GHD Original Styler (IV styler) review

We've tried and tested the GHD Original Styler – the IV model – to see if GHD's most affordable hair straightener lives up to other models

5 Star Rating
GHD Original Styler review
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Real Homes Verdict

Incredible, affordable and reliable, the GHD Original is the best hair straightener on the market in 2020.

Reasons to buy
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    Ceramic heat technology gives a professional finish

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    30 second heat-up time

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    Automatic sleep mode

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    Fast results that last well until the next hair wash

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    Won’t overheat your hair

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    Easy to use

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    Convenient for travelling

Reasons to avoid
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    No temperature control

We've been using our trusty GHD Original Styler – the IV model – for years, so are more than equipped to write an in-depth review. Whether you are ready to invest in your first GHD styler or it's for someone else, we cannot recommend this hair straightener enough. So much so that it's rated our best hair straightener you can buy in terms of affordability, performance and ease of use. It will last for years and years of use – ours has! Not only is does this flat iron leave you with super sleek and straight hair, but it's ready to use in 30 seconds, and it's nice and compact for when it comes to travelling.

For more verdict, keep scrolling to read the full GHD Orignal Styler review.

GHD Original Styler specifications:

GHD Original Styler review

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

GHD Original Styler: heating setting and performance

These hair straighteners heat up quickly, in just 30 seconds (giving a little ‘beep beep’ when they’re ready), which is ideal if you’re in a hurry or just impatient (that’s us in the morning).

While there is only one heat setting, 185ºC, this is a great temperature for all your hair straightening needs – not too hot, so helping to prevent heat-related damage while not compromising the precision of results.

The ceramic heat technology and floating ceramic plates are suitable for all hair types and lengths. Both this feature and the rounded barrel mean snag-free styling – and even slightly knotted hair can be straightened with ease – although obviously we’d recommend brushing hair thoroughly before straightening.

GHD Original Styler: ease of use

GHD's Original IV hair straightener is great for straightening hair with simple strokes. While the plates aren’t quite as big as the ones on some of the newer models, such as the Platinum+ (click the link to see our review), they’re easily big enough for straightening, as well as creating curls, waves and flicks. The swivelling chord also makes creating curls and styling especially easy.

GHD Original Styler: safety features

GHD Original Styler up close on and off switch with LED light

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Another great feature is the automatic sleep mode which turns the hair straighteners off if they are left unused for 30 minutes. That and they boast a long, 2.7 metre cord and it's swivel, too, just to make use a lot easier.

GHD Original Styler: design

GHD Original Styler

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Though the GHD Original Styler is not as fancy as the Platinum+ or Gold styler, it does still look the part with its classic design. It boasts a matte black finish and has a rounded barrel for ease of styling – perfect for creating curls. You'll also it has see gold plates so that you can differentiate between the plates and the straightener's body with ease. The design of this styler is iconic as it was the first GHD styler ever made. 

GHD Original Styler: how did they leave our hair?

GHD’s Original IV hair straighteners certainly leave hair flawlessly straight, or with bouncy curls or waves. Our two testers had different hair types: one had slightly wiry, older hair, the other had slightly wavy, thicker and younger hair. Both tend to find that their hair looks stiff and unnatural when straightened – but these straighteners make it easy to add bounce. And while they don’t leave hair as glossy as the GHD Platinum+ model does, they do, however, leave hair shiny after use.

What else?

GHD Original Styler with box

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GHD offers a two year manufacturer's guarantee – but we’ve had ours for at least five years and they’ve never broken and performance has never dipped, despite being dropped on the floor numerous times.

Is the original GHD the best?

GHD Original Styler

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In our opinion, the GHD Original Styler is the best. THat's not to say that the other models aren't as good performance-wise, though. What makes the GHD Original IV Styler our favourite is the fact it's small, lightweight and travel-friendly. It's affordable, a classic and very simple to use. It ticks all our boxes.

GHD Original Styler: where to buy?

What is the difference between these and newer GHD models?

The considerably more expensive GHD Platinum+ model (£189 compared to the £109 GHD original) not only has a sleeker design but also left our two testers’ hair types looking more naturally straight and glossy than the GHD Original IV. However, the Original IV is a great buy we’re happy to stick with – they're really worth the money, especially if you’re on a budget. 

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