GHD Helios professional hairdryer review

Say 'Hello' to the ghd Helios – it looks great and has a performance that'll blow your mind. Is it worth the price though? We find out...

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Real Homes Verdict

A super-smooth hairdryer (in more ways than one) that'll blow-dry your hair in a matter of seconds with an impressive finish

Reasons to buy

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    Well-built, attractive hairdryer

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    Fast dryer

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    No frizz hair, every time

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    Would make a good gift

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    2 years manufacturer's guarantee

Reasons to avoid

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    Expensive

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    May be heavy for some

If you're in the market for a hair dryer that will quickly dry your hair and leave it frizz-free and shinny, let us introduce you to the GHD Helios professional hairdryer. This hair dryer has been developed by GHD's leading engineers, physicists and styling professionals across an eight-year stint, and is one which will most certainly rival the models in the hair dressers in terms of smoothness and shine.

I tested this hair dryer on my own hair which is past-shoulder length, pretty thick and is prone to flyaways, so the hairdryer had a lot to take on.

Keep a look out to see how it faired on our round of the best hair dryers and you can check out to see how it performed when we put it to the test below.

ghd Helios specifications

  • 3m power cable
  • Weight 0.78kg 
  • UK three pin plug

Who will the ghd Helios suit?

The GHD Helios will suit anyone with hair! Obviously if you have thick hair then it will take a little longer to dry than someone who has fairer hair, but it will cater for anyone.

How easy is the ghd Helios to set up?

Very easy. Once you've removed the GHD Helios from the lovely box it arrived in and unwrapped it from the plastic bags (not ideal but there were only a few, and they could be used for something else) then you're golden. It was a bit tricky to put the nozzle on – push don't twist – but that, and plugging it in to the mains, was the only real part of setting up. 

What is the ghd Helios like to use?

Using the GHD Helios was a dream. It has a mega powerful airflow of 120kmh, which took me by surprise the first time I tried it. My hair which usually took a good few minutes to get dry-to-the-touch, took less than one minute with this hair dryer. And I was blown-away to see that I had NO flyaways and NO frizz.

What I would say though is that on initial power up, on the top power control, I noticed that there is a split second time lag until any air comes through. After this though, the hairdryer is super quick to get up to temperature (there's two to choose from, plus a cool shot) and blow dried my hair in no time at all.

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ghd Helios design

Hair dryers are very much an accessory, rather than a tool, now so when I saw a selection of colours available to choose from it instantly caught my attention. I tested the GHD Helios in the ink blue colourway, but it is also available to buy in in mint, white, black and plum. The varying colours of the plastic shell is also covered in a smooth coating that feels almost like silicone to the touch, which gives it a wonderful, luxurious feel.  

It does have a fairly well balanced design when holding, but what I would say is that it was a little heavier than what I was expecting on initial pick up. This is something you do not notice, however, when drying your hair.

The GHD Helios also has a 3m long cable which is ideal if your mirror is some distance away from your plug like mine is.

ghd Helios: verdict

In GHD's own words, 'For your most glamorous blow-dry to date...', and I would agree, if it was bought for me as a gift. Retailing at £159 for just the hairdryer, let alone any accessories you may require to buy with it, the GHD Helios certainly wouldn't be an impulse buy but is one which is to be considered an investment. It is a really brilliant example of hairdryer engineering, and it certainly worked wonders on my hair. It does come with a two year manufacturer's guarantee so it would be a confident purchase, too.

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