Back in 2004, I was working at a building society in their mortgage department during my year in industry. There was another temp there and one lunchtime (Friday, of course, since that’s when we got paid), she disappeared into town and came back with a set of GHD’s. When she told me she’d spent £100 on them, I was amazed anyone would spend so much on a hair tool. It seemed like such a waste of money to me – my hair was pretty straight anyway, and you could buy straighteners for £20/£30 in Boots.
A few weeks later, I was at a friends house getting ready for a night out with her flat mates, and one of them had GHD’s. She asked if I wanted my hair straightening, and I said fine, why not.
I knew I had to have my own pair. My hair wasn’t just sort of straight, it was straight, glossy, and felt smooth. I was still receiving student loan payments (a half loan since I was earning, but still studying) and as soon as the Easter payment hit my account, I ran down to Essentuals on the Triangle and picked up my own set.
After 8 years use, my GHD’s are starting to show their age. They don’t like to sit on the desk on that side. The cord hisses a bit if it’s held a certain way. But damn it, they still work. I resent replacing things that still work, even if they’re slightly unsafe.
GHD contacted me a few weeks ago and offered me a new pair of straighteners, with the challenge to do an hairstyle for a special occasion. What could be more special than Sarah’s birthday? As you already saw, Sarah’s birthday was circus themed, so my hair had to fit in with my costume.
Unfortunately, with all the work that Sarah put me to do, I ended up with very little time to get ready (people were already arriving as we were finishing up!) so a brief brush of the hair and a bit of make up slicked on was all I could manage. (It was still an AWESOME night though. Especially the cakes. They were well iced.)
I recieved the Pink Cherry Blossom styler which (as you can guess by the name, and see!) are a pretty black set with bright pink plates and accents. As I’ve said previously, I prefer to go for items that donate money towards charity where I can, and these would have been the ones I would have chosen for myself, with £10 going to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
They come in a pretty case, which isn’t just pretty but also is heat resistant, so you can put your straighteners away straight away without the danger of stepping on them. (We’ve all done it) The case is also very roomy, so you can squish in a can of hairspray and a few other tools when you go away. One thing that I was particulary excited about was the auto switch off feature – back in the day, this hadn’t been invented so I was always worried that I had left my straigheners on all day and would burn down the house. (Surprisingly, in the many years of using my old straigheners, I only did this once that I can remember. And nothing was burnt.) Another brilliant thing that these do is that they are now a universal voltage – I was surprised and disappointed when I went to America a few years ago and realised that my straigheners couldn’t heat up enough to straighten my hair.
(Oh, and the colour scheme even goes down to the little glowing logo on the switch, which also beeps at you when its ready to use.)
I didn’t think that I needed a new pair, because my old ones still worked fine, but after using these a few times, I can see that the old ones were losing it a bit. Instead of clamping down hard and dragging the straigheners across my hair, these seem to glide through, and seem to make my hair even straighter than before. My hair even feels smoother than before – I’m not sure if this is all down to the GHD’s, but I don’t think they hurt!
If your GHD’s are starting to give it up a bit, invest in a new set. You won’t regret it.
(Looking for the matching hairdryer? Check out my review!)