GHDs - are they worth the hype?

You would think at soon-to-be 26 years old I would've taken the step and got myself some GHD's before now. I haven't, simply because I assumed that by 2016 all straighteners would basically be of the same quality and the much coveted GHD's of circa 2008 was a thing of the past and people only continued to buy them out of habit or for their namesake.

Oh how wrong I was

Thanks to regular trims, the tangle teaser and a good haircare routine - shout out to coconut oil, my Rapunzel hair goals are starting to look realistic - my hair is just past my boobs #goals. I don't tend to do a lot with my hair and try to use as little heat as possible but due to it being slightly frizzy and not having the most graceful of waves I do need to run some straighteners over it to look like I haven't just got out of bed on work days. I also use straighteners to add curls to my hair ever since I burnt my finger tips away when picking up my curling wand from the wrong end - you see, I don't have a good history with hair tools hence the reluctance to fork out for new ones.

In fact, I'm so tight when it comes to hair tools that my hot pink Babyliss straighteners were a hand-me-down from a friend, I have no idea how old they were when she bought them but I've had them for a good 5 years...awkward I know. It's only been the past couple of months that I've noticed that dragging these rusty old hot pieces of metal through my hair isn't making it look better at all; it's actually making it worse and I swear it's going pull it out if I try making waves/curls anymore. Not to mention the blue sparks that they emit when plugged in.

So, after much not much at all deliberation I decided to bite the bullet and treat myself to some new straighteners. I know people who have had theirs for 8 years and still find that they work as wonderfully and magically as they did when they were first opened. I ordered mine and received them the next day - because that's how next day delivery works.

I've been using these for over a week now and feel like my 14 year old self when I get them out, I have GHDs guys - the straighteners I tried persuading my Mum to buy me when she caught me ironing my hair, with an iron - I'd set the ironing board up and everything. I have noticed a massive difference in my hair since using these beauties, it's smoother and softer, my ends aren't frazzled and I don't feel my hair being pulled out at every use. I chose to get the GHD V gold max edition as my hair is longer and being able to go over more hair at once means there's over all less usage which means less heat damage to my hair. The other wonder about these (and the fact that poker straight hair isn't a must-have these days) I don't have to use them every day - again, less heat on my hair.

Investing in these bad boys meant I needed to pick up on some heat defence - I hadn't bothered using this for a whole since my hair straighteners were basically pointless anyway but spending a good chunk of money on something for my hair is motivating me to look after my hair a little better, makes sense right? I picked up this VO5 Heat Protect styling spray whilst in Superdrug - no reason, just that it was on offer and does what it says on the tin, or spray bottle.

For anyone else wondering if the GHD bandwagon is still a bandwagon worthy of jumping on, I can confirm that it is and although it's pricey, it is certainly worth every penny.

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  1. I was reading this while watching I:Robot and had to re-read as I thought I'd written this for a sec, lol ... I too was using Babyliss straighteners that were given to me by a friend! I got a pair of GHDs last year and I love them! I try not to use them that often as my hair is recovering from years of heat and bleach, but when I do, I can't stop touching it!! :D

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