GHD Original Styler review

We've reviewed the GHD Original Styler – AKA GHD's most affordable hair straightener – does it do the job?

5 Star Rating
GHD Original Styler review
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Real Homes Verdict

An incredible hair straightener with an affordable price tag, the GHD Original Styler is the best hair straightener you can buy, bar none

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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Reasons to avoid
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We’ve used the GHD Original Styler (IV model) for years so felt we were in a good place to write an honest, experienced review about it. What do we have to say? It's official: these are the best hair straighteners you can buy. They're affordable, easy to use, and, as well as being able to heat up in just 30 seconds, they have safety features built-in for peace of mind. Though they're not as flashy looking as GHD’s newer models, they are cheaper. And they certainly do last. And last. How well does the GHD Original Styler perform? Read on to find out. 

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GHD Original Styler specifications:

  • 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 review

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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