Yes I would recommend this to friends my husband bought it for me and I love it works great
works like and charm and is authentic
This is one of the best flattening irons you can buy it heats up very quickly. In fact I left it on too long as my own one takes forever to heat up and it shut itself off. So yes the automatic shut off works I actually love having the piece of mind knowing that it shuts off after 30 mins. Sometimes my 13 year old daughter will borrow my hair iron and I have to double check to make sure she didn't leave it on. Btw I have very thick coarse wavy hair and this flattening iron did a fantastic job my hair also felt very silky and not damaged. This is hands down the best flattening iron I have owned used.
* * * 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.
Wonderful product I just love it take it from me you must spend the extra money and buy the more expensive professional version of this product. It makes a huge difference great seller product came one day sooner than expected.

Historically, working-class people's haircuts have tended to be practical and simple. Working-class men have often shaved their heads or worn their hair close-cropped, and working-class women have typically pulled their hair up and off their faces in simple styles. However, today, working-class people often have more elaborate and fashion-conscious hairstyles than other social classes. Many working-class Mexican men in American cities wear their hair in styles like the Mongolian (shaved except for a tuft of hair at the nape of the neck) or the rat tail (crewcut on top, tuft at the nape), and African-Americans often wear their hair in complex patterns of box braids and cornrows, fastened with barrettes and beads, and sometimes including shaved sections or bright colour. Sociologists say these styles are an attempt to express individuality and presence in the face of social denigration and invisibility.[47]
Other factors may also be important to you, including the weight of the unit, how comfortable the handle feels in your hand, whether there is an LCD display and an automatic shut-off feature, and the length of the power cord. But remember: heat levels come first, because they determine whether your hair comes out straight, shiny and silky – or a damaged, fried mess. Everything else is secondary.
I was able to verify and register it on the ghd website without any issues works great so far.
You need to make sure that your flat iron is very light, feeling comfortable in your hand as you style your hair. You’ll also want it to have a tangle-free cord because that’s just a hassle you don’t want to have when you’re focusing on doing your ‘do right. Or, you can just go for a cordless hair straightener to get rid of that potential problem altogether.
I was recommended the ghd's by my hairdresser and lots of other hairdressers too. I am so glad that I bought these as now I can actually have the 'just walked out of the hair salon' look everytime I wash my hair. I only usually use them after I have washed and dried my hair as the style will last until I next wash my hair 2 3 days . It heats up and is ready to use in about 9 seconds I am so glad I spent the money on these and wish I had years ago. I would be lost without them now
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