing since lots of us forget to turn off our flat iron after use.
To achieve straight, sleek locks: Mist hair with GHD Heat Protect Spray (sold separately) and place a fine section of dry hair between the plates of your GHD Professional Styler. Ensure that the styler is as close to the root as possible before closing the plates. Gently move toward the tip of the section in one simple gliding motion. Repeat the process with each section of hair, gliding once from roots to ends.

Creating dramatic looks, incredible volume, strong but flexible hold, manageable control and texture. These ghd styling products will naturally promote elasticity and provide incredible hold while retaining moisture making them ideal for use when heat styling. Each product contains a heat activated shield to instantly protect hair whenever heat is applied or simply when heat is manually created through brushing.

Looked around at new ones, checked reviews and other ghd models and decided (based on price mainly) that I would just buy the same ‘original’ one again. It’s great. Better results- smooth and straight with little effort - and quicker heat up than my old one - extremely quick. Much cheaper than the fancier models. Slim and easy to store away. Glad I went for this again.
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