Fine, Frizzy, Coarse or Curly: The Best ghd Straightener for Your Hair (and Budget)

Anyone who's ever mourned the death of a hair straightener knows just how much of a tong-shaped hole it leaves in your life.

Regardless of whether yours served you faithfully for years or was taken too soon, the loss of a hair tool is... a first world problem, but annoying nonetheless.

One of the most common questions I'm asked as a beauty editor is, what is the best straightener? And fair enough, because hair tools are expensive, and the kind of purchase you want to get right the first time.

But the best hair straightener for you also depends on your hair type and your budget. So, to make things really bloody easy, here's a definitive guide to the very best ghd hair straightener to suit you.

P.S. Even better, you can save BIG by buying your new ghd in our epic ghd Super Summer Sale from Dec 24, 2020 to Jan 15, 2021. RUN, better get in quick.

1. ghd Original Styler.

What: ghd original professional styler

How much: RRP $215 - down to $185 in the ghd Super Summer sale, save $30!

Best for: If you don't straighten your hair all that often, have fine or manageable hair, or are after an entry-level straightener that still does a bang up job, this one's for you.

Main features:

  • Heating technology: Two heat plates with one sensor.

  • Plates: 24 mm floating plates that easily glide through the hair (no snagging!).

  • Temperature: One heat setting at 185ºC which is the optimum temperature for styling while preventing hair damage.

  • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes.

  • Bonus features: Sleep and shiver modes that automatically switch off the straightener after 30 minutes of inactivity, and prevent it from turning on when the surrounding temp is below 7ºC (this protects the tool from condensation damage).

2. ghd Gold Styler.

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What: ghd gold professional hair styler

How much: RRP $290 - down to $240 in the ghd Super Summer sale, save $50!

Best for: The ghd Gold is the next step up for those with longer, thicker, frizzier hair, or who reach for their straightener most days.

Main features:

  • Heating: Two heat plates with two sensors instead of one for more heat control from root to tip.

  • Plates: 24 mm smooth, contoured, floating plates for a sleeker, shinier finish.

  • Temperature: One consistent heat setting at 185ºC.

  • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes.

  • Bonus features: Sleep mode for auto shut off after 30 minutes of inactivity, 25-second heat up time for faster styling, rounder barrel for snag-free styling, and a protective plate guard to cover hot plates when you can't wait for the tool to cool down.

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3. ghd Platinum Styler.

What: ghd platinum+ black hair styler

How much: RRP $350 - down to $320 in the ghd Super Summer sale, save $30!

Best for: If you have thick, curly, unruly or very frizzy hair, you style your hair most days, and/or you have coloured or damaged hair, the ghd Platinum+ is the best choice because it's a smart straightener. (This means it predicts and constantly adapts to ensure the optimum styling temperature at all times.)

Main features:

  • Heating: Ultra-zone predictive technology, which basically means the straightener knows what your hair needs before you do for stronger, shinier, colour protected hair.

  • Plates: Advanced, precision milled, floating plates with ultra gloss coating for your shiniest hair, ever.

  • Temperature: One consistent heat setting at 185ºC.

  • Universal voltage (for travel): Yes.

  • Bonus features: Sleep mode for auto shut off after 30 minutes of inactivity, wishbone hinge for perfect plate alignment with better control, ultra gloss coating provides 20 per cent more shine, protective plate guard, smart technology for faster styling and minimised heat damage, single stroke styling.

4. ghd Glide Hot Brush.

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What: ghd Glide Professional Hot Brush

How much: RRP $240 - down to $210 in the ghd Super Summer sale, save $30!

Best for: After smoother, frizz-free, fast styling, but don't want your hair to look too straight? The Glide is the lazy/busy person's best friend that gives you a glossy blow dry-like finish.

Main features:

  • Ceramic and ionic technology smooths hair ridiculously quickly.

  • The combination of high density short and long bristles = you can style large sections of hair at once, without having to go over the hair multiple times.

  • Tames and smooths hair for a glossy, frizz-free finish that still has natural body and movement.

  • Long handle and cord make the tool super easy to manoeuvre.

  • Heats up to 185ºC for safe, effective styling.

  • Suitable for all hair types and textures.

  • Sleep mode for auto shut off after 60 minutes of inactivity.

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The Basics: How to Straighten Your Hair.

Finally, hair stylist Natalie Anne shared this really simple, step-by-step routine that gave Hannah the smoothest, sleekest hair of her life.

"This might seem ridiculously basic, but it took me 30 years to learn how to properly straighten my hair," Hannah said.

"Overall, my hair is much sleeker, smoother and straighter when I follow these steps. And the best part? It lasts for four days without having to re-straighten."

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So, here's exactly how to straighten your hair properly with straightening tongs.

1. Prep damp hair with a heat protection spray.

2. Blow dry hair with nozzle facing down. While blow drying, use a bristle brush to pull the hair in a downwards motion.

3. Using the same brush, glide the straightener through small sections slowly rather than straightening over the same section multiple times.

Now, all you have to do is decide which ghd straightener is the right one for you!