I don't think anyone would argue that ghd are the go-to brand when it comes to hair straighteners. I still remember the first pair I bought and that feeling of being able to straighten my thick, wavy hair into a sleek, frizz free style with such ease... how had I ever coped without them?! This was years ago, when the only option for straighteners was black or... black, whereas now you are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to colour and size, you can match your straighteners to your own personal style or to suit the needs of your hair.
ghd often release limited edition straighteners, recently they launched a Birds of Paradise collection; three brightly coloured, ombre designed tools in a high gloss finish, with a matching coloured heat resistant mat. I photographed these so many times, and none of the photos really do justice to just how beautiful they are in real life, they're shiny, sparkly and just beautiful. If they ever break, I am pretty sure I will hold onto them, just so that they can look pretty on my dressing table! They even come in a beautiful glossy box, which I beg you not to throw away... I have been using mine to store my hair bobbles and clips.
I chose the Sunset styler; a vibrant pink to purple design, which has contrasting black plates that not only look good, but provide enhanced shine to the hair and are super smooth so that your hair doesn't get caught. The barrel of the straightener is slightly rounded too, which makes it so much easier and smoother to use to curl the hair - this gets a definite thumbs up from me.
It is rare that I wear my hair poker straight... I don't think it suits me as much as when I wear my hair with volume or waves, but with this tool I can really create any look I desire.
To create the look above, I straightened my hair to begin with (also using ghd's Heat Protect Spray) to take control of the frizz and unwanted, random waves in my hair. I then section off pieces of my hair and begin to wave, simply by rotating the straighteners back and forward on themselves as I work my way down the section of hair. I went for a loose, natural wave, but it is just as easy to achieve a more intense wave or curl by working the hair in smaller sections.
Gone are the days when a straightener is just for straightening, they really are so versatile and easy to use, I couldn't manage without mine! They hate up in a matter of seconds, and they're lightweight yet sturdy, which just makes them a dream to use.
When it comes to the technical things, the tool has a swivel cord, which makes life so much easier, especially when using it to curl the hair, so there will be no getting tangled in the wire, and if you're a bit of a worrier like me, they have a 30 minute sleep mode, which means they will switch off and cool down after 30 minutes automatically - a great safety feature.
For every one of these straighteners sold, ghd will donate £10 to Breakthrough Breast Cancer, an amazing charity, doing amazing work to help battle cancer - if that's not reason enough to buy these, I don't know what is, and if the pink and purple design isn't for you, they're also available in a blue/green design and a coral/pink design... you really will be spoilt for choice.