GHD are known as one of the best manufacturers of hair products out there. So, when we were given the opportunity to test their newest hair straightener, the GHD Platinum+, we felt all types of excitement. As veterans of our top pick – the GHD Original styler – we were slightly apprehensive (but eager) to test the GHD Platinum+ straighteners. They do look extremely slick and professional, but how well do they perform? Are they worth the £80 price difference from the GHD Original?
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GHD Platinum+ specifications:
- 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
Ease of use
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?
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.
GHD also offers a three year manufacturer's guarantee.
GHD Platinum+ V 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 Originals because they are much nicer to use. But, we still love our Originals and they definitely do the job.