I am about to buy a set of straighteners. I have found a Babyliss set which get excellent reviews - I do not have the money for GHDs.
Where do I go from here?
What styling products do I need - I assume I need something to protect from the heat - but I don't want my hair to end up greasy within 2 days.
Is it easy to do - or will it take a few goes to master?
I don't straighten my hair very often as I prefer a straight blow dry. But, when I do get the GHDs out, I do it the same way as the hairdressers I.E use a tailcombe on the section and then place the plates on just after the comb has been through it. I find this gives a good finish and saves me from burning my hands.
Try and use smaller sections too, because then the plates are on your hair for less time thus reducing the heat damage.
I've also had my hair curled with straignters before but I can't get the hang of it! [just end up with strange kinks that I can't get out!] If anyone has a good way to use them for curling any advise is appreciated (sorry slightlymadspinder for piggybacking on your thread!
I went for the curls - I have a vidal sassoon waver that looks easier to use than doing the waves with GHDs.
I must say some of my curls looked a bit strange on the first go, but then I really got the hang of it. Need to buy some products though as the curls did drop quite quickly into tousled wave-like ones (had loads of compliments though!) so maybe I need a holding spray or something.
How're you going with your new straighteners? Lots of hair swishing going on i'll bet
Have only used them a couple of times. Will have another go later today. Went swimming this morning and let my hair dry naturally so it is pretty wavy and has no style so I will be interested to see how they cope and whether they can tame it the same as they can after I have blowdried it straighish.
Will be great if they can. I am on holiday next week and 10 mins straightening is much more convenient than 20 mins blowdrying or 20mins drying + 10mins straightening.
I think I need a new haircut to get the most out of them though - although I need to let it grow a bit first before I can cut more off and have 'a style'.