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GHD or Remington Keratin straighteners that are less than half the price

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amotherincognito Fri 02-Aug-13 19:33:14

...which should I get? I can afford the GHD ones as a treat but would rather not buy them if they aren't actually any better than the £40 Remingtons on offer!

amotherincognito Fri 02-Aug-13 21:49:23

Bumping this up!

orangebowl Fri 02-Aug-13 21:53:58

Ooh I don't know - do you have straighteners already? i am trying to decide between ghds or the new Loreal Steampod so would also be interested to hear from those in the know?

My hair is super thick and curly though so needs to be the most hardcore! I always wear it naturally curly but decided I need to learn to straighten it at age of 34 and to do so need some serious tools!

amotherincognito Fri 02-Aug-13 21:57:38

Oh not another option grin! Now I'll be even more confused. Off to google the steampod.

I have got some older Remington ones and they are rubbish. one minute I think I should just do it properly and cough up for the GHDs the other I can't quite bring myself to spend that much!

amotherincognito Fri 02-Aug-13 22:11:57

Looked at the steampod and it does seem good but I think I'd be scared of burning my scalp with the steam?

These are the Remington ones:

I won't use them all over my hair every time but still want whichever will not make it frizzy and dry. Argh! No idea which to get.

Doshusallie Fri 02-Aug-13 22:14:03

I have ghds and long very curly hair - they are amazing. Hth!!

orangebowl Fri 02-Aug-13 22:17:11

Oh I just don't know! Ghds are the "classic" arent they... They should last so warrant the price... Hmmm...

amotherincognito Fri 02-Aug-13 22:28:40

You should change your name to straightenerdilemmas!

Argh here too. I suspect the GHD are less of a gamble but it's so tempting to try the £40 ones when the reviews are saying they are at least as good.
Surely these companies must try hard to copy the technology of the GHD ones. But then...

Maverick66 Fri 02-Aug-13 23:41:58

GHDs are the only straightener worth buying. £40.00 is a false economy!
I have two daughters and have tried few brands but GHDs are best in their opinions.

Rummikub Fri 02-Aug-13 23:45:18

Please buy the remingtons and report

I do love my ghd's but wouldn't be able to replace them if they broke.

itsonlyme85 Sat 03-Aug-13 00:01:47

Do you know the max temperature of the remmingtons? I have a babyliss pair they are amazing! I have a huge bush of a hair do and they are brilliant. As a hair stylist i use ghd's at work and mine work just as well. You could always give them a go if they dont work for you then return them

AngieM2 Sat 03-Aug-13 03:57:06

I've never owned GHD's so can't compare, however, my Remingtons (bought about a year ago) are great. Good variable temperature, straighten beatifully and clearly dont cause any problem to my hair as my hairdresser always comments on its lovely condition. And yes, they cost me about £40 off Amazon

amotherincognito Sat 03-Aug-13 08:09:08

Which ones have you got Angie? Do they leave your hair shiny?

BitchyRestingFace Sat 03-Aug-13 11:10:04

Honestly, I don't rate GHDs. I keep hearing that they've changed and the old ones were better, maybe there's something in that, but my set (bought in Feb this year) are no great shakes. I am using them, but only because I haven't got round to digging out my old Remington Pearls from wherever I stored them. The GHDs are really nothing special, and in fact I suspect they've damaged my hair more than the Remingtons ever did.

amotherincognito Sat 03-Aug-13 11:58:11

I love your name BRF - why didn't I think of that!?

Very useful to compare the GHDs to the Pearls. Which GHD model have you got?

The problem I have with my existing Remingtons (the wet to straight ones designed for use on wet hair) is that they take the shine away from my hair and don't make it that straight anyway. So are the Pearls (and also presumably then the Keratin ones that are the new version of the Pearls) better at keeping it shiny?

amotherincognito Sat 03-Aug-13 11:58:39

Obviously I know you haven't tried mine but from the sounds of it...?

BitchyRestingFace Sat 03-Aug-13 12:09:12

I was surprised the name wasn't taken grin

My GHDs are the basic sort of standard model, Mk IV I think. And yes, I did get better shine from the Pearls. This has inspired me to go and find them today, actually!

amotherincognito Sat 03-Aug-13 12:11:16

Right that's it then. I've decided I'm going to get the Remingtons. Will report back although I probably won't use them until my next hair wash in a day or two's time.

trickydickie Sat 03-Aug-13 20:25:18

amotherincognito - please buy them and report back. The reviews for them on amazon are brilliant.

I have the thickest coarse hair imaginable.

I have flat iron ghd's (just thicker plate ghd's) and the new eclipse ghd ,my mum gave me hers as she can't use them for health reasons. They only heat up to 185 degrees. I am about to use Brazilian blow dry kit so need straighteners that go up to 230 degrees.

Saw your post about the Remington ones and they go up to 230degrees. I just can't justify £40 when I already have two pairs of ghd's.

I had my hair highlighted today and the hairdressers used the Remington keratin ones. My hair does look lovely and swishy, but usually does after being at a hair dressers even when they use the ghd's.

I have been no help at all, just thought I would let you know that my local hairdressers are using them and they worked well on my hair today.

orangebowl Tue 06-Aug-13 20:05:19

Reporting back.. Got the Loreal Steampod and OMG it's amazing! Never been able to straighten my hair before by myself and just done it! Definitely recommend it for others with thick curly hair

HaveAGoodDay Tue 06-Aug-13 22:19:31

BRF - loving the name too!

Yes, I have the 'newer' model of the GHD's ( got them as a Xmas pressie last year) and i have to say they are not as good as the older models - they only heat up to 180 degrees and fail to leave me with the 'wow' factor that the older models did. I sold my older ones on eBay when I got these new ones, wish I hadn't! When these finally die, I don't think I'll go for GHD's again as I think either Babyliss or Remington ones will do just as good a job.

Amumincognito Wed 07-Aug-13 00:15:20

Reporting back too. The Remington Keratin ones, used yesterday, seem ok and definitely better than my old Remington Wet to Straight but haven't set my heart on fire. I can't compare them to GHD ones as I've only ever had them used by hairdressers who blow dry my hair so much better first.

The result is a bit straighter and a bit sleeker than Sioux the straighteners but not seriously shiny or perfectly frizz free. Contemplating ways to persuade Boots to take them I'll always be wondering what GHDs would have been like.

Rummikub Wed 07-Aug-13 01:08:07

Tell them they don't do the job expected? How disappointing though.

Rummikub Wed 07-Aug-13 01:08:40

Do you know anyone with ghd's who would let you have a play?

trickydickie Wed 07-Aug-13 17:58:15

Amumincognito - what a disappointment. I have two pairs of ghd's. One about 7 years old that are ghd flat irons. My mum gave me a brand new set as her Parkinson's was just too bad to use them (well a few months old).

The new ones I have are not hot enough to use with the Brazilian Blow dry kit I bought. From what I can find out the old ones aren't hot enough either.

I wanted to buy the Remington ones as they are hot enough but just can't justify £40 on straightners when I have two sets that work perfectly fine.

Amumincognito - if you had raved about the Remington ones I would have bought them and tried to sell my old ghd's but not sure now. Thanks for reporting back.

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