ghd hair straighteners reviewed
When it comes to styling our luscious locks, ghd just rolls off the tongue. Short for ‘good hair day’, the company is one of the leading brands specialising in hair products, including hair straighteners, hairdryers, curlers, hair care and hair brushes. In fact, when ghd released its first straightener in 2001, it apparently received so much success via word of mouth within the first two years that the company felt like it didn’t even need to advertise its product.
You can purchase ghd’s popular line of hair straighteners from various retailers in addition to the brand’s website. You can score free personalisation on certain models, such as the ghd Max Wide Plate Styler, and free express shipping across Australia is available for orders over $70.
ghd hair straightener range
ghd offers several hair straighteners and kits to choose from, typically retailing between $220 and $475. Check these out below:
- The ghd Original IV Styler: $220 RRP*
- ghd Mini Styler: $280 RRP*
- ghd Gold Styler: $295 RRP*
- ghd Gold Hair Straightener in Ombre Chrome: $310 RRP*
- ghd Max Wide Plate Styler: $320 RRP*
- ghd Original IV Starter Kit: $345 RRP*
- ghd Gold Styler & Flight Bundle: $350 RRP*
- ghd Platinum+ Black Styler: $355 RRP*
- ghd Platinum+ White Styler: $355 RRP*
- ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightener in Ombre Chrome: $370 RRP*
ghd Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener in Matte Black: $475 RRP*
- ghd Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener in Matte White: $475 RRP*
The Most Affordable: The ghd Original IV Styler
Sticking to its roots, ghd continues to offer the iconic hair straightener that started it all ─ the Original IV Styler. This model is designed for everyday use and features ceramic heat technology, a 30-second heat-up time, and a round barrel for days when you want to switch to curls or waves. Other features include floating plates for extra control, automatic sleep mode, and universal voltage. The ghd Original IV Styler also comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
- Price: $220*
The Mid-Range: ghd Platinum+ Hair Straightener
The brand’s Platinum+ series is ghd’s ‘Goldilock’s’ range, with each model stated to be suitable for all hair types and hitting the sweet spot in terms of price (compared with other ghd models). One of its main features is the ultra-zone technology, which is said to distribute heat evenly across the plate to help you achieve consistent results. The Platinum+ hair straightener is also claimed to reduce hair breakage by supposedly 70%, create more shine than naturally dried hair, and be twice as effective in preventing colour fade compared to styling products that function at a higher temperature than the 185ºC many ghd work at. The Platinum+ hair straightener is available in either a white or black design and offers a slightly longer warranty period of three years.
The brand alternatively offers the ghd Gold Styler & Flight Bundle ($350 RRP*) for a few dollars cheaper, containing a ghd Gold Straightener, ghd Flight Travel Hair Dryer, precision nozzle, and travel hard case.
- Price: $355*
The Most Expensive: ghd Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener
For people who prefer to invest in a higher-end model, the Unplugged Cordless Hair Straightener is the latest addition to ghd’s product range as well as the first portable hair straightener from the brand. It’s promised to provide the same features you would expect from other ghd straighteners but can provide up to 20 minutes worth of continuous runtime, before requiring two hours to recharge. If you’re away from home and don’t have a plug socket, the brand states you can still use a laptop or the charging port in your car. The ghd Unplugged Cordless Hair Straighteners come with a two-year warranty.
- Price: $475*
Should I choose a ghd hair straightener?
If you’re looking to invest in a new hair straightener, ghd is a popular choice that caters to a variety of hair types & lengths and offers several models containing features designed to add shine and minimise hair breakage. The brand also sells a couple of packages, including the Gold Styler & Flight Bundle and the Original IV Starter Kit for a convenient fix, whether you’re shopping for a gift or need to buy a set of hair tools for travel. Although it’s worth noting that ghd typically has a heftier price tag than some major brands like VS Sassoon and BaByliss Pro, but is certainly more wallet-friendly than fellow high-end names like Dyson and Cloud Nine.
About the author of this page
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
What do customers think about ghd?
In 2021, Australian customers gave ghd hair straighteners 4 out of 5 stars for overall customer satisfaction.