How To Choose The Best ghd Straightener For Your Hair Type

    A couple of weeks ago, the hair master herself Natalie Anne flew down to Melbourne to hold a masterclass at Adore HQ using the ghd Platinum+ straightener. This masterclass assumed that you knew how to curl your hair with a straightener, whereas I struggle to even straighten my hair properly. I have thick, frizzy hair, which does not like to stay smooth.

    That is, until I met Natalie Anne. She gave me a really simple, step-by-step routine to get a smoother and sleeker style.

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    The Basics: How to Straighten Your Hair

    This might seem ridiculously basic, but it took me 30 years to learn how to properly straighten my hair, so I'm not going to assume anything.

    1. Prep damp hair with a heat protection spray

    2. Blow dry hair with nozzle facing down. I used the Parlux Alyon.

    3. While blow drying, use a bristle brush to pull the hair in a downwards motion

    4. Using the same brush, glide the straightener through small sections slowly rather than straightening over the same section multiple times. I used the ghd Gold.

    I filmed the first time I tried this technique at home. It took a total of 22 minutes. I really struggled with Step 4, as I'm used to aggressively straightening over the same sections over and over. But overall, my hair was much sleeker, smoother and straighter. And the best part? It lasted for four days without having to re-straighten. Any extra time it took me to blow dry was saved by not having to restyle.

    ghd have three straighteners to choose from at different price points. And there's never been a better time to invest in a ghd, with our summer sale running until 31 January 2020*.

    With a $150 price difference, I'm going to break down each styler to help you choose the right straightener for your hair type and budget.

    ghd Original Styler

    The Original is the perfect entry-level straightener and would be especially suitable for thin or fine hair. If you don't have thick or frizzy hair and you're not styling your hair all the time (or doing any fancy curling techniques), then look no further!

    • Heating technology: Two ceramic heat plates with one sensor

    • Plates: Floating plates, which are easy to glide through hair

    • Hinge: Standard

    • Temperature: Very safe for hair at 185º

    • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes

    • Automatic shut off: Yes, it automatically switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity

    • Price: usually $195 - reduced to $165 during the summer sale (ends 31 Jan 2020)

    ghd Gold Styler

    If you're looking for sleeker and shinier hair, then you might want to upgrade to the Gold Styler, which is the straightener I personally use. The biggest difference is the heating technology - it has two sensors instead of one for more even and controlled heat. If you've got medium to thick hair that you style regularly, then I would consider spending a little extra on the Gold rather than the Original. I usually think about the cost per use when I'm on the fence about an investment piece.

    • Heating: Two heat plates with two sensors

    • Plates: Smooth, contoured, floating plates for sleeker finish

    • Hinge: Standard

    • Temperature: Optimum & safer for hair. 185º even and consistent guaranteed

    • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes

    • Automatic shut off: Yes, it automatically switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity

    • Price: usually $285 - reduced to $235 during the summer sale (ends 31 Jan 2020)

    ghd Platinum Styler

    I've been using the Gold for a while now, but after seeing Natalie Anne in action with her Platinum+ Styler, I think it's time for an upgrade. If you have thick, curly, unruly or very frizzy hair (like me), you style your hair multiple times a week (me again) and/or you have coloured or damaged hair (yup, that's me), I personally think it's worth the upgrade. It's the world's first smart hair styler, meaning it predicts and constantly adapts to ensure the optimum styling temperature at all times.

    • Heating: Ultra-zone with predictive technology, which basically means your hair will be stronger, shinier and have more colour protection when compared to a styler working at 230°

    • Plates: Advanced, precision milled, floating plates

    • Hinge: Wishbone for perfect plate alignment with better control

    • Temperature: Optimum & safer for hair. 185º even and consistent guaranteed

    • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes

    • Automatic shut off: Yes, it automatically switches off after 30 minutes of inactivity

    • Price: usually $345 - reduced to $315 during the summer sale (ends 31 Jan 2020)

    *Prices as marked. Ends 31.01.20 at 11.59pm AEDT