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Hello. I have a cheap hair straightener thingy. (what does GHD mean, anyway?) I never used it much, but now I have Babbyliss Big Hair, and I find that finishing off with the straightener helps with my unruly mop. I have lots of post-chemo /middle-age curl that wants to frizz. My current straightener helps smooth things down after drying.
Would paying £80 - £100 mean getting a better result? What do you get for all that extra money?
I must be the only person who doesn't like ghds! I've had two pairs. The first pair lasted a few years of daily use before they blew up in my hand. The second pair lasted 2 years when the thermostat went. They just got hotter and hotter. Unfortunately I didn't notice until I'd singed. One side of my hair. I had to get it all cut off.
I'm now on my second pair of remington (25 quid off amazon) ceramic straighteners. They have an adjustable heat setting which is much better for me as my hair is very fine plus I use them daily. Ghds only have one very hot setting.
Try and find someone you know to test them.... I have had ceramic plates that aren't GHDs and still not cut it for me. There are some other great brands but as I said ask around to see what people have
I have Remingtons (about £40) and I bought my teen some GHD's for her birthday (£100). I'm sure the technology in the plates is the same as I checked this when I bought them. Absolutely no difference at all IMO, in fact I prefer the Remingtons, and they have a temperature control which the GHD's dont.
Well! I bought the GHD's after all. I know that all of the highly-rated straighteners have at least one review saying "better than GHD" and so I was very tempted by the ones I linked above, but I finally went for the GHD because it has a wide plate. Also, it seems they have good customer service/aftercare.
I bought them at a Vidal salon - my own salon sells Cloud Nine (which are generally considered at least as good as GHD, based on what I've read) but they didn't have them in stock just now.