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GHD Classic Hair Straightener - The Best Straightener for Frizzy, Curly Hair

Updated on April 29, 2014
GHD Classic Hair Straightener
GHD Classic Hair Straightener

Tired of the humidity affecting your hair style?

I got a GHD classic hair straightener recently. I have been thinking about purchasing it for a long time now but wasn't sure whether it would be worth the investment. GHD stands for Good Hair Day and almost everyone raves about GHD's range of hair straighteners. I had tried out a number of straighteners before including those from Braun, Babyliss, Philips. Even if they were good, especially the Braun one, I couldn't somehow get my hair to stay straight for a longer period of time. Moreover they would become frizzy and dry in a couple of hours after styling. I have almost unmanageable curly hair which tends to get frizzy so if you have a hair texture similar to mine and you are thinking of investing on a good product, then this is the page for you!

I was putting off buying a GHD hair straightener for a really long time. I thought of getting one last Christmas but then backed off because the price was too much for me back then. That didn't stop me from heading over to YouTube though to see videos of dozens of girls raving about the product but then most of them had hair texture different to mine. I mean most of them already had straight, frizz free hair even before the straightening! So I wasn't totally sure till I saw a girl with a hair texture similar to mine using the product. Then I had to get one. I saved up enough money and here I am all set to give my review of my first GHD hair straightener. I got a classic 1" styler which is good enough for me and my fine hair. If you have thicker hair, the GHD IV styler with its bigger plates might be more suitable for you.

I love my curly hair but sometimes you just want a frizz free, sleek style. GHD classic hair straightener helps you in achieving that look without wasting much time. The best part? Your hair stays soft and straight for days!

GHD classic hair straightener review

As I already mentioned, I got the GHD 1" classic hair straightener. When you switch it on, you will hear a beep and when it's ready to be used, it gives a beep sound again and the LED light starts flashing. This means the tool is ready to be used on your hair. The GHD classic hair straightener heats up very fast and you might want to be careful -- the plates get really hot! Depending on your hair type and texture, the temperature of the plates vary and the highest it can reach is 185 degrees C. There's no temperature control but in spite of this the straightener seems to perform very well. The GHD classic hair straightener has a swivel cord which makes it possible to hold the straightener in any angle and still straighten your hair comfortably without the cord getting all tangled up. One thing I really like about this straightener is that the cord is really long! The longest I have seen in straighteners. This is a huge plus for me because I don't have to keep dragging my mirror to where the plug point is whenever I want my hair done.

It usually takes only one swipe of the GHD straightener to get your hair straight, but I like to use it 2-3 times on the same part I am working on just to make sure it gets perfectly straight (typical virgo trait here - obsessed more than necessary with getting things perfect!). This has saved me a lot of time -- with other straighteners it used to take me an hour to get my hair straight but with this it takes just 20 minutes!

In a very humid place like India, I was worried whether my hair would stay straight but thankfully it did. It stayed that way till I washed my hair.

Products that made a difference before and after styling

I don't like using products - hairspray, mousse etc are not for me. But for my hair to stay straight and frizz free I was told it would be better if I invest in a good straightening / smoothing balm. This is the type of balm you use on your hair prior to straightening. These balms are specifically designed for hot irons and are meant to work well with heat so your hair style stays put even after hours of styling it. Since I had a GHD I decided to go for a GHD smoothing balm. I dab a small coin sized amount of this product to my hair before straightening it.

After straightening I use a bit of Moroccan Oil glimmer shine spray to get it to look glossy and sleek. I love this product! Makes my hair so unbelievably smooth and shiny. Remember not to dab too much of this product onto the roots -- this will make your hair look oily and greasy.

Where did I get my GHD classic straightener from?

I got mine from eBay. For those in India you can try out Global Easy Buy. That's where I got my GHD from. Global Easy Buy allows people living in India to easily import goodies from the U.S. Shipping cost and custom taxes are already included in the price shown, so you don't have to worry too much about that part. I regularly used to check eBay for live auctions. When I found a really good deal, I decided to go for it. If you are thinking of going for a GHD hair straightener, I advise you to do the same. Regularly check eBay for good auctions and then settle for a very good offer. But also be extra careful to purchase GHDs from a good seller. I got mine from a seller who had a 100% rating on eBay and I also went through the reviews to see what customers had to say. After I was fully satisfied, I finally took the plunge.

Those who are living in India and who are purchasing from Global Easy Buy you might have to wait for a month before you get the product. This is a long time but well worth the wait because they are currently no sellers based in India who are displaying GHD hair straighteners for sale in or in fact any other online e-commerce site.

Can the GHD hair straightener be used anywhere in the world?

Yes, provided you have a travel adapter. I live in India and I need an adapter to get it to work. GHD classic hair straightener comes with universal voltage support so you don't have to worry about the gadget not functioning properly in your country. A converter is not required because of this.

Pros and Cons of the GHD Classic Hair Straightener


  • Heats up fast
  • Long cord
  • Keeps your hair straight even in a VERY humid weather
  • Plates are smooth and glides through your hair without snagging it
  • Good for curly, frizzy hair
  • Straightens hair quicker as compared to other hair straightener
  • Universal voltage - can be used anywhere in the world provided you have a travel adapter


  • No temperature control; this doesn't seem to affect the performance though

I seriously can't think of any other cons apart from the temperature control setting. I really like it for now and I am glad I decided to go for it.

How to verify if your GHD is genuine or not

Once you get your GHD hair straightener, you can register the product online at Here you will need to enter the code given in the hologram pasted below one of the straightener plates. If you are not able to register, this means that the product is not genuine.

From Wavy/Curly to Straight - This Video Demonstrate it All


Using a straightener on your hair everyday can be damaging. Use it only during those special occasions or when you have a big event going on. This ensures that you hair doesn't get damaged from regular use of hair straighteners.


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      Kalpana Iyer 5 years ago from India

      Thanks :) Would love to know which one you got.

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      I have a hair straightner that sounds just like this. For the life of me I can't remember the brand, but I just bought it recently because my other flat iron was getting old and not working nearly as well. Good review.