Rate it: best hair straighteners

By Aisling | January 29 2013 | 41 Comments

Yeah they’re bad for our hair.  Yes we know there’s no quicker way to fry and frizzle every strand on our heads.  But goddammit we need them sometimes!  How can we face life without them: a life of frizz and sticky up bits and cows licks and that curly bit at the side that just won’t lie down with any other type of hair tool?

We know all that evil exists between the metal plates of scorchio.  BUT. WE. MUST. USE. THEM.

Sometimes anyway.  But if you’re a daily user we won’t hold that against you either.

For the last couple of years the GHD has taken the Best Electrical Hair tool award in the Beaut.ie Awards – but you know I don’t think everyone was actually voting for the GHD brand.  GHD has become a synonymous term for all hair straighteners – just like Hoover has become a synonymous term for vacuum cleaners of all makes.

Remington and Babyliss are just two of the brands that also manufacture great hair straighteners  and there are others – supermarket own brands, celebrity hairdressers like Nicky Clarke and the rest of the lads  – there are tons of different makes and models.

So is the GHD actually the brand that you use?  Or have you found hair straightener heaven with another brand?

Rate your favourite!

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41 Replies to "Rate it: best hair straighteners"

  • The Blonde says:

    Not a huge commenter, but something Im going to take up for the new year! I used to straighten my hair every day perhaps twice a day, very rarely do now and its made a huge difference (I still, however blow dry every day!). Ive had a ghd amongst other straightners over the years, I have a babyliss one at present pro something or other that cost me about €50 and its the best one Ive ever owned. Other ghd fanatics have also agreed with me on this. I think hair straighners is one thing which the cheaper brands have definately caught up with GHD on.

  • Aurora says:

    I have used many different brands but will always go back to the ghd. Nothing else compares

  • MaryGoLightly says:

    GHD’s all the way – have had mine for 5 years now and they’re still perfect :)

  • boo says:

    I have a Remington that’s not too bad but I used,my sisters ghd at Christmas and have to admit there is no comparison.

  • lainey316 says:

    I have a GHD as well, haven’t tried many others. I had a Peter Marks vocuher, so… I used to use it very rarely but getting in the habit now – bad habit!

  • Flicks says:

    GHD are just the best for anyone with frizzy tempermental hair. Was wondering though what people reccommend for curling hair, not the wands, cause they are only lethal in my hands, end up with burn marks everywhere. Need advice on tongs or electric rollers?

  • Orla says:

    I had a total control (I think that’s what it was called) years ago that was equally as good as a ghd if not better, it looked the exact same too, sold it to a friend though when I cut my hair short. Now I’m using a remmington one that I’ve had since 1st year in college (about 8 yrs now) and it’s absolutely brilliant! My roommate bought it with a hairdryer for €40 in argos at the time and gave it to me when she moved back to America – and she had a huge mass of big curls that were perfectly tamed by it! :) It’s absolutely fantastic :)

  • Aoife says:

    I have curly hair and the GHD is yet to be beaten! Others will straighten it, but it won’t last all day. I’ll get horrible flicks and frizz! The GHD would have my hair straight til I wash it again!

  • IceQueen says:

    GHD all the way. I have a remington at home at the moment as my GHD isnt working. But the remington just doesnt cut it. Cant wait to get the proper GHD back!

  • ZsaZsa says:

    I’ve never used a GHD so I cannot compare them – for the last 2 or maybe even 3 years or so I have been using a Remmington Ceramic Hair Straightener – not sure which one – and I think it is good. My hairdresser said that some of the cheaper brands have come along so much that they are catching up with the GHD’s!

  • Aifs says:

    What a timely post! I am looking to get a new straightener for my birthday from the bf and I’m stuck. I don’t have thick hair and it’s not curly so I really just need a straightener that isn’t going to fry my hair but that still takes the slight kinks out of it. Will take note of suggestions.

  • EmmaCat says:

    Still adore my purple GHD! I rarely use heat on my hair, but if i’m straightening it’s ghd all the way!

  • Makeupglitz says:

    I have fine hair and I’ve been using ghds for the last 8 years I’ve tryed loads of others but always go back there just amazeballs

  • GHD’s all the way!!

    For me, nothing can compare. I haven’t been using them for while but they are the only ones i will reach for!

  • Ashling says:

    I have 2 at at the moment (One in the BF’s in dublin and one at home) i have the GHD at home and a Babybliss pro in the BFs. I bought them both at the same time after my old ghd broke and i nearly cried at the thought of not being able to straighten my hair that night!

    The GHD is better as it straightens my hair quicker and my hair stays straighter for longer. I find with the babybliss i have to pull it through my hair more which probably isn’t great. However i do think it is a grand little straightener for €25, compared to a few years ago the cheaper straighteners have come on in leaps and bound.

  • Atkin says:

    GHD, the one and only. I used my sisters’ Remington Shine Therapy flat iron a few times and it burned my hair to a crisp. I think when people say GHD they do mean the genuine article and not as a generic term.

  • Sooz says:

    I had a GHD for about 6 years and used it all the time – it was great. Then it died. Afterwards I bought a Parlux hairdryer and have rarely used straighteners since and my hair is in much better condiition. (I did rebuy a GHD though, for occassional use, like if I was going to a wedding maybe!)

    When I look back at photos though I can see the damage the continuous straightening was doing. I think limited to occassional use is fine, for me anyway ;-)

  • Babs says:

    I have fine to medium wavy curly hair and have been using a GHD ever since they came out, not every day, I don’t wash my hair every day so probably use the GHD about twice a week, other days I let my hair dry naturally or just blow dry it and roll it up in a bun to give it a nice wave when I take it down.
    I had the original black and gold one first and then that was a bit fecked so I got a white one, only thing is, I don’t find the white one as good as the black and gold one (anyone else have this issue??). The white one doesn’t give me as much sheen or silkyness.
    I haven’t been using it as much lately and have noticed the difference majorly, instead I have been using hot oil treatments and leave in Argan oil which has improved the frizz factor so much. I also have a really good drier so less time spent drying my increasingly long hair.
    I have tried a few other brands but none as good or as fast as a GHD, I can wash, dry and have my hair perfectly staight within about 15 mins – tis magic!

  • EvieM says:

    Was just talking about my ghd on the blather. I have a LOT of very fine very wavy hair and the only thing that will get it straight (other then a professional blowdry) is a ghd. I have mine for over 10 years now, they weren’t out too long when I got it. I used to use it, maybe twice a week, but since I got ombre on the ends of my hair last July I don’t really bother too much as I think the colour looks better on wavy hair then on straight. I wouldn’t be without mine though. They used to (not sure about the newer ones) have a fault where the cable would snap towards the base, but that is due to people wrapping the cord tightly around the ghd when not in use or when packing, I still have the box off mine and use that when packing and never wrap the cable around it, which is probably why it’s still going 10 year on.

  • Yourone says:

    The GHD gets my vote too!

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