4 best ghd hair tools to buy now

Over the past year, we’ve all had to get involved and become our own hairdressers. You might not have had the courage to pick up the scissors or experiment with permanent dye, but our hair tools saved us days of bad hairstyling.

But if your straighteners now squeak every time you turn them off, or your hair dryer isn’t as powerful as it used to be, it might be time to give yourself an upgrade. And what better time to invest in high-tech tools than ghd’s 20th anniversary?

To celebrate the monumental milestone, the iconic brand of hair tools is offering customers a 15% discount on almost all of their range until April.

If you don’t know where to start, the Hearst Institute has done the hard work for you and tested a range of heated hair tools, to find the ones that are definitely worth the money.

Below are our top ghd picks, which were tested by 650 members of our review panel.

ghd Gold Styler


ghd gold® hair straightener

The only pair of straighteners you will ever need, these won our straighteners test, proving to be better than the competition which is double the price. Almost all of our testers said it made their hair look healthier and silkier, with 87% saying their style held in place all day long. The straighteners were comfortable to hold and easily created hair, waves and curls like poker.

Key specs
Type of plates:
Number of Heat Settings:
1 (185C)
Ion technology:
Additional accessories:
Heat resistant protective plate

Ghd air hair dryer


Ghd Air® Hair Dryer, Black

Our testers were immediately impressed with the compactness and lightness of this hairdryer. Not only did they find the settings and controls very easy to navigate, but the concentrator nozzles did a great job directing the airflow. Overall, the testers were happy with the low noise it made and the comfortable grip, resulting in smoother looking hair.

Key specs
Attachments :
Concentrator nozzle
Nice shot:
Cord length (m):
Suspension loop:
Ion technology:
Number of Speed ​​Settings:
Number of Heat Settings:
Power (watts):
Weight (g):
1540 *
* with cord

ghd slips


Otherwise known as the brush that broke the internet, we had high hopes for this hair tool – and it lived it. It won our hot brush test because of its smoothness and shine. Our panel loved that it only had one control button, which made it quick and easy to use. Almost all found it glided easily down the lengths, achieving a sleek style in record time (even faster than straighteners in some cases).

Key specs
Hairdresser type: Ceramic
Temperature difference: 185C
Guarantee: 2 years
Automatic shutdown: Yes
Accessories: Nothing

Ghd Helios professional hair dryer


Ghd helios â„¢ professional hair dryer in black

A favorite among our panel for its sleek appearance – described as “luxurious” – it has worked particularly well in adding softness and shine to the hair. Testers appreciated the options to customize power and heat settings, which made it suitable for all hair types tested. Despite its compactness, testers said the airflow was powerful and managed to smooth out the strands in its path.

Key specs
Attachments : Concentrator nozzle
Nice shot: Yes
Cord length (m): 2.86
Suspension loop: Yes
Ion technology: Yes
Number of Speed ​​Settings: 2
Number of Heat Settings: 2
Power (watts): 2000
Weight (g): 585

Grab these high quality Hearst Institute approved hair tools before they run out!

How we test

Hair straighteners
Over 300 people – with hair types ranging from straight to afro – have tested over 60 straighteners. They judged them on their design, their heat up and styling time, and the overall finish it created on the hair.

Hair dryer
250 testers looked at 55 hairdryers to see how fast they dried the hair, how easy it was to use and hold, the noise level, and the finished results. In the Hearst Institute lab, we measured the temperature of the airflow, nozzle, and housing, as well as its overall design.

Hot brushes
Over 100 testers tried 23 different models to see which styler was easiest to use and had the best overall performance. In the Hearst Institute lab, we tested the temperature to make sure they didn’t overheat and assessed the accessibility of the controls to use.

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