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GHD Platinum+ review

We've tried and tested the GHD Platinum+ which is their most expensive hair straightener on offer. Here's our verdict...

GHD Platinum+: lifestyle image of pink and black GHD straighteners
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Real Homes Verdict

The GHD Platinum+ is a great hair straightener for all ages and hair types. It's a safe option that's easy to use and leaves you with shiny, well-conditioned hair. While we do think the Platinum+ performs better than the Original Styler, we're not so keen on the big difference in price.

Reasons to buy
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    30 second heat-up time

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    Automatic sleep mode

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    Creates shinier hair

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    Adapts to your styling technique

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    Won’t overheat your hair

Reasons to avoid
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    Pricier than other GHDs

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    Temperature cannot be controlled

Whether you are considering buying the GHD Platinum+ for yourself or as a gift, we're here to help you decide whether they are worth your money. While they are certainly one of the best hair straighteners money can buy, we put them up against the GHD Original Styler – which is £80 cheaper – to see whether they truly are worth the price difference. 

Everyone who knows a thing or two about hair tools should be more than aware that GHD manufacture some of the best products out there. GHD stylers last years and years, with a great guarantee on offer and the huge selling point that they have an auto shut off mode. This makes them safe to use, even for first-timers, and they boast a swivel cord that's long, just to make them even easier to handle. The only problem with them? You cannot adjust their temperature. If you have easy to style hair that you needn't worry about being too damaged or needing high heat to tame, this should be no problem at all. Keep scrolling as we dive into this great hair straightener and discuss what we loved about using it.

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GHD Platinum+ specifications:

GHD Platinum+

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  • Heat-up time: 30 seconds 
  • Technology: Ceramic heat
  • Colour: Various
  • Heat settings: 1
  • Temperature: 185ºC
  • Auto shut-off: 30 mins
  • Cord length: 2.7m

GHD Platinum+ heating setting and performance

These hair straighteners have technology that adapts the heat for your specific hair; there is one heat setting – with 185ºC optimum heat – yet heat is constantly monitored thanks to sensors throughout the plates, meaning the power is adjusted accordingly. 

GHD puts it like this: these straighteners ‘respond to each section of your hair and styling speed to deliver the optimum temperature of 185ºC more effectively, ensuring 70% stronger hair [than using a straightener at 230ºC], 20% more shine [than naturally dried hair] and two times more colour protection. Heat is monitored over 250 times per second thanks to infinity sensors throughout the plates, ensuring a precise reading to adjust the power accordingly.’ 

As users, we don’t think you’d necessarily notice this – but over time you SHOULD find that regularly straightened hair is in better condition

GHD Platinum+ ease of use

GHD Platinum+ against wall

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Like on the GHD Original Styler, the swivelling cord of the Platinum+ is a handy feature that makes using them less of a faff. These straighteners also have floating plates, meaning styling and curling is made easier. 

And yes, we did find them easy to use. The plates are a little bigger than those of the Originals, which doesn’t make a massive difference but does make using them really easy. And yes, like the Original, they sit on their side, so you can pick them up and put them down again without worrying whether you’re going to burn your furniture. 

GHD Platinum+ safety features

The straighteners have an automatic sleep mode, so after 30 minutes of inactivity they turn themselves off. They also come with a heat-resistant plate guard that protects both the straighteners and your furniture.

How did the GHD Platinum+ hair straighteners leave our hair?

GHD Platinum+ hair straightener in black and white

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Our two testers had different hair types: one had slightly wiry, older hair, the other had slightly wavy, young hair. In the past, both have found that their hair looked unnaturally stiff when straightened. 

In both cases, the Platinum+ left their hair looking shiny and naturally straightened, yet flawlessly straight. The overall effect is a glossy finish and effortless, perfectly smooth styling. 

What else to know about the GHD platinum+ ?

GHD also offers a three year manufacturer's guarantee. They also come in your choice of black, white, powder pink or cobalt blue. You can get the GHD Platinum+ personalised with your initials, should you like.

GHD Platinum+ VS GHD Original Styler – which one is better?

The GHD Platinum+ styler looks better and feels nicer to use. But, they’re much more expensive. The GHD Platinum+ retails at £189 while the Original Styler costs £109. If money were no object, we’d definitely buy these instead of the GHD Original Styler because they are much nicer to use. But, we still love our Originals and they definitely do the job.

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